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 Posted:   Jul 25, 2013 - 2:42 AM   
 By:   Reeler   (Member)

Any comments are appreciated, and favorite album. Only one choice please.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2013 - 2:47 AM   
 By:   jenkwombat   (Member)

"Dark Side of the Moon"

I know it's a cliche to say that, but that album really does hold up well and stand the test of time. But then again, several of their albums do....

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2013 - 2:56 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Here's my topic on the band -- of which I am a completist:

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=16334&forumID=7&archive=1

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2013 - 6:28 AM   
 By:   groovemeister   (Member)

i for one think 'The Wall' is utter bollocks, except for 'Comfortably Numb'
So, yeah 'Dark Side Of The Moon'

 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2013 - 7:49 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

I would choose A Momentary Lapse Of Reason, as I "grew up" with that album. But of course, also Division Bell and older albums are really good.

Saw them live in 1994 - great stuff.

 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2013 - 8:33 AM   
 By:   increbula   (Member)

In my opinion, PIPER AT THE GATES OF DAWN stands head and shoulders above all subsequent Floyd albums - and most other albums, for that matter.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2013 - 10:12 AM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

Oh man, Reeler. You're asking me to put all my kids into the tub and keep only one from drowning. I can't do it. I must save them all.

I will say though that it's probably TDSOTM. I say probably because it is arguably the one album where everything seems to be in perfect balance. Waters' lyrical excess (for want of a better word) was kept in check by Gilmour's musicality, and vice-versa. The audio-verite' element that PF used since their very start were present and accounted for, but it had not yet become the slightly-overused cliche that it was about to be with work like "The Wall", "Final Cut" or "Hitchhiker".

But even after having said all that, I find it hard to be objective about the album because I've overplayed it so much--which is my own fault. I can't be objective about it any more and it seems to be this looming, massive achievement that you can't really see properly until you're standing far, far away.

Of course, I could drone on and on in much the same way about any of the albums, depending on my mood. They each have high points and low points, none of them being the perfect listening experience that they can be--but all being oh-so-close. For instance. it's always bugged me that "The Wall" couldn't fit on a single CD. I keep trying to figure out a way, but always burn out. I think I might be onto something by snipping out the bits that are explicitly about WWII, which are given such a conceptual free-reign on the next album anyway. I'll have to try that some day. Maybe just cutting out "Vera Lynn" would do the trick. I dunno.

Another example is the constant cross-fades between tracks. I know they have an artistic purpose, and I enjoy how they enhance the experience for me, but I also want the versions of the songs with clean intros and outros. They had the chance to do that on the "Echoes" comp, but Guthrie's cross-fades were inauthentic and practically ruined the album for me. Plus, he should have taken a stictly chronological approach, but that's just my opinion.

(For the last couple of years a little project I gave myself was to recreate digital versions all their single edits--without using any vinyl. [Actually, I had to resort to vinyl for "Young Lust" and the longer promo mix of "Run Like Hell", manually removing each tick and pop and the results are excellent--nearly indistinguishable from actual manufactured product.]
I worked at it piecemeal here and there and it's complete except for "Not Now John" and its B-Side--it seems unlikely that those two versions will ever be put out. Oh, and the B-Side of "Tigers", too. So everything up to 1983 has sometimes been pretty tricky, especially "One Of These Days"--that one took forever, and the cuts in "Time" are pretty funky. But from 1987 onward all the singles were issued on individual CD's anyway, so there were no challenges there--except tracking them down.)

Anyway, these were just meant as examples of aspects that I found a little lacking in their work. Mostly just technical things pertaining to presentation. Sometimes my nitpicking knows no bounds!

Hmm, I guess I did drone on and on a bit here. You'll all have to forgive me. Untill my next post in this thread, at least.
big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 12:30 AM   
 By:   Reeler   (Member)

Guess I asked the question cause every time I do it's interesting to see the different choices. So I'm suprised to see most here picked DSOTM. I've seen it go from PATGOD to Meddle to Animals to WYWH.

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 1:13 AM   
 By:   dogplant   (Member)

I mentioned in Thor's old thread, I used various tracks from Meddle on a few of my amateur movies when I was growing up, so that one will probably always have significance for me. In fact, St. Tropez from Meddle became the main theme from my Super 8 monster movie from 1983, here: https://vimeo.com/16384860

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 10:30 AM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

I mentioned in Thor's old thread, I used various tracks from Meddle on a few of my amateur movies when I was growing up, so that one will probably always have significance for me. In fact, St. Tropez from Meddle became the main theme from my Super 8 monster movie from 1983, here: https://vimeo.com/16384860


Nicely done, man.
smile

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 4:28 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

While we were working on a project in 86 one of my cameraman was playing the cassette tape of THE WALL. He played it dozens and dozens of times through the shoot during the breaks. Slowly but surely I got to really like it.But ironically I have not heard it since, decades later.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 4:36 PM   
 By:   Reeler   (Member)

Here's my topic on the band -- of which I am a completist:

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=16334&forumID=7&archive=1


Oddly I think Thor is the first person I've heard say they like "The Wall" the best. For such a well known album I'd have thought it would crop up more.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 30, 2013 - 1:44 PM   
 By:   Reeler   (Member)

Any live albums, outtakes, and lesser known stuff you can recommend?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 30, 2013 - 2:08 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Any live albums, outtakes, and lesser known stuff you can recommend?

We talk about some of them in the other thread. For live albums, PULSE is my favourite, followed by DELICATE SOUND OF THUNDER. Outtakes, I'm not too sure about. Not really my thing.

I love the whole LIVE AT POMPEII film/concert, especially "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" from UMMAGUMMA.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 30, 2013 - 9:25 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

Any live albums, outtakes, and lesser known stuff you can recommend?


It would be so handy if it were all gathered up in one place. All the officially released studio material, I mean. But no--all that stuff has to be scattered across a half-dozen discs just to make things frustrating.

Off the top of my head (and in my opinion they are all worthwhile for their own reasons):
London '66-'67
The Early Singles (from the Shine On box)
Relics
Zabriski Point OST
(Music From) The Body--MAYBE (for just the one PF tune)
Works
A Collection Of Great Dance Songs
... and then all the CD singles from '87 onward.

I might have missed some.

The live stuff is easier--there's been only the 4 official sets.

Outtakes--pfff, verboten territory (not to mention a bewilderingly vast array of discs to have to wade through). Actually, now that I think of it, the Immersion sets have a good bunch of demos and such (and some live work). But my own interest in demos is pretty minimal.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2013 - 4:00 PM   
 By:   Reeler   (Member)

Any live albums, outtakes, and lesser known stuff you can recommend?


It would be so handy if it were all gathered up in one place. All the officially released studio material, I mean. But no--all that stuff has to be scattered across a half-dozen discs just to make things frustrating.

Off the top of my head (and in my opinion they are all worthwhile for their own reasons):
London '66-'67
The Early Singles (from the Shine On box)
Relics
Zabriski Point OST
(Music From) The Body--MAYBE (for just the one PF tune)
Works
A Collection Of Great Dance Songs
... and then all the CD singles from '87 onward.

I might have missed some.

The live stuff is easier--there's been only the 4 official sets.

Outtakes--pfff, verboten territory (not to mention a bewilderingly vast array of discs to have to wade through). Actually, now that I think of it, the Immersion sets have a good bunch of demos and such (and some live work). But my own interest in demos is pretty minimal.


Thank you, much appreciated.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2013 - 4:49 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

I love the whole LIVE AT POMPEII film/concert, especially "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" from UMMAGUMMA.


I love that film, too. That ancient amphitheater was the perfect setting for them to play their music.

The bits in the cafeteria crack me up. The deeply stoned responses to questions. Mason going on about the pie crust--funny stuff. Of course, elsewhere in the program we get a chance to see him cut loose during "One Of These Days". He was a monster on the kit for that one.

 
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