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on October 18, 2003
Here's a track by track breakdown:
One of These Days: A nice bouncing bass line, Dr. Who Synth lines, and wicked lyrics make this one a 5/5
Pillow Of Winds: A sentimental favorite of mine, and of the prettiest songs ever. Listening to this reminds one of a falling feather. 5/5
Fearless: Amazing!!! Life Changer!!! Holy moly!!! The accoustic guitar is so clear and perfect and the singing is so amazing!! It's so well thought out and delivered with a level of sensitivity that is only achieved by the greats.This one is written from deep within. 5/5
San Topez: Catchy song. One that you may not like at first but just you wait you'll find that you'll have "As I reach for a peach...' stuck in your head. 4/5
Seamus: Seamus is pronounced Shamus. It's kind of like Sean/Shawn. On this one Floyd plays some deep blues with a real dog adding a nice effect. Not a life changing song, but short and pleasant. 4/5
Echoes: Pure genius!!! This song foreshadowed some of the greater themes to come on Dark Side of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, and so on. This song is a well orchestraded psychadelic masterpiece. 5/5
Final note, the genius of Fearless and Echoes makes up for any blemishes (as tiny as they are) that this album may have. This album is up there with the greatest albums ever made in my opinion and should be a part of any serious CD collection for a fan of rock music.
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on August 24, 2003
Before The Wall, before Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd created a very different kind of masterpiece. While their later albums were a triumph of concept, it is on Meddle where one can hear the *musical* peak of Pink Floyd's career. This is not a concept album--it is a musical journey showing off a variety of musical styles. The lyrics do not demand--they suggest, and allow the music to do the rest of the talking. Perhaps the most wonderful thing about Meddle is the fact that the band was truly functioning as a *band* here. Everyone's talents can be clearly heard, and no one shouts anybody else down.
There is no such thing as filler, on Meddle. Bookended by the mindblowing tracks "One of These Days" and "Echoes", the four "interior" tracks are severely underrated. "A Pillow of Winds" and "Fearless" are both pleasant, leisurely guitar-driven songs, and seem fairly well appreciated by fans. However, I believe that the much-maligned "San Tropez" and "Seamus" are also deserving of appreciation. "San Tropez" is particularly notable for some very unique Roger Waters vocals--rather optimistic and even a touch bluesy...a style he unfortunately never pursued after that point. "Seamus" gives a rare glimpse of the fun side of Pink Floyd, as well as a flashback to the band's origins as a blues cover band. This was never a song meant to be taken so seriously as some do. "One of These Days" is an explosive, energetic instrumental that perhaps foreshadows the angry, driven rock of Animals, but with only one lyric--a rare appearance by Nick Mason, whose processed vocals growl menacingly, "One of these days, I'm going to cut you into little pieces!"
The album's final piece, "Echoes", may be Pink Floyd's greatest work ever. From first to last "ping", this brilliant near-symphony is fantastic. Each bandsman's talents are clearly audible, even the simple-yet-effective contributions of Nick Mason and Roger Waters. The vocal harmony of David Gilmour and Richard Wright is mesmerising. Without question, this song contains the best verse Mr. Waters ever wrote: "Strangers passing in the street, by chance two separate glances meet, and I am you and what I see is me. And do I take you by the hand, and lead you through the land, and help me understand the best I can?"
Unfortunately, this reminder to walk a mile in the other man's shoes was a lesson Mr. Waters forgot in later years, at the price of devastating consequences to the band's output and to the members themselves. This moment in Pink Floyd's history is therefore one-of-a-kind, completely irreplaceable. The entire album can be summed up by the "jam" sequence in "Echoes". Never before, never again do the pieces fit together so seamlessly, each a joy on its own and in combination.
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on December 22, 2002
Do you ever wonder what it would feel like to experience sonic perfection? I don't either...but if such a thing existed, this would be it. The album's highlight is the 23-minute "Echoes," considered by many to be the band's crowning achievement. Somehow, the song is able to keep your attention for the full duration...even though it's mostly instrumental. Also on this album are the (absolutely hilarious!) track "Seamus," about a dog who would howl when he heard blues music, and the hard-hitting "One Of These Days," in which Nick Mason's growling vocals make you wonder if you're in danger of being chopped "into little pieces." If you don't own this album, I must apologize profusely for not asking you to buy it sooner.
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on March 22, 2008
The extravagant piece, Echoes, remains brilliant to this day because it stretches the listening ear and imagination of the listener. The opening riff and subsequent lyrics soon explode into a totally mind-expanding, improvisational set that is totally absorbing and slightly unsettling. Then the piece gradually returns to a more melodic sound and the listener is set gently down on the ground to the sound of the original echo. To this day I have never heard such a brilliant piece of "rock" music, and when I first heard it in 1970 it was THE radical sound.
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on June 11, 2004
It's to say that the album has two very separate halfs. One is very early 70's sounding, with the heavy-rocker 'One of this Days' and the soft 'A Pillow of Winds' as highlights, really a very experimental and unique side, if not reaching the standards for a Pink Floyd's album side, and the other half.
This one contains an only track, 'Echoes' which is for me the biggest achievement from Pink Floyd as a track, maybe along with 'Shine on You Crazy Diamond'. Not only that, but maybe it's one of the long tracks that will have to be exhibited in the future to explain people what "was" symphonic rock. The theme starts with a submarine-radar sound lost in the immensity of the ocean's silence. Some sonsensy keyboards start to groove and a beautiful guitar from mister Gilmour draws a slow and sinuous melody, and the band starts playing over Nick Mason's lazy drum beating. So the vocal part appears with a nice and sensitive harmony between Gilmour and Wright. Everything develops to an almost pre-funky jam and after that the music starts disappearing under a scary and breathtaking sinfony of what is like underwater screaming creatures. That lasts for some minutes, and so a muted electric guitar leads the way gradually from silence to what is one of the most beautiful, energetic and full of emotion musical crescendos a band has ever achieved. Find out the rest of it for yourselves!!!
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on March 20, 2006
I could listen to this album all day, and I often do!! It's seamless, timeless, and ethereal music will get you through that rough day at work without a hitch! LOVE IT! This and "Wish You Were Here" are my two all-time fav Pink Floyd albums. I saw them several times in concert in my youth (those darn YUTS!@) and wow, if only we could turn back this one, you won't regret it!
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on June 10, 2004
If nothing else, Meddle is essential just for their 23-minute masterpiece "Echoes" which melds sonic experimentation with classical, blues, rock, and sound effects... if this sounds familiar, you're right. Guitarist David Gilmour admits that "Echoes" led them toward the classic "Dark Side of the Moon".
Echoes is not the only reason to buy Meddle though. Floyd fans will appreciate the rare playfulness of "San Tropez" and "Seamus". The brooding opener "One of These Days" is classic Floyd as well. Really, there are no weak tracks on this album. I would honestly rate this as their 2nd best cd. A must have.
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on July 11, 2004
I wouldn't recommend getting this as your first Floyd album just cause it might throw you off track. This is a great CD but not quite up to par with Dark Side or maybe Wish you were Here. But the closer "echoes" makes it a close call. It is an astonishing 23 minutes of great lyrics, musicianship and interesting soundscapes and moods. Another highlight is the sleepy "A Pillow of Winds" and "Fearless". Hell, every song on the album is great except for Seamus, which seems a little out of place.
But If you're a Floyd fan and dont own this album, do yourself a favor and buy it NOW.
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on July 14, 2004
Meddle was the Pink Floyd album were they seemed to have finally gotten rid of many of the '60s psychedelic gimmicks and started going for a more '70s progressive rock sound. Most of the first half of the album (side one if you own the LP) is like the second, more song-oriented half of Atom Heart Mother, although I felt the stuff on Meddle was definately better executed. Some of the more undesirable experiments of Atom Heart Mother (specifically "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfeast") had been luckily thrown out the window. The album starts off with "One of These Days", always been a favorite. It's a really heavy piece, with loud use of bass. I have always felt this was the closest to heavy metal the band ever did. "A Pillow of Windows" is an organ-dominated ballad with acoustic guitar with plenty of that '70s Pink Floyd trademark. Roger Waters' "St. Tropez" is a rather upbeat number, although the album does feature one one misstep and that was Wright's "Seamus". It was basically a misguided attempted at doing country blues complete with a howling dog. It sounds so un-Pink Floyd. I guess the band wanted to be less serious here. But I had always felt the album's other crowning achievement (aside from "One of These Days") was the 23 minute side-length epic "Echoes". A lot of the style which would make them famous with "Dark Side of the Moon" could be found here. The album starts off with Richard Wright's use piano. Here you get to hear David Gilmour use this spacy slide guitar, which became a Pink Floyd trademark. When the vocals come in, you hear many of the same vocals harmonies that you recognize on albums like "Dark Side of the Moon". In fact this part of "Echoes" sounds like a pre-cursor to "Time". Then the band starts going in to a lengthy instrumental passage which then fades in to some truly bizarre use of wind sounds and electronic seagulls. Eventually those wind and seagull sounds fade with just spooky organ from Richard Wright, then Waters comes in with his bass, then the whole band kicks in before the main vocal themes return. Eventually the song ends once again with those wind sounds. This had been always my favorite pre-Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd album. There is no doubt if you're in to this band, you need this album.
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on July 5, 2004
1. One of These Days- This instrumental reminds of a battle (no battle in particular). I liked the bass and the drums especially. I watched the Floyd do it on 'Live At Pompeii' and it was terrific, just like the recording.
2. Pillow of Winds- This one is not my most favourite off the album, it sounds pretty nice, though. If you like that really folky sort of thing you might like this one.
3. Fearless- I just really like this song. The lyrics and the way they sing them is nice.
4. San Tropez- I like a lot of blues and jazz. This sounds like it and it's really smooth. I really like the piano in this.
5. Seamus- I wondered why they put this song on there, but it's alright, just a little weird. I liked the dog in the background, he/she sounded nice.
6. Echoes- This song is, without a doubt, the greatest song ever composed. Everything about it is terrific. I watched this on 'Live at Pompeii' too and it was great. I really liked that one part where they all jammed before heading into that mysterious bit (listen to it and you'll know what I'm talking about).
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