Given that this live set of classics and new (for the time) tracks came out just one year after Pink Floyd decided to carry on without co-founder Roger Waters, it was easy to cynically write this one off as a cynical cash grab in case the new Water-less era of the band faded away quickly. Reflecting on the release nearly 30 years later, that cynicism was clearly unwarranted.
Re-released on heavy 180 G Vinyl by Legacy Recordings, this 10-song set, spread across two records, is a fantastic highlight of the band’s work up to 1988. Recorded over a couple of nights in Long Island during the band’s “Momentary Lapse of Reason” tour, it includes the expected go-to hits like “Comfortably Numb,” “Money,” “Wish You Were Here,” “Another Brick in the Wall,” and “Shine on You Crazy Diamond.” But also combines with newer songs that would go on to become Floyd classics like “Learning to Fly” and “The Dogs of War.”
The band would go on to put out two more official live records, but this one remains the best so far, fusing the Waters and Gilmour-eras perfectly.
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