Pink Floyd at Trieste



Shine On You Crazy Diamond (parts 1-5)
Welcome To The Machine
Have A Cigar
Wish You Were Here
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (parts 6-9)
Buy the CD online (1975)

Wish You Were Here
Release date: September 15th, 1975
Recorded at: EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London (January-July 1975)

At the time of its release, "Wish You Were Here" received markedly mixed reviews: after the success of "Dark Side", many thought it was a distinct anti-climax. However, it has aged very well. The lush strains of the album's centrepiece, "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", found a new audience in the late '80s among new agers and ambient house freaks; while the title track--perhaps the Floyd's most melodic song since the days of Syd Barrett--remains perennially popular. By 1975, Roger was missing Syd; the busines was getting to him ("And by the way, which one's Pink?" from "Have a Cigar" was an actual quote by an American record exec). The album also shows Gilmour making his strongest individual contribution yet, with several fine extended guitar solos and some of the most heartfelt vocals the Floyd have ever committed to disc.

David Gilmour: "After Dark Side we were really floundering around. I wanted to make the next album more musical, because I felt some of these tracks had been just vehicles for the words. We were working in 1974 in this horrible little rehearsal room in Kings Cross without windows, putting together what became the next two albums. There were three long tracks, including Shine On You Crazy Diamond, which I wanted to record, and Roger said, No, let's take Shine On, divide it into two, and put in other material around the same theme. And he was right, I was wrong."

Nick Mason: "This was much a more difficult record to make. Roger was getting crosser. We were all getting older. We had children. There was much more drama between us, people turning up to the studio late, which we generally hate. There was more pressure on me to make the drumming more accurate and less flowery. But I think as an album it flows really well. It's like a descedant of Meddle in terms of the use of repeating themes, and the pacing."

Pink Floyd: The Illustrated Discography says: "During the WYWH sessions a fat, shaven-headed person wearing grey Terylene trousers, a nylon shirt and string vest wandered into the studio. The band ignored the visitor and kept on playing and it was the visiting Andrew King who finally recognised their guest: 'Good God, it's Syd! How did you get like that?' To which Syd replied, 'I've got a very large fridge at home and I've been eating a lot of pork chops.' The whole event was slightly un-nerving since the theme of the album was based on Syd and his subsequent madness."

About that, Rick Wright said: "The whole album sprang from that one four-note guitar phrase of Dave's in Shine On. We heard it went, That's a really nice phrase. The wine came out, and that led to what I think is our best album, the most colourful, the most feelingful. Shine On was in the process of being recorded, the lyrics about Syd were written. I walked into the studio at Abbey Road, Roger was sitting, mixing at the desk, and I saw this big bald guy sitting on the couch behind. About 16 stone. And I didn't think anything of it. In those days it was quite normal for strangers to wander into our sessions. Then Roger said, You don't know who that guy is, do you? It's Syd. It was a huge shock, because I hadn't seen him for about six years. He kept standing up and brushing his teeth, putting his toothbrush away and sitting down. Then at one point he stood up and said, Right, when do I put the guitar on? And of course he didn't have a guitar with him. And we said, Sorry Syd, the guitar's all done."

TRACKS Authors Time Vocals
Shine On You Crazy Diamond 13:33 Waters, Gilmour
Part I (Wright, Waters, Gilmour) >00:00
Part II (Gilmour, Waters, Wright) >03:35
Part III (Waters, Gilmour, Wright) >06:29
Part IV (Gilmour, Wright, Waters) >08:42
Part V (Waters) >11:10
Welcome to the Machine (Waters) 07:26 Waters, Gilmour
Have a Cigar (Waters) 05:07 Roy Harper
Wish You Were Here (Waters, Gilmour) 05:40 Gilmour
Shine On You Crazy Diamond 12:21 Waters
Part VI (Wright, Waters, Gilmour) >00:00
Part VII (Waters, Gilmour, Wright) >04:52
Part VIII (Gilmour, Wright, Waters) >06:04
Part IX (Wright) >09:09
Total playing time : 44:11
David Gilmour Vocals, Guitars
Nick Mason Drums
Roger Waters Bass Guitar, Vocals
Rick Wright Keyboards, Vocals
Dick Parry Saxophone on "Shine On You Crazy Diamond"
Roy Harper Vocals on "Have a Cigar"
Venetta Fields,
Carlena Williams
Backing vocals