Pulse(2): Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here 1995
P•U•L•S•E (pronounced, and sometimes written, as Pulse) is a live double CD by Pink Floyd, released on May 29, 1995 in the UK and on June 6, 1995 in the US, and is considered widely by many fans to be the best live album released by Pink Floyd, despite the departure of former band leader Roger Waters, containing songs from famous albums Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, and The Wall.
The album was recorded during the band's Division Bell tour in 1994, specifically the UK and European leg, which ran from July to October 1994.
The album includes a complete live version of The Dark Side of the Moon and features a booklet with many photos from performances on this tour. It also features "Astronomy Domine," a Syd Barrett song not performed since the early 1970s, as a tribute to the original Floyd guitarist.
Unlike Delicate Sound of Thunder, David Gilmour and producer James Guthrie have stated that no parts of the songs were re-recorded in the studio. However, the band and Guthrie fixed songs that had bad notes (as heard on some bootlegs) by lifting solos and corrected vocal lines from other performances as the band recorded most of the European leg.
In the U.S., P•U•L•S•E debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 in June 1995 (briefly dethroning Hootie and the Blowfish's Cracked Rear View for a week before Hootie regained the #1 spot in the U.S.) and was soon certified Double Platinum on July 31, 1995.
The cassette issue had two bonus tracks: "One of These Days" and a 22 minute ambient piece that was played prior to the 1994 concerts.
The vinyl version comes in a 4-LP box and includes "One of These Days" as well as a large version of the photo booklet. The video version (the only release of P•U•L•S•E with an accurate running order) also featured the song "Take It Back," and was, in fact, the complete performance from their October 20th show at Earl's Court, London.
On July 10, 2006, the P•U•L•S•E DVD was released of the concert performed on October 20, 1994 at Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London.
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Wish You Were Here Lyrics
So, so you think you can tell Heaven from Hell,
blue skies from pain.
Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?
And did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?
And did you exchange a walk on part in the war for a lead role in a cage?
How I wish, how I wish you were here.
We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year,
Running over the same old ground.
What have you found? The same old fears.
Wish you were here.