It had a lot to live up to - their previous LP, Dark Side Of The Moon, was a multi-million selling phenomenon that took up residence on the album charts for years. Luckily, the band were at their creative peak - but the troubles that surrounded the group over the past few years found their way into the music. The song is about Syd Barrett, the original frontman and chief songwriter of the Floyd, who left the group in after his mental and physical health and reliabity deteriorated thanks to heavy drug use. Ironically, the man himself visited Abbey Road while the song was being recorded, but was initially not recognised by his former bandmates. But Waters later said: "Shine On is not really about Syd — he's just a symbol for all the extremes of absence some people have to indulge in because it's the only way they can cope with how fucking sad it is, modern life, to withdraw completely. The song and opens with the sound of a radio tuning away from the previous track Have A Cigar , across a station playing Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony and on to Dave Gilmour playing the delicate string acoustic guitar intro. Probably in an hour. It was one of those happy times when stream of consciousness works, and words come out. I wanna be engaged. Latest Videos.
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Reflecting the bands thoughts of the time on the music business, and exploring themes of absence, Wish You Were Here contains the classic cut Shine On You Crazy Diamond, a tribute to founder member Syd Barrett. Skip to main content. Only 1 left in stock more on the way. Quantity: 1 2 3 Quantity: 1. Add to Cart. Secure transaction.
The album's themes include criticism of the music business , alienation, and a tribute to founding member Syd Barrett , who left seven years earlier with deteriorating mental health. Wish You Were Here received mixed reviews from critics on its release, who found its music uninspiring and inferior to their previous work. It has retrospectively received critical acclaim, hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time, and was cited by keyboardist Richard Wright and guitarist David Gilmour as their favourite Pink Floyd album. Since then, the record has sold an estimated 13 million copies. As Pink Floyd had never employed a publicist and kept themselves distant from the press, their relationship with the media began to sour. Mason said later that a critical NME review by Syd Barrett devotee Nick Kent may have had influence in keeping the band together, as they returned to the studio in the first week of