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Pink Floyd – Signs Of Lives (Sigma 54)

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Signs Of Lives (Sigma 54) 

Yoyogi Olympic Pool, Tokyo, Japan – March 4, 1988 

Disc 1: (65:24) Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Signs Of Life, Learning To Fly, Yet Another Movie, A New Machine Part 1, Terminal Frost, A New Machine Part 2, Sorrow, The Dogs Of War, On The Turning Away 

Disc 2: (67:50) One Of These Days, Time, The Great Gig In The Sky, Wish You Were Here, Welcome To The Machine, Us And Them, Money, Another Brick In The Wall Part 2, Comfortably Numb 

Disc 3: (18:21) Audience, One Slip, Run Like Hell

Yoyogi Olympic Pool, Tokyo, Japan – March 5, 1988 

Disc 4: (64:30) Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Signs Of Life, Learning To Fly, Yet Another Movie, A New Machine Part 1, Terminal Frost, A New Machine Part 2, Sorrow, The Dogs Of War, On The Turning Away 

Disc 5: (67:48) One Of These Days, Time, The Great Gig In The Sky, Wish You Were Here, Welcome To The Machine, Us And Them, Money, Another Brick In The Wall Part 2, Comfortably Numb 

Disc 6: (17:37) Audience, One Slip, Run Like Hell 

The Momentary Lapse Of Reason tour started in North America in September 1987 and after visits to Australia, Japan, and Europe, wrapped up back in the US about a year later. In 1989 the Another Lapse tour took them through Europe for two months of shows together totaling almost 200 performances in two years time. 

Signs Of Lives on Sigma 54 documents two shows at the Yoyogi Olympic Pool in Tokyo 1988. The sound is excellent in both shows with almost identical sound quality, being very clear and well balanced with the size of the venue adding some atmosphere to the recordings. I assume these tapes come from the same taper and both are very complete documents of the events with no musical cuts. Audience noise is minimal with the exception of the occasional shouting next to the taper on the first night. Nothing drastic, luckily, and the second night has even less interference. 

“Echoes” was employed as the opener at the start of the tour but after about a month and a half it was dropped and replaced with “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”. With Dave on vocals it’s a little less cynical than Roger but still very effective. Along with Gilmour, Mason, and Wright, the Japanese shows had Jon Carin on keys, Guy Pratt on bass, Tim Renwick on guitar, Scott Page on sax and guitars, Gary Wallis on percussion, with Rachel Fury, Durga McBroom, and Margaret Taylor on backing vocals.

The remainder of the first set was made up of the entire new LP with the exception of “One Slip” which was used as an encore. The new material got mixed reviews from critics but the massive tour and record sales would prove otherwise. There are some great songs from the LP with “Terminal Frost” and “One The Turning Away” being some of the highlights here but by the middle of the show it can get a little dull with so many new tracks played in a row. With that said, I do feel the new songs were underappreciated and maybe would have benefited from being spread out through the set a little better.  

After a fifteen minute break the band comes back for the classics. The second half of the evening is a trip through Floyd’s career starting with Meddle, played almost in chronological order. “Time” is played without “Breathe(Reprise)” with a slight pause before “The Great Gig In The Sky”.

For some reason “On The Run” was not played in the Japanese concerts. “Welcome To The Machine” is probably the best it has ever sounded live with a truly awesome vocal performance from Gilmour and an extended jam at the end. Scott Page puts his own spin on the sax parts in “Money” and Gut Pratt and Tim Renwick each take solos in the break before Page and Gilmour return to trade licks.

Eleven minutes of “Money” is unexpectedly but tastefully segued into “Another Brick In The Wall Part 2″. Tim Renwick gets to solo after Dave’s signature licks similar to the arrangement used during The Wall tours. “Comfortably Numb” closes the show and reaches ten minutes in these shows with Dave playing his heart out at the end. The taper captures most of the audience cheer before the encores “One Slip” and “Run Like Hell”. Guy Pratt shares lead vocal duties with Gilmour on the latter and does an outstanding job capturing Water’s approach. 

While I am not usually a collector of post-Waters Floyd, I figured if Sigma was putting these shows out on silver they must be good. I can honestly say I was not disappointed with Signs Of Lives as both shows sound great with consistent performances. This is a nice change of pace for Sigma but there are still many more classic shows I hope they eventually get too. Sigma 54 comes packaged in a 6-way fatboy jewel case.

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    lug_nutz6 says
    August 25, 2011, 6:34 am

    I recently resolved my issues with Gilmour lead Floyd. I picked this title up recently and it really captures these two nights beautifully, just as this great review states. I’m hoping that Sigma (or anybody) will releases more Gilmour era shows. Would love to see some Division Bell shows as well as early MLOR shows with the ‘Echoes’ starter.

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    chambau says
    April 25, 2010, 4:58 pm

    One more question about 87/88 shows: Does anyone got the Miami SBD (11/1/87)? It has been released by Sirene as well and its track listing lists all the songs usually played on those concerts (as LAPSE OF MEMORE doesn’t).

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    chambau says
    March 10, 2010, 4:00 pm

    For those who own LAPSE OF MEMORY: Is it complete? The set list goes up to “Confortably Numb” which means no “One Slip” and “Run Like Hell”. Weren’t them broadcasted or weren’t they played that night?

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    March 10, 2010, 3:48 pm

    Hi,
    thanks. I think i have somewhere DAT copies of some of the Tokyo gigs, but some tracks were cut due to tape flip…
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    wgpsec says
    March 9, 2010, 12:29 pm

    Yes Vince, in the review I stated….”both are very complete documents of the events with no musical cuts”. If there are cuts/tape flips they happen between tracks and not during songs.

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    March 9, 2010, 11:47 am

    I can confirm that LAPSE OF MEMORY sounds phenomenal, easily comparable with an official release. There is another Melbourne 1988 title on the Silent Sea label which is supposed to have equally perfect sound, but the amount of time and effort Sirene/Sigma put into correcting flaws and imperfections on their releases makes me think that LAPSE OF MEMORY is probably definitive. I think the Red Devil label also put out a version of this show, but I never know for sure if their output is web-sourced and/or silver disc. Check out http://www.pf-db.com for other available titles.

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    March 9, 2010, 10:31 am

    Hi,
    thanks for the additional information.
    Did you check if the Sigma release has some songs cut (tape flip etc) and missing parts ?
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    oldman24 says
    March 9, 2010, 3:25 am

    Not reaaly about this title, but since this is from 1988, what is the best title for the Melbourne 1988 FM broadcast? I am only aware of LAPSE OF MEMORY(Siréne-080). Thamks in advance.

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    wgpsec says
    March 8, 2010, 8:24 pm

    Hi Vince. Sorry, I failed to mention this in the review. This is a different source than what was used on Tarantura. Sigma’s source is also a bit better sounding.

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  10. Avatar of Discotraxxx
    March 8, 2010, 8:37 am

    Hi,

    anyone can check if the second night is the same tape as the “Beyong The Wall” of Tarantura ?

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