Knight Of The Mind

I'll do my best to present a philosophical and generally conservative look at current events and life, the universe and everything. Readers are invited to take all that's posted herein with a grain of salt. or if they prefer, a grain of salt, a slice of lime and a shot of tequila.

Location: Alexandria, Virginia, United States

Greetings and welcome. My name is Steve, I'm 35 years old and I work for the US Army as an Operations Research Analyst. Hence my blog title Knight Of The Mind.

Saturday, June 12, 2004

Ars Vitae: They Still Have a "Pulse"

These guys are as old as my dad. No kidding, they almost really are. They also play one of the best live shows that goes on the road. These geritol giants are none other than the original Pipers At The Gates of Dawn; Pink Floyd.

If you haven't been fortunate enough to catch them live, you can now enjoy the second best thing. It seems a mobile recording unit has caught them in the act and the glorious results are available on a new double CD. The compilation, entitled P.U.L.S.E, is an absolute winner.

The first CD features a reel to reel performance of Dark Side. A remarkable performance of Dark Side. It amazes me the extent to which Pink Floyd was able to completely reproduce the album. They completely reproduced it down to each bit of dialogue and every sound effect. To achieve that without the services of Roger Waters; amazing.

The second CD extensively featured work off of Momentary Lapse of Reason and Division Bell. These songs provide ample evidence Gilmour has emerged from the shadows of Syd Barrett and Roger Waters. Gilmour probably shows some of the best technical guitar work of anyone in rock. Gilmour can't play fast, like Eddie Van Halen. He just performs in a totally dominant fashion. He makes haste slowly.

Tracks from The Wall and Wish You Were Here round out both CDs and sound really well done. My only quibbles, and these would be minor quibbles, would be with "Run Like H---" on the first CD and "Astronomy Domine" in the second. The group needed to edit or master these two tracks better. There was too much random stadium noise on each. With a CD player, you can just skip each. Everything else, on either CD, sounds exemplary.

P.U.L.S.E. lacks the fanfare it deserves. It will probably sell under 1 Million. I doubt it will ever reach Platinum Record status. This is unfortunate. P.U.L.S.E. almost sounds as good track for track as any live album that's been released, with the exception of Frampton Comes Alive.


As you may or may not already be aware, members of the Watcher's Council hold a vote every week on what they consider to be the most link-worthy pieces of writing around... per the Watcher's instructions, I am submitting one of my own posts for consideration in the upcoming nominations process.
Here is the most recent winning council post, here is the most recent winning non-council post, here is the list of results for the latest vote, and here is the initial posting of all the nominees that were voted on.

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