By: Ramon Barreda
It all began when three friends of college started a band (Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Richard Wright) called “Sigma 6” in 1964, then Waters invited Syd Barrett, few months later Bob Klose joined, and in 1965 Barrett influenced a change of name to Pink Floyd.
Pink Floyd gained their popularity thanks to their psychedelic music, and then with time, it evolved to progressive rock and symphonic rock. Pink Floyd is without doubt one of the most influential and important rock bands ever to exist. The music style they used changed through time, and they practically dominated every single one of them: art rock, avant rock, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, symphonic rock, special rock and hard rock between 1965 and 1995, giving us the immortal 30 years of breathtaking music. Pink Floyd influenced groups such as: Genesis, Yes, Nine Inch Nails, Tool, The Orb and Radiohead, among others and also music legend David Bowie.
They recorded their first studio album in 1967 called “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn”; and it is considered one of the best psychedelic albums ever to be released, and for many, the best. Fun fact: this album was recorded in the next room while The Beatles recorded “Sgt. Pepper”. Then after Syd Barrett was replaced (due to his rare behavior thanks to LSD abuse) and Gilmore came in, the band started to experiment influenced by classical music and made albums like “Ummagumma” and “Atom Heart Mother”.
This last one has a 23 minutes song that its simple…perfect; this is one of my favorites albums of all time, maybe because of the lack of lyrics, the experimental noises and the epic rhythm changes, but the truth is that the combination of those factors made this album an impressive piece of art.
Then, with “Meddle” the band started to focus in their unique sound, and it surely was considered their best album since their psychedelic master piece, “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn”. The song “Echoes” was described by Roger Waters as a: “sonic poem”; you´ll have to listen to it to understand what he was talking about.
One album later and “Dark Side of the Moon” (1973) was created, considered to be one of the very best rock albums of all time and one of the most sold in history, you don´t believe me, ok, it is estimated that one of every four families in the UK has a copy of this album in one of their formats. This album broke couple of <Billboard 200> records and sold more than 45 million copies worldwide, making it the most successful album of Pink Floyd.
After this blockbuster hit, “Wish you Were Here” came, another very popular album having themes like “Wish You Were Here” and “Shine on You Crazy Diamond”, one of the most popular of the band. This album was dedicated to their former band member (Syd Barrett). Then albums like: “Animals”, “The Wall”, “The Final Cut” and “And Division Bell” came out; all of them made history and they are stunning albums.
Pink Floyd is undoubtedly one of my favorite bands of all time; it may sound like a cliché but it sure is due to one main reason: they are one of the best bands in the history of music. I don’t like to compare music, saying this is better than the other because music it’s totally subjective and therefore there is no better music than other, but it is sure to say that there is definitely quality of music and in terms of rock quality, it doesn’t get better than Pink Floyd quality.
I recommend to everyone to listen the whole discography, it literally changed my life and it is the best experience (in terms of music) I had; listen to them and you won’t regret it.
The Gunner’s Dream from The Final Cut
If from Atom Heart Mother
Atom Heart Mother from Atom Heart Mother
Echoes from Meddle
Dogs from Animals
Shine On You Crazy Diamond part 1 from Wish You Were Here
Shine On You Crazy Diamond part 2 from Wish You Were Here
Comfortably Numb from The Wall
Money from Dark Side Of The Moon
Time from Dark Side Of The Moon