This seems to be dying, but I'll contribute anyways. My "of the week" is a little indie band from England called Pink Floyd. I chose a handful of their songs for you all to rate and review. Have at it...
From 1970's "Atom Heart Mother" album, "Summer '68"
"Free Four", from the 1972 album "Obscured by Clouds"
"Us and Them", from the 1973 masterpiece "Dark Side of the Moon"
The title cut of the 1975 classic "Wish You Were Here"
From the 1979 mega-smash album "The Wall", the track "Nobody Home"
The title track from the final Pink Floyd album to feature Roger Waters, "The Final Cut"
Ok ... confession time I have only ever heard one album (the wall) and one song (money) I used to play it in a covers band (I also took against it as self indulgent nonsense) but then was going through a Rush phase (yes I lived in glass houses and threw stones). So a long long time ago I consigned these to the same 'desperately dull bin' as Led Zep. So for many many years I have never reconsidered them again. I have heard a couple of Dave Gilmour tracks on the radio recently (with his last album being a radio2 record of the week) and slightly warmed despite his limited voice. I would say in my defence I bought radio kaos when I was a student and it did nothing to convince me to listen again.
So I am considering this a brand new chance to enjoy these guys and all previous attitudes washed away. ... I will pay it proper attention and look forward to hearing it
ok part 1 of review as i'm still as busy as I have been the last few months
1..Summer ’68 ..immediately reminded me of spirit in the sky. nice vibe ...not sure which came first..liked it a lot
2..us and them ...this is what I was talking in my initial view...long, far too long...a minute and 29 secs to the verse, 2:46 to the chorus. nice bowie style sax solo's...not really one for me.
3..wish you were here is excellent from 1:25 on - yes when the vocal starts...the producers let them get away with murder in terms of length ...i used that white noise generator that appears at the end myself on recordings. Depressing to see I was in no means original and they did it better
Part 2 ... sorry I have correction 1..summer of 68 not available in uk territory 1ish..free four has the spirit in the sky vibe 4 Nobody home ... this is part of a much bigger piece tis my guess else all that stuff at the start makes little sense. There is a central melancholic feel to all of this music, generally I tend to find this very appealing. The shopping list songs are always popular and the lush orchestration can only help to underline it...the last line timing is very odd and unexpected...I assume the album has some intra-track noodling that allows such an odd edit. I liked it
5..final cut - too long, not one for me.
All in all I've enjoyed listening to this. when stripped down (and there is the rub they need stripping back or enjoyed as album pieces) there is a couple of great songs and a couple of clunkers. Surprisingly (for me) are the sounds but I guess they are of the time you can hear strains of Dylan/Bowie and numerous other 70's sounds in there. Not sure I get on with the voices as they don't really appeal to me but that again could be my bias. it is bizzare to me though the very thing I like about radiohead if find less appealing here...maybe my biases remain, I hope not I hope I was fair.
without doubt for me the best tracks on here are wish you were here, followed by free four ... they were all better than money
Post by queenofthehours on Sept 16, 2016 16:47:57 GMT
Summer ’68 - I like the piano. This sounds like typical Floyd to me, nice and mellow and spacey. The kind of sound modern bands try to fake to get “authentic 60s” sounds.
Free Four - I like this a lot, jaunty and inventive at the same time, especially I like the drums and the claps. A bit Procol Harum on their more humorous songs. My favourite PF track I've ever heard.
Us And Them - I know this, sometimes I like it sometimes not. Sometimes I think it's too long and spacey and I get impatient with it other times I love the track for it’s slowness. It's mood-dependent.
Wish You Were Here - I know this as well and I like it. The guitar is good but not typical PF, more rock, traditional rock not Floydian spacey rock. I do like this, one of the best.
Nobody Home - Each PF track sounds a little different. This sounds a bit like Dylan.
The Final Cut - I like this more than the last and it's still a bit Dylan, quite a lot actually to my ears. Very dramatic sounding, there's more life in it than all the spacey stuff.
Yay Floyd! I really needed to hear these since my PF knowledge is woeful. I always thought they were a bit humourless despite their talent but I've heard here a few more tracks which encourage me to listen to more.
01. "Summer ’68" - Elton John with a psychedelic take on The Beach Boys it sounds like. Very cool PF tune I was not aware of. Like the buildup. Not the typical kind of song we associate with PF. Can almost here some Sgt. Pepper's in it.
02. "Free Four" - Kind of standard. Doesn't do a lot for me.
03. "Us And Them" - Nice melancholic feel. Sax very good. Lyrics seem to have the feel of wondering what all the fighting, us vs. them, stuff is always about, which seems like a somewhat fair sentiment for someone who grew up in the Vietnam era.
04. "Wish You Were Here" - Beautiful acoustic guitar and melody. Great classic, with universal sentiment as 88 alluded to. Really like this one, always have.
05. "Nobody Home - Reminds me of the character in the song "Ain't Got You" by Bruce Springsteen: "...but the only thing I ain't got baby, I ain't got you."
06. "The Final Cut" - Hopefully some people who need to hear the last verse of this song will hear it!
star rating: 4 out of 5 prime cuts: "Summer 68", "Wish You Were Here" bottom line: Pink Floyd's always been about having to go through the darkness before you see the light, as most of these songs demonstrate.
Thanks Chippa, enjoyed the tunes. Will mark you down for the next spot, and send a reminder to see if you might be up for doing it the next time as well.
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