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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 VallÚe" ("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 | 1745 ratings
The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
3.66 | 1511 ratings
A Saucerful Of Secrets
3.16 | 1153 ratings
3.48 | 1479 ratings
3.87 | 1937 ratings
Atom Heart Mother
4.30 | 2728 ratings
3.37 | 1338 ratings
Obscured By Clouds
4.60 | 3801 ratings
Dark Side Of The Moon
4.62 | 3614 ratings
Wish You Were Here
4.52 | 3220 ratings
4.07 | 2597 ratings
The Wall
3.17 | 1593 ratings
The Final Cut
3.05 | 1489 ratings
A Momentary Lapse Of Reason
3.73 | 1758 ratings
The Division Bell
3.36 | 608 ratings
The Endless River

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

3.31 | 495 ratings
Delicate Sound Of Thunder
3.94 | 678 ratings
2.80 | 147 ratings
Live 66-67
4.08 | 443 ratings
Is There Anybody Out There?

PINK FLOYD Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.76 | 457 ratings
Live At Pompeii
4.09 | 505 ratings
The Wall (The Movie)
3.63 | 164 ratings
In Concert - Delicate Sound Of Thunder
3.08 | 51 ratings
La Carrera Panamericana
4.42 | 495 ratings
3.08 | 85 ratings
London - Live 66-67
4.57 | 597 ratings
Live At Pompeii (The Director's Cut)
4.07 | 166 ratings
Classic Albums: The Dark Side Of The Moon
2.95 | 49 ratings
Inside Pink Floyd
3.31 | 64 ratings
The Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Story
2.44 | 27 ratings
Inside Pink Floyd Volume 2 - A Critical Review 1975 - 1996
2.38 | 15 ratings
The Ultimate Review
2.04 | 19 ratings
The World's Greatest Albums - Atom Heart Mother
2.54 | 18 ratings
Rock Milestones Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here
2.04 | 18 ratings
Reflections And Echoes
2.81 | 19 ratings
Rock Milestones Pink Floyd's The Piper At The Gates of Dawn
1.38 | 20 ratings
Rock Milestones: Ummagumma
2.16 | 12 ratings
Music Box Biographical Collection
2.40 | 16 ratings
The Dark Side - Interviews
2.27 | 13 ratings
Total Rock Review
2.49 | 17 ratings
Meddle: A Classic Album Under Review
3.16 | 17 ratings
2.05 | 13 ratings
The Early Pink Floyd - A Review And Critique
2.19 | 12 ratings
Comfortably Numb
3.03 | 17 ratings
A Technicolor Dream
3.62 | 26 ratings
Live Anthology
1.87 | 17 ratings
The Great Gig In The Sky: The Album By Album Guide
3.98 | 76 ratings
The Story of Wish You Were Here

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

2.12 | 36 ratings
The Best Of The Pink Floyd
3.57 | 337 ratings
3.20 | 107 ratings
A Nice Pair
2.70 | 58 ratings
Masters Of Rock Vol. 1
2.18 | 187 ratings
A Collection Of Great Dance Songs
2.19 | 135 ratings
3.48 | 84 ratings
Shine On
3.68 | 98 ratings
The Early Singles
5.00 | 5 ratings
The Dark Side Of The Moon (Twentieth Anniversary Edition)
3.07 | 64 ratings
1967: The First Three Singles
3.43 | 239 ratings
Echoes - The Best Of Pink Floyd
4.07 | 79 ratings
Oh By The Way...
2.85 | 53 ratings
A Foot In The Door: The Best Of Pink Floyd
4.49 | 70 ratings
4.74 | 124 ratings
The Dark Side Of The Moon - Experience Edition
4.59 | 113 ratings
The Dark Side Of The Moon - Immersion Edition
4.73 | 133 ratings
Wish You Were Here - Experience Edition
4.45 | 100 ratings
Wish You Were Here - Immersion Edition
4.28 | 75 ratings
The Wall - Experience Edition
1.92 | 56 ratings
The Wall Singles
3.82 | 88 ratings
The Wall - Immersion Edition
4.27 | 37 ratings
The Division Bell (20th Anniversary Deluxe Box)
3.40 | 23 ratings
The Early Years 1967-1972 Creation

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

3.74 | 70 ratings
Arnold Layne
3.39 | 83 ratings
See Emily Play
2.86 | 51 ratings
Apples And Oranges
2.59 | 57 ratings
Tonite Let's All Make Love In London
3.54 | 26 ratings
3.20 | 36 ratings
It Would Be So Nice
3.64 | 39 ratings
Point Me at the Sky
2.86 | 38 ratings
The Nile Song
3.80 | 70 ratings
One Of These Days
4.35 | 11 ratings
Free Four
4.38 | 8 ratings
Free Four / Absolutely Curtains
3.77 | 80 ratings
3.58 | 73 ratings
3.63 | 67 ratings
Have a Cigar
3.81 | 70 ratings
Comfortably Numb
3.58 | 73 ratings
Another Brick In The Wall
3.42 | 60 ratings
Run Like Hell
3.26 | 54 ratings
When the Tigers Broke Free
1.91 | 50 ratings
Not Now John/The Hero's Return (Part 2)
2.49 | 60 ratings
Learning To Fly (promo single)
3.04 | 50 ratings
On the Turning Away
2.98 | 35 ratings
One Slip
2.95 | 19 ratings
A Momentary Lapse Of Reason Official Tour CD
2.90 | 23 ratings
Shine On - Selections From The Box
3.20 | 69 ratings
High Hopes/ Keep Talking (single)
3.38 | 57 ratings
Take It Back
3.43 | 7 ratings
Interview Disc
4.02 | 43 ratings
Louder Than Words
2.44 | 8 ratings
Pink Floyd 1965 - Their First Recordings


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 Atom Heart Mother by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.87 | 1937 ratings

Atom Heart Mother
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by mike1259

5 stars After reading many of the reviews posted here I feel compelled to add my own. I am no huge Floyd fan yet I've always felt the band created this difficult masterpiece for me alone, although expressionism such as this is open to wide interpretation. For example, upon receiving the Nobel prize for 'The Old Man and the Sea' Hemingway was asked about the many metaphors it contained and what they could have represented. His answer was words to the effect that it all depended upon what the reader brought to the sitting! With that we understand reviews are only opinions and are neither right nor wrong. That being said I must say a lot of our fellow enthusiasts disqualify themselves by publishing negative reviews on albums that they just don't understand. They don't 'get it' so it must be a turd. Atom Heart Mother is a fine example of this. As far as accessablilty, the 'AHM' suite can indeed become very difficult. I personally feel the theme is the seeming cruelty of nature and as we delve deeper into the piece one concedes that since humans themselves are 'natural' their cruelty is natural as well. The music translates this so very well. The heavy, lumbering 'Father's Shout', the nurturing 'Breast Milky' and alluring 'Mother Fore' all challenge the listener to their limits and then comes 'Funky Dung', a kick-in- the-head effort to associate food with fecal matter. That deserves some meditation. Pink Floyd is well known for their so-called 'FreakOut' sections and 'Mind Your Throats Please' should be recognized as their most formidable. Never has humanity been served up such beautiful dissonance. I will maintain at this point that most of this album side was a freak of nature, yes, only by accident could a music group convey something so difficult. I digress - the band themselves didn't 'get it'. Thank You God
 Ummagumma by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1969
3.48 | 1479 ratings

Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

4 stars Many popular bands of the ages seem to have an album that divides the fans. For some it is the zenith of their experimental creativity, yet for some the most unlistenable pompous codswallop that could be unleashed onto unsuspecting ears. But more often than not, the truth lies somewhere in between. For the 60s psychedelic rock masters PINK FLOYD, their 1969 double album UMMAGUMMA (purported to be one of the roadie's made up slang for "sex") is that such album which equally titillates and tortures alike but one thing is for damn sure: there exists no other album in all of music history that even comes close to capturing the unique soundscapes that David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Richard Wright conjured up during the turbulent times after Syd Barrett left the crew and took with him his dominant psychedelic influences. While the band fully intended to simply release a live album that was to include the extra tracks "Interstellar Overdrive" and "The Embryo," it was thanks to Richard Wright whose desire to make new music that ultimately resulted in the idea of each member composing solo material and using it as the second half of the album. And since the band was actively seeking a new way to construct an album, with UMMAGUMMA they found their perfect solution.

Equally divided up onto two LPs or two CDs, the first side contains contains the live material which despite some earlier copies claiming it was all recorded in June 1969, it actually took place on 27 April 1969 at Mothers Club in Birmingham, England as well as on 2 May at the Manchester College of Commerce. Side one starts things off with the exemplar "Astronomy Domine" which not only presents to the world that the FLOYD can pull off the Syd Barrett material with David Gilmour on board but also how they were evolving into more progressive territories by almost doubling the time length from the original on "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn" album with an extra verse and lengthy instrumental music in between. Likewise "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun" was significantly extended to add progressive noodling and extravagant creative liberties whereas the title track to "Saucerful Of Secrets" remained fairly true to the original although i've always found it a little lackluster to the studio version. The true treat came from the B-side track of the non-album single "Point Me At The Sky." "Careful With That Axe Eugene" is nothing more than an organ-based jam session that is accompanied by Roger Waters screaming like he's in the shower scene in the Psycho movie but it offers a glimpse into their seductive hypnotic grooviness that made PINK FLOYD such a popular live act in those most psychedelic years of the 60s.

The second side contains the highly experimental, somewhat controversial and what i deem woefully underappreciated solo offerings where each of the band members took a stab at creating the most unapologetic experimental solo material they could muster up. While Wright, Gilmour and Mason opted for lengthy grandiose suites that were composed of various parts, Roger Waters conjured up two distinctly opposing styles of songwriting in only two tracks. Richard Wright, the impetus for the solo side of the album naturally began with his epic sounding "Sysyphus" which consists of four parts and displays a bombastic approach with a thundering timpani and Chopin inspired piano sequences that allow him to show off his best Keith Emerson inspired chops that slowly cede into the avant-garde world of John Cage that climaxes in pure cacophony. On Part 3 he reveals that he is the mastermind for the freakiest aspects of early Floyd such as the similarly sounding cacophonous roar heard on tracks like "Saucerful Of Secrets." Waters took the opposite approach and delivers a subdued acoustic guitar ballad with vocals that recounts a dreamy meadow scene in the English countryside complete with bird chirping in the background. Also a glimpse into Waters' contributions to the more "regular" sounding aspects of PF's songwriting. Following the serene visions of kingfishers is the avant-garde " "Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict," which consists only of animal noises, microphone taps, vocals and tape manipulations. This is by far the most bizarre track ever to grace a PF album and remains one of the most avant- garde pieces of music of all time IMHO.

Gilmour jumps back into a more "normal" sounding FLOYD sound that is fairly ubiquitous on later albums with calm acoustic guitars on his three part "Narrow Way" suite that showcase the segments that reveal his future vital contributions that made albums like "Wish You Were Here" so very, very catchy and emotional. However, this was his license to experiment as well and all hell breaks loose as it transmogrifies into lysergic heaven before landing back on earth and providing a blueprint for the future "Dark Side Of The Moon" material. Nick Mason ends it all with his percussion vs ambient three part "The Grand Vizier's Garden Party" which perfectly exemplifies the world of Sultan's and Viziers of Ottomon Empire days of which is the subject matter. While mostly based on his instantly recognizable drumming style, the trippiness level is turned up to 11 as a calm flute ushers in pleasant melodies only to be replaced by a drum roll and timpani series of sounds that not only give a psychedelic feel but also one of epic days of past. Mason reveals how his unique rhythmic percussive drive has also been vital for the overall FLOYDian sound. After the appropriate percussive drive is established Mason gets all freaky and creates an ambient ethereal passage and then gets all weird with sound dynamics that include a staggeringly original variation of percussive techniques.

When all is said and done, PINK FLOYD were making a statement to the world that they were still alive and kicking despite their main creative member losing his marbles and being forced out of the band. UMMAGUMMA was an early indicator of where PF were heading in the sense that the album serves much like the refraction of light through a pyramid as later seen on the "Dark Side Of The Moon" album cover. Meaning that the members demonstrate on UMMAGUMMA the true magic of the sum of their parts as heard on the live side of the album where it's impossible to distinguish which specific member contributes which specific aspect of the music that creates the larger picture but also the solo studio side of the album clearly indicates which colors of the spectrum emanate from each retrospective band member and allows the listener to pinpoint their retrospective roles in the larger PINK FLOYD discography making this the musical sleuth's essential listening experience.

All time favorite album this may not be for anyone but i can't think of a more interesting and utterly unhinged flow of creative juices that needed to erupt in order for the band to carry on and coalesce into their second personification of space rock. While this is clearly a sort of transitional point between these different phases of the band's history, i find UMMAGUMMA to be the perfect totally whacked out album to soak in when i'm in the mood for something that runs the gamut of tastefully performed classics to the outrageously experimental craziness. Perhaps not an album that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside but rather one that digs deep into the souls of the musicians thus allowing the listener to get a glimpse of creative musical minds and how their idiosyncrasies contribute to the making of one of the greatest bands to ever have emerged into the world of rock music. For me this is not only one of the greatest historical artifacts that perfectly demonstrates where the world found itself during the awkward odometer change of the 60s to the 70s, but also is an album that i personally still find exciting after countless listens many decades after its initial impact on the world. One star for each member of the band.

 Ummagumma by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1969
3.48 | 1479 ratings

Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Review N║ 113

"Ummagumma" is an album of Pink Floyd which was released in 1969. It's a double album divided into two different types of musical works. The disc 1 is a live album of their studio musical catalogue at the time, while disc 2 is a studio album that contains several musical compositions, all composed by each member of the group as solo artists.

"Ummagumma" has sixteen tracks. The disc 1 is the live album and has four tracks. They were recorded live at Mothers Club in Birmingham, and in the following week at Manchester College of Commerce. The first track "Astronomy Domine" is a live version of a song originally released on their debut studio album "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn". The second track "Careful With That Axe, Eugene" is a live version of a song never released on any of their studio albums. It's an instrumental piece of music that was originally released as the B side of their single "Point Me At The Sky". It was also released on their compilation album, "Relics". The third track "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun" is a live version of a song originally released on their second studio album "A Saucerful Of Secrets". The fourth track "A Saucerful Of Secrets" is a live version of the title track of their studio album "A Saucerful Of Secrets", too.

In relation to this live album, all the live versions on it are great. "Astronomy Domine" and "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun" always were two of my favourite songs of the psychedelic musical phase of the group and the only thing I can say is that they are even better than their original studio versions. I must say that I never was a great fan of "Careful With That Axe, Eugene". However, I also must say that this live version is superb and because of that I became a fan of this version of the song. "A Saucerful Of Secrets" is without any doubt my less favourite track of this side of the album, because it has too much improvisation for my taste. However, it's also a great track that doesn't harm the great musical quality of this side of the album. Overall, all these live versions are stranger, wilder, longer, sometimes considerably so, sometimes slower, faster, or louder, at times hypnotically pretty and otherworldly, other times frighteningly creepy and intense, and still otherworldly. In short, the live disc shows the early Pink Floyd at their best.

The disc 2 is the studio album and has twelve tracks. Still, it was divided into four parts, where each part corresponds to each band member. The first part "Sysyphus" is from Richard Wright and is divided into four parts which correspond to four tracks. The second part is from Roger Waters and has two tracks, "Grantchester Meadows" and "Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Growing With A Pict". The third part "The Narrow Way" is from David Gilmour and is divided into three parts which correspond to three tracks. The fourth part "The Grand Vizier's Garden Party" is from Nick Mason and is divided into three parts which correspond to three tracks.

In relation with this studio album, I must say that in general it's a little bit disappointing for me, because of its low overall quality. "Sysyphus" is my favourite part of this studio album. This is an avant-garde piece of music very strange and with a rather sinister atmosphere that sounds like something out of a horror movie. It's, in my opinion, a very good piece of music with some great musical parts. "Grantchester Meadows" is the only solo piece of music on the acoustic guitar with lyrics on the album. In my opinion, it's a typical acoustic song by Roger Waters, very simple and soft, but also very vulgar and extensive. Definitely, this isn't one of his best compositions. "Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Growing With A Pict" represents a complete waste of time. It's a song almost inaudible and I sincerely can't see anything positive on it. This is probably the worst composition ever made by Waters. "The Narrow Way" is, in my humble opinion, an unbalanced piece of music with some low and high points. It's basically an exploration of several guitar styles and is fortunately largely pleasant listening. "The Grand Vizier's Garden Party" is, in my opinion and surprisingly, the second best piece of music on the album. It's a track with an interesting musical structure, very pleasant to listen to, and is for me, the underrated piece of music of this rather strange studio album.

Conclusion: Everything about this album is weird, from its cover, another Hipgnosis classic, to its title, apparently a British slang for sex, its structure and finally its actual contents. "Ummagumma" is comprised of an excellent live disc that represents Pink Floyd's "space rock" peak, followed by a second studio disc that ranges from very good to truly awful. In relation to the live album, we can say that all the four live versions are superior to their studio originals, made longer, louder, harder, all with a real edge of playing. In relation to the studio album, it isn't a musical collective effort of the band and I must confess that I never was a great fan of those types of albums. I must confess that it was very hard for me to rate "Ummagumma". I completely agree with Easy Livin when he says that we are in presence of a good album and a not so good one. This album probably proves that Pink Floyd members are better as a band than as solo artists. It represents really the band's artiest, most experimental, avant-garde, and flat-out album ever made by them.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Wish You Were Here by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.62 | 3614 ratings

Wish You Were Here
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BitterJalapeno

5 stars I owe my love of Progressive music to my Father and Uncle, the latter of which had an impressive collection of vinyl from the 60s & 70s. I may have a slight bias towards Wish You Were Here as it's the first prog album I ever heard (as a 16 year old in 2005, the album cover with the combusting man was too intriguing to pass by). Despite not particularly liking it at first and the fact my favourite Pink Floyd album has changed over the years - DOSTM, Animals, Meddle & Atom Heart Mother - I always come back to Wish You Were Here.

Shine on you Crazy Diamond (1-5) begins with eerie sounds from the late Wright, soon to be joined by Gilmour's smooth, delicious guitar which is played with such effortlessness that it can bring a tear to the eye. The intro is ended by a starkly different atmosphere with a beautifully simple yet massive sounding four note ostinato-like theme played by Gilmour which after a few renditions is joined by Nick Mason's captivating rolling toms and cymbals and a nice accompaniment from Wright. Gilmour leads the way once more with another incredibly effortless sounding solo. Additional outstanding sounds are produced from Dick Parry's Tenor and Baritone Saxophones.

Welcome to the Machine has a very creepy, almost anxious atmosphere about it. Gilmour's vocals add an angry, exasperated and even pained touch to the song, with the ascending steps on acoustic guitars bringing mounting tension which reaches a peak with Wright's incredible synth solo (Minimoog I believe).

Have a Cigar is less progressive than the Welcome to the Machine but I still hold in in high regard. It is easily the rockiest song on the album with a grinding rhythmic quality. The lyrics are incredible and the guitar solo is one of my favourites for sheer groove.

Wish You Were Here starts beautifully with acoustic chords and lead parts from Gilmour but the rest of the song I do not enjoy too much with the exception of the "do do do" vocals in unison with the guitar solo. I hate the production overall as it is very dry. The guitars and vocals both sound overly scratchy and in need a good lubrication if that makes sense.

Shine on you Crazy Diamond (6-9) is without a doubt my favourite track on the album and one of my favourite Floyd songs. I have yet to meet someone who agrees with me on this but I feel it surpasses parts 1-5 in terms of sonic delights. I urge anyone in the Glasgow vicinity to put this song on in the car on the M8 heading for the Kingston Bridge Northbound at night and revel in the beauty of this entrancing journey through sound as you gaze over the Glaswegian nighttime skyline. The vocalized section is barely different from parts 1-5 but the intro is amazingly captivating and the final 6 minutes is one of the most perfect musical compositions I have ever had the pleasure of hearing. The funeral march in the final minutes is reminiscent of instrumental sections of Disney's adaptation of The Jungle Book and despite the minor tone set throughout, it comes to end on a hopeful major - a beautiful example of tierce de picardie

Overall, an absolute stonker of a prog recording but could do with better production on track 4.

 The Wall by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1979
4.07 | 2597 ratings

The Wall
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Walkscore

5 stars Even More Relevant Today in the era of Trumps Wall

Pink Floyd are the masters of the concept album, and The Wall is the ultimate concept album. While some fans of PA may be more (or only) interested in the musical side of progressive rock (and I include myself in this when it comes to a lot of albums/musicians), and that is fine, I don't think anyone can deny the importance of this album when it comes to the concept, which is largely Roger Water's brainchild. While the music on The Wall is not quite as strong as that on Dark Side or Wish (some tunes, like 'Bring the Boys Back Home" have little musicality, but they are thankfully very short, and they still add to the story), the Wall still contains some of Floyd's best songs (Comfortably Numb, Mother, etc), and some of Gilmour's best guitar solos, and it all comes together exceptionally well. Most importantly, Water's lyrics here, in my mind, are the best ever written for any rock album, ever. Back a long time ago when this PA site first started, I wrote a few reviews, including for this one (not sure if those reviews exist any more - the site looked very different back then). I called this album the rock equivalent to Tolstoy's War and Peace or Dostoyevsky's Brother's Karamazov in literature, or Ingmar Bergman's Seventh Seal in film. That is, and iconic, original, and masterful work of art that will stand the test of time for many centuries. (A hundred years from now, university programs offering courses in musicology, or even history, may assign whole units to the study of this one album - I think it is that important). I would argue this album and the message the Waters puts forward here has become increasingly important over time. Indeed, life is beginning to (once again, unfortunately) imitate art, in Trumps call to build a Wall along the border with Mexico! Water's concept is about how the horrors of war and a failed post-war dream (for building a peaceful society that is prosperous for all) fuels both resentment and emotional isolation. The internal emotional Wall that the working- and middle- class create for themselves to protect themselves emotionally then gets articulated externally first in destructive, uncaring or selfish behaviour, and then later through the support for intolerant racist populists who want to kick out the foreigners and "make their country Great Again". It is an album that spends a lot of time making these linkages, with the lead character becoming ever-more hateful (one of the cliimaxes from the live shows - both the original and Water's recent performances - is Run Like Hell). This builds up to the finale ('The Trial') where the main character (Pink, which is not only a proxy for Waters himself, but for all of us) tells the world to stop so that he can search his conscience/ face himself for his conflicted feelings. The judge (partly representing social norms, and partly representing that part of our brain that is self-critical of any inability to meet such social norms) declares Pink (us) guilty for having feelings and questioning the mainstream ethos, and sentences him "to be exposed before your peers" (as a real person whose is/has always been internally afraid and unsure, like all of us are, for having real feelings), and orders the wall to be torn down so that everyone can see the real person behind it. Waters is here saying that the only real way forward for building a peaceful world is understanding and accepting our inherent humanity. We have to tear down the Wall of indifference, intolerance, uncaring. The final piece - 'Outside the Wall' - speaks of the solution going forward - the "bleeding hearts and artists" making their stand, helping others find peace and understanding through their hard work, their art, their writing, their political organizing. This is a message that resonates very strongly, and to this day remains unmatched by any other album that I know of (if you know of one, please fill me in!). I give this album my highest ever rating, a 9.9 out of 10 on my 10-point scale (it loses 0.1 as the music is not totally perfect, although I can think of no better match for the lyrics).

But I think this album goes beyond ratings. I think it is absolutely essential to continue hearing this message today. The world seems to be becoming increasingly beset by intolerance and unwillingness to try and understand others, an inability to see ourselves and our humanity in others, to accept even in ourselves our shared existential fears, and like Water's predicted, it is being driven by the failed dreams of everyday people who are becoming disillusioned (and, I would add, ever-deeper in debt). It is leading to the support for intolerant leaders and authoritarian populists who scapegoat the weakest, and who in turn are irresponsibly bringing the world closer to mistrust, conflict, and hatred, just like in the album, and potentially even to war and violence. We need to resist. We need to build understanding, not walls.

Tear Down the Wall !

 Dark Side Of The Moon by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.60 | 3801 ratings

Dark Side Of The Moon
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Walkscore

5 stars What can be said about this album that hasn't been said? Like perhaps many other fans, this was the album that opened my window not just to progressive rock, but to the world of music at large, and thus was profoundly life-changing. I actually received this as a birthday present from a friend who thought (based on the cover!) that it was the next Prism album (they had a radio hit with "Armageddon" back in the late 70s). But although few of my friends even liked at at the time (this was pre-teens, perhaps 11-12 years old), when I listened to it, I was riveted. This was both highly intellectual AND emotional, and it not only developed musically over the entire album, but presented a thoughtful argument (or set of arguments); a concept album inquiring about the nature of madness and the purpose of life. It (almost literally it seems) woke me up, and was what got me interested in discovering similar albums, and I would even say it was partly instrumental in getting me interested in thinking about the big questions in life. Waters has remarked what matters most about any work of art is whether it moves you. This one clearly does, still. And it does so through an almost-perfect mating of the lyrical and intellectual with the musical. Gilmour's guitar solos on Time and Money, I think, to do this day are almost unmatched for their emotional weight (perhaps only matched by his later ones on the Wall). (You want a guitar solo that really makes you FEEL the song to your core? Follow Gilmour on this album). While some question whether Floyd is truly "progressive" (because the music is ultimately quite simple and easy to play), I would say that 'progressive' is a state of mind (intellectual, emotional, political, and musical), and this album (and similar other concept albums) are archetypical of this. It was when I heard, as an early teen, that Floyd had played with Soft Machine that I decided to pick up some of the latter bands albums, starting a musical journey that saw me spend much of my savings on Soft Machine boots, both before and after CDs came along. Is there any flaw with this album? A very minor point, but the production is very slick, and I like things a bit more spontaneous and raw. I get my fill of the latter by playing bootlegs of the 1972 version of Dark Side, before they had written the album versions of On the Run and Great Gig (which they did in the studio). This album totally stands the test of time, as one of the still very best ever made, of any musical genre. I give this 9.7 out of 10 on my 10-point scale.
 A Saucerful Of Secrets by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1968
3.66 | 1511 ratings

A Saucerful Of Secrets
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Scorpius

4 stars Saucerful of Secrets is an album that quite effectively summarizes its contents in the title. Many hidden Pink Floyd gems are contained on this album. Syd Barrett, at the peak of his insanity, only gets to sing on one song on this album, which is almost completely opposite of their first. Waters and Wright step up to the plate to serve us this near perfect dish of Prog Psych Salad. Picking standout tracks on this album is like picking which one of my children is my favorite. I don't have any children but I imagine it would be a hard choice. (Bet you didn't expect that cliche to turn into an unfunny joke that is completely unrelated to the discussion at hand). Though the band seemed to be in a bit of turmoil at the time, this album shines through, with its themes of war, insanity, and cosmic beings. Most of these topics would be revisited by the Floyd in later albums, so in a way, this album is one of their most influential. While a little rough around the edges production-wise, this album remains one of my favorites and an underrated classic. The album doesn't really contain enough material to warrant a perfect 5/5 rating, but its an amazing effort that should not be overlooked by any self-respecting Prog fan.

Final Rating: 4/5

Best Tracks: Set the Controls.../ Title Track

Worst Tracks: See-Saw (not really bad, just weaker than the rest of the album)

 A Momentary Lapse Of Reason by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1987
3.05 | 1489 ratings

A Momentary Lapse Of Reason
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Scorpius

2 stars A Momentary Lapse of Reason was the first album "Pink FLoyd" released after Roger Waters left the band. David Gilmour took control of the band in Waters-like fashion and thus, this album was born. As a truly hardcore PF fan, it pains me to say that this album doesn't satisfy me. Sure, some of the tracks are absolutely outstanding - Sorrow being the best with On the Turning Away a close second, followed by Learning to Fly. Thats it, though. Once you have heard these tracks you can walk away from this album and not miss a thing. Not to discredit the album; it was influential in that it started PF on a new path towards a potentially brighter future, one not ruled and dictated by Waters. Yet, there is always something missing when I go back and relive this album. What could it possibly be? Oh yeah, it's Waters. Hes gone. Once Waters left, practically any semblance of lyric writing technique flew out the window. Richard Wright is a lyrical genius, but he only got to write a few songs Post-Waters. To make a long story short, I "like" this album to a certain extent, but as a massive PF fan and lover of Prog Rock, I cannot let this slide. It just isn't progressive. Sorry Gilmour, hopefully you do better next time. (Spoiler alert, he does better next time).

FInal Rating: 2/5

Best Track: Sorrow

Worst Track(s): A New Machine, Dogs of War, Signs of Life

 The Early Years 1967-1972 Creation by PINK FLOYD album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2016
3.40 | 23 ratings

The Early Years 1967-1972 Creation
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Neu!mann
Prog Reviewer

3 stars You won't be reading a review from this pauper of the 28(!)-disc "Early Years" box set, compiling (to exhaustive completion) the budding career of Pink Floyd, before they hit the bullseye on "The Dark Side of the Moon". This two-disc reduction is better suited to my proletarian budget, although it's more a frustrating teaser than a suitable alternative.

The frustration is in the track selection, and the overall size of the abbreviated set. Hidden inside the package is an excellent single disc of worthwhile rarities, spread unevenly over two half-filled CDs padded with songs we've heard countless times already: "Arnold Layne"; "See Emily Play"; "Jugband Blues" and so forth. The remixes are fresh but not exactly new, and even the very different alternate version of "Matilda Mother" was recycled from the 2010 CD "An Introduction to Syd Barrett".

That's the bad news. The good news is the remaining unreleased music: pure gold to collectors, only slightly tarnished by age. The various BBC Radio sessions, and in particular the May 1969 set recorded five months before the "Ummagumma" album hit record stores, vividly recapture the underground mystique of the early Floyd: the drifting space-rock tempos, sliced by David Gilmour's emotive guitar runs and that ethereal organ sound Rick Wright favored at the time.

The leftover "Zabriskie Point" soundtrack cues on Disc Two point directly toward "The Dark Side of the Moon". But the real gem here is a live version of the "Atom Heart Mother" suite from late 1970, performed by just the quartet, without any orchestral distraction. All good stuff, if somewhat haphazardly organized, and representing only the tip of an enormous iceberg. If you want the rest of the treasure, you'll need to dig deep inside your pockets for (no joke) the half-grand of loose change the full box is commanding on today's market.

We now seem to have crossed over into the endless archive stage of Pink Floyd's afterlife. Rumors say other individual discs from the box might be made available throughout the upcoming year, but until then this sampler will pacify the many diehard fans who consider the band in these formative years to be the only real Pink Floyd.

 Meddle by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.30 | 2728 ratings

Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by ProgMirage1974

4 stars REVIEW #7 - "Meddle" by Pink Floyd (1971)

Following their album "Atom Heart Mother", Pink Floyd was in a dilemma where they really did not know where to go. The previous album was a largely experimental work, but there was no concrete harmony between the songs to create a cohesive album. Nevertheless, the band attempted to correct this issue by recording a new album. Using various recording techniques, and overcoming creative roadblocks, songs began to flow and the album was recorded amidst the band's touring schedule. Upon release, it was a hit in the UK, and is considering to be a great step in the right direction for the band. The cover of the album, once again designed by Hipgnosis, is of an ear underwater (it was originally supposed to be a close up of a baboon's anus, but the band vetoed that idea).

The album opens up with an avant-garde piece titled "One of These Days" (4/5); the lone single to be released from the album. Centered around a bass line, played by two bass guitars (Waters, Gilmour) it is mostly instrumental. After a lengthy build-up, we hear the distorted voice of drummer Nick Mason say "One of these days I'm going to cut you into little pieces" before the song hits a groovy tempo, eventually faded out by the sound of wind to segue into the next song "A Pillow of Winds" (4/5); an acoustic soft song (about Mahjong) reminiscent of the shorter tracks on their previous album. This one however is far better in comparison, attaining a dreamy tone with Gilmour's soft spoken vocals. Next up is the track "Fearless" (3/5); most notable for featuring the anthem of Liverpool F.C. "You'll Never Walk Alone" as a sound effect among the music, then "San Tropez" (5/5); another soft track like the second track on the album, yet a bit groovier. Based on the French town along the Mediterranean Sea, it captures the calm dreamy tone very well. The final song on side one is the humorous "Seamus" (1/5), a bluesy song with the constant annoying sound of a dog barking in the background. Overall this first side is really good - the softer tracks are very strong, while the opener has a solid build up and a great tone thereafter. The only disappointing facet here is that closing track - one of the more annoying songs I have ever heard, and is frankly just not in place on the album. At best, this should have been a B-side, and it unfortunately drags the entire first side down as it ends, leaving the listener confused as to how the album started off so promising, but ended so oddly.

Side two is what this album is famous for. With one track, it is the legendary twenty-three minute masterpiece "Echoes" (5/5). Opening with a trademark pinging noise created by keyboardist Richard Wright after playing a single piano note through a Leslie speaker, the music unfolds, propelling the listener into a different world, as the first verse of lyrics establishes a surreal ocean setting. The second verse is less clear; possibly having something to do about we as humans are interconnected. Following these lyrics we guitar a solid guitar solo as the tense atmosphere gives way to a groovy tempo change before leveling off completely into nothingness. Now with the listener somewhere deep in interstellar space, the music comes back very slowly as you are sent back to the world of the song. Another set of lyrics follows before the song closes slowly and with grandeur. The journey ends as the pinging from the beginning returns, book-ending the song perfectly. One of the greatest prog rock songs, and arguably the best epic to come from Pink Floyd, this song is a must-listen. Whether it be under the stars, or as you are falling asleep, this song has the rare ability to separate you from reality and bring you into a different world. The entire first side does not matter when put in comparison with this song - you could take ELP's "Love Beach" and make it the first side and this album would still be great.

"Meddle" would kickstart Pink Floyd's slow but monumental climb to fame. Emerging from the dilemma of direction put forth by "Atom Heart Mother", the band received acclaim for the album - most notably for "Echoes". Later that year, the band would record a live "movie" of the band playing in the deserted town of Pompeii in Italy with both "One of These Days" and "Echoes" featured (the version of "Echoes" on Live at Pompeii is amazing - I highly recommend you listen to it if you have not already). Reaching #3 on the album charts in the UK, it only reached #70 in the US due to poor advertising. Definitely one of the seminal works by the band, the first side is not recommended listening, but the album is worth listening to (and enduring "Seamus") for "Echoes." This album certainly would have scored higher if it had a stronger first side, but receives a good score nonetheless.

OVERALL: 4.0/5 (B-)

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