Pulse (Pink Floyd album)
||This article possibly contains original research. (July 2010)|
|Live album by Pink Floyd|
|Released||29 May 1995|
|Recorded||17 August–29 October 1994|
|Label||EMI (Europe), Columbia (elsewhere)|
|Producer||James Guthrie, David Gilmour|
|Pink Floyd chronology|
|Singles from Pulse|
Pulse (stylised as p·u·l·s·e) is a live double album by the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd, released through EMI Records on 29 May 1995 in the United Kingdom and by Columbia Records on 6 June 1995 in the United States.
Content and recording
The album includes a complete live version of The Dark Side of the Moon and features a booklet with many photos from performances on this tour. It also features "Astronomy Domine", a Syd Barrett song not performed since the early 1970s.
Unlike Delicate Sound of Thunder, David Gilmour and producer James Guthrie have stated that no parts of the songs were re-recorded in the studio (James Guthrie confirmed this in an interview with Pink Floyd fanzine Brain Damage). 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 CD says it was mixed in "Q Sound" which produces a 3D audio effect even on a two channel stereo system.
In the US, Pulse debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 in June 1995 (briefly dethroning Hootie and the Blowfish's Cracked Rear View for a week before Hootie regained the number one spot in the US) and was soon certified Double Platinum by the RIAA on 31 July 1995.
On 10 July 2006, the Pulse DVD was released of the concert performed on 20 October 1994, at Earls Court, London. The video version also featured the song "Take It Back," and a nearly complete performance from their 20 October show at Earl's Court, London.
The vinyl version comes in a four-LP box set and includes "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.
Early CD versions came with a blinking 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 cell; the battery life was stated to be over 6 months. Some versions were also made with 2 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.'
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.
LED size difference
The LED cases are slightly broader and thicker than a standard CD jewel. Later releases that did not come with the LED matched the dimensions of a CD jewel case but are also thicker. This is due to the hardback picture book and outer sleeve which prevents storing in shelves that require standard thickness CD jewel cases. The later version does fit in CD shelves that do not require the exact jewel case thickness.
In comparing the releases, the outer sleeve and books are identical other than size difference with the same photos on each page. Only in the LED version larger book, the inner jacket holding each CD displays the track listing.
In the picture at the right, the LED 2 battery compartment is at the top, the row on the left is the LED larger version and on the row at the right is the smaller later release. All releases are packaged with the same two music CDs.
- Disc one
|Track No.||Title||Composer||Time||Venue||Lead Vocals|
|1||Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V, VII)||David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Richard Wright||13:35||London, England 20 October 1994 (All London performances were at Earls Court.)||David Gilmour|
|2||Astronomy Domine||Syd Barrett||4:20||London, England 15 October 1994||David Gilmour and Richard Wright|
|3||What Do You Want from Me||Gilmour, Wright, Polly Samson||4:10||Cinecittà, Rome, Italy on 21 September 1994||David Gilmour|
|4||Learning to Fly||Gilmour, Anthony Moore, Bob Ezrin, Jon Carin||5:16||London, England, 14 October 1994||David Gilmour|
|5||Keep Talking||Gilmour, Wright, Samson||6:52||Niedersachsenstadion, Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany on 17 August 1994||David Gilmour|
|6||Coming Back to Life||Gilmour||6:56||London, England 13 October 1994||David Gilmour|
|7||Hey You||Waters||4:40||London, England 13 and 15 (last verse) October 1994||David Gilmour and Jon Carin|
|8||A Great Day for Freedom||Gilmour, Samson||4:30||London, England 19 October 1994||David Gilmour|
|9||Sorrow||Gilmour||10:49||Cinecittà, Rome, Italy on 20 September 1994||David Gilmour|
|10||High Hopes||Gilmour, Samson||7:52||London, England 20 October 1994. Some parts ("forever and ever" line and part of lap steel solo) from London, October 14–19 or 21-29, 1994||David Gilmour|
|11||Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)||Waters||7:08||London, England on 21 October 1994||David Gilmour and Guy Pratt|
|Bonus track on cassette and LP editions|
|12||One of These Days||Gilmour, Waters, Wright, Nick Mason||6:45||London, England 16 and 20 (last part) October 1994||Instrumental|
- Disc two
- The Dark Side of the Moon
|Track No.||Title||Composer||Time||Venue||Lead Vocals|
|1||Speak to Me||Mason||2:30||Cinecittà, Rome, Italy on 20 September 1994. Last part recorded in London, England 20 October 1994||Instrumental|
|2||Breathe||Gilmour, Waters, Wright||2:33||London, England 20 October 1994 (All London performances were at Earls Court.)||David Gilmour and Jon Carin|
|3||On the Run||Gilmour, Waters||3:48||London, England 20 October 1994. Explosion recorded in London, 15 October 1994||Instrumental|
|4||Time||Gilmour, Waters, Wright, Mason||6:47||Intro recorded in Modena, Italy on 17 September 1994. The rest of song and most of "Breathe (Reprise)" was recorded at Cinecittà, Rome, Italy on 20 September 1994. Ending of "Breathe (Reprise)" recorded in London, England on 20 October 1994||David Gilmour and Richard Wright|
|5||The Great Gig in the Sky||Wright, Torry||5:52||London, England 20 October 1994||Sam Brown, Durga McBroom and Claudia Fontaine|
|6||Money||Waters||8:54||Modena, Italy on 17 September 1994. Part of sax solo in London, England on 20 October 1994||David Gilmour|
|7||Us and Them||Waters, Wright||6:58||London, England 20 October 1994. Second and third choruses London, England 19 October 1994||David Gilmour|
|8||Any Colour You Like||Gilmour, Wright, Mason||3:21||London, England 23 October 1994. Last part recorded in London, England 19 October 1994||Instrumental|
|9||Brain Damage||Waters||3:46||London, England 19 October 1994||David Gilmour|
|10||Eclipse||Waters||2:38||London, England 19 October 1994||David Gilmour|
|11||Wish You Were Here||Gilmour, Waters||6:35||Cinecittà, Rome, Italy 20 September 1994||David Gilmour|
|12||Comfortably Numb||Gilmour, Waters||9:29||London, England 20 October 1994||David Gilmour, Richard Wright, Jon Carin and Guy Pratt|
|13||Run Like Hell||Gilmour, Waters||8:36||London, England 15 October 1994||David Gilmour and Guy Pratt|
|Bonus track on cassette and LP editions|
|14||Soundscape||Gilmour, Wright, Mason||22:00||An ambient piece that was played before the 1994 concerts||-|
- Pink Floyd
- David Gilmour – electric, acoustic and console steel guitars, lead vocals
- Nick Mason – drums, percussion
- Richard Wright – keyboards, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Astronomy Domine", "Time", and "Comfortably Numb" (verses)
- Additional musicians
- Sam Brown – backing vocals, first lead vocalist on "The Great Gig in the Sky"
- Jon Carin – keyboards, backing vocals, programming, lead vocals on "Hey You", "Comfortably Numb" (verses)
- Claudia Fontaine – backing vocals, third lead vocalist on "The Great Gig in the Sky"
- Durga McBroom – backing vocals, second lead vocalist on "The Great Gig in the Sky"
- Dick Parry – saxophones
- Guy Pratt – bass guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Comfortably Numb" (verses) and "Run Like Hell"
- Tim Renwick – guitars, backing vocals
- Gary Wallis – percussion, additional drums (played and programmed)
Sales chart performance
|1995||UK Albums Chart||1|
|1995||The Billboard 200||1|
|1995||Norwegian Record Charts||1|
|1995||Australian ARIA Albums Chart||1|
Sales and certifications
|Austria (IFPI Austria)||Platinum||50,000x|
|Canada (Music Canada)||3× Platinum||300,000^|
|Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)||Platinum||50,000x|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Gold||100,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||2× Platinum||1,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
|1995||"What Do You Want from Me"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||13|
|1995||"Wish You Were Here"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||13|
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