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Album Review: Pink Floyd – Delicate Sound of Thunder (2020 expanded reissue)

Twenty-two years after its initial release, it’s worth considering just how remarkable an album Pink Floyd’s Delicate Sound of Thunder was in 1988. Though Pink Floyd had released 13 albums, their catalog consisted almost completely of studio material. Only half of 1969’s double-LP Ummagumma showcased the band live in concert. So for fans who wanted

Book Review: Barrett: The Definitive Visual Companion

There have been quite a few books written about Syd Barrett. Some have emphasized the more lurid and sensational aspects of his story, including his drug use, mental illness, dismissal from the band he founded, and somewhat hermit-like post-Pink Floyd existence. Others have shone a light on his music. But few have delved with insight

Pink Floyd’s ‘Atom Heart Mother’ at 50

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Atom Heart Mother, the fifth album from Pink Floyd. In this edited excerpt from my book, Reinventing Pink Floyd: From Syd Barrett to The Dark Side of the Moon, I discuss the making of the album’s epic title track with Pink Floyd’s collaborator, Ron Geesin.

Album Review: Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets — Live at the Roundhouse

In the 21st century, it’s not a bit unusual for well-known and celebrated music artists to tour o nthe strength of material they recorded and released a half century ago. As fine as 2019’s Who might be as an album, few bought concert tickets with a goal of hearing material from it, Endless Wire or

30 Days Out, May 2020 #1: The Call to Unite, Love From Philly, Remote Utopias, Pink Floyd @YouTube Film Festival

Regardless of what some of the more irresponsible political leaders might encourage, shelter-in-place remains very much the prudent course of action for now. Happily, musical creatives continue to offer up livestreaming and archival performances to help us – if only for a short while – take our minds off of the global pandemic and its

No Good Trying: Syd Barrett’s ‘The Madcap Laughs’ at 50 (Part 2)

Continued from Part One … excerpted from my book, Reinventing Pink Floyd Barrett had approached his old friend David Gilmour – then on holiday in Ibiza, Spain, the setting for the Barbet Schroeder film More – and asked him and Roger Waters to produce. They agreed, and scheduled overdub and recording sessions on spare days

30 Days Out: February 2020 #2: Gordon Lightfoot, Marley Carroll, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Pinkest Floyd

Lots of great live music coming to Asheville, N.C. in the next 30 days. Below is merely a sampling from among the best: two local acts, two nationally touring artists. Blues, folk, electronica, funk: something for most every taste. Artist: Gordon Lightfoot Venue: Harrah’s Cherokee Center Date: Monday, Feb. 17, 8 p.m. Door: $27-$67 You

30 Days Out: January 2020 #1: Interstellar Echoes, Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven, 3rd Annual Women in Music Series, Beach Fossils

For five and half years, I wrote a twice-monthly column for Asheville, N.C.’s superb altweekly Mountain Xpress. That column, “30 Days Out,” previewed upcoming live shows of note, focusing on both local/regional and nationally/internationally touring artists, across a (if I do say so myself) wide cross-section of musical styles. The column ended after more than

A Look Back at Pink Floyd’s ‘More’ Soundtrack (Part 2)

Continued from Part One… A very brief instrumental, the unimaginatively named “Party Sequence” features Nick Mason on several overdubbed bongo drums, with wife Lindy trilling along on penny whistle. Side Two of the original More album opens in grand fashion with “Main Theme.” The gong would become an integral component of Pink Floyd’s live set

A Look Back at Pink Floyd’s ‘More’ Soundtrack (Part 1)

As 1969 began, decisive changes were underway for Pink Floyd. After making two albums and a number of singles with Norman Smith in the control room, Pink Floyd began to move toward self-producing. And having had successful experiences – at least from a creative standpoint – working on film soundtracks, the band decided to plunge