The time has come. Ladies and Gentlemen, my second most favorite band is –it is so cliché but it’s true– Pink Floyd! I can’t say I know all the songs by heart, like I do with Zeppelin, or that I love all of them, but their music is beyond this world. It takes you somewhere far away, it is comforting and disturbing, it is Floyd. I started listening to them at the same time I was discovering Zeppelin, and though they didn’t blow me away immediately, I bought myself the Discovery Box for Christmas. Listening to the early albums in the dark (I used to be too cheap to turn on the light) was very frightening. Listening to later work was magical. Their albums are journeys, you can’t really listen to just one track, you need to hear the whole package. Still I want to share some of the pieces with you tonight. (You gotta listen in the evening, with hardly any light on.)
This is pure genious. If anyone knows a more HQ version, I’d be happy to hear it!
I love love love this version from the ‘Live at Pompeii’ (1972) DVD! Got it for only €5, best thing ever!!
Seeing this makes me so happy. Very glad they did a reunion concert in 2005, even though I wasn’t a fan yet back then, just so I can listen to this version of Comfortably Numb. Best. Guitar solo. Ever.
It’s extremely difficult to choose only a few songs, but if there is one I just HAVE to share with the world, it’s the next one. First, I do not like the Final Cut (1983) album at all, it’s the only one where I simply pressed fast forward. The band was falling apart, Roger was mad, and he remained so for a long time. I do not care for his attitude, even so today. Though there is no denying he WAS Pink Floyd, so were the others. Yes David took it to a more mellow style after they continued to use the Floyd name, and maybe it wasn’t as good as their previous work, but this one song just kills me every single time. It’s the last track on their last album The Division Bell (1994), at least, before they released the post Rick album The Endless River (2014) –title taken from a line in this song. It can still make me cry sometimes, makes my heart jump out of my chest. I want this played at my funeral, and at my wedding, or just any other day of my life. I am IN LOVE with High Hopes.
Their music has really grown on me and still is continuing to do so. I would like to get to know their earlier work a bit better, understand Syd’s vision before David joined in. They are so versatile, the albums are all so different! I was fortunate enough to see David Gilmour last year and so I had a little taste of the live experience! Thank you legend for playing my favorite song. By the way, the book written by Nick Mason, ‘Inside Out’, is a real treat! I’ve never had a biography make me laugh out loud so many times!