Pink Floyd fans will get some insight into the band’s history on June 26 when Eagle Rock Entertainment releases “The Story Of Wish You Were Here” on DVD and Blu-ray.
This is the authorized story of the album made with the full involvement and approval of the members of Pink Floyd.
Released in September of 1975, “Wish You Were Here” 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 #1 in both the UK and the US and topped the charts in many other countries around the world.
“The Story of Wish You Were Here” delves into the creation of this landmark release through new interviews with Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason, and archive interviews with the late Richard Wright. Also featured are sleeve designer Storm Thorgerson, guest vocalist Roy Harper, front cover “burning man” Ronnie Rondell and others involved in the creation of the album. In addition, original recording engineer Brian Humphries revisits the master tapes at Abbey Road Studios to illustrate aspects of the songs’ construction.
The band members discuss the album’s themes of absence, the greed of the music business and former band member Syd Barrett, who is famously celebrated in “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” which both opens and closes the album. The program also covers the unexpected visit Barrett paid to Abbey Road during the recording, the difficulties of the early recording sessions and how the decision to split “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” into two sections was the catalyst for the album’s successful completion.
The DVD and Blu-ray releases contain additional bonus material not featured in the TV broadcast version, including further interviews with Waters, Gilmour and Mason plus Roger and David performing excerpts from the album.
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