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Pink Floyd - Meddle

Review: 079
Date: 10 Jun 02

 


Rating: 2½ Stars

Musicians:
David Gilmour - Guitar & Vocals
Roger Waters - Bass & Vocals
Rick Wright - Keyboards
Nick Mason - Drums

Tracks Listing:
1. One Of These Days
2. A Pillow Of Winds
3. Fearless
4. San Tropez
5. Seamus
6. Echoes

 


This album could also of been called “Muddle” or “The Best And The Worst Of Pink Floyd”.

This becomes apparent after one listen, the first and sixth tracks on “Meddle” are superb; the other four aren’t.

The album opens with “One Of These Days” with whistling wind and then both, Gilmour and Waters, break in on. Lovely vibrant bass lines. The double bass carries on through out the song giving it a very heavy feel. The only words spoken are “One of these days, I’m going to cut you into little pieces”.

The song was dedicated to Jimmy Young, the British Radio D.J., who the band had been having a running battle of words with for several years. The song reaches a dramatic climax with Gilmour laying down some of the greatest slide guitar work he was ever to put down in the studio, skipping straight onto the sixth song on the album, “Echoes”. Originally it had taken up the whole of side two of the vinyl “Meddle” released in 1971, clocking in at twenty three minutes and thirty seconds. From the opening submarine type radar echoes you know that the Floyd have combined to give us a real classic. Each musician excels in his own department, Nick Mason changes the role that percussions would be seen in from here on out in rock music. The drums are not just used as a way of keeping time with the song, but actually as a lead instrument. To this end Mason comes out of this song with great Kudos (if you get the chance to see the movie “Pink Floyd Live At Pompey” you can see what a devastating effort Mason had both sonically and visually on this song). “One Of These Days” is the oldest song to remain in the Pink Floyd live set list right up to their last tour.

Roger Waters laid down a solid bottom end to the song, never letting the weirdness get totally out of control. Rick Wright’s keyboards caught him at a creative peak and his psychedelic solo in the middle has often been copied but never bettered.

The vocals were handled by duets between Gilmour and Wright which suit the song wonderfully, although lyrically it’s just gobbledygook. However, it’s the guitar playing of a young David Gilmour that really catches your attention as he rings every ounce of emotion from his six strings, reaching higher and higher as each passing section of the song progresses, at the same time both violent and controlled. “Echoes” was to remain in Pink Floyd live set for many a year before “The Wall” took over the whole show. It was even dusted down and brought out for the commencement of “The Momentary Lapse Of Reason” tour (the first Pink Floyd Tour without Roger Waters) before it had to make way for newer material.

Compared to these two wonderful pieces of music the other four songs on the album are horrible. Of the two worst offenders is “Fearless”, which, after meandering listlessly for seven minutes, finishes with “The Kop”. At Anfield, the headquarters of Liverpool football club, singing “You’ll never walk alone” and then chanting “Liverpool” is all very well if you’re a scouser of the red persuasion, but a bit of a bore to the rest of the world. Worse is to follow with “Seamus”. Nearly three minutes of nonsense with David Gilmour stumbling along on acoustic guitar, mumbling some lyrics, whilst Steve Marriot’s dog howls and yelps over the top of it. Truly embarrassing to listen to. It’s what you might imagine Manuel from Fawlty Towers to come up with if you left him in a recording studio.

So my advice would be to get hold of a copy of “Meddle”, cue your C.D player to program tracks 1 and 6, and forget the rest.

 

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