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Learning to Fly Without Waters: Pink Floyd’s ‘Delicate Sound of Thunder’ at 30 (Part Two)

Continued from Part One… When Nicholas Schaffner published his excellent Pink Floyd biography Saucerful of Secrets – for many years the only definitive tome on Pink Floyd – the 1991 book included an appendix that featured the results of fanzine Amazing Pudding’s reader polls. One notable bit of information from that poll is that “Dogs

Learning to Fly Without Waters: Pink Floyd’s ‘Delicate Sound of Thunder’ at 30 (Part One)

The Wall was the beginning of the end for the classic lineup of Pink Floyd. Though the balance of creative power in the group had begun to shift in Roger Waters’ direction after the unprecedented success of 1974’s The Dark Side of the Moon, the change was slow and gradual. But by the time of

Richard Wright’s ‘Wet Dream’ at 40

(An edited version of this essay appeared previously on Rock and Roll Globe.) In the wake of the success of The Dark Side of the Moon, everything changed for Pink Floyd. As I chronicle in my book, Reinventing Pink Floyd: From Syd Barrett to The Dark Side of the Moon, the London-by-way-of-Cambridge, England band developed

The Top 10 Syd Barrett Songs, Part Two

Continued from Part One… “In the Beechwoods” studio track recorded late 1967, produced by Norman Smith Quite possibly the Great Lost Syd Barrett/Pink Floyd track, the existence of “In the Beechwoods” was confirmed around 2001, when persons unknown leaked a cassette dub of the instrumental track to an online fan group. That version suffered from

The Top 10 Syd Barrett Songs, Part One

When viewed against the backdrop of the influence he would exert upon popular music, Syd Barrett’s recorded body of work is remarkably small. The earliest studio session of which he was a part took place in very late 1964, when his band was still called The Tea Set. Those sessions would be followed up in

Now Available: ‘Reinventing Pink Floyd’

Today is the official publishing date of my first book. I’m incredibly pleased. This day has been a long time coming. I’ve known since I was a pre-teen that I wanted to be a music journalist when I “grew up.” I’ve been writing professionally for quite a long time now, and I’ve been a full-time

A Pink Floyd Anniversary

I first discovered the music of Pink Floyd in the mid 1970s. The Dark Side of the Moon had already been out a few years, and Wish You Were Here had been released, too. Animals hadn’t yet come out, so this would have been 1976. I was 11 or 12 years old, and the music

Album Mini-review: Pink Floyd — The Early Years, 1967-1972, Cre/ation

File next to: Genesis, Led Zeppelin, Yes Unless one is both the hardest of hardcore Pink Floyd fan and wealthy, The Early Years Box Set probably isn’t under consideration (it retails for more then $500). But for those with an interest in the band that goes beyond their best-selling albums, this new 2CD set is

Album Review: Roger Waters – Amused to Death

In the years immediately following his estrangement from his Pink Floyd band mates, Roger Waters‘ musical career took a strange turn. While asserting (in a song lyric) “This is my band,” he began to release albums that – while they admittedly featured some fine musicianship – were short on hooks, melody, and memorable tunes. His

Album Mini-review: David Gilmour — Rattle That Lock

File Next to: Pink Floyd, The Orb One of the knocks – fair or not – on Pink Floyd‘s pair of post-Roger Waters albums (1987’s A Momentary Lapse of Reason and 1994’s The Division Bell) is that leader David Gilmour tried too hard to make them sound like the group’s classic-era material (Obscured by Clouds