Friday 2pm: Feature Artist – Roger Waters / Pink Floyd

September 6, 2019
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George Roger Waters (born 6 September 1943) is an English songwriter, singer, bassist, and composer. In 1965, he co-founded the progressive rock band Pink Floyd. Waters initially served solely as the bassist, but following the departure of songwriter Syd Barrett in 1968, he also became their lyricist, co-lead vocalist, and conceptual leader.

Pink Floyd achieved international success with the concept albums The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977), and The Wall (1979). By the early 1980s, they had become one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful groups in popular music; by 2013, they had sold more than 250 million albums worldwide. Amid creative differences, Waters left in 1985 and began a legal dispute with the remaining members over the use of the band’s name and material. They settled out of court in 1987.

Waters’ solo work includes the studio albums The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking (1984), Radio K.A.O.S. (1987), Amused to Death (1992), and Is This the Life We Really Want? (2017). In 2005, he released Ça Ira, an opera translated from Étienne and Nadine Roda-Gils’ libretto about the French Revolution.

In 1990, Waters staged one of the largest rock concerts in history, The Wall – Live in Berlin, with an attendance of 450,000. As a member of Pink Floyd, he was inducted into the U.S. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Later that year, he reunited with Pink Floyd bandmates Mason, Wright and David Gilmour for the Live 8 global awareness event, the group’s first appearance with Waters since 1981. He has toured extensively as a solo act since 1999; he performed The Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety for his world tour of 2006–2008, and the Wall Live tour of 2010–13 was the highest-grossing tour by a solo artist at the time.

Pink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London in 1965. Gaining a following as a psychedelic band, they were distinguished for their extended compositions, sonic experimentation, philosophical lyrics and elaborate live shows, and became a leading band of the progressive rock genre. They are one of the most commercially successful and influential groups in popular music history.

Pink Floyd were founded by students Syd Barrett (guitar and lead vocals), Nick Mason (drums), Roger Waters (bass and vocals), and Richard Wright (keyboards and vocals). Under Barrett’s leadership, they released two charting singles and a successful debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967). Guitarist and vocalist David Gilmour joined in December 1967; Barrett left in April 1968 due to deteriorating mental health. Waters became their primary lyricist and thematic leader, devising the concepts behind the albums The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977), The Wall (1979) and The Final Cut (1983). The band also composed several film scores.

Following personal tensions, Wright left Pink Floyd in 1979, followed by Waters in 1985. Gilmour and Mason continued as Pink Floyd, joined later by Wright. The three produced two more albums—A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987) and The Division Bell (1994)—and continued to tour before quietly disbanding in 1995. In 2005, all the members except Barrett reunited for a one-off performance at the global awareness event Live 8. Barrett died in 2006, and Wright in 2008. The last Pink Floyd studio album, The Endless River (2014), was recorded without Waters and based almost entirely on unreleased material from The Division Bell recording sessions.

Pink Floyd are considered one of the first groups of British psychedelia and are credited with inspiring the development of genres such as progressive rock and ambient music. They had four albums that topped US or UK record charts; the songs “See Emily Play” (1967) and “Another Brick in the Wall” (1982) were the group’s only top 10 singles in either territory. The band were inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. By 2013, they had sold more than 250 million records worldwide, with The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall two of the best-selling albums of all time.

Sunday 12am: The Rock Show

June 15, 2019
Editor In Chief

This week on the Rock Show – Ratt, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Cars, Pearl Jam, Judas Priest, Vixen, Doobie Brothers, Marshall Tucker Band and more . . .

Tuesday 12am: LP Lounge with Willie B Featuring Pink Floyd

February 11, 2019
Editor In Chief

Tonight at 10 – sit back, relax, have a cigar, we’ll supply the Money – you (us and them) just have to Breathe. It’s 3 complete LPs – by Pink Floyd. They feature mixes you won’t find in the digital domain. We’ve taken the liberty of adding bits of the 1973 hit song “Money” in 5 of its key forms – Roger Waters original acoustic “demo”, the original stereo mix, before it was completed – and the actual release version as it appeared on the stereo LP, – later in the show we offer up a mix that was available in Germany, Australia and a few other countries (but not the US) – that one mixed using the SQ quadraphonic system. Finally (well not finally, actually in the middle of the show) we play the full DSOTH LP mixed using the QS system, as available to the Japanese market.

Atom Heart Mother kicks off the show and we wrap with Wish You Were Hear (those two mixed in SQ) – and fear not – I only talk in-between LPs – those we play in their entirety. So it’s Pink Floyd x 3 x 4 – wow!

Tuesday 10pm: Feature LP: Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here (1975)

January 8, 2019
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Wish You Were Here is the ninth studio album by the English rock band Pink Floyd. It was released on September 12, 1975 in the United Kingdom by Harvest Records and a day later in the United States by Columbia Records, their first American release for the label.

Based on material Pink Floyd composed while performing in Europe, Wish You Were Here was recorded over numerous sessions at Abbey Road Studios in London. Two songs criticise the music business, another expresses alienation and the multi-part composition “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” is a tribute to Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett, who left seven years earlier due to his troubled mental health. As with their album The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Floyd used studio effects, synthesizers and brought in guest singers, Roy Harper, who provided the lead vocals on “Have a Cigar” and Venetta Fields, who added backing vocals to “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”.

Wish You Were Here topped record charts in the United Kingdom and the United States and Harvest Records’ parent company EMI was unable to print enough copies to meet demand. The LP received mixed reviews at first, then it went on to receive critical acclaim, appearing on Rolling Stone’s lists of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time” and the “50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time”. Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright and guitarist David Gilmour cited it as their favourite Pink Floyd album. Wikipedia

1. “Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I–V)” 13:32
2. “Welcome to the Machine” 7:32
3. “Have a Cigar” 5:24
4. “Wish You Were Here” 5:40
5. “Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts VI–IX)” 12:29

Monday 10pm: LP Lounge with Willie B

June 4, 2018
Editor In Chief

Tonight at 10 – sit back, relax, have a cigar, we’ll supply the Money – you (us and them) just have to Breathe. It’s 3 complete LPs – by Pink Floyd. They feature mixes you won’t find in the digital domain. We’ve taken the liberty of adding bits of the 1973 hit song “Money” in 5 of its key forms – Roger Waters original acoustic “demo”, the original stereo mix, before it was completed – and the actual release version as it appeared on the stereo LP, – later in the show we offer up a mix that was available in Germany, Australia and a few other countries (but not the US) – that one mixed using the SQ quadraphonic system. Finally (well not finally, actually in the middle of the show) we play the full DSOTH LP mixed using the QS system, as available to the Japanese market.

Atom Heart Mother kicks off the show and we wrap with Wish You Were Hear (those two mixed in SQ) – and fear not – I only talk in-between LPs – those we play in their entirety. So it’s Pink Floyd x 3 x 4 – wow!

Wednesday 6pm: Feature Artist – Pink Floyd (Part I) (1967 – 1975)

September 6, 2017
Editor In Chief

Pink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. Distinguished by their use of philosophical lyrics, sonic experimentation, extended compositions, and elaborate live shows, they are one of the most commercially successful and influential groups of popular music history.

Pink Floyd were founded in 1965 by students Syd Barrett on guitar and lead vocals, Nick Mason on drums, Roger Waters on bass and vocals, and Richard Wright on keyboards and vocals. They gained popularity performing in London’s underground music scene during the late 1960s, and under Barrett’s leadership released two charting singles and a successful debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967). Guitarist and vocalist David Gilmour joined in December 1967; Barrett left in April 1968 due to deteriorating mental health. Waters became the band’s primary lyricist and conceptual leader, devising the concepts behind their albums The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977), The Wall (1979) and The Final Cut (1983). The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall became two of the best-selling albums of all time.

Following creative tensions, Wright left Pink Floyd in 1979, followed by Waters in 1985. Gilmour and Mason continued as Pink Floyd; Wright rejoined them as a session musician and, later, a band member. The three produced two more albums—A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987) and The Division Bell (1994)—and toured through 1994. After nearly two decades of acrimony, Gilmour, Wright, and Mason reunited with Waters in 2005 to perform as Pink Floyd in London as part of the global awareness event Live 8; Gilmour and Waters later stated they had no plans to reunite as a band again. Barrett died in 2006, and Wright in 2008. The final Pink Floyd studio album, The Endless River (2014), was recorded without Waters and based largely on unreleased material.

Pink Floyd were inducted into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. By 2013, the band had sold more than 250 million records worldwide, including 75 million certified units in the United States.

Thursday 11pm: Feature LP: Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon (1973) @pinkfloyd

April 6, 2017
Editor In Chief

The Dark Side of the Moon is the eighth album by English rock band Pink Floyd, released on 1 March 1973 by Harvest Records. The album built on ideas explored in earlier recordings and live shows, but lacks the extended instrumental excursions following the departure of founding member and principal contributor, Syd Barrett, in 1968 that characterised their earlier work. It thematically explores conflict, greed, the passage of time, and mental illness, the latter partly inspired by Barrett’s deteriorating mental state.

Developed during live performances, an early version was premiered several months before recording began; new material was recorded in two sessions in 1972 and 1973 at Abbey Road in London. The group used some advanced recording techniques at the time, including multitrack recording and tape loops. Analogue synthesizers were prominent in several tracks, and snippets from recorded interviews with Pink Floyd’s road crew and others provided philosophical quotations throughout. Engineer Alan Parsons was responsible for many distinctively notable sonic aspects and the recruitment of singer Clare Torry. The album’s iconic sleeve, designed by Storm Thorgerson, depicts a prism spectrum and represents the band’s lighting, the record’s thematic material, and keyboardist Richard Wright’s “simple and bold” design request.

The album was an immediate commercial and critical success; it topped the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart for a week and remained in the chart for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988. With an estimated 45 million copies sold, it is Pink Floyd’s most commercially successful album and one of the best-selling worldwide. It has been remastered and re-released twice, and covered in its entirety by several other acts. It produced two singles, “Money” and “Us and Them”, and is the band’s most popular album among fans and critics, being ranked as one of the greatest albums of all time.

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