Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here


5.0
classic

Review

by azninvasion292 USER (1 Reviews)
April 30th, 2006 | 23 replies | 3,755 views


Release Date: 1975 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Ask anybody on the street who Pink Floyd is, and they’ll most likely answer you with something from The Dark Side of the Moon. When Pink Floyd’s classic was released they were rocketed to stardom, complete with girls and money. However, back in the studio, the members of Pink Floyd felt the pressure of following up such a monumental success. This pressure led to tensions among band members. Wish You Were Here would be Rick Wright’s last writing credit until The Division Bell in 1994, and Roger Waters’ ever tightening grip on the band’s music would eventually see the break-up of Pink Floyd.

Interestingly enough, Wish You Were Here’s original release was intended to be a completely black and anonymous cover. Ripping through the outer covering would reveal the proper album cover, the man on fire. Columbia Records, the American publisher of the album, was shocked – obviously they wanted to sell a Pink Floyd album.

The Band:
Roger Waters – Vocals, Bass
David Gilmour – Guitars, Vocals
Richard Wright – Keyboards
Nick Mason – Drums

Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Part 1) – The album opens up with light strings and ambience fading in, which make up the overall feeling of the album. I don’t know what the instrument which takes the first melody is, something like a synthesizer maybe? but I think that’s just a plus. It makes the song more mysterious and ambiguous. A four-note guitar line follows, which is another one of the things that make this song absolutely phenomenal. That builds into the slightly more lively part. After nearly nine minutes the vocals enter… between the first lines there is a slight laugh in the background, which is another emotional highlight. Waters’ lyrics fit beautifully with this song and the fading guitar line in the end is just marvelous… 5/5

Welcome to the Machine – This song makes haunting use of effects to create the feel of a machine just waiting over you, watching… It rather creeps me out, especially when I’m listening to it at night. With Welcome to the Machine, Pink Floyd lashed out at the music industry. It has ingenious lyrics and effects, but tends to get a little repetitive at times… 4/5

Have A Cigar – Immediately started off with upbeat guitar and bass, this is another attack on the music industry, although a little bit remote… I still can’t quite grasp all of Waters’ comparisons. I had to laugh when I flipped the page in the booklet and there was a guy “swimming," fully geared, in a sand dune. That touch of humor, added with Waters’ voice when he sings, “Everybody else is just green," this song just seems out of place to me. The lyrics are top-notch, though, and the upbeat tempo is infectious… 4/5

Wish You Were Here – This is my favorite song on the album and one of my favorite songs of all time. The band’s tribute to Syd Barrett – beautiful, heartfelt, tear-jerking. Wish You Were Here employs virtually no effects, and for being the simplest song on the album, it is just marvelous. Waters is at the top of his game lyrically; I personally love the way the lyrics are similar to a list, and they name opposites, seeming to contradict each other. After the emotional climax the beginning guitar line fades out into the sound of howling wind which carries on to the final song… 5/5

Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Part 2) – Overall, this song is almost identical to Part 1. It’s livelier, however, and different melodies are used. After the song culminates into a high point with the vocals, it quiets down into an upbeat interlude similar to the beginning of Have A Cigar, before dissolving into the opening notes of the album. The ending melody sounds subdued yet triumphant, making a spectacular ending to a spectacular album. 5/5

Wish You Were Here is largely a tribute to former frontman Syd Barrett, whose deteriorating mental health made him unable to stay with the band. It should be noted that as the band was recording the backing vocals on Shine On, Barrett turned up in the studio – this was also the day Gilmour married his first wife. The band performed for him Wish You Were Here, to which he stated, “Sounds a bit old." Rick Wright plays a small refrain from See Emily Play, the band’s second single and written by Barrett, in the final seconds of the album. Gilmour says he hasn’t spoken to Barrett since 1975.

This is my favorite Pink Floyd album, not to mention one of the best albums ever recorded. And while that may be biased, take a listen. You may think that I’m right. But that’s coming from a great Floyd fan – Wish You Were Here rates a 5/5.

Please go easy on me as this is my first review.


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Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
April 30th 2006



16071 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

This is actually a very good first tbt review. You describe everything pretty wel without doing a commentary. Anywho, This is my second favorite Floyd album after The Wall.

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CharmlessMan
April 30th 2006



169 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It's pretty hard to do a TBT on anything by Floyd, But you have pulled it off, good review. This is my favourite Pink Floyd album, There is nothing dull about it, I could easily listen to it 3 times in a row. Shine On You Crazy Diamond and Wish You Were Here are just pure brilliance and Have a Cigar has a cool swaggering rock feel, it's brilliant. It's pretty overlooked compared to DSOTM and The Wall, which is quite a shame.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
April 30th 2006



15690 Comments


Nice job, mr azininvasionThis Message Edited On 04.30.06

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CharmlessMan
April 30th 2006



169 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Cheers mate.

711
April 30th 2006



1342 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a pretty good review. Wish you where here is one of pink floyds great albums, in my opinion.

CharmlessMan
April 30th 2006



169 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It is in their Top 3 greatest albums. It's their greatest in my opinion, That's not taking anything away from DSOTM and The Wall, because their both incredibly magnificant albums too, it's just that this one resonates with me on a personal level.

tom79
April 30th 2006



3346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

One of my favorite Floyd albums. The title track is one of my favorite songs. Nice Review, even if its the fifth one, and as someone said it is hard to to a TbT on a floyd album, but you did very good.This Message Edited On 07.26.06

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rippa32
April 30th 2006



5 Comments


I would just like to point out that Waters didn't sing Have a Cigar.
It was Roy Harper(I think, it may have been someone else but it wasnt one of the band members).

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
April 30th 2006



15690 Comments


sorry Charmless man i coulda sworn you were the one who wrote this... im losing it...

Bron-Yr-Aur
April 30th 2006



4405 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It was Roy Harper who sang "cigar". I don't like this album. Actually, I don't like alot of Pink Floyd. Perhaps I have yet to get it, but I have spent countless hours listening and trying to figure out what the hell is so good about them.

azninvasion292
April 30th 2006



21 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

oh right. maybe that's why it sounded so strange
and bron i've heard that pink floyd sounds great when your high.. dont know if its true..

CharmlessMan
April 30th 2006



169 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I could imagine so, all those effects and sounds would completely bend your mind

BigTrav415
April 30th 2006



9 Comments


It's quite literally my favorite album of all time for too many reasons to count. Great job on the review, mate.

Excelsior!

Bron-Yr-Aur
April 30th 2006



4405 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I've heard them high, and they have the same effect. Although, it was grass and these guys are obviously more acidy than anything. Hmm... Something to mull over...

CharmlessMan
April 30th 2006



169 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

(insert comedy drum beat here) lol

Thor
May 1st 2006



10158 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

A superb album, and a damn good review for a track by track.

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azninvasion292
May 1st 2006



21 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks everyone
i guess i'm a better writer than i thought. lol

Foreskin Fondler
May 1st 2006



279 Comments


what would album would you guys recommend for someone that is new to pink floyd

CharmlessMan
May 1st 2006



169 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Dark side of the moon and this one. The Wall also. Then branch out into the Syd Barrett early days and then into the later days without Roger Waters...although, it wasn't too flash without Rodge.This Message Edited On 05.01.06

azninvasion292
May 1st 2006



21 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

my first floyd album was dsotm



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