Wish You Were Here

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Pink Floyd: David Gilmour (vocals, guitar); Richard Wright (vocals, keyboards, VCS3 syntheszier); Roger Waters (vocals, bass); Nick Mason (drums). Further personnel: Roy Harper (vocals); Dick Parry (saxophone); Venetta Fields, Carlena Williams (background vocals). Recorded at Abbey Highway Studios, London, England from January-July 1975. The breakthrough success of Darkish Facet of the Moon made Want You Have been Right here an important follow-up in strictly business phrases. Additional strain got here from it being Pink Floyd’s first recording for a brand new label, Columbia. But the calls for on the band solely offered Roger Waters extra fodder for his lyrics, which glanced on the band’s roots in addition to their new obligations. The mechanized throb of a VCS3 synthesizer, fed via a repeat-echo unit, indicators the opening bars of “Welcome to the Machine,” a diatribe towards an trade extra involved with cash than artistic music-making. “Have a Cigar” additional establishes Waters’ contempt by bringing in singer Roy Harper to play the position of a “faceless go well with,” who none-too-innocently asks, “Which one’s Pink?” The remaining songs not directly look again to the primary casualty of Pink Floyd’s rising fame, the group’s founder, Syd Barrett. The 20-minute-plus “Shine on You Loopy Diamond” has its roots in earlier items like “Atom Coronary heart Mom Suite” and “Echoes.” However quite than simply one other Floydian soundscape, its lyrics make it a paean to Barrett’s genius and a requiem for his subsequent breakdown. The primary 5 of the track’s 9 actions open the album with sax participant Dick Parry wailing as successfully as he did on Darkish Facet of the Moon. The ultimate 4 sections, which shut the album, kind a reprise that begins with the sound of wind and David Gilmour’s guitar screaming and crying. The band then settles right into a laid-back jam that ends with Richard Wright’s billowing synth delicately fading out. The title monitor offers additionally with Barrett, in addition to the strain the idealist Waters was feeling in b

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