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#95 Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd (1975)

2b3fb01944afecc1f9914eb2fc09b3ad.1000x1000x1Track Listing

  1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I – V)
  2. Welcome to the Machine
  3. Have a Cigar
  4. Wish You Were Here
  5. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts VI – IX)

This album is by 70’s prog rock behemoths Pink Floyd.  I have to admit that I have never sat down and listened to an entire Pink Floyd album and I was definitely feeling a little apprehensive about it. I must admit, I had dismissed them as one of those dull prog bands that were indulgent and as dry as eating a cracker in a desert.

As you can see, it isn’t a very long track list so you’d be forgiven for thinking that I was reviewing an E.P.  This is actually a 44 minute long album in which the ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’ tracks clock in at a phenomenal 26 minutes.

To my surprise, I actually really enjoyed this album.  The first track starts with an instrumental which builds up, gently introduces the warm sounding bass and jazz like drums and brings in Gilmour’s soaring vocals. The song is quite clearly about Syd Barrett, but also speaks to my inner child somewhat, conveying a message of encouragement to face the world, despite the cruelty that awaits.  Sometimes a song can say a lot more in its music than words ever can.

A sax solo ends the song and it then eases into ‘Welcome to the Machine’, with it’s electronic synthesisers and moogs.  This song is a clear attack on the music industry – I can’t believe Pink Floyd used to get so upset by whatever rags like the NME thought of them.

‘Have a Cigar’ is next.  The line “…by the way, which one is Pink?” stands out.  I wonder how many times they were really asked that in their career.

The title track ‘Wish You Were Here’ is definitely my favourite song.  When I heard it, I kept wondering where I’d heard this song before, and then I realised. My wife played me our friend Katie and her husbands Dan’s cover of this song a few years ago.  For me, they really capture the true feeling and essence of the song.  So rather than me witter on about it, I thought I’d share it with you instead!

So, to conclude I think that the album did in fact feel like an EP.  I felt they could have condensed these songs and added a few more to make a more compelling album, but it has to be said that the songs are really great and expansive. Really looking forward to listening to ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ which of course isn’t much of a spoiler alert when I tell you that this is much higher in the list.

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