Pink Floyd, Meddle (1971)
Increasingly, my favourite Pink Floyd era is everything between 1968-1972 – and here’s a lot in there. The first thing I heard from within that timeframe was Meddle, because One Of These Days was excerpted for A Collection Of Great Dance Songs (the first PF cassette tape I ever owned). As is always the way compilations are great gateways and once through the door I always want to hear the parent-album or the what-came-first and/or what-comes-next. And so it was with Pink Floyd. I knew of the big albums but I also wanted to hear everything. And now – more so than ever before – I’m intrigued by everything up to Dark Side. Clearly a huge influence on The Flaming Lips, I hear it too in The Phoenix Foundation (another PF) and I reckon that era, those albums (anything/everything from just after the debut up to – and sometimes including – Dark Side) would be a valuable resource for anyone interested in music. It’s easy to talk down Pink Floyd. But I don’t think a lot of the “haters” (god I, erm, hate, that term) have heard things like Meddle, Atom Heart Mother, Obscured By Clouds, the More soundtrack. Fabulous stuff. Meddle is so good. I love it.
Sample Track: Echoes
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