ARTIST: Pink Floyd
YEAR RELEASED: 1971
CHART ACTION: #70 US, #3 UK
SINGLES: One of These Days
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Echoes
LINEUP: David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Rick Wright, Nick Mason
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: After being in the weeds for a few years, Pink Floyd capitalizes on their strengths and create a record that fulfills the potential of the band.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: With the first ‘pings’ on side two, Pink Floyd’s “Echoes” moves from a moody instrumental theme, to a meditation on life on the planet, to one of the best psychedelic jams and David Gilmour guitar solo. Then, it gets weird, with the seagulls or albatrosses in the lyrics being heard. Back to the original themes with a dramatic ending.
This song is the precursor for every Floyd song in the 70’s and for better or worse overshadows the first side.
Yet, the first side is definitely an improvement over any studio record in 1969 or 1970. Every song is varied, and while they don’t 100% work all of the time, they make a nice cornucopia of the band’s styles – and the songs are better, as a whole, than anything since A Saucerful of Secrets.
All of the band members make excellent contributions, but this is really Gilmour’s album, with Rick Wright also shining. This is a must listen.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: “Echoes” was the centerpiece of the Pink Floyd at Pompeii film.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: A: A couple of cuts on side one aren’t as strong as they could be, but you gotta have this.