Wish You Were Here
Pink Floyd, Wish You Were Here (1975)

Original LP Cover.

Studio album by Pink Floyd
Released 06 January 1976
Recorded Abbey Road Studios; March-October 1975
Genre Progressive rock
Length 44:36
Label Harvest; Columbia
Producer Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd chronology
Household Objects
Wish You Were Here
1. "Have a Cigar" (Waters)
Release: 13 January 1976

Wish You Were Here is the eleventh studio album by the English progressive rock group Pink Floyd, released in January 1976.

Inspired by material the group composed while performing across Europe, Wish You Were Here was recorded in numerous sessions at London's Abbey Road Studios.

Some of the songs critique the music business, others express alienation, and "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" is a tribute to Syd Barrett, whose mental breakdown had forced him to leave the group.

As Dark Side of the Moon and Household Objects, the album reached the #1 position at the British Album Charts and Billboard 200. The song Have a Cigar was released as a single.

Wish You Were Here would be the last album of the Pink Floyd produced in the Abbey Road Studios until Learning to Fly.

Differences to OTL

  • The OTL sessions to Wish You Were Here started in January. In ATL the sessions started in March thanks to the predecessor album tour, Household Objects.
  • Syd Barrett's visit to the studio was a big surprise to the Pink Floyd. During the sessions, the Pink Floyd jammed with Syd during the sessions of the day.
  • The sequence of the album it is a bit different, without Shine On You Crazy Diamond being split between two parts. The side one would be filled with "Welcome to the Machine", "Have a Cigar" and "Wish You Were Here", while the side two would be the entire "Shine On You Crazy Diamond".

Track listing

Side One

No. Title Music Lead vocals Length
1. "Welcome to the Machine" Waters Gilmour 7:32
2. "Have a Cigar" Waters Roy Harper 5:24
3. "Wish You Were Here" Gilmour, Waters Gilmour 5:40
Total Length: 18:36

Side Two

No. Title Music Lead vocals Length
1. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" Waters, Gilmour, Wright, Mason Waters, Gilmour 26:00
Total Length: 26:00

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