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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. Of their entire catalog I have my likes and dislikes, and call it strange, but the Meddle album is somehow still one of my favorites. I have even heard that album described as “insipid,” among other things I disagree with, so this show in original form was something I always marveled at because of some of the mesmerizing versions contained on it. The concert took place on the curve of their subsequent fame. The set benefits from Adrian Maben's extra angles and other oddities to spice it up for those begging for an upgrade, so that happens to be its selling point for me, but it doesn't end there. Much detail is paid attention to on it in the process, and it comes with an interview with the French director, as well. And on top of that it sports all kinds of photos of bootleg covers, posters and even contains some reviews too. This product is of great value for all of these reasons, and stops at nothing to prove it. In viewing it I took the time to watch both discs to see what the differences were from the original film, and boy, does it impress in that area, including screen size differences and sound quality as well. Some Pink Floyd videos push all kinds of boundaries and some don't, but for me, this pushes hard enough to forget about the original release and just be happy to consider it a big improvement in updating it in every way. I give the whole release top marks.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2013  Volume 1 at lulu.com/strangesound.

 
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