There's a very
good reason Pink Floyd
are one of the most successful acts ever.
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967)
- Sitting down and listening to a Pink Floyd album from start to finish almost always counts as Awesome Music. Wish You Were Here, The Dark Side of the Moon, and Meddle are particularly well put together. The Wall is awesome in its own way too, as is Animals. Some may find The Final Cut fits into this category.
- 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". Not to mention the singles, "Arnold Layne" and "See Emily Play", that were spawned during this period.
- The entire live half of Ummagumma 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.
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.
- "Echoes" is the greatest song written. The reprise and the 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 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.)
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 fifteen 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, 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)
A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987)
The Division Bell (1994)
- Pigs (Three Different Ones). Charade you are for hating it.
- Dogs at 3:41 (and again at 14:07) when the root chord changes from D minor to C major (and goes back to D minor every 4 bars).
- "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 Book Ends to the band's career.