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VOTW - PINK FLOYD Special

I won't call myself a big fan of Pink Floyd. Most of their albums are pretty boring imo. Even The Wall. I AM a fan of "Dark side Of The Moon" and "Wish You Were Here". But their best couple of songs, they made in the very beginning of their career, with Syd Barett. David Gilmour is definitley one of alltimes best guitarist imo. It always helps, to have your own sound, and a good one. Okay, let's start:

ARNOLD LANE

"Arnold Layne" is the first single released by The Pink Floyd (later simply Pink Floyd), shortly after landing a recording contract with EMI. It was written by Syd Barrett, their co-founder and original frontman. Although not originally included on the band's début album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, "Arnold Layne" is featured on numerous Pink Floyd compilation albums.

SEE EMILY PLAY

"See Emily Play" is the second single by Pink Floyd. Written by original frontman Syd Barrett and recorded on 23 May 1967, it featured "The Scarecrow" as its B-side. Though it was initially released as a non-album single, the song appeared on the American edition of their debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967). "See Emily Play" is included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list and reached No. 6 in the United Kingdom singles chart. As of 2014, the song has never been mixed to stereo, so the US album version was rechannelled and all subsequent reissues have been in mono.

SHINE ON YOU CRAY DIAMOND (PULSE)

I will always regret, that I wasn't at the concert in Copenhagen on this tour. This is a great live-version of my favorite Floyd-track. Waters was long gone, and at that time, I was more a "fan" of Waters than Gilmour. Those four notes on the guitar always sends shivers down my spine. Awesome stage-show!! "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" is a nine-part Pink Floyd composition written by Roger Waters, Richard Wright and David Gilmour. It is a tribute to former band member Syd Barrett. The work was first performed on their 1974 French tour, and recorded for their 1975 concept album Wish You Were Here. The song series was intended to be a side-long composition (like "Atom Heart Mother" and "Echoes"), but was ultimately split into two sections and used to bookend the album, with new material composed that was more relevant to this epic, and to the situation in which the band found themselves.

NOBODY HOME (BERLIN 1990)

I was there!!! Can you spot me among the 4-500,000 people?The Wall – Live in Berlin was a live concert performance by Roger Waters and numerous guest artists, of the Pink Floyd studio album The Wall, itself largely written by Waters during his time with the band. The show was held in Berlin on 21 July 1990, to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall eight months earlier. A live album of the concert was released 21 August 1990. A video of the concert was also commercially released. The concert was staged on vacant terrain between Potsdamer Platz and the Brandenburg Gate, a location that was part of the former "no man's land" of the Berlin Wall.The show had a sell-out crowd of over 350,000 people, and right before the performance started the gates were opened which enabled at least another 100,000 people to watch.Waters brought in guest artists including Rick Danko, Levon Helm and Garth Hudson of The Band, The Hooters, Van Morrison, Sinéad O'Connor, Cyndi Lauper, Marianne Faithfull, Scorpions, Joni Mitchell, Paul Carrack, Thomas Dolby and Bryan Adams, along with actors Albert Finney, Jerry Hall, Tim Curry and Ute Lemper. Leonard Cheshire opened the concert by blowing a World War II whistle.This performance had several differences from Pink Floyd's original production of The Wall show. Both "Mother" and "Another Brick in the Wall, Part II" (like in the 1980/81 concerts) were extended with solos by various instruments and the latter had a cold ending. "In The Flesh" (also like the 1980/81 concerts) has an extended intro, and "Comfortably Numb" featured dueling solos by the two guitarists as well as an additional chorus at the end of the song. "The Show Must Go On" is omitted completely, while both "The Last Few Bricks" and "What Shall We Do Now?" are included ("The Last Few Bricks" was shortened). Also, the performance of the song "The Trial" had live actors playing the parts, with Thomas Dolby playing the part of the teacher hanging from the wall, Tim Curry as the prosecutor, and Albert Finney as the Judge. The show officially ended with "The Tide Is Turning", a song from Waters' then-recent solo album Radio K.A.O.S. The Wall's classic closing number, "Outside the Wall," was affixed to the end of "The Tide is Turning."

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The last two videos wont playh here in the states, but its not a stretch to understand the greatness of those tracks. Its a no-brainer to say I prefer the Waters/Gilmour led band, but it's these early songs that are new to me...

ARNOLD LAYNE ... very interesting. they sound nothing like I'd expected. Clearly this was Sid Barrets band at the time as there doesnt seem to be anythin g I can hear that woudl clue me in on their future direction. A very 60's styled tune as well. Tune, not sio good, video, pretty cool just to see these guys so young!

SEE EMILY PLAY ... Their Beatles get ups are hilarious and clearly they are being playful exactlylike bands at the time. At least I hear some experimentaiton on this one, but still a very 60's track. ALso very weird to have these songs end so quickly! Who's ever heard of a Pink Floyd song thats under 3 minutes?

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