Title: Wish You Were Here
Artist: Pink Floyd
Released: September 15, 1975
Total Length: 44:28
Label: Harvest, EMI (UK), Columbia, Capitol (US)
Track Listing Edit
- Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Pts. I-V) (13:30)
- Welcome To The Machine (7:31)
- Have A Cigar (5:08)
- Wish You Were Here (Song) (5:40)
- Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Pts. VI-IX) (12:31)
In 2011, several versions of Wish You Were Here were released as part of a Pink Floyd re-release campaign called "Why Pink Floyd...?" The versions were called Discovery, Experience and Immersion.
The original album remastered
The remastered album plus a second disc of live and unreleased material as follows:
- Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Early version) (Live at Wembley, 1974) (20:22)
- Raving And Drooling (Early version of "Sheep") (Live at Wembley, 1974) (12:35)
- You've Got To Be Crazy (Early version of "Dogs") (Live at Wembley, 1974) (18:09)
- Wine Glasses (From the "Household Objects" project) (2:12)
- Have A Cigar (Featuring Gilmour and Waters on vocals instead of Roy Harper and slightly different music) (7:07)
- Wish You Were Here (Featuring Stephane Grappelli on violin) (6:13)
The above two discs plus the following:
Disc 3 (DVD) - The original album in 5.1 Surround Sound, 4.0 Quadrophonic Mix, and LCPM Stereo Mix
Disc 4 (DVD) - Shine On You Crazy Diamond Intro concert screen film (Stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound versions), Shine On You Crazy Diamond concert screen film (Stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound versions), Welcome To The Machine animated clip, A short film by Storm Thorgerson
Disc 5 (Blu-Ray) - Everything from discs 3 and 4 in high definition audio and video
Also, included in the Immersion set was a 40-page book designed by Storm Thorgerson, a photo book by Jill Furmanovsky and Hipgnosis, a Storm Thorgerson art print, 5 collector's cards, Replica of Wish You Were Here tour concert ticket, replica of Wish You Were Here tour backstage pass, Scarf designed by Storm Thorgerson, Three clear marbles with pouch, Nine drink coasters featuring early Storm Thorgerson design sketches, 12-page credits booklet
- Song Review: 5 / 5
- Overall Rating: 5 / 5
- Best Song: Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Pts. I-V)
- David Gilmour – Vocals, guitars, lap steel, EMS Synthi AKS, additional bass, keyboards, tape effects
- Roger Waters – Vocals, bass, additional guitar, VCS 3, tape effects
- Richard Wright – Keyboards, VCS 3, backing vocals
- Nick Mason – Drums, percussion, tape effects
- Roy Harper – Guest Lead Vocal on Have A Cigar
- Dick Parry – Saxophone on Shine On You Crazy Diamond
- Venetta Fields – Background vocals on Shine On You Crazy Diamond
- Carlena Williams – Background vocals on Shine On You Crazy Diamond
- Stephane Grappelli – Violin on Wish You Were Here (The Song)
- Brian Humphries – Engineer
- Peter Christopherson – Design Assistant (see Hipgnosis)
- Peter James – Engineer, Assistant Engineer
- Hipgnosis – Design, Photography
- Storm Thorgerson – Re-design
- Phil Taylor – Additional Photography (Remaster)
- Jill Furmanovsky – Additional Photography (Remaster)
- George Hardie – Illustrations
- Richard Manning – Design Assistant
- Howard Bartrop – Design Assistant
- Jeff Smith – Design Assistant
- James Guthrie; Remastering producer
- Doug Sax; Remastering
- Gerald Scarfe; Welcome To The Machine Music Video
- The album's largely a tribute to Syd Barrett. His mental illness and erratic behavior made it impossible for him to contribute after A Saucerful Of Secrets. The other theme pertains to the isolation and alienation of the modern world, namely the greed of the entertainment business.
- Originally, this was to consist of 3 songs that Pink Floyd were playing live over the last two years: "Shine On", "You Gotta Be Crazy", and "Raving And Drooling". "Shine On" was preserved as "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", while the other two became "Dogs", and "Sheep" on Animals.
- Wish You Were Here was also Pink Floyd's first album with their new label Columbia Records for most of the world, save Europe (where they remained with EMI), which they signed with in 1973 for a reported $1 million after The Dark Side Of The Moon's success and also because Capitol Records underpromoted them in America prior to The Dark Side Of The Moon.
- This is the last album to see a credit for Wright until The Division Bell, and essentially the last album where the whole band actively contributed when Waters was still a member.
- In 1998, Q magazine readers voted Wish You Were Here the 34th greatest album of all time.
- In 2003, the album was ranked number 209 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. This happened twenty-eight years after the magazine initially panned and trashed the recording. Reviewer Ben Edmonds wrote in the November 6, 1975 issue "Passion is everything of which Pink Floyd is devoid."
- Wish You Were Here peaked at #1 on Billboard's USA Pop Albums chart (where it stayed for two weeks in October, 1975) and stayed on the charts for a year. The album has, to date, sold over six million copies in the US and was certified Gold on September 17, 1975 in the US and as Sextuple Platinum in the US on May 16, 1997 by the R.I.A.A.
- According to the book A Saucerful Of Secrets: The Pink Floyd Odyssey, Barrett himself actually turned up at the studio in the middle of a recording session of the backing vocals for Shine On You Crazy Diamond on June 5, 1975, which was also the day David Gilmour married his first wife, Ginger. He arrived unannounced and had put on so much weight that some of the band did not recognise him at first. He had also shaved off all his hair, including his eyebrows (which was alluded to in The Wall). Jerry Shirley mistook him for a Hare Krishna devotee. Others were close to tears: Waters later confided that he cried. They played a song for him (Mason says he doesn't remember which but mentions some "legends" alluding that it was "Shine On You Crazy Diamond"). When they were done, Barrett sat motionless. When someone said to play it again, Syd asked what would be the point, as they had already just heard it. They also played him "Wish You Were Here", and asked him what he thought, to which he replied, "Sounds a bit old". He asked at one point if there was anything he could do and that he was available if needed. Later on, one of the band's technicians, Phil Taylor, saw Syd looking for a lift. Avoiding an awkward situation, Taylor ducked down in the car as he passed and it is not known how Barrett managed to get back home. Barrett hadn't been seen by the band in five years, and wasn't seen again after that. Echoing Syd's presence, Richard Wright plays a subtle refrain from "See Emily Play" in the final seconds of the album.
- The album cover was concealed in black (or blue in US) shrinkwrap with a mechanical handshake logo with elements of land, water, fire and air in background. The LP label would use custom mechanical handshake with black and blue prism background.
- The album cover featured a man shaking hands with a guy engulfed in flames (the US art would have the man on fire standing straight). The back cover was a faceless record executive.
- In a July 2006 interview with a New York City radio station before Barrett's death, Gilmour indicated he had not talked with Barrett since 1975.
- The album was the personal favorite of David Gilmour and Richard Wright.