Delicate Sound of Thunder

Delicate Sound of Thunder is the first entirely live album by English progressive rock band Pink Floyd. It was recorded over five nights at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, New York, in August 1988 and mixed at Abbey Road Studios in September 1988. It was released on 22 November 1988, through EMI Records in the United Kingdom and Columbia Records in the United States.

Delicate Sound of Thunder
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Live album by
Released22 November 1988
Recorded19–23 August 1988
VenueNassau Coliseum (Long Island, NY)
GenreProgressive rock
Length104:08
LanguageEnglish
LabelEMI
ProducerDavid Gilmour
Pink Floyd chronology
A Momentary Lapse of Reason
(1987)
Delicate Sound of Thunder
(1988)
Shine On
(1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Blender3/5 stars[2]
Robert ChristgauC[3]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[4]

Release and reissueEdit

The album was released in 1988 as a double LP, double cassette, and a double CD, each format containing a slightly different track listing. The album includes many works from A Momentary Lapse of Reason as well as tracks from older Pink Floyd albums. The double LP release did not have "Us and Them" on the track listing. Both the double LP and the double cassette had "Wish You Were Here" between "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" and "Comfortably Numb".

Although David Gilmour stated around the time of its release and on a radio interview in 1992 that the album contained no studio overdubbing whatsoever, he embellished the tracks during mixing with some extra acoustic guitar on "Comfortably Numb", according to engineer Buford Jones. In addition, some harmonies were replaced by studio re-takes: Richard Wright re-did his vocal on "Time" and Sam Brown replaced Rachel Fury's part in "Comfortably Numb"[5] but the rest of the album is as performed at the shows.

Along with A Collection of Great Dance Songs, Delicate Sound of Thunder was reissued on 180g heavyweight vinyl LP in November 2017.[6] Its artwork replicates that of the original 1988 LP release.

An expanded version of the live album was included in The Later Years 1987–2019 box set in 2019, including performances omitted from the original release due to the limitations of vinyl records. Previously unreleased tracks include "Signs of Life," "One Slip," "A New Machine (Part 1)", "Terminal Frost", "A New Machine (Part 2)", and "Welcome to the Machine". This reissue marks the first official release of Pink Floyd playing a live version of "Welcome to the Machine." All tracks were remixed for the 2019 reissue.

Commercial performanceEdit

Delicate Sound of Thunder reached #11 on the Billboard 200 and is currently listed as Triple Platinum in U.S. sales — it was certified Gold and Platinum on 23 January 1989 and Triple Platinum in April 1997. In Canada, it was #57 in the 1989 year-end chart. [1]

First in spaceEdit

Delicate Sound of Thunder became the first album to be played in space, as Soviet cosmonauts took it aboard Soyuz TM-7. David Gilmour and Nick Mason attended the mission's launch.[7]

Track listingEdit

CDEdit

Disc one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Shine On You Crazy Diamond"Roger Waters/David Gilmour/Richard Wright11:53
2."Learning to Fly"Gilmour/Bob Ezrin/Jon Carin/Anthony Moore5:27
3."Yet Another Movie"Gilmour/Pat Leonard6:21
4."Round and Around"Gilmour0:33
5."Sorrow"Gilmour9:28
6."The Dogs of War"Gilmour/Moore7:18
7."On the Turning Away"Gilmour/Moore7:58
Disc two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."One of These Days"Waters/Gilmour/Wright/Nick Mason6:15
2."Time"Gilmour/Mason/Wright/Waters5:16
3."Wish You Were Here"Waters/Gilmour4:49
4."Us and Them"Waters/Wright7:22
5."Money"Waters9:52
6."Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)"Waters5:28
7."Comfortably Numb"Gilmour/Waters8:56
8."Run Like Hell"Gilmour/Waters7:12

LP editionEdit

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Shine On You Crazy Diamond"Waters/Gilmour/Wright11:53
2."Learning to Fly"Gilmour/Ezrin/Carin/Moore5:27
3."Yet Another Movie"Gilmour/Leonard6:21
4."Round and Around"Gilmour1:00
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
5."Sorrow"Gilmour9:28
6."The Dogs of War"Gilmour/Moore7:18
7."On the Turning Away"Gilmour/Moore7:58
Side three
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."One of These Days"Waters/Gilmour/Wright/Mason6:15
2."Time"Gilmour/Waters/Mason/Wright5:16
3."Money"Waters9:52
4."Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)"Waters5:28
Side four
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
5."Wish You Were Here"Waters/Gilmour4:49
6."Comfortably Numb"Gilmour/Waters8:56
7."Run Like Hell"Gilmour/Waters7:12

CassetteEdit

Cassette one
Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Shine On You Crazy Diamond"Waters/Gilmour/Wright11:53
2."Learning to Fly"Gilmour/Ezrin/Carin/Moore5:27
3."Yet Another Movie"Gilmour/Leonard6:21
4."Round and Around"Gilmour1:03
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
5."Sorrow"Gilmour9:44
6."The Dogs of War"Gilmour/Moore7:18
7."On the Turning Away"Gilmour/Moore7:58
Cassette two
Side three
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."One of These Days"Waters/Gilmour/Wright/Mason6:15
2."Time"Gilmour/Wright/Mason/Waters5:16
3."Us and Them"Waters/Wright7:22
4."Money"Waters9:52
5."Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)"Waters5:28
Side four
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."Wish You Were Here"Waters/Gilmour4:49
7."Comfortably Numb"Gilmour/Waters8:56
8."Run Like Hell"Gilmour/Waters7:12

Songs omitted from the albumEdit

The concerts also featured the following songs which were not included on the album:

Songs with asterisk (*) are included in the video version.

2019 reissueEdit

Delicate Sound of Thunder was reissued on CD on 13 December 2019 as part of the box set The Later Years 1987–2019 along with the film of the same name. The album has been remixed and remastered and includes tracks omitted from the original 1988 release. A standalone release will be out on November 20 as a 2-CD or a 3-LP or 2-CD/DVD/Blu-Ray box set.

In the 2019 remix, the songs "Sorrow", "On the Turning Away" and "Comfortably Numb" have longer guitar solos by Gilmour than in the 1988 original; "The Dogs of War" has a longer intro; "Money" has been condensed, removing Guy Pratt's bass solo and the female a cappella section; "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" has extra elements, taken from 1989 shows, added in - most notably an extra "hey teacher!" between Gilmour's and Renwick's guitar solos; "Us and Them" has a piano added to the intro; much of the echo has been removed from Wallis' electronic drums during "Learning to Fly"; and "Run Like Hell" has an extended intro and now includes Gilmour thanking the audience; "Time" guitar's intro starts sooner within the "tic-tac" (as performed on Pulse) than the 1988 original.

"Learning to Fly", "Us and Them", and "Run Like Hell" from the 2019 remix are also included in the 2019 compilation album The Later Years 1987–2019 Highlights, released on 29 November 2019.

Track listingEdit

PersonnelEdit

Pink Floyd

Additional musicians

Production

ChartsEdit

Certifications and salesEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[20] Gold 30,000^
Argentina (CAPIF)[20]
Delicado Sonido Del True
Gold 30,000^
Australia 25,000[21]
Austria (IFPI Austria)[22] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[23] 2× Platinum 200,000^
France (SNEP)[24] 2× Gold 200,000*
Germany (BVMI)[25] Gold 250,000^
Italy
sales in 1989
300,000[26]
Italy (FIMI)[27]
(since 2009)
Gold 25,000*
Netherlands (NVPI)[28] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[29] Platinum 15,000^
Portugal (AFP)[30] 2× Platinum 80,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[31] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[32] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[33] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[34] 3× Platinum 1,500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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