ARTIST:

PINK FLOYD

(UNITED KINGDOM)
TITLE:

WISH YOU WERE HERE

(1975)
LABEL:

EMI

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Hovering, Melancholic
"Last collective opus of Pink Floyd, "Wish You Were Here" is the perfect album. To deprive oneself of its dry and dark force would be the worst mistake a progressive rock fan could make."
VANDERGRAAF (29.08.2003)  
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The year is 1975. The golden age of progressive music is coming to an end. Pink Floyd had passed through it with glory: their previous album, "The dark side of the moon", had made them millionaires. Gilmour says: "Dark Side was a finishing line for us, both artistically and in terms of our career". After this flamboyant style exercise, it was difficult to persevere.

Because Pink Floyd are now less than a band. A strange sadness weighs on their shoulders as they go into the studio to compose their new album. The time of country tours and psychedelia is long gone, they are now a huge machine, and show business has crushed their illusions as well as their friendship. From these dark ideas will come four guitar notes, the famous introduction of "Shine on you crazy diamond".

Thus was born the most beautiful of Pink Floyd's songs. A note of synth out of nowhere, and a guitar solo crying, bleeding, transpiring all the melancholy of a quartet in perdition. Roger Waters, from now on the only lyricist of the band, will find the best possible theme to illustrate this so sad and so beautiful ode. The verses of Shine on are about Syd Barrett, the band's founder, who was left in the lurch by his four friends seven years earlier.

For the rest of the album, Waters begins to expose himself as a leader, with "Welcome to the Machine", an anguished description of the rock world, and "Have a Cigar", a cynical parody of producers and record companies. Finally, David Gilmour takes up the pen for the title track: "Wish you were here", the magnificent ballad, lost warmth in a cold world. To end, the three master (Gilmour, Waters, and the excellent Wright), return on "Shine on you crazy diamond", part 2. The reprise theme ends the album, with a final verse, and then a fantastic and heartbreaking finale composed by Wright.

"Wish you were here" is the perfect album, Pink Floyd's last collective album, and even their last album according to some. To deprive yourself of his dry and dark power would be the worst mistake a progressive rock fan could make.


More informations on https://www.pinkfloyd.com/





TRACK LISTING:
01. Shine On You Crazy Diamond Part I
02. Welcome To The Machine
03. Have A Cigar
04. Wish You Were Here
05. Shine On You Crazy Diamond Part II

LINEUP:
David Gilmour: Chant / Guitares
Nick Mason: Batterie
Richard Wright: Claviers
Roger Waters: Chant / Basse
   
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