PINK FLOYD – MEDDLE – October 30, 1971
It was the night before Hallowe’en, forty-one years ago today that an inter-dimensional cross-rip of truly transcendent Rock was released to the world – Pink Floyd’s “Meddle”.
The “Winter of Meddle” had begun.
I’ll state right up front that Pink Floyd has been my favorite band for ever – their sound takes me back to my homeland, the place where my soul dwells.
Roger, Richard, Nick and David were like guys that I would’ve hung out with had I grown up in England. Even though they were a few years older – they all went to Art School, and as an artist I would’ve probably been there too. So, it’s kinda like with each LP they released, I grew up with them through their music and as their art matured so did mine; as their level of professionalism and creativity refined, so did mine.
My kindred spirit simpatico relationship with the guys reached a semi-actual realization when I was Front Row Center for Three Nights at the L.A. Sports Arena (scroll down past Alice Cooper) – here’s a quote from that rare experience to prove my point: “… it was hard not to make eye contact with David and Roger as I was the same guy wearing the black neon Pink Floyd DSOTM logo t-shirt every night in the same seat – in the front row – in the center. Nick and Richard were set a bit farther back so I never made eye contact with them. On about the end of the second night David acknowledged my presence with a smile to the guy who just kept yelling, “The Best! The Best!” Hey, I’m a fan, that’s what fans are for! By the third night David acknowledged me early on with a smile and that was, well, beyond cool.
So when Meddle was released I was right there lovin’ every second. If ever there was a record that could actually take you away – I mean had the power to transcend space and time, it was this LP. Meddle was the doorway to other dimensions and “ECHOES” was the key.
“Echoes” was a masterpiece and immediately became my favorite all-time “single” and I played it an obscene amount of times – it was just too good – with every listen I would feel as though I was connecting to something known but not fully experienced. Trippy! Gotta love Floyd!
The beauty of this album is its balance – “Echoes” takes you on a wondrous trip that seems to start up again once the LP is flipped-over with “One of These Days” which really extends and Rocks the “Echoes” ride with space age sophistication in a compact sonic package laced with a hyper-nitroglycerin bolero that after a righteously well-placed God-like vocal finally shoots its load and soars out into the vastness of space – then builds the bolero up again, soaring and swooping to eventually and literally end in a “Pillow of Winds” , a spacey slide guitar lullaby.
“Fearless” expands on the “Obscured By Clouds”-era Floyd with typical Floydian insight and then we get to take a very refreshing walk on the beach at “San Tropez” – what a classy, spacey, ’40’s upbeat piece!
Even my dogs, Bosco, Beau and Shyloe, would join in on “Seamus” (dogs dig the blues!) and then after all has calmed down you can flip Meddle over and start the whole Pleasurable, Cerebral, Space Rockin’ Ride all over again, and again, and again.
During my Winter of Meddle the LP traveled to Aspen, Colorado with me for a visit with friends – after a hundred plays they probably never wanted to hear that LP again OR they became addicted like me.
Become addicted – if you’re not already:
PINK FLOYD – MEDDLE – FULL ALBUM
1.”One of These Days” 5:57
2.”A Pillow of Winds” 5:10
4.”San Tropez” 3:43
A special plus was the album cover art; I really liked the cool clear blue rings of water hovering above the ear; the literal and symbolic ability to hear. Groovy!
Custom version of the LP cover above uses images from actual photos taken by 00individual of
PINK FLOYD 1975 at the L.A. Sports Arena FRONT ROW CENTER FOR THREE NIGHTS!!!
“Overhead the albatross hangs motionless upon the air
And deep beneath the rolling waves in labyrinths of coral caves
The echo of a distant tide comes willowing across the sand
And everything is green and submarine
And no one showed us to the land
And no one knows the where’s or why’s
But something stirs and something tries
And starts to climb towards the lights.”
– PINK FLOYD
David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Richard Wright, Nick Mason
You all have enhanced my life experience tremendously!