Pink Floyd repackage the past once more on Live At Knebworth 1990

Wish you’d been there? Pink Floyd's Live At Knebworth 1990 is super slick but lacks mystery

Pink Floyd: Live at Knebworth 1990
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Available for the first time as a stand-alone double vinyl album, on CD, and stream, Pink Floyd’s Knebworth date in June 1990 saw them join the rest of the Silver Clef Award Winners – Genesis, Status Quo, Eric Clapton and more – in raising funds for the BRITS School. As a result, it might be viewed with slightly smudged rose-tinted bins. 

Having argued the headline toss with Paul McCartney, the Floyd got their way and performed a truncated set full of midsummer progressive classics like Shine On You Crazy Diamond Pts 1-5 and Money, even though Roger Waters had left owing to financial, sorry, musical differences. 

Fans have this of course: The Later Years box includes the show on Blu-Ray and if you can’t find it on a computer then presumably you don’t own one. Never mind, here it is again with new Hipgnosis cover art and a David Gilmour assisted remix. 

The highlights are/were the poignant Wish You Were Here and Comfortably Numb, any time Candy Dulfer straps on her sax, and Clare Torry's wails on The Great Gig In The Sky. It's super-slick of course, but for Floydian mystery you'd best go back to Ummagumma and Meddle, or Nick Mason’s memoir Inside Out.

Max Bell worked for the NME during the golden 70s era before running up and down London’s Fleet Street for The Times and all the other hot-metal dailies. A long stint at the Standard and mags like The Face and GQ kept him honest. Later, Record Collector and Classic Rock called.