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Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd — Meddled (1997)

                                     Pink Floyd — MeddledPink Floyd — Meddled (1997)♦   “Šťastná náhoda,” nebo “příjemné překvapení”.  Toto slovo bylo vytvořeno Horacem Walpolem v roce 1754. Horace Walpole byl anglický historik umění, spisovatel, antikvář. Pojem serendipity je běžnou událostí v celé historii inovací Tais Awards.
♦   Koncert BBC moderuje John Peel. O provedení tohoto koncertu se říká, že je lépe zahraný než většina materiálu na studiovém albu Meddle. Mohu s tím částečně souhlasit.
♦   “Fat Old Sun” je možné nejlépe popsat jako pastorální kompozici, hymnus chvály venkova (jako několik raných Pink Floyd písní, například “Grantchester Meadows” z dvojalba “Ummagumma” anebo “Green Is the Colour” z alba “More”).
Location: London, United Kingdom
Genre: progressive rock, acid rock, classic rock
Album release: 1997
Record Label: Harvest
Duration:     64:33
1. Fat Old Sun     15:27
2. One Of These Days     7:31
3. Echoes     26:32
4. Embryo     10:06
5. Blues     4:57
♦   Meddled is a 1997 bootleg CD made by the Harvested people, creating an album that is said to be better than the official album. Is it? You be the judge. This was recorded at Paris Cinema in London, England on 30 September, 1971 in support of the official album in question, Meddle.
♦   "Fat Old Sun" is a Pink Floyd song written and sung by David Gilmour. It appears on their 1970 album Atom Heart Mother, and was performed live in a greatly expanded form (often exceeding fourteen minutes), both before and after the album was released (10 October). Live performances of this song date back to 16 July 1970.
Published: Lupus Music
Released: 2 October 1970 (UK) / 10 October 1970 (US)
Recorded: August 1970 at Abbey Road Studios, London
Live performance:
♦   "Fat Old Sun" was performed live by Pink Floyd from 1970–71. On stage, the song was transformed from a folk ballad into an extended rock jam, leading off from the blues rock solo after the last refrain. Extended jams would usually follow, including free–form drumming, organ solos and revised chord progressions based on the "Sing to me" vocal line.
♦   More recently, it was adopted by David Gilmour and performed acoustically in the 2001/02 David Gilmour in Concert shows, minus the electric guitar solo. When the Floyd's manager, Steve O'Rourke, died in 2003, Gilmour, Richard Wright, and Nick Mason played "Fat Old Sun" and "The Great Gig in the Sky" at O'Rourke's funeral. Early during the tour in support of Gilmour's On an Island album in 2006, the song returned to the set list. This incarnation was composed of the lyrics followed by the concert's backing singers repeating the "sing to me" chorus, then a bluesy version of the guitar solo closer to the length of the album version (the 2006 incarnation clocked in at around seven minutes). A performance from the Royal Albert Hall is featured on Gilmour's DVD, Remember That Night. It is also featured on Gilmour's live album Live in Gdańsk.
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♦   This song was one of several to be considered for the band's "best of" album, Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd (2001), as remarked by James Guthrie, the producer of Echoes. Gilmour himself confirmed this story on Johnnie Walker's Radio 2 drivetime show in 2002 that he had made a case for this song to be included, but was out–voted and the album Atom Heart Mother goes unrepresented on that album. "Fat Old Sun" is perhaps best described as a pastoral, a hymn of praise to the countryside (as several early Pink Floyd songs were, such as "Grantchester Meadows" from Ummagumma and "Green Is the Colour" from More). The bell sounds heard at the beginning and the end of the song were later used again in "High Hopes" from their album The Division Bell and in "Louder than Words" from their album The Endless River.
♦   David Gilmour — lead vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, pedal steel guitar, bass guitar, drums, percussion
♦   Richard Wright — Farfisa organ, Hammond organ
♦   "One of These Days" is the opening track from Pink Floyd's 1971 album Meddle. The composition is instrumental except for a distorted, low voice that says "One of these days I'm going to cut you into little pieces" (spoken by drummer Nick Mason, a rarity for the band) and features double–tracked bass guitars played by David Gilmour and Roger Waters, with each bass hard panned into one channel of stereo. Gilmour's bass sound is quite muted and dull. According to Gilmour, this is because that particular instrument had old strings on it, and the roadie they had sent to get new strings for it wandered off to see his girlfriend instead.
♦   “Possibly the most interesting thing about "One of These Days" is that it actually stars myself as vocalist, for the first time on any of our records that actually got to the public. It's a rather startling performance involving the use of a high voice and slowed down tape.” — Nick Mason
♦   According to John Peel, Waters has described "One of These Days" as a "poignant appraisal of the contemporary social situation". Gilmour has stated that he considers it the most collaborative piece ever produced by the group.
Released: 29 November 1971 (US) / 1971 (Italian) / 1971 (Japanese)
Format: 7"
Recorded: July 19–21, 23–25, 1971, Morgan Studios, London / August 1971, AIR Studios, London
♦   "Echoes" is a song by Pink Floyd including lengthy instrumental passages, sound effects, and musical improvisation. Written in 1970 by all four members of the group (credited as Roger Waters, Richard Wright, Nick Mason, David Gilmour on the original release), "Echoes" provides the extended finale to Pink Floyd's album Meddle. The track has a running time of 23:31 and takes up the entire second side of the vinyl recording.
♦   It also appears in shortened form as the fifth track on the compilation album which took its name, Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd. "Echoes" is the third–longest song in Pink Floyd's catalogue, after "Atom Heart Mother" (23:44) and the combined segments of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" (26:01). Unlike those pieces, it is not explicitly divided into separate parts; however, the composition was originally assembled from separate fragments, and was later split in two parts to serve as both the opening and closing numbers in the band's film Live at Pompeii. The first part was used to open the band's 1987–90 A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour.
♦   Each verse of the song follows a pattern of three strophes.
♦   The composition uses many progressive and unconventional musical effects. The ping sound heard at the beginning of the song was created as the result of an experiment at the very beginning of the Meddle sessions. It was produced through amplifying a grand piano and sending the signal through a Leslie rotating speaker. Most of the song's musical passages are in the key of C–sharp minor. At seven minutes in, a funk progression in the tonic minor begins. David Gilmour used the slide for certain sound effects on the studio recording, and for the introduction in live performances from 1971–75. A throbbing wind–like sound is created by Roger Waters vibrating the strings of his bass guitar with a steel slide and feeding the signal through a Binson Echorec. The high–pitched electronic 'screams', resembling a distorted seagull song, were discovered by Gilmour when the cables were accidentally reversed to his wah pedal. After observing the song being created, Nick Mason noted, "The guitar sound in the middle section of 'Echoes' was created inadvertently by David plugging in a wah–wah pedal back to front. Sometimes great effects are the results of this kind of pure serendipity, and we were always prepared to see if something might work on a track. The grounding we'd received from Ron Geesin in going beyond the manual had left its mark."
♦   The "choral"–sounding segment at the end of the song was created by placing two tape recorders in opposite corners of a room; the main chord tapes of the song were then fed into one recorder and played back while at the same time recording. The other recorder was then also set to play what was being recorded; this created a delay between both recordings, heavily influencing the structure of the chords while at the same time giving it a very "wet" and "echoey" feel. Harmonic "whistles" can be heard produced by Richard Wright pulling certain drawbars in and out on the Hammond organ. Rooks were added to the music from a tape archive recording (as had been done for some of the band's earlier songs, including "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun"). The second half of the song where Gilmour plays muted notes on the guitar over Wright's slowly building organ solo was inspired by The Beach Boys song "Good Vibrations". This muted guitar riff is in 12/8 time, while most of the song is in 4/4. Also, the "whale call" section is in free time. The song concludes with an ascending (rising) Shepard–Risset glissando.
♦   In an interview in 2008 with Mojo, when asked who had composed Echoes, Wright stated he had composed the long piano intro and the main chord progression of the song. In the same interview he confirmed that Waters wrote the lyrics. Gilmour has claimed in interviews[which?] that the music came mainly from him and Wright.
Published: Pink Floyd Music Publ
Released: 30 October 1971 (US) / 5 November 1971 (UK)
Recorded: January 1971, Abbey Road, London / March, April 1971, AIR Studios, London / May 1971, Morgan Studios, London / June, July 1971, Morgan Studios, London / AIR Studios, London / August 1971, AIR Studios, London

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