Shine On You Crazy Diamond
This is one of my favourite pieces of music and the best that Pink Floyd created.
There were two parts that book ended the album Wish You Were Here.
Here is Part 1 of the original version:
Here is part 2 of the original version:
A link to the live performance at Knebworth in 1990.
Here is a link to the live performance at the Syd Barrett Tribute Concert.
The song was dedicated to Syd Barrett, who was born 6 January 1946 and died 7 July 2006. Barrett was one of the founders of Pink Floyd. He left the band in 1968, " ... as the other members felt they were unable to go on with Syd, due to his erratic behavior, assumed to be caused by his overindulgence in LSD". Source of quote the Pink Floyd Website.
Here is Wikipedia's take on Barrett. A website dedicated to Barrett can be found at this link.
A documentary on Syd and the Pink Floyd can be found at this post.
The full lyrics can be found at this link.
Great Gig in the Sky
Beautiful writing and instrumentation by the band and a truly great vocal by Clare Torry. A high point on The Dark Side of the Moon album
Without a word she tells us about the emotions of love, sex, anger, happines, calmness and acceptance.
Wish You Were Here
This is the title track to a full album tribute to Syd Barrett.
Find the lyrics at this site.
This is taken from The Wall album, thich is about the psychic disintegration of a rock star - probably another reference to Syd Barrett, though also Roger Waters' expeiences played an important part in the development of the album. The video has some confronting images.
Another Brick in the Wall, part 2
For a bit of fun, instead of a direct Pink Floyd video, here is a mashup of with the Bee Gees Stayin Alive
There are videos with better sound quality but this one has Syd performing!