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WET DREAM

Richard Wright

 

Crossover Prog

3.91 | 151 ratings

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Cluster One
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3 stars 3.5 stars really

A long lost FLOYD album? Probably not... But RICK WRIGHT's first solo album is a great addition to anyone' s prog collection, and is an Absolute Must for FLOYD fans! If ever it was doubted what Rick was capable and responsible for in the FLOYD, one only needs to listen to "Wet Dream". He is a unique composer and an excellent vocalist in his own right.

Out-of-print and hard to find, this album was released in 1978 in between FLOYD's "Animals" and "The Wall", and concurrently with DAVID GILMOUR's eponymous debut album. One has to wonder what would have happened if Rick had been more assertive and pushed his musical ideas upon the band during this time period, instead of being the 'non-contributor' that he eventually was in FLOYD from 1977-1979.

Jazzrock and some funk influences permeate this easy-listening album (in a good way!) and leave the listener with an optimistic, pastoral, and yet melancholic feeling. Sailing themes are omnipresent, both in the song titles, musical feel, and CD artwork (as usual, done by Storm's Hipgnosis). Rick after all, is/was a huge fan of sailing.

Highlights include the introspective 'Pink's Song' and 'Drop In From the Top' (check out the instrumental 'chorus' from this song, so very catchy! Could easily have been a FLOYD tune), as well as the competent guitar work of Snowy White.

Only negative aspect of the album is that maybe there is too much sax present for some mainstream proggers...

Cluster One | 3/5 |

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