Live At Pompeii (Director's Cut) [DVD] review by Pink Floyd

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  • Released: Oct 21, 2003
  • Sound: 10
  • Content: 10
  • Production Quality: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9.7 (21 votes)
Pink Floyd: Live At Pompeii (Director's Cut) [DVD]

Sound — 10
This is a live concert in Pompeii by phsycadellic rock band, Pink Floyd. This took place in 1972 (before Dark Side Of The Moon) It sounds like it was made in 2006. The sound is first-rate, and that's not something you get with a 1972 concert. It sounds great. Echoes is probably the best sounding song on the dvd. Roger Waters' screaming on "Careful With That Axe, Eugene" sound hilariously spooky and David Gilmour is up to his usual stunning guitar innovations.

Content — 10
Here is the list of songs from the live concert DVD: 01. Echoes Pt.1 02. Careful With That Axe Eugene 03. A Saucerful Of Secrets 04. One Of These Days 05. Mademoiselle Nobs 06. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun 07. Echoes Pt.2 Since this is the directors cut version. It also features the Floyd at Abbey Road studios recording their landmark album, Dark Side of the Moon. You can see them in the cafiteria having casual conversations like their perhaps normal people. The dvd also comes with an interview feature with the director so you can see how it is really made. The songlist satisfied me, considering that it was pre-darkside footage. Key tracks are Echoes parts 1 and 2, Careful With that Axe, Eugene, and One of these Days.

Production Quality — 10
In the beginning of the dvd, a rocket launches into space so you can hear the beginning "ping" of Echoes from outer space. Then the camera slowly shoots towards earth until you're in a deserted ancient arena in the middle of Pompeii with four men jamming like they have never jammed before. In the end a camera slowly moves away from them until you're in outer space again. It's really cool to watch because it feels like you went to another planet to see them.

Overall Impression — 10
This dvd compares to the Led Zeppelin DVD, AC/DC Stiff Upper Lip, Red Hot Chili Peppers Off The Map, and Guns N' Roses live in Tokyo. The most impressive thing on the DVD is the Floyds themselves. They master technilogical feates with pure muscisianship and creativity. Something I salute them for. I love the dvd. There is nothing I hate about it. Its pure entertainment and a must have for any Pink Floyd fan or a general fan of music. If it were stolen I would take it back from the thief and watch it again and again.

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