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Pink Floyd: David Gilmour (vocals, guitar); Richard Wright (vocals, keyboards); Roger Waters (vocals, bass instrument); Nick Mason (drums, percussion).

Recording information: Air Studios, London, England; EMI Studios, London, England; Abbey Road Studios, London, England; Morgan Studios, North London, United Kingdom.

MEDDLE was the first album to hint at the musical identity that would define Pink Floyd in the mid- to late-'70s. Whereas prior releases like UMMAGUMMA and ATOM HEART MOTHER announced the presence of new singer/guitarist/songwriter David Gilmour, MEDDLE represents the band's Gilmour-influenced evolution toward a sleek, epic, spacey sound. In "Echoes," an ambitious 23-minute soundscape, the pinging of a synthesizer greets the listener before Gilmour's warm, open guitar and gentle crooning gives way to a repetitious, workmanlike rhythm. From here, the music fades into an abyss of whale calls and eerie sonic reverberations.

Elsewhere, Floyd dabbles with straightforward cocktail-hour jazz ("San Tropez") and a twisted slow blues ("Seamus"). But it is "One of These Days," MEDDLE's opening track and lone radio staple, that truly previews things to come. Roger Waters's bass, played through a Binson echo unit, establishes the song's manically hypnotic groove, as Richard Wright's synthesizer bursts in and out, Nick Mason's off-kilter drum fills get tossed around, and Gilmour's guitar dive-bombs through it all. These varied sound effects, packaged in a song that clocked in at less than six minutes, were a precedent for the masterpiece that was two years away: DARK SIDE OF THE MOON.

What the critics say...

Rolling Stone (1/6/72, p.70) - "...not only confirms lead guitarist David Gilmour's emergence as a real shaping force with the group, it states forcefully and accurately that the group is well into the growth track again..."
Q (10/94, p.137) - 3 Stars - Good - "...The four were at their most collectively prolific at this time..."

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
  1. One Of These Days
  2. Pillow Of Winds, A
  3. Fearless
  4. San Tropez
  5. Seamus
  6. Echoes
Release date Australia
October 25th, 1990
Artist
Label
Capitol/EMI Records
Album Length (Minutes)
46:52
Producer
Number of Discs
1
Brand
Original Release Year
1971
UPC
724382974925
Product ID
1532444

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