Delicate Sound of Thunder

Pink Floyd was one of the best rock groups ever. Full stop. And while some may disagree I will always be defending this opinion.
But apart from the outstanding music they made they always put emphasis also on the visual aspect of their long-plays, videos, working with remarkable designers such as Storm Thorgerson and creating arguably the most recognized images that a music fan will connect with music. I have already written about their most famous CD design ever – the iconic sleeve for the Dark Side of the Moon or other covers and the images that they go by and that entered the pantheon of graphic design: A Momentary Lapse of Reason.

I also think that what the band stands out with are the titles of the recordings, which become part of pop culture as well as everyday language. For me such a sentence, which originally was the title of the album, is “Delicate sound of thunder”.

Today (November 22, 1988 or according to few sources, 21st) marks the anniversary of release of this album, the first live recording released by the band, already in the line up without Roger Waters. It was recorded over five nights at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, New York in August 1988.

The Pink Floyd live album Delicate Sound of Thunder was released today in 1988, and introduced the world to “Lightbulb Man” more properly known as Mr Light, and his friend, Mr Sound, surrounded by birds on the cover.


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