Friday, November 11, 2011

FRP 024-025 - 1994-10-29 - The Last Bell

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Dr. Forrester said...

Pink Floyd
Earls Court Exhibition Hall
London, England
October 29, 1994

The Last Bell
Free Range Pigs (FRP CDR-024/25)

Disc One:
1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond
2. Learning To Fly
3. High Hopes
4. Take It Back
5. Coming Back To Life
6. Sorrow
7. Keep Talking
8. Another Brick In The Wall (Part Two)
9. One Of These Days

Disc Two:
1. Speak to Me - Breathe
2. On The Run
3. Time - Breathe (Reprise)
4. The Great Gig In The Sky
5. Money
6. Us And Them
7. Any Colour You Like
8. Brain Damage
9. Eclipse
10. Wish You Were Here
11. Comfortably Numb
12. Run Like Hell

In November of 2001, our friend David Le Hunte (aka Massed Gadget) sent us a copy of this show from what was then known as the best recording of this date. I spent some time cleaning it up and, ultimately, improved it's sound quality. Notably, 'Speak To Me' was over seven minutes long with about six minutes being just the heartbeat...

Anyway, back to our story. While on the job, our pal Gonzo set out to find the best possible recording, and over time uncovered the master that we've used for this release. It comes from a generous taper who wishes only to be known as JCE (oooh, the mystery) to us. However, he has our deepest thanks and appreciation for this rare find. To my ears, this is the finest audience recording of the 1994 European Tour.

Show Notes:
This show was indeed the "Last Bell" to date for Pink Floyd as a group, as this is the final 1994 show that they performed, as well as the last full performance of Dark Side Of The Moon. The show was a benefit for Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and others. The recording is an enjoyable listen from start to finish.

Technical Notes:
This is a powerful document that stands on its own, since it is possibly one of the best audience recordings of the 1994 Division Bell Tour. The crowd was rather quiet that night, which contributed to a very decent recording that boasts excellent quality throughout. There is nice mix and balance throughout. The only very minor wart is the short tape flip during the early lead-in to 'Sorrow'; other than that, the show is complete.

kike said...

Great audience recording, so thank you Dr. F. you rock. My best, Kike.