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PINK FLOYD can be considered as one of the leading bands in progressive rock from the seventies, together with YES and GENESIS. Their first line-up consisted of guitarist Syd BARRETT, bassist-singer Roger WATERS (who left the band in 1983), drummer Nick MASON and keyboardist Rick WRIGHT. Their early material was mostly written and sung by BARRETT, at that time the central figure of the group. The first album "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn" of 1967 contains come catchy pop songs, together with more experimental and longer instrumental pieces. They even reached the Top-20 in England with the song "Arnold LAYNE". In the beginning of 1968, guitarist David GILMOUR joined the band to replace BARRETT in live performances. But BARRETT had to leave the group because of mental instability. In 1970 the band recorded some songs for the cult movie Zabriskie Point including an alternative version of 'Careful With That Axe, Eugene'.

PINK FLOYD became even more successful, whilst playing psychedelic progressive rock with a touch of classical music. 1971 saw the release of "Meddle" (a clever mix of short mellow jazzy tunes and lengthy experimentaltracks) and the soundtrack for the film "La Valle" ("Obscured By Clouds") was released in 1972. But their most successful album was definitely "Dark Side Of The Moon" (1973), cosmic rock produced by an excellent sound engineer Alan PARSONS. This album is a milestone in progressive rock, great songwriting with lots of special effects and including saxophone and great female vocals. The successor "Wish You Were Here" included the well-known epic song "Shine On You Crazy Diamond". "Animals" is a dark and underrated gem, featuring scathing lyrical accounts on humanity.

End 70's, Roger WATERS influenced both musical and lyrical the albums of the band. In 1979, they released "The Wall", a double album rock opera. After the release of "The Final Cut" in 1983 the band split up for a while. PINK FLOYD released a few albums afterwards without Roger WATERS, but they never reached their previous status. "Echoes", The Best of Pink Floyd, was released in 2001. To celebrate this 30th anniversary a new version of "Dark Side Of The Moon" has been released. This release is a must have for all music lovers young and old. Highly Recommended!

(Claude Bpl)

See also: Zabriskie Point - Original Soundtrack

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PINK FLOYD top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.88 | 1643 ratings
The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
1967
3.66 | 1423 ratings
A Saucerful Of Secrets
1968
3.16 | 1068 ratings
More
1969
3.48 | 1387 ratings
Ummagumma
1969
3.87 | 1831 ratings
Atom Heart Mother
1970
4.31 | 2555 ratings
Meddle
1971
3.37 | 1254 ratings
Obscured By Clouds
1972
4.60 | 3587 ratings
Dark Side Of The Moon
1973
4.62 | 3403 ratings
Wish You Were Here
1975
4.52 | 3033 ratings
Animals
1977
4.06 | 2451 ratings
The Wall
1979
3.17 | 1497 ratings
The Final Cut
1983
3.06 | 1400 ratings
A Momentary Lapse Of Reason
1987
3.73 | 1662 ratings
The Division Bell
1994
3.41 | 515 ratings
The Endless River
2014

PINK FLOYD Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.30 | 457 ratings
Delicate Sound Of Thunder
1988
3.95 | 636 ratings
P-U-L-S-E
1995
2.86 | 133 ratings
Live 66-67
1999
4.07 | 414 ratings
Is There Anybody Out There?
2000

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4.76 | 426 ratings
Live At Pompeii
1981
4.08 | 478 ratings
The Wall (The Movie)
1982
3.62 | 155 ratings
In Concert - Delicate Sound Of Thunder
1989
3.12 | 47 ratings
La Carrera Panamericana
1992
4.41 | 471 ratings
P-U-L-S-E
1995
3.11 | 79 ratings
London - Live 66-67
1999
4.57 | 574 ratings
Live At Pompeii (The Director's Cut)
2003
4.06 | 159 ratings
Classic Albums: The Dark Side Of The Moon
2003
2.95 | 47 ratings
Inside Pink Floyd
2003
3.32 | 62 ratings
The Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Story
2003
2.46 | 26 ratings
Inside Pink Floyd Volume 2 - A Critical Review 1975 - 1996
2005
2.43 | 14 ratings
The Ultimate Review
2005
2.07 | 18 ratings
The World's Greatest Albums - Atom Heart Mother
2005
2.51 | 15 ratings
Rock Milestones Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here
2005
2.08 | 17 ratings
Reflections And Echoes
2006
2.82 | 17 ratings
Rock Milestones Pink Floyd's The Piper At The Gates of Dawn
2006
1.39 | 18 ratings
Rock Milestones: Ummagumma
2006
2.20 | 11 ratings
Music Box Biographical Collection
2006
2.46 | 15 ratings
The Dark Side - Interviews
2006
2.33 | 12 ratings
Total Rock Review
2006
2.52 | 16 ratings
Meddle: A Classic Album Under Review
2007
3.19 | 15 ratings
Retrospectives
2007
2.10 | 12 ratings
The Early Pink Floyd - A Review And Critique
2008
2.25 | 11 ratings
Comfortably Numb
2008
3.06 | 14 ratings
A Technicolor Dream
2008
3.67 | 24 ratings
Live Anthology
2008
1.89 | 16 ratings
The Great Gig In The Sky: The Album By Album Guide
2008
3.98 | 68 ratings
The Story of Wish You Were Here
2012

PINK FLOYD Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.12 | 35 ratings
The Best Of The Pink Floyd
1970
3.56 | 321 ratings
Relics
1971
3.19 | 99 ratings
A Nice Pair
1973
2.70 | 56 ratings
Masters Of Rock Vol. 1
1974
2.17 | 176 ratings
A Collection Of Great Dance Songs
1981
2.17 | 125 ratings
Works
1983
3.44 | 78 ratings
Shine On
1992
3.68 | 91 ratings
The Early Singles
1992
3.06 | 59 ratings
1967: The First Three Singles
1997
3.42 | 229 ratings
Echoes - The Best Of Pink Floyd
2001
4.05 | 73 ratings
Oh By The Way...
2007
2.82 | 48 ratings
A Foot In The Door: The Best Of Pink Floyd
2011
4.50 | 62 ratings
Discovery
2011
4.75 | 112 ratings
The Dark Side Of The Moon - Experience Edition
2011
4.58 | 100 ratings
The Dark Side Of The Moon - Immersion Edition
2011
4.73 | 115 ratings
Wish You Were Here - Experience Edition
2011
4.43 | 90 ratings
Wish You Were Here - Immersion Edition
2011
4.21 | 61 ratings
The Wall - Experience Edition
2011
1.87 | 52 ratings
The Wall Singles
2011
3.80 | 80 ratings
The Wall - Immersion Edition
2012
4.12 | 25 ratings
The Division Bell (20th Anniversary Deluxe Box)
2014

PINK FLOYD Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.76 | 68 ratings
Arnold Layne
1967
3.41 | 80 ratings
See Emily Play
1967
2.86 | 50 ratings
Apples And Oranges
1967
2.59 | 56 ratings
Tonite Let's All Make Love In London
1967
3.58 | 24 ratings
Flaming
1967
3.22 | 35 ratings
It Would Be So Nice
1968
3.64 | 38 ratings
Point Me at the Sky
1968
2.83 | 37 ratings
The Nile Song
1969
3.81 | 70 ratings
One Of These Days
1971
4.44 | 9 ratings
Free Four
1972
4.43 | 7 ratings
Free Four / Absolutely Curtains
1972
3.77 | 78 ratings
Money
1973
3.57 | 72 ratings
Time
1973
3.64 | 66 ratings
Have a Cigar
1975
3.80 | 69 ratings
Comfortably Numb
1979
3.54 | 71 ratings
Another Brick In The Wall
1979
3.41 | 59 ratings
Run Like Hell
1980
3.24 | 52 ratings
When the Tigers Broke Free
1982
1.90 | 50 ratings
Not Now John/The Hero's Return (Part 2)
1983
2.47 | 58 ratings
Learning To Fly (promo single)
1987
3.03 | 49 ratings
On the Turning Away
1987
2.96 | 34 ratings
One Slip
1988
2.89 | 19 ratings
A Momentary Lapse Of Reason Official Tour CD
1988
2.90 | 23 ratings
Shine On - Selections From The Box
1992
3.19 | 68 ratings
High Hopes/ Keep Talking (single)
1994
3.37 | 56 ratings
Take It Back
1994
3.43 | 7 ratings
Interview Disc
1995
4.04 | 38 ratings
Louder Than Words
2014
2.36 | 5 ratings
Pink Floyd 1965 - Their First Recordings
2015

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 Wish You Were Here by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.62 | 3403 ratings

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Wish You Were Here
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by TrannonG

3 stars WISH YOU WERE HERE IS NOT A MASTERPIECE.

Wish You Were Here followed up the divine Dark Side of The Moon, so it had huge shoes to fill, but the ratings and fanfare this album has really baffles me. I don't consider WYWH to be the greatest Floyd album and I sure don't consider it a "masterpiece" like DSOTM or even Animals. What WYWH does is take the Floyd into a new direction with influence from DSOTM, Meddle and even Atom Heart Mother, but it doesn't really progress on those efforts. If anything it seems to be a sort of rehashing of certain elements of Pink Floyd's canon. For most artists, WYWH would be their magnum opus, but for Pink Floyd it is, unfortunately, a mediocre offering.

Track by Track:

SHINE ON YOU CRAZY DIAMOND I-V : After an extraneous build-up of synth and some Gilmour blues guitar soloing, the all-too-famous four note motif is struck and the song takes off. For some reason this excitement quickly plateaus when the singing begins and it becomes a bit of a standard track. It is very ambient, sleepy and somewhat dry-sounding. The guitar parts add a sort of liquid to keep it from becoming too desert-like. Powerful lyrics, intense build-up, flat singing and then followed up with the horns. Ugh. Once Floyd attached itself to the saxophone and soulful background singers it continued with this element (which sometimes works and sometimes does not work) for the remainder of its existence (even Waters' solo efforts seem to be dominated by female singers wailing about while he merely talks lyrics to repetitious minimalist background music). Substitute the sax for Dave's playing or Rick's soloing (as in Parts VI-IX) and you got a much better track.

WELCOME TO THE MACHINE : A lazier experimental song full of drones and sweeps that sound very mechanical (not that that is a bad thing, it is "The Machine," right? ). This track features some of Waters' anti-establishment, anti-greed lyrics (done much better on "Money" and "Pigs"). Although this is experimental, the Floyd experimented a lot better on other albums prior to WYWH, and there isn't much more to say here other than the feel of the song and Wright's keyboard savvy saves it from being a complete wash, but still this one falls short when compared to earlier experimental tracks and later keyboard/synth efforts by Wright (such as "Dogs" or "Sheep").

HAVE A CIGAR : What you have here is Pink Floyd's standard funk-blues track (la "Childhood's End". "Time" and later "What Do You Want From Me?" and done much better with "Time" and "Pigs"). Although the legendary Roy Harper sings the lyrics, and the way the lyrics attach to the meter make it a very cool song - one of my favorites - it is still just a very mediocre Floyd song in comparison to a few of the aforementioned "funk-blues" tracks. Still, this track is one of the saviors of the album, for sure.

WISH YOU WERE HERE : Ah ? here we come to the old campfire sing-a-long favorite acoustic "Kumbaya" pop song that seems to be a karaoke favorite of all the drunks at a party, or the one song every amateur guitarist starts playing to get everyone to acknowledge he knows about Pink Floyd. Skip to the next track, please. To me, WYWH is not even their best acoustic song. It is boring, weak and way overrated - a hat-grabber for me.

SHINE ON YOU CRAZY DIAMOND VI-IX : The best part of the entire album and by far the most interesting. This piece takes the lush soundscape of Part 1-5 and every positive thing about the first part and develops it even further. It is darker, seems to give us a vision of what is to come with "Sheep" and parts of "The Wall", but even features elements of funk and there is one part that sounds almost like The Doors joined in the fray and ends with, what seems to me to be, a nod to "Atom Heart Mother." This is one of Floyd's greatest efforts - classic Floyd and saves the album from being a bit of a clunker.

Overall:

This album has some divine moments, beautiful and haunting elements that evoke a cold nostalgia; it has stand-out tracks like "Shine On" (especially VI-IX) and "Have A Cigar," but the remainder of the album leaves much to be desired. Floyd often said that they were empty creatively after DSOTM and I think it shows here much more than most people would like to admit. 3/5

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 Atom Heart Mother by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.87 | 1831 ratings

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Atom Heart Mother
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by VianaProghead

4 stars Review N 66

"Atom Heart Mother" is the fifth studio album of Pink Floyd and was released in 1970 by Harvest and EMI Records in the UK and Harvest and Capitol Records in USA. It was recorded at the Abbey Road Studios in London. This was the first Pink Floyd's album to be specially mixed for the quadraphonic sound as well as the conventional stereo sound. The quadraphonic mix was also released in a compatible format with the stereo record players.

The art cover of the album was designed by Hipgnosis and it was the first not to feature the band's name on the cover or contain any photographs of the group anywhere. It would be a trend mark for the group. The album's cover is one of the most enigmatic of all in the music history. The most famous bovine of the rock appears on the album's cover. The cow, named Lulubelle III was photographed in a rural farm in the English countryside by Storm Thorgerson, who is an English famous graphic designer known for his works for rock bands like Pink Floyd, 10cc, Dream Theatre, The Mars Volta and The Cranberries. He said that his work was inspired by Andy Warhol's famous "cow-wallpaper". Curiously, the record company paid to the property owner about a thousand pounds for the image rights of the animal. And even more curious, the property became a tourist attraction, and Lulubelle III a celebrity in the show business world.

"Atom Heart Mother" has five tracks. We can divide the album into two distinct musical parts. The first and the last tracks are the lengthiest and the collective musical workings of the group, and the third, fourth and fifth tracks are the individual workings by the band's members. "Atom Heart Mother" was the first recording of the band with a full orchestra in collaboration with the avant-garde composer Ron Geesin. The first track is the title track "Atom Heart Mother". It was written by David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Richard Wright, Nick Mason and Ron Geesin and it's the lengthiest track on the album that occupies the entire side A of the vinyl disc. It's a piece of music divided into six parts: "Father's Shout", "Breast Milky", "Mother Fore", "Funky Dung", "Mind Your Throats Please" and "Remergence", and is totally orchestrated. This is, for me, an excellent, very interesting and original instrumental piece of music where the connection of their music with the orchestra is very good. It's probably the lengthiest instrumental track made by them. The second track "If" written by Waters is a simply and beautiful ballad about self analysis. It's a very melodic, pleasant and relaxing song almost all played on acoustic guitar. The third track "Summer'68" written by Wright is about a one night stand and the return to his habitual life. It's also a beautiful song, and is, in my humble opinion, more complex and interesting than "If" is. On the song we have the contrast of the soft piano with the bombastic trumpet. It's the more energetic track on the album which makes practically impossible to listen to the song without singing it. The fourth track "Fat Old Sun" written by Gilmour is a typical Gilmour's song. It's a very peaceful and beautiful ballad that almost makes us fly due to the music and the voice of Gilmour. It's also a very relaxing song that makes us stop doing what we are doing and just do nothing while the song doesn't end. The fifth track "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast" written by Gilmour, Waters, Wright and Mason is the other lengthiest instrumental piece of music on the album and is divided into three parts: "Rise And Shine", "Sunny Side Up" and "Morning Glory". The track has sound effects and dialogues between each part. The dialogue and the sound effects are made by the then roadie Alan Stiles, a Pink Floyd roadie who appeared on the back cover of "Ummagumma", preparing, discussing and eating his breakfast. Sincerely, this is a very funny piece of music with some good instrumental moments but, as the name suggests, it's very psychedelic and can't be compared to the rest of the album. However, to my taste, it's an excellent instrumental track.

Conclusion: "Atom Heart Mother" is the best studio album released by Pink Floyd until that date. However, I know this isn't a consensual opinion. Many prefer their debut. Despite the unfavourable opinions about the album of the two band's leaders Waters and Gilmour, I think this is a very important transitional album for the group. We can say that "Atom Heart Mother" is an album with many progressive features and that will be the turning point in the band's music. These clearly musical changes would culminate on their next studio album and first masterpiece "Meddle" released in 1971. "Atom Heart Mother" can be considered a true classic Pink Floyd's album. From its epics and calming tracks, to its memorable and original Thogerson's cover of Lulubelle III, it should be recognized as a great album, by any Pink Floyd fan and critic. However, as a transitional album, like "A Saucerfull Of Secrets" was, I wouldn't recommend it, to anyone looking to be introduced to the Pink Floyd's music. "The Dark Side Of The Moon" or "Wish You Were Here" are the right places to start, but "Atom Heart Mother" remains, definitely, a must for all Pink Floyd's musical collections.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

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Meddle
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by VianaProghead

5 stars Review N 62

This is my fifth review of a Pink Floyd's album. The others are their eighth, ninth and tenth studio albums "The Dark Side Of The Moon", "Wish You Were Here" and "Animals" which were released in 1973, 1975 and 1977 respectively, and their third live album "Live 66-67" released in 1999. Now it comes the time of "Meddle". "Meddle" is their sixth studio album and was released in 1971. The album was recorded at a series of locations around London, including the Abbey Road Studios, and at several occasions between January and August of 1971. "Meddle" reached gold record in 1973 and platinum and double platinum in 1994.

"Meddle" has six tracks. The first track "One Of These Days" written by David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Richard Wright is an instrumental piece of music that can be considered the first song that would mark the future sound of the band. It became the final expression of the Pink Floyd's trademark, and it also features the traditional double-tracked bass guitars played by Gilmour and Waters. The second track "A Pillow Of Winds" written by Gilmour and Waters is an acoustic song, calm and something different from the usual characteristics songs performed by the band. The song also features slide guitar work by Gilmour. It's a very nice and relaxing acoustic piece of music that has the ability, if we close our eyes, to make us dreaming and painting a picture in our own way. The third track "Fearless" also written by Gilmour and Waters follows the logic of the two previous songs and also begins to change the usual musical atmosphere of the album, creating a real vivacious sound. Waters plays all the acoustic guitar parts on the studio recordings and all the strange and intricate guitar work presented on this track is performed by Gilmour. The fourth track "San Tropez" written by Waters is one of the two smallest and weakest songs on the album. The song reflects an idealized vision of Waters of what a day in San Tropez might be like. It's the only song on the album sung by him. On the song, Waters plays the acoustic guitar and the track also includes a Gilmour's short slide guitar solo and an extended Wright's piano solo work too. Despite being a good ballad, this song is somewhat dislocated from the rest of the musical context of the album. The fifth track "Seamus" written by Gilmour, Mason, Waters and Wright is the other smallest and weakest song on the album. It's a blues song about Seamus, the Gilmour's dog. It's sung by Gilmour and in the bottom of it we can hear the dog barking, as if he sang along with its owner. Fortunately, it's the smallest song on the album. Sincerely, besides having one of the most bad and absurd lyrics I've ever heard, it's also, in my humble opinion, completely dislocated from the rest of the musical context of the album. Finally, we have the last but not the least, the sixth track "Echoes". It represents the great masterpiece of the album and was written by Gilmour, Mason, Waters and Wright. This is one of the best known tracks from the group and it's also the third lengthiest song from the group with 23:29, behind "Atom Heart Mother" with 23:44 and the nine parts of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" with 26:01. This song would become the great discovery of Pink Floyd and would also become their secret key which allowed them to find their real musical roots. It represents the new real starting point of Pink Floyd and made that this was the band that would appear two years later with their great trilogy, "The Dark Side Of The Moon", "Wish You Were Here" and "Animals". This is the only reason why I give 5 stars to this album.

Conclusion: In my humble opinion, Pink Floyd released five studio masterpieces, "Meddle", "The Dark Side Of The Moon", "Wish You Were Here", "Animals" and their eleventh studio album "The Wall" released in 1979. However, there are slight differences between them. While "The Dark Side Of The Moon", "Wish You Were Here" and "Animals" are three absolute masterpieces, "Meddle" and "The Wall" are also masterpieces but with inferior value, but for different reasons. About "Meddle", if instead of "San Tropez" and "Seamus" had two other better songs, it would be certainly a better album. About "The Wall", I will explain my personal point of view when I do make the review of it. "Meddle" was the album that started the turning point of the band's sound, which became more evolved and original. "Meddle" launched the roots of what would be the trademark of their music, which would influence so many bands of so different styles of music, all over the time, and even today. "Meddle" launched the band, particularly through "The Dark Side Of The Moon", to the world of fame and stardom, beyond the realm of the progressive rock, having reached a so high level, that we can say that no more other progressive band reached, until now. Finally, I'll leave you with a phrase of Gilmour that, in my humble opinion, defines the importance that "Meddle" had for the group: "Meddle" are among of my favourite Pink Floyd albums. For me, it was the beginning of the walk of Pink Floyd".

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

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Meddle
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by DDPascalDD

4 stars Meddle is for many people the greatest album before Pink Floyd made their breakthrough internationally (with Dark Side Of The Moon), including me. It has a great mysterious and slightly dark/psychedelic ambience over the whole album - well, almost the whole album, it also shows the new style Pink Floyd introduces, a more calm and relaxing feeling. Let's look at the tracks and find out why it's so appreciated by prog fans.

We start off with a very repetitious track, which is a bit of a downside to this track in my opinion. Therefore I can't tell you a lot more about it. What I do have to say is that it introduces the album and it's overall feeling quite well.

The next, "A Pillow Of Winds" is a calming, very listenable Floydian song. It starts out pretty happy, but it gets more mysterious as the song progresses. Gilmours voice suits this song perfectly I think, the song has an own personality and Gilmour is an unmissable element.

"Fearless" is a track which is a little more happy, but it also sounds quite relaxed. Ok, this sets you in a fine mood, but it's a bit boring though, too few interesting things to listen too; almost like it was very late at night and they thus almost fell asleep playing this. Oh yeah and by the way, we like Liverpool.

The first time I heard "San Tropez", I couldn't help thinking if this is truly composed by Pink Floyd, as it's very different. A fine song though, it sets you in a certain, notable mood. Somtimes it seems like if every song on the first side of the LP is made to prepare you for the masterpiece "Echoes". So does the next song "Seamus", making you really long for something different, something psychedelic...

There, we get what we want; and it compensates the first half of the album. Starting very mysterious and melodic, we go through a lot of nice chord progressions, we see the rise of something, but what the song really is about, is totally up to you. The lyrics are so beautiful, lyric, and meaningful and cohese, but it's hard to say exactly what it's about. A way to prove that this song is truly terrific is covering this song on piano, then you'll see the beauty of the harmonic structures and all the effort there must have been put into this piece. Also you hear so many influences and styles mixed, it's one of the most eclectic pieces Pink Floyd have composed. And although we go through a lot of different "rooms" (sounds), as I always like to say, it all flows very naturally. Because it's so eclectic, it suits perfectly as a bridge between the dark/psychedelic Floyd phase and the more symphonic/classic prog phase. Oh, by the way you must have heard Rick playing this (especcially the intro) as played live in Gdańsk. It's the last tour he did and he did it just outstanding.

It's very difficult to rate this album, as there is such a big difference between the first half of the album and "Echoes". All in all it will be 4 stars for me.

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 The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1967
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The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by PoolmanProgger

3 stars The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is a confusing album for many Floyd fans who, like me, discovered this album after listening and re-listening to such gems as Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall, Meddle and the like. Piper showcases the dark mind of Syd Barrett. Piper is easily the band's most psychedelic release, but there are still plenty of moments where the band showcases the musical chops they'd later be known for. For example, "Astronomy Domine" has a constant progression that is similar to the group's distinctive style. "Pow R. Toc H." is an amazing instrumental, maybe the best song on the album. It's a very dark song at the beginning, with many "Oi's" and psychedelic guitar stylings, but soon fleshes out and becomes something beautiful. "Interstellar Overdrive" has become a favorite among Floyd fans, and has been covered by many groups, most notably Camper Van Beethoven's faithful rendition, and Pearl Jam has even been known to open up their concerts with the first two minutes of the track. "Overdrive" starts off as a psychedelic romp, but soon delves deep into the dark recesses of many a bad acid trip. DO NOT listen to this song if you are faint of heart. Other songs which foreshadow the band's future progressive nature are "Flaming" and "Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk", two songs which explore new musical territory (remember, this is 1967) and can be quite terrifying for those who expect every Pink Floyd song to sound like something off of Dark Side of the Moon.

The other unmentioned songs are basically straight psychedelic rock, and offer an insight into the twisted, sick mind of Syd Barrett. "Lucifer Sam" and "Matilda Mother" are actually quite charming once you warm up to them, while "Scarecrow" and "The Gnome" are two more cutesy numbers, "Scarecrow" with some standout percussion to boot and some surreal lyrics from Barrett. But the real heartbreaker among this bunch is "Bike". "Bike" starts out as another one of Barrett's cutesy psychedelic pop songs, with the catchy refrain of "You're the Kind of Girl of Fits Into My World. I Will Give You Anything, Anything, If You Want Things" sung amidst verses about a borrowed (stolen?) bike, a cloak (?), a mouse without a house named Gerald, a bunch of gingerbread men, and a room to play records in. Cute. Then, we hear Syd Barrett's mind exploding. Yes, there is literally an explosion, followed by lots of clanging, bells, doors slamming and other strange noises. After this, the song ends with a terrifying quacking played on a loop that will forever haunt your dreams.

Syd Barrett was a sick, twisted genius. He was writing these songs while tripping on acid, and his level of self-awareness in his songwriting is alarming. It was as if he KNEW he was losing his sanity and he was making fun of himself. The lyrics of "Scarecrow" especially give me a shiver up my spine, as he compares himself to a scarecrow. What a horrible thought! Here is a man who knew that he was on a path of self-destruction, and he was resigned to it. Simply chilling! Perhaps Barrett's best example of the awareness of his condition and his increasing paranoia of those around him would be "Jugband Blues", his lone contribution on A Saucerful of Secrets, their next album. If you want to know what I'm talking about, just listen to the song yourself. It's one of the saddest pieces of music I've ever heard.

The Piper at the Gates of Dawn will forever be an enigma in the Pink Floyd canon, a true outlier among its contemporaries. This is due to the presence of the domineering genius of Syd Barrett. When Barrett would lose his sanity shortly after the release of this album, the band would start taking off in a new musical direction, although it would take quite a few albums to finally shake off Barrett's omnipresence. Barrett is a tragic figure, one who would haunt the band the rest of their storied career. Piper is Barrett's only contribution as Pink Floyd's frontman, and it's a haunting album indeed. It's not a classic, as many suggest, but it's a worthwhile listen, one that ever Pink FLoyd fan should get a chance to listen to.

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 Dark Side Of The Moon by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1973
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Dark Side Of The Moon
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by PoolmanProgger

5 stars Well, there's nothing that I can say that already hasn't been said. Dark Side of the Moon is a masterpiece, in my opinion, Pink Floyd's greatest album, and probably in the top 5 of greatest albums of all-time, not just prog albums. Dark Side of the Moon was that long-awaited trans-Atlantic success from the Floyd. While they had been big in the U.K. for quite some time, they hadn't made it in the U.S., but Dark Side would change all that. The international success of Dark Side would change the band's fortunes forever, as well as each of the band member's, for better or for worse. Was Dark Side of the Moon the album that started sending Roger Waters on his ego-trip that would eventually destroy the band? We can't tell. For the time being, Pink Floyd was still a "group", with each member contributing to the album's sound, a true collaborative effort that each member could be extremely proud of.

Dark Side contains a handful of Pink Floyd's best compositions, some fantastic sax playing and backing vocals, and is held together by random clips of laughing and talking, as well as a few screams. Dark Side was a concept album which explored different aspects of human life and psyche, and as the album nears its end, it delves deeper and deeper into mental deterioration, a common theme among later Roger Waters compositions. Dark Side is probably the first album in which David Gilmour gets to showcase his fantastic guitar-playing chops, as he reels off several extended standout solos on tacks such as "Time" and "Money". Richard Wright also gets his fair share of time to shine, with fantastic organ playing on many of the tracks, most notably "Breathe", "Any Colour You Like" and "Eclipse". Perhaps the most unsung heros on Dark Side, however, are the guest musicians. Doris Troy, Lesley Duncan and Liza Strike deliver fantastic backing vocals on most of the tracks; Clare Torry delivers a stunning performance on "The Great Gig in the Sky", a title in which she gained a rightly-deserved songwriting credit more than thirty years after the album was released. In my opinion though, the best performance on the album is that from guest sax player Dick Parry, who delivers absolutely showstopping performances on both "Money" and "Us and Them". After the success of those two brilliant tracks, I wonder if Pink Floyd had thoughts about having Mr. Parry on full-time with the group.

Dark Side of the Moon is one of the most brilliant albums of all-time, that rare album where all of a group's ambitions and goals are met on a single record. Dark Side introduced the world to what would become Pink Floyd's most well-known and recognizable songs, including "Breathe", "Time", "Money", "Us and Them", "Brain Damage" and "Eclipse". The massive international success of Dark Side would leave a bad taste in the mouth of the band however, who now could never comfortably record an album again without heaps of unrealistic expectations laid upon their backs. This sudden rise to superstardom would affect Roger Waters the most, as his lyrics would grow increasingly dark and pointed at the recording industry (on "Wish You Were Here"), at the capitalist economic machine which now dictated their agendas (on "Animals"), at the emptiness of fame and excess (on "The Wall"), and the disillusionment of war (on "The Final Cut"). Dark Side would also mark the point where the band would start to splinter as Roger Waters grew more and more absorbed in himself and alienated from the rest of the band. Dark Side of the Moon would change the lives of all involved, for better or worse. In closing, I find it most appropriate to quote the final line uttered at the end of "Eclipse": "There is no dark side of the moon really. It's all dark."

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 Meddle by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1971
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Meddle
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by PoolmanProgger

4 stars Meddle is the first in the Pink Floyd canon that actually sounds like a Pink Floyd album. With Atom Heart Mother, the band was progressing towards that now familiar Floyd sound, but they couldn't quite shake off those Syd Barrett-psychedelic cobwebs. With Meddle, Pink Floyd would firmly plant themselves alongside other prog giants such as Yes, Genesis, King Crimson and Gentle Giant, among others. While I have much praise for this album, I'm obliged to note its inconsistencies, which is the reason why it'll never achieve the legendary status of such heavyweights as Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall. Still, I would firmly entrench Meddle in that Top 5 of classic Pink Floyd albums, if only because of the presence of the epic side-length piece "Echoes", quite possibly the greatest masterpiece in the Pink Floyd songbook.

Meddle contains three top-notch songs that rank highly among Pink Floyd's compositions. Those are "One of These Days", "Fearless" and "Echoes". "One of These Days" is an instrumental with a distinct muted bass and a single ominous line from Nick Mason: "One of These Days I'm Going to Cut You Up Into Little Pieces!" It's a high-tempo piece which sets the album up beautifully and segues into the much more subdued "A Pillow of Winds", one of the few ballads the group ever wrote. "A Pillow of Winds" is actually a quite lovely song, but considering the group its from, it's a little disappointing for the average Pink Floyd listener. The next track is the second great piece on Meddle, "Fearless". Ah, the days when David Gilmour and Roger Waters would write songs TOGETHER, and everything turned out wonderful. "Fearless" is a song about an "idiot" who is determined to do everything his own way, and I think it's a wonderful piece about bucking conformity and going about things in your own manner. The track does fade out with a quite annoying chant from Liverpool fans, but most Pink Floyd fans will be able to live with that. "San Tropez" is an easy listening (!) piece from Roger Waters about lounging around said resort island and "drinking champagne like a good tycoon." It sounds hideous at first, but with repeated listens, it's actually not quite bad. Side One concludes with "Seamus", a humorous blues track from David Gilmour's dog. No seriously. The dog puts on quite a good show with the vocals. There's not very many dogs capable of what "Seamus" does on this track.

Now, for the magnum opus, "Echoes". "Echoes" is majestic, as close to religious music as Pink Floyd would ever get - and yes, that includes "Atom Heart Mother"- before Dark Side would release "Time" and "The Great Gig in the Sky". Reportedly, "Echoes" was supposed to be about space, but Roger Waters changed the lyrics to reflect ocean life, because he didn't like that the band was being shoehorned into the "space rock" movement, and he wanted to get the band far removed from that moniker. "Echoes" opens up with a distinctive keyboard note from Richard Wright that would recur throughout the song. The guitar playing from David Gilmour is fantastic, and in the middle of the song the band suddenly shifts gears and transitions into a long buildup, with Wright playing the organ and Gilmour playing muted notes on the guitar, supposedly inspired by "Good Vibrations". "Echoes" is a must-listen track for any prog fan, and especially any Pink Floyd fan. Definitely their best song from the pre-Dark Side of the Moon era.

Meddle is a great album, but because of it's inconsistencies it can't truly be called a Pink Floyd "classic" in the vein of Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Her, Animals and The Wall. However, Meddle is one of the group's best efforts, and it marks the album when the band shook off the chains of their psychedelic roots and steered full-steam ahead into the ocean of prog. That said, Meddle is a landmark album for Pink FLoyd, and definitely an album that every prog fan should give a listen to.

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 Dark Side Of The Moon by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1973
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Dark Side Of The Moon
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by DDPascalDD

5 stars This was one of the first prog albums I heard, like many others, and I can still enjoy it very much; filling my mind with melancholy and a lot of thoughts. It makes me calm down and think about life, future or I just let myself be taken away by the story of the album (the big advantage of listening Floyd).

The relaxing vibes begin right after the climax. Soothing Gilmour vocals and one of Waters best bass moments in my opinion, though often forgotten. You hear so clearly here why Pink Floyd is so amazing in what they do and how they reach such a great sound without too many notes and virtuosity and with amazing feeling for the music.

One of the only choices which is not completely to my liking is, that until the beautiful soundscape of Time there is a total of more than 4 minutes in which I really bore me. I tend to skip On The Run quite often along with the climax at the very start and the ringing clocks. These are all great to listen to, but for me limited to a few times only.

Though we can't forget that the overall ambience is very touching and it is really a cohesive whole. It's one long song with reprises and hints to other parts all the time, making it quite complex and interesting, the Floyd way, indeed.

Going through the whole album, you hear a lot of different sounds and influences, but it's all wrapped up in the unique Floyd sound, which makes it again very interesting due to a lot of variety and a lot of surprises when you heard it for the first time. And that's a very strong point of Pink Floyd, having such a unique, sophisticated sound and still surprise you every time with it.

In contrast with many others, Money is the track with the best Gilmour solo. It's 2 minutes in length and consists of three parts: the sudden change to 4/4 and exposition, the break down part in which it settles down and then the recapitulation which amazingly reflects the beginning of the solo (so all in all it would be ABA'). This mixed with cynic lyrics this makes it one of my faves.

Then the following is the most moving one, both the music and words. It has the best sax solo I've ever heard and the contrast between verse and chorus will always stay very powerful.

Then we flow to a second reprise of the Breathe theme. it makes me think that it's more like one big song, rather than loose pieces. They just made a 40+ minute epic! I use to see this as a foreshadowing of Welcome to the Machine in some way, and via a creative chord progression by Wright we flow to another song.

The contrast between the verse and chorus in Brain Damage make me consider it almost a reprise of Us and Them. Very powerful too.

Finally, how could we end it else than a falling bass line, repetitive lyrics and a last hint to the very start of this all. A way to check if an album is really excellent is asking yourself: does the sound have the same feeling or has it changed? Although the sound is exactly the same as the sound from the intro, does it feel different?

Yes, this essential masterpiece of prog is defenitely excellent and justifies no less than 5 stars.

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 Wish You Were Here by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.62 | 3403 ratings

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Wish You Were Here
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja

3 stars When I heard Dark Side of the Moon for the first time after my love of progressive rock was already firmly established, to say I was underwhelmed by one of the supposed "greatest albums of all time" is a bit of an understatement. "Wish You Were Here" fares better however, and I can genuinely say that I enjoy this album. Most of it, anyway.

I've said this in my Pink Floyd reviews before: Pink Floyd attracts two main demographics, those new to progressive music and people so stoned that they make Cheech and Chong blush. And it makes sense why the band is so appealing, their music is very well-produced, subdued and generally very accessible. And that is exactly what "Wish You Were Here" offers. In a sense, it's like the stereotypical Pink Floyd album. The tempo never picks up above 80 or 90 BPM, if that, and all the songs are either about Syd Barrett or how Roger Waters thinks "the man" is out to get him. But how good is the music itself?

If you're a Pink Floyd fan, you're clearly going to love everything on here; that's a fact. But if you're like me and don't have any particular attachment to the band's sound or story, the quality is a bit more wavering throughout. The three shorter middle tracks, "Welcome To The Machine", "Have A Cigar" and "Wish You Were Here" are all absolute snore-fests. There's nothing here that you haven't already heard on the first side of "Meddle"; tedious, melancholy songs where the lyrics stand out a lot more than their instrumental accompaniment.

"Shine On", on the other hand, is a different story. Both parts are excellent, but not because "Shine On" is a prog chef d'oeuvre, but rather because it's a wonderfully done blues song. A slow blues epic, both halves of the song are sparse and slow- building in typical Floyd fashion, but interestingly enough the slow tempo works very well to produce tension. Even though it's almost 10 minutes before the vocals even enter, it really doesn't feel like so long because the instrumental parts work very well complementing and working off of each other. A wonderfully executed song if I do say so myself!

So with half of the album being marvelous and the other being mediocre, I'd say that "Wish You Were Here" averages out to about a 3 star album. A must-have for Pink Floyd fans and an inoffensive buy for the rest of us.

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 The Division Bell by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.73 | 1662 ratings

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The Division Bell
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by DDPascalDD

4 stars For me, this is the first prog album I've heard, but is it really prog? Yes, it is (an excellent addition to any prog rock music collection), it's a strong album which feels very Floydian but also offers enough new sounds for Floyd fans.

Speaking of which, the first is one of the nicest intro tracks Pink Floyd have recorded. It starts out mysteriously with (you could see this coming) sound effects and then flows into a calm river of a musical conversation between Rick and Dave. But we now need some more of the jolly old Gilmour guitar work. Putting in more energy, the concept of the album also is revealed in the second track.

We hear a more sweet sound next, also pretty up-tempo for Pink Floyd standards. Frankly, that would be a good allegory for the 'new direction'. Indeed satisfying the main public's ears more, fewer and less extented intros and interludes; but enough of Gilmour's axe, sophisticated sound(scapes) and just Floydian things.

Speaking of which, only this could be done by the legendary Floyd (yes, also a Floyd without Waters): an intrumental beginning with a short keyboard intro with added suitable sound effects, where the rest of the track is only filled with cool guitar phrases. All kinds of sounds are added, making it quite interesting for every prog fan. Also I think Mason is in good shape on this album, hitting it exactly where needed and in his not-too-complicated-or-difficult-but-fitting- exactly-every-floyd-track style. If this track doesn't move you (emotionally and to a marooned island)... Eerrr, wel... than that's weird. I can't change that though.

And that's exactly the same with the next, anti-war song. The words 'powerful' and 'moving' (not too poetic and difficult, I know) come instantly to mind if I had to describe what I think about it, which I have to do here. To make this review not too positive, I don't really like what Gilmour does at the end here, to be honest. The background is very strong, but the solo above it is much less, also caused by the sound of the guitar.

After this we get a more Wright orientated song, jazzy, which is quite refreshing, if only for the sake of variety. Oh how I like that sudden powerful solo of Rick there, his singing too is more to my liking than Daves voice and manner of singing. Also the combination with sax here feels very justified.

The thing which I find very pleasing about this album is the way it perfectly gives what you want, the songs shouldn't be shuffled in a different order. Namely we now need some energy, and Gilmours voice gives you what you want but maybe did not expect.

The following two tracks are a bit boring in my opinion, I regularly skip these, and so will I do now, leaving it with 'just a bit boring songs'.

I quite like the next one though. It feels like a reprise of Cluster One in the beginning and I quite like the lyrics which come after it too. "Beyond your tunnel vision, eality fades like shadows into the night" for example, I don't care (nor know) who wrote that, but it's beautiful. He even dared to sing the f-word!

To close the best way Pink Floyd probably could - and this says more about how good the song is, rather than how bad Pink Floyd were at the time, because this song is one of their best ever-made. Unfortunately the only one which builds so much tension from beginning to end; this will (yes will, forever) keep you at the edge of your seat, I almost fell. The orchestral additions are unmissable if you've heard this track which probably came right from heaven! In contrast with some Floyd songs (even some classics) it doesn't feel repetitious and is far from boring. Building up to one of the best solos ever recorded, this is... no, don't try to put it in words; enjoy the music for as long as you can.

Although it does not have a lot of flaws and there's not much wrong about this album, the average of the album isn't something you (or maybe I should say I) could listen to endlessly. All in all, it's an album you can enjoy a lot though, it offers enough to listen very close. My final rating therefore is 4 stars out of 5.

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