Delicate Sound of Thunder

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For the concert video, see Delicate Sound of Thunder (film).
Delicate Sound of Thunder
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Live album by Pink Floyd
Released 22 November 1988
Recorded 19–23 August 1988
Venue Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, New York, United States
Genre Progressive rock
Length 104:08
Language English
Label EMI (UK/Europe)
CBS Columbia (US/Canada)
Melodiya (USSR)
Producer David Gilmour
Pink Floyd chronology
A Momentary Lapse of Reason
(1987)
Delicate Sound of Thunder
(1988)
Shine On
(1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars [1]
Blender 3/5 stars link
Robert Christgau C [2]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars [3]

Delicate Sound of Thunder is a double live album by the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd 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.

Recording[edit]

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 was 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 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 at the end of the initial Momentary Lapse 1987/88 tour.

Release[edit]

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 tracks from older Pink Floyd albums. The double LP release 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"[4] but the rest of the album was what was played at the shows.

Chart performance[edit]

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 23 January 1989 and Triple Platinum in April 1997.

In space[edit]

Delicate Sound of Thunder became the first rock album to be played in space, as Soviet cosmonauts took it aboard Soyuz TM-7.

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 listing[edit]

CD[edit]

Disc one
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond"   Roger Waters/David Gilmour/Richard Wright 21 August 1988 11:53
2. "Learning to Fly"   Gilmour/Bob Ezrin/Jon Carin/Anthony Moore 21 August 1988 5:27
3. "Yet Another Movie"   Gilmour/Pat Leonard 21 August 1988 6:21
4. "Round and Around"   Gilmour 19 August 1988 0:33
5. "Sorrow"   Gilmour 23 August 1988 9:28
6. "The Dogs of War"   Gilmour/Moore 20 August 1988 7:18
7. "On the Turning Away"   Gilmour/Moore 21 August 1988 7:58
Disc two
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "One of These Days"   Waters/Gilmour/Nick Mason/Wright 22 August 1988 6:15
2. "Time"   Waters/Gilmour/Mason/Wright 19 August 1988 5:16
3. "Wish You Were Here"   Waters/Gilmour 20 August 1988 4:49
4. "Us and Them"   Waters/Wright 22 August 1988 7:22
5. "Money"   Waters 21 August 1988 9:52
6. "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)"   Waters 21 August 1988 5:28
7. "Comfortably Numb"   Gilmour/Waters 23 August 1988 8:56
8. "Run Like Hell"   Waters/Gilmour 21 August 1988 7:12

LP Edition[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond"   Waters/Gilmour/Wright 11:53
2. "Learning to Fly"   Gilmour/Ezrin/Carin/Moore 5:27
3. "Yet Another Movie"   Gilmour/Leonard 6:21
4. "Round and Around"   Gilmour 0:33
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Sorrow"   Gilmour 9:28
6. "The Dogs of War"   Gilmour/Moore 7:18
7. "On the Turning Away"   Gilmour/Moore 7:58
Side three
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "One of These Days"   Waters/Gilmour/Mason/Wright 6:15
2. "Time"   Waters/Gilmour/Mason/Wright 5:16
3. "Money"   Waters 9:52
4. "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)"   Waters 5:28
Side four
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Wish You Were Here"   Waters/Gilmour 4:49
6. "Comfortably Numb"   Gilmour/Waters 8:56
7. "Run Like Hell"   Waters/Gilmour 7:12

Cassette[edit]

Cassette one
Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond"   Waters/Gilmour/Wright 11:53
2. "Learning to Fly"   Gilmour/Ezrin/Carin/Moore 5:27
3. "Yet Another Movie"   Gilmour/Leonard 6:21
4. "Round and Around"   Gilmour 0:33
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Sorrow"   Gilmour 9:28
6. "The Dogs of War"   Gilmour/Moore 7:18
7. "On the Turning Away"   Gilmour/Moore 7:58
Cassette two
Side three
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "One of These Days"   Waters/Gilmour/Mason/Wright 6:15
2. "Time"   Waters/Gilmour/Mason/Wright 5:16
3. "Us and Them"   Waters/Wright 7:22
4. "Money"   Waters 9:52
5. "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)"   Waters 5:28
Side four
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Wish You Were Here"   Waters/Gilmour 4:49
7. "Comfortably Numb"   Gilmour/Waters 8:56
8. "Run Like Hell"   Waters/Gilmour 7:12

Songs omitted from the album[edit]

The concerts also featured the following songs which were not included on the album:

Songs with asterisk (*) are included in the video version. And these bootlegs:

Personnel[edit]

Pink Floyd
Additional musicians
Production

David Hewitt Remote Recording Engineer

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Album review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Azerrad, Michael. "Album review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  4. ^ The Live Albums[dead link]
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