Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here (1975)

AllMusic Review: Pink Floyd followed the commercial breakthrough of Dark Side of the Moon with Wish You Were Here, a loose concept album about and dedicated to their founding member Syd Barrett. The record unfolds gradually, as the jazzy textures of “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” reveal its melodic motif, and in its leisurely pace, the album shows itself to be a warmer record than its predecessor. Musically, it’s arguably even more impressive, showcasing the group’s interplay and David Gilmour’s solos in particular. And while it’s short on actual songs, the long, winding soundscapes are constantly enthralling. — Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Track Listing

 

Side one
No. Title Music Lead vocals Length
1. “Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I–V)”
  • David Gilmour
  • Richard Wright
  • Roger Waters
Waters 13:32
2. “Welcome to the Machine” Waters Gilmour 7:28
Total length: 21:00
Side two
No. Title Music Lead vocals Length
1. “Have a Cigar” (featuring Roy Harper) Waters Harper 5:08
2. “Wish You Were Here”
  • Waters
  • Gilmour
Gilmour 5:35
3. “Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts VI–IX)”
  • Wright
  • Gilmour
  • Waters
  • (Parts VI–VIII)
    Wright (Part IX)
Waters 12:28
Total length: 23:11

 

Schill Score:  9/10

 

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