Awesome Music / Pink Floyd
There's a very
good reason Pink Floyd
- Roger Waters
, Syd Barrett
, David Gilmour, Richard Wright and Nick Mason - are one of the most successful acts ever.
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967)
A Saucerful of Secrets (1968)
- The whole album is 42 minutes of prime space rock/psychedelia, including "Astronomy Domine", "Lucifer Sam", "Take Up Thy Stethoscope And Walk", "Interstellar Overdrive", and "Bike", as well as the singles, "Arnold Layne" and "See Emily Play", that were spawned during this period.
- "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" (the only song to feature performances by both Syd Barrett and David Gilmour) is one of the masterpieces of Pink Floyd's early psychedelic era. Roger Waters' haunting, whispered vocals, Richard Wright's wizardry with the Farfisa organ and vibraphone, and Nick Mason's soft drumming make this song an unforgettable classic.
- The darkly satirical "Corporal Clegg" does the improbable and makes a kazoo solo awesome. It is also notable for being the only Pink Floyd song to feature lead vocals by Nick Mason (though only in the verses).
- "The Nile Song" and "Ibiza Bar" AKA the heaviest Pink Floyd songs ever written. Heck, they even helped with the development of Heavy Metal!!
Atom Heart Mother (1970)
- The entire live half is an absolutely fantastic journey into what Pink Floyd shows were like in their psychedelic years (particularly for those too young to have actually experienced it in the flesh). All four songs are superbly done, but "A Saucerful of Secrets" in particular is utterly sublime.
- "If" is an important track as well, as it is similar to "Brain Damage" from The Dark Side of the Moon.
- "Summer '68" is a major stand-out from the album. Influenced by The Beach Boys, it's generally considered to be one of the stronger compositions by Richard Wright.
- "Fat Old Sun" shows that even Pink Floyd can show their calmer side every once in a while.
Obscured by Clouds (1972)
The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
- "One of These Days", anyone? The bass line is simple yet haunting, and the slide guitar jam in the second half is icing on the cake. This is the reason why Meddle is a great album. Even more awesome is the Ascended Meme of playing the Doctor Who theme halfway through it, something which began on the "Delicate Sound of Thunder" tours. So awesome that every tribute act, including and especially the Australian Pink Floyd Show, does it.
- "Echoes". With 2001: A Space Odyssey. You cannot get more awesome than that. As for the song itself... the reprise and release, the band jam with the two guitar solos in a row, the whale song. Just unbelievable. Hell, even the intro. Just hearing the empty, ethereal ping...ping... leading into the main theme, you know you're in for something truly epic. The fact that Pink Floyd created such an atmosphere with a single repeated note is proof of their greatness. (Especially Wright's greatness, as he came up with the intro. He wasn't as visible as Waters or Gilmour, but his contributions were nonetheless vital.) After the eerie whale song section, the band slowly builds a crescendo over Rick Wright's organ solo until the song bursts into what can only be described as a musical orgasm.
If you had to narrow Pink Floyd's awesome output down to one album, it'd be The Dark Side of the Moon
, their most critically acclaimed and commercially successful work. It was on the Billboard Top 200 for 14 years
and would have re-entered the chart again had Billboard not changed the rules to prevent that (instead, it remains a mainstay of their "Catalog" chart). When they changed their rules in 2009 to allow catalog albums and re-entries into the Billboard Top 200, The Dark Side of the Moon
re-entered the chart a few weeks later and has popped in here and there ever since.
Wish You Were Here (1975)
The Wall (1979)
- "Time". The intro alone is awesome. The contrast between the more aggressive sections sung by Gilmour, and the more mellow and melancholic moments sung by Wright is breathtaking, particularly so at "Breathe (Reprise)". It should go without saying that this is one of Gilmour's best guitar solos.
- "The Great Gig in the Sky"... set to a simulation of an asteroid impact. There is no Pink Floyd song like it, thanks to all of Clare Torry's energy and passion pouring into the vocals (one of two guest performances in the discography) and Nick Mason's most brilliant yet overlooked drum playing.
- "Brain Damage" is a highlight.
The Final Cut (1983)
A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987)
The Division Bell (1994)
- "In the Flesh?" with its epic guitar opener, and invitation into the mind of Pink, setting up the rest of this amazing album.
- "Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)" will always kick major ass. ALWAYS. At exactly the 2:49 mark is one the most amazing note bends in musical history. Just that 5 seconds there is one the finest moments in music. It's even more insanely awesome when mashed up excellently with the Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive".
- "Hey You" and the moments Pink realizes he has spent his whole life making a mistake and tries to reconnect to humanity, even though he knows his efforts are doomed to failure.
- "Comfortably Numb" is a huge fan favorite and gains more radio play than any other Pink Floyd song these days, for a reason. Especially the live version from Pulse. The ending guitar solo almost hurts, and the light show isn't exactly a detractor.
- "Run Like Hell" is seriously badass.
- "Waiting for the Worms". The epic anthem for pure Neo-Nazi evil.
- "The Trial" anyone? (Warning, that link leads to one of the weirdest and scariest music videos ever. Still a fantastic climax track.)
- "Outside the Wall", particularly the movie version, is a haunting reflection of the events that transpired throughout the story prior, serving as a reassuring acceptance that we all have our own social difficulties and barriers, and that while not all of us can overcome them, we can at least reconcile with them.
The Endless River (2014)
- "High Hopes" (music video) is mesmerisingly beautiful, and "Poles Apart" and "Coming Back to Life" are awesome too. There's so much emotion in some of these songs that it hurts, and this album should never be overlooked. "High Hopes" might also count as a Tear Jerker because it seems like the band's farewell to their loyal audience. On the Echoes compilation, though, it's cleverly segued into Syd Barrett's "Bike" (by cutting from the closing church bell to a bicycle bell) so that they form a pair of reverse bookends to the band's career.
- The Grammy Award-winning instrumental "Marooned" is also an eerily moving listening experience with its marine mood reminiscent of "Echoes" and its vibrant guitar wails.
- "Anisina" (meaning "in memory of" in Turkish), a wordless tribute to the late Richard Wright.
- "Louder Than Words", a Grand Finale to the band as a whole that declares how despite Pink Floyd's turbulent history and the members' rocky relationships with each other, they were able to leave a wonderfully significant impact with their music.