Pink Floyd - Meddle (Vinyl) Remastered

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Meddle is the sixth studio album by English rock band Pink Floyd, released on 31 October 1971 by Harvest Records. The album was produced between the band's touring commitments, from January to August 1971 at a series of locations around London, including Abbey Road Studios and Morgan Studios.

With no material to work with and no clear idea of the album's direction, the band devised a series of novel experiments which eventually inspired the album's signature track "Echoes". Although the band's later albums would be unified by a central theme with lyrics written entirely by Roger Waters, Meddle was a group effort with lyrical contributions from each member, and is considered a transitional album between the Syd Barrett-influenced group of the late 1960s and the emerging Pink Floyd. The cover has been explained by its creator Storm Thorgerson to be an ear underwater; as with several previous albums designed by Hipgnosis, though, Thorgerson was unhappy with the final result. The album's title Meddle is a play on words: a medal, and to interfere. 


I feel that Meddle does not quite get the love it deserves. That is mostly because Pink Floyd followers fall into two groups: psychedelic fans who think Syd Barrett was God and Roger Waters sucks, and electronic prog rock fans who think that Roger Waters is God and everybody else sucks. Meddle will not please either of these groups because it was recorded quite a while after Barrett's departure, when all traces of his musical preferences were purged from Pink Floyd's music, and long before Roger Waters took control and devised elaborate concept albums smothered in effects, electronics and his personal traumas.

Oddly enough, this makes Meddle a group album, one of the band's few albums that aren't dominated by one personality. Just look at those four guys inside the gatefold cover: they look like a band. They even sound like a band, even though the songs are for the most part understated. "A Pillow of Winds", "Fearless", "San Tropez" and "Seamus" are about as un-Pink Floyd as can be, and yet they're some of the most coherent and compelling songs the band ever recorded, full of simplicity and totally void of pretentiousness. Nothing that will make a stadium full of fans roar, just great songs. "One of These Days", the instrumental opener, is one of their strongest tracks ever, a galloping showcase of Dave Gilmour's guitar, proof that you don't need a singer if you can make your guitar sing like that.

Side B is just one track, "Echoes", famously set to bubbling lava in the Live at Pompeii video. If this were released today, people would call it post rock. As it was released thirty-five years ago, people call it prog rock, but the enveloping layers of sound are built on a delicate minimalism that really has very little to do with prog rock's overfraught guitar onslaughts. "Echoes" is, if anything, meditative and remarkably calm, and certainly one of Pink Floyd's key recordings.

As un-Pink Floyd as it is, Meddle is still totally essential.

By; hprill

One Of These Days 5:50
A Pillow Of Winds 5:10
Fearless 6:03
San Tropez 3:42
Seamus 2:09
Echoes 23:31

Hype sticker:
The stereo remastered album on heavyweight 180ɢ vinyl
Remastered from the original analogue tapes by JAMES GUTHRIE, JOEL PLANTE and BERNIE GRUNDMAN
Original UK release date: November 1971
Made and printed in the E.U.

Fully textured sleeve.
"Fearless" includes "You'll Never Walk Alone" (Rodgers & Hammerstein II).
Track durations are not given on this release.