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  posted on 3/23/2010 at 07:30 PM
Was debating with a friend today re: darkside, animals, wish you were here, and the wall. How does everyone rank these?
 
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  posted on 3/23/2010 at 07:33 PM
Dark Side
Wish You Were Here
Animals
The Wall

I like Meddle better than all of them.

 

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  posted on 3/23/2010 at 07:36 PM
mule75, you read my mind. I agree with your ratings, with the qualifying statement that I listen to Dark Side less than some others now just because I have heard it so much.
 

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  posted on 3/23/2010 at 08:30 PM
Wish You Were Here
Animals
DSOTM
The Wall

 

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  posted on 3/23/2010 at 08:35 PM
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Was debating with a friend today re: darkside, animals, wish you were here, and the wall. How does everyone rank these?



Well, they're all great..let's start with that...


I'll go:

Wall
Wish You Were Here
Dark Side
Animals


I'd rank Darkside higher but I just got burned out on it many years ago. Whenever I hear "Money" on the radio I switch the station.

The Wall is the album I listen to whenever I'm feeling depressed. There are a lot of really great songs on that record.

All Floyd albums with both Waters and Gilmore are great, never listened to the pre Waters stuff but have heard it's good as well.

 

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  posted on 3/23/2010 at 08:39 PM
I struggle with #1 being Dark Side or Animals. I'm kinda partial to Animals, as that '77 tour was the first time I saw them. But to be honest, I think somebody, somewhere will still be playing Dark Side 300 years from now - and I mean playing it live (like orchestras still play Bach, Mozart, etc). So....

1. Dark Side of the Moon
2. Animals
3. Wish You Were Here
4. The Wall

I'm not particularly fond of The Wall, except for the fact it includes Comfortably Numb, perhaps not the greatest guitar solo in rock history, but certainly the most epic.

 

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  posted on 3/23/2010 at 08:39 PM
Anybody know what the current status of the band is?

Any chance of a reunion with Waters?

When was the last time they toured or recorded?

Imagine how much money a Floyd tour with Roger and David on board would bring in.

 

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  posted on 3/23/2010 at 08:55 PM
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Anybody know what the current status of the band is?

Any chance of a reunion with Waters?

When was the last time they toured or recorded?

Imagine how much money a Floyd tour with Roger and David on board would bring in.
With Rick gone, David has said there are songs he won't play live anymore. He wasn't specific about which, and since that was shortly following Rick's passing, he may mellow on that over time.

I seriously doubt we'll ever see David and Roger mount a Floyd-based tour. There might be a one-off of a few tunes here or there, but I even doubt that. Neither has any financial motivation. Following the Live8 reunion, they were offered huge money for a world tour (I heard $200 million by one report), and they turned it down. If they are wealthy enough to snub that kind of money, I doubt a few years will change those attitudes.

I feel lucky to have seen both on their last tours. I have to wonder if either will even tour solo again. I just hope Roger decides to put out a DVD/BluRay of his last tour, as David has done. It would be great to have for the memories.

 

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  posted on 3/23/2010 at 09:14 PM
i'd say:
1 wish
2 dark side
3 animals
4 the wall

 

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  posted on 3/23/2010 at 09:18 PM

You listen to The Wall when you're depressed? HAY SOOS, that's dangerous. I used to do that, too. I'm lucky to be alive after doing that. Being depressed means no lyrical music for me...only instrumentals. And ESPECIALLY no WALL. It's genius, but far too demented.

And Waters was always in the band...it was Gilmour who came in late...once Syd was one or several trips over the rainbow.



Sorry, you are of course correct.

I've never listened to the bands early stuff.

But you are right about the wall being "demented".

The Final Cut is as well.


Is the Final Cut the least discussed/played Floyd album ever?

 

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  posted on 3/23/2010 at 09:28 PM
1. Animals - Fave Pink Floyd record, hands down.
2. Dark Side Of The Moon
3. Wish you Were Here
4. The Wall - About 60% of it is superb and the rest is just silly

 

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  posted on 3/23/2010 at 09:46 PM

Dark Side is brilliant, but my frequent exposure to it (mainly "Money")will force it to #2 for now

1) Animals
2) Dark Side of the Moon
3) The Wall (although I get tired of "On the Run", is that the name of it?)
4) Wish You Were Here

Really, the first two are neck and neck, and the last two are as well...a tie for 1st and 3rd

 

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  posted on 3/23/2010 at 10:18 PM
All of the above have taken me to some pretty cool places at different stages of my 42 year life. Gotta say too tough to call on the top three. I would put the Wall at the bottom only because it has scared the **** out of me. LOL

Have you seen the movie the wall lately? Its a fricken head trip at 42 thats for sure. I remember watching it in my teens thinking thats fricken cool or thats fricken strange but now the whole fricken thing is weird.

 

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  posted on 3/23/2010 at 10:25 PM
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Was debating with a friend today re: darkside, animals, wish you were here, and the wall. How does everyone rank these?


all behind meddle

dark animals were wishing you were here behind the wall.

 

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  posted on 3/23/2010 at 10:51 PM
I was once a huge Floyd fan, spending any spare money I had on bootlegs in the early 1990s and was lucky to see them in 1994, but it was the 1970s that I really wish I could have witnessed their supreme greatness.

I agree, Meddle must have a spot in with the other more well known albums.

Then it depends on one's mood really. I only typically pulled out the Wall stuff if I was in a weird state of mind, kind of dark, wanting to be taken on a trip of sorts, if that is what you are looking for then the Wall can satisfy that best.

But just generally speaking I would say my current state of mind would probably rank the albums:

1. Meddle (primarily for Echoes)
2. Wish You Were Here (primarily for Shine On - especially parts 6-9 which I think are the best and were great live)
3. Animals
4. Dark Side of the Moon
T-5. The Wall
T-5. Atom Heart Mother
6. Everything else

I never like Saucerful of Secrets studio album that much, but loved the songs live. Piper at the Gates has too much of a British pop feel and then everything after the Wall is pretty good in one sense, but it just doesn't even come close to comparing to the 70s albums.

I think their 1970-71 tours and the 1972 tour were both exceptional and some of my favorite. Things started changing a bit in 1973 as their audience and venues grew, but still the 1977 tour would probably be my next favorite based on how excellently they were playing both the WYWH material along with Animals. Sadly it was that tour that changed the band forever, further contributing to their personal divides, but it did directly spur the Wall which is a unique master piece in it's own right.

[Edited on 3/24/2010 by nebish]

 

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  posted on 3/23/2010 at 11:28 PM
Dark Side of the Moon/Wish You Were Here (sorry!!! Can't choose between those 2 and if I did I'd probably change my mind!)
The Wall
Animals

And agree with Meddle - love that and am sticking it in there with DSOTM/WYWH.

Pink Floyd has always been in the top of my list of favorite bands.


[Edited on 3/24/2010 by lolasdeb]

 

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  posted on 3/23/2010 at 11:51 PM
Wish You Were Here
Animals
Dark Side of the Moon
The Wall

 

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  posted on 3/24/2010 at 06:50 AM
Animals
Dark Side of the Moon
Wish You Were Here
The Wall

 

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  posted on 3/24/2010 at 11:41 AM
Just got too burnt out on PF after Dark Side.... Good albums, but just radio overkill. Can't listen to Wish You Were Here or The Wall at all these days. Pendulum will one day swing back, though...I've recently reimmersed myself in "all things Led Zeppelin" for the first time in about 30 years, so Pink Floyd can't be far behind.

And, add me to the "Meddle at the top of the list" bunch. Always liked Ummagumma a lot, too....and for the latter day albums, I played The Division Bell to death upon its release.

 
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  posted on 3/24/2010 at 12:24 PM
Animals
Wish You Were Here
Dark Side of the Moon
The Wall

I think all four of these albums are brilliant - 4 of the best albums ever made by anyone and all of them are very different. I rank Animals tops because no one has ever made an album like it - so original. They had something to say and they did it in a powerful musical package that is amazing to listen to. I put Wish You Were Here second because it has such fantastic songs and Shine On You Crazy Diamond almost puts a tear in my eye when I hear it. I also love Dark Side of the Moon, but have really heard it so many times that I've really burned out of it. It was the first album I bought with my own money. I put The Wall last because, even though it is powerful, the long fill in portions make the album less of a pleasure to listen to. I can listen to the other albums back to back, but no way can I do that with The Wall.

Meddle, if it was part of the question, would probably be #2 on my list after Animals and The Final Cut would probably be just above The Wall. I would also put A Momentary Lapse of Reason above the Final Cut on this list if we were to include non-Waters albums.

 

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  posted on 3/24/2010 at 12:32 PM
Darkside of the Moon
Wish You Were Here
Animals
The Wall

I'm not a big fan of The Wall at all. Not enough Gilmour on this album.

 

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  posted on 3/24/2010 at 01:25 PM
meddle? really? havnt listened to that one in a long time, but i wouldnt put it in the same league as the others...

(<-digs into cd collection)

 

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  posted on 3/24/2010 at 01:27 PM
Which albums featured both Waters and Gilmour?
 

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  posted on 3/24/2010 at 01:37 PM
There was a certain great time in my life that I listened to Meddle constantly. Its still the one I love the most. Fearless, Echoes, and One of These Days are great songs. I also like fun stuff on that album, San Tropez, Pillow of Winds, and Seamus.

Another lesser known Floyd album that I dig out from time to time is Obscured by Clouds. Its got two great acoustic based tunes, Wot's Ah the Deal and Free Four.

I don't listen to Floyd nearly as much as I did in high school and college, but I have a special place in my heart for their music.

 

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  posted on 3/24/2010 at 01:53 PM
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Which albums featured both Waters and Gilmour?


All of them except "A Piper at the Gates of Dawn," "A Momentary Lapse of Reason" and "The Division Bell."

(Also the live albums "Delicate Sound of Thunder" and "Pulse" didn't feature Waters)

 
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