'Pink Floyd: The Story of Wish You Were Here'
(Roger Waters, Nick Mason, David Gilmour / Blu ray / NR / 2012 / Eagle Eye Media)
Overview: Wish You Were Here, released in September 1975, was the follow up album to the globally successful The Dark Side Of The Moon and is cited by many fans, as well as band members Richard Wright and David Gilmour, as their favorite Pink Floyd album. On release it went straight to Number One in both the UK and the US and topped the charts in many other countries around the world. This program tells the story of the making of this landmark release through new interviews with Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason and archive interviews with the late Richard Wright.
Blu ray Verdict: What a delicous musical visual experience this was - and SO informative! From the off Pink Floyd continued their winning streak in 1975 when they released Wish You Were Here. The streak began a few years earlier with Meddle, which was followed by the groundbreaking Dark Side of the Moon.
Wish You Were Here abounds in bittersweet moments that show off the band's sense of humor as well as their sense of doom. As always, the arrangements are meticulous; Gilmore in particular is in fine form on the album. The title track has what is probably his most copped acoustic riff as well as some of Waters' most poignant lyrics; the title track, which bookends the album, is a watershed mark for the band; it distills everything that is great about Pink Floyd: it's melodic, stark, epic, and completely original. "Welcome to the Machine" and "Have a Cigar" are the remaining tunes, both of which seem to deal in one of the band's preoccupations at the time: the ridiculous of the music business.
This documentary chronicles the writing and recording of the album. It is insighful and in-depth without overwhelming with the minutiae. It's a wonderful companion piece to the album itself. It is truly highly recommended to all fans of PF and those of music in general. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, and has been remastered into a crisp Blu ray production.