Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here (1975)
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“They say it’s a sight that’s quite worth seeing
It’s just that everyone’s interest is stronger than mine”
-Elliott Smith, Rose Parade
I gather that Pink Floyd’s a band that’s quite worth hearing; it’s just until now, virtually everyone’s interest has seemed considerably stronger than mine.
But I’ve often wished I was there, in that state of Pink Floyd adoration.
So their 1975 album, Wish You Were Here, felt like an appropriate starting point for this week’s journey.
1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I – V)
There’s a scene in an episode of How I Met Your Mother, where Ted finally asks a girl (played by Katie Holmes) to go on a date, 10 years after their initial meeting. I can’t recall the exact quote (or find the clip) but her reply was along the lines of, “now that’s a slow play, I respect that.”
Now they didn’t wait 10 years for the vocals to make their first appearance of the album.
They did hold out until just before the 9-minute mark though!
I echo Katie’s reaction: waiting 9 minutes for the vocals? Now that’s a slow play, I respect that.
2. Welcome to the Machine & 3. Have a Cigar
Didn’t significantly affect me either way.
4. Wish You Were Here
Do Pink Floyd fans like this song?
Or have they grown to resent it somewhat, à la Stairway to Heaven or Bohemian Rhapsody? The song casual fans latch on to, at the expense of more deserving tracks?
By naming the album after it, I presume the band saw value in the track (and considering they were permitted to bookend the album with a 9-movement, 26-minute composition, I think it’s fair to assume that the band had the artistic freedom to do as they wished).
In any event, it’s a great track.
The song structure is brilliant, the ‘walk-on part vs. lead role’ line is equally so, and the vocal harmony on ‘two lost souls’ is right up there as well.
5. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts VI – IX)
After listening to the final four movements, I immediately wanted to hear the entire album again.
So I did.
And to my surprise, there wasn’t any evidence of diminishing marginal returns.
Maybe that’s why people seem so enamoured with this group?
This one really is an album that’s quite worth hearing.
Perhaps the gap between my interest level in Floyd & everyone else’s is starting to shrink too.
Verbalize the Positive
It’s nice to start hearing the magic instead of just hearing about it!