“So, so you think you can tell . . . “

| March 14, 2020

Well, I’m back on the road again; I should be over 100 miles from home by now. And since this is a longish trip – around 4,500 miles, give or take a bit – much music will be played to pass the time.

So, yeah: what follows is yet another musical ramble. Consider yourself forewarned.

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In 1975, Pink Floyd had a bit of a problem. They were releasing another album – and it was the follow up to their groundbreaking Dark Side of the Moon, which was already widely acclaimed as being one of the best popular music albums ever.

Topping their previous album almost certainly wasn’t going to happen. But they gave it their best shot.

The follow-up was titled Wish You Were Here. It was a tribute to founding member Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd’s original vocalist and primary songwriter – as well as a rather scathing critique of the music business, circa the early 1970s. (Barrett had been kicked out of the band in 1968 due to increasingly unreliable and bizarre behavior, likely due to a combination of mental issues and excessive use of recreational chemicals – with the latter probably causing or exacerbating the former. And the stress of going from small-time traveling band member to being the “face” and primary songwriter for a cutting-edge hot band certainly didn’t help, either.)

The album was successful, though not as successful as its predecessor; it topped the charts in both the US and UK. However, initial critical reception was mixed. Many critics panned it at the time.

The album has aged exceptionally well. It’s now thought to be perhaps the band’s second-best album; it’s also included on many “all-time best” album listings.

It’s also perhaps the album were David Gilmour removed any doubt one might have about his exceptional skill as a guitarist. For IMO the best example from the album, see the third track below, between approx 2:25 and 4:40. No, that’s not slide guitar Gilmour’s playing; it’s an instrument not usually used in rock music, a steel pedal guitar. And it’s magnificent. (Gilmour’s work on the album’s other tracks – especially the other two tracks below – is also superb.)

I recently listened to these tracks for the first time in probably decades. They pass the test of time. Enjoy.

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That’s all for now. Will check in from the road as time permits.

Category: Pointless blather, Who knows

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  1. 5th/77th FA says:

    Safe travels Hondo. Keep it on the black stuff between the trees. Tanks for the memory.

  2. 26Limabeans says:

    “Have a cigar”

    Pour a good whiskey neat and drown your sorrows.
    Good tune to draw out what’s bugging you.

    Safe trip Hondo.

  3. Welcome home Hondo, and I hope you were playing Give Me Forty Acres So I can Turn This Rig Around on your 8 track player while gear jamming and split shifting.

  4. NHSparky says:

    Great road album right there.

  5. Martinjmpr says:

    Wish You Were Here is by far my favorite PF album with “Animals” being a close second. DSOTM – It’s good but I think it suffered from being overplayed on FM radio.

  6. Green Thumb says:

    Are you lost?

    Sometimes that’s not a bad thing…..

  7. AZRobert says:

    3 albums back to back when Floyd is played are Darkside, Wish you were here and Animals….they all blend so well together when all you have is time on your side to enjoy…..

    Time was….Dubside of the moon….

  8. Sparks says:

    Heaven from hell
    Blue skies from pain

    Some of my favorite listening. Steely Dan is another and every time I listen I hear something new.

  9. Eggs says:

    A very appropriate post for the day.

    This afternoon in Buffalo NY, there is a gathering of people who are bidding a friend farewell. A friend that I had the pleasure of serving with in my Coast Guard days at Group Buffalo. In recent years we kept in touch on Facebook, and when I went to see how she was doing after work on Wednesday, I had found she had passed in her sleep on the 11th. Among other things, she was a big Pink Floyd fan.

    So in a bit, I will pour a shot of Hornitos and think of the people in Buffalo gathered to share tears, stories, a few beers and of course, some Floyd.

    Rest Easy Pamela. Wish you were (still) here.