Personalities | Pink Floyd | The Post-Break Up Era (1995) | Key Events
Although The Division Bell was the last new album and tour vehicle for Pink Floyd there was an unexpected coda in March 1995 when the track ‘Marooned’ won a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. Over a relaxed rhythm and sound effects of floating seagulls and even whale-song Gilmour had unfurled one of his finest, most-sensitive and most-compelling guitar solos. Romantic and sensual were not normally words associated with Pink Floyd tracks but ‘Marooned’ ticked both boxes and was often rotated on radio at the Champagne end of the dinner jazz wavelength. ‘Marooned’ was co-written by Wright.
Although the unique flashing LED packaging for the two-CD issue received a lot of attention (and made it easier to find in record shops) P*U*L*S*E was a compelling document of The Division Bell tour. Notable for including a complete performance of The Dark Side Of The Moon and a modern prowl through the crowd-pleasing resurrection of ‘Astronomy Domine’ it also showcased the precision of Gilmour, Mason, Wright and the backing musicians of the touring unit Pink Floyd Mark III. Floyd fans were frustrated that the 22-minute ‘Soundscape’ (one of the ambient experiments from The Division Bell sessions) was only on the cassette version.
London ’66–’67 EP
Released in September 1995 the London ’66–’67 EP was the most significant Pink Floyd release since The Wall. Hardcore fans could finally and officially hear the full-length version of ‘Interstellar Overdrive’ recorded by Joe Boyd that had tantalized ears for only three minutes in Tonite Let’s All Make Love In London (1968). The other track was a jam of ‘Nick’s Boogie’. Musically this was Floyd at their most pioneering with Syd Barrett’s guitar spraying jarring and timepiece texture across a beautiful landscape created by Waters’ melodic bass, Mason’s drumming and Rick Wright’s delicious Farfisa organ runs. Released on DVD in 2005 Floyd fans could also watch assembled footage of this timewarp.
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