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Wish You Were Here

Pink Floyd

1975

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Wish You Were Here
Album Summary

Wish You Were Here is the ninth studio album by the English rock band Pink Floyd, released on 12 September 1975 through Harvest Records and Columbia Records, their first release for the latter. Based on material Pink Floyd composed while performing in Europe, Wish You Were Here was recorded over numerous sessions throughout 1975 at EMI Studios (now Abbey Road Studios) in London. The album's themes include criticism of the music business, alienation, and a tribute to founding member Syd Barrett, who had left seven years earlier due to his deteriorating mental health; Barrett coincidentally visited the band during the album's production. Like their previous record, The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Pink Floyd used studio effects and synthesisers. Guest singers included Roy Harper, who provided the lead vocals on "Have a Cigar", and Venetta Fields, who added backing vocals to "Shine On You Crazy Diamond". To promote the album, the band released the double A-side single "Have a Cigar" / "Welcome to the Machine". On its release, Wish You Were Here received mixed reviews from critics, who found its music uninspiring and inferior to their previous work. It has retrospectively received critical acclaim, hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time, and was cited by keyboardist Richard Wright and guitarist David Gilmour as their favourite Pink Floyd album. It reached number one in the US and UK, and Harvest's parent company, EMI, was unable to keep up with the demand. Since then, the record has sold over 20 million copies.

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Genres

  • Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock

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Tue Jan 12 2021
2

This is the band your uncle puts on at the end of a family BBQ when he wants to get deep about his divorce.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
5

I mean, it's a masterpiece. It's just so good I don't even care that there's a saxophone solo in it. Three monster hits (Welcome to the Machine, Have a Cigar, and Wish You Were Here) bookeneded by two 12+ minute pieces of some of the best prog-rock music ever written. No complaints, only positive vibes for this one.

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Sat Jan 29 2022
5

There is literally nothing I can say about this album that hasn't already been said.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Loved it. Listened to it with a blanket and read a couple chapters of the Hobbit. Pink Floyd is best enjoyed by the album rather than the song.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
5

It was early 2010's. Life was fairly simple. Youtube and Spotify are not yet swarming with ads so this particular young man decided that exploring new music is more worth it than exploring new porn vids. He discovered "Hotel California," as well as "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Stairway to Heaven," "Nothing Else Matters," and the Glee version of "Hey Jude" because the original was geo-blocked. But all of those infamous songs are nothing compared to what he eventually discovered: "Comfortably Numb - Live at Pulse." His mind was blown away. He was never moved by music in that way before. "Definitely better than porn," he thought. So it went on. He slowly got into some album about the moon, then he got absorbed in a 22 minute colossal song, then something about a wall... But no matter how mind-blowing those Pink Floyd treasures that he found, a particular song still stands out: Shine on You Crazy Diamond. And no, he didn't even know some guy named Syd exists. But there he was, amazed beyond words. The slow build-up, the haunting four notes, the melancholic lyrics and theme, and the incredible and emotional latter parts... he was captivated by it all. ... ... ... Years later, the man remembered those moments. He wished he could experience them for the first time again. The thing with Pink Floyd is, while there are other legendary and influential artists, none of them transformed his perception of what music can be in such degree as Pink Floyd did. As of now he heard things about a piper, as well as the moon, a wall, some bell, a cow, a submerged ear, some animals, and even that "ummagumma" thingy. But that burning man shaking hands with someone still remains the best for him. It has the Pink Floyd equivalent of "Yesterday," and two sharp tracks, sandwiched with the best song of all time. A masterpiece. . . Yeah, it's a bit overhyped. But with such experience, it's understandable I guess?

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Tue Nov 02 2021
3

Wibbly wobbly, rhymy wimey. Felt like a 45 minute intro.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
5

If there’s ever a list compiled of albums that should be listened to before you die, I reckon this one should be on there. A great mix of synth & guitar that they kind of ply on think compared to the normal amount of vocals on an album

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

“Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd (1975) Music for thinking—heavy, synthetic, slow, deep, expansive. Languid chord progressions providing space for lament and reflection. This is a concept album in the purest sense: Pink Floyd wishes founding former member Syd Barrett were here, and bemoans the reasons why he isn’t (his mental illness and the dehumanizing realities of the recording industry). These are reasons why, in answer to Rodney King’s famous plaint, “we can’t just get along”. “The Machine” you see, welcomes you, sucks you in, rolls you around on the tongue, chews you up, and spits you out. And the sooner in life we learn this, folks, the better. Pessimism, skepticism, and cynicism are justified justified by their aborted progeny. Contentment is only a commodity for those willing to invest in wisdom. On the negative side, this album lacks the depth of the preceding “Dark Side of the Moon”, and the later “Animals” and “The Wall”. Also, it is too (communally) self referential, and relies too much on the inside backstory, so its feelings translate to the uninformed listener but obscurely. And comparing this to the rest of the Pink Floyd oeuvre reveals a certain unfortunate reliance on a repeated tropes and grooves (Haydn had the same problem. Beethoven definitely did not). But the precision, musicality, superlative studio work, and virtuosity of Waters and (especially) Gilmour make this a very good album. Sagacity is wasted on the young. 4/5

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Tue Oct 11 2022
5

pink floyd has an ability to make their extremely long songs sound very short. they take you on a beautiful experience, and every second is full of amazing music. they do use their lyrics to make a point or message (which are noble!), but i couldn't care less about what roger waters wrote (okay i do). the actual music is the best part of this album! i can't think of a single aspect that is lacking. as a fan of musicals, i love when musical themes repeat. the iconic diamond melody is beautiful and peppered throughout the album to give it a cohesive sound. there are a lot of little touches that make this album stand out. the barely there sound effects--wind, soft laughter, tv static, and so on--aren't overdone. the variety of instruments and how the instruments were used stands out, too. the timpani instrument in "welcome to the machine" creates the beat, and i swear it feels like a heartbeat pounding away. this album easily stands as one of the most influential, forefront progressive rock albums. it's incredible from start to finish, and it's so easy to lose yourself in the music. really, for being experimental, the album sounds so beautiful. i'm happy to add it to my 5 stars and my regular album rotation.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
1

1/5. There's very little on this record that I can enjoy. All of the songs have the same plodding, druggy tempo with a somniferous vocal delivery to match. Synthesizers are used in a basic way: neither mixed low enough to just add depth to the sound or distinctive enough to make the arrangements richer. Guitars are bluesy and noodle across many of the numbers - even giving some parts a west coast desert vibe that reminds me of The Eagles. The lyrics are pretty crappy which is surprising since your average boomer will call modern hip-hop a trash medium and then defend their position with Pink Floyd... a band who rhymes "school" with "fool" or "guitar", "steak bar" and "Jaguar".

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Mon Jul 19 2021
5

Brilliant album. One of my favorite things about Pink Floyd is that they let their songs breathe as it were. Each musical passage is allowed to be savored and developed in its own timing. David Gilmour is one of my favorite guitarists for his ability to craft melodies and solos that are exactly what the song needs. Furthermore, the lyrical makeup is at once specific to Sid Barrett’s mental breakdown, yet universalizing in some of its themes of exploitation, genius, longing, and sadness.

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Tue Dec 07 2021
5

Spacious, hurt, cynical, and haunted by absence. beautifully played. A classic.

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Fri May 27 2022
5

There is no band quite like Pink Floyd, their ability to craft a piece of music that can resonate emotionally is unmatched. This album, being a tribute to Syd Barrett, could have been something very dark and miserable, but instead you can feel the fondness in his memory, mixed in with their sadness and grief, in the tracks. Shine on you crazy diamond manages to make four simple notes carry such weight. There is obviously a lot happening instrumentally, but those four notes are what I always remember about the song, and how powerful they feel among everything else happening. Two long bookends to the album, but this song (and the whole album really) are something that require really stopping everything and just living in the music, giving it your full attention. It's a masterpiece. Welcome to the Machine, and Have a Cigar are very different tracks, both about the music industry, and each are great in their own way. You can feel the sleaze in Have a Cigar, while Welcome to the Machine focuses on the clinical churn of capitalism. Finally we have the title track, the most well-known out of those on this album, and a personal favorite of mine. It's so satisfying to play the intro on guitar, and there is so much joy and nostalgia in the sound. Easy 5 stars, definitely belongs on this list. This is an album I'll always go back to and enjoy for the rest of my life.

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Mon Jun 05 2023
5

Yes, this album is increcibly self-indulgent. Yes, it may attract a particular kind of annoying fan that likes to drone on about how this music is so much better than "the garbage that's made nowadays" (it's not). Yes, Roger Waters is a dick. And yet...

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Tue Aug 22 2023
5

This is one of the greatest albums of all time from one of the greatest bands of all time. I could spend hours gushing about Wish You Were Here and I'll TRY to keep this short but godamn do I love this album. Right off the bat Shine on you Crazy Diamond hits you with that bassy synth section accompanied by one of the most hauntingly beautiful solos ever written in the history of music. this shit just puts you in a mood and it never let's up for all 13 and a half minutes. Welcome to the Machine was an anthem for me as I'd ride the city bus to go clock in at a shitty dead end job. Musically this song is absolutely perfect and I wouldn't change a thing. Have a cigar is a hilariously sarcastic song about the music industry. You just have to nod your head to its funky groove. Roy Harpers delivery on lyrics such as "it can be made into a monster, if we all pull together as a team" is lyric that somehow finds a way to almost always be stuck in my head Wish you were here is an ode to Syd Barret their original singer/song writer (as is Shine On... I'm fairly positive) and its probably the "weakest" song on the album. I only say that because one song has to be worse than the others. The line "We're just two lost souls swimming in a fishbowl" has for whatever reason just never worked for me both lyrically and on delivery. yet it still somehow manages to be a masterpiece. The acoustic riff that drives the song is an absolute earworm Then you got the 2nd half of Shine on you Crazy Diamond which caps off what is potentially the greatest prog rock song of all time. While I prefer the first half over the 2nd the guitar work here is still top notch and it ends the album just as strong as it starts. This is one of the few "perfect" albums I've heard in my life. Even though it more than likely won't be the only album I give a 5 star rating to as I continue using this app I hold it in much higher regard than I do pretty much all the others (spoilers warning: I like Animals even more than I like this album).

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Fri Oct 21 2022
1

Pink Floyd is by far one of the worst bands of the Psych rock movement. I’m pretty sure if you play this album in public you can get arrested for public indecency because of how much they jerk themselves off in this album

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Tue Jan 24 2023
5

This is an album about grief. Grief for what once was and has been lost, grief for what currently was and is to be and grief for the future that can't promise anything. What once was is obviously Syd, whose there-but-not-there presence provided an eternal blueprint to be followed and a tragic cautionary tale about what it's like to fall down the well. What currently was and is is mainly Pink Floyd's venomous ire for the machine that they occupy; a seething place in which they would angrily document in ever more epic and colossal ways. The future that couldn't promise anything is the band's overall reliance towards each other, a bond that had mutated and transformed into someone altogether unsustainable in the long run; thus leaving us with what was and will never be again. Wish You Were Here is Pink Floyd's most important album, the likes of which they will never make again. One final collective thrust for the common goal, that is to honor their friend and to damn the industry that chewed him up and spat him out. Grief comes in many forms and this is their way of expressing it. Shine on.

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Tue Feb 14 2023
5

One of my all times favorite. A cynical, desperate, sarcastic but longing song writing that never fails to amaze. Might not be Pink Floyd's most ambitious or iconic, but it is, in my opinion, one of their most enticing. Beautiful.

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Tue Dec 14 2021
2

Sorry, but I thi k this is one of the most over rated albums of all time.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Solid album. Not my favourite Floyd but I totally understand why it's considered one of their best. The Shine on the Crazy Diamond, all parts are unforgettable and a great way to begin and end the album.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
5

This is one of my all time favorite albums. One of the very few I would consider to be perfect 10/10s. I can't say a single bad word about this. There are no dull moments, no bad songs. It's honestly kind of scary how absolutely amazing this entire album is, and it just gets better the more you read about it. The story behind this is incredible and I can't believe there hasn't been a huge Syd Barrett movie yet. Shine on.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
5

“Shine On You Crazy Diamond” reminds me of two things. The first is in its entirety, for as it is a song broken into two parts and separated, it reminds me of Rush’s “Cygnus” suite. It’s multi-sectional, sprawling, beautiful, mysterious, gripping. The other song it reminds me of is Ray Charles’ “What’d I Say?” It’s all in the build up, teasing you at where he is going to finally, at last, come in and cry, “Hey, Mama, don’t you treat me wrong...” Same goes with “Diamond”. Such a build up, teasing you, tricking you into singing a stanza before Waters croons, “Remember when you were young.” I love the simplicity of “Wish You Were Here,” one of the first songs I, like so many others, learned to play on guitar. Basic yet beautiful.

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Mon Feb 06 2023
5

This album is of an undeniable perfection from the beginning to the end. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (1-5) begins the album gently and slowly grows in forcefulness and quality. The effect it has on the listener when the guitar riff starts is so insane. Welcome to the Machine contains one of the most beautiful and powerful synth timbres I know. Have A Cigar is the cool and moody break to all this intensity, letting the listener tap the foot a little bit, without being meaningless or easy. Wish You Were Here might be one of the best song ever written, enough said. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (6-9) is like a slow breath of fresh air to conclude the album feeling the best we could.

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Fri Feb 17 2023
5

Generally if an album requires a particular mood I don't give it a 5, but this is truly a perfect album. Shine On You Crazy Diamond is just stunningly good. The opening keyboard solo, followed by David Gilmour's tasteful guitar solo, followed by the iconic four notes (B flat, F, G, E - playing the G and E on the open strings. So good). Then some of the best lyrics Roger Waters ever wrote. The whole song is just a wonderful journey. Welcome to the Machine is dark and industrial, again with great lyrics. Have a Cigar is a nice interlude, the only rocking tune on the album (with yet another fantastic Gilmour solo). Then you have Wish You Were Here, another candidate for best song of all time and a must for every guitarist to learn on acoustic guitar. Wish You Were Here swirls back to Shine On You Crazy Diamond and the album ends with an incredibly poignant keyboard solo (as it began) - I always loved the final notes - almost wistful, despite the sad subject (Syd Barrett). Absolute perfection and an easy 5.

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Tue Oct 24 2023
5

It was fantastic. Made me go on a pink floyd binge for the next two hours. One of those albums that just feels refreshing every single time its played. Great tribute to Syd Barrett and a incredible journey that the band takes you on through their thought process of leaving their former frontman and friend behind (Syd didn't die btw he just lost his mind from too much acid)

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Thu Jan 18 2024
5

Very glad to see I still have this fresh in the collection despite not playing it for nigh-on 30 years (more?). No need, even the less-famous tracks are hammered to death on US radio, and with good reason - "Welcome to the Machine" and "Have a Cigar" are both fantastic heavy prog workouts that are always welcome. Mix in the unimpeachable title track and the psych wigging flankers and you've got yourself a classic, sir. Inspired a much enjoyed all-day Floyd session here

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Fri Jan 28 2022
2

God, Pink Floyd are so very boring. I don’t know why they are supposed to be good. I would not want to listen to this stoned! It just sounds like music boring old men would listen to, and drone on about.

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Mon Oct 09 2023
1

Elevated elevator music. Boring. Progressive, yet anti-climatic.

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Mon Apr 04 2022
5

The best groove EVER to be embedded in a piece of vinyl!

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Fri Dec 09 2022
5

I can't say I've ever understood this album cover, but I just love it. This album strikes gold on so many levels, it's more along the "albums you must hear 1001 times before you die" since this is probably the 900th time I've listened to it. A five-song album that just never disappoints. Great transitions between songs, Pink Floyd records are not afraid to allow negative space. Waters' cynical disillusion is biting and relatable, certainly seems wiser than the establishment he's railing against. Love the use of noises and weird keyboard sounds as interstitial and integral parts of the songs. The drums sound great (well, the toms do, the snare is a hair wimpy) and this is Gilmore at his best. Crazy that the band has at least two more from the same era that are all among the best of their class.

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Fri Feb 17 2023
5

It’s been a long time since I listened to this album on headphones. There’s a lot of cool stuff happening here that’s hiding in the mix. I remember first hearing the Gilmour throat clear and sniffle back when I was in high school listening also listening on headphones but today at the end of the album there’s what sounds like an accidental wrong chord as the final part of SOYCD is fading out. It seems like Richard or someone hit the wrong keyboard at 12:21. The note sounds like the opening note of Alabama Song by the doors. It’s also on the left channel. I thought I’d write about my listening experience this time around since there’s nothing about this masterpiece of an album that I could say that hasn’t already been said except for personal observations. 5 stars of course!

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Mon Oct 23 2023
5

5/5. Scary, beautiful, personal, ethereal. This is a perfect album. The instrumentation is the best Pink Floyd has ever sounded and the collaboration was strongest here. The guitar and keyboard/synthesizer really shine (get it?) here. This is one of the rare occurrences that if this album was 10-15 minutes longer, it would be better. Hard to not feel enraptured by the music and lyrics, many different themes but all feel connected and flow so well. This is an album ahead of its time and holds up even today as a new experience for anybody listening to Pink Floyd for the first time. Might be my favorite of theirs, still up in the air.

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Tue Oct 24 2023
5

Awwwww here we go. Been here. 10/10

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Tue Oct 24 2023
5

Yes. What can i say, if 1 song is 50% of the album, and that one song is top tier, the album oughta be top tier. Shine on and wish you were here are fantastic Welcome to the machine and have a cigar are a bit on the lower end, but would be top tier for any other band.

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Wed Oct 25 2023
5

Absolutely amazing. Classic. Emotion throughout every song. Stories are written through the music itself, the lyrics are just another layer to form perfection. Production is out of this world. One of the craziest deliveries from an artist/band of all time. Transports you to another realm of music in your mind. Truly outstanding. One of my personal favorite musical creations ever.

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Wed Oct 25 2023
5

We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year.

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Fri Oct 27 2023
5

Great listen! Best with no distractions, taking in the music. Focusing on all the dynamic sound changes, volume changes, dynamic structure changes of the song. Masterpiece!

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Fri Oct 27 2023
5

Talk about living in the shadow of your predecessor. But it's f****** amazing.

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Mon Jan 15 2024
5

It's a classic album for a reason. Psychedelic rock at its best!

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Mon Jan 15 2024
5

The soundscape takes me to a post-apocalyptic world very similar to Terminator 2. Wish You Were Here brings the human spirit back to life in this destitute world that Pink Floyd creates sonically. The acoustic guitar juxtaposes the wailing electric and synth from the rest of the album. The final track comes to a beautiful end as if to remind us that the sun will rise once again. All bright, sparkly and life bringing.

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Tue Jan 16 2024
5

OK, I get it, it's a masterpiece, but it's also *four songs long*, and one of those songs is split into two to make it a 5 song "long play" album.... Snark aside, its prog rock at its finest as suite of 9 movements encompasses the aforementioned split "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" bookends, then the 3 songs in the middle are just great, title track being the pick of the bunch but don't sleep on "Welcome To The Machine" (an anthem for disaffected youth that resonates way more than "The Wall") and "Have A Cigar". It's truly an album made for listening all the way through as opposed to individual songs. Absolute aside, "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" is a great karaoke song as you get 8:45 in before you even need to sing, and it's pretty anthemic when you do...

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Fri Feb 02 2024
5

This is my favorite Pink Floyd album.

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Sat Feb 03 2024
5

Do I really have to say anything? It's an absolute classic. My favorite Pink Floyd record.

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Tue Feb 06 2024
5

great, never listened to the whole album cover to cover. Hopefully this is an indication of the 1001 list trending in the right direction.

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Wed Feb 07 2024
5

Icon album cover And more icon music. Influential in so many ways , guitar solos are masterpieces. Shine on you crazy diamond is so immersive, it is my favorite album by them. And the reason why I bought vinyl player in first place

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Wed Feb 07 2024
5

I mean, what can I say about this album that hasn't already been said 1000 times. It's literally perfect. This album is pretty much the absolute pinnacle of psychedelic rock, and I don't even think this is Pink Floyd's best album (my favourite is The Wall if you're curious). This album features some of the best guitars I have ever heard, they are so majestic and airy, yet also so heavy at the same time, truly and amazing sound I have never heard from any other band. Not to mention the absolutely fucking insane vocals, again with so much passion where it's almost aggressive, yet simultaneously dreamy. Until today it's been a while since I have heard this album, so I would love to be able to review it in more detail, but unfortunately I don't want to listen to it too many times in a day. The bottom line is, I fucking love this album.

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Thu Feb 08 2024
5

Just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl.

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Thu Feb 08 2024
5

My favorite Pink Floyd album, probably in my top ten works of art across all media. Just perfect.

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Tue Feb 20 2024
5

Absolutely perfect. Pink Floyd is like a family member that you always enjoy visiting. Enjoying the stories they share. Brilliant, and emotionally stirring.

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Thu Feb 22 2024
5

This is probably my second favorite Pink Floyd album. I can hear bits of songs that could have been on Dark Side of the Moon and hints of what was to come with The Wall. There's some pretty tasty David Gilmour guitar and I love how they put this one together. Great stuff!

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Thu Feb 29 2024
5

shine on you crazy diamond indeed.

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Thu Feb 29 2024
5

My favorite of the later Pink Floyd albums. The cover is amazing, and to me the tunes feel more personal and emotionally compelling than most of their other work. Beautifully recorded, understated performances from the band at the top of their game. Also, 500 points to Ravenclaw for David Gilmour's elegantly expressive guitar throughout. Highly recommend listening with headphones if you can!

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Thu Feb 29 2024
5

Do yourself a favor and get some headphones and find a place to relax and just take all this in. Especially for first tine listeners. To be fair, I am a fan boy, but there is truly not a lot if anything to hate on here.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
4

Somehow it's both unfairly overlooked (which is inevitable considering it's the follow up to Dark Side Of The Moon) and still a bit overrated. The title track is a classic, and your mileage may vary on the Syd Barrett bookend tributes. Sometimes these can sound like something The Doors would do after losing Jim Morrison. If I can listen again after finding a suitable edible, the overall score will likely jump to a 5. But that's probably the result with every Pink Floyd album. I enjoy this album heaps more than The Wall, edibles be damned. And on some days, I even prefer it to Dark Side Of The Moon. As of this writing, Wish You Were Here is one of the Top 10 best reviewed albums on the list. Seems high.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
4

Sprawling and Epic and in my opinion far superior to the hugely overrated "Dark side..". Written as a tribute to Syd Barrett it holds the attention and is moving throughout. Is it a bit over the top and overly produced with not enough songs? Probably. Am I going to deduct a point due to the prevalence of Prog rock in the non singles? Of course I am. But its a genuine classic none the less. 4/5

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Mon Oct 23 2023
4

Very good. Brought out real emotion, and the instrumentals are incredible. Album cover definitely inspired heros and villains

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Tue Oct 24 2023
4

So that's the secret. Instead of putting filler songs on your album, just make 4 or 5 gems and stretch them out. Then release shorter versions on singles and boom - perfect album.

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Tue Oct 24 2023
4

Going into this I only knew the title track, which I've loved for a while. I'm not crazy about Welcome to the Machine, but I enjoyed everything else (to my surprise tbh). The first chunk of Shine On You Crazy Diamond was stronger than the 2nd part in my opinion.

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Fri Oct 27 2023
4

first album to get 2 listens reminded me of my childhood & good dad

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Fri Oct 27 2023
4

Pretty good. Nothing jaw dropping, but I will listen again at some point.

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Mon Jan 15 2024
4

Good classic rock with some great guitar solos. A bit too lengthy songs in my opinion.

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Tue Jan 16 2024
4

It's Pink Floyd. What's not to like?

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Sun Feb 25 2024
4

Shine On You Crazy Diamond is a very nice journey. The rest is good too, but I understand my dad's frustration about Wish You Were Here outranking Shine On You Crazy Diamond in the annual Top 2000 we listen to. It's just on a different level.

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Wed Feb 28 2024
4

I enjoyed this a lot. I always thought Pink Floyd would be for me, maybe this will motivate me to listen to some more

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Mon Jul 08 2024
4

It’s 11 am, I’m three minutes and forty-five seconds into Shine On You Crazy Diamond and I’m ready to go back to bed….and I got a good night’s sleep last night, at least 7 hours. Maybe it’s because I haven’t regularly smoked weed for more than a decade, but have Pink Floyd albums always been this slow moving? Like…this song moves at a glacial pace and even when it picks up steam in last couple minutes, it’s still kind of plodding. I get that Pink Floyd played very deliberately, but this feels too deliberate, almost to the point of feeling mechanically manufactured, rather than performed - though I guess that makes sense, given that I’m about to be welcomed “to the machine”. I have a hard time feeling bad for Pink Floyd and their constant complaints about “being successful”. This album and the two subsequent records are ripe with complaints about how hard their lives as millionaire rockstars are. Animals, to its credit, at least has a little venom to it, easily making it the best of the three, even if it’s partially because it’s not completely overplayed. I will say I really love the filter sweep at the end of Have a Cigar. Neat studio trick right there. I’m finding the title of this record amusing this morning, as well - at least as it relates to my present day feelings about Pink Floyd. At one point, I was “there” with Pink Floyd, but now, I’m not really having a lot fun of being “Here” with Pink Floyd.

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Tue Oct 24 2023
3

This album art looks AI generated. sounds good but I am usually not a fan of long tracks, specifically jam tracks. That being said, it was still a well made album.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
2

I’m sure I fall victim to listening to this album too late, but I really don’t understand the Pink Floyd hype. Vocals aren’t great and the instrumentals aren’t anything overly impressive. I think for the time it was released it was a Revolution, but I can’t say this is an album I’d ever care to listen to again.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
2

Has a very timeless sound that you can't believe came from the 70s, but this one didn't really work for me sadly. Found it a bit boring to be honest. All the long, downtempo instrumental sections were lost on me, despite some interesting harmonic progressions here and there. Perhaps best enjoyed on a psychedelic drug trip, not when you're perfectly lucid. Sorry.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
2

Yeh, more self-indulgent noodling from the kings of pedestrian prog rock. Maybe, if it was 1975, and I was 20, and it was midnight, and I was stoned looking at my lava lamp, this could work for me. But as is it holds little interest or appeal. Some funky moments, some decent poetic lyrics but all very overhyped and I’m left very underwhelmed.

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Mon Jan 02 2023
2

Long album for only having like 5 songs. maybe 1 or 2 good ones

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Thu Jan 18 2024
2

The opening/closing track is necessarily too long, and my pulse cranked up in anticipation of the four-note motif; I hadn't realised I care. The rest is earnest doodling that passes between the ears with barely a tickle, apart from the hint of air raid siren in a keyboard part near the end of Welcome to the Machine that has me thinking about how most of the British artists on this list were parented by a war-traumatised generation. Most fellow Gen-X'ers I know have at least one set of brutally depressed grandparents who scarred one or both of their parents. Poor Boomers, ey? Gilmore's guitar is one of the final evolutionary forms of the white Brit blues movement, flawless and so non-stick I just slide off. The keyboards make me think of Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, all sleek and alienatingly modish, beamed from somewhere far above - which I like. The title song disappointed me, partly because I realised I conflated the melody with that of the Phil Collins song with all the rain on him, which also made me realise I'm riddled with that ghastly song. The LP cover is trashy pop art. That's all I have. I am certain that Piper and Dark Side are both on this list, and predict that I will be unmoved by the former, and shall fall into a generous nostalgic reverie around the latter.

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Tue Jul 13 2021
1

Really not a fan of Pink Floyd, this did little to change my mind

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Mon Oct 11 2021
1

Heard it, horrid then and horrid now

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Fri Sep 30 2022
1

20 mins in and its just sort of in this space rock groove. Still haven't gotten it yet. half an hour in and i still don't get it and im really starting to not like it. seriously what the hell was that?

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Thu Oct 27 2022
1

post syd pink floyd is trash, i’ve never understood what emotion they were trying to get across, maybe none?

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Sun Nov 20 2022
1

I just don’t get Pink Floyd. Usually if something isn’t for me I can appreciate it without liking it, but I’m afraid this band utterly baffles me.

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Mon Dec 19 2022
1

Won’t listen to this bloated monotony!

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Sun Dec 25 2022
1

Feel like I'm going crazy here. THIS is the 6th highest rated album on this site?!? Had high expectations going in as a result, but to say it was a disappointment.. this was like biting into a twinkie and finding a turd inside. No words. Between this shit and Radiohead you people must really love droning synths. At this point I should just record myself taking a shit and layer it over some synths and it'd probably break the top 100 on here. So the album starts with some guitar noodling that doesn't go anywhere, which leads to incessantly vapid lyrics sung as if by a teenager who's afraid of being heard through the walls of their room, as they should be, because these songs are embarrassing. Then we're treated to a Kenny G saxophone solo. Great! The shit storm just keeps coming. Transition to the next song. More cringy lyrics with gratuitous sound effects this time. Make it to the title track. More guitar noodling. More eye-rolling lyrics. More lazy compositions. Whoever is playing the synths on here sounds like me when I first got to touch a keyboard as a kid and just wanted to try out every effect and modulator. Last track. More guitar & synth wanking over 70's porn bgm. Appropriate I guess. Redux of the opening theme, complete with another Kenny G. solo of course. And. It. Just. Would. Not. End. One of the most obnoxious things I've ever heard. 1 steaming turd out of 5 💩

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Thu Jan 12 2023
1

Listening to this album made me fall asleep. zzz

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Mon Sep 14 2020
5

Pink floyd as one of the bests.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

1975. Key Songs: Wish You Were Here, Shine On You Crazy Diamond

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Fri Sep 18 2020
5

Fantastic, epic rock album. Equal parts beautiful and bombastic. Fave tracks: Shine On You Crazy Diamond (1 and 2) and Wish You Were Here.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
5

I have a hard time picking a favorite Pink Floyd album. In my mind, they can almost do no wrong. If you put a gun to my head, I'll probably say this one. Or maybe it's The Wall. Or maybe Animals (I'm aware this is an unpopular opinion). No, it's probably this one. Best track: Wish You Were Here

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Wed Apr 14 2021
5

Great rock jams, and best ballad ever.

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Mon Dec 21 2020
5

лучше темной стороны луны

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Tue May 04 2021
5

I don't think it's as high level conceptually as The Wall or even Dark Side, but as an enjoyable collection of tracks it's hard to beat this in Pink Floyd's discography.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
5

Great album, always have time for Pink Floyd.

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