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  • Breathe -The Pink Floyd Experience 2022

    By Donald R. Simon Last Reply by jonsm aradona Sunday April 2022, 23:36 EDT


    Keyboardist Richard Wright left, only to return later as a salaried sideman during Pink Floyd’s tours in 1980 and 1981. Pink Floyd – minus Wright – went on to record its 1983 album, The Final Cut. Waters eventually quit Pink Floyd in 1985 and sued members Gilmour and Mason in an attempt to stop them from using the brand name, arguing that Pink Floyd was a spent force creatively.

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jonsm aradona replied...

It’s now generally agreed by Floyd aficionados that Meddle was the point where Pink Floyd as we know them really began. There’s the fizzing energetic opener One Of These Days which is the blueprint for half of the songs on …Dark Side Of The Moon. The soundtrack music that they had recorded was there to serve a function: it was atmospheric. But they weren’t great songs. One Of These Days is Pink Floyd 2.0.

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Harry Shurek replied...

While in their early incarnation they were a pop band as well as a psychedelic free-form freakout band, Arnold Layne and See Emily Play both being hit singles, the subsequent years saw them completely lose interest in the singles chart. In that way they were going with the flow of their contemporaries, becoming an albums focussed band. But One Of These Days, a great song (despite not having words other than a spoken phrase) proved that they were still able to turn out something approachable when they felt like it.

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Krishna Narine replied...

Pink Floyd was one of the first bands to be allowed to produce their own albums. Peter Bown, who had worked with them on Atom Heart Mother, and John Leckie recorded and engineered the bulk of the recording work at London’s Abbey Road studio. They were left alone, recalls John Leckie. Colin Miles, who was the only person at EMI who could relate to Pink Floyd, used to turn up occasionally with a couple of bottles of wine. Maybe some spliff. They worked hard, though, it wasn’t a party.

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jonsm aradona replied...

Floyd were an established band. They weren’t at the stage where they could afford a garage full of sports cars, but they were making a fairly good living from touring and recording. They were starting to have success in the US and had just returned from a US tour when they started work on Meddle.