Wish You Were Here (album)

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Wish You Were Here
Studio album by
Released15 September 1975
RecordedJanuary–July 1975 at Abbey Road Studios in London, England
GenreProgressive rock
Length44:28
LabelHarvest (UK original)
EMI (UK reissue)
Columbia (U.S. original)
Capitol (U.S. re-issue)
ProducerPink Floyd
Pink Floyd chronology
'The Dark Side of the Moon
(1973)
Wish You Were Here 'Animals
(1977)

Wish You Were Here is a concept album by Pink Floyd. It was recorded at Abbey Road Studios between January and July 1975 and released on 15 September 1975. The album would later be thought of as one of Pink Floyd's greatest albums and was ranked 209 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. Its lyrics, written by Roger Waters, talked about the music industry, and the market-oriented record companies' not having an understanding and interest for musicians. The album also pays tribute to Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd's former guitarist and chief songwriter, especially with "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" and the "Wish You Were Here" title track. The album sold 10 million copies worldwide.[1]

Track listing[change | change source]

All lyrics written by Roger Waters. 

Side one
No. TitleMusic Length
1. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V)"  David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Richard Wright 13:31
2. "Welcome to the Machine"  Waters 7:30
Side two
No. TitleMusic Length
1. "Have A Cigar"  Waters 5:08
2. "Wish You Were Here"  Gilmour, Waters 5:26
3. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts VI-IX)"  Gilmour, Waters, Wright 12:28

References[change | change source]

  1. United World Chart, last update in 2007