Try to imagine a time when Pink Floyd were not well known enough to reach the top 40, or more accurately, when they were not capable of it.
When Syd Barrett made his exit after the band’s first album back in the Summer of ’67, the rest of the band was left in a bit of a lurch. Barrett may have been crazy, but he was a very interesting and popular songwriter. Without him, the rest of the band floundered about, making modestly interesting psychedelic music, most of which lacked any mainstream appeal or even a sense of direction.
In the middle of the psychedelic sixties, you could get away with that, but the seventies demanded at least some sense of structure, and the bandmembers rose to the challenge by creating an album based almost entirely on atmosphere. “Meddle” seems to float by like a feather in the wind, and although it may not be exciting, it most definitely is intriguing. In a sense, this album was the dry run that prepared the band for their subsequent magnum opus, “Dark Side of the Moon”.
Featured tracks include:
One of These Days
A Pillow of Winds
November 1971 - Billboard Charted #70
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