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Artist Icon Wish You Were Here
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Wish You Were Here es el noveno álbum de estudio de la banda británica de rock Pink Floyd, lanzado en septiembre de 1975 e inspirado en el material que compusieron durante su gira europea de 1974 y que grabaron en los Abbey Road Studios de Londres. Su temática explora la ausencia, la industria musical y los problemas mentales del anterior miembro de la banda Syd Barrett. Las sesiones de grabación fueron arduas y complicadas, en parte por la idea de Roger Waters de dividir la canción "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" en dos, para después unir cada mitad con tres nuevas composiciones. "Shine On" es un tributo a Barrett, quien, irónicamente, se presentó en los estudios el 5 de junio mientras se grababa. A la banda le costó reconocerle por el peso ganado y su cambio de aspecto.

Al igual que en su álbum previo, The Dark Side of the Moon, la banda utilizó distintos efectos de sonido y sintetizadores. Roy Harper colaboró como vocalista en la canción "Have a Cigar". El diseño artístico del álbum, nuevamente en manos de Storm Thorgerson, contiene una funda negra y opaca que tapa la portada del mismo. Wish You Were Here se estrenó en Knebworth en julio de 1975, para después ser lanzado oficialmente en septiembre de ese mismo año. Fue un éxito inmediato; la compañía discográfica EMI ni siquiera pudo editar las suficientes copias para satisfacer la demanda. Al comienzo recibió críticas positivas y negativas, aunque está posicionado en el puesto número 209 de la lista de los 500 mejores álbumes de la historia elaborada por la revista Rolling Stone. Los miembros de la banda Richard Wright y David Gilmour coinciden en que Wish You Were Here es su álbum favorito de Pink Floyd.
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As the follow-up to the Floyd’s iconic, record-breaking 1973 concept album The Dark Side Of The Moon, this album is often unfairly overlooked. With the benefit of hindsight, Wish You Were Here has the same faultless pacing and sequencing of its predecessor, but a more coherent musical narrative, structure and tone, as well as greater lyrical sophistication. Here, the ‘concept’ is more down-to-earth, since much of the record is an extended tribute to the late Syd Barrett ­ the genius behind their early works, who flew too high and burned too bright, becoming one of rock’s most infamous drug casualties before Pink Floyd emerged from London¹s psychedelic underground scene to become one of the biggest success stories of the 1970s. It’s also the last great album by a band that would produce something as adolescently puerile as The Wall by the end of that decade.
Barrett is the subject of the epic “Shine On You Crazy Diamond, parts One and Two” of which take up more than half the playing time and bookend just three other shorter tracks. Despite some questionable keyboard tones from Richard Wright, the majestically unhurried instrumental intro is a triumph of suspense. It¹s nearly nine minutes before Roger Waters starts singing and the effect is startling, as are the words: ‘Remember when you were young?/ You shone like the sun / Shine On You Crazy Diamond!/ Now there’s a look in your eye / Like black holes in the sky’. It’s debatable whether the ‘iPod generation’ will get all of the eerie, almost visual sound detail in the more melodramatic “Welcome To The Machine”, which presages some of the pomp of their later work. Guest vocalist Roy Harper is a gritty presence on the music industry-bating “Have A Cigar” and the breathless title track finds Waters’ lyrics at their most soul searching. Some may baulk at Dave Gilmour’s long, bluesy guitar workouts, which form the backbone of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” and crop up throughout the album. Hey, these were the dying days of prog. rock. Punk was just around the corner and it’s easy to see why, but mid-seventies post-psychedelic angst seldom sounded so chilled.
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