Welcome to our “Psychedelic Lunch” series where we find out how deep the rabbit hole really goes and explore psychedelic tunes from the 60’s and 70’s. Enjoy the trip!

Pink Floyd “One Of These Days, ” this was built around a bass riff Roger Waters played through an echo unit. They worked off that for the rest of the song.

At the time, Pink Floyd was intrigued by minimalist composers who were experimenting with electronic patterns. They used a pattern this type of pattern throughout the song.

Dave Gilmour called this “The most collaborative effort of anything we ever did.” In later years, the band didn’t collaborate on songs nearly as much.

The only vocal is the line, “One of these days I’m gonna cut you up into little pieces.” It was spoken by drummer Nick Mason, and was digitally warped to give it an evil sound to it. Nick Mason said he liked how it sounded when it was all finished up.

Pink Floyd performed this on their video and album recorded live at Pompeii. When they started recording this album, they put down 24 pieces of music with no idea how it would develop. The working title was “Nothing, Parts 1-24.”

The spoken threat is reportedly aimed at Sir Jimmy Young, the Radio DJ.

Dave Gilmour in Guitar World February 1993: “‘One of these Days’ evolved from some of my experiments with the Binson [an Italian made delay unit], as did ‘Echoes’ [also from Meddle]. One day, Roger decided to take some of the techniques that I was developing and try them out himself on bass. And he came up with that basic riff that we all worked on and turned into ‘One of These Days.’ For the middle section, another piece of technology came into play: an H&H amp with vibrato. I set the vibrato to more or less the same tempo as the delay. But the delay was in 3/4 increments of the beat and the vibrato went with the beat. I just played the bass through it and made up that little section, which we then stuck on to a bit of tape and edited in. The tape splices were then camouflaged with cymbal crashes.”

Guitar World asked Gilmour about playing bass on “One Of These Days.” Gilmour replied: “The opening section is me and Roger. On ‘One of these Days,’ for some reason, we decided to do a double track of the bass. You can actually hear it if you listen in stereo. The first bass is me. A bar later, Roger joins in on the other side of the stereo picture. We didn’t have a spare set of strings for the spare bass guitar, so the second bass is very dull sounding. [laughs] We sent a roadie out to buy some strings, but he wandered off to see his girlfriend instead.”

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David Gilmour’s guitar collection set several auction records when nearly 130 instruments went up for bid at Christie’s in New York today. The former Pink Floyd frontman’s most iconic instrument, the so-called Black Strat, fetched $3,975,000, well above the estimated range of $100,000 to $150,000. Other big-ticket items included a 1954 Fender Stratocaster with the serial number 0001, which was used on the recording of “Another Brick in the Wall Part 2” went for over $1.8 million, a 1958 Gretsch White Penguin went for $447,000, and a 1955 Gibson Goldtop Les Paul, also used on “Another Brick” sold for $447,000. Christie’s declared all to be “world auction records.”

An acoustic 1969 Martin D-35, which Gilmour has used as his main acoustic in the studio since 1971, went for a little over $1 million, surpassing a record set by a Martin owned by Eric Clapton. A 1974 Electric Console stele guitar that Gilmour used on live performances of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” went for $300,000 (it was estimated at $2,000). The 1976 Ovation Custom Legend he used to demo “Comfortably Numb” on went for $399,000. The guitar Gilmour played at Live Aid, a 1983 Fender Strat, went for $187,500. A 1984 Fender Stratocaster that George Harrison once played went for $212,500, while a 1986 Strat that Ringo Starr played went for $100,000. And Gilmour’s primary guitar for recording and performing between 1988 and 2005, the “Red Strat,” went for $615,000.

The auction’s centerpiece, the Black Strat, has a unique history, which is why it was so desirable. Gilmour purchased it at the instrument shop Manny’s in New York in May 1970 to replace another Strat that was stolen. Over the years, he made many modifications to it, changing its pickups, switches, inputs, tuners, and neck in the quest for the perfect sound. He played the instrument on nearly all of Pink Floyd’s iconic recordings from 1970 to 1983, including Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, and The Wall. In the mid Eighties, Fender introduced a new line of Stratocasters and Gilmour picked up the Red Strat, retiring the Black Strat and loaning it to the Hard Rock Cafe. It was displayed in the restaurant chain’s Dallas location until 1997. Gilmour started using it again live for Pink Floyd’s reunion with Roger Waters in 2005 at Live 8. He continued to record with it on his solo albums, but Fender wound up making a replica of it in 2006 that he liked.

David Gilmour’s Guitars Sell for Millions at Charity Auction

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Pink Floyd: Dark Side Of The Moon

Shortly after I began this marathon project last year it occurred to me that my start date was 4/21, meaning my final review would fall on 4/20. From that point it became clear that there was only one possible outcome for the last album in the series…Ladies and Gentlemen, I give to you Dark Side Of The Moon (1973) by Pink Floyd! Everything about this album is classic, iconic, and larger than life.

It spent an unfathomable amount of time in the charts (over 900 to date), sold a staggering 45 million units (and counting!), has one of the most recognizable covers in all of rock music (with no title or band name listed), and continues to be a staple of rock radio all these many years later.

Dark Side Of The Moon explores timeless topics like death, greed, mental illness, and time itself.

The music was impeccably recorded and engineered, appealing to audiophiles and casual listeners alike. Dark Side was also a more collaborative effort from the band, recorded in a time before Roger Waters became the primary songwriter.

Of course, the songs themselves have become beloved to generations of Floyd fans; Money, Us And Them, Brain Damage, Time, Breathe, Eclipse, and The Great Gig In The Sky.

David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Rick Wright, and Nick Mason created something epic and cosmic and ultimately relatable to countless people across the globe and across a significant span of time.

Music is indeed the universal language, and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon speaks to the universe.

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Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

PINK FLOYD: ANIMALS

Animals (1977) by Pink Floyd is kind of an almost forgotten or underrated album by the space rock giants. Although it went 4x Platinum in sales, Animals has no songs that are played on the radio, and when compared to Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, and The Wall, it just seems like it has a much lower profile these days.

Maybe I like to cheer for the underdog, but I really love this album, perhaps for the very reason that it isn’t over played.

The 3 main songs (Dogs, Pigs, and Sheep) are long, complex pieces of music with deep lyrical themes of political and personal meanings. They also have some of the best musical performances that Pink Floyd ever recorded.

I used to listen to this one with headphones a lot and just get lost in the sonic atmosphere of it all.

The two parts of the opening/closing song Pigs On The Wing were a lovely little acoustic number to bookend the majestic expanses of the main course of the album.

Animals is where Roger Waters took firm control of Pink Floyd as the primary writer.

The Wall was 2 years away at the time, but the bricks were already being constructed. In the meantime, the giant inflatable pig on the album cover became another indelible image in the Pink Floyd arsenal. If you’ve never heard it, check out Animals…it is thoroughly thought provoking and sensational ear candy.

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Pink Floyd + headphones = sonic bliss. That was one recipe for success in my teenage years when I was discovering the artists who would become the foundations of my musical taste. Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd’s 1975 masterpiece, was just so beautifully produced and conceived. I would just get lost in Shine On You Crazy Diamond, which opened side one and closed side two. Built on that haunting 4 note refrain, the song perfectly captured the essence of madness, mental instability, and the mysterious Syd Barrett, who allegedly showed up at one of the recording sessions (nearly unrecognizable with shaved eyebrows) after being away from the band for nearly 8 years at that time. The title song is a timeless classic that will still sound amazing 100 years from now. Have A Cigar was sung by Roy Harper, another British singer and friend of the band, and was another favorite of mine. There will be more Pink Floyd showing up on this list, but this is definitely my favorite album of theirs.

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind