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Re: Your Top 5 Pink Floyd Albums
On Sep 20, 2008, at 12:30 PM, tEd ® KiLLiAn wrote:
> I was born in 1953 and have been a fan since i bought "Umagumma" as
> a brand new double LP at the corner record shop in 1969.
> I picked up on some of their earlier more psychodelic stuff after
> that and have bought everything ever since.
> I even find their early soundtrack albums, although weaker
> generally, to be still very enjoyable from time to time.
> Even some of the Gilmour era "reconstituted" Floyd is pretty darn
> good (much like Gilmour's solo efforts).
> News of Richard Wright's departure from this mortal coil was much
> to me like news of the death of Hendrix, Morrison, or Lennon.
> The end of an era.
Ted, you've got an notable similarity to me in every word above. Same
age (- a year), same album, same feelings.
Seeing my 1st Floyd show in March 1973, Dark Side of the Moon changed
my life. It changed my aim in life.
It had EVERYTHING: True Quadrophonic sound, a great light show, a
backdrop film, pyrotechnics! (massive explosion/ mushrooming fireball
in "Careful w/ that Axe, Eugene"), Rock guitar, spacey electronics,
appealing lyrics/ concept, sexy backup singers. It was very 3 (or
maybe 4 or 5) dimensional to me.
After 2 years in college I got a synth, got a 4 track reel to reel
(w/ sound-on-sound!), & found a girl who'd been a Floyd fan even
before me. Tried chasing the band for a few shows on subsequent
tours. I always made audience tapes. Got backstage a few times & once
gave band members Indian arrowheads (ones I'd found).
Rick seemed pleasantly down-to-earth the first time I got to say
"hi". They'd just seen "Star Wars" in Cleveland and he loved it .
They were about to play to 77,000 fans @ Cleveland's Stadium (with no
opening act). It set a new record at the time.
The band obviously hit a "Grand Slam" homerun w/ DSOTM. They were my
"heroes" for both their sound, and their low-key style. The Live at
Pompeii film also showed their sense of humor pretty well.
Very Sad to lose him. The music though, remains & continues .... it
Favorite albums: DSOTM, Wish You Were Here, Obscured by Clouds,
Meddle, & all the others..