Pink Floyd - Delicate Sound Of Thunder

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Pink Floyd - Delicate Sound Of Thunder: Wikipedia Album Entry

Delicate Sound of Thunder is a Pink Floyd live double album from the David Gilmour-led era of the band which was recorded over five nights at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, New York in August 1988 and mixed at Abbey Road Studios in September 1988. It was released on 22 November 1988, through EMI Records in the United Kingdom and Columbia Records in the United States. This was the last Pink Floyd release made with vinyl as its primary medium; all subsequent releases have been made with CD as their primary medium.

History
The band recorded and filmed their series of shows at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia in November 1987 for a potential live concert film and album. However, the band were not happy with the results. Consequently, the material from these shows would make up videos and B-sides for the A Momentary Lapse of Reason singles and later these shows were released as a bootleg recordings entitled Pink Floyd: The Calhoun Tapes and Would You Buy A Ticket To This Show. Then in August 1988, the band went to Nassau Coliseum and filmed and recorded their five night stand for Delicate Sound of Thunder at the end of the initial Momentary Lapse 1987/88 tour.
The album was released in 1988 as a double LP, double cassette, and a double CD, each format containing a slightly different track listing. The album includes many works from A Momentary Lapse of Reason as well as quite a few from older albums. The double LP format did not have "Us and Them" on the track listing. Both the double LP and the double cassette had "Wish You Were Here" between "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" and "Comfortably Numb".
Although David Gilmour stated around the time of its release and on a radio interview in 1992 that the album contained no studio overdubbing whatsoever, he embellished the tracks during mixing with some extra acoustic guitar on "Comfortably Numb", according to engineer Buford Jones. In addition, some harmonies were replaced by studio re-takes: Richard Wright re-did his vocal on "Us and Them" and Sam Brown replaced Rachel Fury's part in "Comfortably Numb".
Delicate Sound of Thunder reached #11 on the Billboard 200 and is currently listed as Triple Platinum in U.S. sales — it was certified Gold and Platinum on January 23, 1989 and Triple Platinum in April 1997.
Delicate Sound of Thunder became the first rock album to be played in space, as Soviet cosmonauts took it aboard Soyuz TM-7. They left the cassette box on Earth to save weight. The members of Pink Floyd were present at the launch. The double LP was also the band's only album to be officially released in the Soviet Union by the state-owned label Melodiya.

Track List
Disc 1
1. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond"
Recorded August 20, 1988
2. "Learning to Fly"
Recorded August 23, 1988
3. "Yet Another Movie"
Recorded August 19, 1988
4. "Round and Around"
Recorded August 19, 1988
5. "Sorrow"
Recorded August 23, 1988
6. "The Dogs of War"
Recorded August 21, 1988
7. "On the Turning Away"
Recorded August 20, 1988
Disc 2
1. "One of These Days"
Recorded August 21, 1988
2. "Time"
Recorded August 19, 1988
3. "Wish You Were Here"
Recorded August 20, 1988
4. "Us and Them"
Recorded August 22, 1988
5. "Money"
Recorded August 23, 1988
6. "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)"
Recorded August 19, 1988
7. "Comfortably Numb"
Recorded August 23, 1988
8. "Run Like Hell"
Recorded August 21, 1988.

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