Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here

Published on 7 March 2019 by

        Wish You Were Here is the ninth studio album by the English progressive rock group Pink Floyd, released in September 1975. Inspired by material the group composed while performing across Europe, Wish You Were Here was recorded in numerous sessions at London’s Abbey Road Studios. Some of the songs critique the music business, others express alienation, and “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” is a tribute to Syd Barrett, whose mental breakdown had forced him to leave the group seven years earlier. It was lead writer Roger Waters’ idea to split “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” into two parts and use it to bookend the album around three new compositions, introducing a new concept as the group had done with their previous album, The Dark Side of the Moon. Although far more personal than any other Floyd work to date, Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here bristles with anger, self-loss, confusion, and hope. Finally confident in their own ability as artists, the group sought to tackle the demons of its troubled past. “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” is probably the best song Floyd ever produced, as it attempts to pay tribute to the group’s original front man Syd Barrett, who was at one point the most important member of the band. This song also aims to make a public statement about Barrett’s tragic decline into madness. The use of the word “piper” in reference to the subject of the song is a clear allusion to Barrett in that it conjures up memories of Floyd’s debut album, “Piper at the Gates of Dawn,” of which Barrett deserves most of the credit. The music perfectly suits the feeling of the song which, all at once, expresses its gratitude and appreciation for what Barrett did for the group, while also explaining why they couldn’t have possibly continued making music with him as their leader.

David Gilmour – lead and backing vocals, guitar, lap steel guitar, EMS Synthi AKS, keyboards, tape effects
Nick Mason – drums, percussion, tape effects
Roger Waters – lead and backing vocals, bass guitar, guitar, EMS VCS 3, tape effects
Richard Wright – keyboards, EMS VCS 3, clavinet, backing vocals

Additional musicians
Dick Parry – saxophone on “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”
Roy Harper – lead vocals on “Have a Cigar”
The Blackberries (Venetta Fields and Carlena Williams) – backing vocals
Stéphane Grappelli – violin on “Wish You Were Here” (uncredited)



Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here Tracklist

  1.  “Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts I–V” 
  2.  “Welcome to the Machine” Waters Waters, Gilmour 7:30
  3.  “Have a Cigar” Waters Harper 5:24
  4.  “Wish You Were Here” Waters, Gilmour Gilmour 5:17
  5.  “Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts VI–IX”

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