Album #344 – Wish You Were Here

Album #344

Wish You Were Here is my second favorite Pink Floyd album, right after DSoTM (Of course!!!). The album is also Richard Wright’s and David Gilmour’s favorite out of all the albums they did while in Pink Floyd. To me, Wish You Were Here is in someways better than Dark Side. It is one continuous song. Each song flows right into the next. Each song is amazing and three of the album’s tracks are also still played on rock stations today. Parts One through Five of the title track will always have special meaning for me. When legendary Boston rock station WBCN left the airwaves in 2008, the last song played was Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V). It was a perfect choice and to this day I am still amazed that it was the last song. DJ Bradley Jay built up the last song so well, that anybody listening that night had no idea what it was going to be until the moment it was played. Now…that is good radio. Shine On You Crazy Diamond is as calm and soothing as it is uplifting. It is a mixture of sadness and happiness. That is probably why it was played. Parts I-V are more known than Parts VI-IX. But, the second part is just as good. The sessions for this album were also the last time the members saw the original front man for Pink Floyd, the late Syd Barrett. Barrett’s appearance had changed so much that he was unrecognizable. Only David Gilmour recognized him at first. Many of the members were brought to tears and even though Waters says differently, Barrett’s appearance surely inspired some of the title track. Another song with special meaning to me that is on this album is Wish You Were Here. It is one of my favourite Pink Floyd songs. The lyrics are so beautiful and David Gilmour sings it perfectly. The sounds at the beginning of this song is actually the tuning of Gilmour’s car radio. A brilliant way to start a song. A notable appearance on Wish You Were Here is Roy Harper, who sings lead on Have A Cigar. He sings it so well and so good that, he almost sounds like Roger Waters. Despite all my ramblings, Wish You Were Here is an important part of Pink Floyd’s career. I am glad I had the chance to listen to it all the way through again. Overall, I give Wish You Were Here, 5 out of 5.

Next: A Night at the Opera by Queen

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