Category Archives: Pink Floyd

The Wall-PINK FLOYD-1979


It’s my birthday today, so I was generally thinking about life and shit. Then I thought of the Wall, and decided that I might review an album that I grew up listening. It’s been a long time since I heard this one. Not that anybody needs any more reviews of the Great Floyd. But since I have started, I might as well finish it off.

First the useless prelims:-it is a rock opera, a concept album, about a guy who is surrounded by this metaphorical Wall, consisting of his mother, schoolteachers, wife etc This guy then goes nuts. That is the very basic outline, and the one most people agree upon. I won’t go on, if you like you can take your own interpretations of classics like Run Like Hell, Comfortably Numb, Nobody Home etc. It is more fun that way. Many people dismiss this by saying “Roger Waters is a prick, ohh he acts like he is so important, the fucker, pretentious bullshit” and so on and so forth. I trust that you won’t listen to these narrow SOBs and make your own opinion.

Wish me Happy Birthday.

Break the Walls Down!!

Now, for the musical style and value. EXCELLENT. There is no other description. It is classic after classic, trust me. Oh well, you already know that, dontcha!!  They also went disco!! Another Brick in the Wall!! The anthem for bored and tortured school students!! Yay!!

Ahem. On a more sedate note, if we pick apart song after song, there are classics enough for two normal albums. I could name them all, but that ain’t no use. No. The best way to listen to this album is to listen to it one sitting, and unlike Quadrofuckingphenia you will be able to achieve such a feat, very easily. Its only the rare album that I ever listen to in one sitting and this is one of those. In fact, in my humble opinion, there are not many albums in rock music which deserve to be heard in one sitting.

In the context of their career, this is more of a Waters solo album, more than a Pink Floyd album, but that is ok, cause this might be the only decent solo album Waters ever made. You know, this is rock, and it hits the sweet spots while Amused to Death and Radio K.A.O.S, err…..are just a big pile of horseshit.

That’s quite enough. Wish me Happy Birthday.

-Baba T

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Wish You Were Here-PINK FLOYD-1973


Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here - 1a

I am completely drunk off my ass. Completely.

I suppose this is the best time to write about my favorite album of all time.

Yes, this is my number one album of all time

I don’t know really, what to say about this one. Really. It’s an experience. Either you get it or you don’t.

When I want to meditate I listen to Shine on You Crazy Diamond. When I want to sleep, I listen to Shine on You Crazy Diamond. When I am sad, and need comforting at night, I listen to Shine on You Crazy Diamond. When I am tired of the world, I listen to Shine on You Crazy Diamond.

I really do not know what else to write. I have been listening to this album since 1996 when I was 6 years old, before I even knew about Pink Floyd. I listen to this album at least 3 times per week, for various reasons. Ok, let’s put all the sentimentalism aside. Let me review this album.

“Wish You Were Here” finds Pink Floyd at their progressive best. It contains the best “epic” song they have ever done, the tribute (supposedly) to Syd Barrett, Shine on You Crazy Diamond, which is divided into 2 parts, both about 13 minutes long. It is the most mesmerizing piece of music I have ever heard. No, it is. It is, it is. The song is built up slowly, and climaxes beautifully. The guitars are the main feature here. David Gilmour, you rock. Simply rock. It is the best piece of prog rock there is.

As for the other pieces of music, really, it’s all good. We have the overtly sentimental ballad, title track, then we have the cynical “fuck the music industry”, song, called, “Have a Cigar” which has the lyrics “By the Way, Which ones Pink?” You know all about it. There is only one type of review I can give this album. Positive. There is only one type of advice I can give regarding this album. Listen to it, if you haven’t already. Pink Floyd at its absolute best. Waters lyrics never got better, nor their tendency to put you into a trance. No piece of music has endeared to me more, and I don’t think any ever will, at least to this level.

-Baba T

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Dark Side of the Moon – PINK FLOYD – 1973


The world doesn’t need even one more review of this album. Not even one. But I’m still gonna go right ahead and write it out anyway just because I do this for fun. How could I not write about this one! It’s one of my favorites!

The legendary cover

The legendary cover

Now I know it would have been more fashionable to say that this album has flaws and stuff, but you know, who gives a DAMN anyway?! I for one don’t see “flaws” though I have read reviews which have pointed them out.

I have news for them. FUCK OFF.

Now that we are done with that, lets move on to the album that has sold like crazy but lesser than MJ’s “Thriller”. And that’s cool too, ‘cause that album has a lot of crazy cool pop hooks that I’m damn sure you wouldn’t find anywhere else. Oh and today is June 27, 2009 and MJ is dead so I did feel that any review I wrote should mention THE Jackson. (Of course I could have done one better and started reviewing MJ, but…..)

And now lets really move on to DSOTM. I have heard that this album remained on Billboard for 15 years. Are you kidding me!!! But I have also heard that Boys in the Streetback used to remain on the Billboard an awful lot, so what do they know? I mean it’s just the popular stuff right? What’s the guarantee that popular stuff is good? NONE. I mean Britney Spears is popular and that is the answer to your question right there. So there goes the credibility of Billboard. It just tells you who’s selling how much.

And now let’s really, really move on to DSOTM. As you might have understood (unless you are as big a moron as the Randy Orton character on WWE) I basically harbor very positive feelings towards this album and I’ll not hear a word against the genius of this album AND the genius of Roger Waters. You can vilify the man all you want, you can call him a pretentious, egoistic selfish bastard all the times you want but you can’t deny that he is a genius. Or rather whoever wrote these songs; I am moving forward on the assumption that it’s Roger because it says so in the credits.

Now that I’m done defending Waters, lets really really, really, really move on to the actual music on the album. Oh, you bet your candy ass it’s good. Otherwise it wouldn’t have stayed on Billboard for 15 years.HAHAHAHAHA. I mean just look at everything. How could you not get taken in by this shit? Yes, its dark stuff about the things that matter time, death, money, etc. but it’s the way the mood is conveyed through the texturing and arrangement of the songs that makes this album. It feels like one cohesive unit, unlike any other album I have ever heard. It’s the most distinctive shit I have ever heard. (Not that that’s saying a whole lot but still……)

Of course I could go on and on about each song and the lyrics and the production (the best of that time I guess, done by Alan Parsons…yeah, the same asshole who made albums that were so boring that you could listen to the whole thing and never know it existed. And that folks, is your Alan Parsons review. The absolute goddamn bottomline. But I guess he was a good producer) but it has all been done before so lets skip it. The bottomline of this review is that DSOTM is a great album which everyone has already heard anyways, all detractors are assholes, Alan Parsons was a good producer but as a songwriter he just sucks balls, and MJ is dead, been dead 2 days now. And of course you should check up on Thriller the number one selling album of all time. And that is the goddamn bottomline.

And here is the bottomline.

Oh, and yeah, anything that stays on Billboard for 15 years has got to be good.

Baba T

 


Meddle – PINK FLOYD – 1971


This is one of my favorite PF albums.

Yeah, right that’s a great line to start off a review.

What _is_ that?

What _is_ that?

This is a great album because it combines the avant-garde aspects of the first phase of Pink Floyd’s career and also shows the songwriting elements that we will see wholly revealed on the next humdinger. Or rather, the next 4 humdingers. Of course, most people know this album for Echoes. And, yes, that is fair enough because Echoes is the best and most epic song on display here. It takes up all of one side (yes I have a tape of the recording. The one where the album cover is all different, rather than having a thumbprint or something, in rather a un-PF way it has the passport size photos of the 4 band members. Don’t ask how old the tape is.) and in the middle the song just fades away into screaming. Yes. PF up to their old tricks. We have had footsteps and what-not, and now its people screaming. Reminds me of some concentration camp. Echoes is a song which follows the familiar PF blueprint that we will see on the…..wait I already wrote that. The blueprint……yeah, see it starts off with an engaging sound, the tips and taps of a drop of water falling… (Well something like that) and this sound you see, is really sad and ominous sounding. (That’s a good line!) This is the reason for their greatness, displayed right here, you people.This is it. The way the whole song builds and then fades away is amazing. It is the way that PF draw you in that makes it the best. And that is the bottom line because…….

Oh yeah, I nearly forgot about the rest of the album. There is some pretty good stuff on Side A too. Take the song “One of These Days” for example. An instrumental built around one chord. Speed it up and you have a thrash classic. Yes, that’s right, a thrash classic, and what with the line (the only one in the song) “One of these days I’m gonna cut you into little pieces” spoken through a vocoder (or some shit) it fits into that genre too. “Pillow of Winds” is a nice song too, living up to its title, soft and calm after the ferocity of “One of These Days”. Nice contrast. After that there is Fearless and that’s all the songs you need to hear from this album folks. There is San Tropez and Seamus too, both irrelevant and unnecessary unless you like to hear a dog howling for 5 minutes. And that’s the whole album, in a nutshell, so to speak. And I haven’t typed this much in a decade. So I’m damned if I am gonna write more. As if the world needed to hear more about PF.

And here is the bottom line.

Baba T


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