Tag: Pink Floyd

Friday 4/15/22 11pm ET: Feature LP: Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon (1973)

The 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.

  1. “Speak to Me” 1:05
  2. “Breathe” (In the Air) 2:49
  3. “On the Run” 3:45
  4. “Time” 6:53
  5. “The Great Gig in the Sky” 4:43
  6. “Money” 6:22
  7. “Us and Them” 7:49
  8. “Any Colour You Like” 3:26
  9. “Brain Damage” 3:46
  10. “Eclipse” 2:12

David Gilmour – vocals, guitars, Synthi AKS
Nick Mason – drums, percussion, tape effects
Richard Wright – organ (Hammond and Farfisa), piano, electric piano (Wurlitzer, Rhodes), EMS VCS 3, Synthi AKS, vocals
Roger Waters – bass guitar, vocals, VCS 3, tape effects
Dick Parry – saxophone on “Us and Them” and “Money”
Clare Torry – vocals on “The Great Gig in the Sky”
Doris Troy – backing vocals
Lesley Duncan – backing vocals
Liza Strike – backing vocals
Barry St. John – backing vocals

Thursday 3/17/22 7pm ET: Feature LP: Pink Floyd – Obscured by Clouds (1972)

Obscured by Clouds is the seventh studio album by the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd, released on June 2, 1972 by Harvest and Capitol Records. It serves as the soundtrack for the French film La Vallée, by Barbet Schroeder. It was recorded in two sessions in France, while Pink Floyd were in the midst of touring, and produced by the band.

Obscured by Clouds is shorter than some of Pink Floyd’s previous albums, and makes heavy use of the acoustic guitar. Lyrically, the songs center around love, a common theme in the film the album was inspired by. The album’s only single was “Free Four”. Obscured by Clouds has been seen as a stopgap for the band, who had started work on their next album, The Dark Side of the Moon (1973). The album reached number six in the United Kingdom and number 46 in the United States; retrospective opinions from both fans and critics have been mixed, some critics noting the similarities to their later material.

  1. “Obscured by Clouds” 3:03
  2. “When You’re In” 2:18
  3. “Burning Bridges” 3:29
  4. “The Gold It’s in the…” 3:07
  5. “Wot’s… Uh the Deal?” 5:08
  6. “Mudmen” 4:20
  7. “Childhood’s End” 4:31
  8. “Free Four” 4:15
  9. “Stay” 4:05
  10. “Absolutely Curtains” 5:52

David Gilmour – guitars, vocals
Roger Waters – bass, vocals
Richard Wright – keyboards, vocals
Nick Mason – drums, percussion

Tuesday 1/18/22 1pm ET: RadioMaxMusic Special: The Music of 1973 A to Z – Part 16

This RadioMax extended special features our Library of music from 1973 A2Z.

We continue our travels into T.

1pm to 6pm ET

Tuesday 1/11/22 2pm ET: RadioMaxMusic Special: The Music of 1973 A to Z – Part 11

This RadioMax special features our Library of music from 1973 A2Z.

We continue with the completion of letter M and start with N and feature music from: Paul McCartney & Wings, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Aretha Franklin, John Lennon, Steeleye Span, America, Pink Floyd, Tufano & Giammarese, Queen, Michael Jackson, Sweet, Doobie Brothers and many more.

2pm to 6pm ET

Tuesday 12/28/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Pink Floyd – The Division Bell (1994)

The Division Bell is the fourteenth album by the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd, released on March 28, 1994 by EMI Records in the United Kingdom and on April 4 by Columbia Records in the United States.

The second Pink Floyd album recorded without founding member Roger Waters, The Division Bell was written mostly by guitarist and singer David Gilmour and keyboardist Richard Wright. It features Wright’s first lead vocal on a Pink Floyd album since The Dark Side of the Moon (1973). Gilmour’s fiancée, novelist Polly Samson, co-wrote many of the lyrics, which deal with themes of communication. It was the last Pink Floyd studio album to be composed of entirely new material and recorded with Wright, who died in 2008.

Recording took place in locations including the band’s Britannia Row Studios and Gilmour’s houseboat, Astoria. The production team included longtime Pink Floyd collaborators such as producer Bob Ezrin, engineer Andy Jackson, saxophonist Dick Parry and bassist Guy Pratt.

The Division Bell received mixed reviews, but reached number one in more than 10 countries, including the UK and the US. In the US, it was certified double platinum in 1994 and triple platinum in 1999. Pink Floyd promoted it with a tour of the US and Europe; the tour sold more than 5 million tickets and made around $100 million in gross income. A live album and video, Pulse, was released in 1995. Some of the unused material from the Division Bell sessions became part of Pink Floyd’s next album, The Endless River (2014).

  1. “Cluster One” 5:56
  2. “What Do You Want from Me” 4:22
  3. “Poles Apart” 7:03
  4. “Marooned” 5:30
  5. “A Great Day for Freedom” 4:16
  6. “Wearing the Inside Out” 6:49
  7. “Take It Back” 6:12
  8. “Coming Back to Life” 6:19
  9. “Keep Talking” 6:11
  10. “Lost for Words” 5:15
  11. “High Hopes” 8:31

David Gilmour – lead vocals, acoustic, electric, classical & steel guitars, bass guitar (“Poles Apart”, “Wearing the Inside Out”, “Lost for Words” and “High Hopes”), keyboards, programming, backing vocals, talkbox, production, mixing
Nick Mason – drums, percussion, church bell
Richard Wright – keyboards, organ, synthesizers, lead vocals (“Wearing the Inside Out”), backing vocals (“What Do You Want from Me”)
Jon Carin – programming, all grand piano, Wurlitzer Piano, Solina, Minimoog, B3, loops, Kurzweil, arrangements.
Guy Pratt – bass guitar
Gary Wallis – percussion
Tim Renwick – additional guitars
Dick Parry – tenor saxophone
Bob Ezrin – keyboards, percussion, production
Sam Brown – backing vocals

Durga McBroom – backing vocals
Carol Kenyon – backing vocals
Jackie Sheridan – backing vocals
Rebecca Leigh-White – backing vocals
Stephen Hawking – vocal samples on “Keep Talking”

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)