Wed, Jul. 15, 9pm EDT - 'Wish You Were Here' by Pink Floyd

"Nobody knows where you are, 
How near or how far. 
Shine on you crazy diamond" - from "Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Part Two)"

Thus encapsulates the central feelings of Pink Floyd's 1975 release in regards to founding member Syd Barrett.  By that time, the former frontman had drifted into mental illness possibly caused, or at least accelerated, by a daily overconsumption of psychedelic drugs.  The band had successfully evolved to exist without him by the release of Wish You Were Here, yet his influences were still present.  In this sort of 'ode', Wish You Were Here finds the band exploring, questioning and lamenting the state of mind of Barrett.  What could he still ascertain?  Was he a victim of the recording industry's corporate machine?  The issues, though revolving around Barrett, were also penned by Roger Waters to have a broader sense of application.  One needn't be mentally dissolving to experience feelings of alienation, exploitation and betrayal.

Even with lyrics aside, however, the album is a gem.  The music is simply stunning. The opening track goes nearly nine minutes before a single word is sung, but its absence is never felt.  With their signature spacey sound (perfected on the previous release The Dark Side of the Moon), David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Richard Wright remove you from normalcy and transport you onto a plain of thought provoking enlightenment.  The band does come back to earth for the title track though.  With a much different musical vibe from the rest of the album, "Wish You Were Here" anchors the album and remains one of Floyd's must beloved classics.  "We're just two lost souls, swimming in a fish…".  Well I'm sure you know the lyrics already...  

Some list Wish You Were Here as Pink Floyd's greatest album while others don't rank it in the top three.  What do you think?  Join "Album Night" on Wednesday, July 15 and make your case!

52 comments

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

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  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Here's a link to the lyrics for tonight's album: http://www.pink-floyd-lyrics.com/html/shine-crazy-diamond-1-wish.html And some general background reading / Pink Floyd album rankings: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/pink-floyd-albums-ranked/ http://www.stereogum.com/1727721/pink-floyd-albums-from-worst-to-best/franchises/counting-down/attachment/wishyouwerehere/ dark side: http://consequenceofsound.net/2014/11/ranking-pink-floyd-from-worst-to-best/16/ wish you were here: http://consequenceofsound.net/2014/11/ranking-pink-floyd-from-worst-to-best/13/
  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Anyone else out there? We'll be kicking off in about 5 minutes promptly at 9pm

    Anyone else out there? We'll be kicking off in about 5 minutes promptly at 9pm

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    hey guys! long time no see. i'm here!

    hey guys! long time no see. i'm here!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "Album Night" officially starts now! Start track 1 (hit play or put the needle down on side A) of 'Wish You Were Here' by Pink Floyd. Share your thoughts right here as you listen!

    "Album Night" officially starts now! Start track 1 (hit play or put the needle down on side A) of 'Wish You Were Here' by Pink Floyd. Share your thoughts right here as you listen!

  • Louis

    Louis P ville

    Now we got some good shit goin

    Now we got some good shit goin

  • Louis

    Louis P ville

    Now you playin my song!!!!!!!!!!

    Now you playin my song!!!!!!!!!!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Hi Louis! Welcome back to "Album Night" for this classic

    Hi Louis! Welcome back to "Album Night" for this classic

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Welcome back Sarah also. Long time no see indeed. Good to have you back

    Welcome back Sarah also. Long time no see indeed. Good to have you back

  • Louis

    Louis P ville

    I guess I shouldn't make this plug here, but anyone into Pink Floyd can see the group "the Machine" perform at the Tarrytown Music Hall. They are Pink Floyd clone. Loud, but good. November

    I guess I shouldn't make this plug here, but anyone into Pink Floyd can see the group "the Machine" perform at the Tarrytown Music Hall. They are Pink Floyd clone. Loud, but good. November

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Pink Floyd were masters at creating these types of instrumental soundscapes like we've been hearing. Now we're moving into a bit more rock with the intro of the drums. I think we still have to wait a few more minutes for some lyrics though. No arguments here though

    Pink Floyd were masters at creating these types of instrumental soundscapes like we've been hearing. Now we're moving into a bit more rock with the intro of the drums. I think we still have to wait a few more minutes for some lyrics though. No arguments here though

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    I saw the Machine also. They are good if you want to see the albums performed live. I don't like the fact though that they don't really improvise at all. I don't see how those guys don't get bored playing the exact same thing every night note for note. But they do play it well

    I saw the Machine also. They are good if you want to see the albums performed live. I don't like the fact though that they don't really improvise at all. I don't see how those guys don't get bored playing the exact same thing every night note for note. But they do play it well

  • Louis

    Louis P ville

    Keep in mind this album was released in 1975. It has withstood the test of time and like good wine , gets better and more musically relevant with age.

    Keep in mind this album was released in 1975. It has withstood the test of time and like good wine , gets better and more musically relevant with age.

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    wow 40 years old! it definitely still sounds great!

    wow 40 years old! it definitely still sounds great!

  • Louis

    Louis P ville

    Yes, how they don't get bored and can get up for every performance is hard to comprehend. At this point, I would just be going through the motions if I were them.

    Yes, how they don't get bored and can get up for every performance is hard to comprehend. At this point, I would just be going through the motions if I were them.

  • Louis

    Louis Pville

    HEY JB, Judging by the turnout tonight, I guess you can say you're more popular than Pink Floyd!!

    HEY JB, Judging by the turnout tonight, I guess you can say you're more popular than Pink Floyd!!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    You always hear about Roger Waters and David Gilmour, but without Richard Wright on keyboards & synthesizers the sound would have been entirely different and most likely much more pedestrian. It all comes together brilliantly

    You always hear about Roger Waters and David Gilmour, but without Richard Wright on keyboards & synthesizers the sound would have been entirely different and most likely much more pedestrian. It all comes together brilliantly

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    yes, Louis, that's one theory! :)

    yes, Louis, that's one theory! smile

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "Welcome to the Machine", track 2, starting now.

    "Welcome to the Machine", track 2, starting now.

  • Louis

    Louis Pville

    Great album, but Dark Side of the Moon edges it out in my opinion. Funny that when I looked at the above links Dark Side and Wish you were here were ranked 1 and 2 respectively. I agree, even though I don't generally follow consensus.

    Great album, but Dark Side of the Moon edges it out in my opinion. Funny that when I looked at the above links Dark Side and Wish you were here were ranked 1 and 2 respectively. I agree, even though I don't generally follow consensus.

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    so far so good! i like the sound effects and everything that they use. makes their sound very unique

    so far so good! i like the sound effects and everything that they use. makes their sound very unique

  • Louis

    Louis Pville

    Atom Heart Mother. A little known fact. That album was the soundtrack for the "movie" "Scary Witches and Ghosts"!!

    Atom Heart Mother. A little known fact. That album was the soundtrack for the "movie" "Scary Witches and Ghosts"!!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    I lean a little toward this album, but it might simply be that I've heard Dark Side too many times. There's a lot of variation in peoples' rankings though. Makes for good debates

    I lean a little toward this album, but it might simply be that I've heard Dark Side too many times. There's a lot of variation in peoples' rankings though. Makes for good debates

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    They take full advantage of the stereo spectrum. A lot of times they're just doubling the same part and panning them hard left and right but it really makes for a big sound

    They take full advantage of the stereo spectrum. A lot of times they're just doubling the same part and panning them hard left and right but it really makes for a big sound

  • Louis

    Louis P ville

    JB, you are correct. without Richard wright I probably would never have been drawn to pink Floyd. It is the synthesizers and keyboards which drew me in. Keep in mind , 1975, disco all over the readio, and then you have this non-mainstream album. Most people thought you were freaked out to like pink Floyd. but now, the sophistication and technology can finally be appreciated, and not thought to be "weird"

    JB, you are correct. without Richard wright I probably would never have been drawn to pink Floyd. It is the synthesizers and keyboards which drew me in. Keep in mind , 1975, disco all over the readio, and then you have this non-mainstream album. Most people thought you were freaked out to like pink Floyd. but now, the sophistication and technology can finally be appreciated, and not thought to be "weird"

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "Have A Cigar", track 3, starting now.

    "Have A Cigar", track 3, starting now.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    @Louis - yes, now you're considered weird if you listen to disco!

    @Louis - yes, now you're considered weird if you listen to disco!

  • Louis

    Louis Pville

    I might be a few minutes ahead. (I like the automatic spell check feature)

    I might be a few minutes ahead. (I like the automatic spell check feature)

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    I guess at this point Roger Waters was disgusted with the music industry. I'm sure he felt exploited by the recording companies

    I guess at this point Roger Waters was disgusted with the music industry. I'm sure he felt exploited by the recording companies

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    they seem really good at guiding the energy level in the songs

    they seem really good at guiding the energy level in the songs

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    I agree Sarah. Really good producing

    I agree Sarah. Really good producing

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "Wish You Were Here", track 4, starting now.

    "Wish You Were Here", track 4, starting now.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    I may be a little behind from when I flipped the record

    I may be a little behind from when I flipped the record

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    this is a great song!!!

    this is a great song!!!

  • Louis

    Louis Pville

    Yes, another great song. Love the synthesized horns.

    Yes, another great song. Love the synthesized horns.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Yeah, great track. I read that they had someone play violin (I think) on the track, but they ultimately decided not to use it. Supposedly you can hear it someone toward the end but I tried listening at one point and couldn't pick up on it

    Yeah, great track. I read that they had someone play violin (I think) on the track, but they ultimately decided not to use it. Supposedly you can hear it someone toward the end but I tried listening at one point and couldn't pick up on it

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Btw, going back to the last track, "Have a Cigar". It was sung by Roy Harper. I didn't know that until I was researching the album for this event

    Btw, going back to the last track, "Have a Cigar". It was sung by Roy Harper. I didn't know that until I was researching the album for this event

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Last song "Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Part Two)", starting now. Good thing it's 12 minutes. I'm not ready for this album to end yet

    Last song "Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Part Two)", starting now.

    Good thing it's 12 minutes. I'm not ready for this album to end yet

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    they always go by too fast john! i'm glad we still have the 12 minutes!

    they always go by too fast john! i'm glad we still have the 12 minutes!

  • Louis

    Louis Pville

    The more you listen, the more you realize, no Wright, no Floyd!! That;s why I love this group. The synthesizer works well, not too far out, blends well, even leads the guitars, but still keeps it all in the realm of rock music!!

    The more you listen, the more you realize, no Wright, no Floyd!! That;s why I love this group. The synthesizer works well, not too far out, blends well, even leads the guitars, but still keeps it all in the realm of rock music!!

  • Louis

    Louis Pville

    Throughout the history of rock and roll there has been so much interest and attention to guitars. Pink Floyd and Procol Harum are one of the few groups with dominating Keyboards. That's also what I love about them. (The group "Yes" too, but not really crazy about their stuff).

    Throughout the history of rock and roll there has been so much interest and attention to guitars. Pink Floyd and Procol Harum are one of the few groups with dominating Keyboards. That's also what I love about them. (The group "Yes" too, but not really crazy about their stuff).

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Yeah, I agree Louis. Drop Wright and you no longer have Pink Floyd. I think Gilmour and Waters are talented enough to make something special but it wouldn't have been the uniqueness we hear with Wright in there

    Yeah, I agree Louis. Drop Wright and you no longer have Pink Floyd. I think Gilmour and Waters are talented enough to make something special but it wouldn't have been the uniqueness we hear with Wright in there

  • Louis

    Louis Pville

    Yes, I like Gilmour. R Waters, music aside I think is an anti American wacko. so not crazy about him based on some of the comments he has made.

    Yes, I like Gilmour. R Waters, music aside I think is an anti American wacko. so not crazy about him based on some of the comments he has made.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    I like Gilmour too. Seems like Waters was hard to work with but I think some of his points from what I read were valid. I haven't heard any of his anti-americanism. I can't imagine that would improve my opinion of him. Going back to Wright, I agree that keyboards never seem to get the respect that guitars do. Another great keyboard-centric band was The Doors. Manzarek got much more attention than Wright but of course they played a totally different style. Also Krieger, though a great guitarist, never attempted to dominate The Doors sound or steal the spotlight. They had great balance

    I like Gilmour too. Seems like Waters was hard to work with but I think some of his points from what I read were valid. I haven't heard any of his anti-americanism. I can't imagine that would improve my opinion of him.

    Going back to Wright, I agree that keyboards never seem to get the respect that guitars do. Another great keyboard-centric band was The Doors. Manzarek got much more attention than Wright but of course they played a totally different style. Also Krieger, though a great guitarist, never attempted to dominate The Doors sound or steal the spotlight. They had great balance

  • Louis

    Louis Pville

    Wow that time flew by. Album over?

    Wow that time flew by. Album over?

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    yeah, sadly. Another classic gone by!

    yeah, sadly. Another classic gone by!

  • Louis

    Louis Pville

    Yes, have a good night. Good choice, for me anyway!!

    Yes, have a good night. Good choice, for me anyway!!

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    they always end too fast! what's up next john? that was a great one!

    they always end too fast! what's up next john? that was a great one!

  • Louis

    Louis Pville

    Now, onto the Dark Side.................of the Moon

    Now, onto the Dark Side.................of the Moon

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Thanks Louis and Sarah for joining! "Album Night" will take a brief hiatus but will return on Wed, August 19 with 'The Moldy Peaches' by The Moldy Peaches *correction: "Album Night" will return on Wed, August 26th, not the 19th

    Thanks Louis and Sarah for joining!

    "Album Night" will take a brief hiatus but will return on Wed, August 19 with 'The Moldy Peaches' by The Moldy Peaches

    *correction: "Album Night" will return on Wed, August 26th, not the 19th

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    ahhh, a great album. i look forward to it. have a good night all!

    ahhh, a great album. i look forward to it. have a good night all!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    yes, Dark Side does seem like a good follow up to this. Enjoy it Louis! Thanks again for joining "Album Night"! Good night to all!

    yes, Dark Side does seem like a good follow up to this. Enjoy it Louis! Thanks again for joining "Album Night"!

    Good night to all!

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