People who praise Waters and bag on Gilmour have a very narrow scope of music and musicianship. Reality...the reason you love a Pink Floyd song with its oh so wonderful lyrics might have just a little something to do with the incredible guitar, keyboards and drums. Nobody else was doing that kind of stuff! Look at all of the great songs the band created before Waters became the "conceptual master' of later years. Concept is one thing. Tone is the carrier. The notes and chords pave the way. Roger Waters would be a very, very small blip on the map without the musicians who helped to create the sound we know and love as Pink Floyd. Love and credit to all for an incredible body of work!
I agree. In interviews around the time of Dark Side, Gilmour stated that the music had become just background noise while the main focus was on the lyrics. Although I'm a lyrical fanatic, if the music doesn't flow and carry the song well, it's not much of a song then. (Not to say that the music to Dark Side wasn't completely amazing.) I love Roger Waters' talented writing, but the dude should've learned to not try to control everything. He strangled the band and minimized their talented input. The funny thing about him taking over and writing the music for a lot of their songs is how simple some of his own bass playing can be. (See Welcome to the Machine and half of The Wall.) Pink Floyd is who they are because each musician is extremely talented. If Waters didn't get too cocky for his own good, he'd still be with them and they'd probably still be making music today and would STILL be constantly soaking up fans of younger generations. Notably, my generation. (I'm only twenty.)
"small blip" indeed. "Animals" is without question Pink Floyd's last real Pink Floyd recording. "The Wall" and "The Final Cut" are actually more about Roger Waters (personnal observations about his father and his experiences with Syd Barrett) than Pink Floyd. You can see the paralells in both of the aformentioned releases in all of Waters' solo efforts. Meaning...if David Gilmour would have been invited to play and sing on the "Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking" you would have swore it was Pink Floyd. Just imagine listening to The Wall without David Gilmour's riffs. The Wall would be a very bland concept. Roger Waters will NEVER reach the heights he achieved with Gilmour, Wright and Mason. And remember this; "(The) Pink Floyd" was Syd Barrett's creation...not Roger Waters. ...small blip indeed.
as great as wish you were here and animals are, i would love to hear the original versions of what would have been their greatest album. i saw floyd one night many years ago perform what was going to be their next album to be released soon after. they performed the following songs in the 1 st half
raving and drooling you gotta be crazy shine on you crazy diamond (which included wish you were here) as a one piece suite
this album never saw the light of day. waters changed his mind.
you gotta be crazy became dogs raving and drooling became sheep shine on wound up as a 2 part suite
i think this version would have been their best work
btw you can hear versions of all 3 on you tube sound quality is decent but remember these are live versions with no over dubs
btw 2 on the cd a collection of great dance songs you get a sense of what this might have sounded like as shine on pt 1 segues into wish you were here, unlike the version on wish you were here which has other songs in between them
btw 3 a bootleg called echoes of the past has floated around for years and i am not advocating the purchase of it
btw 4 here is the link for the complete version of pigs on a wing which was never released on animals nice gilmour solo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CydPIf3b-Mc