Wish You Were Here (1975)

This follow-up album to Dark Side of the Moon continues on the theme of madness, but more specifically with former bandmate Syd Barrett who would leave the band after a drug-induced breakdown. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" begins and ends this album and accounts for 26 minutes of the total play time and ends with a four and a half minute keyboard section that is one of my favorite instrumental sections. "Have a Cigar" was sung by folk singer Roy Harper because Gilmour didn't want to sing it and Waters had burned out his voice.

1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5)
2. Welcome to the Machine
3. Have a Cigar
4. Wish You Were Here
5. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 6-9)

 

 

 

This album was simply a result of wanting to hear more Pink Floyd and it does not disappoint. The guitar solos at the beginning of "Shine On..." are far bluesier than anything on Dark Side which is something I love (one day I'll talk about the blues). This is a great album to chill out to at the end of a rough day since it's a bit slower and doesn't have any really loud moments to knock you out of a relaxed state (like the clocks in Dark Side). This one gets a definite recommendation from me and all Pink Floyd fans.  By the way, this album is my cover art.  Have a good evening.