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EXPERIENCE ROCK HISTORY!
PINK FLOYD – Wish You Were Here – 9/12/75 – Columbia CS 1178
If the Dark Side of the Moon was the Peak of the Pinnacle of Rock, then Wish You Were Here was the transcendent end result of the the entire Classic Rock Culture History.
When one of the top main veteran ’60’s and ’70’s bands – meaning either The Rolling Stones, The Who, Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin (see: The “Pinnacle of Classic Rock Equation: 4 + 4 = 7”) bestow upon mere mortals the supreme gift of perfection, it is nothing less than a Historic Rock Culture-Defining Moment. One of those moments was Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd in late 1975.
With the release of WYWH that was it; Rock had peaked at its highest point. The sonic tidal wave of the late ’50’s and entire ’60s decade that kept surging forward into the ’70s to seemingly never break, finally crested with WYWH and when that Tsunami broke it washed away the landscape of any rivals for decades to come. Rock will never get past this level of accumulated perfection – Pink Floyd never got past this level either. For with this album there was a shared feeling that joined the four band members from when there were five. Egos aside, with the soul goal of a quasi tribute to Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd founder and the band’s inspiration, they succeeded in every respect – but in doing so reached a level of rarefied air that also served as the death knell for the Waters, Gilmour, Wright, Mason band. Things would never be the same.
When dissatisfaction sets in for anyone it may signal the time for a change, and 00individual will confess that by 1975 the fun thrill-rides at Drug World Theme Park were curiously no longer fun, just weird, weird fun, but in a dreamworld state. 00individual’s personal life paralleled the Counter-Culture’s evolution and both needed a change. The Vibe was no longer the same. In its place was an acquired extrasensory ability; an animal sense that could detect an approaching enemy, an oncoming storm, or the ending of an era.
00individual was a good Psychonaut and handled his drugs well, basically high at whatever job or career, and was always discreet and professional. But even under altered states the strange Vibe was evident, there was a weird feeling of moving into a new realm of reality. Strangely weird.
It was as if a layer of life had been removed and everything; family, friends, thoughts and ideas, the world, and the future, were seen in a steely coldness, but with a higher sense of understanding. This transition could be seen as the cumulative effect of years of experiencing altered states, but the truth was that in ’75 things changed. Life changed; not just for 00individual but for the entire Counter-Culture.
And in a cosmic way WYWH was a perfect fit; it felt as beautifully rockin’ strange as life was in ’75; exciting yet ominous, enlightening yet sinister, mysterious yet known, sincere yet cynical, heart-rending yet soul uplifting – WYWH was a meld of these accumulated emotions of the previous ten years expressed perfectly in the best Rock ever.
The signpost up ahead on the upper eschalons of the Rock History Landscape reads:
“Wish You Were Here”.
1. “Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I–V)” Gilmour, Wright, Waters vocals:Waters 13:32
2. “Welcome to the Machine” Waters Gilmour vocals: Gilmour 7:32
1. “Have a Cigar” Waters vocals: Roy Harper 5:24
2. “Wish You Were Here” Gilmour, Waters vocals: Gilmour 5:40
3. “Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts VI–IX)” Waters, Wright, Gilmour (Parts 6–8) Wright (Part 9)
And to anyone who wasn’t there back in’75; 00individual shouts out across the decades from front row center to Wish You Were Here!
L.A. Sports Arena 1975! FRONT ROW CENTER! THREE NIGHTS!
Last tour performance of DSOTM in its entirety, and Echoes as the encore, with Roger Waters!
Set 1: Raving and Drooling (Sheep), You Gotta Be Crazy (Dogs), Shine On (part 1), Have A Cigar, Shine On (part 2).
Set 2: Dark Side of the Moon (with a continuous synchronized video on a huge round screen behind the band.)
00individual had “studied up” with the ’74 Screaming Abdab bootleg (see below) prior to the ’75 L.A. concert, so he was hip to the Shine and Animals tunes. Those, added to DSOTM and Echoes was the most perfect Pink Floyd concert that ever was – especially Front Row Center.
00individual – 1976 – sporting his WYWH “uniform” while getting back to Nature.
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