Wish You Were Here

Label
EMI UK
Release date
3 Mar 2003
Running length
5 tracks
Running time
43:57

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Part One) (1-5) (1992 Digital Remaster) 13:27 2,227
2 Welcome To The Machine (1992 Digital Remaster) 7:25 1,602
3 Have A Cigar (1992 Digital Remaster) 5:06 1,828
4 Wish You Were Here (1992 Digital Remaster) 5:39 3,580
5 Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Part Two) (6-9) (1992 Digital Remaster) 12:20 1,529

About this album

The band entered Abbey Road Studios during the first week of 1975 to begin recording on their follow-up to Dark Side Of The Moon. In the previous year, they introduced three new pieces to European audiences during the first sets of each show. Two of them, “Raving And Drooling” & “You Gotta Be Crazy”, were ultimately not recorded for Wish You Were Here, but re-shaped and recorded in 1976 for the Animals album as respectively “Sheep” and “Dogs”.

The third would take shape as the album’s centerpiece, “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”. During tour rehearsals for the previous year’s French summer tour, David Gilmour came up with the signature 4-note theme and the piece took shape from there. With the memory of former front-man/singer-songwriter/guitarist Syd Barrett fresh in his mind, Roger Waters wrote the lyrics as a tribute to his fallen friend, at the time already an reclusive figure.

In 1974, it would be performed as one uninterrupted piece. However, during the band’s tour of North America the following year, it would be split in two parts, sandwiching another new song, “Have A Cigar”. A funky guitar-driven piece, it would ultimately be sung on the final recorded version by Roy Harper, as Roger’s voice was in poor shape. This song, and the ominous “Welcome To The Machine” were written reflecting the band’s negative attitude towards the record industry. They also (with various instrumental parts of “Shine On”) feature synthesizers in a stronger fashion than previous albums, as well as the sound effects (provided by Nick Mason) that are signature to the Floyd sound.

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  • jussi_m

    fucking amazing cover art

    11 Jul 10:52pm Reply
  • mordwyr

    Amazing, of course. One of my top three Floyd albums. But what's with the TV being on in PF's albums? Social commentary?

    11 Jul 6:13am Reply
  • Venged_Kitty

    love this album so so so so SO much

    11 Jun 11:49pm Reply
  • sco703

    Such an amazing masterwork. Dark. Beautiful. This album has it all.

    30 May 10:25pm Reply
  • Frazerman

    IMO, this is Pink Floyd greatest album. This was amazingly, a slight improvement over "Dark Side Of the Moon", and that album was incredible.

    14 May 4:32pm Reply
  • BaubleDawdle

    "★★★★★"? how about "★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★"?

    13 Apr 11:47am Reply
  • AlixOfficial

    Wish you were here

    24 Mar 10:24am Reply
  • MisterJunior

    In addition to being a great record, Wish You Were Here also sounds brilliant from a technical perspective. Pretty much every edition sounds great, but I just got the Sony Mastersound Gold Edition and it's incredible.

    21 Mar 7:20am Reply
  • TheCreatedVoid1

    lol try again

    12 Mar 6:51am Reply
  • Abomination317

    Overrated as hell. Even The Wall is better than this pretentious, lazy rubbish. That said, Richard Wright's ending to Shine On... is beautifully poignant. Shame that most of the other 20-odd minutes are a load of wank.

    5 Mar 3:29pm Reply
  • djingsken

    This is their best album!

    7 Feb 6:51pm Reply
  • Gaffes

    Comparing this album to the other Floyd's works it has not sense to me, I find this one their absolute best.

    2 Feb 10:42pm Reply
  • aaron1591

    i lost this album about 3 yyears ago. still have the cd case to it though

    25 Dec 2013 Reply
  • grippinsince92

    The best Floyd album imo (which is stupid to say in itself)...hell, probably the greatest album of all time.

    24 Dec 2013 Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    Goosebumps from the very beginning. [4]

    24 Dec 2013 Reply
  • pocok2000

    I listen to this when I got bored with everything else.

    19 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Louxiaxz

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • jolinssen

    Juppl: Èrrig goed!!

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
  • m1a100

    Ever wondered how Pink Floyd would sound if they, suddenly, started writing the soundtrack for Blade Runner? Well... this is the result.

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • CosmicPi

    This is a masterpiece. I'm sure of it.

    24 Sep 2013 Reply
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