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Favorite Pink Floyd Album

Posted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 11:15 pm
by obskewer
I'd have to say Animals is a pretty tight original recording. Pigs and Dogs are truly amazing pieces of audio tapestry.

Posted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 11:52 pm
by dickwad
i swear we already had a thread like this.. but to answer the question, "wish you were here" is my favourite.

Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 12:14 am
by Elen Sila
Wish You Were Here and A Momentary Lapse Of Reason are both good, but the latter occasionally makes forays into an 80s sound that I don't like; I'm willing to forgive these, mainly because of how good the tracks Yet Another Movie and Sorrow are. My least favorite two tracks from these albums are Wish You Were Here and One Slip.

The Wall is good for fun listening. None of the songs are a disappointment, and Run Like Hell is probably in my favorite six or eight Pink Floyd songs, but overall the album doesn't beat A Momentary Lapse Of Reason.

The Dark Side Of The Moon was a huge disappointment for me. Although most of the songs were well composed, none of them held my attention.

Meddle is only fairly good, but it does contain my favorite Pink Floyd song of all, Echoes, which raises its status significantly in my mind, owing a lot to the fact that the track takes up a good half of its total running time.

Animals is probably my favorite, because of Dogs and Pigs (Three Different Ones). If I had to rate the albums, I'd put A Momentary Lapse Of Reason second, Meddle third, and Wish You Were Here fourth.

I don't have Atom Heart Mother.

Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 5:42 am
by Guitar_clock
You forgot the entire Syd Barrett era!!!

Wish You Were Here is my favourite album and song of all time, from my favourite band of all time.

Lionboy wrote: My least favorite two tracks from these albums are Wish You Were Here and One Slip.

Pffft. Leave it to you to dislike the two best songs out of those albums.

Lionboy wrote:The Dark Side Of The Moon was a huge disappointment for me. Although most of the songs were well composed, none of them held my attention.

I dare you to give it a second chance with a big pair of headphones.

Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 4:39 am
by Elen Sila
GC wrote:
Lionboy wrote: My least favorite two tracks from these albums are Wish You Were Here and One Slip.


Pffft. Leave it to you to dislike the two best songs out of those albums.


One Slip has a really 80s-sounding background instrument that annoys the hell out of me; it's almost like a xylophone. Learning To Fly also had a bit of a problem with an 80s-like sound. Both of the ones you mentioned, as well as On The Turning Away, just focus way too much on vocals/lyrics and not nearly enough on the most important part of any song, the guitar. Furthermore, there were a lot of country/western-sounding noises and instruments in Wish You Were Here, and that, of course, is nothing short of cacophony to me.

Also, when I listen to Pink Floyd, I want to hear either about A) the human condition or folly, B) psychological malaise, or C) drug-induced hazes. The only sentimental song that I ever enjoyed by Pink Floyd was Pigs On The Wing I.

@you - So you really think One Slip was better than Signs Of Life, The Dogs Of War, Yet Another Movie (Round And Around), and Sorrow? And how can you say that Wish You Were Here was a better song than SOYCD I, Welcome To The Machine, and Have A Cigar?

Lionboy wrote:The Dark Side Of The Moon was a huge disappointment for me. Although most of the songs were well composed, none of them held my attention.


I dare you to give it a second chance with a big pair of headphones.


You say that as if I have only listened to the album once. Or as if the medium of sound delivery is going to change the fact that none of the songs were very attention-grabbing. Or as if it would even prove anything to me, beyond confirming my conciliatory cession that the songs were well composed.

EDIT:

Okay, so I decided to listen to it again. I'll give you that tracks 1 through 5 are pretty nice. The guitar solo in Time was quite enjoyable.

But it started sucking real bad at Us And Them. Really, it started sucking about fifteen or thirty seconds before the end of Money. The lyrics for Brain Damage and Eclipse were great, but the music just totally blew.

You know what really annoyed me? That guy talking in the background in that thick British accent who comes in at about 5:56 of Money. I especially hate it when he comes back at 4:56 of Us And Them. I think I heard him somewhere else on the album too, talking this annoying bullshit about "Why should I be afraid of dying? No good reason," or something like that.

God, Us And Them is just such a horrible song. It sounds like something the band would play in a jazz restaurant full of rich white men in turtlenecks. Any Color You Like is almost as bad, except when it starts getting into the guitar parts in the middle and at the end.

Frankly, I always disliked Pink Floyd songs that had a saxophone in them. Any use of the saxophone in any Pink Floyd song could be replaced with a harmonica, and sound a lot better.

Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 5:36 am
by Guitar_clock
You might understand Pink Floyd's music better if you understood the story of Syd Barrett, their first frontman. He's the basis for so many albums past, oh, 1971 - their "Space Rock" era.

I dunno. Just seeing their VH1 behind the music gave me an entirely different perspective on the band and the meanings of their songs. I sort of see what you mean on some explanations you gave, but the more you listen to them, the more they grow on you. I even loved "The Final Cut" album, which is pretty much Roger Waters and the Pink Floyd band v_v.

And in all fairness, Momentary Lapse of Reason was made in the late 80s >_>

Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 5:44 am
by Spaced Ape
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Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 6:36 pm
by Elen Sila
GC wrote:And in all fairness, Momentary Lapse of Reason was made in the late 80s >_>


I know. I have a great distaste for that style. When it comes to music, the eighties and the nineties for the most part sucked, to me.

It's also the reason why I have a hard time enjoying the Queen album The Game. I've decided that I only really like Queen up to about 1977, after which point, only some of their songs were good, whereas before which point, most of their songs were good.

Queen Studio Albums

Of their studio albums, I have only Sheer Heart Attack, A Night At The Opera, and The Game. Before the year is done, I shall also have Queen, Queen II, A Day At The Races, and News Of The World. I may eventually get The Works, The Miracle, and Innuendo, out of a hope that the early 80s sound of The Game eventually bled out of their music. :|

I also have one live album (Queen On Fire), two compilation albums (The Greatest Hits and Classic Queen), and one postumous album (Preordained, composed from unreleased 1969-1973 material).

Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 10:56 am
by geroge
Dark Side of the Moon simply becasue I only have Dark Side of the Moon, and I was 11 last time I heard the Wall and had no real respect for anything.