Pulse (Pink Floyd album)

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Pulse
Pink Floyd - Pulse.png
Live album by
Released29 May 1995 (1995-05-29)
Recorded17 August–29 October 1994
GenreProgressive rock
Length2:27:59
LabelEMI
Producer
Pink Floyd chronology
The Division Bell
(1994)
Pulse
(1995)
London '66–'67
(1995)
Singles from Pulse
  1. "Wish You Were Here (Live)"
    Released: 20 July 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone1.5/5 stars[2]

Pulse (stylised as p·u·l·s·e) is the second live album by the English rock band Pink Floyd. It was released on 29 May 1995 by EMI in the United Kingdom and on 6 June 1995 by Columbia in the United States.[3] The album was recorded during the European leg of Pink Floyd's Division Bell Tour in 1994.

Content and recording[edit]

The album is notable for including a complete live version of The Dark Side of the Moon. It also features "Astronomy Domine", a Syd Barrett song not performed since the early 1970s. The track "Another Brick in the Wall, Part II" features small portions of the songs "Another Brick in the Wall, Part I", "The Happiest Days of Our Lives" and "Another Brick in the Wall, Part III".

Unlike the previous live album Delicate Sound of Thunder, no parts of the songs were re-recorded in the studio.[4] However, the band and Guthrie fixed songs that had bad notes (as heard on some bootlegs) by lifting solos and corrected vocal lines from other performances as the band recorded most of the European leg. The album was mixed in QSound, which produces a 3D audio effect even on a two channel stereo system.

Release history[edit]

In the United States, despite a price of $34.99 (which included flashing spine light and two AA batteries) Pulse debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 during the week of 24 June 1995 with 198,000 copies sold, it became the first multidisk album to top the Billboard 200 since the chart started using SoundScan data in May 1991.[5] The next week it fell off to number three on the chart.[6] It remained on the chart for twenty two weeks.[7] It was certified two times platinum by the RIAA on 31 July 1995 for shipments of one million units.[8]

On 1 July 1995 the video version of Pulse debuted at number one on the Billboard's Top Music Videos chart with 16,500 units sold.[9] The video was certified eight times platinum by the RIAA on 31 July 2006 for shipments of 800,000 units.[8]

The video version (on VHS and Laserdisc) also featured the song "Take It Back," and an almost complete performance from their 20 October show at Earl's Court, London. The Pulse DVD was released on 10 July 2006.[citation needed]

The vinyl version was released as a four-LP box set and included "One of These Days" (also heard on the cassette release) as well as a large version of the photo booklet.

The original CD cover features an "eye-like" machine that has clock pieces inside, there is a planet in its centre, and on the outside it shows evolution as it moves backwards. It starts in the sea, moves to the bacteria which evolve into fishes, then into egg type creatures, then into eggs that hatch birds, and birds follow the trail of an aeroplane. There are six pyramids in the desert, and in the bottom of the sea, one can observe a city in the shore.

The debut of the album was highlighted by a light show from the top of the Empire State Building in New York City with music simulcasted on a New York City radio station.[citation needed]

LED packaging[edit]

Early CD versions came with a flashing red LED on the side of the case. This was designed by EMI contractor Jon Kempner, who was awarded the platinum disc, using the now discontinued LM3909 LED flasher IC. The circuit was powered by a single AA battery; the battery life was stated to be over six months. Some versions were also made with two AA batteries and later editions of the CD set did not feature the blinking LED.

Essentially, it's a device which we thought was entertaining. It's an idea of Storm Thorgerson's which related to Dark Side and the pulse, and it's a live album so the box is "alive". After that, in terms of seriously deep meanings, one might be struggling a bit.

Track listing[edit]

CD/MiniDisc edition[edit]

Disc one
No.TitleMusicLead VocalsLength
1."Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts I–V, VII" (20 October 1994, Earls Court, London)David Gilmour13:35
2."Astronomy Domine" (15 October 1994, Earls Court, London)Syd Barrett
  • Gilmour
  • Wright
4:20
3."What Do You Want From Me" (21 September 1994, Cinecittà, Rome)
Gilmour4:10
4."Learning to Fly" (14 October 1994, Earls Court, London)Gilmour5:16
5."Keep Talking" (17 August 1994, Niedersachsenstadion, Hanover)
  • Gilmour
  • Wright
  • Samson
Gilmour6:52
6."Coming Back to Life" (13 October 1994, Earls Court, London)GilmourGilmour6:56
7."Hey You" (13, 15 October 1994, Earls Court, London)WatersGilmour, Jon Carin (doubling Gilmour)4:40
8."A Great Day for Freedom" (19 October 1994, Earls Court, London)
  • Gilmour
  • Samson
Gilmour4:30
9."Sorrow" (20 September 1994, Cinecittà, Rome)GilmourGilmour10:49
10."High Hopes" (14, 19, 20, 21, 29 October 1994, Earls Court, London)
  • Gilmour
  • Samson
Gilmour7:52
11."Another Brick in the Wall, Part II" (21 October 1994, Earls Court, London)Waters
7:08
Total length:1:15:50
Disc two
No.TitleMusicLead VocalsLength
1."Speak to Me" (20 September 1994, Cinecittà, Rome)Nick MasonInstrumental2:30
2."Breathe (In the Air)" (20 October 1994, Earls Court, London)
  • Gilmour
  • Waters
  • Wright
  • Gilmour
2:33
3."On the Run" (20 October 1994, Earls Court, London)
  • Gilmour
  • Waters
Instrumental3:48
4."Time / Breathe (Reprise)" (17 September 1994, Festa de l'Unità, Modena; 20 September 1994, Cinecittà, Rome; 20 October 1994, Earls Court, London)
  • Gilmour
  • Waters
  • Wright
  • Mason
  • Gilmour
  • Wright
6:47
5."The Great Gig in the Sky" (20 October 1994, Earls Court, London)
5:52
6."Money" (17 September 1994, Festa de l'Unità, Modena; 20 October 1994, Earls Court, London)WatersGilmour8:54
7."Us and Them" (19, 20 October 1994, Earls Court, London)
  • Waters
  • Wright
Gilmour6:58
8."Any Colour You Like" (19, 23 October 1994, Earls Court, London)
  • Gilmour
  • Wright
  • Mason
Instrumental3:21
9."Brain Damage" (19 October 1994, Earls Court, London)WatersGilmour3:46
10."Eclipse" (19 October 1994, Earls Court, London)WatersGilmour2:38
11."Wish You Were Here" (20 September 1994, Cinecittà, Rome)
  • Gilmour
  • Waters
Gilmour6:35
12."Comfortably Numb" (20 October 1994, Earls Court, London)
  • Gilmour
  • Waters
  • Wright
  • Gilmour
9:29
13."Run Like Hell" (15 October 1994, Earls Court, London)
  • Gilmour
  • Waters
  • Gilmour
  • Pratt
8:36
Total length:1:11:57

Vinyl edition[edit]

Side one
No.TitleMusicLead VocalsLength
1."Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts I-V, VII"
  • David Gilmour
  • Roger Waters
  • Richard Wright
David Gilmour13:35
2."Astronomy Domine"Syd Barrett
  • Gilmour
  • Wright
4:20
3."What Do You Want From Me"
  • Gilmour
  • Wright
  • Polly Samson
Gilmour4:10
Total length:22:05
Side two
No.TitleMusicLead VocalsLength
4."Learning to Fly"
  • Gilmour
  • Anthony Moore
  • Bob Ezrin
  • Jon Carin
Gilmour5:16
5."Keep Talking"
  • Gilmour
  • Wright
  • Samson
Gilmour6:52
6."Coming Back to Life"GilmourGilmour6:56
Total length:19:04
Side three
No.TitleMusicLead VocalsLength
7."Hey You"Waters
  • Gilmour
  • Jon Carin
4:40
8."A Great Day for Freedom"
  • Gilmour
  • Samson
Gilmour4:30
9."Sorrow"GilmourGilmour10:49
Total length:19:59
Side four
No.TitleMusicLead VocalsLength
10."High Hopes"
  • Gilmour
  • Samson
Gilmour7:52
11."Another Brick in the Wall, Part II"Waters
  • Gilmour
  • Guy Pratt
7:08
12."One of These Days" (17, 20 October 1994, Earls Court, London)
  • Gilmour
  • Waters
  • Wright
  • Nick Mason
Instrumental6:51
Total length:21:33
Side five
No.TitleMusicLead VocalsLength
13."Speak to Me"MasonInstrumental2:30
14."Breathe (In the Air)"
  • Gilmour
  • Waters
  • Wright
  • Gilmour
  • Carin
2:33
15."On the Run"
  • Gilmour
  • Waters
Instrumental3:48
16."Time"
  • Gilmour
  • Waters
  • Wright
  • Mason
  • Gilmour
  • Wright
6:47
Total length:15:48
Side six
No.TitleMusicLead VocalsLength
17."The Great Gig in the Sky"
  • Wright
  • Clare Torry
  • Sam Brown
  • Durga McBroom
  • Claudia Fontaine
5:52
18."Money"WatersGilmour8:54
Total length:14:46
Side seven
No.TitleMusicLead VocalsLength
19."Us and Them"
  • Waters
  • Wright
Gilmour6:58
20."Any Colour You Like"
  • Gilmour
  • Wright
  • Mason
Instrumental3:21
21."Brain Damage"WatersGilmour3:46
22."Eclipse"WatersGilmour2:38
Total length:16:43
Side eight
No.TitleMusicLead VocalsLength
23."Wish You Were Here"
  • Gilmour
  • Waters
Gilmour6:35
24."Comfortably Numb"
  • Gilmour
  • Waters
  • Gilmour
  • Wright
  • Carin
  • Pratt
9:29
25."Run Like Hell"
  • Gilmour
  • Waters
  • Gilmour
  • Pratt
8:36
Total length:24:40

Cassette edition[edit]

Cassette one
Side one
No.TitleMusicLead VocalsLength
1."Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts I-V, VII"
  • David Gilmour
  • Roger Waters
  • Richard Wright
David Gilmour13:35
2."Astronomy Domine"Syd Barrett
  • Gilmour
  • Wright
4:20
3."What Do You Want From Me"
  • Gilmour
  • Wright
  • Polly Samson
Gilmour4:10
4."Learning to Fly"
  • Gilmour
  • Anthony Moore
  • Bob Ezrin
  • Jon Carin
Gilmour5:16
5."Keep Talking"
  • Gilmour
  • Wright
  • Samson
Gilmour6:52
6."Coming Back to Life"GilmourGilmour6:56
Total length:41:09
Side two
No.TitleMusicLead VocalsLength
7."Hey You"Waters
  • Gilmour
  • Jon Carin
4:40
8."A Great Day for Freedom"
  • Gilmour
  • Samson
Gilmour4:30
9."Sorrow"GilmourGilmour10:49
10."High Hopes"
  • Gilmour
  • Samson
Gilmour7:52
11."Another Brick in the Wall, Part II"Waters
  • Gilmour
  • Guy Pratt
7:08
12."One of These Days" (17 October 1994 Earls Court, London)
  • Gilmour
  • Waters
  • Wright
  • Nick Mason
Instrumental6:51
Total length:41:32
Cassette two
Side three
No.TitleMusicLead VocalsLength
1."Speak to Me"MasonInstrumental2:30
2."Breathe (In the Air)"
  • Gilmour
  • Waters
  • Wright
  • Gilmour
  • Carin
2:33
3."On the Run"
  • Gilmour
  • Waters
Instrumental3:48
4."Time"
  • Gilmour
  • Waters
  • Wright
  • Mason
  • Gilmour
  • Wright
6:47
5."The Great Gig in the Sky"
  • Wright
  • Clare Torry
  • Sam Brown
  • Durga McBroom
  • Claudia Fontaine
5:52
6."Money"WatersGilmour8:54
7."Us and Them"
  • Waters
  • Wright
Gilmour6:58
8."Any Colour You Like"
  • Gilmour
  • Wright
  • Mason
Instrumental3:21
9."Brain Damage"WatersGilmour3:46
10."Eclipse"WatersGilmour2:38
Total length:47:17
Side four
No.TitleMusicLead VocalsLength
11."Wish You Were Here"
  • Gilmour
  • Waters
Gilmour6:35
12."Comfortably Numb"
  • Gilmour
  • Waters
  • Gilmour
  • Wright
  • Carin
  • Pratt
9:29
13."Run Like Hell"
  • Gilmour
  • Waters
  • Gilmour
  • Pratt
8:36
14."Soundscape" (hidden track; ambient piece played before all concerts)
  • Gilmour
  • Wright
  • Mason
Instrumental22:00
Total length:46:40

Personnel[edit]

Pink Floyd
  • David Gilmour – lead vocals, lead guitar and lap steel guitar (on "One of These Days", "High Hopes" and "The Great Gig In the Sky")
  • Nick Mason – drums, percussion (on "Time")
  • Richard Wright – keyboards, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Astronomy Domine", co-lead vocals on "Time", "Us and Them" and "Comfortably Numb"
Additional personnel
  • Guy Pratt – bass, backing vocals, co-lead vocals on "Run Like Hell"
  • Jon Carin – keyboards, backing vocals, co-lead vocals on "Hey You"
  • Sam Brown – backing vocals, first vocalist on "The Great Gig in the Sky"
  • Durga McBroom – backing vocals, second vocalist on "The Great Gig in the Sky"
  • Claudia Fontaine – backing vocals, third vocalist on "The Great Gig in the Sky"
  • Tim Renwick – guitar, backing vocals
  • Dick Parry – saxophone
  • Gary Wallis – percussion

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[37] Gold 30,000^
Australia (ARIA)[38]
video
14× Platinum 210,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[39] Platinum 50,000*
Belgium (BEA)[40] Gold 25,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[41]
video
2× Platinum 100,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[41]
video - NTSC version, No Subtitles
Diamond 100,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[42] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[43]
video
Platinum 10,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[44]
video
Gold 13,965[44]
France (SNEP)[45] Platinum 300,000*
Germany (BVMI)[46] Platinum 500,000^
Germany (BVMI)[47]
video
7× Gold 175,000^
Italy (FIMI)[48] Gold 25,000*
Italy
Dvd 2006 sales
120,000[49]
Netherlands (NVPI)[50] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[51] Platinum 15,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[52] Platinum 100,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[53]
video
3× Platinum 30,000*
Portugal (AFP)[54]
video
4× Platinum 32,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[55] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[56] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[58] Platinum 349,428[57]
United States (RIAA)[8] 2× Platinum 1,480,000[59]
United States (RIAA)[60]
video
8× Platinum 400,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[61] Platinum 1,000,000*

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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