Wish You Were Here

// January 18th, 2020 // Iggy Azalea
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Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here Vinyl LP. Some bands turn into shorthand for a certain sound or style, and Pink Floyd belongs among that elite group. The very name connotes something specific: an elastic, echoing, mind-bending sound that evokes the chasms of space. Pink Floyd grounded that limitless sound with exacting explorations of mundane matters of ego, mind, memory, and heart, touching upon madness, alienation, narcissism, and society on their concept albums of the ’70s. Of these concept albums, Dark Side of the Moon resonated strongest, earning new audiences year after year, decade after a decade, and its longevity makes sense. That 1973 concept album distilled the wild psychedelic of their early years — that brief, heady period when they were fronted by Syd Barrett– into a slow, sculpted, widescreen epic masterminded by Roger Waters, the bassist who was the band’s de facto leader in the ’70s.Waters fueled the band’s golden years, conceiving such epics as Wish You Were Here and The Wall, but the band survived his departure in the ’80s, with guitarist David Gilmour stepping to forefront on A Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell. Throughout the years, drummer Nick Mason and keyboardist Rick Wright appeared in some capacity, and the band’s sonic signature was always evident: a wide, expansive sound that was instantly recognizable as their own yet was adopted by all manner of bands, from guitar-worshipping metal-heads to freaky, hippie, ambient electronic duos. Unlike almost any of their peers, Pink Floyd played to both sides of the aisle: they were rooted in the blues but their heart belonged to the future, a dichotomy that made them a quintessentially modern 20th century band. That blues influence, quickly sublimated and only surfacing on the occasional Gilmour guitar solo, was the foundation for the band’s very name, as the group decided to splice the names of two old bluesmen –Pink Anderson and Floyd Council– as a tribute to the American mus…

Product Features

  • Side 1
  • 1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1 – 5) [2011 – Remaster]
  • 2. Welcome To The Machine (2011 – Remaster)
  • Side 2
  • 1. Have A Cigar (2011 – Remaster)

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3 Responses to “Wish You Were Here”

  1. Anonymous says:

    This product has inferior sound quality compared to ASIN B004ZN9T00 My rating is for this particular product, not for the music. I think Wish You Were Here is a phenomenal album, a masterpiece.This product is ASIN: B019VQSADM, Original Release Date: January 8, 2016. It is described as “2016 Sony Legacy edition.” It currently costs $10.00 at Amazon.It has inferior sound quality when compared to this other product: ASIN: B004ZN9T00, Release Date September 27, 2011, which is described as “Discovery version – the original studio album,…

  2. Anonymous says:

    Just as good as 1975, if not a bit better I’ve had my dad’s 1975 pressing on loan, for a few months now. This re-master was done by the same people as my “Dark Side” re-master. This is just spot on! Things sound right. Maybe a bit more refined than 1975, but so good. I was a bit saddened when I ordered it, as it did not appear to have the original jacket. The actual jacket was behind not one, but two plastic envelopes! So I have something that sounds just as good as the 1975 release, and looks the same (although the labels on the…

  3. Anonymous says:

    My Favorite Floyd Album – Sony Legacy 2016 I chose the Sony Legacy edition 2016. There are so many versions out there including ones that include extra tracks but I wanted the pure, unadulterated original album. This version stands by itself and, for me anyway, doesn’t require “extras”. I believe this re-mastering is the best I’ve heard and listening to it know I’ve made the right decision for me. This is my personal favorite Floyd album, which I know is controversial given Dark Side’s popularity! But this was a brilliantly conceived…

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