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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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3.89 | 1454 ratings
The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
1967
3.65 | 1250 ratings
A Saucerful Of Secrets
1968
3.15 | 927 ratings
More
1969
3.48 | 1214 ratings
Ummagumma
1969
3.85 | 1589 ratings
Atom Heart Mother
1970
4.31 | 2202 ratings
Meddle
1971
3.36 | 1092 ratings
Obscured By Clouds
1972
4.59 | 3124 ratings
Dark Side Of The Moon
1973
4.62 | 2955 ratings
Wish You Were Here
1975
4.52 | 2624 ratings
Animals
1977
4.05 | 2156 ratings
The Wall
1979
3.17 | 1321 ratings
The Final Cut
1983
3.05 | 1220 ratings
A Momentary Lapse Of Reason
1987
3.72 | 1454 ratings
The Division Bell
1994
3.58 | 281 ratings
The Endless River
2014

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

3.26 | 388 ratings
Delicate Sound Of Thunder
1988
3.93 | 557 ratings
P-U-L-S-E
1995
2.82 | 109 ratings
Live 66-67
1999
4.06 | 366 ratings
Is There Anybody Out There?
2000

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

4.75 | 376 ratings
Live At Pompeii
1981
4.06 | 424 ratings
The Wall (The Movie)
1982
3.60 | 135 ratings
In Concert - Delicate Sound Of Thunder
1989
3.06 | 35 ratings
La Carrera Panamericana
1992
4.41 | 423 ratings
P-U-L-S-E
1995
3.04 | 67 ratings
London - Live 66-67
1999
4.56 | 522 ratings
Live At Pompeii (The Director's Cut)
2003
4.05 | 145 ratings
Classic Albums: The Dark Side Of The Moon
2003
2.87 | 39 ratings
Inside Pink Floyd
2003
3.28 | 56 ratings
The Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Story
2003
2.34 | 22 ratings
Inside Pink Floyd Volume 2 - A Critical Review 1975 - 1996
2005
2.05 | 10 ratings
The Ultimate Review
2005
1.88 | 15 ratings
The World's Greatest Albums - Atom Heart Mother
2005
2.45 | 14 ratings
Rock Milestones Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here
2005
1.87 | 14 ratings
Reflections And Echoes
2006
2.77 | 16 ratings
Rock Milestones Pink Floyd's The Piper At The Gates of Dawn
2006
1.33 | 17 ratings
Rock Milestones: Ummagumma
2006
2.10 | 10 ratings
Music Box Biographical Collection
2006
2.32 | 13 ratings
The Dark Side - Interviews
2006
2.20 | 11 ratings
Total Rock Review
2006
2.40 | 12 ratings
Meddle: A Classic Album Under Review
2007
3.14 | 14 ratings
Retrospectives
2007
1.95 | 11 ratings
The Early Pink Floyd - A Review And Critique
2008
2.11 | 10 ratings
Comfortably Numb
2008
3.00 | 13 ratings
A Technicolor Dream
2008
3.64 | 23 ratings
Live Anthology
2008
1.81 | 15 ratings
The Great Gig In The Sky: The Album By Album Guide
2008
3.96 | 60 ratings
The Story of Wish You Were Here
2012

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

2.04 | 28 ratings
The Best Of The Pink Floyd
1970
3.53 | 282 ratings
Relics
1971
3.09 | 84 ratings
A Nice Pair
1973
2.68 | 52 ratings
Masters Of Rock Vol. 1
1974
2.10 | 153 ratings
A Collection Of Great Dance Songs
1981
2.15 | 114 ratings
Works
1983
3.42 | 68 ratings
Shine On
1992
3.56 | 75 ratings
The Early Singles
1992
3.03 | 52 ratings
1967: The First Three Singles
1997
3.40 | 199 ratings
Echoes - The Best Of Pink Floyd
2001
4.03 | 63 ratings
Oh By The Way...
2007
2.77 | 39 ratings
A Foot In The Door: The Best Of Pink Floyd
2011
4.49 | 49 ratings
Discovery
2011
4.76 | 94 ratings
The Dark Side Of The Moon - Experience Edition
2011
4.53 | 81 ratings
The Dark Side Of The Moon - Immersion Edition
2011
4.70 | 96 ratings
Wish You Were Here - Experience Edition
2011
4.32 | 69 ratings
Wish You Were Here - Immersion Edition
2011
4.24 | 45 ratings
The Wall - Experience Edition
2011
1.67 | 44 ratings
The Wall Singles
2011
3.73 | 64 ratings
The Wall - Immersion Edition
2012
4.29 | 7 ratings
The Division Bell (20th Anniversary Deluxe Box)
2014

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

3.75 | 57 ratings
Arnold Layne
1967
3.36 | 67 ratings
See Emily Play
1967
2.84 | 41 ratings
Apples And Oranges
1967
2.58 | 53 ratings
Tonite Let's All Make Love In London
1967
3.70 | 20 ratings
Flaming
1967
3.25 | 31 ratings
It Would Be So Nice
1968
3.42 | 36 ratings
Point Me at the Sky
1968
2.81 | 34 ratings
The Nile Song
1969
3.72 | 61 ratings
One Of These Days
1971
4.75 | 3 ratings
Free Four
1972
4.00 | 2 ratings
Free Four / Absolutely Curtains
1972
3.68 | 67 ratings
Money
1973
3.46 | 61 ratings
Time
1973
3.57 | 57 ratings
Have a Cigar
1975
3.72 | 61 ratings
Comfortably Numb
1979
3.48 | 64 ratings
Another Brick In The Wall
1979
3.37 | 55 ratings
Run Like Hell
1980
3.23 | 47 ratings
When the Tigers Broke Free
1982
1.95 | 46 ratings
Not Now John/The Hero's Return (Part 2)
1983
2.41 | 51 ratings
Learning To Fly (promo single)
1987
2.92 | 45 ratings
On the Turning Away
1987
2.68 | 31 ratings
One Slip
1988
3.18 | 17 ratings
A Momentary Lapse Of Reason Official Tour CD
1988
2.89 | 22 ratings
Shine On - Selections From The Box
1992
3.12 | 60 ratings
High Hopes/ Keep Talking (single)
1994
3.34 | 49 ratings
Take It Back
1994
3.43 | 7 ratings
Interview Disc
1995
4.08 | 27 ratings
Louder Than Words
2014

PINK FLOYD Reviews


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 The Division Bell by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.72 | 1454 ratings

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The Division Bell
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by TCat

5 stars I feel this is album has received an unfair beating as far as ratings and reviews go. The album to me is just as good as the classics "Wish You Were Here" and "Animals" even though I didn't feel it was quite that good at first. I have found that to be the case with a lot of people. Even those who I know personally, who originally said that it was a good album but not as good as they used to be, now say that it is one of their favorites. And rightfully so. Even professional critics have had the same reaction, the delayed appreciation of this album. Hard to believe that this album, with songs that really aren't that hard to listen to, is actually a grower. The real gems and appreciation for the album come with time. This was not the case with the previous album "A Momentary Lapse of Reason". For me, that was a much weaker album with only a few selected highlights. I know it was a difficult album for David Gilmour also dealing with legal issues and fights with Roger Waters and hard feelings from Richard Wright. The public opinion after that album was that Pink Floyd was not as good without Roger, but I had a hard time believing that after his attitude with the even poorer attempt "The Final Cut" which is one of the most lackluster albums in Pink Floyd's history and Roger helmed that one. With this album, David Gilmour gives proper credit to Richard Wright and other people that helped bring this album about.

So, as I said, at first I put this on the same level as the previous album, but after many listenings, I have come to appreciate this more. The sound is more a return to the heartfelt sound of PF and the thoughtful well-written lyrics. Gilmour still does some experimenting with the guitar and overall sound, but it is a lot more tastefully handled and not so over done as it was on "Lapse". There is a lot more variety in the music, there is a loosely bound concept (Communication) which brings a better cohesiveness to the album, and Gilmour sounds like he is more relaxed and willing to make an excellent album for the sake of music. I know that Gilmour was originally against the idea of this album feeling like the remaining band had seen their day and had doubts that they could work together again. But after some sessions and agreeing to give Wright some credit this time, he started recording sessions on the sly, and realized that the group really was working together again. They got the foundation of many songs worked out, then put all the finishing touches on the ones they selected for the album and recorded and mixed it on Gilmour's boat. This worked so well and everyone was pleased with the final project so much that they chose to do the same thing on his boat for "The Endless River" which is their excellent final album released in October 2014. In fact, the music that was worked out in the sessions for this album was going to be part of the next album and was a project called "The Big Spliff" but when Wright passed away, it was decided to use a lot of that music for "The Endless River". Anyway, all the music written during this time was highly inspired. Again, I find that most people have come to really appreciate this album over the years. Excellent sound, great musicianship, inspired lyrics, less stress and better teamwork produced a much better album in "The Division Bell" and worked to create an amazing album. True it's not in the same vein as "The Wall", "Dark Side of the Moon", "Animals", or "Wish You Were Here" but excellent in different ways. Say what you want about it, I consider this essential Pink Floyd music and a masterpiece of progressive rock. I didn't always think that, but I definitely do now.

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 The Endless River by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.58 | 281 ratings

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The Endless River
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by TCat

4 stars When word about this album was leaked by David Gilmour's wife, the music buying public went wild. The band, however, was quick to explain what was intended for the album, that is would be mostly instrumental, that it would be outtakes and music that was being worked on during the recording of "The Division Bell", and that it was to pay homage to Richard Wright and his amazing contributions to the music of the band. It wasn't intended to be anything else. With that announcement, I knew exactly what to expect from this album. That it would be a collection of beautiful music that was not necessarily going to by developed into full fledged Pink Floyd "sounding" music.

Well, I was still excited to get the album, because I love Pink Floyd's music and I recognize Richard Wright's musicianship and that he is an amazing composer. After getting the album for Christmas, I am not at all disappointed with the album. Both David Gilmour and Nick Mason have stated that it is the ambient side of Pink Floyd and that is what it is. There are a few times when the music opens up to a faster rhythm and those times are welcome and fit right in with the entire album, but it is mostly ambient. It is beautiful music, they type of sound that will take you away if you allow it to. And that is one reason that I love Pink Floyd so much. I happen to love the sound of instrumental Pink Floyd and this album reminds me a lot of the long instrumental passages of the "Wish You Were Here" album which is a masterpiece by the way. If you find those passages too long and boring, then this is not the Pink Floyd album for you and you will not like it. That doesn't mean it's a bad album because it is not. You just have to know and understand what this album is about, and I think it is a success in what it was intended to be. There is no doubt that when you are listening to this album, that you are listening to Pink Floyd, the sound is unmistakable. So rest assured that you will be listening to excellent music.

I have to note that I loved side 3 and how it reflects back to "Atom Heart Mother" especially in the "Allons-y" and "Autumn '68" sections. It's almost heartbreaking to hear Richard Wright's beautiful organ solo when it comes in between the "Allons-y" sections. That is the kind of arrangement of music that you expect from the genius minds of these musicians.

Okay, so it's not the best Pink Floyd album because of some underdevelopment, but remember that these are unfinished works. The organization of the album however is excellent. It is intended to be 4 long pieces with multiple movements within each piece. Each side of the vinyl album is a separate suite of movements, and with this in mind, it helps give the album a better cohesiveness.

I will stand behind this album as an excellent addition to any prog rock music collection. The album was created with a specific purpose and that purpose was achieved. It may not be to your liking, but it is still an excellent piece of art and I am thrilled to add it to my music collection. 4 stars.

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 A Saucerful Of Secrets by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1968
3.65 | 1250 ratings

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A Saucerful Of Secrets
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by FragileKings
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4 stars Pink Floyd was probably my first real foray outside of heavy metal though I still looked for heavy guitars as heard in parts of 'The Wall' and 'Animals'. Having an interest in music of the late sixties, one of the earlier Floyd albums to enter my collection was 'A Saucerful of Secrets'. Released in 1968, this was the second Pink Floyd album and notable for being the first to feature David Gilmour and the last to include material penned by the madcap, Mr. Syd Barrett, as the album's recording actually began in 1967 while Barrett was still a contributing member. Barrett appears on the tracks 'Remember a Day', 'Jugband Blues' and 'Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun'.

The album sees the band moving ahead, focusing more on darker, seriously-themed music with the childlike quality in the lyrics and playful approach to the music relegated to only a song or two. There is also one long experimental piece in the title track.

Side one of the album is in my view the more enjoyable, all four songs being of interest. The first track, 'Let There Be More Light' is in two parts, beginning with a rather quick bass line and rapidly developing into a space rock instrumental with Richard Wright's keyboards providing eerie tones that at times seem a little improvised as though he was asked to record them while listening to the backing track for the first time. The music then slows down for the song part and the vocals are shared by Wright and Gilmour. The song winds down with a guitar solo by Gilmour. The article on Wikipedia delves into the lyrics, describing the many references.

'Remember a Day' and 'Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun' are both slow songs, the former featuring some pretty piano work by Wright but also some eerie, spacey slide guitar work by Gilmour who creates some very high tones in a psychedelic approach to slide guitar playing. The drumming picks up pace throughout the verses of the song but the vocals by Wright are still soothing and soft. The song looks back on childhood. 'Set the Controls' develops the haunting space theme further, slowing down to a mysterious and almost unsettling journey through the unknown. Nick Mason's percussion here is based on a repeated rhythm of light drumming and cymbal crashes while Richard Wright provides eerie tones.

The mood lifts for the final track, 'Corporal Clegg', a Water's song that begins his war themed lyrics. The song is more guitar-oriented with very sharp and harsher sounds. It's about a retired war veteran whose career is actually not as esteemed as he makes it out to be, with his one medal being something he found in the zoo (metaphor?). The song becomes very cacophonic near the end as a slowed down polka theme is gradually layered with more and more sound effects and voices. The whole mess reaches an abrupt conclusion.

The title track opens side two and is in three parts. It is a long experimental piece with lots of Floydian psychedelia. Though it has its moments, I personally find this uninspiring and a bit of a chore to get through. As my musical tastes evolve I come back to this track from time to time to see if I can understand it better; however, to this day I still find little to appreciate. It does indicate, though, the direction the band would take for 'Ummagumma', so if that's your preference then you'll possibly enjoy 'A Saucerful of Secrets'.

Interestingly, I read that someone called the next track, 'See Saw' the most boring song in the history of rock. I have always liked it even back in my high school days. Richard Wright's soothing vocals and the pretty piano cascades appeal to me and I also like how the innocence of a song of non-innocence is maintained by the naivety of the lyrics and musical theme which only occasionally drops suddenly into a darker theme with a crash, only to return to the prettier sounds once again.

The final track is Syd Barrett's only contribution to the song writing and this is obvious because of the rather bizarre lyrics. 'It's awfully considerate of you to think of me here and I'm much obliged to you for making it clear that I'm not here.' Barrett was no doubt referring to how the band was keeping him as a member but beginning to make decisions about the band without him. 'And I'm grateful to you for throwing away my old shoes and brought me here instead dressed in red.'

The music is typical of Barrett's playful themes with a joyous phrase of la-la-las and some jaunty brass band music played by a Salvation Army band. The music, however, soon becomes an adventure in crossing sounds of repeated la-la-las to inserts of guitar effects, fade ins and outs of brass band music in a different key and other effects. The final segment of the song is a strummed acoustic guitar and Barrett's closing lines 'And the sea isn't green / And I love the queen / And what exactly does it mean / And what exactly is a joke'. This final part is reminiscent of music that would later appear on the album 'Opel'.

As I said above, for me the best of the music is on side one with 'See Saw' having its charms and 'Jug Band Blues' having its moments as well. The title track remains too far outside of my music appreciation capabilities though I respect that the band was eager to try this. I do prefer this album over most of Floyd's pre-'Meddle' days and I give it four stars for being mostly enjoyable while also creative.

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 The Wall by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1979
4.05 | 2156 ratings

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The Wall
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by aglasshouse

2 stars You know, I used to think that The Wall by Pink Floyd was the best thing ever. This was partly due to me having very little music at the time, and just happening to pull this dusty double album CD out of a random shelf and sliding it into my computer. I thought everything from the music to it's concept were fantastic. The stars were aligned in this album's favor. After actually comprehensibly listening to all of Floyd's music, I have a much more different idea. This album wasn't as fantastic as I remembered.

My main problem with the entire thing is Waters' complain-y sort of way he tells his life story. Not in the way of the actual subject matter or what he's trying to get across, but he tries to make his music sort so artistic that it just seems snobbish. Not to mention, it's only him really doing anything, because he barely let his band members contribute to it. It was, in a way, Waters' child. And when something like that happens, things can usually go awry. In this case, the music is so focused on his point of view that his fellow band mates couldn't play as well as they had before. Quite a disappointing prospect that was not very enjoyable to listen to. From the pseudo-metal of 'In The Flesh', to the bad attempt at spacey psych rock 'Comfortably Numb', Waters' magnum opus was nothing but a double sided excuse for over-exaggerated self pity.

I mean ugh, I don't want to sit here and listen to Waters preach to us how he's just a fragile soul who's emotional barriers caused him to be such a rude dolt to everyone who cared about him. That brings us to his treatment of his staff and fellow band mates during the tour. Bob Erzin, the producer for Pink Floyd who in the end was able to grace them with a platinum record, was treated with less than how he should have been treated. But this isn't a biography on Roger, so let me explain WHY I don't like this album in more detail.

Most of the music is built on pillars of keyboard synthesizer and spoken word that gives the album the illusion that it's way smarter than it actually is. But even then, Wright was kicked out of the band after the release due to Waters' remarks of his ineptitude on the instrument. It is all a confusing mess. I must admit that some of the vocal effects they pull off on say 'Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 1', but that's one of the few things I did enjoy. Many of the songs are drawn out to their full extent in order to really blast you Waters' story and make you feel sorry for him. Not enjoyable at all. Some tracks are keepers, though. Most of them are on the second half, and are the only reason I'm not dumping this into the one star category. 'Run Like Hell' and 'Waiting For The Worms' are two pretty cool tracks, and 'The Trial' is a mighty fine piece of conceptual music, with spoken word actually being used expertly well. The album just ends on a terrible note with the child-chorus of 'Outside the Wall', totally ruining anything 'The Trial' had accomplished. At every turn where the band actually seems to have a grasp on Waters' personal nonsense music, they fail extraordinarily with more synth led acoustic or attempts at radio friendly rock songs like 'Young Lust' (which happens to literally be filler because the band needed more space).

So, in the end, this whole album is pretty much a tangled mess that got all of the juice squeezed out of it until it was nothing but pulp. The album had extremely successful singles that weren't even that good in the first place. In the instance of the lame disco-rock like 'Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2', very reminiscent of what Yes tried to do with 'Owner of a Lonely Heart' years later and succeeded at as well. This album is not good, and I appreciate it very little. The biggest growth it had on me was it introducing me to the band, but even now I've heard so much better than it in past years, so this is just in the back of my memory now. I have no desire to revisit this album any time soon.

I do not recommend this album.

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 Works by PINK FLOYD album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1983
2.15 | 114 ratings

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Works
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by aglasshouse

2 stars Released after the devastating sales of The Final Cut, this little compilation is pretty strange. It isn't like many other compilations I've seen, mostly because it has some songs that I wouldn't expect on an official gathering of songs. Probably one of the very few compilations that includes tracks (or in this case a single track) from Obscured by Clouds (1972). In fact, this includes content from 1967 to 1973. The main point of the album was to bring some more money subsequent to 1979's The Wall (or rather the movie that came out in 1982, a year before this was released). Even then, it's goals weren't exactly accomplished. The compilation got much deserved criticism for having not the great 'hit' tracks from Dark Side of the Moon and the other albums.

As for the tracks themselves, well, I honestly think they chose some pretty bad ones. I mean, some good songs like 'One of These Days', 'Brain Damage/Eclipse' are some of my top choices, but as for the others, it's just pretty bad. 'Fearless' is the second Meddle choice, which is not one of my favorites from the album itself, and plain bad to put such a failed single such as it on it as well. 'Arnold Layne' and 'See Emily Play' were early singles by the band, released prior on both Relics and The Early Singles, so you don't really need it for that. It includes the most excruciating symphony of animal noises from Ummagumma, 'Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave Grooving with a Pict', which is probably the last thing I'd pick from the album. Even the one song they chose from Obscured by Clouds, my favorite album, was terribly disappointing. 'Free Four' was in fact one of my least favorite songs from the entire album (I have stated so before.) 'Set the Controls For The Heart Of The Sun' is also not one of my favorites from A Saucerful of Secrets (1968)I suppose the only reason you'd need to purchase this would be to get the unreleased demo of the song 'Embryo', but even then the cons outweigh the pros by a ton.

So overall, don't get this. It will be a waste of your money, and you'd be much better off getting something along the lines of Shine On or Oh By The Way... I would recommend if you are searching for the entire released discography. In that case, good luck on your incredibly expensive journey!

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 Dark Side Of The Moon by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.59 | 3124 ratings

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Dark Side Of The Moon
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by aglasshouse

5 stars I think it's really hard to say that this album is non essential. If someone has, then I have yet to see it. To add, there is not a single album that ages as well as this. Sure, Wish You Were Here is definitely something, but this album is a perfect mix of what everybody wants: road trip, hiking, sleep, rainy days inside, even sitting on a bench contemplating the clouds. All of these thinks can be narrated by Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. There are very few albums that can live up to this albums gravitational pull. It was popular back in '73, and it still is today.

I've had this album for awhile now. In fact, it was one of my earliest purchases to my collection. I had obviously heard of it prior, and I had even sampled the album before and heard songs on the radio dozens of times. Even though I wasn't one that listened to it constantly, I did find the album highly enjoyable. In fact, it was right next to Gentle Giant's In A Glass House (which happens to be my second favorite prog record of all time) in my list of wonderful masterpieces. (Coincidentally, these two albums were released in the exact same year.) This was also before I listened to Animals , and it had been a very long time since I had heard anything from Wish You Were Here. So this was one of my absolute favorite albums at the time. I am wholeheartedly ready to review it with full gusto.

The album has some great rocking tracks, especially the huge hit of 'Time'. In fact, for awhile, it was my favorite Pink Floyd song. It includes a reprise of the opening song 'Breathe (In The Air)', which is pretty neat because the original song was a little too short-lived. 'On the Run' is a cool, tech-based instrumental, but I would suggest that you listen to this while you're exercising or something along those lines, because you won't be prepared for airplane crashes while you're taking a snooze. 'Money' is a funky hard rock jam that opens up with what you'd expect: money. It's pretty commercial, but I suppose it's just the same amount as 'Time', maybe even less. 'Great Gig In The Sky' never got me. I always thought the whole soul edge put on the great Pink Floyd sounded terrible, like experimentation gone wrong. I know a lot of people love it, but I just don't. 'Us and Them' is perhaps Wrights greatest achievement of all time. It is just a simply wonderful, flowing epic. 'Any Colour You Like' is a pretty neat instrumental, although it never really got me very much. The outro song(s), 'Brain Damage' and 'Eclipse' both follow along the same sound, but are both really good. The former is a great outro, and 'Eclipse' sort of is just an extended ending of it.

It's a pretty great album, obviously essential. If you haven't heard it already and you're reading my review, you better hurry it up and listen to it tenfold, because this progressive rock masterpiece is something not to miss.

Go give it a listen.

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 Meddle by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.31 | 2202 ratings

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Meddle
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by aglasshouse

5 stars I've always found Pink Floyd's Meddle to be their first real masterpiece (and the site would say the same). After all, the album was released in 1971, years before Dark Side (1973), WYWH (1975), Animals (1977), and The Wall (1979) were recorded. I was actually, in my first inquisitions in the whole sound of Pink Floyd, sort of confused on what to do for the album. I mean, I had never heard of it prior, back when all I had was The Wall to introduce me to the band, so I didn't know what to think. Nonetheless, I purchased the album shorty after hearing the great respect many people had for it. I listened to it excitedly, since it was my second only purchase from them.

Afterwards, I was speechless. I was blown away by the pure skill the band showed on this release, especially with the instrumental of 'One Of These Days'. It astonished me how such an early release of a band could be so masterful, without these guys having tried as much as other bands. That was before I knew that the band had learned what they shouldn't do and should continue to do extremely quickly, and were able to easily produce a masterpiece such as this. This release also marked the turning point for Pink Floyd whole sound change from floaty space-rock to more solid, workable material. It definitely got Pink Floyd on the charts with something like the 24 minute long epic of 'Echoes', widely regarded as the song that changed the band forever. So what about my thoughts? I thought, overall, that this album was exactly how people described it; a colorful masterpiece.

The album, even though it is a lot more progressive, couldn't totally shake off the Barrett days quite yet. A song that reminded me heavily of it was 'Seamus', which, in my opinion, didn't really need to be put on the album due to it's nonsensical attitude and extreme brevity, was very reminiscent to the work of Barrett on The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. But aside from that, there are some neat psychedelic ditties on here like 'Fearless' and 'San Tropez', both of which are really cool songs that are great for casual listening. The latter I would say, is a unique gem for the Pink Floyd collector, with it's bouncy, lighthearted attitude, and dare I say it, indie like qualities? I shiver at the thought, but I suppose there's no other way to describe it. As stated before, the opener of 'One of These Days' marks the heaviest song since More's 'The Nile Song' and 'Ibiza Bar'. It is really cool track, centerpieced by a bass riff being set through a 'delay unit', causing it to have a double bass effect. Combine this with some really awesome drumming from Mason and great usage of synthesizer, and you've got a real great piece of Pink Floyd music.

While the rest of the album is pretty typical to Pink Floyd, they are all overshadowed by the behemoth epic of Echoes, which is the second longest song in PF history (next to Atom Heart Mother (23:42)). It finishes off the album with a huge firework that was heard all around the world. Starting in with a single and iconic staccato keyboard key being played for a time until it shifts into a more complete sound. Synth comes in to take over and after some time, the song changes into a more recognizable piece. Let me just say, this song did influence Pink Floyd in a variety of different ways, especially with the art-sy use of synthesizer and melodic space-rock guitar riffs that people know from Dark Side of the Moon. Not to mention that this album features beautiful lyrics and vocals that you could hear on their later concept albums. Towards the third quarter, the song shifts several times, from going back to floaty and then to a hard beat that was on 'One Of These Days'. It overall ends with the original sound and goes out with a bang. A real moving experience. Dare I say, you could listen to 'Echoes' as it's own album and still be quite satisfied.

Overall, this album is, in a way, an underrated masterpiece. Perhaps more known by Prog fans and critics, but it is less known to those PF newbies out there. I highly and warmly suggest that any progressive rock fan take a shot at this great work of art if you haven't already.

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 More by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1969
3.15 | 927 ratings

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More
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by aglasshouse

3 stars The first of two soundtracks released by Pink Floyd, this film-score was made for a movie called, well, More. The film (which is highly unlikely that anyone has ever seen), tells a story of heroin addiction. The whole movie takes place on the island of Ibiza (which the name for the track 'Ibiza Bar' came from). Although I've never seen the movie, I have heard the soundtrack for it. This album is the most recent purchase to my PF discography.

The reason behind this being one of my last to add to my collection is due to my hesitation behind the reception of it overall. So I admit I saved it for last. I'm sure that many others have to, maybe even for very last, but I thought that getting this underrated gem before I got all the others would benefit me more in the long run. Therefore I picked up the album for eleven dollars and brought it home. I was quick to do a full listen-through, and I came out with an opinion equally as fast. Now here I am, presenting my thoughts to you.

I have stated before that Obscured by Clouds (1972) is my favorite Pink Floyd album, and I make it very clear in my review of it. But Obscured by Clouds was only a half of the puzzle. More, which came out three years before and predated OBC by two albums, is most definitely my least favorite of the two. But after listening, this album is probably the most evolved of the 60's Pink Floyd albums. Although maybe not as SUCCESSFULLY influential, like OBC (which influenced PF's Dark Side heyday), but More most definitely reinforced and solidified their sound after A Saucerful of Secrets (1968). I must say that both albums (OBC and More) have large similarities. This might be due to both films that they scored being directed by Barbet Schroeder, and them both being sort of art flicks. This would lead to high amounts of similar-ness due to the certain sounds these films have. But anyway, enough comparison, onto the album.

The album starts out with the dark and floaty 'Cirrus Minor', with sounds of birds and some light guitar. The riffs from this song sounds sort of like something you'd see from ASFOS, reminiscent to maybe 'Remember a Day'. This overall affect is actually quite nice, a high pick from the album and one of the best album openings by the band. But that quietness doesn't last for long until 'The Nile Song' comes in to blow all of that away. Crunching riffs and a yelling Gilmour, coming in with the heaviest Pink Floyd song in history. It is actually a cool and interesting listen, and features some awesome heavy metal guitar and excellent drumming on the part of Mason. 'Crying Song' slows the album back down with an ominous lullaby type song. It features some key changes that I'd hear on maybe Dark Side, and is actually a neat casual listen. 'Green is the Colour' and 'Cymbaline' are two slow acoustic songs that I really enjoy, especially the latter. 'Green is the Colour' actually has a more lighthearted feel that is taken almost straight from Atom Heart Mother, except this time the lyrics really make me feel warm on the inside. Also, I give great kudos to Wright for the keyboarding; mighty fine. 'Cymbaline' is the second of them, and this time has some good steady drumming from Mason and a much darker tone. If I were to compare the two, think of 'Green is the Colour' as a walk in the fields, and 'Cymbaline' as sitting in a rocker inside by the window during a rainy day. Both are quite exquisite, and are a mighty fine listen for both. 'Ibiza Bar' is sort of like a 'The Nile Song' reprise in a way, using very similar rhythm guitar riffs except it doesn't variate as much. Also, it is not nearly as heavy as the latter, but the recording sounds a lot better. A really cool listen, especially if you wanted to hear a clearer version of that iconic 'The Nile Song' riff. Unfortunately, that is the last of my real highlights. The rest of the album is songs that you'd probably only enjoy if you were actually watching the film, and aren't really that good upon listening to them plainly. So that has given it the rating from me at a 3.5/5. A nice little album full of really neat ditties, and are really nice to listen to. But if you were thinking of getting this as an early or maybe even introductory purchase, you could very well regret it. I would say listen to the rest of their albums first (especially the necessary ones), and you will come to greatly appreciate this.

Go give it a listen.

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 The Endless River by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.58 | 281 ratings

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The Endless River
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by FunkyM

3 stars I have to admit that the announcement by David Gilmour and Nick Mason (the last two remaining Pink Floyd members) that a new Pink Floyd album would be released and that it would consist of leftover material recorded with keyboardist Richard Wright (who passed away in 2008) had me somewhat worried.

The last Pink Floyd studio album was The Division Bell, released over 20 years ago in 1994. Now they were trying to make a new release by adding newly recorded bits with outtakes from 20 years ago, trying to include Wright posthumously and there would be no involvement from founding member Roger Water, who was the band's chief creative force during its 1970s heyday.

Personally, I liked The Division Bell (which I realize is not a view shared by all fans of the Floyd) and felt it was an excellent album to cap off the band. For me, many signs coming from this new album pointed to "no good could come of this."

So how did the album turn out? About as well as one could reasonably expect, I suppose.

The Endless River consists of all instrumental tracks, save "Louder Than Words", which features vocals by Gilmour. The result is an album that sounds like post-Waters Floyd or a Gilmour solo album trying to harken back to the days before The Wall - all with a 21st century sheen given to the production.

Whether this appeals to you or not depends whether you like fifty minutes of ethereal-sounding guitar and keyboard exploration. There is no irony in one of the tracks being called "On Noodle Street, they are explicitly telling you what to expect.

I will say that I found the first couple tracks meander a bit too much to hold my interest. I had a similar problem with the two previous post-Waters Floyd albums. However, the energy does seem to pick up a bit in the middle section.

I do like a few of the nostalgic touches, such as the Stephen Hawking vocals on "Talkin' Hawkin'" and the bells from "High Hopes" ringing just before this album's final track, "Louder Than Words". Gilmour's vocals still sound pristine, by the way. The man has a golden throat.

"Louder Than Words", being the only track with vocals is almost a standout by default, but I truly do think that it is one of the best and most memorable tracks on the album. A lot of than it probably down to Gilmour's vocals and the ladies on backing vocals, but it is a catchy number with a great guitar lead.

Overall, The Endless River is not so much a final Pink Floyd album as it is a nostalgic collection of previously recorded material spruced up for release in 2014. However, it is by no means bad. Given that we're more than likely never going to have another Pink Floyd studio album ever again and this is likely the closest we'll ever get, I'll happily take it.

Highlights: "Sum", "Allons-y (1)", "Talkin' Hawkin'", "Surfacing", "Louder Than Words"

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 Dark Side Of The Moon by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.59 | 3124 ratings

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Dark Side Of The Moon
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by TCat

5 stars I wasn't going to review this album because it's already been done so many times and there really isn't anything I can add that you don't already know. This is a perfect album. It's not the only perfect album out there and it's not Pink Floyd's only perfect album either. But it is perfect in it's beauty, emotion, and it's total existence. It's true that not everyone loves it, but there is no such thing as an album that everyone loves and that's the beauty of us as individuals. I love the album as a whole, but I have realized also that the individual songs do not work as well alone, this album is a complete work and it is how I prefer to listen to it. Playing individual tracks off this album cheapens the songs, this is an album in it's truest sense and the way album rock was meant to be played and listened to. It just works best all together.

So, even though I would consider this one of the best albums ever (out of many by the way), none of these songs are among the best songs ever to me because they don't work for me when played alone, that distinction belongs to songs like "Starless" by King Crimson which can be played alone and still be amazing. But the beauty here is in the entire work, meaning the entire album, just like the beauty in "Pictures at an Exhibition" (the classical version by Mussorgski, not Emerson Lake and Palmer) is in the entirety of it's performance more than the individual works.

By the way, this is an essential prog masterpiece no matter what you think of it. 5 very bright stars.

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