ARTIST: Pink Floyd
YEAR RELEASED: 1975
CHART ACTION: #1 US, #1 UK
SINGLES: Have a Cigar
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: The title track, Shine On You Crazy Diamond
LINEUP: Dave Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, Richard Wright. Dick Parry played sax. Roy Harper sang Have a Cigar. Venatta Fields and Carlena Williams added vocals.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A meditation on the loss of a friend and the music industry, which are intertwined.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Many love this album, even more than other Pink Floyd records. The playing is still impeccable, the sound engineering is top notch, and the concept one that can resonate (at least the concept about the lost friend – Syd Barrett).
Yet, to me, this is when Pink Floyd gets ponderous. Roger Waters starts exerting his influence over the group, being more of the first among equals instead of a collaborator. He shot down the idea of keeping “Shine On Your Crazy Diamond” as a whole piece, and while Rick Wright received some writing credit, his creative input was lessened.
The one track that really gets me going is “Have a Cigar”, where Roy Harper sings this diatribe against the music industry. This one has spunk and fire, where the other tracks (except for parts of “Wish You Were Here”) just seem to be there – they don’t compel you to listen.
It’s still a good to great album but it seemed flat
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Harper was in the same studio block at EMI recording an album and that’s why he was grabbed. No one else really nailed the vocal like him.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE B+: Production and playing are great. But it’s kind of tedious at times.