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Album : Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here

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I was already a hard core Floyd guy before this album was released. I ate up all their music before this album. I’ve talked about anticipating certain albums by certain artists and ‘Wish You Were Here” was one of those that I was jacked about. I felt I was in for a treat.

Right from the opening we’re off and I’m in familiar territory, Hearing music from a band I completely dug. Richard Wright colors it and David Gilmour plays some tasty licks. I felt I was being set up (as usual) by the band and I was. Nick Mason joins in and the song takes off. I knew I was in for a good listen. I wasn’t disappointed.

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I wasn’t wasting my time on this jam band. New music and ideas with a nod to Syd Barrett. I had him in mind all through the album. It got me a little sentimental and still does. There was a real mystique around Pink Floyd and this album helped to continue that for me. I felt like I was invited to a special listening party. It so

unded and still sounds good today. It certainly felt like a continuation of ‘Dark Side’ and ‘Meddle’.

I really get into their instrumental jags but I do like the lyrics. ‘Have A Cigar’ might have helped CB with his life long taste for the nasty things. Plus it’s one of my favorite Floyd songs.

I got my PF fix with this record and still do. They were still sounding like a really good band and  I was still on the “Gravy Train”. A very good album in my books. The boys sounded like they were putting some feeling into it.

“Come in here dear boy,  have a cigar ..”

 

50 comments on “Album : Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here

  1. Vinyl Connection
    July 19, 2020

    Yep, it’s a classic, CB. In fact, I predict it’s gonna fly high, it’s never gonna die.

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  2. Francisco Bravo Cabrera
    July 19, 2020

    Most assuredly a great choice CB!

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  3. Aphoristical
    July 19, 2020

    Roy Harper! My favourite Pink Floyd record.

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  4. Tommy
    July 19, 2020

    Can’t go wrong with this one. I could listen to Gilmour all day long, maybe the most interesting guitarist for tasty phrasing that’s out there.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 19, 2020

      It’s cool what you pick up on repeat listen or after you havent listened to certain music for a while. I always thing of David as flying under the radar. Both you and Music Enthusiast always give him high praise.. That’s good enough for me. Plus the sound itself.

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  5. keepsmealive
    July 19, 2020

    Pure classic.

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  6. deKE
    July 19, 2020

    Not a huge fan of Floyd. Have a couple of albums floating about but I’m glad I caught them Canada Day 1994 in Winnipeg on the Division Bell Tour.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 19, 2020

      That’s because you were listening to other stuff you liked. I know the feeling. Pretty cool that you still went to a concert by PF. Did you get a shirt?Your open mind is admirable.

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      • deKE
        July 19, 2020

        I got a tour shirt from it. That is always the case. lol
        Prices on tour t’s just keep going up. When I saw Maiden last September in Vancouver they were $55 a piece!
        Needless to say I bought 2! lol

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 19, 2020

        Now thats funny stuff! two! You are my hero. Did you have any money left for plane fare home? Probably had to grab the 26 window sedan.

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      • deKE
        July 19, 2020

        I had to go down in cargo! lol

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 19, 2020

        I could stay on this vibe for a while but I’ll stop. I live for these kinds of deep interactions.

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      • deKE
        July 19, 2020

        LOL..

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  7. Yeah, Another Blogger
    July 19, 2020

    Speaking of cigars: a friend of mine loves to sit on his porch smoking cigars and listening to Phillies games on a transistor radio. That’s the life!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 19, 2020

      I could get into listening to a Phillies game (Even an old broadcast) and chuffing on some tobacco. Transistor radio to boot. I’m not kidding. That sounds like “the life” and you know I mean that Neil.

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  8. Tony
    July 19, 2020

    Who the fuck are Pink Floyd?!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 19, 2020

      And what ever happened to the”fucking Duke of Earl”?

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      • Tony
        July 19, 2020

        I think he became the Third Duke of Warren and started a band called Ralph and the Dukettes

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 19, 2020

        Oh man what a relief. The Duke is ok and still pumping it out. Long live Pink Floyd and the Duke Of Earl
        (I stole the original line from Randy Newman)

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      • Tony
        July 19, 2020

        The real question is what happened to that big marine named Camouflage?
        (one of the few Randy Newman songs I could recognise oddly)

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 19, 2020

        That sounds right up my alley. Please give me more info so I can follow up. was Camouflage. Was he “sitting next to the big nasty redhead?”
        Oh I think it just came to me. Was he involved in some kind of movie my kids liked? Pink Floyd soundtrack?

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      • Tony
        July 19, 2020

        It was in the jungle wars of ’65… I knew there was something weird about him cos when I turned around he was pullin’ a big palm tree right up out of the ground and swattin’ those Charlies with it from here to kingdom come.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 19, 2020

        I wish I wrote that.

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      • Tony
        July 19, 2020

        You and me both

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  9. christiansmusicmusings
    July 19, 2020

    I’ve said it before on my blog, I say it again here: I love this album and think it’s one of the ultimate ’70s records.

    BTW, did you know the photograph on the sleeve of the person making a handstand in the water was taken at Mono Lake in California?

    When I visited the U.S. for the first time as a 14-year-old in the summer of 1980 together with my parents, we passed by this magnificent lake after we had visited Yosemite National Park. I still remember seeing the bizarre rock formations sticking out of the lake – very cool sight!

    When you come from a tiny, densely-populated country like Germany and visit the Western U.S., the seemingly sheer endless dimensions are truly mind-boggling, not to mention the natural beauty. And I’m saying this as somebody who doesn’t consider himself a tree-hugger!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 19, 2020

      Shout it from the rooftops Christian. This is a great record. I didnt know any of the background on the shot other than I think Hipgnosis did the art work.
      I totally get where youre coming from on the last comments on that experience. Mother Nature rocks! Dont have to be a tree hugger to catch that vibe. Mind blowing.

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      • christiansmusicmusings
        July 19, 2020

        Exactly! I’m still trying to convince my wife and son you don’t have to be obsessed with nature to love vistas like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Bryce Canyon, Momument Valley, etc. I would even go as far as saying you don’t know the U.S. until you’ve been out west!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 19, 2020

        Great doc by Burns on “The Parks’ if you havent seen it. Pretty lucky where i live. Lots of that nature stuff to feed the soul.

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  10. Jim S.
    July 19, 2020

    I think it was Christian who did this album not too long ago. Dusted it off and took it for a ride. Great album. My only quibble is that parts of ‘Shine On’ near the end tend to meander and I wish they’d done more with it. But, Floyd space-rock, right? Just go along for the ride.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 19, 2020

      Tommy hit on something you noted a while back when I said something about Gilmour not getting the love I thought he should. You two both debunked that.
      Space rock? Prog rock? What’s CB to do?

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  11. BuriedOnMars
    July 19, 2020

    I never could get into Floyd when I was younger. They just couldn’t hold a candle to the hard stuff like AC/DC, Motorhead, or Metallica. But I’m starting to appreciate them more now. It helps that I don’t listen to the radio very much anymore. I’m only good for a few dozen listens of “Money”, not 1,000s, lol.

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  12. dcw0731
    July 20, 2020

    Nothing like spinning this on your sound system really loud when “Welcome to the Machine” starts and rolls throughout all the speakers

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  13. msjadeli
    July 22, 2020

    I didn’t have high hopes for this one after Dark Side… but bought it anyway. It quickly grew on me. Seemed to be a little less spacey and a little more radio friendly.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 22, 2020

      After ‘Moon’ the boys went bigtime. Then it went nuts with ‘The Wall’. I was cooling off by then.

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      • msjadeli
        July 22, 2020

        Question: Do you like “The Wall” or “Roger Waters’ The Wall: Live in Berlin” better? I saw the Roger Waters one before hearing the original so I like the Roger Waters one better.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 22, 2020

        I kinda lost track after that album. I still like the music if I hear it. Funny how that initial exposure stays with us. I kinda dropped off the Floyd train after Animals (which I liked a lot). Maybe a Floyd album on the way to the Island?

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      • msjadeli
        July 22, 2020

        It’s very possible 🙂

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 22, 2020

        I already told Hans I was taking everybody elses picks so I’m in good shape.
        Hmmmm …. Darkside,, Meddle …

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      • msjadeli
        July 22, 2020

        🙂

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  14. 1537
    July 28, 2020

    Whole years go by when I think this is their best. Have a Cigar was usually my favourite, I just loved the sound FX so much – I’ve always been a sucker for that.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 28, 2020

      Yup. I still get the ‘Meddle’ craving though. I am chuffing on a small Man With No Name cigar right now.

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  15. the press music reviews
    July 29, 2020

    Nice review. Love the album, scared the heck out of me as a kid.

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