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David Palmer & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
"Music Of Pink Floyd Orchestral Maneuvers"

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track listing
  • Run Like Hell
  • Another Brick
    In The Wall Part 1
  • Goodbye Blue Sky
  • Money
  • Hey You
  • Wish You Were Here
  • On The Turning Away
  • Shine On You
    Crazy Diamond
    (Parts 1-5)
  • When The Tigers
    Broke Free/

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    "Music Of Pink Floyd Orchestral Maneuvers"

    Imagine you're waiting in line at your bank; you notice soothing music (Muzak) playing in the background. Suddenly, a familiar piece of music is recognized. You realize... It's a Pink Floyd song, but it's not by Pink Floyd.

    Many albums feature tribute releases, where popular artists record an artist or group's well-known songs, almost closely to the originals. And then there's other albums featuring well-known tunes of famous groups/artists, done in a very different musical style. David Palmer & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra devote their orchestral style to the music of Pink Floyd -- Orchestral Maneuvers, released in 1989. Mostly instrumental, there are only 3 songs that features vocals, supplied by Stephanie De-Sykes, Clare Torry, Miriam Stockley, Tony Burrows, Carl Wayne, and Ian Hurt.

    "Run Like Hell" (originally from The Wall) has a lot of energy. The orchestration is incredible, and yet it has no vocals, there are some synthesizers accompanying what would be the main verses. The medley "Another Brick In The Wall Part 1/The Happiest Days Of Our Lives/Another Brick In The Wall Part 2" (also from The Wall), has a mystery sound (great for movie soundtrack music) for "Part 1", and imagine "The Happiest Days Of Our Lives" as 100% Classical. "Part 2" has great guitar work that stands out.

    "Goodbye Blue Sky" (from The Wall) has vocals, and this one is much different than that of Pink Floyd: It's New Age music, and can also be compared to Yanni. "Money" (from Dark Side Of The Moon) has a mystery behind it when it first starts out, as the orchestration is truly outstanding. This one has no vocals, and doesn't need it. You could imagine hearing a full-size orchestra band during a football game's halftime, but much better.

    "Hey You" -- The orchestration is another beautiful one. It closely relates to the original, yet the main verses are handled by the guitar and full orchestra. (Again, no vocals here, it it not needed.) And, it could also be categorized as New Age/Yanni music.

    The horns and full orchestra handles the main verses on "Wish You Were Here." And, like other songs with no vocals, the orchestration is truly exceptional. "On The Turning Away" (originally from A Momentary Lapse Of Reason) has vocals, yet whomever the singer was, his is a lot rougher than David Gilmour's.

    One of the most classic Pink Floyd songs is "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" (originally from Wish You Were Here). This one features the saxophone in its intro, and is definitely considered a new age jazz piece. As the song gets further, it features yet another great instrumentation orchestral ensemble. The saxophone is the key instrument throughout.

    Vocals are featured on "When The Tigers Broke Free/Eclipse." It's the same singer as heard on "On The Turning Away" on this album, and is well-done, despite the singer's voice is roughly edged.

    David Palmer & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's Music Of Pink Floyd: Orchestral Maneuvers is a different approach for the common Pink Floyd fan. The orchestration is outstanding and exceptional, where the instrumentals are the stand outs, with the full orchestra. A touch of Classical, and New Age music is heard on this release, and it will perk the Pink Floyd fan, in hearing their music displayed in a different atmosphere.

    UPDATE: In 2003, Palmer came out as transsexual and intersex, changing her name to Dee. Palmer was born with genital ambiguity, assigned female at birth, and underwent several surgeries, the last in her late twenties. Palmer said her gender dysphoria had been a part of her life since she'd been young, and that the dysphoria "started to reassert itself again" in the year following the death of her wife Maggie in 1995.

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