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Shines On (An Alternate Pink Floyd)

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Shines On
OTL: Wish You Were Here
Pink Floyd, Wish You Were Here (1975)

Original LP Cover.

Studio album by Pink Floyd
Released 12 September 1975
Recorded January - July 1975
Genre Progressive rock
Length 43:17
Label Harvest; Columbia
Producer Pink Floyd & Bob Klose
Pink Floyd chronology
Household Objects
Shines On

Shines On is the eleventh studio album by the English progressive rock group Pink Floyd, released in September 1975. Inspired by material the group composed while performing across Europe, Shines On 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 before the Household Objects album.

It was lead writer Roger Waters' idea to split "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" into two parts and use it to bookend the album around three new compositions, introducing a new concept as the group had done with their previous albums, The Dark Side of the Moon and Household Objects.

As with The Dark Side of the Moon, the band used studio effects and synthesizers, and brought in guest singers to supply vocals on some tracks of the album. These singers were the founder member Bob Klose, who provided the lead vocals on "Have a Cigar", and The Blackberries, who added backing vocals to "Shine On You Crazy Diamond".

The album became an instant commercial success and record company EMI was unable to print enough copies to satisfy demand. Although it initially received mixed reviews, the album has since been acclaimed by critics and appears on Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time".

Band members Richard Wright and David Gilmour have each cited Shines On as their favourite Pink Floyd album, and the album is widely regarded as the group's magnum opus.

Track listing

Side One

No. Title Music Lead vocals Length
1. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V)" Gilmour, Wright, Waters Waters 12:23
2. "Welcome to the Machine" Waters Gilmour 7:32
Total Length: 21:08

Side Two

No. Title Music Lead vocals Length
1. "Have a Cigar" Gilmour, Wright, Waters Bob Klose, Roy Harper 5:24
2. "Wish You Were Here" Gilmour, Waters Gilmour 5:40
3. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" Waters, Wright, Gilmour (Parts 6–8)
Wright (Parts 9-10)
Waters 14:03
Total Length: 22:42

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