Whether you label them as progressive or psychedelic, Pink Floyd produced some of the most extraordinary sounds ever pressed into vinyl.
This September marks the 40th anniversary of Wish You Were Here, one of the two best albums they ever produced in my opinion. The other being Dark Side of the Moon.
Before removing the clear plastic wrap from the album, you knew WYWH was going to be different. The album cover is of two men in suits calmly shaking hands while one of them is on fire.
Of course, these days everything—well almost everything—is digital. The “warmth” and “realness” of vinyl lost ground to the convenience of carrying every song you own in your pocket. That hasn’t stopped me from smiling as I sit here, headphones on and volume high, remembering how it felt when I first heard “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” “Have A Cigar,” and “Welcome To The Machine.”
Dark Side of the Moon, released 42 years ago, is next in my queue. I’m quite looking forward to hearing the music and sound effects move back and forth through my brain. If you’ve never listened to DSotM with headphones, you’re in for a treat.