Pink Floyd, Wish You Were Here
Columbia, 1975: David Gilmour (guitars and vocals), Roger Waters (bass and vocals), Richard Wright (keyboards, died 2008), Nick Mason (drums)
Notable songs (The entire album!):
A great album! Love the way it starts with the slow instrumental build; then the songs flow cleanly one after another; there is biting criticism and satire on the record; reminiscences of loss; weird psychosis as Floyd again explored the dark side of lunacy.
We listened to these Floyd albums all the time when we were at college in the late 1970s. Unfortunately, I never got to see Floyd live in concert. The legendary tour supporting the Animals album was in 1977, and I was just finishing up high school. The Wall tour with the massive stage show and the building of a wall on stage was in 1980-81, but the only U.S. shows were in LA and then at the Nassau coliseum in New York. Those locations didn't work for me. Now, while I didn't see their reunion set at Live 8 in Hyde Park, London, on 2 July 2005, at least that is on DVD.
"Welcome to the Machine" and "Have a Cigar" are pointed criticism of the "fat cats" in the music recording industry who are interested only in money.
"Wish You Were Here"--enough said.
By 2004, the album had sold an estimated 13 million copies worldwide--that's a lot of records--and in 2012, Wish You Were Here came in at number 211 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Despite the problems during production, the album remained Wright's favorite: "It's an album I can listen to for pleasure, and there aren't many Floyd albums that I can." Gilmour shares this view: "I for one would have to say that it is my favourite album, the Wish You Were Here album. The end result of all that, whatever it was, definitely has left me an album I can live with very very happily. I like it very much." (wiki)