The first break out package from the Pink Floyd 'The Later Years' set, Delicate Sound Of Thunder, has been remixed, restored and re-edited on DVD.
The release of Delicate Sound Of Thunder encapsulates a band at their best. Alongside the full concert film (restored and re-edited from the original 35mm film and enhanced with 5.1 surround sound), included in The Later Years box set, the DVD features a 24-page photo booklet.
In 1987, Pink Floyd made a triumphant resurgence. The legendary British band, formed in 1967, had suffered the loss of two co-founders: keyboardist / vocalist Richard Wright, who left after sessions for The Wall in 1979, and bass player and lyricist Roger Waters, who had left to go solo in 1985, soon after the 1983 album The Final Cut.
The gauntlet was thus laid down for guitarist/singer David Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason, who proceeded to create the multi-platinum A Momentary Lapse Of Reason album, a global chart smash, which also saw the return of Richard Wright to the fold.
Originally released in September 1987, A Momentary Lapse Of Reason was quickly embraced by fans worldwide, who flocked to attend the live tour dates, which started within days of the album's release. The tour played to more than 4.25 million fans over more than two years, and, as a celebration of the enduring talent and global appeal of Pink Floyd, was unsurpassed at the time.
Filmed at Long Island's Nassau Coliseum in August 1988 and directed by Wayne Isham, the 2020 release of the Grammy Award nominated Delicate Sound Of Thunder is sourced directly from over 100 cans of original 35mm negatives, painstakingly restored and transferred to 4K, and completely re-edited by Benny Trickett from the restored and upgraded footage, under the creative direction of Aubrey Powell/Hipgnosis. Similarly, the sound was completely remixed from the original multitrack tapes by longtime Pink Floyd engineer Andy Jackson with Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, assisted by Damon Iddins.
Pink Floyd's stellar supporting cast for the live dates included: Jon Carin (Keyboards, Vocals), Tim Renwick (Guitars, Vocals), Guy Pratt (Bass, Vocals), Gary Wallis (Percussion), Scott Page (Saxophones, Guitar), Margret Taylor (Backing Vocals), Rachel Fury (Backing Vocals) and Durga McBroom (Backing Vocals).
Technical credits include: Film Producers: Curt Marvis and Carl Wyant; Director of Photography: Marc Reshovsky; Lighting Designer: Marc Brickman, with conceptual footage directed by Storm Thorgerson, except "Money" directed by Storm Thorgerson, Barry Chattington and Peter Medak. Animation on "Time" was by Ian Emes.
The setlist carefully balances the then-new material and Pink Floyd classics, including songs from The Dark Side Of The Moon ("Time", "On The Run", "The Great Gig In The Sky" and "Us And Them"), the anthemic title track of Wish You Were Here, The Wall's "Comfortably Numb" and a cathartic "Run Like Hell".
As a record of the creative power of David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright at their incendiary best, Pink Floyd's Delicate Sound of Thunder is an engrossing and uplifting event, to be enjoyed by any rock music fan.
- Filmed over 5 nights at the Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, Long Island, New York, USA, August 19-23 1988
- Stereo PCM (48/16), 5.1 Dolby Digital (48/16), 5.1 dts (48/16)
- Cinema footage edited from 100+ cans of the original 35mm footage, restored and scanned and restored to 4K
- Audio produced by David Gilmour
- Remixed by Andy Jackson with David Gilmour, assisted by Damon Iddins
- Creative Director Aubrey Powell/Hipgnosis
- Single DVD disc in DVD-sized, paper-based packaging
- Packaging has die-cut circle to reveal band on stage
- 24-page booklet
- First release on stand-alone DVD
- Length: 2 hours 02 mins / 16 tracks (Original VHS/Laserdisc-only release was 16 tracks / 90 mins with edited tracks)
- NTSC, Region: 0
- Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts 1-5
- Signs Of Life
- Learning To Fly
- The Dogs Of War
- On The Turning Away
- One Of These Days
- On The Run
- The Great Gig In The Sky
- Wish You Were Here
- Us And Them
- Comfortably Numb
- One Slip
- Run Like Hell