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Review of the La Carrera Panamericana video from Autoweek. Date: Wed, 25 Nov 92 10:55:05 pst From: SCHWARCZ_LARRY/HP6600_1J@hpesf.cup.hp.com Subject: Tickled Pink with sights, sounds Here's a review of the La Carrera Panamericana video from the November 9, 1992 issue of Autoweek. Rock supergroup Pink Floyd puts together some of the most captivating opening riffs you'll ever hear. Blend these sounds with a grid full of pristine vintage cars racing over some of the world's roughest yet scenic roads, and you've got our attention. Floydites Nick Mason and Dave Gilmour, along with the band's manager Steve O'Rourke, tackled the grueling La Carrera last fall in two spotless Jag C-Type replicas (AW, Dec. 16, '91) and this is the video documentary of those exploits ... sort of. With 18 minutes of new music scored specially for this work, a camera crew capable of capturing BBC quality images and the cachet of vinatage Porsches, Lincolns, Jags, Chevys and Alfas, *Pink Floyd: La Carrera Panamericana* has all the elements of a blockbuster video. Unfortunately, they left out one critical element: writers. Though the story line generally follows the 1862-mile race from start to finish and we hear comments from a number of the contestants, the video never really gets close to telling the story of the event itself. No one is identified, there is no narrative other than the random comments of the participants to string together the series of events or to bring out the drama that unfolded during the race. The most you learn is that Gilmour and O'Rourke put their C-Type off a cliff, breaking O'Rourke's leg in the process. There are compelling images and some fine in-car footage - but presented without context, like we are eavesdropping at arm's length. Overall, the work is a great visual album, a pretty good music video and a lousy documentary. What it sorely needs is at least some liner notes to let the rest of us know what's going on. - Matt DeLorenzo Later... Larry Schwarcz lrs@cup.hp.com

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