Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd album)
Wish You Were Here is the ninth studio album by the English rock band Pink Floyd. It was released on 12 September 1975 through Harvest Records and Columbia Records. The album’s themes include criticism of the music business, alienation, and a tribute to founding member Syd Barrett. It is Floyd’s second album with a conceptual theme written entirely by Roger Waters.
About Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd album) in brief
Wish You Were Here is the ninth studio album by the English rock band Pink Floyd. It was released on 12 September 1975 through Harvest Records and Columbia Records, their first release for the latter. The album’s themes include criticism of the music business, alienation, and a tribute to founding member Syd Barrett, who left seven years earlier with deteriorating mental health. It reached number one in the US and UK and Harvest’s parent company, EMI, was unable to keep up with the demand. It has retrospectively received critical acclaim, hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time, and cited by keyboardist Richard Wright and guitarist David Gilmour as their favourite Pink Floyd album. The group found it difficult to devise any new material, especially as the success of The Dark Side of the Moon had left all new material hard to come by. The sessions lasted from January until July 1975, recording on four days from 2: 30 pm until 4:30pm. Guest singers included Roy Harper, who provided the lead vocals on \”Have a Cigar\”, and Venetta Fields, who added backing vocals to \”Shine On You Crazy Diamond\”. To promote the album, the band released the double A-side single \”Welcome to the Machine\”. Wish You were Here received mixed reviews from critics on its release, who found its music uninspiring and inferior to their previous work. It is Floyd’s second album with a conceptual theme written entirely by Roger Waters. The band’s first tour of Europe in 1974 was their first tour since 1973’s The Dark side of the moon.
During 1974, Pink Floyd sketched out three new compositions, \”Raving and Drooling\”, \”You Gotta Be Crazy\” and \” shine On you Crazy Diamond” and these songs were performed during a series of concerts in France and England. These songs were the band’sFirst tour of France and UK in 1974. Pink Floyd’s last tour of 1974 was the tour of England and France in 1974 and 1975. The tour was the first time the band had never employed a publicist and kept themselves distant from the press, their relationship with the media began to sour. As a result, the group’s relationship with publicist Nick Kent may have had influence in keeping the band together, as they returned to the studio in the first week of 1975. The group had worked with engineer Brian Humphries on More, and again in 1974 when he replaced an inexperienced concert engineer on Pye Studios. Humphries was therefore the natural choice to work on band’s new material. On one occasion, he inadvertently spoiled the backing tracks for one track by inadvertently re-recording the entire piece that Waters and Nick Mason had spent many hours perfecting with echo. The entire piece had to be re-recorded with echo, and it took the band until January 1975 to complete the album. Since then, the record has sold an estimated 13 million copies, and has been cited by many as the best Pink Floyd record.