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Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here

Review: 002
Date: 2 Jan 01

 


Rating: 5 Stars

Musicians:
David Gilmour - Lead guitar/Vocals
Roger Water - Bass guitar/Vocals
Richard Wright - Keyboards
Nick Mason - Drums

Tracks Listing:
1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-V)
2. Welcome To The Machine
3. Have A Cigar
4. Wish You Were Here
5. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts V1-1X)

 


After the Amazingly successful “Dark Side of the Moon” Pink Floyd released their follow up album “Wish You Were Here” in 1975. Still, David Gilmour, Pink Floyd lead guitarist vocalist and present leader’s favorite all time Pink Floyd album.

Containing 5 songs, 2 laments for the departed Syd Barret, 2 cynical but funny swipes at the music business (how can you resist the line “Oh by the way which ones Pink?). “Have a Cigar” was actually sung on the record by long time friend of Pink Floyd Roy Harper and the beautiful acoustic ballad “Wish You Were Here”, with its mournful lyrics.

The Real Star of the show though is the production, which the band did between themselves. The wonderful musicianship of David Gilmour and Richard Wright carries you right through the journey and though the album is big, ambitious, even bombastic, it somehow dodges being pretentious. The Barret tributes are honest and heartfelt, and the cynical swipes at the music industry, signs of what was to come on Pink Floyd’s next album “The Wall”.

“Shine on You Crazy Diamond” and “Wish You Were Here” are still firm favorites in the Pink Floyd road show, and the CD still nestles in the Billboard Top 350 sellers after 25 years.

 

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