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Learn more about Wish You Were Here (w/ Book)(Experience Edition):

Format: CD
Sku: 221861633
UPC: 099902945026
UPC 14: 05099902945026
Release Date: 11/8/2011
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Shine on You Crazy Diamond, Pts. 1-5 ~ Pink Floyd
2. Welcome to the Machine ~ Pink Floyd
3. Have a Cigar ~ Pink Floyd
4. Wish You Were Here ~ Pink Floyd
5. Shine on You Crazy Diamond, Pts. 6-9 ~ Pink Floyd
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Shine on You Crazy Diamond [Live At Wembley 1974] - (previously unreleased, live) ~ Pink Floyd
2. Raving and Drooling [Live at Wembley 1974] - (previously unreleased, live) ~ Pink Floyd
3. You've Got to Be Crazy [Live at Wembley 1974] - (previously unreleased, live) ~ Pink Floyd
4. Wine Glasses [From "Household Objects" Project] - (previously unreleased) ~ Pink Floyd
5. Have a Cigar [Alternate Version] - (previously unreleased) ~ Pink Floyd
6. Wish You Were Here - (previously unreleased, featuring St?phane Grappelli) ~ Pink Floyd

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Pink Floyd: David Gilmour (vocals, guitar); Richard Wright (vocals, keyboards, VCS3 syntheszier); Roger Waters (vocals, bass); Nick Mason (drums).
Muze PNote Additional personnel: Roy Harper (vocals); Dick Parry (saxophone); Venetta Fields, Carlena Williams (background vocals).
Muze PNote
Muze PNote Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, England from January-July 1975.
Muze PNote Digitally remastered by Doug Sax (The Mastering Lab, Los Angeles, California).
Muze PNote Lyricist: Roger Waters.
Muze PNote Personnel: David Gilmour (vocals, guitar); Richard Wright (vocals, piano, keyboards); Roger Waters (vocals, bass guitar); Nick Mason (drums); Venetta Fields, Carlena Williams (background vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Damon Iddins; Andy Jackson.
Muze PNote Recording information: Abbey Road Studios, London (01/1974-07/1975); The Empire Pool, Wembley, London (01/1974-07/1975); Abbey Road Studios, London (01/1975-07/1975); The Empire Pool, Wembley, London (01/1975-07/1975); Abbey Road Studios, London (11/1974); The Empire Pool, Wembley, London (11/1974).
Muze PNote The breakthrough success of Dark Side of the Moon made Wish You Were Here a crucial follow-up in strictly commercial terms. Further pressure came from it being Pink Floyd's first recording for a new label, Columbia. Yet the demands on the band only provided Roger Waters more fodder for his lyrics, which glanced at the band's roots as well as their new responsibilities. The mechanized throb of a VCS3 synthesizer, fed through a repeat-echo unit, signals the opening bars of "Welcome to the Machine," a diatribe against an industry more concerned with money than creative music-making. "Have a Cigar" further establishes Waters' contempt by bringing in singer Roy Harper to play the role of a "faceless suit," who none-too-innocently asks, "Which one's Pink?" The remaining songs indirectly look back to the first casualty of Pink Floyd's growing fame, the group's founder, Syd Barrett. The 20-minute-plus "Shine on You Crazy Diamond" has its roots in earlier pieces like "Atom Heart Mother Suite" and "Echoes." But rather than just another Floydian soundscape, its lyrics make it a paean to Barrett's genius and a requiem for his subsequent breakdown. The first five of the song's nine movements open the album with sax player Dick Parry wailing as effectively as he did on Dark Side of the Moon. The final four sections, which close the album, form a reprise that starts with the sound of wind and David Gilmour's guitar screaming and crying. The band then settles into a laid-back jam that ends with Richard Wright's billowing synth delicately fading out. The title track deals also with Barrett, as well as the tension the idealist Waters was feeling in battling the greed that surrounded the band's success. The themes of disillusionment planted throughout Wish You Were Here would eventually sprout full-blown on The Wall.

Producer: Pink Floyd

Engineer: Brian Humphries

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Roy Harper
Muze Guest Artist Stephane Grappelli

Associated Artists and Works

Dire Straits
Easy Star All-Stars
London Philharmonic Orchestra
On, Pickin'
Original Soundtrack
Out Of Phase (Rock)
Out of Phase (Rock)
Phase, Out Of
Phase, Out Of (Rock)
Pickin' On
Prydz, Eric
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Back Against The Wall ~ Various Artists
The Piano Tribute to Pink Floyd ~ Various Artists
Back Against the Wall: A Tribute to Pink Floyd ~ Various Artists
Vitamin String Quartet

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 11/07/2011
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1975
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 029450
Music Label Name Label : EMI Music Distribution
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 05099902945026

Professional Reviews

Q (6/00, p.72)
- Ranked #43 in Q's "100 Greatest British Albums" - "Stuck with the impossible task of following DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, Pink Floyd did it with panache....'Shine On You Crazy Diamond' is the mellifluous rock-gospel opener, but there's weirder stuff here..."

Q (Magazine)
- "[The music] has a magnificently ethereal quality, with David Gilmour's guitar and Rick Wright's keyboards sounding like meteorites gently pinging around some far-off galaxy."

Record Collector (magazine)
- 5 stars out of 5 -- "WISH YOU WERE HERE remains the classic mid-period Floyd album that still partially clung to their MEDDLE template; but two of the album's four songs revealed the bleakness that would be part of Floyd's new vision."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Pink Floyd
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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