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Music Milestones: Pink Floyd 50th Anniversary Special

Music Milestones: Pink Floyd 50th Anniversary Special

Music Milestones: Pink Floyd 50th Anniversary Special

Pink Floyd: Album By Album: The Definitive History. On the 50th anniversary of the band this special edition tells the story of every album. New interviews. Stories from studio and stage. Album art explained. And much, much more.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
€ 7,20(Incl. btw)

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7 min
band of four

In retrospect, the patience of major record labels in the late 1960s seems astounding. At the beginning of 1969 Pink Floyd had just come off the back of a year in which they had lost their frontman and chief songwriter. Their last album hadn’t done as well as their debut and their last three singles had flopped. Somehow, though, they were not only commissioned to write a film soundtrack, but EMI allowed the band to release a double album. That soundtrack was More, a stop-gap release that at least scratched a creative itch that Roger Waters had to move into movie soundtracks. The double album, Ummagumma, proved to be an important staging post in the band’s career. It’s where the group realise that their strength lies in the longer multi-part music…

6 min
a time of transition

Pink Floyd’s sophomore album appeared less than a year after The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn and it’s considered to be their transitional record. Given all that had been happening to the band between and during the creative processes, it is surely the mother of all ‘difficult second albums’. Founding member, guitarist and songwriter Syd Barrett, was spiralling downwards and becoming increasingly erratic by the time the band went into Abbey Road Studios with The Beatles’ engineer Norman Smith to record the album in the winter of 1967. Barrett had been regularly experimenting with LSD by this point and it was having a damaging effect on him and the band. He was behaving oddly at live shows by refusing to play, playing one drawn out note per set, or simply…

1 min
an empty stage

With Meddle complete, Pink Floyd’s next move was to showcase the album with perhaps the most leftfield concert film in rock history. Live At Pompeii was the brainchild of the British-born, Paris-based director Adrian Maben. In the summer of 1971, the filmmaker found himself in Pompeii, and was struck by the atmosphere of the 2,000-year-old amphitheatre. “It was strange,” he noted, “a huge, empty amphitheatre with some echoing insect sounds and disappearing light.” Inspired, Maben approached the band with a pitch: a concert film with no audience. “The main idea was to do a sort of anti-Woodstock film where there would be nobody present... it would mean as much, if not more, than a million crowd,” he told a Russian Pink Floyd fansite. The band were intrigued (“At a time when…

2 min
the movie, more

When anyone talks about Pink Floyd’s album More, they generally refer to it as, ‘that soundtrack album’. But what is the film actually about? And has anybody aside from the more ardent Floyd fan actually seen it? Well, in reality, very few people know much about this movie beyond the orange and blue image of a windmill on the album cover, however, despite its obscurity, it is a pretty watchable document that captures the spirit of its time. Coming from the tag-end of the French new wave movement, the film was the debut offering of Iranian-born director Barbet Schroeder, a man who would later go on to enjoy significant success in Hollywood. A sparse and existential film with a practically unknown cast, it follows the tale of Stefan, a young and…

1 min
a saucy little tale

I ’m very fond of A Saucerful Of Secrets,” Nick Mason told Rhythm Magazine in 2008, “partly because it’s really a group album, with a lot of co-operation. And Set The Controls is still great to play live. I did it with Roger at Wembley a few years ago. It’s a great drum piece, lots of room for both dynamics and space, to stretch out. “It’s a musical journey round the world! To some extent Pow R. Toc H and Set The Controls were both mallet pieces influenced by Chico Hamilton from the Jazz On A Summer’s Day film (1958). He solos with mallets and I thought that was just the cleverest thing I’d ever seen. “One fortunate thing was that we had almost unlimited studio time," Nick remembered. “On A Saucerful…

1 min
fifteen months in the life of a rock ’n’ roll star...

Look at Pink Floyd’s hectic 70s schedule and you’ll wonder how they ever found the time to record an obscure soundtrack album. No wonder Waters was getting tired of the rock ’n’ roll life… DECEMBER 1971 Begin writing The Dark Side Of The Moon 20 JANUARY 1972 Debut first material from The Dark Side Of The Moon at Brighton Dome 17 FEBRUARY 1972 Preview songs from The Dark Side Of The Moon to the press at The Rainbow Theatre, London 23-29 FEBRUARY 1972 First recording session of Obscured By Clouds at Strawberry Studios France 6-13 MARCH 1972 Japanese tour 23 MARCH-6 APRIL 1972 Second recording session of Obscured By Clouds at Strawberry Studios France 14 APRIL-4 MAY 1972 American tour MAY-JUNE 1972 First recording sessions of The Dark Side Of The Moon at Abbey Road Studios, London 2 JUNE 1972 The album Obscured By Clouds released JANUARY 1973 The second…