The story of Pink Floyd short :
|The band Pink Floyd was formed in 1965,
only under the name Sigma 6
They changed their name several times and at the end of '65 they ended up with Pink Floyd.
The name Pink Floyd comes from two of Syd Barret's blues idols : Pink Anderson and Floyd Council. At first they did play blues -music. (Some say they still do, when they give their unofficial gigs in small obscure places) Later on the psychedelic turn appeared.
The Band members at the age of my mum, so I don't blame them if they're not so keen on releasing new albums and touring anymore .
||Pink Floyd got famous by
playing places like the UFO Club and the Marquee Club in
London, with what was known as "Underground-music".
The first thing Pink Floyd released was a single titled Arnold Layne. It was released March 1967 and actually reached a 22.place on the charts. June another single was released See Emily Play and this climbed as high as 5. on the charts.
August same year, they released their first LP The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and that brought the band to both Danish radio and TV here in tiny Denmark only the month after. .
Syd Barret was at this time high on numerous drugs. (I believe he was from the very beginning) so January 1968 David Gilmour was introduced as a band member "because the band wanted to experiment with new instruments ". Take a look at the band picture to the left. A new face in front - Gilmour - and Barret symbolically in the background.
When A Saucerful of Secrets was released June same year, it was to be the first Floyd project without Syd Barret.
The Sound track for the movie with same title, was released July '69. They had never made music for movies before, but where offered quite a sum to do it. Late on they also made the music forZabriskie Point (1970) and Obscured by Clouds (1972)
|Ummagumma (October '69) was the first double album to be released. It seems that it gave quite some space for experimenting. I believe that all four members tried out a little of this and that. The album contained both live and studio recordings.|
|Atom Heart Mother was released June '70. Yet another experimenting album, that besides from a nice cover didn't offer much.|
|With Meddle, what I really like about Pink Floyd
begins : concept albums. The whole album isn't but on side 2
you'll find Echoes, that happens to be one stretched track.
You may like it or not, (Parts of Echoes sounds as if someone is on a "bad trip") but first track one side 1 "One of these Days" is a completely awesome track, that Pink Floyd also chose to use for their "Momentary Lapse of Reason" tour in the late 80'ties.
Clouds. June '72.
Same director as in More. The name of the film was La Vallée. I wouldn't call it an exciting album.
|The Floyd goes to the movies themselves :
Pink Floyd Live at
Pompeii. The movie was finished September 1972,
and only hard core fans would be interested.
However big a fan of the
Pink Floyd I might be, I have to admit that I listen very little to the
music from back then. I've seen this Pompeii-movie but I don't care to
by it, though besides from that I've got every release from The Floyd.
|March 1973 : Dark
Side of the Moon
Now we're talking music!. An album that blows the charts.
A Concept album that, if you didn't know otherwise, could be considered one long track. The definition of Pink Floyd; both psychedelic and rock. The track Money would probably be the best known outside "pink-floyd-circles" but also the track "The Great Gig in the Sky" goes beyond anything previously known to the history of rock. Clare Torry (under the guiding of Wright) really takes the music to the skies.
|Wish You where Here(September 1975)
is a time less album. It is also (I believe) the first album on which someone from outside the band sings. Roy Harper is lead vocal on Have a Cigar. This has without any doubt been a pain in the ... to Roger Waters who believes that he is the only one to do it right.
"Shine on You Crazy Diamond" begun with just a guitar-rif from Gilmour and then evolved into a track that fills half the album.
Again what I'd call a concept-album with one track sliding smoothly into the next.
I guess we all know that "the Crazy diamond" is Syd Barret and the album is
some sort of tribute to him. But did you know that one day at the Abbey
Road Studios, as Waters was working on "wish you where here", a fat bald guy
comes in with a carrier bag, in an old vinyl trench coat with a toothbrush
in his pocket. To quote Waters : "the first day he came I was in fucking tears..."
Barret just walked in there and sat there saying and doing nothing.
|Animals from 1977 is definitely
not a boring album. But as it never reached the same artistic level
as the two previous albums did, or the one to come, the album is considered
I wouldn't call it that as many tracks are well worth listening to several times. I'm talking about tracks like "Pigs on the Wing" and "Sheep". And I understand that Waters still use tracks from Animals on his solo tours.
|The Wall 1979.
November the real big album was released. Waters had thought out the big scheme. Double album, concert and a movie.
"This is where... I came in." This is when I got to know what everybody else already knew : There was a band called Pink Floyd . In my eyes the top album of both Pink Floyd and every other band in the world for that sake. I was talking about concept albums, but this is so much more. This holds such a powerful story that it grips most people in this world - Who can say they've never had "bricks building up around them" ? Most of us deal with it before they become a wall, but still we know the feeling.
The Who once made the rock-opera "Tommy" and yes, it was great and definitely psychedelic too, but The Wall goes far beyond that.
The music is in it self a league of its own, but the lyrics/the story about this mad man (Waters) takes this album to even higher grounds.
|I don't know how many times I've heard that album or even
seen the film, but I still feel "that great thrill of confusion" when I
put on that album.
It has often been said that genius and insanity lies close, and I do believe that this goes for Waters. The fact that he had a band like Floyd to finish his masterpiece is just pure luck for all of us. Gilmour's screaming guitar on tracks like "Run Like Hell" and Comfortably Numb" just to mention some, must make people like Satriani envious.
As always, Waters is not completely satisfied with the outcome but I am. Don't try to understand the entire story behind "The Wall", cause it is so packed with he thoughts of a mad man. Just sit back, enjoy and comprehend what you can.
|The movie "The Wall" was directed by Alan Parker with the
aid / interference from Waters. The outcome is sublime. So many images
and sounds thrown into your face in such short time.
As with everything else Waters didn't like the movie as it was done. He didn't "feel with the guy in the film". As always, only what he made himself is perfect.
The rest of us, on the other hand, are able to enjoy the movie to the full. As with the album, it can be quite a mouthful to grasp the whole story, but thats ok too. There are so many great scenes and not to mention the sound track, that watching the movie always is gives you a new experience. a few tracks have been altered from the album, so basically this is one long music video.
Bob Geldof plays Pink brilliantly and Gerald Scarfes animations are divine. In case you haven't seen this movie yet - GO SEE IT ! Have you already seen it - see it again.
"What have we here laddy ? Mysterious scribblings ? Secret codes ? No ! Poems no less. Poems everybody. The laddy here makes himself a poet"
Yes some of us do consider him a poet.
|The Final Cut was at least by Roger
Waters meant to be the final album, with Pink Floyd as we
knew it. Rick Wright had already been bought out of the
band. I believe all the gear that belonged to the Floyd
was owned by a company called Rule Britania, and Waters
had bought Wrigth's part in that company. Long trivial
story - let's talk about the music :
Many consider this an album filled with leftovers from the Wall. I can see the point but I don't agree. This is a collection of some great tunes and I find it hard to fit any of them into The Wall.
|I can't quite figure out if this album is a concept album too or not but this is the first in a series of anti-war-albums mastered by Waters. And no doubt, this is a Waters album - dedicated to his late father Eric Fletcher Waters ("Daddy what d'ya leave behind for me ?" "Well I left an album behind for you my son") I still think there are some great tracks on this album. Strong lyrics. He's no fool this Waters guy. Take The Fletcher memorial|
|Some time was to pass (6 years) before Gilmour and the others
got down to a new album without Waters.
Waters thought he had excluded the others, but came to realize that he'd thrown himself out instead.
Gilmour and Mason had started planning a new album. Wright was invited in later as Waters technically had thrown him out of Floyd.
A momentary Lapse of Reason 1987
As something new to Floyd they used MTV to promote the forthcoming album. The Video "Learning to Fly" was in "heavy rotation" for a while and there was a contest by the same name, in which the winner would meet Pink Floyd and go to two concerts with Floyd - also backstage.
Guess who won........
As for the music, this album is closer to Gilmour's solo albums than the
previous works of Floyd. Yet, if you heard the album without knowing who
made it, a true Floyd fan would know! Even though Wright wasn't officially
a Floyd member, you can without any doubt hear him on this album in a way
only known from Floyd.
This is not a concept album - I guess that's a Waters thing to do. Still this is a collection of great tracks. My favorite track would be Sorrow, since it's the most psychedelic tune.
Of course Gilmour wrote most of the materiel and he's a great poet. I'm sorry to say that I still miss the mad mans touch - Waters.
At this point it's funny to think about who started Floyd, and when Gilmour came in. 20 years is a long time.
|As part of the new era, Floyd now releases live albums.|
|A Delicate Sound of Thunder 1988
A truly great album. Lots of the old stuff and the cream of the newer. You can really since that the band swings - and that everyone including "the hired musicians" really can play some great music.
The album is a joy and brings back memories from the concerts, that where the best I ever experienced.
The track "One of These Days" from Meddle is performed live too, which I see as daring compared to the relatively young audience and the rest of the set - but still a success
|Things turn out so fortunately that the trio Pink Floyd
(Wright is back) releases yet another album.
|The Division Bell
Again an album in Gilmour-stile, but this time spiced up with a whole lot
of Wright. You can without any doubt hear that he's back, because of his
far more psychedelic music stile -compared to Gilmour and Mason.
Again an album that lies miles away from the Waters dominated days of Floyd and this is therefore in no way a concept album. But no doubt, this is a Floyd album in the psychedelic way that only the Floyd manages and thus a pleasure to have streaming out of your speakers.
|Yet another live album is released. Again a series of old
tunes and a series of new tunes. Most surprising on this album / tour would
be Astronomy Domine from the youth of Pink Floyd.
(The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, 1967). To hear that track played was
a thrill to all true Floyd fans.
The greatest thing on this album is in my eyes (ears) Gilmour's guitar on "Comfortably Numb" that just goes on and on. I still recall that night in "Parken" (Copenhagen) as this great ball of light rose from the middle of the arena and Gilmour took this already great tune to even higher places. I believe the word is ecstasy.
2001 - time for a new release.
This time though nor new or live music. This time the collection album Echoes.
I think this is a hint, that there will be no more new music from Pink Floyd. According to Gilmour they're too old to travel around the world on yet another tour. I accept that, but still they could release some new material. If you look around, other people in the business are "still going strong". Take B B King, Roger Waters (Who's that ?) Bob Dylan to mention a few that still stand up to the pressure.
On the net I see that Gilmour still manages to perform live :
David Gilmour at Meltdown 22 June 2001