Pink Floyd - Meddle

2016 Remaster on 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl

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Meddle is the sixth studio album by English progressive rock band Pink Floyd, originally released in October 1971 via Harvest Records.

The album was recorded at a series of locations around London.

With no material to work with and no clear idea of the album's direction, the group devised a series of novel experiments which eventually inspired the album's signature track, "Echoes". Although many of the band's later albums would be unified by a central theme with lyrics written mainly by Roger Waters, Meddle was a group effort with lyrical contributions from each member, and is considered a transitional album between the Syd Barrett influenced group of the late 1960s and the emerging Pink Floyd.

The cover, incorporating a close-up shot of an ear underwater was, as with several previous albums, designed by Hipgnosis, though Storm Thorgerson was unhappy with the final result.

The album was well received by music critics upon its release. However, despite being commercially successful in the United Kingdom, lackluster publicity on the part of their United States-based label led to poor sales there upon initial release.

With Meddle, Pink Floyd finally emerged from a fairly stagnant period in their musical growth, marked by constant creative indecision. Meddle not only confirmed lead guitarist David Gilmour's emergence as a real shaping force with the group, it states forcefully and accurately that the group was well into the growth track again.

The first cut, "One Of These Days (I'm Going To Cut You Into Little Pieces)" sticks to the usual Floyd formula (sound effect-slow organ build-lead guitar surge & climax-resolving sound effect), but each segment of the tune is so well done, and the whole thing coheres so perfectly that it comes across as a positive, high-energy opening.

Next, we have a series of ozone ballads like "Pillow Of Winds" and "San Tropez". Pleasant little acoustic numbers hovering over a bizarre back-drop of weird sounds. A clever spoof entitled "Fearless" leads up to a classic crowd rendition of Rodger's & Hammerstein's "You'll Never Walk Alone", the perennial victory song for the Wembley Cup Final crowd in England. And, to round off side one, a great pseudo-spoof blues tune with David Gilmour's dog Seamus taking over the lead "howl" duties.

"Echoes", a 23-minute Pink Floyd aural extravaganza that takes up all of side two, recaptures, within a new musical framework, some of the old themes and melody lines from earlier albums. All of this plus a funky organ-bass-drums segment and a stunning Gilmour solo adds up to a fine extended electronic outing.

Pink Floyd were nothing if not masters of texture, and Meddle is one of their greatest excursions into little details, pointing the way to the measured brilliance of their future efforts.

Meddle is killer Pink Floyd from start to finish.

Check out the tracks: “One Of These Days”; “Fearless” and “Echoes”.

This 2016 remastered LP on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl, housed in a gatefold sleeve with reproduced original artwork is pressed in Europe.

 

(0190295997076)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

One Of These Days

5:57

A2

A Pillow Of Winds

5:10

A3

Fearless (Including “You’ll Never Walk Alone”)

6:08

A4

San Tropez

3:43

A5

Seamus

2:16

B

Echoes

23:32

SKU 0190295997076
Record Label Pink Floyd Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number PFRLP6
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 23 September 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 31 October 1971
Barcode # 0190295997076
Shipping Weight 0.3500kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986m3
Type New
Format Pink Floyd Records 2016 Reissue Series, Stereo Remastered Album on 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Fully Textured Gatefold Sleeve, Original Artwork Replicated
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Progressive Rock
Genre Rock
Genre Psychedelic Rock
Format VINYL LP

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