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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 Vallée" ("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)

3.91 | 1330 ratings
The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
1967
3.63 | 1126 ratings
A Saucerful Of Secrets
1968
3.15 | 822 ratings
More
1969
3.49 | 1086 ratings
Ummagumma
1969
3.84 | 1435 ratings
Atom Heart Mother
1970
4.31 | 1992 ratings
Meddle
1971
3.36 | 973 ratings
Obscured By Clouds
1972
4.59 | 2867 ratings
Dark Side Of The Moon
1973
4.62 | 2712 ratings
Wish You Were Here
1975
4.52 | 2384 ratings
Animals
1977
4.05 | 1961 ratings
The Wall
1979
3.17 | 1185 ratings
The Final Cut
1983
3.02 | 1089 ratings
A Momentary Lapse Of Reason
1987
3.72 | 1293 ratings
The Division Bell
1994

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

3.24 | 346 ratings
Delicate Sound Of Thunder
1988
3.93 | 498 ratings
P-U-L-S-E
1995
2.95 | 92 ratings
Live 66-67
1999
4.06 | 328 ratings
Is There Anybody Out There?
2000

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

4.75 | 331 ratings
Live At Pompeii
1981
4.04 | 373 ratings
The Wall (The Movie)
1982
3.61 | 113 ratings
In Concert - Delicate Sound Of Thunder
1989
3.02 | 31 ratings
La Carrera Panamericana
1992
4.41 | 381 ratings
P-U-L-S-E
1995
3.06 | 57 ratings
London - Live 66-67
1999
4.56 | 471 ratings
Live At Pompeii (The Director's Cut)
2003
4.04 | 126 ratings
Classic Albums: The Dark Side Of The Moon
2003
2.86 | 32 ratings
Inside Pink Floyd
2003
3.33 | 48 ratings
The Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Story
2003
2.30 | 19 ratings
Inside Pink Floyd Volume 2 - A Critical Review 1975 - 1996
2005
2.00 | 7 ratings
The Ultimate Review
2005
1.55 | 11 ratings
The World's Greatest Albums - Atom Heart Mother
2005
2.23 | 11 ratings
Rock Milestones Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here
2005
1.68 | 10 ratings
Reflections And Echoes
2006
3.00 | 10 ratings
Rock Milestones Pink Floyd's The Piper At The Gates of Dawn
2006
1.17 | 8 ratings
Rock Milestones: Ummagumma
2006
2.00 | 7 ratings
Music Box Biographical Collection
2006
2.05 | 10 ratings
The Dark Side - Interviews
2006
2.00 | 9 ratings
Total Rock Review
2006
2.41 | 9 ratings
Meddle: A Classic Album Under Review
2007
3.13 | 10 ratings
Retrospectives
2007
2.06 | 7 ratings
The Early Pink Floyd - A Review And Critique
2008
2.06 | 8 ratings
Comfortably Numb
2008
3.04 | 9 ratings
A Technicolor Dream
2008
3.68 | 19 ratings
Live Anthology
2008
1.75 | 12 ratings
The Great Gig In The Sky: The Album By Album Guide
2008
4.17 | 40 ratings
The Story of Wish You Were Here
2012

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

2.03 | 22 ratings
The Best Of The Pink Floyd
1970
3.52 | 258 ratings
Relics
1971
3.06 | 65 ratings
A Nice Pair
1973
2.66 | 43 ratings
Masters Of Rock Vol. 1
1974
2.08 | 138 ratings
A Collection Of Great Dance Songs
1981
2.12 | 98 ratings
Works
1983
3.36 | 55 ratings
Shine On
1992
3.53 | 61 ratings
The Early Singles
1992
3.05 | 44 ratings
1967: The First Three Singles
1997
3.38 | 180 ratings
Echoes - The Best Of Pink Floyd
2001
4.04 | 56 ratings
Oh By The Way...
2007
2.73 | 31 ratings
A Foot In The Door: The Best Of Pink Floyd
2011
4.58 | 34 ratings
Discovery
2011
4.75 | 77 ratings
The Dark Side Of The Moon - Experience Edition
2011
4.49 | 63 ratings
The Dark Side Of The Moon - Immersion Edition
2011
4.67 | 76 ratings
Wish You Were Here - Experience Edition
2011
4.23 | 51 ratings
Wish You Were Here - Immersion Edition
2011
4.42 | 26 ratings
The Wall - Experience Edition
2011
1.56 | 32 ratings
The Wall Singles
2011
3.65 | 46 ratings
The Wall - Immersion Edition
2012

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

3.80 | 50 ratings
Arnold Layne
1967
3.59 | 58 ratings
See Emily Play
1967
2.82 | 35 ratings
Apples And Oranges
1967
2.66 | 49 ratings
Tonite Let's All Make Love In London
1967
4.12 | 17 ratings
Flaming
1967
3.22 | 27 ratings
It Would Be So Nice
1968
3.32 | 29 ratings
Point Me at the Sky
1968
2.82 | 29 ratings
The Nile Song
1969
3.71 | 55 ratings
One Of These Days
1971
3.68 | 62 ratings
Money
1973
3.43 | 55 ratings
Time
1973
3.54 | 51 ratings
Have a Cigar
1975
3.76 | 56 ratings
Comfortably Numb
1979
3.50 | 56 ratings
Another Brick In The Wall
1979
3.34 | 49 ratings
Run Like Hell
1980
3.28 | 41 ratings
When the Tigers Broke Free
1982
1.85 | 36 ratings
Not Now John/The Hero's Return (Part 2)
1983
2.36 | 45 ratings
Learning To Fly (promo single)
1987
2.87 | 39 ratings
On the Turning Away
1987
2.57 | 25 ratings
One Slip
1988
3.07 | 14 ratings
A Momentary Lapse Of Reason Official Tour CD
1988
2.86 | 20 ratings
Shine On - Selections From The Box
1992
3.08 | 52 ratings
High Hopes/ Keep Talking (single)
1994
3.25 | 45 ratings
Take It Back (single)
1994
3.17 | 6 ratings
Interview Disc
1995

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 Atom Heart Mother by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.84 | 1435 ratings

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Atom Heart Mother
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Prog 74

5 stars For my 1st Prog Archives review I have selected a real mother of an album! This is my favorite Pink Floyd album. Experimental, progressive, non-commercial. A far cry from The Wall, that's for sure. It's not an easy album to get into. It's layers take time to unravel. For a long time this was one of my least favorite Pink Floyd albums for the very reasons I like it now. For me it's revelation came rather casually. Just out driving around one Saturday morning when I decided to give this album one more try. Above me the sunshine was beginning to peak through the overcast sky just as the Atom Heart Mother Suite began to play. It's strange, hypnotic groove kept me heading down the highway towards some unknown destination. Away from the city I drove. Cows and cornfields replaced crowded streets and shopping malls. Why the hell had I gone out today? Wasn't there some errands I had to run for the wife? I tried to breakthrough the trance induced by Roger Waters and his bass. Errands could wait. This music demanded to be heard. Let it take me wherever it needed me to go. The Suite composed largely by Ron Geesin is a prog masterpiece. A true avant-garde epic. This Suite also heralded the early peak of the post-Syd Barrett era Floyd. The group had come into their own. The remainder of the album is also very strong. Some of the best songs the group had written up to that point. "If" by Roger Waters is a gentle, plaintive ballad. "Summer '68" is joyful and nostalgic. Richard Wright is wonderful singer, it's a shame he didn't sing lead more often. "Fat Old Sun" is one of the finest songs David Gilmour has ever written. A perfect song for a lazy afternoon in the park. The closing suite "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast" has the feeling of someone not quite awake but alert enough to hear a man prepare and eat a breakfast. You are in the room with him, yet not really part of what's happening. This is not flower-power 60s psychedlia, but some kind of out of body experience instead. A real trip. Good headphone music. Overall the music has a rather pastoral feel about it, which is aptly made clear by the famous cow on the album cover. There is nothing here that really "rocks". That may be another reason some folks have a hard time getting into it. But believe me it is definitely worth the time. Take a drive in the country and play this album and see if doesn't reveal itself to you.

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 The Wall by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1979
4.05 | 1961 ratings

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The Wall
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by ebil0505

4 stars Where to start with this all-around gem of rock music? Pink Floyd have impressed us quite a bit in the past, and then they go and make one of the best concept albums of all time. From start to finish I don't think there is one song I dislike, though it certainly isn't as "proggy" as some of their earlier stuff, so I'll give it four stars. If this were a Rock Archives, I'd say five stars but speaking Progressive, this album is an excellent addition to anyone's music collection.

Here we see Roger Waters in, what some consider, his most ambitious and successful works ever. Not to say he wrote everything; a lot of the album's hits were co-written with Gilmour. Though, Waters is undoubtedly the driving power across this 2-disc, 2-LP, 2-iPod tour de force.

Rather than go through each song, I'll point out my personal highlights from the album.

Disc 1: Starting off with "In the Flesh?", the first Pink Floyd song I ever heard, I was immediately caught off guard by the catchy guitar and extremely overdriven (in a good way) ending. Of course, who could hate the medley of "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 1 - The Happiest Days of Our Lives - Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2"? Certainly not me; that transition between the two latter songs is flawless to say the least. It's hard to not find oneself on Waters' side during his rebellious chorus against all the teachers. Speaking of transitions, this album is full of perfect song meldings if that tickles your fancy. The insanity behind "One of My Turns" echoes beautifully into the darkness that is "Don't Leave Me Now" and the reprise of the "Another Brick in the Wall" theme with Part 3 will send any Prog rocker wild.

Disc 2: "Hey You" is, in my opinion, overshadowed by the other popular songs that surround this album. The heaviness and intensity that peaks during this song lets the listener know that Pink Floyd certainly has enough good material to fill 2 discs/LPs/iPods. Another 3-song medley follows and reprises quite wonderfully, in a way that lets the listener understand what exactly Pink is going through (Pink being a rock star spiraling down into nasty things and the central concept behind this album). "Comfortably Numb" is the rock staple that, with "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2" helped seal the charting success of this concept album. "Run Like Hell" is also a satisfactory hard rock song that gives a beat and vibe. "Waiting for the Worms" is probably my favorite track, simply because of its intensity and oppressive madness that builds up to a point where all you want to do is scream "Stop". "The Trial" ends the madness with one of the biggest 'bangs' in rock history.

Worth mentioning is the ending. "Outside the Wall" is a calm little tune that is honestly, easily forgettable. That's the beauty of it though, the song literally cuts off when someone says "Isn't this where-" and then it just stops. Originally annoying me, I was soon ecstatic to discover that the insanely quiet intro to the very first song, "In the Flesh?" begins with someone saying "-we came in?" and the light continuation of the flute melody before the actual song explodes into view. And herein lies Waters' fascination for cycles and how, in theory, The Wall will never actually end.

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 The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1967
3.91 | 1330 ratings

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The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by ebil0505

4 stars I only give four stars in the intention of remaining true to the definition of Progressive Rock. Since this album was clearly influential and a masterpiece all on its own, I would definitely say it is an excellent addition to any prog collection. The psychedelic tendencies of Pink Floyd are deceptively simple until a closer inspection. Where they would go on to become of Prog's greatest bands and indeed one of the greatest rock bands of all time, Floyd started out things on quite an interesting note.

Highly credited as being the most psychedelic album ever, what makes The Piper so likable (I think) is its spontaneity. Things happen unexpectedly and over time you learn exactly when they happen so you too can join the madness. On some level, this idea also applies to a lot of Prog. Where a first listen is simply not enough, the time signature changes we all know and love become a second language.

Of course a lot of this albums ingenuity comes from Syd Barrett, whom I think every true Floyd fan should come to admire on some level. This album will never leave you bored, especially when said Floyd goes on a 9-minute space-trip freakout that can only be described as maliciously enticing. Personally, I favor the track Bike; it just makes me laugh and go crazy if only for a few minutes.

If you are reading this and you do not have this album I would highly recommend it, especially if you like to alter your state of mind without the help of outside substances entering your body.

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 Dark Side Of The Moon by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.59 | 2867 ratings

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Dark Side Of The Moon
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by siLLy puPPy

5 stars Did you know that a blues rock group named Medicine Head released an album in 1972 with the same exact title? Because of this Pink Floyd briefly changed the name of this album to Eclipse. The Medicine Head album turned out to be a commercial flop so they decided to keep the title after all. I'm glad they did cuz it has a better ring to it :-P

Did the planets ever align perfectly for PINK FLOYD in 1973. This masterpiece delivered the perfect mix of ideas that the band had explored over the years making this an almost unanimously loved album by possibly the widest spectrum of music lovers on the planet. The music is accessible enough for anyone to understand and yet complex enough to satisfy even hardened proggers and that means that this album even today is a kind of coming of age album where kids of all ages are still blown away by its inventiveness. I have always seen this album as the perfect gateway into the greater prog universe.

DARK SIDE is so successful that it is the 2nd best selling album of all time. It remained on the charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988 with an estimated 50 million copies sold! Countless lawsuits have been filed claiming creative collaborations with this enterprise and some have been successful but that soap opera is far removed from the music itself.

After years of what the group has called 'psychedelic noodling' on their previous albums they decided upon a concept with a unified theme. Syd Barrett may have only been in the group long enough to record one album before he basically lost his mind yet he provided inspiration in the form of mental illness while other themes include conflict, greed and paranoia.

DARK SIDE is both reflective and cutting edge. PINK FLOYD utilized the most advanced technology of the time and incorporated metronomic sound effects, tape loops, cross-fades of elements from other parts of the album, backward piano playing and 7-beat effects loop just to name a few. Despite all this hi-tech innovation the album has a warm soulful side. Richard Wright and David Gilmour proved their abilities to harmonize and the soulful studio diva Clare Torry delivered some of the most brilliant wordless vocalizations ever laid down on tape. And if that wasn't enough the music transitions from track to track in one stream of consciousness never breaking the spell throughout its entirety.

My absolute favorite way i've ever heard this album is when I saw it accompanied by a laserlight show on an astronomy dome. Very appropriate don't ya think?

PINK FLOYD - THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON = 5 stars

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 Animals by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.52 | 2384 ratings

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Animals
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Utnapishtim

5 stars And here we are. All with the same intention to honor the Giants. For this album there are 2257 ratings and 273 reviews. More than "The Wall" that surely has been more publicized and more talked-about. A fact is that the album was created when the band was still a Band, despite the absolute genius of Roger Waters, that has always dominated other members. Another fact is that this album marks the definitive break between the band members, with the departure of Richard Wright (for a series of misunderstandings and personal problems of Rich) by Roger Waters. Personally this is the first Pink Floyd CD I bought, so there is a blood bond between me and this album. After "Animals", my love for Pink Floyd never stopped. So I started to listen them by Syd-era.

"Animals" was released in 1977, in the midst of the Punk explosion in London. It is a Concept Albums, the third of the band, and is clearly inspired to the George Orwell satirical novel "Animal Farm". Following this line the album want to express, by a Roger Waters idea, critiques against capitalism and contemporary society, making analogies between animals and human, where dogs represents the law; pigs represents political class; sheep represents the blind herd. The story ends with the revolt of the sheep against the aggressive dogs.

A wonderful thing is the cover, where is depicted a distressing structure (a famous London electric station) in which smoke stacks there is a floating pig (Pigs On The Wing) called "Algie".

The opening track, on an unplugged background, is the first part of "Pigs On The Wing", a love song (a rare among their interests) which talks about what might happen if one does not take care of the other. Most likely this fact refers to Roger and his wife.

The second song "Dogs" (one of the most beautiful suites ever) starts with a memorable rhythm of classic guitar, precise and tensile load, which interprets well the dogs role as sponsor of the law. Here there is one of the best Gilmour's guitar solo. An interpretation of the album's topics worthy of the best moments of "Echoes", played masterfully by one of the most guitarist of all time. The oppressive hood of psychedelic/electric passages, "adorned" by barking dogs,howling and sharp guitar solos, carry the listeners to the scratchy voice of Roger, which express perfectly the feelings of the social climbers, willing to do anything for the success. They'll be a horrible end "Dragged Down By The Stone" of their faults. From this moment, each song will be sung exclusively by Roger.

A grunt introduces a bass solo accompanied by Wright's keyboard. It's the beginning of "Pigs (Three Different Ones)". This piece, which speaks about pigs as exploiters, want to refer to three political personalities of 70s (as title says three pigs). In general it describes them as people of power, politicians, whom fatten behind others. Here David plays a fantastic solo guitar with an effect that mimics perfectly a pig grunts, and after the third verse a final David's solo introduces the beginning of "Sheep".

On the blending of the previous guitar solo, Richard Wright takes the stage performing a unique keyboard, recreating restless atmospheres where bleating sheep continue to live unaware. Here the sheep, which represent the crowd, the herd are vulnerable, but they'll take consciousness of their position and will rebel against dogs. However their submissive nature can't change (as the feeble persons). In fact successful sheep will intimate to other sheep to stay in their home and do what they are told. After the first verse a suggestive atmosphere with a steady bass line, play as a rematch, where is preparing a "class battle" under a chorus performed against dogs. Roger's voice bring us to the heart of the battle, and after the death of the dogs, a glorious ending accompanies us, on a vibrant riff, towards "Pigs On The Wing - Part 2". It sounds like first part, but with a different text, where the author says that both (referred to 2 persons of pt. 1) knows of their mutual love, finding finally "A Shelter For Pigs On The Wing".

This album represent the monumental presence of Roger Waters, like in all other albums since Syd-era. His intelligence has created a masterpiece of Rock and psychedelic music of all times, a cultured example of contemporary music. The members of the band has performed brilliantly (as always) all songs, creating solos and atmospheres that will be remember forever. Unfortunately or fortunately Roger's Supremacy has won.

5 Stars - Absolutely Essential.

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 The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1967
3.91 | 1330 ratings

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The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by thebig_E

4 stars Piper was the first album by the band Pink Floyd, but in this period it was more like "The Syd Barrett Experience". Don't expect this to be similar to their later work such as Dark Side Of The Moon because it is very different. Evident of the psychedelic era of the late 60's, Piper is almost a complete representation of the good and the bad that era had to offer.

8 out of the 11 songs on the album were written solely by Barrett. Syd was a genius in a weird way. Songs like "Flaming" and "Bike" have a childlike sense of imagination but carry a dark undertone. Other songs "Pow R. Toc H." and "Interstellar Overdrive" were written by the group and contain many strange noises. Roger Waters has his first solo writing credit on "Take Up Thy Stethoscope And Walk", a song that is short and frantic. The beginning of Floyd's long pieces can be heard on "Interstellar Overdrive". This lead to "Atom Heart Mother" and "Echoes"; side-long pieces that would further experiment with sound.

This debut album captures both sides of psychedelic music: the fairy tale type stories and the drug induced mental breakdowns. Psychedelia can be summed up by The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, so for that it is pretty much a classic album.

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 A Saucerful Of Secrets by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1968
3.63 | 1126 ratings

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A Saucerful Of Secrets
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by thebig_E

3 stars 3.5 stars. Certainly one of the more underrated Floyd albums. Not a patch on the debut but still worth checking out. Only one of the songs is written by Syd Barrett this time. That song is the haunting "Jugband Blues". The ending always gives me chills. This is more space rock oriented than the last one.

"Let There Be More Light", Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun", and the title song are all spaced out jams. They seem to have more freedom to play around. This can be a good thing and a bad thing. One one hand, you have "Remember A Day"; on the other hand, "Corporal Clegg". "See-Saw" is a beautiful song by Richard Wright. It makes you wonder what the band would be like if he had more control over it. I know he wrote "The Great Gig In The Sky" but it seems like he was ignored by the group, especially Roger.

The first studio appearance of David Gilmour and the last studio appearance of Syd Barrett makes this the only Pink Floyd album with all 5 members. Set the controls for the heart of this recording.

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 Meddle by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.31 | 1992 ratings

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Meddle
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by thebig_E

4 stars 4.5 stars. This marks the precise point in their career where the Floyd finally found their direction post Syd Barrett's departure. Go to this album after you've listened to Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here.

This album, Meddle, is often seen as the missing link to The Dark Side of the Moon, and it's easy to see why. Even though there was an album in between Meddle and Dark Side, named Obscured by Clouds, this is a more direct precursor to their big breakthrough. The song that alludes to that magnum opus the most is "Echoes". Brilliant from start to finish, it is the ultimate Pink Floyd song. Complete with Roger's best lyrics, great musicianship (like the jam sequence at 7 minutes), and moments of experimentation. This side-long epic is Pink Floyd at their most focused and most progressive.

Meddle offers a lot of variety in only 6 tracks. "One Of These Days" is a heavy song with double bass playing, "A Pillow Of Winds" is a gentle folky tune, and "Fearless" is a guitar driven song with a great riff. "San Tropez" and "Seamus" are kind of weak but the other songs more than make up for it.

If you have heard Dark Side and Wish already, then by all means, check this one out as well. A fine album made even better by the aforementioned "Echoes". Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection.

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 Dark Side Of The Moon by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.59 | 2867 ratings

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Dark Side Of The Moon
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by thebig_E

5 stars If you are reading this review, chances are you've heard this album already. What more can be said about this monumental record? What more needs to be said? The Dark Side Of The Moon is so engrained into our culture that it's hard to review.

The album explores themes of greed, death, insanity, and the passage of time and just accepts them as natural things. They will always be there as long as the sun rises and sets. These are themes that anyone can relate to.

And that's just the concept of the album; the music is something else. Just ignoring its commercial success, Dark Side is a triumph of concept and musical experimentation. Absolutely recommended listening.

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 The Wall by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1979
4.05 | 1961 ratings

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The Wall
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by tdfloyd

5 stars The Wall is the last of the four Pink Floyd classic albums from the 1970's. One of the reasons for this is that the Floyd are coming part at the seems. Roger Waters has continued to assert more control over the band; so much so that he had keyboardist and vocalist Richard Wright fired from the band during the recording process. (Side note: Wright is brought back as a wage employee and is the only one of the four that makes money on The Wall shows). While it seems to be true that Wright didn't bring much to the table for this album, David Gilmour, the band vocalist and guitarist ups the anty and said why don't they fire drummer Nick Mason too. Waters saves his friends job but this is a good indication of the poor shape of the band at the time.

Waters came to the band with two song cycles, one which turned out to be The Wall and the other that he took solo a few years later, The Pros and Cons of Hitchiking. The Wall song cycle is part autobiographical, part composite of the lives of others and is full of angst, relationship problems, paranoia, loneliness, and drugs and more. That only scratches the surface of Waters lyrics. A light read it is not.

Musically, Waters also takes more of the reigns here too. It generally takes a back seat to words, and the long spacey tunes are gone. Waters has plenty of stuff to get off his chest and a good idea on how it wants the music to sound to convey his message. While the some of the best tracks are cowritten with Gilmour and one suspects that more of the songs had a lot of input from others but they were not credited. There is stellar Gilmour's guitar work throughout and Wrights presence is felt on a few tracks, most notably on Hey You. The drum are solid but never spectacular as again Waters ideas for this album is more direct and functional than prior albums. There are several main songs that the album hangs on while many others help fill out the story, but that does not mean they are fluff or filler. Of the 'major' songs ( Another brick in the Wall part II, Hey You, Young Lust, Mother), Comfortably Numb is the standout track on the album. The orchestra, changing vocalists, and slow, powerful buildup of keys and drums, accompanied by one of rocks most impressive guitar solos mark CN as on of rocks greatest songs.

Sonically, this album is a standout. The production like Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here is excellent. There is plenty of musique concrete here and the attention to detail on every note is great. A musical pleasure for the ears but listening to the album again for this review, the story does not hold together quite as well as I remembered. It is still very intriguing and I spent a ton of time listening to It when it was originally released.

The Wall is a weak 5 star album and the last Pink Floyd album to have the talents of all four members.

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