Acclaimed Albums – Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd

List item: Listen to the 250 greatest albums
Progress: 183/250Title: Wish You Were Here
Artist: Pink Floyd
Year: 1975
Position: #189

I was cleaning the kitchen when I began to think how I may not have given the song ‘Wish You Were Here’ a fair shot when I listened to it for the songs list. After all, I really enjoyed Dark Side of the Moon and this just might be one of those things that needs more than one listen to really get. So here we are three album listens later and I’ve fallen for another Pink Floyd album.

The song ‘Wish You Were Here’ sounds better in context but, at least for me, that isn’t the best track on the album – and so I wonder why it was the choice for the 1001 list. What do I think is the best track though? Well, that would be the nine-part 26 minute long epic ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’, about their former member Syd Barrett who was kicked out of Pink Floyd some 7 years prior due to his inability to his drug use and mental issues. It’s a prog rock masterpiece and the two halves act as stellar bookends for this album.

I had no idea that I would enjoy prog rock when I started listening my way through this album list. Hell, I did not really get all the praise for The Piper At The Gates of Dawn – but through Wish You Were Here and Dark Side of the Moon I feel like I am beginning to get a taste for some of it. Maybe it’s thanks to the introduction of synthesizers that I’m beginning to see the epicness to some of these Pink Floyd songs. Maybe it’s because I am more and more hearing echoes of future musicians in their music. Or, maybe they hit a good streak and made two amazing albums in a row.

So yes, ‘Wish You Were Here’ the song doesn’t quite reach the heights of ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’ or ‘Welcome to the Machine’ for me, but it led me to this album far sooner than I would have otherwise gotten around to it.

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