Pink Floyd

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Post photo: Detail of Relic's record cover (1971)

When I first put "The Dark Side of the Moon" on my turntable, I knew I had to listen to the other Pink Floyd LPs as well. With "Wish You Were Here" I immediately made another stroke of luck and was now convinced that it was worth it Queen to hear more rock groups.

The 1977 record "Animals" then went quite well with what I was reading at the time, and so I set out to look at the older Pink Floyd records, which admittedly made me a Pink Floyd fan after a bit of getting used to them.

Interestingly, I first heard "The Wall" on the tennis court in 1980, so it probably took me a little longer to get used to the new style. At the end of my school days "The Final Cut" was released and at the same time it was a completely coincidental conclusion to my record purchases.

CDs became popular in the mid 1980's, leading to my collecting my favorite records in this format. Who would have thought back then that, decades later, people would be happy to go back to the old LPs — and some even to the singles.

"A Momentary Lapse of Reason" was only partially noticed in 1987, as was "The Division Bell", which I probably only bought out of habit in 1994.

Only when I rediscovered a few old LPs in a box after my retirement, which to my surprise had survived the many moves, did I rediscover "putting on records" and thus also collecting records. By now I should have all the Pink Floyd LPs together again, although I'm still more than annoyed about buying "The Endless River" (2014).

Pink Floyd was formed in Cambridge in 1965 and consisted of the musicians David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Richard Wright; Syd Barrett had already left the band in 1968. Pink Floyd finally disbanded in 2015.

I don't want to end this post until I've compiled my very own Pink Floyd leaderboard — it won't come as a surprise to the attentive reader.

Pink Floyd released 1967 studio and three live albums from 2014 to 13. There are also a few so-called compilation albums, of which I think “Relics” and “A Nice Pair” are worth mentioning.

  • Wish You Were Here (1975)
  • The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
  • The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967)
  • Animals (1977)
  • Ummagumma (1969)
  • Relics (1971)
  • A Nice Couple (1973)
  • The Wall (1979)
  • A Saucerful of Secrets (1968)
  • Meddle (1971)
  • Atom Heart Mother (1970)
  • The Final Cut (1983)
  • P U L S E (1995)
  • Is There Anyone Out There? The Wall Live 1980–81 (2000)
  • A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987)
  • Delicate Sound of Thunder (1988)
  • The Division Bell (1994)
  • The Endless River (2014)

"What it comes down to for me is: will the technologies of communication and culture — and especially popular music, which is a vast and beloved enterprise — help us to understand one another better, or will they deceive us and keep us apart?"

Roger Waters, Penthouse Magazine (September 1988)

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