Pink Floyd’s relationship with the cinema is very long. Already in the late sixties, director Barbet Schroeder contacted the band to compose the soundtrack for the movie ‘More’ (1969). Shortly after the interviews with the musicians and the sessions for the legendary album ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ (1973) would be combined with a performance by the British band in the amphitheater of the city buried by Vesuvius in ‘Live at Pompeii’. Since that appearance without an audience, there have been other projects such as that of Roger Waters and Alan Parker in ‘The Wall’ – with Bob Geldof as the protagonist – back in 1982 that prolonged the release of the album ‘The Final Cut’ and
Another of the co-founders of the project in 1967, the keyboardist Riochard Wright had left after the sessions of the album ‘The Wall’ in 1979. Now only the singer and guitarist David Gilmour and the drummer Nick Mason remained on board. The two, with the reinstated Wright, shaped ‘A Momentary Lapse Of Reason’, a chart hit that was released in September 1987.
The massive response of fans was reflected in massive concerts: 4.25 million attendees saw Pink Floyd live in the next two years, whose central triumvirate was supported by eight other stellar musicians.
That’s where this ‘Delicate Sound of Thunder’ came from, filmed at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island in August 1988 and directed by Wayne Isham. ‘Delicate Sound Of Thunder’, that Grammy Award-nominated concert, hits theaters – the list of venues will be updated at www.delicatesoundofthunder.com – for the first time on October 15, this international release only. Compared to video or DVD editions, the 2020 version is sourced directly from over 100 cans of original 35mm negatives, carefully restored and transferred to 4K. Benny Trickett re-edited from the restored and updated footage, under the creative direction of Aubrey Powell / Hipgnosis. Additionally, the sound was completely remixed from the original multitrack tapes by David Gilmour, with Pink Floyd engineer Andy Jackson, backed by Damon Iddins.
Pink Floyd’s performance included Jon Carin (keyboards, vocals), Tim Renwick (guitars, vocals), Guy Pratt (bass, vocals), Gary Wallis (percussion), Scott Page (saxophone, guitar), Margret Taylor (backing vocals) , Rachel Fury (backing vocals) and Durga McBroom (backing vocals).
The track listing carefully balances hot new material with Pink Floyd classics, including four songs from ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ (‘Time’, ‘On the Run’, ‘The Great Gig in the Sky’ and ‘Us and Them’), the title track of the hymn from ‘Wish You Were Here’, ‘Comfortly Numb’ from ‘The Wall’ and a cathartic ‘Run Like Hell’. From ‘A Momentary Lapse of Reason’ came the atmospheric instrumental ‘Signs of Life’, the powerful ‘Learning to Fly’ and ‘On the Turning Away’.
From August 27, tickets will go on sale to enjoy this testament to the creative power of David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright, ‘Delicate Sound of Thunder’.
The Wayne Isham-directed film is re-edited from the original footage contained in more than one hundred 35-millimeter cans