The Pink Floyd Journey

Hello,

After Kevin bought a few of the older Pink Floyd vinyl I realized there were many Pink Floyd albums I'd never really sat down and listened to, then I proceeded to get on Spotify and start at the beginning. What a Journey!

Seems there were (at least) three distinct eras in the PF history:

  1. With Syd
  2. Recently without Syd, addition of Gilmour
  3. Modern Sound

 

Growing up I have listed to #3 so much I actually can't stand to hear most of it now, played over and over--the radio stations in the US didn't help with this.  The very first record I remember was a 45 single of "Another Brick in the Wall", and did I wear that out when I was 8 years old.  Heard "Comfortably Numb" so many times I hate it now unfortunately. Obviously great stuff though, just listened to all of it too much for one lifetime I think.

Listening to the first couple of albums I was not really enamored by them, but boy the middle era (2) is where I really found what I was looking for.  It was not as polished as the 3rd era stuff, and not as much random noise and incoherence as the 1st era...mellow, and pleasing, with lyrics that claw at this mid-life crisis bloke's heart. You can really hear the modern Pink Floyd sound build through the albums, and by Meddle its there in full.  Meddle was released in 1971, the year I was born.

My favorites:  More, Atom Heart Mother, Obscured by Clouds.  I have just received the heavyweight remaster of More, and will be working on the others.  "The Nile Song" is a real treat to me, and does *not* sound right on digital, but on Vinyl is great.  The entire album is *incredible* on vinyl!  Another one I'm fond of is "Fat Old Sun."  As a new found friend of Jazz, I'm amazed by "Up the Khyber" which has a real Jazz feel to it.

Lastly, no band can make that "grand" (sound as I'll call it) like Pink Floyd--you know the one where it sounds like you have just jumped off a mountain in a hang-glider and can see the world below you...floating; that grand sound.  Not sure how to explain it, but its in many of their songs...all of a sudden just a euphoric, smooth, other worldly sound that seems like it couldn't get more amazing, but it does, and they are able to find many variations on it.  Its a feature of Pink Floyd, and I've never quite heard any band that does this particular thing.

 

Cheers

SITG

 

 

Original Post

Certainly my all time favourite band and good to see they have rereleased their back catalogue on vinyl - reviews have been very positive on the quality of these. 

Sadly I don't think we'll see their likes again as its all "instant success and disappear these days..... 

Enjoy

gary

SNAIC in the Grass posted:

Wondering if Atom Heart Mother and Obscured by Clouds are going to be re-released...

According to news releases PF's entire catalog will be set to vinyl during various intervals in 2016, although I have to wonder whether this will include "The Endless River".

I saw them quite a bit when they were first starting out & had all the vinyl at one point.  I've replaced all but the early stuff with CD (now ripped) & added all the various releases after the break up & individuals solo work.   Sorry to say I am not a Syd fan, I have Pipers at the Gate CD (ripped)  but took a pass on the rest.  For me today, PF did not start until David & am a big fan,  I can take Roger depending on mood & wish Richard had done more.

Kevin-W posted:
SNAIC in the Grass posted:

Wondering if Atom Heart Mother and Obscured by Clouds are going to be re-released...

Found them on Discogs, but many are "unnoficial" colored vinyl.  Anyone have any idea how these would sound?

Yes they are, in July.

Oh goody, it's going to be a good summer.

SNAIC in the Grass posted:

 

Lastly, no band can make that "grand" (sound as I'll call it) like Pink Floyd--you know the one where it sounds like you have just jumped off a mountain in a hang-glider and can see the world below you...floating; that grand sound.  Not sure how to explain it, but its in many of their songs...all of a sudden just a euphoric, smooth, other worldly sound that seems like it couldn't get more amazing, but it does, and they are able to find many variations on it.  Its a feature of Pink Floyd, and I've never quite heard any band that does this particular thing.

You'll find that same euphoric, otherworldly sound on Nils Petter Molvaer's album 'Khmer'. Every time I listen to it, I can't help but think that this is what Pink Floyd's music might have evolved into.

SNAIC in the Grass posted:
Kevin-W posted:
SNAIC in the Grass posted:

Wondering if Atom Heart Mother and Obscured by Clouds are going to be re-released...

Found them on Discogs, but many are "unnoficial" colored vinyl.  Anyone have any idea how these would sound?

Yes they are, in July.

LIES!

Ha! I know - pushed back to September now I think, maybe even further...

nickpeacock posted:

23m 44s later...

Yep, picking jaw up from the floor again...

When you pick up your jaw again listen to Obscured by Clouds.  "If" and the unbelievable "Mudmen" will have it right back on the floor again.

After wiring it shut then listen to More...the entire albums is incredible.

 

SNAIC in the Grass posted:
nickpeacock posted:

23m 44s later...

Yep, picking jaw up from the floor again...

When you pick up your jaw again listen to Obscured by Clouds.  "If" and the unbelievable "Mudmen" will have it right back on the floor again.

After wiring it shut then listen to More...the entire albums is incredible.

 

Ah yes, fabulous stuff! Very keen on early (and, heretical though it may be, post-Syd) Pink Floyd. Proud owner of CD box set with facsimiles of original inlays etc...

What I have to say may be even more heretical then!

I've listened to Pink Floyd all of my life...literally my first vinyl was a 45 RPM of Another Brick in the Wall.  Heard the modern Pink Floyd stuff every since then literally all the time, its always played on the radio constantly without end.  Recently I went back to the beginning and really listened and I can honestly say Pink Floyd was better *after* Syd, and before the modern sound.  Sure their sound became more popular and well put together (polished) from Dark Side of the Moon and beyond.

SNAIC in the Grass posted:

What I have to say may be even more heretical then!

I've listened to Pink Floyd all of my life...literally my first vinyl was a 45 RPM of Another Brick in the Wall.  Heard the modern Pink Floyd stuff every since then literally all the time, its always played on the radio constantly without end.  Recently I went back to the beginning and really listened and I can honestly say Pink Floyd was better *after* Syd, and before the modern sound.  Sure their sound became more popular and well put together (polished) from Dark Side of the Moon and beyond.

Ha! I revised for my A-levels with 'Animals' playing quietly in the background. It sort of got hard-wired into me. I feel a spot of Floyd renewal therapy coming on...

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