Delicate Sound of Thunder is the first entirely live album by the 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, New York, United States
GenreProgressive rock
Length104:08
LanguageEnglish
LabelEMI (UK/Europe)
CBS Columbia (US/Canada)
Melodiya (USSR)
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 link
Robert ChristgauC [2]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars [3]

RecordingEdit

The band recorded and filmed their series of shows at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia in November 1987 for a potential live concert film and album. The band, however, were not happy with the results. Consequently, the material from these shows would make up videos and B-sides for the A Momentary Lapse of Reason singles and later these shows were released as bootleg recordings entitled Pink Floyd: The Calhoun Tapes and Would You Buy a Ticket to This Show. Then in August 1988, the band went to Nassau Coliseum and filmed and recorded their five night stand at the end of the initial Momentary Lapse 1987/88 tour.

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".

A concert film directed by American music video director Wayne Isham was released in VHS, Video CD and Laserdisc formats. That film was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video at the 32nd Annual Grammy Awards.

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 "Us and Them" and Sam Brown replaced Rachel Fury's part in "Comfortably Numb"[4] but the rest of the album was what was played 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.[5] Its artwork replicates that of the original 1988 LP release.

Chart 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]

In spaceEdit

Delicate Sound of Thunder became the first rock 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.[6]


The double LP was also the band's only album to be officially released in the Soviet Union by the state-owned label Melodiya.

Track listingEdit

CDEdit

Disc one
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."Shine On You Crazy Diamond"Roger Waters/David Gilmour/Richard Wright21 August 198811:53
2."Learning to Fly"Gilmour/Bob Ezrin/Jon Carin/Anthony Moore21 August 19885:27
3."Yet Another Movie"Gilmour/Pat Leonard21 August 19886:21
4."Round and Around"Gilmour19 August 19880:33
5."Sorrow"Gilmour23 August 19889:28
6."The Dogs of War"Gilmour/Moore20 August 19887:18
7."On the Turning Away"Gilmour/Moore21 August 19887:58
Disc two
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."One of These Days"Waters/Gilmour/Nick Mason/Wright22 August 19886:15
2."Time"Waters/Gilmour/Mason/Wright19 August 19885:16
3."Wish You Were Here"Waters/Gilmour23 August 19884:49
4."Us and Them"Waters/Wright21 August 19887:22
5."Money"Waters21 August 19889:52
6."Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)"Waters21 August 19885:28
7."Comfortably Numb"Gilmour/Waters23 August 19888:56
8."Run Like Hell"Waters/Gilmour19 August 19887:12

LP EditionEdit

CassetteEdit

Cassette one
Cassette two

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.

PersonnelEdit

Pink Floyd

Additional musicians

Production David Hewitt Remote Recording Engineer

2019 reissueEdit

Delicate Sound of Thunder is to be reissued on CD on 29 November 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 will include tracks omitted from the original 1988 release. There are no current plans for a standalone release.

Track listingEdit

Disc 1

  1. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond"
  2. "Signs of Life" (previously unreleased)
  3. "Learning to Fly"
  4. "Yet Another Movie"
  5. "Round and Around"
  6. "A New Machine (Part 1)" (previously unreleased)
  7. "Terminal Frost" (previously unreleased)
  8. "A New Machine (Part 2)" (previously unreleased)
  9. "Sorrow"
  10. "The Dogs of War"
  11. "On The Turning Away"

Disc 2

  1. "One of These Days"
  2. "Time"
  3. "On the Run" (previously unreleased)
  4. "The Great Gig in the Sky" (previously unreleased)
  5. "Wish You Were Here"
  6. "Welcome to the Machine" (previously unreleased)
  7. "Us and Them"
  8. "Money"
  9. "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)"
  10. "Comfortably Numb"
  11. "One Slip" (previously unreleased)
  12. "Run Like Hell"

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

Charts and certificationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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