“Delicate Sound of Thunder” is a live album by English band Pink Floyd, recorded over five nights at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, in August 1988 and mixed at Abbey Road Studios in September of that year. It was released on 21 November 1988 through EMI Records in the UK and Columbia Records in the US.
This album was a part of the “A Momentary Lapse of Reason” tour and included many works from this album, alongside tracks from older Pink Floyd albums. It was originally available as a double LP, double cassette, and a double CD, each with a slightly different track listing. Notably, the double LP did not include “Us and Them,” and both the double LP and double cassette had “Wish You Were Here” between “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)” and “Comfortably Numb.”
Despite initial claims of no studio overdubbing, some enhancements were made during mixing. Extra acoustic guitar was added to “Comfortably Numb,” and some harmonies were replaced with studio re-takes. Richard Wright redid his vocal on “Time,” and Sam Brown replaced Rachel Fury’s part in “Comfortably Numb.”
Pink Floyd Delicate Sound of Thunder Remixed and Remastered
The album was remixed, restored, and reissued in December 2019 as part of “The Later Years 1987–2019” box set, which included songs not present in the original release. This version was given a standalone release in November 2020. The 2019 remix featured several changes, such as extended guitar solos, addition of extra elements in “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)”, and adjustments in instrumentation and mixing in tracks like “Learning to Fly” and “Run Like Hell.”
“Delicate Sound of Thunder” reached #11 on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold and platinum in January 1989, achieving triple platinum status by April 1997. The album reentered the Billboard album chart at #76 in December 2020 following its deluxe reissue. It also became the first album to be played in space, taken aboard Soyuz TM-7 by Soviet cosmonauts, with band members David Gilmour and Nick Mason attending the mission’s launch.
The album featured David Gilmour on guitars, console steel guitar, and lead vocals; Nick Mason on drums and percussion; and Richard Wright on keyboards and backing vocals. Additional musicians contributed to backing vocals, saxophones, bass guitar, and percussion.