Sunday, July 19, 2015

July 19th, 2015 - The [Not So] Delicate Taste Of La Fin Du Monde... or... A Triple Double [Album]

Good evening!!  The Meista here tonight pairing a most excellent La Fin du Monde from Canadian brewery Unibroue and the amazing double live album "Delicate Sound Of Thunder" by Pink Floyd!!  Hell yeah!!
Album Info:
  • Artist: Pink Floyd
  • Title: "Delicate Sound Of Thunder"
  • Recorded: Over five nights at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, New York August 19th through the 23rd, 1988 and mixed at Abbey Road Studios in September of 1988
  • Release date: November 22nd, 1988
  • Record company: EMI / CBS Columbia
  • Production: David Gilmour
  • Album cover art: Storm Thorgerson and Nick Marchant
  • Personnel: David Gilmour (guitars and lead vocals), Nick Mason (drums, percussion, and backing vocals), and the late Richard Wright (keyboards, backing vocals, and lead vocals on "Time" and "Comfortably Numb")
  • Additional musicians: Jon Carin (keyboards, programming, backing vocals, and lead vocals on "Comfortably Numb"), Rachel Fury (backing vocals), Durga McBroom (backing vocals), Scott Page (saxophone and guitar), Guy Pratt (bass guitar, backing vocals, and lead vocals on "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2), "Comfortably Numb" and "Run Like Hell"), Tim Renwick (guitar and backing vocals), Margaret "Machan" Taylor (backing vocals), and Gary Wallis (percussion and additional keyboards on "Comfortably Numb")
  • Musical style: Progressive rock, hard rock, psychedelic rock
  • Sound: Geez, where do you start??  It is Pink Floyd!!  Live!!  All the intensity, musicianship, and artistic passion you can imagine rolled up into one, double disc album!!  And Gilmour's guitar work and tone... whoa!!!
  • Major themes: Again, where do you start?  Pain, suffering, love, lust, insanity, states of mind, states of being, life, death, money, sex, war, etc.
  • Interesting notes: "Delicate Sound Of Thunder" was the first rock album to be played in space by Soviet cosmonauts aboard the Soyuz TM-7 spacecraft.
  • Tracks: 
Disc 1
  1. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond"
  2. "Learning To Fly"
  3. "Yet Another Movie"
  4. "Round And Around"
  5. "Sorrow"
  6. "The Dogs Of War"
  7. "On The Turning Away
Disc 2
  1. "One Of These Days"
  2. "Time"
  3. "Wish You Were Here"
  4. "Us And Them"
  5. "Money"
  6. "Another Brick In The Wall"
  7. "Comfortably Numb"
  8. "Run Like Hell"

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Unibroue (Chambly, Quebec, Canada)
  • Website:
  • Brew: La Fin du Monde
  • Style: Triple Golden Ale
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 9.0%
  • IBUs: 19
  • Pour: Hazy honey-gold amber with a big, 2-finger frothy head that recedes to a thin ring with complex cascading lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is full of yeast goodness, malts, and fruit ester.  With a very floral and fruity bouquet, there are complex aromas of pineapple, cloves, banana, honey, coriander, toffee, and booze.
  • Taste: The taste is slightly boozy and "mildly yeasty with a complex palate of malt, fruit and spice notes".  There are flavors of clove, pink bubblegum, rock candy, tangerine, pineapple, pear, and soft banana along with biscuit and black pepper.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with high carbonation, the mouthfeel is very effervescent with a dry, yet crisp finish.  It finishes with a nice spiciness that is very subtle and perfect for this style of ale.
  • Notes:  La Fin du Monde has earned more medals and awards than any other Canadian beer.
Overall pairing: The amazing artistic and craftsman brilliance that can be contained in a 12 ounce bottle of beer or in the confines of a compact disc is really astonishing when you think about it... especially when it is the brilliance of Pink Floyd and Unibroue!  The complexity of the La Fin du Monde is a wonderful companion to the sheer profundity of "Delicate Sound Of Thunder"... truly wonderful!!

À votre santé!!  Shine on you crazy diamonds!!

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