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Pink Floyd

Formed 1965.
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Pink Floyd are an English rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. Distinguished by their use of philosophical lyrics, sonic experimentation, and elaborate live shows, they are one of the most commercially successful and musically influential groups in the history of popular music.

Founded in 1965, Pink Floyd originally consisted of students Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, and Richard Wright. They first gained popularity performing in London's underground music scene during the late 1960s, and under Barrett's creative leadership they released two charting singles and a successful debut album. David Gilmour joined as a fifth member in December 1967; Barrett left the band in April 1968 owing to his deteriorating mental health. After Barrett's departure, Waters became the band's primary lyricist, and by the mid-1970s, their dominant songwriter, devising the original concepts behind their critically and commercially acclaimed albums The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977), The Wall (1979) and The Final Cut (1983).

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of The Wall (Experience Edition)

    The Wall (Experience Edition) 2012

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    Pink Floyd’s ambitious rock opera, reissued and expanded with bonus demos.
  2. Review of The Dark Side of the Moon (Immersion Edition)

    The Dark Side of the Moon (Immersion Edition) 2011

    Reviewed by Patrick Humphries
    An expansive six-disc set with the original album and much more.
  3. Review of Discovery

    Discovery 2011

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    It’s everything anyone needs from Pink Floyd, in one package.
  4. Review of Live at Pompeii DVD

    Live at Pompeii DVD 2003

    Reviewed by Peter Marsh
    Long awaited DVD issue of Floyd's Pompeii trip. It's a bit of a trip for the rest of...
  5. Review of Dark Side Of The Moon

    Dark Side Of The Moon 2003

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    DSOTM is still a lovely record made brittle by overuse. One almost wishes that instead...
  6. Review of The Wall

    The Wall 1979

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    ...there are some very beautiful tunes nestling amid the pomp...
  7. Review of Wish You Were Here

    Wish You Were Here 1975

    Reviewed by Jon Lusk
    Roger Water's tribute to Syd - the recording was attended by Syd himself!
  8. Review of Meddle

    Meddle 1971

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    Everything about Meddle is allowed to breathe and grow.
  9. Review of Relics

    Relics 1971

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    ...holds together very well, adding further to the mystery of the legend of Pink Floyd.
  10. Review of A Saucerful Of Secrets

    A Saucerful Of Secrets 1968

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    Marks Syd Barrett's final recordings and the birth of their 'space rock' direction.
  11. Review of The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

    The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn 1967

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Syd Barrett's crowning achievement. THE psychedelic classic of 1967...
  12. Review of Echoes

    Echoes

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Where are 'The Nile Song', 'Free Four', 'Careful With That Axe Eugene', and 'Several...
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