Most music lovers own a copy of Pink Floyd’s classic 1973 album DARK SIDE OF THE MOON. It was undeniably the album that made them household names and all of the later albums released by them were also big hits.
I think what a lot of people don’t realize is just how much music the band released before DARK SIDE. There were seven albums and multiple singles before then.
Here are four of my favorites from that period:
“Summer ’68” is from the band’s 1970 album, ATOM HEART MOTHER. This one doesn’t sound much like what a lot of people would consider a “typical” Pink Floyd song. Some have even said that the layers of the vocal harmonies are similar to the sounds of The Beach Boys. It was written and sung by Richard Wright. I’ve always thought that Rick Wright was a little underrated as a singer and songwriter within the band and this is one of my favorites by him.
“Fearless” came from Floyd’s awesome 1971 album, MEDDLE. It was released as the B-side of the single for “One Of These Days” and was considered to be sort of an underground hit for the band. You can hear parts of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” by Rodgers & Hammerstein in this fantastic track.
“Free Four” is from one of my favorite albums by the band – OBSCURED BY CLOUDS from 1972. The song begins with a regular rock and roll count in, but the band members played with the regular words a bit and recorded them as “One, two, FREE FOUR!” It’s really a unique-sounding song. The music is very happy-sounding but the lyrics tell a somewhat cynical and depressing story. Don’t let that scare you, though. It’s a fun and fantastic song.
“Wot’s…Uh The Deal” is also from the OBSCURED BY CLOUDS album. I’ve always loved this song and I rank it in my Top Five Favorite Songs by the band. The video I’ve posted above is from a 2006 concert by David Gilmour. What’s awesome is that Richard Wright joined David for this tour and he can be seen and heard here in this wonderful performance of the song.
Now…go and do yourself a favor and listen to more stuff by Pink Floyd. You’ll be happy you did. 🙂
Have a fantastic day!