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Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
It had a lot to live up to - their previous LP, Dark Side Of The Moon, was a multi-million selling phenomenon that took up residence on the album charts for years. Luckily, the band were at their creative peak - but the troubles that surrounded the group over the past few years found their way into the music. The song is about Syd Barrett, the original frontman and chief songwriter of the Floyd, who left the group in after his mental and physical health and reliabity deteriorated thanks to heavy drug use. Ironically, the man himself visited Abbey Road while the song was being recorded, but was initially not recognised by his former bandmates. But Waters later said: "Shine On is not really about Syd — he's just a symbol for all the extremes of absence some people have to indulge in because it's the only way they can cope with how fucking sad it is, modern life, to withdraw completely. The song and opens with the sound of a radio tuning away from the previous track Have A Cigar , across a station playing Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony and on to Dave Gilmour playing the delicate string acoustic guitar intro. Probably in an hour. It was one of those happy times when stream of consciousness works, and words come out. I wanna be engaged. Latest Videos.
The album's themes include criticism of the music business , alienation, and a tribute to founding member Syd Barrett , who left seven years earlier with deteriorating mental health. Wish You Were Here received mixed reviews from critics on its release, 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 was released as the title track of their album Wish You Were Here. In , the song was ranked No. In the original album version, the song segues from " Have a Cigar " as if a radio had been tuned away from one station, through several others including a radio play and one playing the opening of the finale movement of Tchaikovsky 's Fourth Symphony , and finally to a new station where "Wish You Were Here" is beginning. He performed the intro on a twelve-string guitar , processed to sound like it was playing through an AM radio, and then overdubbed a fuller-sounding acoustic guitar solo. This passage was mixed to sound as though a guitarist were listening to the radio and playing along. As the acoustic part becomes more complex, the 'radio broadcast' fades away and Gilmour's voice enters, while the rest of the band joins in.