- Audio Cassette (October 17, 1990)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording reissued
- Label: Capitol
- ASIN: B000002U8H
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (619 customer reviews)
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Meddle Original recording reissued
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The album kicks into gear with the savage instrumental One Of These Days. Howling wind sets the tone as a pulsing doubled bass line (complete with tape echo) pumps along. Intensity grows with organ stabs, reversed cymbal rolls, and fierce slide guitar. After a creepy bass interlude, Nick Mason makes his (distorted) vocal debut with "One of these days I'm going to cut you into little pieces!!" and slams the song into overdrive. Pounding drums and stinging slide guitar dominate for the next two minutes until nothing but wind remains. It is here that (appropriately enough) the gorgeous ballad, A Pillow Of Winds picks up. Made up of acoustic guitars and sparse bass, this is a beautiful floating piece that takes advantage of Gilmour's tranquil vocals. This gentle mood is held through Fearless, a relaxed mid-tempo summer breeze of a song, again driven by Dave's voice. San Tropez and Seamus show off the Floyd's eclecticism as well as humor. The former invokes a bouncy cocktail lounge jazz feel, while the latter stars Steve Marriot's dog Seamus who "sings" along with Gilmour on some acoustic blues.
And then there's Echoes. 31 years later, this epic sound journey stands as one of the band's greatest achievements.Read more ›
There is no such thing as filler, on Meddle. Bookended by the mindblowing tracks "One of These Days" and "Echoes", the four "interior" tracks are severely underrated. "A Pillow of Winds" and "Fearless" are both pleasant, leisurely guitar-driven songs, and seem fairly well appreciated by fans. However, I believe that the much-maligned "San Tropez" and "Seamus" are also deserving of appreciation. "San Tropez" is particularly notable for some very unique Roger Waters vocals--rather optimistic and even a touch bluesy...a style he unfortunately never pursued after that point. "Seamus" gives a rare glimpse of the fun side of Pink Floyd, as well as a flashback to the band's origins as a blues cover band. This was never a song meant to be taken so seriously as some do. "One of These Days" is an explosive, energetic instrumental that perhaps foreshadows the angry, driven rock of Animals, but with only one lyric--a rare appearance by Nick Mason, whose processed vocals growl menacingly, "One of these days, I'm going to cut you into little pieces!Read more ›
David Gilmour said that Meddle was when it all started to come together. In a sense he was right. It started to bring them out of avante garde compositions. Meddle, is and essential piece in the Floyd cannon, surpassed only by Dark Side oF The Moon.
One of These Days opens a pulse pounding rythmic barrage of bass, organ, guitar, and drums. Mason's pounding drums particulary stand out proving his underrated talent. It is also one of his few vocals on a Pink Floyd record.
Pillow Of Winds is a gentle dreamlike song mixing great accoustic guitar from Gilmour, along with good lyrics from Waters.
Fearless, is the albums rocker, with a catchy opening riff and great vocals from Wright/Gilmour.
San Tropez is one of Floyd's most versital songs. The Hawaiian guitar by Gilmour is superb and Waters vocals are light and Dreamy. Also present is Wright's jazzy piano.
Seamus is a standard accoustic blues number with delicate vocals by Gilmour and then blues by Wright.
Echoes is the albums finale. At 23 minutes, it is one of Floyds greatest achievements. The music is dense, almost orchestral, and the lyrics are both depressing and surreal. Gilmour and Wright share lyric duty while the band themselves show each of their talents respectivly. The climax of the song is truly awesome and Gilmours guitar solo is second to none. Possibly Floyds greatest song.
Once again another superb entry for the band that defines emotion, lyrically, and musically.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The best sounding version of this great recording, even better than the vinyl version.Published 15 days ago by Babyboomer
Seriously? I a cant write a review for this. Just listen to it. Mind. Blown.Published 24 days ago by Amy Gossman
One of the iconic CDs of PF. Do not believe any of the 3 or less stars reviews. Echoes is a master piece.Published 2 months ago by Red
In my own opinion, this is the best Pink Floyd record, certainly my favorite. The songs are all great and are all varied, you hear One of These Days and then Seamus is on the same... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nick
comes in a paper cover. Full price CDs should come in a jewel case. I HATE THE PAPER CD COVER!!Published 3 months ago by girlbiker61
This was the album that became The Pink Floyd Sound, as we come to know it. Highlighted by the epic "Echoes," which took up Side 2 of the original vinyl release, it's an... Read morePublished 4 months ago by AdamsApple