Few albums color the end of summer with such elegant despondency as Pink Floyd’s 1975 classic Wish You Were Here. At its literal core were three songs of social and artistic alienation highlighted by the bittersweet “heroes for ghosts” ballad that serves as the record’s title tune. But surrounding them is the real masterwork – a nine part suite inspired by the absent sanity of Floydian founder Syd Barrett titled Shine On You Crazy Diamond. A work full of melodic contractions that swings from ambient beauty to bluesy urgency, Diamond makes Wish You Were Here the ultimate Pink Floyd moodpiece.
With this, we close this year’s Summer Album of the Week Series. Here is a recap of the music that added ample sunshine, and maybe even a chilly breeze, to the season now past.
+ 5/28/11 – Little Feat: Time Loves a Hero (1977)
+ 6/04/11 – The Flying Burrito Brothers: The Flying Burrito Brothers (1971)
+ 6/11/11 – Richard Thompson: Hand of Kindness (1983)
+ 6/18/11 – The Pentangle: The Pentangle (1969).
+ 6/25/11 – Dire Straits: Communique (1979)
+ 7/02/11- Traffic: John Barleycorn Must Die (1970)
+ 7/09/11 – ZZ Top: Tres Hombres (1973)
+ 7/16/11 – Yes: Going for the One (1977)
+ 7/23/11 – Elvis Costello: My Aim is True (1977)
+ 7/30/11 – The Beach Boys: Summer Days (and Summer Nights!!) (1965)
+ 8/06/11 – The Beatles: Help! (1965)
+ 8/13/11 – The Allman Brothers Band: Brothers and Sisters (1973)
+ 8/20/11 – Cream: Wheels of Fire (1968)
+ 8/27/11 – John Hiatt: Slow Turning (1988)
+ 9/03/11 – Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here (1975)