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PINK FLOYD

Psychedelic/Space Rock • United Kingdom


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Pink Floyd biography
Formed in 1965 in London, UK - Disbanded in 1994 - Reunited with different formation on several ocasions

One of the biggest bands of all time

Of all the bands who come under the progressive rock banner, Pink Floyd are, arguably, the act most recognisable in the wider music community to music lovers of all genres. Yet, as revealed famously by Nick Mason in an old interview, even at the height of their fame, they could walk down any street, and passers-by would not have recognised a member of one of the most commercially successful acts in music history.

The band were formed in London in 1965, the original members being Roger (known as Syd) BARRETT on vocals and lead guitar, Nick MASON on drums, Roger WATERS on bass guitar and vocals, and Rick WRIGHT on keyboards.

The London of the late 1960's was a melting pot of live acts and varying musical genres, and the band gained a cult following amongst the underground psychedelic crowd of the time. This expanded into a more public consciousness with a residency at the famous UFO Club, with a hypnotic light show and pulsating, often indescribable, sounds. This led to television appearances, most famously an interview and live performance on BBC The Look of the Week, with a rather bemused classical performer Hans Keller in tow. Waters was famously asked just why everything had to be so loud?!

This popularity led to the band signing to EMI, who in 1967 released two hit singles, Arnold Layne, which attracted controversy regarding its cross-dressing themes, and See Emily Play. They charted in the UK at 20 and 6 respectively.

The debut album which followed, Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, is universally recognised as being hugely influential in rock music, beyond the narrow confines of psychedelia. It peaked at number 6 in the UK album charts in 1967, and the band continued to play not only their residency, but also increasing numbers of national gigs and festivals.

The strain, however, was beginning to tell on Barrett, and a fragile mental state, exacerbated by LSD, led to him becoming almost semi-detached from the band and wider reality. The situation became such that the band, at the end of 1967, drafted in David GILMOUR ...
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PINK FLOYD top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.87 | 2011 ratings
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
1967
3.67 | 1761 ratings
A Saucerful of Secrets
1968
3.15 | 1349 ratings
More (OST)
1969
3.48 | 1704 ratings
Ummagumma
1969
3.89 | 2215 ratings
Atom Heart Mother
1970
4.30 | 3164 ratings
Meddle
1971
3.37 | 1561 ratings
Obscured by Clouds
1972
4.61 | 4359 ratings
The Dark Side of the Moon
1973
4.63 | 4168 ratings
Wish You Were Here
1975
4.52 | 3742 ratings
Animals
1977
4.10 | 2981 ratings
The Wall
1979
3.19 | 1828 ratings
The Final Cut
1983
3.06 | 1711 ratings
A Momentary Lapse of Reason
1987
3.75 | 2020 ratings
The Division Bell
1994
3.32 | 821 ratings
The Endless River
2014

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

3.38 | 555 ratings
Delicate Sound Of Thunder
1988
3.95 | 766 ratings
P-U-L-S-E
1995
2.85 | 163 ratings
Live 66-67
1999
4.11 | 488 ratings
Is There Anybody Out There?
2000

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

4.77 | 520 ratings
Live at Pompeii
1981
4.11 | 553 ratings
The Wall (The Movie)
1982
3.67 | 182 ratings
In Concert - Delicate Sound Of Thunder
1989
3.01 | 57 ratings
La Carrera Panamericana
1992
4.45 | 538 ratings
P-U-L-S-E
1995
3.10 | 91 ratings
London - Live 66-67
1999
4.58 | 648 ratings
Live At Pompeii (The Director's Cut)
2003
4.08 | 182 ratings
Classic Albums: The Dark Side Of The Moon
2003
2.94 | 57 ratings
Inside Pink Floyd
2003
3.30 | 67 ratings
The Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Story
2003
2.41 | 32 ratings
Inside Pink Floyd Volume 2 - A Critical Review 1975 - 1996
2005
2.27 | 17 ratings
The Ultimate Review
2005
2.00 | 20 ratings
The World's Greatest Albums - Atom Heart Mother
2005
2.51 | 21 ratings
Rock Milestones Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here
2005
1.97 | 20 ratings
Reflections And Echoes
2006
2.78 | 22 ratings
Rock Milestones Pink Floyd's The Piper At The Gates of Dawn
2006
1.43 | 23 ratings
Rock Milestones: Ummagumma
2006
2.09 | 14 ratings
Music Box Biographical Collection
2006
2.32 | 19 ratings
The Dark Side - Interviews
2006
2.28 | 16 ratings
Total Rock Review
2006
2.51 | 19 ratings
Meddle: A Classic Album Under Review
2007
3.13 | 19 ratings
Retrospectives
2007
2.13 | 15 ratings
The Early Pink Floyd - A Review And Critique
2008
2.29 | 15 ratings
Comfortably Numb
2008
3.05 | 21 ratings
A Technicolor Dream
2008
3.61 | 27 ratings
Live Anthology
2008
1.85 | 19 ratings
The Great Gig In The Sky: The Album By Album Guide
2008
4.01 | 88 ratings
The Story of Wish You Were Here
2012

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

2.15 | 38 ratings
The Best Of The Pink Floyd
1970
3.58 | 373 ratings
Relics
1971
3.28 | 123 ratings
A Nice Pair
1973
2.70 | 63 ratings
Masters Of Rock Vol. 1
1974
2.20 | 206 ratings
A Collection Of Great Dance Songs
1981
2.20 | 148 ratings
Works
1983
3.00 | 1 ratings
Hits
1983
3.50 | 96 ratings
Shine On
1992
3.71 | 109 ratings
The Early Singles
1992
4.83 | 12 ratings
The Dark Side Of The Moon (Twentieth Anniversary Edition)
1993
3.08 | 71 ratings
1967: The First Three Singles
1997
3.44 | 254 ratings
Echoes - The Best Of Pink Floyd
2001
4.07 | 86 ratings
Oh By The Way...
2007
2.83 | 59 ratings
A Foot In The Door: The Best Of Pink Floyd
2011
4.43 | 76 ratings
Discovery
2011
4.76 | 138 ratings
The Dark Side of the Moon - Experience Edition
2011
4.61 | 133 ratings
The Dark Side Of The Moon - Immersion Edition
2011
4.74 | 151 ratings
Wish You Were Here - Experience Edition
2011
4.52 | 119 ratings
Wish You Were Here - Immersion Edition
2011
4.32 | 88 ratings
The Wall - Experience Edition
2011
1.93 | 59 ratings
The Wall Singles
2011
3.86 | 101 ratings
The Wall - Immersion Edition
2012
4.28 | 46 ratings
The Division Bell (20th Anniversary Deluxe Box)
2014
3.86 | 51 ratings
The Early Years 1967-1972 Creation
2016
3.09 | 3 ratings
The Early Years Continu/ation 1967-1974 Sessions
2016
4.75 | 5 ratings
The Early Years 1965-1967 Cambridge St/ation
2017
3.96 | 5 ratings
The Early Years 1968 Germin/Ation
2017
3.17 | 5 ratings
The Early Years 1969 Dramatis/ation
2017
4.29 | 6 ratings
The Early Years 1970 Devi/ation
2017
3.13 | 5 ratings
The Early Years 1971 Reverber/ation
2017
3.24 | 6 ratings
The Early Years 1972 Obfusc/ation
2017
3.75 | 15 ratings
The Later Years 1987 - 2019
2019
3.21 | 5 ratings
Transmissions + 1969
2020

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

3.56 | 82 ratings
Arnold Layne
1967
3.31 | 93 ratings
See Emily Play
1967
2.77 | 57 ratings
Apples And Oranges
1967
2.61 | 62 ratings
Tonite Let's All Make Love In London
1967
3.67 | 30 ratings
Flaming
1967
3.37 | 44 ratings
It Would Be So Nice
1968
3.70 | 44 ratings
Point Me at the Sky
1968
2.91 | 41 ratings
The Nile Song
1969
3.84 | 75 ratings
One Of These Days
1971
4.29 | 15 ratings
Free Four
1972
4.33 | 9 ratings
Free Four / Absolutely Curtains
1972
3.80 | 89 ratings
Money
1973
3.60 | 78 ratings
Time
1973
3.66 | 70 ratings
Have a Cigar
1975
3.18 | 2 ratings
Pigs on the Wing / Sheep
1977
4.50 | 4 ratings
Pigs (Three Different Ones)
1977
3.81 | 74 ratings
Comfortably Numb
1979
3.67 | 82 ratings
Another Brick In The Wall
1979
3.45 | 64 ratings
Run Like Hell
1980
3.26 | 57 ratings
When the Tigers Broke Free
1982
1.96 | 54 ratings
Not Now John/The Hero's Return (Part 2)
1983
2.53 | 63 ratings
Learning To Fly (promo single)
1987
3.05 | 55 ratings
On the Turning Away
1987
3.01 | 39 ratings
One Slip
1988
3.05 | 20 ratings
A Momentary Lapse Of Reason Official Tour CD
1988
2.90 | 23 ratings
Shine On - Selections From The Box
1992
3.23 | 74 ratings
High Hopes/ Keep Talking (single)
1994
3.41 | 63 ratings
Take It Back
1994
3.63 | 8 ratings
Interview Disc
1995
4.14 | 47 ratings
Louder Than Words
2014
2.76 | 18 ratings
Pink Floyd 1965 - Their First Recordings
2015

PINK FLOYD Reviews


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 Is There Anybody Out There? by PINK FLOYD album cover Live, 2000
4.11 | 488 ratings

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Is There Anybody Out There?
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Uruk_hai

4 stars Is there anybody out there? Is a live album recorded between 1980 and 1981 while Pink Floyd was in the middle of The wall tour, so basically it is just the album of The wall played alive. Even when The wall is one of Pink Floyd's most popular and successful albums which I truly consider a solid masterpiece its live version is not that great.

I must recognize that I have kind of an issue with live albums since I'm not too much into them and it is rare that I consider them masterpieces, I usually never find new stuff on them so I'd rather listen to studio albums which I find more original and interesting and this album is not an exception. The only song of this album that you won't find on the original version of The wall is "What shall we do now", but you can also hear it if you watch The wall movie.

I was going to rate this album with 3 stars but the artwork and the little info-book about the tour that the original 2CD case includes gives the album another star. It is an excellent addition to any CD collection, however, for those who aren't CD collectors and only listen to the music on Spotify, I'd say this album is good, but non-essential.

 P-U-L-S-E by PINK FLOYD album cover Live, 1995
3.95 | 766 ratings

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P-U-L-S-E
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Uruk_hai

4 stars The second live album by Pink Floyd was recorded in 1994 and released in 1995 as a part of the The division bell tour. The album features songs from The division bell, Wish you were here, The wall, A momentary lapse of reason, one song from The piper at the gates of dawn (Astronomy domine) and the whole performance of The dark side of the Moon.

The songs do not change too much from their original studio versions; even when the absence of Roger Waters is notorious, the band made a great job performing the classic songs in a very well-toned style. The first CD is more varied while the second album is the one with the whole performance of The dark side of the Moon and the three encores: "Wish you were here", "Comfortably numb" and "Run like hell".

This album is considerably more interesting and entertained than its predecessor "Delicate sound of thunder" but I don't think that make this album an indispensable masterpiece of progressive rock music, maybe I'm not very much into live albums since there are not too many of them that I consider masterpieces, but I can't find anything in this album that make a notable difference into Pink Floyd's music, just a bunch of excellent old- songs with no innovation at all (not musically at least, the video of the show must be quite more interesting).

 Delicate Sound Of Thunder by PINK FLOYD album cover Live, 1988
3.38 | 555 ratings

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Delicate Sound Of Thunder
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Uruk_hai

3 stars Almost every progressive rock band of the seventies has at least one live album published in that same decade (ELP has Pictures at an exhibition, King Crimson has Earthbound, Gentle Giant has Playing the fool, Camel has A live record, Yes has Yessongs, Genesis has Genesis live and Seconds out, etc.) but Pink Floyd didn't publish a live album in the seventies, they published their first live album in 1988, when Roger Waters wasn't part of the band anymore and all the legal issues in what the band was involved were finally over.

Delicate sound of thunder is a double album recorded in New York as a part of the A momentary lapse of reason tour, so the album has many songs of this album among some hits from Dark side of the Moon, Wish you were here, Meddle and The Wall.

Some songs in here were played really well but there are two versions in this album of early songs that I really don't like: Money and One of these days; the first one is played as a reggae song, I adore Easy Star All Stars' Dub side of the Moon which is a reggae version of The dark side of the Moon published in 2003 but in here I found it really boring and I just want to skip to the next song, while the second one is played with a sad lack of passion because One of these days is a really hard rock song in which Nick Mason's drums are mind- blowing (the Pompeii version is exquisite) but in here Nick sounded like he was playing as we say in Mexico "con hueva" (very lazily).

About the rest of the album I'd only say that they made a nice performance, but if I want to hear Pink Floyd playing live I'd rather listen to Ummagumma, Pulse or Is there anybody out there?, but this is an album which I rarely enjoy listening to. What I like the most about this album is the cover, the music not so much.

 The Division Bell by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.75 | 2020 ratings

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The Division Bell
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Uruk_hai

4 stars Pink Floyd's last studio album was released in 1994 (the year when I was born) and they gave a legendary world tour including two nights at the Foro Sol in Mexico City, my mother couldn't assist because she was a sixteen year old teenager with eight months of pregnancy but my father (who's one of the biggest fans of Pink Floyd ever) went to both shows and he stills talks about those nights with a big smile on his face and a sparkle in his eyes.

This album shows an improvement to A momentary lapse of reason and it's definitely more into the Space Rock style of the 70's catalogue of Pink Floyd but without losing the touch of the nineties pop-rock (at some points it reminds some U2 or Duran Duran songs) and the well marked firm of David Gilmour's leadership.

It starts with a 4 minute instrumental opening and the second song has a jazzy style with female chorus. It has acoustic-soft ballads, slow-rock compositions and nice arrangements of all kind. It's also very nostalgic in some moments, maybe if we didn't know this is their last album it wouldn't be so emotive but it is.

Richard Wright was officially a member of the group again and that is wonderful, he also played amazing things in the vein of "Shine on you crazy diamond" (specially the opening for "Keep talking", which includes an excerpt from a speech by Stephen Hawking) and Nick Mason made an amazing drumming job too. This album was an excellent way to close a 27 year career of one of the most transcendental bands of the 20th century.

 A Momentary Lapse of Reason by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1987
3.06 | 1711 ratings

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A Momentary Lapse of Reason
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Uruk_hai

3 stars After Roger Waters left Pink Floyd, Richard Wright returned to it and the bloody legal fight over the band's name took place, in 1987 Pink Floyd published A momentary lapse of reason; an album pretty different of the Barrett's Pink Floyd era, Waters-Gilmour-Wright-Mason era and Waters-as-a-leader era, here started the age of Gilmour.

The cover of the album is great, clearly designed by Storm Thorgerson and it seems as if this album would bring a lot of reminiscences of the 70's Pink Floyd sound but it doesn't: it's more oriented into a Neo-Prog style that reminds bands such as IQ, Pendragon, Marillion or Illuvatar. David Gilmour made excellent guitar solos along the album while Nick Mason and Richard Wright were playing more in a kind of accompaniment way among with a lot of session musicians including Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel's band, King Crimson) playing bass and Chapman stick and Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus) playing occasional drums.

It has very good moments and songs that became big hits like "Learning to fly" and "Sorrow", songs that were well received by their fans in the tours that followed the album. Not a concept album, not a lot of space rock experimentation and definitely not one of their best albums but still a nice piece with very interesting and changing musical passages.

 The Final Cut by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1983
3.19 | 1828 ratings

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The Final Cut
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Uruk_hai

4 stars I must recognize that I made a mistake, maybe I'm happier today than any of the other times that I've listened to this album, but I always thought that if I'd ever write a review about The final cut the rate that I would give to the album would be a two or three stars as much, but right now, I'm listening once more and I finally can hear what my father, friends and relatives always told me: The final cut is not as a bad album as I always thought. The songs that I someday found boring and depressing, today I find them relaxing and emotive.

Yes, it has some depressing moments, yes, it was unfair what Roger Waters did against Richard Wright and it was awful how things ended between them (obviously it's kind of sad to listen the only PF album in which Richard's not playing) and yes, this album sounds not at all similar to any of the previous Pink Floyd albums, but that is because this is not a Pink Floyd album (even when it's labeled as one), it is a Roger Waters' album with David Gilmour and Nick Mason as a session musicians, so it is clear why we can find any Pink Floyd-like music in here.

The final cut sounds kind of a preview of what Roger Waters entire discography as a solo artist would sound like: shadows of The wall and the continuous story of war and fatherless childhood that he had; sad short songs mixed with some rock ballads that lead the listener into the artist's ideals and views of his own and all the world's live, but this was maybe the most interesting chapter of all of that incessant play. The music here is totally a rock opera, just as The wall was, but maybe less exciting and more into dramatic pieces. It has some fascinating acoustic/electric guitar moments, not a lot of punchy drumming and a very nice orchestration. It's delightful in some moments.

I won't give this album a five stars rate because that would be exaggerated, but a four stars rate seems fair right now. The final cut was either a perfect closure or an involuntary goodbye of Roger to the band and definitely a start of his solo career.

 The Wall by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1979
4.10 | 2981 ratings

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The Wall
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Uruk_hai

5 stars Is The Wall a Pink Floyd album or a Roger Waters' album?

It started in Animals, that's well known, but in The Wall Roger Waters took the role of the absolute leader of the band and created a strong work which would be loved and hated by Pink Floyd fans because it doesn't sound at all to any Pink Floyd previous albums, this was almost a Roger Waters' solo album with the collaboration of David Gilmour and Nick Mason? and, oh, yeah, Rick Wright.

The double album is a conceptual opera rock containing 26 short songs and narrating a story about a rock star called Pink and his awful journey through parental orphanhood, drug abuse, wife's infidelity, school mean teacher traumas and a suffocating relationship with his mother and how all of these events locked up the guy into a huge imaginary wall that isolated him from real world and people.

Unlike how I did with the three previous reviews that I wrote of Pink Floyd I will not describe this album song by song since it has a lot of them, I'll describe the album in general terms. Yes, I believe the album is a masterpiece and deserves the highest rate in this website, and here is why:

1.- The plot of the album: as I said before, the album narrates and describes through music a lot of awful things happening to one simple person and gives us great interpretations of mental illness as depression and how it can broke people into something that no one would like to become to.

2.- The characters: besides Pink, The Wall has a lot of interesting characters that are a crucial part of the story and Roger Waters developed them really well through the album.

3.- The legacy: The Wall became one of the most representative albums in Pink Floyd's discography and a lot of interpretations have been made from several artists (including Roger Waters' show in Germany playing it with a lot of well-known musicians of the eighties), the film released in 1982 and of course the fact that Roger Waters has been playing it for more than thirty years filling stadiums all over the world.

4.- The music: Of course, I can't rate a musical album without taking a look to the music: there are no long songs or long instrumental passages, only short songs complementing the soundtrack of a movie that it wasn't yet released but would be. It has slow songs, fast songs, melodic and obscure ones, rocky and drummy ones; it has acoustic arrangements, orchestral arrangements, rock and roll arrangements, instrumental arrangements (just a few); happy songs, sad songs, scary songs; It has babies crying, falling bombs, people shouting, birds singing, walls falling; it has a judge, a mother, a beloved woman; it has drugs, alcohol, sex depression, anyway, it has everything.

With this album Pink Floyd closed an era and a decade, it was the last album in which the four classic members of the group were playing and after this nothing was ever the same and it was a majestic way to make that closure, that's for sure.

 Animals by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.52 | 3742 ratings

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Animals
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Uruk_hai

5 stars Pink Floyd's eleventh album was another Progressive Rock classical masterpiece.

After Wish you were here was published, the following album by Pink Floyd was Animals. Animals is based on a short book by George Orwell titled "Animal farm", I'll not make of this a review about the book, so I won't speak of how ironic it is that it was Roger Waters who wrote almost the entire album. The album is ambitious: a short song divided in two parts at the beginning and end of the album and three long amazing pieces in the middle talking about the predominant species of animals (characters of Orwell's book). The album is clearly in the vein of the last two albums: the long compositions filled with long instrumental sections in which the musicians kept rolling on the spacey improvisations that characterized the band are still there; it was the last album with this kind of compositions, because The wall, which is their next album, was clearly an iconic change in their sound.

1.- Pigs on the wing (part one) (01:24): The album starts with a short acoustic song, non electric guitars, bass or drums on this piece, which is the introduction to the conceptual album that is about to begin.

2.- Dogs (17:06): Album's longest song occupying almost the entire A-side. This piece is an amazing journey through the experimental long instrumental passages accompanied with a well-assembled rock ballad that goes and goes until reaches its climax. The band worked amazingly here as a group even when the song was almost entirely composed by Roger Waters.

3.- Pigs (three different ones) (11:29): This song has no acoustic guitar and it's mainly a bluesy rock piece which gets its progressive rock atmosphere from Rick Wright's keyboards and the incessant drumming of Nick Mason. The same guitar riffs and bass lines are played along the song in a hypnotic way (it doesn't get boring) occasionally guitar solos as well.

4.- Sheep (10:19): The most hard rock-y song of the album, with an amazing work of Wright giving it a very entertaining touch. The song is in the same style of its predecessor and ends with a guitar riff that repeats itself over and over again until the tranquility reaches the music and opens the door to the closing track.

5.- Pigs on the wing (part two) (01:27): The same acoustic arrangement of the first part, only changing the lyrics closes this work quite nicely.

After this album the band changed its style and the legal troubles started to appear and all of that became a very uncertain era for Pink Floyd, so it's fair to say that this album was the golden button which closed an era.

 Wish You Were Here by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.63 | 4168 ratings

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Wish You Were Here
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Uruk_hai

5 stars After the release of The dark side of the Moon the following album had to be amazing too.

Some people don't know that between The dark side of the Moon and Wish you were here Pink Floyd were working on an album that never came to see the light but some of its leftovers became the bases to compose the Wish you were here and Animals albums. The unreleased album was supposed to be called Household objects, so glad it didn't happen, because Wish you were here would never existed that way. The album consists in five songs, two on the A-side and three on the B-side. The cover is well-recognized worldwide, maybe not so much as Dark side's cover, but it is.

1.- Shine on you crazy diamond, parts I-V (13:32): The song starts with an organ note which starts to elevate the volume while some sparkly notes begin to "float" around, then Gilmour's guitar starts to cry beautifully and in the minute 8 Nick Mason's drums begin to punch. The lyrics were dedicated to Syd Barrett (that's what they were trying to secretly spell: Shine on You crazy Diamond S-Y-D). At the end of the song Dick Parry's sax appears and gives an amazing closure. The breezy starts again until the song disappears slowly into the sounds of a machine. This is probably my favorite song of all PF's discography.

2.- Welcome to the machine (07:33): The second song of the album begins with the remains of the first one: a 7 minute piece with less presence of the guitar solos but with a nice rhythm that tends to be kind of dark (not as much as the songs on PF's early albums, but more than the rest of the album).

3.- Have a cigar (05:24): The B-side starts with a more rocky song, in which, as a special guest, the main singer is British Folk-Rock musician Roy Harper, this is an almost hard rock song which ends with the elegant touch of people switching radio stations (or maybe television channels) until the acoustic intro of the next song starts.

4.- Wish you were here (05:16): Probably the most famous song of the album, there is not too much to say about Wish you were here which hasn't been said already, so I'd only say that is a beautiful and emotional mainly acoustic song.

5.- Shine on you crazy diamond, parts VI-IX (12:29): The album finishes with the conclusion of Shine on you crazy diamond. The last part is pretty different: it ends with a majestic organ solo by Rick Wright.

Some people don't like Pink Floyd and that's okay, but it is undeniable that some of their works made important changes in music's history and they continue being a major influence for several artists around the world. Masterpieces in their discography as Wish you were here are an obvious reason for that.

 The Dark Side of the Moon by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.61 | 4359 ratings

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The Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Uruk_hai

5 stars I don't think there is such thing as "the best album", I think that everyone could have a favorite one and all the opinions are equally valid, but if I'm wrong and it is right to say that an album can be considered as the best one, I think The dark side of the Moon should be one of the first options for the title. It's amazing how well did this album fit into the pop culture and became a legend, an album that even now, 47 years after it was released, is still one of the most sold albums every year.

The album that put Pink Floyd in all the world's sight, which its cover is well-known for almost every single person in the world (even if they haven't actually listen to it) is like a buffet of emotions, an amazing journey through human fears and feelings. From start to end, this album is maybe the most ambitious in the band's career.

1.- Speak to me/Breathe in the air (03:57): The album starts in silence and then, softly, we can start hearing a heart bumping harder and harder every time, then we hear clocks, cash registers, human voices talking, then laughing, like a preview (or pre-sound) of what the album will be about, some mad screaming and finally the songs starts: Breathe in the air has a solid drum rhythm, the harmonic keyboards of Rick Wright and the mystic guitar riff, then the vocals completing the music which was already perfect anyway. This song is a majestic overture of something that is going to become an amazing piece of art.

2.- On the run (03:35): Uff! Something is going to explode! The hypnotic keyboard melody and the precise hi-hat playing make the structure of this song which later starts to give us samplers of all kinds of noises that are trying to tell a story and then, yeah, something explodes.

3.- Time (07:04): The intro with the clocks is unbelievable, then everything calms itself and the ambient turns much more relaxed. Drumming, an exquisite guitar riff and the keyboards, oh man, those keyboards!! The song's start is simply majestic. Then the singing starts changing the melody a little, the girls' chorus and the epic guitar solo, everything is just mind-blowing.

4.- The great gig in the sky (04:47): Three elements on this song: drums, grand piano and the human voice, the voice of Clare Torry gives this song its uniqueness. There is something really spiritual going on in this song. This song was recorded in just one take, they hired Clare Torry to sing this piece, she went to the studio, did what she was supposed to do, and then she left the studio, in some kind of emotional shock? She never appeared in any other Pink Floyd record ever again, she was there right in the moment. I saw Roger Waters playing this song live four years ago; he had two beautiful female singers who couldn't reach the magic of this piece vocalizing together. This piece was unrepeatable.

5.- Money (06:22): The first song of the B-side of the album, is probably the most famous and the one that I like the less, but still an amazing one. It starts with the sound of a cash register and then the classical bass line in 7/8 followed by the drums in the same signature, later the sax solo played by David Gilmour's old friend Dick Parry (who would later play in Wish you were here and The division bell albums) gives the song a fresh jazzy tone. Then we can hear another amazing guitar solo along with bitchin' drums giving space to the song's coda. The rockiest song of the album ends with samplers of male voices talking and then Rick Wright's organ and Dick Parry's sax sound close the song in a very romantic/sensual way.

6.- Us and them (07:50): Beautiful, majestic, unbelievable, emotional, hypnotic, man!! Forget the rest of the album, this song is a masterpiece itself!! Grand piano, sax, a soft melody, very light cymbals? You want to cry, you want to fly? Astonishing!

7.- Any colour you like (03:25): An instrumental piece that shows that there is a thin line between free jamming and a well rehearsed instrumental piece. Beautiful.

8.- Brain damage (03:50): My personal favorite song of the album, clearly they were remembering Syd Barrett when they wrote this one, "there's someone in my head, but it's not me", there's something really sad but at the same time beautiful about this song.

9.- Eclipse (01:57): the album ends with Eclipse, a very short song that talks about everything and nothing? the music ends slowly and we can hear a heartbeat leading us to the really end of the album? one last sampler: a guy saying that "there is no dark side of the Moon, actually it is all dark", I agree with that.

The dark side of the Moon is an album that you can love or hate? there are no intermediates.

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