- Audio CD (April 25, 2000)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
- Label: Capitol
- ASIN: B000024D4S
- Average Customer Review: 1,519 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,847 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Wish You Were Here Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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Original Release Date: September 15, 1975 Track Listing: 1. Wish You Were Here 2. Coming Back To Life 3. Keep Talking
Wish You Were Here is a song cycle dedicated to Pink Floyd's original frontman, Syd Barrett, who'd flamed out years before: two grimly funny songs about the evils of the music business ("By the way, which one's Pink?"), and two long, touching ones about the band's vanished friend. The real star of the show, though, is the production: sparkling, convoluted, designed to sound deeply oh-wow under the influence--and pretty great sober too--with David Gilmour getting lots of space for his most lyrical guitar playing ever. And, though the album is big and ambitious, even bombastic, it somehow dodges being pretentious--the Barrett tributes are honest and heartfelt, beneath all the grand gestures and stereophonic trickery. --Douglas Wolk
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The "Experience" edition is a nice compromise for those who already have the album in one form or another but don't want to pony up for the expensive "Immersion" set and want the 1974 live performances of "Shine On Your Crazy Diamond", "Raving and Drooling" and "You've Got To Be Crazy" (the latter two which eventually ended up retitled with different lyrics on "Animals")recorded live at Wembley included here as well as the alternate take of "Wish You Were Here" featuring jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli, an alternate take of "Have A Cigar" as well as an outtake from the abandoned "Household Objects" album wish gives us a tantilizing glimpse of what might have been for the instrumental "Wine Glasses". The second disc of live/outtakes will be essential for fans although it might have been nice to release ALL the unfinished "Household Objects" takes even though they are incomplete.
The mastering is very good with James Gutherie avoiding the brickwalling common with many CD versions of albums out there today. Even the original album sounds quite good here although I suspect hardcore fans are going to go for the "Immersion" set with the Blu-ray mixes, DVD, etc., or the stand-alone SACD edition of "Wish You Were Here" that is (as of this writing) forthcoming for multi-channel listening pleasure. Nevertheless, if you can't afford those editions, don't want them, this set is a good compromise with the original album and the bonus disc.
The album comes in a cardboard sleeve, a booklet with the original lyrics/photos from the sessions and a slipcase which replicates the original cellophane packaging/sticker on the exterior of the LP version (as I recall).
There aren't any new liner notes about the making of the album and the artwork features variations on some of the familiar photos/artwork we've seen in past editions of the album.
The remastering on this release is excellent. There's all of that loveable punch in the low fequency range and the mid and high ranges are well defined and full as well. I played the record on a Kenwood turntable through a classic 85 watts/channel (clean power) Sony STR-V5 Receiver and NHT Classic Three book shelf speakers on stands.
I did encounter a few spots with some noise, but nothing bad or really noticeable. I haven't run it through my VPI 17F RCM yet, because I'm awaiting a new vacuum tube and brush. I'm really quibbling here. If you're some kind of fanatic that has to have an absolutely perfect record, then you better look for the Columbia Half Speed Master release from way back, which I own, if you can find one in better condition than this new release. Life is too short to be an absolute condition nut. Very minor imperfections, in my opinion, add to the experience, kinda like the surrounding noise you hear at a concert.
The packaging with the original jacket art, outer resealable poly, postcard, download sheet, inner sleeve with lyrics, etc. is a great collectible in itself.
All in all, this is an excellent release and is worth vinyl lovers' support to help keep them delicious, new Pink Floyd vinyl releases coming.
My copy of this release is of much higher quality than the Immersion Series release of DSOTM. I went through two Amazon copies of that and gave up. Wish You Were Here comes in a black plastic resealable bag with the original album cover inside. The record itself is in a pink poly sleeve, not a paper sleeve like DSOTM. The quality of the vinyl and pressing is immaculate. The edge of the record is smooth and there are no physical marks on the vinyl. I just listened to both sides all the way through and heard NO ticks, pops, etc. This is a very nice pressing, one of the best newer pressings of any record I've recently purchased. How this high quality can be 180 degrees from the poor effort of DSOTM escapes me. Perhaps EMI United States ditched the pressing plant of the US version of DSOTM and used the European plant after hearing all the negative comments? (An Amazon user suggested European pressings of DSOTM for the Immersion Series were better than the US versions, but I have yet to buy a European version to verify that.) If anybody has an answer, please comment.
About the sound quality: I mentioned the lack of surface noise. I do not have any other vinyl copies to compare this to. However, I can say that the dynamics are incredible. I have the volume turned up to hear the detail in the low-level passages, but the dynamic peaks make this dangerous! I have not heard detail or dynamics like this in either my old CD copy or the Sony Super Bit Mapping gold CD. (Played back on a Sony SCD-1 player.)
Some DSOTM comments hated on audiophiles for being so negative about the DSOTM Immersion release sound quality. I don't understand why. These records cost $30 retail. To me, that is not a trivial amount of money. Furthermore, Capitol/EMI is hyping up these releases as the latest and greatest. Supposedly the 30th Anniversary vinyl edition of DSOTM was supposed to be the greatest. When that went out of print, its price went up. A month or so later, the Immersion series was announced and was suggested to be the best yet. If you talk the talk, you better walk the walk.
This record was cleaned on a VPI HW-16.5 wet/vacuum cleaner with L'Art du Son solution. Warning: the center label of this Wish You Were Here release seems to be very sensitive to wetness. Be especially careful to not splash any solution on the label.