PC 33453 Wish You Were Here
Produced by Pink Floyd
Released on September 15, 1975
UK CHART POSITION #1 . . . US CHART POSITION #1
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PC 33453 cover  

Wish You Were Here was dedicated to Syd Barrett, Pink’s leader in absentia. Arguably, so was The Dark Side of the Moon. Not surprisingly, both albums build aural dreamscapes that present themes of alienation, paranoia, controlling forces and eventual escape. The notable difference is the loss of engineer Alan Parsons; without him, the gauzy sound becomes a bit more crystallized, while the “voices in your head” subside. The album is wrapped within parts 1 through 9 of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” a direct address to Syd’s mental state at the time that features musical commentary from Gilmour’s blues-based guitar, Wright’s swirling keyboards and guest Dick Parry’s saxophone. The songs in between are some of the band’s best: “Welcome to the Machine” and “Have a Cigar” (sung by guest eccentric Roy Harper) reveal that rock stars are processed product, and “Wish You Were Here” is the poignant sigh that comes with this realization. Again, Waters is able to communicate a full story (of sorts) in a single album, remarkably without loading the songs down with narrative. While it’s not the landmark effort of Dark Side (and what followup could be?), Wish You Were Here is classic Pink Floyd from beginning to end.

PC 33453 back cover PC 33453 lyric sleeve PC 33453 picture label
PC 33453 back cover PC 33453 lyric sleeve PC 33453 picture label

TRACK LISTING

  1. SHINE ON YOU CRAZY DIAMOND
    Part I
    Part II
    Part III
    Part IV
    Part V
  2. WELCOME TO THE MACHINE
  3. HAVE A CIGAR
  4. WISH YOU WERE HERE
  5. SHINE ON YOU CRAZY DIAMOND
    Part VI
    Part VII
    Part VIII
    Part IX

    All lyrics by Roger Waters

CREDITS

DAVID GILMOUR --
NICK MASON --
ROGER WATERS --
RICK WRIGHT --
Roy Harper -- vocals (3)
Dick Parry -- saxophone
Brian Humphries -- engineer
Bernie Caulder and Phil Taylor -- thanks
Hipgnosis -- sleeve design and photography

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK September 15, 1975 Harvest LP/LPQ/CS   available in quadrophonic stereo
US September 15, 1975 Columbia LP/LPQ/CS PC/JC 33453 postcard, lyric sleeve,
available in quadrophonic stereo
JPN 1975 Sony LP 25AP-1258 insert, poster, picture sleeve
YUG 1975 Jugoton LP LSHV-73032  
UK 1977 Harvest LPPIC SHVLP-814 picture disc
UK Aug/Sep 1984 EMI CD    
US July 1990 Columbia LP/CD/CS 33453  
  1993 Sony CD 53753  
UK July 1994 EMI CD    
  1994 Sony CD 64405  
  1997 Sony CD 68522  

 

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