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Pink Floyd - Meddle (1971)

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  1. Magic

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    Band: Pink Floyd
    Album: Meddle
    Released: 1971 by Harvest/EMI Records
    Genre: Progressive Rock


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    1. One of These Days
    2. A Pillow of Winds
    3. Fearless
    4. San Tropez
    5. Seamus
    6. Echoes





    Personnel:

    • David Gilmour – guitar, bass on "One of These Days", lead vocals, harmonica on "Seamus"
    • Roger Waters – bass, lead vocals and guitar on "San Tropez"
    • Richard Wright – hammond organ, piano, vocals on "Echoes"
    • Nick Mason – drums, percussion, vocal phrase on "One of These Days"
    • Seamus the Dog – vocals on "Seamus"



    The Album

    Some bands have their signature sound on the debut album and some bands take years to develop their sound, Pink Floyd is one of the latter described bands. Not that the first five albums from Pink Floyd are not good albums, they are. There is just something really special about this 6th album that screams at you “This is Pink Floyd”. Meddle is the first album that truly combines the psychedelic Floyd and the progressive Floyd, a sound which is synonymous to the band. Meddle also contains the longest recording by the band, “Echoes”, which is considered one of the bands greatest masterpieces. David Gilmour’s influence on song structure and experimentation with sound was beginning to define Pink Floyd’s sound, and Meddle would go on to be the foundation blocks for “Dark Side of the Moon”. Side 1 of the album has a wide variety of sounds and moods which are guaranteed to be aural pleasures. Side 2, which is the 23+ minute long song “Echoes”, will either knock you off your feet or leave you thinking the song should have been cut short, either way, “Echoes” leaves prog fans feeling ecstasy.

    Speaking of aural pleasure, the album cover is a close up of a human ear submerged in water. Not the most flattering album cover by Pink Floyd, but still fitting to what you find inside the cover. I hope everyone will lend an ‘ear’, and give this album a listen.


    The Music



    One of These Days ~ is a very spacey and psychedelic instrumental song. Gilmour adds some really great build-up sounds in the beginning of the song. There are some great vocal “grunting and growling” sound effects by drummer Nick Mason. The overall energy of this song is very strong. The song ends with some wind blowing sound effects. A great opener for the album and my favorite track.



    A Pillow of Winds ~ a slow, melodic song that adheres to the spacey psychedelic atmosphere which has become the trademark of Pink Floyd. The vocal harmony is beautiful. The song title is perfect for the song, which gives the mood of floating on a pillow………..



    Fearless ~ a great acoustic diddy opens the song. This is another song that makes you feel like you are floating with soothing vocals. The song ends with the victory song “You’ll Never Walk Alone” by a crowd at Wembley.



    San Tropez ~ An up-beat song, of pop quality even with some strong jazz influence. The piano solo/outro gives you the feeling you have just floated through a ‘big band’ tune on the Johnny Carson show………..



    Seamus ~ Starring vocals by Seamus the dog, howling. This song has some strong blues and jazz influence, but seems out of place on the album. A most forgettable song.





    Echoes~ The longest song of Pink Floyds entire catalog. If you sat through all 3 video parts, then you are a bigger Floyd fan than I am. Cut out all the pinging noises and other various windy noises, and the song is tolerable. Musically, this song is quite beautiful. The ambient feel is stunning. Gilmour’s solos are fantastic and the same can be said of the keyboard solos by Wright. The song has a constant build up of emotion and mood, then it lets you drift off into a lullaby state…………if you can tolerate all 23 minutes!

    Overall, I think this album is brilliant. This album is “Pink Floyd” and what defined them as a progressive rock band. The song structures are very complicated and the musical flow is superb. The only weak track on the album is Seamus .

    My rating for overall listening pleasure 4.5/5.
     
  2. LG

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    Re: Pink Floyd ~ Meddle (1971)

    I bought Meddle in the mid 70's for $.97 along with ZZ Top's Tejas for the same price. Those were the days...:D

    It took me about 6 plays all the way through before Meddle hooked me, the hardest song to take in was the monstrous Echoes occupying the entire second side of the record. Although my Pink Floyd albums change places a little over the years depending on my mood, DSOTM is always first and Meddle is 2nd, the others vary somewhat. And I even like Seamus, for a band as serious as Pink Floyd tends to get a light fluffy song like that is just fun.
     
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    Re: Pink Floyd ~ Meddle (1971)

    I love this album but I'm a Floyd freak ... Nice review, Magic.

    $.97 !!!!! :wtf:
     
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    ^^Yeppers 97 cents DKW,,,years after I moved the owner of the record store got busted, turns out he was running a huge drug smuggling ring using the record store as a front for it...but I am not complaining he gave us some great deals.:D
     
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    Yeah, I guess so lol
     
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    Re: Pink Floyd ~ Meddle (1971)

    Great price for a killer album there LG!! Fine fine album and nice write up too! I stil love One Of These days!!
     
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    Re: Pink Floyd ~ Meddle (1971)

    Great review, Magic ! Right now Meddle is my favorite Pink Floyd album :bow:.

    I agree with LG about Pink Floyd albums changing places over the years. My DSOTM period passed away few years ago and now I'm in a DSOTM break due to massive overplaying :D.

    Are you sure that the crowd recording was on Wembley in London? “You’ll Never Walk Alone” is the official Liverpool FC anthem and was played by Liverpool F.C. Kop. The home stadium is in Liverpool on Anfield Road. I couldn't find on the internet information about the place of recording and I'm just curious.
     
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    Re: Pink Floyd ~ Meddle (1971)

    Nice review. For me DSOTM is still number one, and Meddle shares 2. place with Atom Heart Mother. Echoes is probably most epic Floyd's song and I just love to play it on gramaphone, sits somewhere and chill. Beautiful. That album pretty much sums why Pink Floyd is (for me) greatest band on the Earth.
     
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    Re: Pink Floyd ~ Meddle (1971)

    Fantastic review. The "transition" album. "Seamus" and "San Tropez" just don't seem to fit in IMO. What can you say about "Echoes". A masterpiece.
     
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    From what I remember it was recorded in Wembley Stadium Bob, fans of Liverpool travel all over England to watch their club play, and if it was a big match in London I am sure they would have had a huge number of fans singing the most famous song in Football.
     

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