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Pink Floyd (Early Years)

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  • Dec 17, 2008
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Pink Floyd. Who'd have thought that the same music I grew up hearing my dad listen to would end up being one of my own favorite choices to play at home years later? That is how good these guys are...they bridge the gap between generations with their instruments and their lyrics, and people from all age groups can appreciate their smooth, funky style.

I haven't gotten the opportunity to listen to all of Pink Floyd's albums, but of the ones I have heard, I like Wish You Were Here the most.  Released in 1975, it was the first album to note the absence of Syd Barrett. Wish You Were Here includes the largely instrumental, nine-part song suite "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", a tribute to Barrett in which the lyrics describe the aftermath of his breakdown. Other tracks on the album, such as "Welcome to the Machine" and "Have A Cigar", harshly criticise the music industry. It was the first Pink Floyd album to reach #1 on both the UK and the U.S. charts.

Pink Floyd started out with Syd Barrett singing, but in January 1968, David Gilmour joined the band to take on Barrett's playing and singing duties. Barrett was suffering from the stresses of life on the road, pressure by the record company to produce hit singles, and a significant intake of psychedelic drugs. The other members of the band include Rick Wright, Nick Mason, and Roger Waters.

A lot of people have only heard just a small taste of what Pink Floyd is all about. I have to say that if all you've heard of this group is what you have tuned into on the radio, you need to give one of their full albums a shot sometime. I never really thought much of Pink Floyd until I traded in "Another Brick In The Wall" for "Echoes" or "Have A Cigar". There is so much more to them and most of their best material really never got much radio time.
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August 11, 2010
A great review, love reading about a daughter who likes Dad's music, my 29 yr. old daughter learned to love the Beatles from me. Wow, this brings me back. I was in high school when the "Dark Side of the Moon" came out. I was just talking about its importance to a friend the other day. I constantly played it on 8 track tape in my 67 Mercury Cougar. Boy I wish I still had that ride!!!
December 17, 2008
You just made me feel really really old....the music that your dad listened to was the music I did too! Amazing how some bands transcend the generations, huh?
December 17, 2008
The Radiohead version of "Wish You Were Here" is really something to hear as well!
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Quick Tip by . November 09, 2012
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I don't think Pink Floyd is bad by any stretch, but I think they're really overrated.       Some of their material is magnificent (like songs off the "Animals" album), but some others have been played to death on the radio (like "Dark Side of the Moon" and "Another Brick in the Wall").  A lot of the songs that get the most radio play are okay, but aren't that brilliant to get repeated over and over (with a possible exception …
review by . February 09, 2009
Theirs is a story that dates back to those sometimes confusing, always exciting post-teenage years when the world feels simultaneously like your oyster and the weight upon your shoulders. After forging an early relationship, Roger Waters and Nick Mason, both colleagues at an architectural university, began toying with the idea of putting together a full-time band. The logistics were troublesome, and both eventually dropped out to focus on the music. It was Syd Barret, the infamous former guitarist …
Quick Tip by . June 28, 2010
How can you not like Pink Floyd?!
Quick Tip by . June 07, 2010
I wish they were all still around so that I could see one last concert. When they came together for LIVE 8 a couple years back, I was glued to me TV
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Pink Floyd were an English rock band who earned recognition for their psychedelic music in the late 1960s, and as they evolved in the 1970s, for their progressive rock music. Pink Floyd's work is marked by the use of philosophical lyrics, sonic experimentation, innovative album cover art, and elaborate live shows. One of rock music's most critically acclaimed and commercially successful acts, the group have sold over 200 million albums worldwide, including 74.5 million certified units in the United States, making them one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

Pink Floyd were formed in 1965, and originally consisted of university students Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Richard Wright, and Syd Barrett. The group were a popular fixture on London's underground music scene, and under Barrett's leadership released two charting singles, "Arnold Layne" and "See Emily Play", and a successful debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. In 1968, guitarist and singer David Gilmour joined the line-up, and Barrett was removed due to his increasingly erratic behaviour. Following Barrett's departure, bass player and singer Roger Waters became the lyricist and dominant figure in the band, which went on to achieve worldwide critical and commercial success with the concept albums The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, and rock opera The Wall.

Wright left the band in 1979, and Waters in 1985, but Gilmour and Mason (joined...

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