||[Jul. 4th, 2009|12:51 pm]
Yesterday i went shopping and bought CDs. A few disco compilations from sales (with cool italo stuff like alexander robotnick, Putch 79, Daniel Wang and the likes on it), the new VNV Nation (which, much to my suprise, is available in good record shops in NL now. Kudo's for the distribution!), new Louderback (minimal techno) new Vive la fete, and i bought three Pink Floyd albums in a nice package. Somehow they rereleased all their material, but now they made them with the original albumcovers on CD format, so you have mini-versions of the original vinyl albums. very nice. I bought "Animals" (didn't had that one), "Wish you were here" and "Meddle". The last two i already had on vinyl.|
I had them on, and it still is amazing how timeless the music from Pink Floyd is. To me personally "Wish you were here" is their best album. Most seem to think that from "The dark side of the moon". I like that one very much as well, but "Wish you were here" is imho one of the greatest achievements in the music history. It is the BEST album ever made. Production, sounds, songs, atmosphere, everything is almost perfect. Add to that the fantastic artwork (which is partially made by Peter Christopherson of later Throbbing Gristle and Coil fame) and there you have it. A landmark in music. The album is also surrounded by strange stories like old time member Syd Barret suddenly showing up at the recordings and stuff.
Somehow this album also ment the end of the creative high for Pink Floyd. The next one ("Animals") is still pretty good, but after that they released "The wall", which is apart from "The final cut" their worst album imho. After they kicked out Roger Waters they became somewhat better. "A momentary lapse of reason" was a decent album, and i didn't like "The division bell" much but "High hopes" was a very good song. The last song on their last studio album. A fitting end. After that only live albums and compilations.
Now that i think about it. Two or their original members are already dead. The creative brains of the band (Waters and Gilmour) are still alive, but i hope they never reform. They achieved perfection on one album. There is no need for more. They will never ever best "Wish you were here", the best album ever made.