on October 13, 2014
Love the disc, the mix is good stuff, the awkward-sized cardboard box is my only complaint.
on February 23, 2013
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 times over the last 30-odd years, I can assure you that it stands the test of time and is one of the best rock albums ever produced. On its own WYWH gets a five-star rating, hands-down. I bought the Experience version of WYWH because I was curious whether the new mastered edition was going to be sonically different (or somehow improved) from previous versions. The answer, to my ears, is no, I could not detect and audible shifts in the new mix.
The second disc of this package, the "Experience" part, contains demos and live run-throughs of some of the songs of WYWH. One of the items that piqued my curiosity when I ordered was a demo of Wish You Were Here with the French Jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli (a musical genius), which I thought was a very interesting pairing. There`s a reason that version wasn't released on the original album; Grappelli's violin part meanders gaily over the band and seems in conflict with the sombre mood of the song, Nice try, but it never gets off the ground.
To sum up: By all means, rush out and get Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here. It is a true musical and sonic masterpiece with incredible transportative powers. Just don't waste your money on the Experience version.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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.
on June 5, 2004
Rather than getting sucked into the nitwit bickering between fans and the tasteless peabrain playing sockpuppet with both hands, I'll just give my opinion of this album (CD).
After Dark Side came out I was very eagerly awaiting the next album. Frankly, Dark Side blew me away as I didn't think Pink Floyd had the stuff to put together something so unique, colourful and profound. When I first heard Wish You Were Here I was a little disappointed. It was as if there was something about the album (CD) that was going over my head (and everyone I knew raved about it) but something just seemed missing for me. Each title individually is fine and I have no complaints about the lyrics, engineering or musicianship anywhere on the CD. It just seemed to be lacking something cohesive that tied it all together as something better than a collection of swell songs (I can get that from a Freddy and the Dreamer's album). Syd Barrett was little more than a name and a vague story to me. That was the piece that was missing.
Wish You Were Here is a very different concept compared to Dark Side even if some of the melodic music style is similar. Honestly I don't think the dreaminess of the music particularly fits the overall concept of the CD considering the anger and contempt conveyed in titles like "Have a Cigar" and "Shine On". I like the message(s) and I like the music but somehow the whole thing just doesn't jell as well as I was hoping a DSOTM follow up would. It seems to me there should be more absolute hatred in the music portions for the machine that did this to their friend. The machine really does chew people up and spit them out like a mechanized sociopath.
I like this album and in some ways look at it as an interesting segue (along with Animals) toward The Wall which pretty much spells out Roger Water's feelings about Syd, the machine and society's values explicitly.
on May 19, 2004
'Wish You Were Here' is a fantastic album by a great band. But, unfortunetly, it had the (dis)pleasure of being sandwiched between Floyd's two greatest album, the world-renowned Dark Side of the Moon and the opus 'The Wall'. Wish You Were Here is still a great album, none the less.
Wish You Were Here begins with the epic jazz-infused song, Shine On Crazy Diamond (Pt. i). The guitar playing of Steve Gilmour is excellent, showing hints of blues in a rocked out, jazz-hinged manifesto. Great lyrics as well, which is normal for the Floyd.
Next up is what I believe to be the best song off this album, Welcome to the Machine. It is actually an eerie song, dealing with disturbing sounds and the strained, pained voice of Roger Waters. The lyrics are great, as is the musicianship. Next is Have a Cigar, while it is a good song - I think it to be overrated. It took me a while to enjoy the song, and still don't enjoy it as much as the other songs on this album.
Wish You Were Here is the most famous song off this album, as it should be. A touching, thought-provoking acoustic piece, and it is a great one. A bit overplayed, but great none the less.
Shine On Crazy Diamond (pt. ii) is just as good as its previous counterpart. It is a great song, a mystifying ocean of lyrics and guitar riffs.
All in all, it is a very good album, with it's flaws as with all albums. Buy this album, it is well worth it. It is a normal albums length, with only 5 Songs. 43 minuets.
on April 28, 2004
"wish you were here" is one of pink floyd's underrated masterpeices in the Waters era. theirs only five tracks... but it offers 40 minutes of it.
the album offers the masterpeice "shine on you crazy diamond [pts. 1 & 2] and the beautiful "wish you were here". but the song wish you were here is very dated when compared the longer and more experimental version that Radiohead made. but that one doesn't offer the sound effects at the beginning. "welcome to the machine" is my personal favourite from the album. it deals with the troubles of Syd Barret. its dark, eerie, and has complete control of your ears. the experimental sound go from your left ear to the right. the song offers good lyrics and some of the best sound effects ever, with a machine over-driving... which then turns out to be a car driving away -- talking about Barret's jaguar. "Have a cigar" has some amazing lyrics, but sadly its a hit-or-miss simply because Waters rushed the lyrics. has awesome sound efx on the beginning and end, but Waters doesn't do a very good job singing, the lyrics seemed rushed. the first two tracks (shine one you crazy diamond [pt.1], welcome to the machine) are my favourites on the album. shine on you crazy diamond pt. 2 does seem weak when compared to part 1, but that doesn't really matter. "wish you were here" shows how much they cared about Syd Barret and shows how 'experimental' they can be.
while "Wish You Were Here" may not be the best Pink Floyd album, or no where near albums like Ummagumma, A Saucerful of Secrets, or Obscured by Clouds... Wish You Were Here is a amazing album tributed to a person they truely love.
on April 6, 2004
Kay', now what we have here is a classic mix of the old rock and roll blues and masterful creativity. 1.Shine on you crazy diamond- this version is unique in its own way, you may not like the synthysizer or the sluggish tempo at the beginning but this song works its way to the top. Welcome to the machine- this song consults Roger Waters' anger towards the morbid publicity of musicians, also quite good. Have a cigar- by far my favorite off the album welcomes Gilmore and Waters singing on an excellently creepy song. Wish you were here- a definite highlite of the album, a song mourning over the loss of Pink Floyd's original leader, Syd Barret, this song is very pretty. Shine on you crazy diamond- this version of the collaboration is the only song this album I think could go without. Nevertheless this is still a good song however out of 5 great songs, this is the weakest.
on February 6, 2004
Richard Wright has lots of fun on this CD, letting his synthesized landscape provide a foundation for David Gilmour's soloing and Roger Waters' passionate pleas. To be sure, its production is a bit too shiny, making it seem a little detached and frigid in some places. Bears a bit of similarity with the sound of Steely Dan's "Gaucho" in its lack of soul and warmth. However, that's not to say that this is a bland album...the sonic effects are wondrous and the theme of extreme alienation and isolation is underscored by the production. Where the Wall's protagonist was tortured by drugs, mood swings, and rage, the protagonist here seems in a state of reverie or peaceful melancholy. I must say that this album and Dark Side are the only Floyd CDs that I really enjoy the whole way thorugh. "Animals" is simply drivel and "The Wall" is burdened by melodrama. As for the earlier Floyd, it is just not as well-formed and in my opinion hasn't aged well at all. This is one of the few Floyds that everybody likes at least a little bit.
on December 21, 2003
I recognize that part of what I have to say will be unpopular--but I would like to start off by saying that I do have a high respect for this album, even though there are two significant flaws that I can't just ignore. With that out of the way, I'd like to say that this album is a fantastic listen on headphones, especially for those who enjoy rich and varied keyboard work. Rick Wright shines here, and if you enjoy his work, you're in for a treat. Minimoog, Rhodes, Clavinet, all the way to good old fashioned acoustic piano--it's all here.
First, I'd like to say that "Welcome to the Machine" is totally flawless. Although extremely unnerving (especially the final part, to any of you who live in areas where there is a tornado siren!), the machine-effects are a wonderful opening and closing to the song, as well as providing an eerie bassline throughout. The chord structures are quite innovative here, helping to set the oppressive mood, and is it possible to say enough about the synthesiser effects? The delay just makes it sound all the more impressive. One has to wonder if (given the beginning friction in the band) Rick Wright perhaps should have had a credit on this song. Of course, Roger Waters does earn a credit honestly--the excellent lyrics reflect the ensnarement of the young victim (Syd Barrett) in the world of stardom, a role for which he is completely unprepared.
This theme is continued well into "Have a Cigar", a much more traditonal rock number that has, perhaps, even better lyrics. Given the continued disintegration of the music industry in the 21st century, this song seems just as current...the only difference would be that instead, the slimeball record executive (sung excellently by Roy Harper, the only non-Floydian ever to lead on a PF song with the exception of Clare Torry) would be creating a "star" out of a no-talent hack, rather than by abusing a talented band like the Floyd. David Gilmour is really in his groove here, and when it comes to the missing credit on *this* song, I'd put my bets on him--it seems like he had a lot to contribute here.
"Shine On You Crazy Diamond" is both the location of the most wonderful work on the entire album, and one of the most significant (to me) flaws. I should first say that everyone's playing is superb here, but most especially the guitar and keys. Every note is gorgeous. Parts 6-9 in particular are an absolute keyboards extravaganza. Almost every conceivable sort of keyboard gets in there, and even the bassline is almost totally taken over by a keyboard--that stacatto sound is a Clavinet. In fact, it's my suspicion that everything from 6:30 forward on the second half of SOYCD was almost entirely written by Richard Wright. (If you're interested in more of his laid-back, jazzy approach, so underused by the Floyd, I suggest trying to track down a copy of his first solo album, entitled Wet Dream. You won't regret it.)
The one trouble with SOYCD, in my opinion, is the vocals. Part of my bias may be due to the fact that I'm more used to the versions sung by David Gilmour (both the PULSE and David Gilmour in Concert versions). It just seems to me that Roger Waters is far too snide for a song that calls for a more wistful, melancholy touch--this is a remembrance of someone absent from their lives, not a bitter-at-the-world song like "Pigs", and Mr. Waters does not seem to (at this particular point in his career) be able to adapt successfully to it. The other--and in my opinion much more serious--flaw on this album has to do with the studio version of "Wish You Were Here". I simply can't stand to listen to it most of the time. While the song premise is good--pleasant chords and melody, and effective lyrics, I think the problem is in the mixing. The song is simply too dry in the studio version...the vocals sound so tinny that you'd think the "radio" section never stopped, and the acoustic guitar also lacks a certain warmth. Furthermore, I think this is a song that desperately needs the intimacy that a live performance can offer. Yes, I do understand that this coldness may be due to the intended "theme of absence" in the album, but this version is still not my preference.
While it hurts to give an album with so many impressive parts this rating, I still have to do it in the interests of honesty. However, I must say to you--this IS a must in any respectable record collection along with The Dark Side of the Moon. Especially if you are at all an audiophile or keyboard enthusiast, don't pass this up!
on November 11, 2003
I think that Wish You Were Here is a little bit out of this world
I don't really love this album, but it dose have Shne On You Crazy Diamond which is a good song and have a cigar wish you were here, but it is totally experimental. The Floyd had just completed "dark side" and now into a totally differnt style of music, a little like "meddle." It is a reasonably good album though. It has good guitaring and easy to pick up and play. Long songs, shine on. Good CD to listen to when driving, long trips.
IT IS PRETTY GOOD!! Amazon has unbeleivable prices for this album