Remastered re-release of the ninth full-length studio album by legendary British Progressive Rock band.
The album was released on 12 September 1975 by Harvest Records in the United Kingdom and a day later by Columbia Records in the United States. The album topped record charts in both regions. "Wish You Were Here" followed up the mega-selling "Dark Side Of The Moon", a tricky task that the band approached with lengthy instrumentals and some heavily cynical lyrics.
Inspired by material the band composed while performing around Europe, "Wish You Were Here" was recorded during numerous recording sessions at Abbey Road Studios in London, England. Two of the album's four songs criticise the music business, another expresses alienation and the multi-part track "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" is a tribute to Syd Barrett. Barrett's mental breakdown had forced him to leave the band seven years earlier, prior to the release of the band's second studio album "A Saucerful Of Secrets" (on which he only appeared on three tracks). It was lead writer Roger Waters' idea to split "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" into two parts that would bookend the album around three new compositions and to introduce a concept linking them all.
As with their previous album "The Dark Side Of The Moon" (1973), the band used studio effects and synthesizers, and brought in guest singers to supply vocals on some tracks of the album. These singers were Roy Harper, who provided the lead vocals on "Have a Cigar", and the Blackberries, who added backing vocals to "Shine On You Crazy Diamond".
"Wish You Were Here" was an instant commercial success (despite the fact that Harvest Records' parent company EMI was unable to print enough copies of the album to satisfy commercial demand), and although it initially received mixed reviews, the album has since gone on to receive critical acclaim. It appears on Rolling Stone's lists of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" and the "50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time". The album was certified Silver and Gold (60000 and 100000 sales respectively) in the UK on 1 August 1975, and Gold in the US on 17 September 1975. It was certified six times Platinum on 16 May 1997, and by 2004 has sold an estimated 13 million copies worldwide. Band members Richard Wright and David Gilmour have cited "Wish You Were Here" as their favourite Pink Floyd album.
Remastered from the original analogue tapes 180 g vinyl comes in a rather fetching package.
Pink Floyd Music Ltd./Parlophone Records Ltd., 1975/2016 (PFRLP9). Made in EU. Remastered from the original analogue tapes. 180 g vinyl.
1. Shine On Your Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5) 13:33
2. Welcome To The Machine 7:26
3. Have A Cigar 5:07
4. Wish You Were Here 5:40
5. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 6-9) 12:22
Total playing time: 44:08 min.