Monday, June 15, 2009

...But Pink Floyd Doesn't

And it is with that statement that I would like to post a DOTM (for newcomers that is Discography Of The Moment) for Pink Floyd.

I actually did one back in February 2007 on this very blog but after looking at it again it is kind of a sad DOTM so I figured I would do another better one.

So here it is:

Piper At the Gates of Dawn
Released in August 1967 by Columbia/EMI.
Produced by Norman Smith.
Band lineup:
Syd Barrett - guitar, vocals; Nick Mason - drums; Roger Waters - bass, vocals; Richard Wright - keyboards, vocals.
Tracks: 11 (the U.S. released only had 9 tracks)
Singles:
"See Emily Play" and "Flaming"

A Saucerful of Secrets
Released in June 1968 by Columbia/EMI.
Produced by Norman Smith.
Lineup changes:
David Gilmour joined as lead guitarist and other vocals.
Tracks: 7
Singles:
"Let There Be More Light" and "Jugband Blues"

More
Soundtrack album released in July 1969 by Columbia/EMI.
Produced by Pink Floyd.
Lineup changes:
Syd Barrett was no longer in the permanent lineup at this point.
Tracks: 13
Singles:
"The Nile Song"

Ummagumma
Released in October 1969 by Harvest/EMI
Produced by Pink Floyd and Norman Smith.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 9
No singles.

Atom Heart Mother
Released in October 1970 by Harvest/EMI.
Produced by Pink Floyd and Norman Smith.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 5 (technically 12 because track #1 is broken into 6 parts while track #5 is broken down into 3 parts)

Meddle
Released in October 1971 by Harvest/EMI.
Produced by Pink Floyd.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 6
This album reached #3 on the UK Albums Chart and #70 on the Billboard Pop Albums Chart.

Obscured by Clouds
Released in June 1972 by Harvest/EMI.
Produced by Pink Floyd.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 10
Singles:
"Free Four" and "Burning Bridges"
This album reached #6 on the UK Albums Chart and #46 on the Billboard Pop Chart.

Dark Side of the Moon
Released in March 1973 by Harvest/Capitol/EMI.
Produced by Pink Floyd.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 10
Singles:
"Money" and "Us and Them"
This album reached #2 on the UK Album Chart, #1 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart and the song "Money" reached #`3 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart.
To date this album has sold over 15 million copies in the United States alone (over 3.8 million in the UK, over 2 million in Canda...)

Wish You Were Here
Released in September 1975 by Harvest/EMI/Capitol.
Produced by Pink Floyd.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 5 (unless you count track #1 as 5 songs because it is broken up into 5 parts and track # 5 as 4 songs because it is broken up into 4 parts, which would make it have 11 tracks)
Singles:
"Have A Cigar" and "Welcome to the Machine"
Other hightlights:
"Wish You Were Here" (my all-time favorite Floyd song)
Charts:
#1 on the UK album chart.
#1 on the Billboard Pop albums chart.

Animals
Released in January 1977 by Harvest/EMI/Capitol.
Produced by Pink Floyd.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 7
No singles.
Charts:
#2 on the UK album chart.
#3 on the Billboard Pop albums chart.

The Wall
Released in November 1979 by Harvest/EMI/Capitol.
Produced by Bob Ezrin, David Gilmour, James Guthrie and Roger Waters.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 26
Singles:
"Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2" "Comfortably Numb" and "Run Like Hell"
Other highlights:
"Mother" "Hey You" "In the Flesh" "Young Lust" "Is There Anybody Out There"
Charts:
#3 UK album chart.
#1 Billboard 200
#1 UK Top 40 "Another Brick in the Wall Part 2"
#1 US Billboard Pop Singles "Another Brick in the Wall Part 2"

The Final Cut: A Requiem for the Post-War Dream
Released in March 1983 by Harvest/EMI.
Produced by Roger Waters, James Guthrie, and Michael Kamen.
Lineup changes:
Richard Wright left the band and Roger Waters took over the keyboard duties in addition to his lead vocals and bass.
Tracks: 12
Singles:
"Not Now John"
Charts:
#1 UK album chart.
#6 Billboard Pop Albums
This album is sometimes thought of to be a Roger Waters solo album. Guitarist David Gilmour only sings on one track (strangely, the only single from the album).
This also was the last album that Roger Waters appears on, having quit the band after this album.

A Momentary Lapse of Reason
Released in September 1987 by EMI/Columbia/Capitol.
Produced by Bob Ezrin and David Gilmour.
Lineup changes:
At this point the lineup was only David Gilmour - vocals, guitars, keyboards and Nick Mason - drums, percussion.
Tracks: 10
Singles:
"On the Turning Away" "Learning to Fly" "One Slip"
Charts:
#3 UK album chart
#3 Billboard 200
#70 Billboard Hot 100 "Learning to Fly"
#55 UK Singles chart "Learning to Fly"
This album has gone Quadruple Platinum in the United States (not surprising, this is a great album!)

The Division Bell
Released in March 1994 by EMI.
Produced by Bob Ezrin and David Gilmour.
Lineup changes:
Richard Wright returned to the band.
Tracks: 11
Singles:
"Take It Back" and "High Hopes:
Charts:
#1 UK albums chart
#1 US Billboard 200
#23 UK Singles chart "Take It Back"
#1 US Mainstream Rock Tracks "Keep Talking"
#26 UK Singles chart "High Hopes"
#7 US Mainstream Rock Tracks "High Hopes"

As you might have noticed. I did not include any live albums or compilation albums. There are plenty of those to choose from however.

No videos on this one, sorry. Maybe in another post perhaps.

3 comments:

  1. I own one of those 15 million Dark Side of the Moon albums... a directors cut in the rice paper and all. But I haven't owned a turntable (that works) in prolly 20 years or more.

    DSoMoon became my favorite album as a whole soon after release... nothing has ever knocked it out of my number one personal favorite spot... but many have come close.

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  2. DOTM is definitely a great album. I used to own it on vinyl myself as well.

    Strangely though, as far as Pink Floyd goes, it is not one of my favorites of theirs.

    If I had to rank the top albums 6 floyd in order of preference, I would have to go:

    1. wish you were here
    2. the wall
    3. momentary lapse of reason
    4. the final cut
    5. dark side of the moon
    6. division bell

    i believe i will do a post on this.

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  3. cool beans man.. I can dig it.

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