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Pink Floyd


Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.64 | 4577 ratings

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5 stars This classical masterpiece is where Pink Floyd pay their dues to the genius Syd.

A review song by song is not necessary in my opinion, since I think that like many Floyd album, it loses efficiency and power if not thought of as a whole. Not to mean that the songs aren't high quality or anything, but for instance, listening to "Have A Cigar" and not knowing that the effect at the end connects the song to "Wish You Were Here" seems as not taking complete advantage of Pink Floyd's wonderful creativeness.

"Shine On You Crazy Diamond" both opens and closes the album, serving as a requiem to the disintegrated mind of Barrett's. This, known to be Pink Floyd's longest song ever, will certainly shift many people's top 20 list (as this album will do). It's been told before that "The Wall" or "Dark Side" are also about Syd, well, maybe, but certainly not that directly as it is on "Wish You Were Here". Personally, I find it very hard to find flaws about this production; from artwork to any detail you want, this album is perfect. With its outstanding atmosphere and musical quality, "WYWH" really is a journey every prog fan has to take. From any point of view, concept and lyrics, or music, this album has it all. True masterpiece.

Few notes; Roy Harper did a great job on "Have A Cigar", "Wish You Were Here" is perhaps the most overplayed Floyd song with "Another Brick In The Wall pt 2" (very sad thing) and personally I think that this album doesn't go so well with live performances. I listened to many bootlegs of WYWH, but none of them has the same atmosphere as the studio version does, not that I don't like Shine On played live.

Awesome album, dedicated to Syd Barrett. There also were some rumours that Syd did vocals on Shine On. Anyway, no question about the 5 stars.

taylanbil | 5/5 |


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