Pulse (Pink Floyd album)

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Pulse
Floyd PULSE Cover.jpg
Live album by Pink Floyd
Released 29 May 1995 (1995-05-29)
Recorded 17 August–29 October 1994
Genre Progressive rock
Length 147:59
Label EMI (Europe) Columbia (elsewhere)
Producer
Pink Floyd chronology
The Division Bell
(1994)
Pulse
(1995)
London '66–'67
(1995)
Singles from Pulse
  1. "Wish You Were Here"
    Released: 20 July 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 1.5/5 stars[2]

Pulse (stylised as p·u·l·s·e) is a live double album by the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd. It was originally released on 29 May 1995, on the label EMI in the United Kingdom and on 6 June 1995 by Columbia in the United States.[3]

The album was recorded during the band's Division Bell Tour in 1994, specifically the UK and European leg, which ran from July to October 1994.

Content and recording[edit]

The album includes a complete live version of The Dark Side of the Moon and features a booklet with many photographs 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 record 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 claimed that it was mixed in "Q Sound" which produces a 3D audio effect even on a two channel stereo system.

Release history[edit]

In the US, Pulse debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 in June 1995 (briefly dethroning Hootie & 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.[4]

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 an almost complete performance from their 20 October show at Earl's Court, London.[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.

LED packaging[edit]

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 battery; the battery life was stated to be over six 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.

Track listing[edit]

CD Edition[edit]

Disc one
No. Title Music Lead Vocals Length
1. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts I-V, VII" (20 October 1994, Earls Court, London) David Gilmour 13:35
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)
Gilmour 4:10
4. "Learning to Fly" (14 October 1994, Earls Court, London) Gilmour 5:16
5. "Keep Talking" (17 August 1994, Niedersachsenstadion, Hanover)
  • Gilmour
  • Wright
  • Samson
Gilmour 6:52
6. "Coming Back to Life" (13 October 1994, Earls Court, London) Gilmour Gilmour 6:56
7. "Hey You" (13, 15 October 1994, Earls Court, London) Waters Gilmour, Jon Carin 4:40
8. "A Great Day for Freedom" (19 October 1994, Earls Court, London)
  • Gilmour
  • Samson
Gilmour 4:30
9. "Sorrow" (20 September 1994, Cinecittà, Rome) Gilmour Gilmour 10:49
10. "High Hopes" (14, 19, 20, 21, 29 October 1994, Earls Court, London)
  • Gilmour
  • Samson
Gilmour 7:52
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. Title Music Lead Vocals Length
1. "Speak to Me" (20 September 1994, Cinecittà, Rome) Nick Mason Instrumental 2:30
2. "Breathe (In the Air)" (20 October 1994, Earls Court, London)
  • Gilmour
  • Waters
  • Wright
  • Gilmour
  • Carin
2:33
3. "On the Run" (20 October 1994, Earls Court, London)
  • Gilmour
  • Waters
Instrumental 3:48
4. "Time" (17 September 1994, Modena, Italy; 20 September 1994, Cinecittà, Rome; 20 October 1994, 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, Modena, Italy; 20 October 1994, London) Waters Gilmour 8:54
7. "Us and Them" (19, 20 October 1994, Earls Court, London)
  • Waters
  • Wright
Gilmour 6:58
8. "Any Colour You Like" (19, 23 October 1994, Earls Court, London)
  • Gilmour
  • Wright
  • Mason
Instrumental 3:21
9. "Brain Damage" (19 October 1994, Earls Court, London) Waters Gilmour 3:46
10. "Eclipse" (19 October 1994, Earls Court, London) Waters Gilmour 2:38
11. "Wish You Were Here" (20 September 1994, Cinecittà, Rome)
  • Gilmour
  • Waters
Gilmour 6:35
12. "Comfortably Numb" (20 October 1994, Earls Court, London)
  • Gilmour
  • Waters
  • Gilmour
  • Wright
  • Carin
  • Pratt
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]

Cassette Edition[edit]

Cassette one
Cassette two

Personnel[edit]

Pink Floyd
Additional personnel
  • Guy Pratt – bass guitar; backing vocals; lead vocals on "Comfortably Numb" (verses) and "Run Like Hell"
  • Jon Carin – keyboards; programming; backing vocals; lead vocals on "Hey You", "Comfortably Numb" (verses)
  • Sam Brown – backing vocals; first lead vocalist on "The Great Gig in the Sky"
  • Durga McBroom – backing vocals; second lead vocalist on "The Great Gig in the Sky"
  • Claudia Fontaine – backing vocals; third lead vocalist on "The Great Gig in the Sky"
  • Tim Renwick – guitars; backing vocals
  • Dick Parry – saxophones
  • Gary Wallis – percussion; additional drums (played and programmed)

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Preceded by
Cracked Rear View by Hootie & the Blowfish
Billboard 200 number-one album
24–30 June 1995
Succeeded by
HIStory by Michael Jackson
Preceded by
Singles by Alison Moyet
UK number one album
10–23 June 1995
Preceded by
Tuesday Night Music Club by Sheryl Crow
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
25 June – 1 July 1995