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Pink Floyd
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CD Reviews
A Momentary Lapse of Reason
Review by Gary Hill
It’s amazing how divisive one CD can be. This album is a real bone of contention amongst Pink Floyd fans.
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A Saucerful of Secrets
Review by Gary Hill
Once upon a time Pink Floyd was more psychedelic than progressive rock.

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Animals
Review by Gary Hill
I know a lot of people really focus on Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, and possibly Wish You Were Here as the highpoints of Pink Floyd's career. Personally, I will take Animals over any of those discs, although I appreciate all of those, as well.
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Atom Heart Mother
Review by Gary Hill
The various members of Pink Floyd all basically said that they regretted this album. I can sort of see why. It has a real wandering kind of feel to it.

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Dark Side of the Moon
Review by Gary Hill
How do you review an album like this? Really it’s one of the all time classic rock albums.
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Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd
Review by Gary Hill
Best of compilations are always a mixed bag. Certainly what one person considers the best, someone else might think of as “eh.”

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Meddle
Review by Steve Alspach
This album shows how well Pink Floyd was able to make the transition from experimental band to a song-based unit without losing any sense of musical adventure.
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Review by Gary Hill
This album was a soundtrack album from Pink Floyd.

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Obscured by Clouds
Review by Gary Hill
This album came into being as Pink Floyd were creating the soundtrack to a French film La Vallée.

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The Division Bell
Review by Gary Hill
Many Roger Waters fans slagged A Momentary Lapse of Reason saying it wasn’t a “real Pink Floyd” album. Well, I just don’t understand the criticism of that disc as it really is one of the most consistent discs the band ever produced.
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The Endless River
Review by Gary Hill
This is the latest, and according to David Gilmour, the last Pink Floyd album.

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The Final Cut
Review by Gary Hill
This was the last Pink Floyd release to feature Roger Waters. In sequence it was the disc directly after The Wall.
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The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Review by Gary Hill
While we were working to assemble this issue the word came out about the death of Pink Floyd founder (and famed recluse) Syd Barrett. It seemed appropriate, especially since one of the themes this time around was the 1960's, to have a look at the only full album Barrett created with the band.
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The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (40th Anniversary Reissue)
Review by Julie Knispel
  Pink Floyd in 1967 was a completely different musical beast than the band most people came to know and love in the 1970’s. Most of this was due to the genius (and insanity) of founder member Roger Keith (Syd) Barrett, the mastermind whose childlike innocence and penchant for psychedelic hook writing would rocket the band to the forefront of the British pop scene during the spring and summer of 1967.
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The Wall
Review by Gary Hill
I know for many people this is the end-all-be-all of Pink Floyd. I have to say for me it’s over – that’s over-rated and over-played.

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Ummagumma
Review by Gary Hill
Pink Floyd's Ummagumma is a really strange album. I don't think anyone will disagree with that.

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Wish You Were Here
Review by Josh Turner
In the commercial world, two albums from Pink Floyd were hugely successful. Unless you've been a castaway on a remote island for the past couple of decades, you'd know I was talking about Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall.
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DVD Reviews
Pink Floyd - Classic Albums The Making of The Dark Side of the Moon DVD
Review by Gary Hill
Many, apparently the band included, consider Dark Side of the Moon to be the best album Pink Floyd ever did.

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Pink Floyd - Live At Pompeii (Director’s Cut) DVD
Review by Larry Toering
This is a well known performance of a show Pink Floyd did back in 1971, which has been released before but now comes with a directors cut version of the show.

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Pink Floyd - Meddle: Classic Album Under Review DVD
Review by Gary Hill

I have always been a big fan of the Meddle album. As this documentary says, the disc is often sort of forgotten.


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Pink Floyd - Pulse DVD
Review by Greg Olma
I can’t believe it has been 25 years since Pink Floyd last toured.  The album they were promoting at the time was The Division Bell but they were also, in a way, promoting The Dark Side of the Moon by playing that record in its entirety. 

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Pink Floyd - Rock Milestones - Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon DVD
Review by Gary Hill
This is sort of a mixed bag. Parts of it are quite good, while other aspects leave a lot to be desired. The best part of this is the lead up to the Dark Side of the Moon coverage.

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Pink Floyd - The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story DVD
Review by Gary Hill
For those of us in the States, who probably discovered Pink Floyd well after their psychedelic beginnings, Syd Barrett is something of a mysterious precursor character.

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Pink Floyd - The Story of Wish You Were Here BluRay
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve always sort of gone against the grain and considered several Pink Floyd albums to be better than both Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall.

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Pink Floyd - Then And Now DVD
Review by Larry Toering
I have to admit that while I'm not the most intense Pink Floyd Fan, watching this two disc set sure can help fill anyone in on what they've been missing.

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Book Reviews
Pink Floyd - Pink Floyd Album By Album written by Martin Popoff
Review by Greg Olma

Those of you who know me know that I am a huge fan of Martin Popoff’s work.  Lately, his bibliography seems to be growing in leaps and bounds.  


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Green - & Philharmonic Orchestra Hagen - Symphonic Floyd
Review by Gary Hill

This is a cool album. As you might gather from the title, it is comprised of live performances of Pink Floyd music with a symphonic orchestra and choir.


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Various Artists - 108 Rock Star Guitars written by Lisa S. Johnson
Review by G. W. Hill

This is the quintessential coffee table book. That’s particularly true for those who love guitars.


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Various Artists - A Technicolor Dream DVD
Review by Gary Hill

At least in the States when we think of the 1960’s and the psychedelic movement, much of it centers around San Francisco.


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Alan Parsons - A Valid Path
Review by Gary Hill
For those who have followed the career of Alan Parsons this disc may seem rather strange at first. Parsons here embraces electronic music, with that sound driving the album. It even wanders into techno at times.



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David Gilmour - About Face
Review by Larry Toering

About Face is not your average run of the mill piece of work from David Gilmour, but that was the intended purpose, as he said when he released it.


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Various Artists - Back Against the Wall
Review by Gary Hill
There are few people who haven't at least heard of Pink Floyd's The Wall. I would hazard to say that those who have never heard the album are in the minority as well.
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Rick Wright - Broken China
Review by Gary Hill
For Pink Floyd afficianados, this disc is a must have. Wright`s writing style, in the moody sort of Floyd mode, makes it quite obvious what band he is from.
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Supertramp - Brother Where you Bound
Review by Gary Hill

This album divided Supertramp fans. Roger Hodgson was out of the group. That means many Supertramp fanatics disregarded this set out of hand. The truth is, though, those who gave it a chance found an album that was very strong. Let me say that I am a fan of Hodgson solo and I appreciate the contribution he made to the magic of Supertramp. However, in my opinion, this is the most blatantly progressive rock oriented offering from the band, and it’s finest. A good way to sum up the disc in a simple phrase would be that it combines the sounds of Supertramp with Pink Floyd. The presence of David Gilmour on the epic of the album adds to that effect. Whether you are a Hodgson fanatic or not, give this disc a real chance. It is well worth the effort.


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Various Artists - Citizens of Hope and Glory. The Story of Progressive Rock written by Stephen Lambe
Review by Scott Montgomery

This is an enjoyable read that saunters through the chronology and culture of progressive rock.


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Dream Theater - Dark Side of the Moon DVD
Review by Bill Knispel
In an effort to provide more material to their fervent fan base, Dream Theater created their own label, Ytsejam Records, to release a series of “official bootlegs.” These releases include interesting live shows, collections of studio demos, and “making of” collections that present works in progress for past studio album releases.
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David Gilmour - David Gilmour
Review by Gary Hill

This was David Gilmour’s first solo album. 


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Various Artists - Going Underground: McCartney, The Beatles And The UK Counter-culture DVD
Review by G. W. Hill

The first thing I noticed watching this documentary is that the title is a little misleading.


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David Gilmour - In Concert DVD
Review by Greg Olma

This is an odd release from David Gilmour as it showcases mainly a show from 2001 and then adds in some additional pieces from a 2002 concert. 


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Roger Waters - In The Flesh - 3 disc limited edition 2 CD + live DVD
Review by Bruce Stringer
Making the most of Roger Waters’ recent live appearances in the southern hemisphere, Sony has decided to re-issue the In The Flesh live releases as a single, limited edition pack. The performance variations between what was played live in February and this release are worlds apart and include differing membership surrounding the core of Roger Waters, Snowy White, Andy Fairweather-Low, Graham Broad, Jon Carin, Andy Wallace, PP Arnold and Katie Kissoon.
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Roger Waters - Is This the Life We Really Want?
Review by Gary Hill
I have to admit that I haven't really followed Roger Waters much lately. When he left Pink Floyd and they moved on, I feel that it showcased the two sides within the band.

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Various Artists - Live at Knebworth
Review by Gary Hill
This live set from 1990 sure has a lot of great performances from a lot of great stars.

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David Gilmour - Live at The Jay Leno Show, 2006
Review by Lorraine Kay
While everyone else in town was busy standing in line to see David Gilmour at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk in North Hollywood, CA, a few lucky people scored passes to the Jay Leno, Tonight Show in Burbank, Thursday, April 20, to watch Gilmour in a private mini concert up close and personal.
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Roger Waters - Live in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, February, 2007
Review by Bruce Stringer
For the first time in 35 years, Roger Waters landedon Australian shores to ecstatic live audiences – and complete performances of the classic Dark Side Of The Moon album. Dave Kilminster played the David Gilmour role with finesse and technical perfection whilst legendary British blues guitarist, Snowy White, added the flavour of a seasoned Floyd session man, highlighting the esoteric energy of the first set.
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Various Artists - Melody Makers DVD
Review by Gary Hill

When it comes to the British music scene, it could be argued that "Melody Maker" magazine was an integral piece of the evolution of bands and sound.


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Mobtown Moon - Mobtown Moon
Review by G. W. Hill

Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon album is one of the most iconic discs in history.


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Various Artists - Mountains Come Out of the Sky. The Illustrated History of Prog Rock – written by Will Romano
Review by Scott Montgomery
Overall, this is a very good and highly recommended overview of the genre and its history. 
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Various Artists - Mountains Come Out of the Sky. The Illustrated History of Prog Rock – written by Will Romano
Review by Scott Montgomery
Overall, this is a very good and highly recommended overview of the genre and its history. 
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David Gilmour - On An Island
Review by MSJ Admin
On an Island is the most recent solo CD by Pink Floyd guitarist and vocalist David Gilmour.
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Various Artists - Pickin' on Pink Floyd: A Bluegrass Tribute
Review by Gary Hill

The idea of doing bluegrass versions of Pink Floyd songs is strange, but it works remarkably well.


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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Plays Prog Rock Classics
Review by G. W. Hill

I like these Royal Philharmonica Orchestra sets. I


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Roger Waters - Radio K.A.O.S.
Review by Scott Prinzing

Roger Waters’ second solo album (not counting a couple of soundtrack collaborations) is still satisfying to sit and listen to over 25 years since its original release in 1987, but it does sound more dated than his other solo work.


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David Gilmour - Rattle That Lock
Review by Gary Hill
Rattle That Lock is the fourth solo studio album from David Gilmour. It was released in 2015.

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Various Artists - Rockin' the City of Angels written by Douglas Harr
Review by G. W. Hill
This book is something very special. A good tag-line for this would be "come for the pictures, stay for the stories."

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Unicorn - Slow Dancing – The Recordings 1974-1979, 4 CD Remastered & Expanded Set
Review by Gary Hill
Unicorn were an interesting act. They were not precisely progressive rock, but I've generally put them there.

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Dream Theater - The Dark Side of the Moon
Review by Bill Knispel
As a way of providing something different and special to their fans, Dream Theater began a series of cover shows in 2002. Whenever the band were scheduled to perform two nights in the same venue/city, they would dedicate part of their second show to a performance of a classic album, covered in its entirety.
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Floydhead - The Floydian Propulsion Project
Review by Gary Hill

Pink Floyd fans will surely be the most obvious audience for this, but they will probably be the hardest to sell on it, too.


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Savoldelli – Casarano – Bardoscia - The Great Jazz Gig In The Sky
Review by G. W. Hill

This CD is made up of songs from Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. Of course, the title might give that away.


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Various Artists - The Moon Revisited
Review by Gary Hill
Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon was more than likely not only the best selling prog album of all time, but definitely the album, of all albums (not just prog) to stay on the charts the longest. From that point of view this tribute disc makes sense.
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Roger Waters - The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking
Review by Larry Toering

When Roger Waters enlisted Eric Clapton for this album it was compared a lot to those latter day Pink Floyd albums he so heavily influenced by that time. B


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Roger Waters - The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking
Review by Larry Toering

When Roger Waters enlisted Eric Clapton for this album it was compared a lot to those latter day Pink Floyd albums he so heavily influenced by that time. B


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Various Artists - The Sound of Things to Come: An Audible History of the Science Fiction Film written by Trace Reddell
Review by Gary Hill

One of the problems with doing book reviews for Music Street Journal is that the deadlines for making the issues mean that I don't have a lot of time for reading.


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Various Artists - The Vinyl Revival DVD
Review by Gary Hill

Do you love vinyl? I do. So do all the people in this DVD. This documentary is really a love letter to the format.


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Various Artists - Tonite Let's All Make Love in London
Review by Gary Hill
This soundtrack has been out of print since 1968. It's now been remastered and reissued on this CD release.

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