The album's themes include criticism of the music business , alienation, and a tribute to founding member Syd Barrett , who left seven years earlier with deteriorating mental health. Wish You Were Here received mixed reviews from critics on its release, who found its music uninspiring and inferior to their previous work. It has retrospectively received critical acclaim, hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time, and was cited by keyboardist Richard Wright and guitarist David Gilmour as their favourite Pink Floyd album. Since then, the record has sold an estimated 13 million copies. As Pink Floyd had never employed a publicist and kept themselves distant from the press, their relationship with the media began to sour. Mason said later that a critical NME review by Syd Barrett devotee Nick Kent may have had influence in keeping the band together, as they returned to the studio in the first week of It reflects his feeling that the camaraderie that had served the band was, by then, largely absent. Wish You Were Here is also a critique of the music business. Similarly, " Have a Cigar " scorns record industry "fat-cats" with the lyrics repeating a stream of cliches heard by rising newcomers in the industry, and including the question "by the way, which one's Pink? I thought we should try and work harder on marrying the idea and the vehicle that carried it, so that they both had an equal magic… It's something I was personally pushing when we made Wish You Were Here.
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Release date: 12th September 1975
How do you follow one of the best regarded and biggest selling albums of all time? With another one. After the swift and monumental success of The Dark Side Of The Moon , Pink Floyd were finally able to take a break from the relentless touring and recording they had had to undertake since Still, by providing a focus for the album and very quickly creating the new songs, Waters deserves much credit for keeping the recording on track. His full contribution is available on a mix of the track on the expanded editions of Wish You Were Here, available from November
See the full list. Title: Wish You Were Here A forest ranger is haunted by the disappearance of his four-year-old daughter, and the subsequent breakup of his marriage. He discovers his ex-wife Ana is pregnant to the policeman in charge of his missing daughter's case. When a young soldier in Vietnam gets dumped by his hometown girl, he and his best friend decide to go AWOL and return to the States to win her back.
It was released as the title track of their album Wish You Were Here. In , the song was ranked No. In the original album version, the song segues from " Have a Cigar " as if a radio had been tuned away from one station, through several others including a radio play and one playing the opening of the finale movement of Tchaikovsky 's Fourth Symphony , and finally to a new station where "Wish You Were Here" is beginning. He performed the intro on a twelve-string guitar , processed to sound like it was playing through an AM radio, and then overdubbed a fuller-sounding acoustic guitar solo. This passage was mixed to sound as though a guitarist were listening to the radio and playing along.