Pulse

Pulse

DVD - 2005
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Pink Floyd's 1994 tour in support of The Division Bell is captured on DVD. Dark Side of the Moon is performed in its entirety along with other classic songs. Also included are the screen films projected during the show, a documentary, and more.
Publisher: New York : Sony Music Entertainment, [2005]
Branch Call Number: DVD 781.66 PIN
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 180 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Pink Floyd. Pulse

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bhg0010
May 13, 2018

So much has been written about the seminal psychedelic/progressive rock group Pink Floyd that it's difficult to figure out what to add, even when specifically reviewing a certain release. The humorous question "Which one is 'Pink'?" has taken on a lot of resonance over the years as the band has gone through controversial line-up changes, something that the David Gilmour fronted group hasn't shied away from discussing in song lyrics. In the end, though, 'Pulse' remains a fantastic picture of Pink Floyd doing what they did best.

The old criticisms still apply to some extent. There's quite an emphasis on instrumental noodling. When the band gets to the post-Roger-Waters material, there's a same-y sounding vibe that means that songs blend into each other. The A/V spectacle as a whole, featuring massive videos being played on the concert stage as well as bombastic lighting, arguably shows a focus on style over substance. As somebody who's a huge fan of 70s and 80s power pop and punk rock, the styles being based on a reaction to progressive groups' excesses, I've heard it all before and thought about it all a lot.

At the same time, the old criticisms feels more like nitpicking than anything else. To start with, the visuals appear simply gorgeous. Gilmour's angelic vocals haven't lost their touch despite the early 90s date of the 'Pulse' recording, with the artist going through decades of performing without letting age get to him. His guitar work remains phenomenal as well. The concert's opening with the seminal "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", a personal highlight of mine that I believe is just about the group's best work, is a particular bright spot. On the whole, the DVD is highly recommended.

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Boots49
Sep 30, 2014

I saw them when they came to Vancouver in B.C Place what a concert!It was a early birthday present for from my mom that year.Had a great time boy did i get the munchies at that concert that night!!!!

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Monolith
Aug 19, 2013

Man, I would've given my right arm to have been at that concert. Well, maybe my right pinky toe (nail clipping). A mind-bending laser show, and an excellent sampling of their repertoire. (I really enjoyed "One Of These Days".) Even though he looked bored most of the time, bassist Guy Pratt did an admirable job filling Roger Waters' shoes. This DVD's a must have for any Floyd fan. Good bonus features, too (alternative screen films, Billy Corgan tribute, behind the scenes video, etc.) Too bad I'm so honest, otherwise, I'd tell the library that I accidentally misplaced it... (I'm kidding, B.P.L. staff -- have a sense of humor) R.I.P. Richard Wright. FIVE STARS.

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isaacasimov
Jun 19, 2013

Fantastic, but it lacked Waters. I still can't figure out which one is Pink?

Mocha6ft3 Apr 30, 2012

HOMETHEATER IS PROUD TO PRESENT THIS CONCERT. I have seen Pink Floyd once at the Nassau Colisseum quite some time ago and was floored when they performed many of my favorite songs complete with special effects. This dvd collection is equally empressive with additional songs taken from the album "The Divsion Bell". The sound of Floyd is so cool in 5.1 audio sound it's like there right there in your home performing. Your speakers become alive with their music. The lasers can be bright at times, but the show is a monster. I'm giving this dvd 5 stars!!!!!!! For 5.1 sound, songs taken from another album, and the special effects are very cool. A tall glass of Heineken, a ham and turkey with cheese hero, and Utz potato chips.

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Monolith
Aug 19, 2013

"Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day; fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way. Kicking around on a piece of ground in your hometown; waiting for someone or something to show you the way. Tired of lying in the sunshine, staying home to watch the rain. And you are young and life is long, and there is time to kill today. And then one day you find... ten years have got behind you -- No one told you when to run; you missed the starting gun. And you run and you run to catch up with the sun, but it's sinking. Racing around, to come up behind you again. The sun is the same in a relative way, but you're older; shorter of breath, and one day closer to death. Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time. Plans that either come to naught, or half a page of scribbled lines. Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way; The time is gone, the song is over, thought I'd something more to say..."

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Monolith
Aug 19, 2013

"All that you touch All that you see All that you taste All you feel All that you love All that you hate All you distrust All you save All that you give All that you deal All that you buy, beg, borrow or steal All you create All you destroy All that you do All you say All that you eat, and everyone you meet All that you slight, everyone you fight All that is now All that is gone All that's to come, and everything under the sun is in tune, but the sun is eclipsed by the moon."

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Monolith
Aug 19, 2013

"...For want of the price, of tea and a slice, the old man died..."

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