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Wish You Were Here (Vinyl) [Import]

Pink Floyd LP Record
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Wish You Were Here is a song cycle dedicated to Pink Floyd's original frontman, Syd Barrett, who'd flamed out years before: two grimly funny songs about the evils of the music business ("By the way, which one's Pink?"), and two long, touching ones about the band's vanished friend. The real star of the show, though, is the production: sparkling, convoluted, designed to sound deeply oh-wow under the influence--and pretty great sober too, with David Gilmour getting lots of space for his most lyrical guitar playing ever. And, though the album is big and ambitious, even bombastic, it somehow dodges being pretentious--the Barrett tributes are honest and heartfelt, beneath all the grand gestures and stereophonic trickery. --Douglas Wolk

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Vinyl Album by Pink Floyd WISH YOU WERE HERE

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Vinyl Release. Nov. 15 2011
Format:LP Record
I'm certainly not one of those people who claim that "everything sounds better on vinyl, just because it's vinyl". I have been disappointed on several occasions upon receiving reissued and/or remastered versions of some of my favourite albums. Everything from poor sound quality to extreme surface noise to awful quality control (when you're spending upwards of $25, I wouldn't expect to receive records with scuffs, scratches and the center hole not completely punched through). That being said, I wouldn't give out a five star rating too easily.
So I love Pink Floyd and when this album became available, I held my breath and ordered it. I'm glad I did. It's awesome in every respect. Sound quality, quality control and the packaging are all superb. Most other manufacturers could learn a few things from this exceptional release. If you like Floyd, get it!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars For The Record, Three For The Box Set. Nov. 13 2011
By Stephen Bieth TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Well I still don't know what everybody got bent out of shape about the Dark Side Of The Moon box set. Yes there was lots of crap in the box besides the CD's and DVD's but you did get 3cd's, 2 DVD's and a Blu ray for $100.00 which is not a bad deal. However the same can't be said for Wish You Were Here. The WYWH box set comes with the remastered album and one bonus CD with a couple of live tracks and a couple of alt. takes. A DVD that containd 5.1 mixes and one that says it's for the visuals but the only thing it has is the screen films used on the tour. Then a Blu ray with the same content as the DVD's but at a higher sampling rate. So basicly what you get is two CD's and a couple of 5.1 mixes plus all the stuff you don't need in the box set. So in this case not a very good deal. I don't know why they didn't just give us a live CD from the tour.
That being said the 5.1 Blu ray sounds beautiful. You have not heard this album until you hear it in 5.1. The only thing that sucks is that you have to buy the box set to get it. By the way EMI fixed the disc problem that TDSOTH box set had with the disc's coming lose when it's shipped. They now have all the discs in envelops.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Half a deal... not okay with me. Feb. 9 2012
Format:Audio CD
I received this box set about two weeks ago and I'm surprised that there aren't more complaints coming in. When ordering a box set I expect too be visually and aurally satisfied for the amount of money spent. I really don't have any complaints about the sound at all- both the Quad & 5.1 mixes on the Blu-ray are outstanding and the Cd's are great also. The problem comes with the Dvd's- one having the Blu-Ray material duplicated, but at a lower resolution. I could understand this being done a few years ago when Blu-Ray players were fairly expensive and not to many people owned them, but now they can be bought for well under a hundred dollars. I can't see myself playing the Dolby Digital compressed version when I have the better version at hand. I suppose for the few people who have 5.1 in there vehicles the Dvd would come in handy. The real complaint is for the second Dvd that is supposed too have 75 minutes of video content on it, when in fact it has only 25 minutes of pictures and animation. I can't believe that there wasn't any live material shot during the 70's that could have been included. Several years ago there was a 30th anniversary Steve Miller-Fly like an eagle package that came out with the remixed and remastered disc in 5.1 & extra songs, interviews and a full concert included. The extras in floyd Disc set are of no real interest too me, so really the cd's and Blu-ray are the only value here and I learned an expensive lesson and won't repeat it with the other immersion sets.

When I bought several Dvd Audio discs I realized there would be only a small amount of video included on the disc but I was fine with that fact. I was bying the disc for the great sound in surround, but when I put out over a hundred dollars I expect the full package deal. I guess I will have too wait for DSOTM & the WALL too come out on Blu-ray in 5.1 and buy them separately. I own DSOTM on sacd, but would still like the Bluray version also & especially the Quad mix.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth rebuying if only for disc 2 Nov. 22 2011
Format:Audio CD
I don't usually buy the reeditions of compact discs I already have. In the case of this "Wish You Were Here" experience Edition, disc 2 caught my attention and this was a great way to get the bonus tracks without buying the expensive Immersion boxset.
See, this official release now features the pre-Animals tracks Raving and Drooling (Sheep)and You've Got to be Crazy (Dogs) live, but I'll get back to it.

The Wish You Were here album itself sounds very clear and is a big improvement over the original 1980's cd. The sound is slightly louder, but it's much more defined. Beautiful remastering!

Disc 2 starts with a live version of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" which features the best parts of the song. "Raving and Drooling" and "You've Got to be Crazy" are very good versions of tunes that would feature on the Animals album. "Raving" has a synthsizer solo from Rick Wright which was left out or transformed on Sheep. I have preferred this song over Sheep since I heard it. "Crazy" is not totally as polished as Dogs, but the barebone is there and Roger Waters sings beautifully on his part "and when you lose control...". I own a bootleg called "Dogs ans Sheeps" which is a similar concert from USA. Let me tell you that the sound on the Experience release is much better. The performance is also a notch superior with David Gilmour in top shape voice.

Still on disc 2, "Wines Glasses" sounds like the intro of "Shine On". "Have a Cigar" features Roger and David on vocals and Roy Harper only in the chorus. "Wish you Were Here" has a different guitar intro, excellent sound and violonist Stephane Grappelli provides the end solo. I don't think it fits as good as David's scat vocals over acoustic guitar, but that's a nice version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Floyd reissue..another one?
This one happens to be superb, all original packaging etc.. Excellent mastering and the vinyl is dead quiet. Classic album needless to say, one of their best.
Published 14 days ago by R. Kahn
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny . . .
I would recommend this to anyone with high standards in the quality of the music they listen to. This is true audiophile quality in triple layered playback modes. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Dana Stephen
5.0 out of 5 stars Pink Floyd - wish you were here
Bought it for Wish you Were Here Song. Not particularly a Pink Floyd fan at all. I cannot really comment on the rest.
Published 5 months ago by Sharon Flint
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Pink Floyd to the max.
More junk than I could hope for. It's awesome. Not a bad thing to say about it. Arrived quick, in excellent condition.
Published 8 months ago by Darrel Dixon
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing re-issue.
I don't really know what to add.
Pressing quality is great.
Packaging top notch.
It's a great album from a classic band.

**But, buyer beware... Read more
Published 8 months ago by LC9000
5.0 out of 5 stars must own
If your a Pink Floyd fan, this is a must own. Nice quality box set with great features and song versions.
Published 9 months ago by Bear123
5.0 out of 5 stars A great experience
As great as Wish You Were Here is -- and I listened to it dozens of times as a teen -- it was never my favourite Floyd album. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gordon R. Bowes
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Sure About the "Experience" Part of This...
Wish You Were Here is one of my all-time favourite albums. Having purchased WYWH on vinyl, on cassette and in two previous CD iterations, and having listened to it thousands of... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ippersiel
5.0 out of 5 stars SACD - finally
I listened to it on a big reel tape recorder. I listened to it on a cassette deck. I listened to it on a vinyl turntable (not a hi-end though). I listened to it on a CD. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Dr. Snorkelstein
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Floyd's most honest, most personal albums, a fitting...
If DARK SIDE is about insanity, and ANIMALS and THE WALL is Waters working out his own neurosis brought on by fame, WISH YOU WERE HERE could be the most sentimental thing the band... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mike London
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