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Pink Floyd - In the Flesh! Or is it In the Mesh? Ernest and I spent all day bringing album cover art to life today. A different spin on art, but the installations are pretty amazing to see! Come by Battersea and see for yourself!

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Terra 1 years ago
Pink Floyd is "everything" in the music. Is much more than a Rock or Psychedelic or Progressive band. Any album of them is a book, a film, not a small or a bigger single. I can't compare them with any other Rock band. They deserve much more awards don't you think? I 'm sure that history will rank them there that really deserve one day. For now the Biggest Award for them is the funs that they created all around the world.

TOP 7 Album:

1. The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)

Of course, we couldn’t even begin to argue that The Dark Side of the Moon doesn’t deserve the top spot. While Pink Floyd fans have a propensity to indulge in the rarer moments of the band’s career, this album is undoubtedly the group’s greatest.

The album isn’t only a conceptual masterpiece but also sees the band provide some of their best singular songs too. As well as ‘Money’, ‘Time’ and ‘Breathe’, the album holds perhaps one of their most beloved tracks of all time in ‘The Great Gig in the Sky’. They are individually brilliant, but when the songs are sewn together, the tapestry created is that of legend.

There’s a lot of iconography attached to The Dark Side of the Moon and it would seem all of the band members also agree on its validity as their greatest album. “I think that when it was finished, everyone thought it was the best thing we’d ever done to date, and everyone was very pleased with it,” remembered Nick Mason.

Wright said of the album, “It felt like the whole band were working together. It was a creative time. We were all very open.” It is this openness and reflective sound that turned Pink Floyd from prog-rock pioneers into bonafide rock icons—untouchable.

2. Wish You Were Here (1975)

Though Wish You Were Here is often thought of as the signal of Pink Floyd’s eventual demise, the album is also one of their finest creations. It’s a record that saw Gilmour and Waters at loggerheads but somehow the music didn’t suffer one single bit.

It may have even propelled the LP into a new space and launch it creatively.

Noted by both Waters and Gilmour as their favourite Floyd album, the record is the distillation of what made Pink Floyd so brilliant. Wright and Gilmour are engines behind the music’s expansive sounds but the album will be remembered as the final moments of Roger Waters playing nicely with his bandmates.

Of course, it was always going to struggle to match up to the band’s 1973 album.

3. The Wall (1979)

One album which showed off Roger Waters as a musical powerhouse in his own right was The Wall. Not only did it show off Waters’ musicianship, but the record was also his most personal album ever. It saw Waters open himself up to his audience and reflect on the pursuit and final loneliness of fame and fortune.

Rightly described as a ‘rock opera’, Waters and the rest of the band were once again carving out their own path as they moved away from the psychedelia which had set them up as a huge act and were now more pointed toward success on a commercial level.

With the help of Waters’ lyrical narration, the story of Pink has become one of the most widely loved rock stories of all time and rightly deserves its kudos.

4. Animals (1977)

The group were at the top of their game when they released Animals in 1977. Using the concept of George Orwell’s Animal Farm as the base inspiration for the songs on the album was a piece of genius in itself, but the delivery of the songs is what makes it a classic album.

As punk was swelling around London, the idea that Pink Floyd had become flabby pensioners overnight was soon put to bed when this progressive album was released. The album’s cover may have a ludicrous story behind it but the rest of the album was dead serious.

The album reflects the first moment Waters took on the politics of the world so explicitly.

5. Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967)

In 1967, as acid-rock began to hit the streets of London, there was one band who were seemingly soundtracking the new revolution. The band quickly became the sound of a new movement and started to construct the foundations of psychedelic prog-rock almost immediately.

One caveat we must add is that thanks to the unique way Pink Floyd constructed and texturised their songs, there is almost certainly always somebody who has found happiness in their more obscure songs. The band prided themselves on being mercurial, and they certainly lived up to that ethos, even from the very beginning.

Some of the songs are on the sillier side, but the youthful exuberance and enthusiasm that emanates from the album are beguiling.

6. Meddle (1971)

This was when Pink Floyd moved out of the traditional rock sphere and towards forging a new genre in prog-rock. Originally the group had been expanding the psyche-rock sound but now jumped out of the realm of rock and towards a new and progressive musical style.

Using everyday objects and brand new techniques, the group were very much on the path towards greatness.

In fact, it was the first steps towards their most beautiful records and without Meddle many of them would not have been made at all. This album is the foundation stone for all of that work and everybody else’s within the prog-rock arena.

7. The Division Bell (1994)

Pink Floyd as a trio was never really likely to succeed, but on The Division Bell David Gilmour, Rick Wright and Nick Mason rallied together to create one of the band’s finest records. Lacking Roger Water’s narrative lyrics meant the LP felt dramatically different to the previous two albums.

Many people would suggest that the loss of Waters make this album a lowly contender for a spot near the top of this list and while that is certainly a valid argument, we think the music made on this record outweighs the loss of lyrical storylines.

In fact, without Waters, the album is one of the band’s most focused albums—directly created as a group effort.
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TheFactory 1 years ago
Great summary of your Top7 albums Terra! and thank you so much for the Division Bell sculpture that stands pride of Place at the entrance to the Pink Floyd experience! I do hope you will come and play one of your awesome sets here very soon!
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Rudi Bakerly 1 years ago
Fore sure, what an amazing idea. Will soon come over to have a look :-)
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TheFactory 1 years ago
Thanks Rudi!!! I hope you enjoy it and watch for our Grand Opening DJ bash!
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Lone Wolf 1 years ago
What a great idea!
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TheFactory 1 years ago
Thanks Wolf! It just sort of came to me, then we worked on it for hours!
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Lone Wolf 1 years ago
I know a big Pink Flloyd fan I'll send him over.
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