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Pink Floyd


Psychedelic/Space Rock

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Marty McFly
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5 stars This is my first review here, It's quite terrible and I'm aware of that. But I'll keep it, just for historical value (valuable only for me, but still - you know). Anyway, who needs helping with THIS album :-D

EDIT 2: I quite a like "On the Run now, or at least I'm trying to

From the first flashes of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn days to last breath with The Division Bell (not to mention early London times), Pink Floyd are on of the greatest bands of all time. Epic, truly epic songs. This one is masterpiece. Two of their albums are on the similar side for me. Dark Side of the Moon and DSot Sun, or The Wall if you want. The Moon is optimistic, beautiful and mostly positive. The Wall is negative side of same coin. And on the top of both is Waters, simply genius. Power overwhelming, huh, we all know how it has ended. But back to the 1973, with still-quite-well-getting-along-together. I have to say it now, because it can't remain unspoken. I hate

----------ON THE RUN. It's really terrible song, absolutely different from the rest of album and when I listen this album, I always skip this song. My brother keeps telling me that I'm fool, that it's part of the album and gap between second and fourth one. Yeah, there is, but better than listen to (for me) disgusting song. It's pure electronic, nothing more. Most of you will probably disagree, but I can't resist myself to compare this one with the rest of album. And as it is, this song fails for me. Anyway, first song,

----------SPEAK TO ME is quite intro-istic, just parts later presented on album blended together into short song. Due to this, this song doesn't quite interest me, themes are not finished, only glimpses of later finished ideas. So let's move to

----------BREATHE, poor brother of Time. This one has in fact same melody as Time, but different lyrics. As I listen to this song right now, I can hear it loud and clear. These songs have connection, are together (forever). Anyway, if I skip Speak To Me, this one is much better intro for my taste. Calm, peaceful (which I loves the most). Their lyrics are in general poetic in true meaning of this word. I can easily imagine being stoned when listening these slowly coming lyrics and music, due to guitar type, it seems like coming in waves. Really, I can imagine myself floating above and enjoying them a lot.

----------TIME, with unique intro (intro within album) of clocks concerto. Some will like it, some will not (I don't like them much personally, but I appreciate their quality), some will be taken by them to heights unseen before. For those who are listening this track for the first time, this can be shock. But second play, third play and you'll get accustomed to it. Then came Drums solo with two guitar tones and some piano, or synth at least. I clearly hear it, but wiki tells that only Nick and Roger plays. But every time after guitar tone/s there is this continuity to melody. And then, the greatest part of greatest song by PF came. David Gilmour with his powerful vocal style, every (sorry for this word) line of lyrics is masterpiece. When I want to know if some song has good lyrics, I always compare it with this one. Because this is the magnum opus, these words really hit my heard a lot. And for a long time after listening this song, I still can imagine them and how well they sound & how good they are. Kicking around on a piece ground in your home town (long time I though that lyrics are not in your home town, but named your home town, so some kind of homeward bound thing, that he remains only in his home city, don't want to go elsewhere. I also see myself in this situation, so this is probably why I wanted to misunderstood the lyrics). This song is not fast. It's quite slow. Not Deep Purple, not rock'n'roll, this is the story of life and as life does, the song too slowly flows down the river. Sun is the same in the relative way, but you're older, shortening breath, one day closer to death Yeah, it's unfair comparison, about 80 years of human life and few billion years of sun. This is why it's here, this song is really relative (get off you all who're saying that everything is relative, this leads nowhere). Still comparing different parts of life. What else to say, it's epic, even it's not 30 minutes long like many others. Oh and last part, which starts with Home, home again, I like to be here when I can and ends with To hear the softly spoken magic spell, with synth slowly fading away. It's heaven on earth.

----------THE GREAT GIG IN THE SKY starts with another pleasant melody played on piano (at least I hope it's not synth), then some spoken words which (after hundreds of plays of this LP) just must be there, their meaning is clear, to provide solid intro for more stormy part, this one with powerful vocals (could be black one singing?). I hate to say, but strongest part of this song is kinda unpleasant for me, I always suffer for few seconds, till peace came again. But that's not concerning me a lot, only little bit.

----------MONEY, oh man, I disliked this for a long time, but now I feel it's the rockest part of this album, strong guitars and still presented riff. Later parts of sax solo has some kind of cutting edges (weird formulation, but it's like that) and after few tens seconds then came again interesting thing. I don't know how to say it, but it's 9 tones, from the highest to lowest (sorry, I can feel the music, but musical slang is something what I still mostly lacks, no matter how well I can speak English) and then again solo. This is recognizable part of this track. And melody itself is still going up and down, as in breathe, this waves-metaphor. Well, then song slowly came into some talking and then it blends to

----------US AND THEM. Well, this is what I call sax solo, absolutely better than Money one. And again, combination of satirical/metaphorical/symbolistic, whatever the lyrics are, they're nothing but a perfect. I'm repeating myself, but how can't I when most of the songs here has both good lyrics and melody/composition/instrument playing/vocals, simply everything. Well, this song is (except bridges) another almost quiet one, but bridges are good too.

----------ANY COLOUR YOU LIKE. Well, OK, not color, in UK they have U added in this word (or otherwise, Americans lacks U). OK, you got me, I don't like this song as others, which is caused by lack of lyrics => vocals. It's (as for sure most of you wrote already) improvisation, it sounds like that. It's not bad song, it greatly fill the gap between Us

----------and BRAIN DAMAGE with quite good riff. But if you want to hear this riff in extended (and in all cases better) version, then hear long version of Pink Floyd Live in Pompeii, this one with interviews. During third break to the studio, there is Gilmour with guitar improvising and lengthening these riffs with electric sound. It's really great, you'll understand as soon as you'll hear it. This one is catchy one. To be continued in ----------ECLIPSE, which is not shady one, but otherwise, it's the most shiny one on this album, synth has great sound and somehow shaky sound in the beginning. And Waters (& some female) vocals which are going to finish this for once. But the sun is in the eclipse by the moon. The End, thank you for your patience, it's my first review and I hope you're satisfied. Set course back to Roine Stolt (heh). Conclusion: If this is not the epic, what else is ? This is best prog rock album for me, partly due to nostalgy and long time addiction to Pink Floyd, but mostly due to overal feeling. One of the best albums ever made. Good thing that public understood it.

Marty McFly | 5/5 |


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