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Pink Floyd followed the commercial breakthrough of Dark Side of the Moon with Wish You Were Here, a loose concept album about and dedicated to their founding member Syd Barrett. The record unfolds gradually, as the jazzy textures of "Shine on You Crazy Diamond" reveal its melodic motif, and in its leisurely pace, the album shows itself to be a warmer record than its predecessor. Musically, it's arguably even more impressive, showcasing the group's interplay and David Gilmour's solos in particular. And while it's short on actual songs, the long, winding soundscapes are constantly enthralling. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Pink Floyd followed the commercial breakthrough of Dark Side of the Moon with Wish You Were Here, a loose concept album about and dedicated to their founding member Syd Barrett. The record unfolds gradually, as the jazzy textures of "Shine on You Crazy Diamond" reveal its melodic motif, and in its leisurely pace, the album shows itself to be a warmer record than its predecessor. Musically, it's arguably even more impressive, showcasing the group's interplay and David Gilmour's solos in particular. And while it's short on actual songs, the long, winding soundscapes are constantly enthralling. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/25/2000
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724382975021
  • Catalog Number: 29750

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Shine on You Crazy Diamond, Pts. 1-5 - Pink Floyd & David Gilmour (13:40)
  2. 2 Welcome to the Machine - Roger Waters & Pink Floyd (7:31)
  3. 3 Have a Cigar - Roger Waters & Pink Floyd (5:08)
  4. 4 Wish You Were Here (5:34)
  5. 5 Shine on You Crazy Diamond, Pts. 6-9 - Pink Floyd & David Gilmour (12:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pink Floyd Primary Artist
Roy Harper Vocals
Roger Waters Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Nick Mason Drums
Richard Wright Keyboards, Vocals
Venetta Fields Vocals, Background Vocals
David Gilmour Guitar, Vocals
Dick Parry Saxophone
Carlena Williams Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Roger Waters Composer
Richard Wright Composer
Peter Christopherson Contributor
Pink Floyd Producer
David Gilmour Composer
Brian Humphries Engineer
Peter James Engineer
George Hardie Illustrations
Jeff Smith Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The band's most personal album

    This album came about as a tribute to the fallen Syd Barrett, the founding member of Pink Floyd. In June 1975, as they were mixing the album, Syd paid a visit to Abbey Road studios, shocking and saddening those who came across him. He had changed his appearance so drastically, he was barely recognizable. This is what makes Wish You Were Here a more poignant record. Shine on You Crazy Diamond could almost be biographic for Syd. Wish You Were Here reminisces about him. Add in the caving pressure of the record company (Welcome to the Machine, Have a Cigar), you have a brilliant concoction. The whole album is a document of the band's rise to fame and their fallen pilot's plight.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My Favorite of Pink Floyd

    Pink Floyd's albums released before Wish You Were Here have many different textures to it, from the somewhat beach-like, calm feel of Meddle (1971) to the cosmic and creepy sound of Dark Side of The Moon (1973). But only one album seemed to combine all of their unique music into it. "Wish You Were Here" (1975) is that album. Songs like "Money" and "Us and Them" have a saxaphone solo to them. "Shine on You Crazy Diamond" has just that. "San Tropez" and "A Pillow of Winds" are primarily acoustic guitar. The title track of this album is also just that. My point has been made. The structure of the album is also interesting. Its format is the exact opposite of the following album, "Animals" (1977). Instead of having the two shortest songs in the beginning and the end of the album, as in "Animals", Wish You Were Here begins with about 13 minutes of parts I-V of Shine on You Crazy Diamond, and ends with about 12 minutes of parts VI-IX of that song. The three shortest songs, averaging about 6 minutes long, make up the middle of the album. Shine on You Crazy Diamond is, when all parts are combined, the longest Pink Floyd song ever. The album, particularly -S-hine on -Y-ou Crazy -D-iamond is dedicated to their former leader, Syd Barret. "Welcome to the Machine" and "Have a Cigar", the 2nd and 3rd tracks on the album, are about the music industry in a pessimistic view. The title track is about the loss of Syd, and a pessimistic viewpoint of stardom. All in all, Wish You Were Here is my favorite Pink Floyd album for the reasons stated above, but also because I like Syd Barret. His life story would make an excellent movie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    From an old Pink Floyd junkie

    This is my favorite Pink Floyd album , period . While Dark Side Of The Moon got all of the attention , this is a more cohesive work .

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    yet another pink floyd masterpiece

    pink floyd continues to break down the walls of conventional rock and roll with this incredible album. "shine on" is masterfully crafted and is easily one of the top ten songs of all time. the album is not just a collection of songs, but a work that flows as one movement. a must have for any self-respecting human being

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this album takes the cheese!

    i love the jam in the middle of shine on you crazy diamond, part 2 (where dave plays his lap steel guitar).this the first and best album of their's i've ever seen.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Creme de la creme

    The ultimate album. A feast for the ears. Put on your headphones and proceed to be drawn into the music. You can't explain it, you have to experience it. Layers of sound, textures, moods. This is one of those you choose to go on a desert isle with you. A must-have.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT LATER FLOYD ALBUM

    THIS ALBUM HAS 5 EXCELLENT SONGS ON IT AND IT IS DEFINATELY A MUST FOR ANY MUSIC FAN. INTERESTING MELDIES AND ONCE AGAIN, GREAT LYRICS FROM WATERS MAKE THIS A MUST HAVE FLOYD ALBUM

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Floyd's finest moment

    Pink Floyd has released some incredible music in their career, but I like this one the best. It combines the superb recording and production of ''Dark Side of the Moon'', but with less bells and whistles. You can also hear their older past works influences here, such as the spaciness of ''Echoes'' and ''Atom Heart Mother''. A heartfelt tribute to their original member, Syd Barrett. Buy it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    pink floyd is the best

    this is one of my favorite pink floyd c.d. my fav song on the c.d. is wish you were here. i say that everyone should own this c.d. even if your not a pink floyd fan.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Wish Floyd Was Still Here.....

    After listening to Pink floyd's classic The Dark Side of The Moon, I decided that they would be a good band to invest in, thus leading me to purchase this album.

    Now does this album compare to Dark Side? well..... almost, this is an incredible work, and like most of Floyd's albums should be listened to all the way through in one listen, so this may detract for some.

    Though the song Have a Cigar stands well on its own the rest dosnt do so well at that. The album is composed of five tracks, now you might be wondering how an album can have so few songs and still fill up 44 minutes of music. Well the answer is very long songs, this can also take away some appeal for certain people, I personally love long songs, though the eight and a half minute intro to Shine On part one is a bit much. While this isnt nearly as long as the band's twenty - six minute epic Atom Heart Mother its still long.

    My personal favorite track is Wish You Were Here, a calming poem that takes floyd into a realm they rarely visit.

    Wish You Were Here is still a great album, and a worthwhile way to spend fifteen dollars - CM

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WELCOME MY SON, WELCOME TO THE MACHINE

    its a great cd. i love all of them especially welcome to the machine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of my favorite Pink Floyd albums

    This album is another timeless classic. Very jazzy in tone. Shine on You Crazy Diamond has great lyrics and guitar playing. The second part of this song has great lap-steel playing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Album

    This has to be my favorite album of all time. Both "Shine on you Crazy Diamond" songs alone would be worth paying for. Though "Have a Cigar" and "Welcome to the Machine" aren't the greatest, they're still good. I highly recommend this album to everyone, Pink Floyd fan or not.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    pink floyd

    i love listening to pink floyd, they put me in my happy place. When i listen to their music, light melodies of joy and wonder (amazingly recorded) come out of my stereos. Wish you were here is my favorite pink floyd album, but i love them all. Shine on you crazy diamond makes me close my eyes, and shut out the entire world

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wish You Were Here

    I almost rate this one up there with "Dark Side of the Moon." It just doesn't have that flow to it like that one does. Granted, this is an excellent album. The title song is one of my favorite Floyd songs of all time. If you are a fan of classic rock, own this one soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best album of all time!

    This is the best album ever. Every song on it is awesome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a wish come true

    this is one of pink floyds best peaces of work ever . and is amazing how they created the sounds for this 1975 classic/ for instance whille i was on pinkfloyd com it was mentioned that the opening syth sound you hear on shine on. was created with wine glasses filled and band members rubbing there fingers around the rims to get the sound and recording it whlle someone elsese was playing with the fader. or something like that/and one intreview i read about david gilmour that the radio into to wish you were here was done by a microphone running from inside the studio to the outside parking lot to gilmours car and was fiddling with the radio/ this is a verry incrdible album one of my faviortes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the greatest albums of all-time - and the best Pink Floyd album

    There's no other album quite like Pink Floyd's 'Wish You Were Here'. A most exquisite, and consistent recording, it gets my vote for 'best Pink Floyd album'. Always liked how they used an outside vocalist (Roy Harper) for "Have a Cigar" - giving the album that much more dimension to the loose concept of the album involving Syd Barrett. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" seems to be something of the band's centerpiece and arguably overall highest point (consider that Pink Floyd's box set is called 'Shine On' and Syd Barrett's is called 'Crazy Diamond', if that means anything). However, there was always something about "SOYCD" that I wondered about ... on 'WYWH' it appears in two parts (as per the original 1975 LP release, 'parts I - V' and 'parts VI - IX'). There was a 10-minute edit of both parts that appeared on the lackluster 'A Great Collection of Dance Songs' in 1981 ... then yet another, longer edit that appears on 'Echoes: the Best of Pink Floyd' in 2001 (that one is a truer edit since it goes to the end of 'part V', as the saxophone is improvising and fading out, segueing into 'part VI' where the wind noises and then bass part enters - however it doesn't join all nine parts, not sure what part it ends on but it's not the whole of what was once on side 2). I always wondered how it would be to hear the whole "SOYCD" as one long track, not as two halves of a whole suite on opposite sides of an LP (or track 1 and 5 of a CD) ... For those of you with a proper MP3 editing program, or even a Sony MiniDisc recorder unit that allows for 'A - B' editing, you can create your very own 'seamless, 24-minute' "Shine on You Crazy Diamond", if you ever wanted to hear it all in one long, uninterrupted shot. I realize that some might think that's painting a moustache on the Mona Lisa, but this is the digital age and you can do things like that which were nearly impossible before.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Masterpiece

    Though it is difficult to rank the Pink Floyd albums, I must say that this is my favorite one. It is fabulous, from start to finish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    possibly the greatest put together album of all time

    in this album all the songs are beautifully written and put together and they flow into each other perfectly. this is my opinion and the same views are shared by my friends. this is a great cd and worth buying...as is pretty much anything else by pink floyd

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