I've been a Pink Floyd fan since I was in grade school in the 1970's. I can remember hearing my friend's teenage sister listening to bands like Pink Floyd and Yes and loving it. I can even remember some kid telling me his older brother, or cousin, or whoever, was going to beat me up for having Pink Floyd and Genesis albums mixed in with my Kiss records. I guess that is some form of blasphemy to a progressive rock fan. In any case, I never got beat up and I had quite the Pink Floyd collection by the time I was in high school, including lots of bootlegs like the infamous "Dark Side of the Moo." My friends and I use to love going to the midnight movie and watching the worm infested "Live at Pompee." Too much psychedelic fun! Well, if you've read any of this page before, you know that I sold most of my record collection when I became an overzealous Christian in 1989. (For more info on that experience read my history page) Replacing all those albums has been a task that I am still striving to achieve. (Sounds like I'm trying to run a marathon, huh?) So, here it is, the ever growing Pink Floyd collection.
Pink Floyd formed in 1965 in Cambridge, England. Pink Floyd enjoyed moderate success in the late 1960s as a psychedelic band led by Syd Barrett. After Barrett's erratic behavior caused his bandmates to add guitarist David Gilmour (who eventually replaced Barrett), the band went on to record several elaborate concept albums, achieving megastardom with 1973's "Dark Side of the Moon" and then again with 1979's "The Wall". The group is one of rock music's most successful acts, believed to have sold an estimated 73.5 million albums in the U.S., and estimates of 175 to 200 million albums worldwide.
Pink Floyd's infamous debut album was released on August 5th, 1967 and featured original guitarist/songwriter Syd Barrett. Barrett was a strange character as is apparent from his song writing here. At this point, Pink Floyd were an experimental, psychedelic rock band. This style of music just doesn't get much weirder than this. Songs about gnomes and scarecrows, peppered with odd sound effects, non-traditional instruments and an off-the-wall production. "The Piper At the Gates of Dawn" was the soundtrack to a generation that was tripping on acid. Still, despite the bizarre, drug induced songs, there are some real gems. Album opener, is a fun song and "Interstellar Overdrive" is a superb instrumental. Barrett was a unique and creative individual. He wrote all but one song on this album. Unfortunately psychedelic drugs got the best of him, and he abandoned the band for near obscurity. "Take Up Thy Stethoscope And Walk" is the lone composition by Roger Waters, who would soon take over as the band's leader, once Barrett was gone. Barrett's vacated slot was filled by now legendary guitarist David Gilmour. Sid Barrett passed away in 2006.
My 1994 remastered CD version
comes complete with a 24-page full color booklet with all the lyrics and plenty
of colorful photos in which to "space-out" to.
Pink Floyd - A Saucerful of Secrets (Capitol) 1968
1. "Let There Be
More Light" (5:38)
Gotta love gazoo music. The sixties were such a cool time for music. Bands could be so weird, not even using an ounce of structure, throwing in strange instruments, experimenting with odd timings and unusual effects. Psychedelic!!! I like it. Almost hard to believe this is the same band that put out the hugely successful "The Wall." "Jughead Blues" was written by Syd Barrett.
Pink Floyd - More (Reprise) 1969
1. "Cirrus Minor"
This album was commissioned as a soundtrack for the French movie "MORE", which I have never seen. Actually I don't really care to. It's the music I care most about. "The Nile Song" is one of my absolute favorite Pink Floyd tracks. The whole disc, however, is a bit spotty but overall enjoyable, especially late at night when you are home alone and just relaxing in bed.
Voivod recorded an awesome cover of "The Nile Song".
Pink Floyd - Ummagumma" (Capitol) 1969
DISC ONE (STUDIO)
DISC TWO (LIVE)
"Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict" is one of the greatest song titles second only to "Why is A Carrot More Orange than an Orange?" by the Amboy Dukes. This disc is very psychadelic. The live disc is a nice added bonus. Syd Barrett's cool "Astronomy Domine" sounds great here. Voivod has covered this song. Both discs are nicely packaged in a green slip case and comes with a poster.
Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother (Capitol) 1970
1. "Atom Heart
Mother" [instrumental] (23:39)
"Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast" is a tale of a man and his morning ritual complete with Rice Krispie pops. Psychedelic to the max! (Did I just say that?) Pink Floyd started to get into the long, orchestrated numbers here, especially with the spacy title track. "Fat Old Sun" is a fun song with a memorable sing-along chorus. "When the fat old sun in the sky. . . ,"enough of that nonsense! Cool cover! Nothing like a big ol' cow on the cover!
Pink Floyd - Meddle (Capitol) 1971
1."One of These
Days" [instrumental] (5:57)
"One of the Days" was one of the first Pink Floyd songs I ever got into. I've never forgotten the one vocal line in the song. "One of these days Iím going to cut you into little pieces"î Scary stuff, huh? My wife HATES this song. Actually I always thought it was funny. (Warped sense of humor again.) "Seamus" is hilarious as well.
Pink Floyd - Obscured by Clouds (Capitol) 1972
1. "Obscured by
"Obscured By Clouds" was a soundtrack album Pink Floyd threw together quickly for a film by Barbet Schroeder. The music contained is so weird, I can only describe it as psychedelic space rock. What drugs were these guys on when they wrote this?
Pink Floyd followed the very successful commercial breakthrough of "Dark Side of the Moon" with "Wish You Were Here," a concept album about and dedicated to their founding member Syd Barrett. This particular version is the newly remastered version with an expanded booklet. These remastered cds are far superior to the first cd pressings in both mastering and especially in the multi-page booklets. Musically, "Wish You Were Here" is one of the band's most stellar, and coincidentally, most melodic discs. What is also featured more prominently than ever before is the excellent guitar work of David Gilmore who pulls off some excellent solos.
Pink Floyd - Animals (Columbia) 1977
1."Pigs on the
Wing (part one)" (1:24)
One of the less popular Pink Floyd albums, at least it's less popular now than albums like "The Wall" and "Dark Side of the Moon." I, on the other hand, LOVE this CD. (My kids would say, "Why don't you marry it then.") Of all the albums in my Floyd collection, this one gets played the most. I literally play this one almost every week. Great album to kick back to late at night before I go to bed. Cool cover as well. I always liked the floating pig in front of the factory. The building on the cover is the Battersea Power Station near London. Apparently it is still there and being restored.
Pink Floyd - The Wall (Columbia) 1979
Roger Waters' "The Wall" is a narcissistic rock opera/concept album about a seriously neurotic rock star, cleverly named Pink, who blames everyone, particularly his mother, school teachers, and women for his neuroses. Despite being one of the greatest concept albums ever written, "The Wall" became such a huge success because of singles like "Another Brick in the Wall Part II," "Comfortably Numb," and "Hey You." The Wall was also considered a miracle of production containing unheard of mixes of melodic elements blended together with bizarre sound effects. Also contained some fragments of backwards masking that states, "Congratulations, you've found the secret message!" The movie was trippy. The part where the gestapo police rip the girl out of the car has always disturbed me. Oh, and there is not a day that goes by that I am at work that the phrase "I Wanna Go Home" doesn't echo through my mind.
Dream Theatre covered "In The Flesh".
Pink Floyd - Works (Columbia) 1983
1. "One of These
One new track, "Embryo," written by Roger Waters. I would not have spent a lot of money to buy this compilation, as I have all the tracks, but since I found this disc for a mere $5.99, I thought I'd pick it up.
Pink Floyd - A Momentary Lapse of Reason (Columbia) 1987
1."Signs of Life"
The first Pink Floyd album without Roger Waters, who was beginning to make Pink Floyd his solo project anyhow. I love this album, despite the bad reviews it received. David Gilmour is a fine songwriter and has done a excellent job of taking Pink Floyd on without Roger. Far superior to "The Final Cut" in my opinion.
Another fine David Gilmour led Pink Floyd album that really doesn't stray far from 1987's "Momentary Lapse of Reason." Keyboard player Rick Wright is back to full bandmember status and has co-writing credits on five of the 11 songs, even getting lead vocals on "Wearing the Inside Out."Also still on board is drummer Nick Mason. Collectively the three original members, along with producer Bob Ezrin, have reatained their signature Pink Floyd sound, with slow tempos, sustained keyboard chords, guitar solos with lot of delay, and loads of emotion.
"Pulse" is a live album from Pink Floyd. The live recording features a vast array of songs from the band's large catalog, including songs as old as "Astronomy Domine" (1967). The crowd roars at the opening notes of this song. (Now why didn't they do "Several Small Fury Animals Gathered Together in a Cave...?) There are a number of songs from "Division Bell" included, which is a marvelous work in and of itself. I personally think that the live version has a new life breathed into them. David Gilmore sounds fantastic, though I do think that Roger Waters is missed on some songs. As might be expected from these vets, everything from the production, to the performance, to the seemless track flow to the packaging is top notch. The booklet enclosed is gorgeous and includes tons of photos of the band. Basically, "Pulse" is a testimony of the longevity and creativity of the world's biggest progressive bands.