PINK FLOYD – Wish You Were Here 12″ Vinyl LP
Wish You Were Here is the ninth studio album by Pink Floyd. It was released on 12 September 1975 in the United Kingdom by Harvest Records and a day later in the United States by Columbia Records, their first American release for the label.
Based on material Pink Floyd composed while performing in Europe, Wish You Were Here was recorded over numerous sessions at Abbey Road Studios in London. Two songs criticise the music business, another expresses alienation, and the multi-part composition “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” is a tribute to Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett, who left seven years earlier due to mental health problems. As with their previous album The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Pink Floyd used studio effects and synthesizers, and brought in guest singers: Roy Harper, who provided the lead vocals on “Have a Cigar”, and Venetta Fields, who added backing vocals to “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”.
Wish You Were Here topped record charts in the United Kingdom and the United States, and Harvest Records’ parent company EMI was unable to print enough copies to meet demand. Although it initially received mixed reviews, it went on to receive critical acclaim, appearing on Rolling Stone’s lists of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time” and the “50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time”. Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright and guitarist David Gilmour cited it as their favourite Pink Floyd album.