Pink Floyd is a popular psychedelic/progressive rock band.
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They were formed in the mid '60s by Syd Barret, and he was their frontman for their first album (The Piper at the Gates of Dawn) and many of their early singles. However, mental deterioration caused him to leave the group during the recording of their second album, A Saucerful of Secrets. The other members of Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Richard Wright, and David Gilmour (who had joined the group during the recording of their second album due to Barrett's unstable mental condition) took the reins and collectively wrote tracks for their following albums. This period showed a marked transition in their sound, as they experimented with songwriting and recording techniques, which resulted in some of their most experimental records. In the early 70s, Roger Waters began to write more of their songs, leading to the band's most commercially successful, and what many consider to be Pink Floyd's best era with such albums as The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, and The Wall. By Waters's last album with Pink Floyd, The Final Cut, band relations had grown very strained, which Richard Wright having been fired during the sessions for The Wall. The Final Cut was more of a solo piece, with Waters's having written all the music himself. After he left the group, David Gilmour became their frontman, recording the final three albums to bear the Pink Floyd name, with Richard Wright having rejoined. Gilmour's albums focused more on individual songs.
The early Pink Floyd recordings are now considered important pieces in psychedelic rock's history. Ummagumma is around the time when they shifted to a more progressive style, which they are more well-known for.
Discography[edit | edit source]
- The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
- A Saucerful of Secrets
- More (film soundtrack)
- Atom Heart Mother
- Obscured by Clouds (film soundtrack)
- The Dark Side of the Moon
- Wish You Were Here
- The Wall
- The Final Cut
- A Momentary Lapse of Reason
- The Division Bell
- The Endless River