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Meddle is the sixth studio album by Pink Floyd, released in 1971. Despite the soundtrack album Obscured by Clouds coming straight after this album, Meddle is generally considered to be the direct precursor to The Dark Side of the Moon. “Echoes” (which takes the whole of the second side of the album) is generally considered to be one of the best Pink Floyd songs. Alternatively, for better or worse “Seamus” is generally considered to be one of the worst Pink Floyd songs.

Preceded by Atom Heart Mother. Proceeded by Obscured by Clouds.



Side One

  1. “One of These Days” (5:57)
  2. “A Pillow of Winds” (5:10)
  3. “Fearless” (6:08)
  4. “San Tropez” (3:43)
  5. “Seamus” (2:16)

Side Two

  1. “Echoes” (23:29)

Principal Members:

  • David Gilmour - lead vocals, guitar, bass, harmonica, sound effects
  • Nick Mason - drums, percussion, lead vocals, cymbals, hi-hats, sound effects
  • Roger Waters - bass, backing and lead vocals, guitar, sound effects
  • Richard Wright - organ, backing and co-lead vocals, piano, VCS3, synthesizer, sound effects


San Tropez:

  • Bookends: A quasi-example: The third-to-last section of "Echoes" features some thematic similarities to “One of These Days”. The first track itself begins and ends with wind noises, although the end fades into "A Pillow of Winds".
  • Concept Album: Arguably. Many of the songs tie into a loose theme, but it has not been confirmed as one.
  • Creepy Crows: In the middle of "Echoes" the music switches to spooky noises with high pitched noises resembling screams and animal/bird calls. About two minutes later crows start to caw in the background.
  • Epic Instrumental Opener: "One of These Days", both to "A Pillow of Winds" and the "Meddle" part of the album.
    • "Echoes" has this, too.
  • Epic Rocking: "Echoes". (23:29) is the most prominent example, but "One of These Days" (5:57) and "Fearless" (6:08) also qualify.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: The Japanese release of this album changed the track name of "One of These Days" to 吹けよ風、呼べよ嵐 (fuke yo kaze, yobe yo arashi), or "Blow, Wind! Call Forth, Storm!" Not a totally inaccurate description of the song itself though.
  • Grand Finale: "Echoes".
  • Limited Lyrics Song: For certain definitions of the word "Lyrics", we have "One of These Days".
    One of these days I'm going to cut you into little pieces.
    • "Echoes" also has less than 3 minutes of lyrics despite lasting for over 23 minutes
  • Mind Screw: "Echoes", particularly the line "I am you and what I see is me"
  • Minimalistic Cover Art: The album cover is what appears to be a series of abstract colours, which are actually formed from a close-up of an ear underwater.
  • Non-Appearing Title: "A Pillow of Winds".
  • Once an Episode: "A Pillow of Winds", "Fearless" and "San Tropez".
  • One-Word Title: "Meddle", "Echoes", "Fearless", "Seamus".
  • Shout-Out: The bass guitar-heavy bridge of "One of These Days" includes a quote from the Doctor Who theme on a keyboard in the background.
  • Step Up to the Microphone: Nick Mason "sings" lead on "One of These Days", Roger Waters sings lead on "San Tropez", and Richard Wright sings co-lead vocals on "Echoes".
  • Take That!: Roger Waters said that the final, underwater-themed lyrics of "Echoes" were meant as Take Thats against the space rock image they'd been associated with.
  • Variant Cover: U.S. editions used a different tint for the ear pictures as well as putting text on the front cover. Reissues from 1994 on use the U.K. cover.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: This video from San Tropez. Also upon looking at this video's comment section, the concept of these guys being "non-sexy" flies right out the window.


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