Judging by the sheer outsized volume of well-deserved attention heaped on Pink Floyd‘s 1973 game changer Dark Side of the Moon , one could easily assume it was their first album, or at least the Cambridge, England quartet’s first of any consequence. But on the golden anniversary of Meddle , containing the embryonic epic “Echoes“, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and co-founder with Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, unanimously maintain that Meddle was their Apollo 8 musical mission which would soon after allow Pink Floyd’s lunar landing on the far side of rock history.
October 1971’s album Meddle by Pink Floydis certainly not the most famous of their Seventies output, but nevertheless it is a formative bridge to essential icons Dark Side of the Moon , Wish You Were Here , Animals , and The Wall , which makes Meddle one of Progressive Rock’s most important releases fifty years ago. You’ll hear Pink Floyd’s debut release “See Emily Play“, “Astronomy Domine” from their first album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn , Syd Barrett’s meteoric flash of brilliance and flame out; “One of These Days” with the appearance of the supercharged lap steel guitar wielded ever since by David Gilmour; and “Childhood’s End” 2016 remix, originally found on Meddle‘s follow-up, Obscured by Clouds . David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Roger Waters are my guests here In the Studio in this classic rock interview for eyewitness accounts from the front lines of rock history. –Redbeard