“Does anybody here remember Vera Lynn?”

Vera Lynn was a British singer from the WWII era. She passed away on June 18th at the age of 103.

This is “We’ll Meet Again” by Vera Lynn from 1939. You’ve likely heard this song, since it has been used in everything from the movie Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb and at least one episode of American Horror Story. And much in between.

This is the song “Vera” by Pink Floyd from the album The Wall. The title of the post is lifted from this song.

Hat tip to Rolling Stone Magazine. And Donald McKenzie.

Sorrow

When most people think of Pink Floyd they think of Animals, or Metal Meddle, or The Dark Side of the Moon. And possibly The Wall. But they produced music after all of that. Here’s a sample that was sent to me by a friend who said….

With some of the best scenery I’ve ever seen.

This song is “Sorrow” by Pink Floyd from the 1987 album A Momentary Lapse of Reason. Enjoy.

Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V)

Think I’ve already featured all of the “short” songs by Pink Floyd. Most of the reason we listened to Floyd back-in-the-day was because of the longer songs. (“Echoes” from Meddle is one entire side of an LP, or about 24 minutes.)

This is “Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V)” which at 13 minutes, is longer than most people have patience for today, but I did hear it recently on FM radio. (WXRT’s Saturday Morning Flashback show, to be precise.) So get a cup of coffee and enjoy. It is part of the 1975 album, Wish You Were Here. (YouTube. Browser privacy settings. “Unavailable.” Use link.)

That photo was very edgy in its day. No Photoshop in 1975.

Hey You

Pink Floyd was one of those groups that people either loved or hated, though honestly I don’t like all of their work.

This is “Hey You” by Pink Floyd from their album The Wall, which was released in 1978. (Of course it was included in their collected works, The Best of Pink Floyd: A Foot in the Door. (Use the link when YT tells you the video is “unavailable.” They hate the privacy controls in your browser.)

Gilmour’s Black Strat Sells for $4million

It was expected to fetch about $150,000 or so. Why Colts Owner Jim Irsay Paid $4 Million for David Gilmour’s ‘Black Strat’.

The Black Strat was used on the albums that defined Pink Floyd for most fans, namely Meddle, Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, and The Wall.

“I love Strats, and this is the Strat,” Irsay says. “This is the one that was the signature guitar for those incredible Floyd leads”

When the auction was announced, I had a post on it, with an excerpt from the 1971 movie Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii. You can find that at the link: Own a Piece of Rock and Roll History.

The auction raised a total of $21million.

Here’s a Pink Floyd song you’ve probably not heard, or not in a very long time anyway. “Seamus” from their 1971 album Meddle. (I do love the dog, but if you have time, listen to “Echoes” – See below the embedded video.) If you have your privacy settings set correctly, YouTube will tell you that the video is unavailable. Use the link. Otherwise you might want to turn your privacy settings up to 11.

“Echoes” was of course the reason to buy that album, but it was all of side 2, and 23 minutes or more. And I know people today; mostly they don’t have the patience for Progressive Rock. (Why is that?) If you have the time, take a listen. Or if you click thru “Own a piece of rock and roll history” above, there’s a link to a portion of Echoes from the 1971 movie. (10 minutes… more in keeping with the current lack of concentration.)

Fun Facts About Pink Floyd

Friday, Feburary 15th Chicago’s WXRT did a “Friday Feature” on Pink Floyd, and I missed it. 5 Little Known Pink Floyd Facts. And there’s a video because a musical interlude wouldn’t be complete without one.

5. Dark Side Of The Moon Has Been On the Billboard Charts For Over 900 Weeks

The album had an incredible run on the Billboard charts from 1973-1988 spanning 741 weeks. It reappeared in 2009 and has been the most charted record of all time appearing over 900 weeks. The album sales are so popular that 1 in 12 people in the world own the record.

That is probably an overstatement, since I have purchased the album at least twice: once on vinyl, once on CD. But still….

This song is “Great Gig in the Sky” from the 1973 album Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd. (The embedded video is working right now, but if that changes, use the like above. Google really really hates the privacy extensions in your browser.)

Own a Piece of Rock and Roll History

If you have an extra 100 grand on hand, that is. David Gilmour To Auction Off Over 120 Guitars.

One of the guitars expected to fetch the highest price is the Black Strat, the guitar Gilmour used on Meddle, Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, and The Wall. It’s expected to go for $100,000-$150,000.

Here’s a look at the Black Strat, from the 1971 Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii movie. (It’s an entire movie, but this is just a bit from “Echoes.”) Actually all of “Echoes” is good, but at 10 and a half minutes, I know most people in the 21st Century don’t have that kind of patience for Progressive Rock.

“There is no dark side of the moon really. Matter of fact it’s all dark.”

Three songs in honor of the eclipse. (I would have included “Blister in the Sun” by the Violent Femmes, but I featured that song earlier this year.) Be safe watching the eclipse.

First: “Eclipse” by Pink Floyd from Dark Side of the Moon.

Second: “Walking on the Sun” by Smash Mouth.

Last: “Soak Up The Sun” by Sheryl Crow.

Us & Them

Someone was asking about “favorite keyboard players.” Last Wednesday there was Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake and Palmer. This week is Richard Wright of Pink Floyd.

“Us & Them” is a song by Pink Floyd, from their 1973 album Dark Side of the Moon. It was their 8th album.

First we have just the piano portion by Richard Wright.

After the break you will find the original (well, remastered) version in its entirety.

Sadly, Richard Wright passed away in September of 2008.
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Wish You Were Here

WishYouWereHereThe album, Wish You Were Here, by Pink Floyd was released in September of 1975. I feel old. (Maybe I am old…)

Click the image for a better look at the album art. That was petty edgy in its day. No Photoshop effects here!

Although the critics panned the album, it hit #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album list. And it has been certified as 6 times platinum and has sold about 13 million copies worldwide. (According to the Wiki.) Wish You Were Here doesn’t get the love that is lathered on Dark Side of the Moon, and probably for good reason. But it is better that The Wall, and it isn’t nearly as well known.

David Gilmore performing the title song “Wish You Were Here” Live, unplugged. (Much more recently than 1975!)

I wanted to include “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” but you will have to go to YouTube to see that. (For some reason that remains a mystery to me, there are a whole bunch of songs on YouTube that you cannot embed into a WordPress blog.) Anyway, “Welcome to the Machine” is after the break. “Welcome to the Machine” was chosen as the “B-Side” for the single release of “Have a Cigar.” (I guess the labels think I am making money off this or something. How drawing attention to their products could be a bad thing is beyond me. And NO, I’m not making any money off this.

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