|Released||June 6, 1995|
|Recorded||March - October 1994|
|Length||CD1: 75:34, CD2: 73:47|
|Producer(s)||James Guthrie, David Gilmour|
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 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 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 also featured the song "Take It Back" and the songs are in a different order and are taken from different performances.
Early CD versions came with a blinking red LED on the side of the case, that flashed to the heartbeat heard at the end of Dark Side of the Moon. This was designed by EMI contractor Jon Kempner (who incidentally was awarded the platinum disc). This was stated to have a battery life of 18 months, although allegedly some are still blinking to this day. Later editions of the CD set did not feature the blinking LED.
On July 10, 2006, a double DVD was released of the concert performed in 1994 at Earls Court, London.
- "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" (Waters/Wright/Gilmour) – 13:35
- Earls Court, London on October 20, 1994
- "Astronomy Domine" (Barrett) – 4:20
- Earls Court, London on October 15, 1994
- "What Do You Want from Me?" (Gilmour/Wright/Samson) – 4:10
- Rome, September 21, 1994
- "Learning to Fly" (Gilmour/Moore/Ezrin/Carin) – 5:16
- Earls Court, London on October 14, 1994
- "Keep Talking" (Gilmour/Wright/Samson) – 6:52
- Hannover, August 17, 1994
- "Coming Back to Life" (Gilmour) – 6:56
- Earls Court, London on October 13, 1994
- "Hey You" (Waters) – 4:40
- Earls Court, London on October 13 + 15 (last verse), 1994
- "A Great Day for Freedom" (Gilmour/Samson) – 4:30
- Earls Court, London on October 19, 1994
- "Sorrow" (Gilmour) – 10:49
- Rome, September 20, 1994
- "High Hopes" (Gilmour/Samson) – 7:52
- Earls Court, London on October 20, 1994. Some parts ("forever and ever" line and part of lap steel solo) from London, October 14-19 or 21-29, 1994
- "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" (Waters) – 7:08
- Earls Court, London on October 21, 1994
- "One of These Days" (cassette and LP versions only) (Gilmour/Mason/Waters/Wright)
- Earls Court, London on October 16 + 20 (last part), 1994
- "Speak to Me" (Mason) – 2:30
- Earls Court October 20, 1994
- "Breathe" (Waters/Gilmour/Wright)
- Earls Court October 20, 1994 – 2:33
- "On the Run" (Gilmour/Waters)
- Earls Court October 20, 1994 – 3:48
- "Time" (Mason/Waters/Wright/Gilmour) – 6:47
- Explosion recorded in London, October 15, 1994. Intro recorded in Modena September 17, 1994. The rest of song and most of Breathe Reprise was recorded in Rome, September 20, 1994. Ending of Breathe Reprise recorded in London, October 20, 1994
- "The Great Gig in the Sky" (Wright) – 5:52
- London, October 20, 1994
- "Money" (Waters) – 8:54
- Modena, September 17, 1994. Part of sax solo from London October 1994
- "Us and Them" (Waters/Wright) – 6:58
- London, October 20, 1994. Second and third choruses London, October, 19 1994.
- "Any Colour You Like" (Gilmour/Mason/Wright) – 3:21
- London, October 23, 1994. Last part recorded in London, October 19, 1994.
- "Brain Damage" (Waters) – 3:46
- London, October 19, 1994
- "Eclipse" (Waters) – 2:38
- London, October 19, 1994
- "Wish You Were Here" (Waters/Gilmour) – 6:35
- Rome, September 20, 1994
- "Comfortably Numb" (Gilmour/Waters) – 9:29
- London, October 20, 1994
- "Run Like Hell" (Gilmour/Waters) – 8:36
- London, October 15, 1994
- "Soundscape" (cassette version only) (Gilmour/Mason/Wright) – 22:00
- Jon Carin - additional keyboards, vocals
- Guy Pratt - bass, vocals
- Gary Wallis - percussion
- Tim Renwick - guitars, vocals
- Dick Parry - saxophone
- Sam Brown - backing vocals
- Claudia Fontaine - backing vocals
- Durga McBroom - backing vocals
LED Battery Replacement
The battery powering the LED in the original U.K. EMI issue of P*U*L*S*E can be replaced or removed (to avoid potential leakage) with some difficulty. It is a standard alkaline AA battery. The circuit uses an LM3909 flasher IC; the LM3909 datasheet quotes a typical supply current of 0.5mA which equates to around 3000 hours of life - about 125 days - from an AA cell with a typical capacity of 1500mAh, though longer-lived examples have been reported. The LED and the battery are attached to a circuit board that is itself fixed to a cardboard insert within the slipcover using double-sided tape. The cardboard insert is glued into place and must be gently removed or opened on one side to reveal the circuit board; it helps to slide the blade of a long-handled, sharp knife between the insert and the outer casing to unstick it. The LED can be pushed into the box, but care should be taken to avoid damaging or increasing the size of the hole in the slipcover. Once the circuit board has been removed and the battery replaced or removed, reinsert the LED into the hole in the slipcase, replacing the double-sided tape as necessary, and the cardboard insert should be folded back around it. It can be glued back into place using paper adhesive, but this should be avoided if you plan to replace the battery again in the future. The cardboard insert included alongside the book can be used to tamp the LED enclosure down to the correct depth.
Take care to note the original orientation of the AA cell before removing it, as some circuits were manufactured in the Netherlands with the + and - terminal markings the wrong way round so that a correctly-installed battery looks as if it's in backwards, ie with the positive end against the spring.
This circuit performs the same function as the LM3909 and can easily be constructed on the same size circuit board as the original, but has a current consumption of less than 50μA, and so gives about ten times the battery life of the LM3909.
The battery in the US release is easy to replace as it is installed on a tray that can be easily pulled out.
The tour was sponsored in Europe by Volkswagen, which also issued a commemorative version of its top-selling car, the Golf Pink Floyd, one of which was given as a prize at each concert. It was a standard Golf with Pink Floyd decals and a premium stereo, although it had Volkswagen's most environmentally friendly engine, at Gilmour's insistence.
- In "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", "Brain Damage" and "Eclipse" the lead vocals (originally done by Waters) is sung by David Gilmour.
- The lead vocals of "Astronomy Domine" (orignally done by Rick Wright and Syd Barrett) is done by Wright and David Gilmour.
- In "Another Brick In The Wall (Part II)" the lead vocals (originally done by David Gilmour and Roger Waters), is done by Gilmour and Guy Pratt.
- In "Hey You" David Gilmour sings the bridge section, which was originally sung by Waters. The last verse is sung by Jon Carin.
- The lead vocal of "The Great Gig in the Sky", originally done by Clare Torry alone, is done in turn by Sam Brown, Claudia Fontaine and Durga McBroom.
- In "Comfortably Numb", the part of the Doctor (originally by Waters) is sung by Rick Wright. Jon Carin and Guy Pratt provide backing vocals.
- For "Run Like Hell", Guy Pratt takes the place in "replying" to David Gilmour that belonged to Roger Waters in the The Wall tour. In the original recording, all the lead vocals of the song were by Waters, but each line alternated between channels, giving the illusion of multiple voices.