To those who know Pink Floyd’s work the news that Richard Wright died is a bit of a blow. The band is one of my all-time favorites. Dark Side of the Moon is brilliant. Wright composed Us and Them (still pertinent in a world of anger politics) and the Great Gig in the Sky on that album. If you do not know Floyd’s work, I recommend almost everything they did with Waters. I am less of a fan of the post-Waters era. The early years offer many good albums such as A Saucerful of Secrets (1968), Ummagumma (1969), Atom Heart Mother (1970), and Meddle (1971). Their first album Piper at the Gates of Dawn has some rather interesting material, but it and Obscured by Clouds (1972) have never been up there for me.
The best work for me begins with The Dark Side of the Moon (1973) and then the run is amazing: Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977), and The Wall (1979). I easily recommend all of these albums. They are true albums; a theme and related concepts are explored throughout the album.
Here is Floyd’s Web site.
Some more after the jump.
Us and Them: