Tag: Pink Floyd

Sunday 9/12/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Pink Floyd – Animals (1977)

Animals is the tenth studio album by the English rock band Pink Floyd, released on January 21, 1977 through Harvest and Columbia Records. It was recorded at the band’s Britannia Row Studios in London throughout 1976, and was produced by the band. The album continues the longform compositions that made up their previous works, including Wish You Were Here (1975). The album received positive reviews from critics and was commercially successful, reaching No. 2 in the UK and No. 3 in the US.

Animals is both a progressive rock album and a concept album, focusing on the social-political conditions of mid-1970s Britain, and was a change from the style of their earlier work. Tension within the band during production culminated in keyboardist Richard Wright being fired two years later. The album’s cover shows an inflatable pig floating between two chimneys of Battersea Power Station, conceived by the band’s bassist and lead songwriter Roger Waters, and was designed by long-time collaborator Storm Thorgerson. The band released no singles from the record, but promoted it through the In the Flesh tour. Waters’ agitation with audiences during this tour inspired their next record, The Wall.

  1. “Pigs on the Wing (Part One)” 1:24
  2. “Dogs” 17:04
  3. “Pigs (Three Different Ones)” 11:28
  4. “Sheep” 10:20
  5. “Pigs on the Wing (Part Two)” 1:24

David Gilmour – lead vocals (2), lead guitar (2–4), bass guitar (3, 4), acoustic guitar (2), talk box (3)
Roger Waters – lead vocals (all tracks), harmony vocals (2, 3), acoustic guitar (1, 5), rhythm guitar (3, 4), bass guitar (2), tape effects (3, 4), vocoder (2–4), sleeve concept
Nick Mason – drums, percussion (2–4), tape effects (4), graphics
Richard Wright – Hammond organ (2–4), ARP string synthesizer (2–4), Fender Rhodes (2, 4), Minimoog (2, 4), Farfisa organ (2), piano (3), clavinet (3), EMS VCS 3 (4), harmony vocals (2)
Snowy White – guitar solo (on 8-track version of “Pigs on the Wing”)

Monday 8/9/21 10pm ET: Feature LP: Pink Floyd – The Wall (1979)

The Wall is the eleventh studio album by the English rock band Pink Floyd, released on November 30, 1979 by Harvest and Columbia Records. It is a rock opera that explores Pink, a jaded rock star whose eventual self-imposed isolation from society forms a figurative wall. The album was a commercial success, topping the US charts for 15 weeks and reaching number three in the UK. It initially received mixed reviews from critics, many of whom found it overblown and pretentious, but later received accolades as one of the greatest albums of all time and one of the band’s finest works.

Bassist Roger Waters conceived The Wall during Pink Floyd’s 1977 In The Flesh tour, modelling the character of Pink after himself and former bandmate Syd Barrett. Recording spanned from December 1978 to November 1979. Producer Bob Ezrin helped to refine the concept and bridge tensions during recording, as the band were struggling with personal and financial issues at the time. The Wall was the last album to feature Pink Floyd as a quartet; keyboardist Richard Wright was fired by Waters during production but stayed on as a salaried musician.

Three singles were issued from the album: “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2” (Pink Floyd’s only UK and US number-one single), “Run Like Hell”, and “Comfortably Numb”. From 1980 to 1981, Pink Floyd performed the full album on a tour that featured elaborate theatrical effects. In 1982, The Wall was adapted into a feature film for which Waters wrote the screenplay.

The Wall is one of the best-known concept albums. With over 30 million copies sold, it is the second best-selling album in the band’s catalogue (behind The Dark Side of the Moon) and one of the best-selling albums of all time. Some of the outtakes from the recording sessions were used on the group’s next album, The Final Cut (1983). In 2000, it was voted number 30 in Colin Larkin’s All Time Top 1000 Albums. In 2003, 2012, and 2020, it was included in Rolling Stone’s lists of the greatest albums of all time. From 2010 to 2013, Waters staged a new Wall live tour that became the highest-grossing tour by a solo musician.

  1. “In the Flesh?” 3:16
  2. “The Thin Ice” 2:27
  3. “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 1” 3:11
  4. “The Happiest Days of Our Lives” 1:46
  5. “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2” 3:59
  6. “Mother” 5:32
  7. “Goodbye Blue Sky” 2:45
  8. “Empty Spaces” 2:10
  9. “Young Lust” 3:25
  10. “One of My Turns” 3:41
  11. “Don’t Leave Me Now” 4:08
  12. “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 3” 1:18
  13. “Goodbye Cruel World” 1:16
  14. “Hey You” 4:40
  15. “Is There Anybody Out There?” 2:44
  16. “Nobody Home” 3:26
  17. “Vera” 1:35
  18. “Bring the Boys Back Home” 1:21
  19. “Comfortably Numb” 6:23
  20. “The Show Must Go On” 1:36
  21. “In the Flesh” 4:15
  22. “Run Like Hell” 4:20
  23. “Waiting for the Worms” 4:04
  24. “Stop” 0:30
  25. “The Trial” 5:13
  26. “Outside the Wall” 1:41

Roger Waters – vocals, bass guitar, synthesizer, acoustic guitar on “Mother” and “Vera”, electric guitar on “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 3”, sleeve design
David Gilmour – vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, bass guitar, synthesizer, clavinet, percussion
Nick Mason – drums, percussion
Richard Wright – acoustic and electric pianos, Hammond organ, synthesizer, clavinet, bass pedals
Bruce Johnston – backing vocals
Toni Tennille – backing vocals on “In the Flesh?”, “The Show Must Go On”, “In the Flesh” and “Waiting for the Worms”
Joe Chemay – backing vocals

Jon Joyce – backing vocals
Stan Farber – backing vocals
Jim Haas – backing vocals
Bob Ezrin – production, piano, Hammond organ, synthesizer, reed organ, orchestral arrangement, music on “The Trial”, backing vocals
James Guthrie – percussion, synthesizer, sound effects, co-producer, engineer
Jeff Porcaro – drums on “Mother”
Children of Islington Green School – vocals on “Another Brick in the Wall Part II”
Joe Porcaro – snare drums on “Bring the Boys Back Home”
Lee Ritenour – rhythm guitar on “One of My Turns”, additional acoustic guitar on “Comfortably Numb”
Joe (Ron) di Blasi – classical guitar on “Is There Anybody Out There?”
Fred Mandel – Hammond organ on “In The Flesh?” and “In the Flesh”
Bobbye Hall – congas and bongos on “Run Like Hell”
Frank Marocco – concertina on “Outside the Wall”
Larry Williams – clarinet on “Outside the Wall”
Trevor Veitch – mandolin on “Outside the Wall”
New York Orchestra – orchestra
New York Opera – choral vocals
Vicki Brown and Clare Torry (credited simply as “Vicki & Clare”) – backing vocals on “The Trial”
Harry Waters – child’s voice on “Goodbye Blue Sky”
Chris Fitzmorris – male telephone voice
Trudy Young – voice of the groupie
Phil Taylor – sound effects

Sunday 5/2/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Pink Floyd – The Final Cut (1983)

The Final Cut is the twelfth studio album by English rock band Pink Floyd, released March 21, 1983 in the United Kingdom and April 2 in the United States through Harvest and Columbia Records. It comprises unused material from the previous Pink Floyd record, The Wall (1979), alongside new material recorded throughout 1982.

The Final Cut was the last Pink Floyd album to feature founding member Roger Waters, who departed from the band in 1985. It is also the only Pink Floyd album not to feature founding member and keyboardist Richard Wright, who was sacked during the Wall sessions. The recording was plagued by conflict; guitarist David Gilmour felt many of the tracks were not worthy of inclusion, but Waters accused him of failing to contribute material himself. Drummer Nick Mason’s contributions were mostly limited to sound effects.

Waters planned the album as a soundtrack for the 1982 film adaptation of The Wall. With the onset of the Falklands War, he rewrote it as a concept album exploring what he considered the betrayal of his father, who died serving in the Second World War. Waters provided lead vocals for all but one track, and he is credited for all songwriting. The album was accompanied by a short film released in the same year.

The Final Cut received mixed reviews, though retrospective reception has been more favourable. It was a commercial success, reaching number one in the UK and number six in the US.

  1. “The Post War Dream” 3:00
  2. “Your Possible Pasts” 4:26
  3. “One of the Few” 1:11
  4. “When the Tigers Broke Free” 3:16
  5. “The Hero’s Return” 2:43
  6. “The Gunner’s Dream” 5:18
  7. “Paranoid Eyes” 3:41
  8. “Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Desert” 1:17
  9. “The Fletcher Memorial Home” 4:12
  10. “Southampton Dock” 2:10
  11. “The Final Cut” 4:45
  12. “Not Now John” 4:56
  13. “Two Suns in the Sunset” 5:23

David Gilmour – lead and rhythm guitars (1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 10-12), co-lead vocals (11), additional backing vocals
Nick Mason – drums (1, 2, 4-5, 8, 10-11), tape effects
Roger Waters – lead vocals (all tracks), bass guitar (all tracks except 7), acoustic guitar (2-4, 6, 7, 9-12), synthesizers (3, 4, 11), twelve-string guitar (11), tape effects, production, sleeve design
Michael Kamen – piano (5, 6, 8-10, 12), electric piano (2, 5), harmonium (1, 10), production
Andy Bown – Hammond organ (2, 6, 11, 12), piano (5), electric piano (4)
Ray Cooper – percussion (6)
Andy Newmark – drums (12)
Raphael Ravenscroft – tenor saxophone (5, 12)
Doreen Chanter – backing vocals (12)
Irene Chanter – backing vocals (12)
National Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted and arranged by Michael Kamen (1, 5-10)

Sunday 12/27/2020 1am ET: Feature LP: Pink Floyd – Meddle (1971)

Meddle is the sixth studio album by English rock band Pink Floyd, released on October 31, 1971 by Harvest Records. The album was produced between the band’s touring commitments, from January to August 1971 at a series of locations around London, including Abbey Road Studios and Morgan Studios.

With no material to work with and no clear idea of the album’s direction, the band devised a series of novel experiments which eventually inspired the album’s signature track “Echoes”. Although the band’s later albums would be unified by a central theme with lyrics written entirely by Roger Waters, Meddle was a group effort with lyrical contributions from each member, and is considered a transitional album between the Syd Barrett-influenced group of the late 1960s and the emerging Pink Floyd. The cover has been explained by its creator Storm Thorgerson to be an ear underwater; as with several previous albums designed by Hipgnosis, though, Thorgerson was unhappy with the final result.

The album was well received by critics upon its release, and was commercially successful in the United Kingdom, but lacklustre publicity on the part of the band’s American label Capitol Records led to poor sales there upon initial release.

1. “One of These Days” 5:57
2. “A Pillow of Winds” 5:13
3. “Fearless” 6:08
4. “San Tropez” 3:44
5. “Seamus” 2:15
6. “Echoes” 23:31

Richard Wright – Hammond organ (1, 2, 6), piano (all tracks), Farfisa organ (6), co-lead vocals (6)
David Gilmour – electric guitars (1–4, 6), acoustic guitars (2–3, 5), bass (in unison with Waters) (1), harmonica (5), lead vocals (2, 3, 5, 6)
Roger Waters – bass (all tracks), acoustic guitar and lead vocals (4)
Nick Mason – drums (1, 3, 4, 6), percussion (2–4, 6), vocal phrase (1)

Sunday 11/29/2020 12pm ET: Feature LP: Pink Floyd – The Later Years (2020)

The Later Years is a box set by British rock band Pink Floyd released on December 19, 2019 by Pink Floyd Records. It follows the 2016 box set The Early Years 1965–1972, and compiles Pink Floyd’s work under the leadership of David Gilmour after the departure of founding member Roger Waters.

The Later Years includes a remixed version of A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987), with restored contributions by keyboardist Richard Wright and new contributions by drummer Nick Mason, to “restore the creative balance between the three Pink Floyd members”. It also includes surround sound mixes of A Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell (1994). A film by Ian Emes accompanying surround mixes of the album The Endless River (2014) is included in BD/DVD video discs

Also included is an expanded version of the 1988 live album Delicate Sound of Thunder with additional tracks; re-edited versions of the concert films Delicate Sound of Thunder (1989) and Pulse (1995); a live recording of Pink Floyd’s headline performance at the Knebworth 1990 charity concert; a previously unreleased concert film from Pink Floyd’s performance in Venice; 5.1 surround sound mixes and high-resolution stereo mixes; single B-sides; demos from The Division Bell sessions; and memorabilia.

On October 30, 2019, Pink Floyd announced that the box set edition had been delayed to November 29. A single-disc compilation of “highlights” from the box set, The Later Years: 1987–2019, was released on November 29, 2019.

CD 1: A Momentary Lapse of Reason (Updated & Remixed)

A Momentary Lapse of Reason was the band’s first album after the departure of Roger Waters and helmed by David Gilmour. All of the album’s drum parts have been re-recorded by Mason for the 2019 version (not all drum parts were played by Mason on the original release) and more of keyboardist Rick Wright’s parts have been included (replacing parts which were played by session musicians on the original). The album has been remixed for 2019.

“Signs of Life”
“Learning to Fly”
“The Dogs of War”
“One Slip”
“On the Turning Away”
“Yet Another Movie”
“Round and Around”
“A New Machine (Part 1)”
“Terminal Frost”
“A New Machine (Part 2)”
“Sorrow”

CDs 2 and 3: Delicate Sound of Thunder (Remixed)

The 1988 live album Delicate Sound of Thunder remixed and includes songs performed on the tour which were omitted from the original release due to the limitations of vinyl records.

“Shine On You Crazy Diamond”
“Signs of Life” (previously unreleased)
“Learning to Fly”
“Yet Another Movie”
“Round and Around”
“A New Machine (Part 1)” (previously unreleased)
“Terminal Frost” (previously unreleased)
“A New Machine (Part 2)” (previously unreleased)
“Sorrow”
“The Dogs of War”
“On the Turning Away”

“One of These Days”
“Time”
“On the Run” (previously unreleased)
“The Great Gig in the Sky” (previously unreleased)
“Wish You Were Here”
“Welcome to the Machine” (previously unreleased)
“Us and Them”
“Money”
“Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)”
“Comfortably Numb”
“One Slip” (previously unreleased)
“Run Like Hell”

CD 4: 1987 and 1994 live recordings and unreleased studio recordings
Single B-sides released between 1987–1994:

“One of These Days” (Live in Hanover, 1994)
“Astronomy Domine” (Live in Miami, 1994)
“The Dogs of War” (Live in Atlanta, 1987)
“On the Turning Away” (Live in Atlanta, 1987)
“Run Like Hell” (Live in Atlanta, 1987)
“Blues 1”
“Slippery Guitar”
“Rick’s Theme”
“David’s Blues”
“Marooned Jam”
“Nervana”
“High Hopes (Early Version)”

Tuesday 10/13/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: Pink Floyd – The Endless River (2014)

The Endless River is the fifteenth studio album by the English rock band Pink Floyd, released in November 2014 by Parlophone Records in Europe and Columbia Records in the rest of the world. It was the third Pink Floyd album recorded under the leadership of guitarist David Gilmour after the departure of bassist Roger Waters in 1985, and the first following the death in 2008 of keyboardist Richard Wright, who appears posthumously. Gilmour said it would be the final Pink Floyd album.

The Endless River comprises instrumental and ambient music based on material recorded during sessions for the band’s previous album, The Division Bell (1994). Additional material was recorded in 2013 and 2014 on Gilmour’s Astoria boat studio and in Medina Studios in Hove, England. It was produced by Gilmour, Youth, Andy Jackson and Phil Manzanera. Only one track, “Louder than Words”, has lead vocals. After the death of longtime Pink Floyd artist Storm Thorgerson in 2013, the cover was created by artist Ahmed Emad Eldin, design company Stylorouge, and Aubrey Powell, co-founder of Thorgerson’s design company Hipgnosis.

The Endless River was promoted with the “Louder than Words” single and artwork installations in cities around the world. It became the most pre-ordered album of all time on Amazon UK, and debuted at number one in several countries. The vinyl edition was the fastest-selling UK vinyl release since 1997. The album received mixed reviews; some critics praised the nostalgic mood, while others found it unambitious or meandering.

1. “Things Left Unsaid” 4:26
2. “It’s What We Do” 6:17
3. “Ebb and Flow” 1:55
4. “Sum” 4:48
5. “Skins” 2:37
6. “Unsung” 1:07
7. “Anisina” 3:16
8. “The Lost Art of Conversation” 1:42
9. “On Noodle Street” 1:42
10. “Night Light” 1:42
11. “Allons-y (1)” 1:57
12. “Autumn ’68” 1:35
13. “Allons-y (2)” 1:32
14. “Talkin’ Hawkin'” 3:29
15. “Calling” 3:37
16. “Eyes to Pearls” 1:51
17. “Surfacing” 2:46
18. “Louder than Words” 6:36
19. “TBS9” 2:27
20. “TBS14” 4:11
21. “Nervana” 5:32

David Gilmour – guitars
Nick Mason – drums
Richard Wright – Hammond organ

Saturday 12am ET: Feature LP: Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon (1973)

Dark_Side_of_the_MoonThe Dark Side of the Moon is the eighth studio album by the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd, released in March 1973. It built on ideas explored in the band’s earlier recordings and live shows, but lacks the extended instrumental excursions that characterized their work following the departure in 1968 of founder member, principal composer, and lyricist, Syd Barrett. The Dark Side of the Moon’s themes include 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 of the suite was premiered several months before studio recording began; new material was recorded in two sessions in 1972 and 1973 at Abbey Road Studios in London. The group used some of the most advanced recording techniques of the time, including multitrack recording and tape loops. Analogue synthesizers were given prominence in several tracks, and a series of recorded interviews with the band’s road crew and others provided the philosophical quotations used throughout. Engineer Alan Parsons was directly responsible for some of the most notable sonic aspects of the album as well as the recruitment of non-lexical performer Clare Torry. The album’s iconic sleeve, designed by Storm Thorgerson, features a prism that represents the band’s stage lighting, the record’s lyrical themes, and keyboardist Richard Wright’s request for a “simple and bold” design.

The Dark Side of the Moon was an immediate success, topping the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart for one week. It subsequently remained in the charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988. With an estimated 50 million copies sold, it is Pink Floyd’s most commercially successful album and one of the best-selling albums worldwide. It has twice been remastered and re-released, and has been covered in its entirety by several other acts. It spawned two singles, “Money” and “Time”. In addition to its commercial success, The Dark Side of the Moon is one of Pink Floyd’s most popular albums among fans and critics, and is frequently ranked as one of the greatest albums of all time.

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

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

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 . . .