Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 264/500!
Easily The Biggest SACD Title In The Analogue Productions Catalog - Back In Print!!!
Wish You Were Here is a multitrack masterpiece. To have it mixed for 5.1 surround sound from the original analog master tapes by Pink Floyd's Producer/Engineer James Guthrie is very exciting.
Wish You Were Here(?) Now you can be. Total lifelike recreation of a chart-topping, pioneering, way-ahead-of-its-time blockbuster.
You talk about a title made for multichannel SACD! It's as if they knew 35 years ago that this format would be available. Finally, technology caught up with Pink Floyd. And oh how lucky we all are to still be around to hear this legendary studio recording in its full potential.
The SACD includes a stunning stereo mix. And as this is a hybrid disc, the record is of course also playable on a standard CD player.
On its release in 1975 Wish You Were Here topped the album charts in both the UK and the U.S. Reflecting the band's thoughts of the time on the music business and exploring themes of absence, Wish You Were Here contains the classic cut "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," a tribute to founding band member Syd Barrett.
In fact, Barrett, who'd long been absent from the lives of Pink Floyd's band members, stopped by the Wish You Were Here recording sessions at London's Abbey Road Studios unannounced. The reunion - with Barrett reportedly appearing in poor mental condition - is said to have been an emotionally stirring event for the band, and apparently that encounter would be the last any of the band members were ever to see of Barrett, who died in 2006.
As they did with their previous release, Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd made great use of studio effects for this, their ninth album overall. The record's winding soundscapes are perfect for the canvas of multichannel SACD. Spacious and airy, the record breathes like a living being.
Wish You Were Here was selected by Rolling Stone as No. 209 on their list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". And that's before they heard it like this!
"The Floyd's follow-up to The Dark Side of the Moon was another essay on everyday lunacy, dominated by the liquid-rock suite "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," a poignant allusion to errant ex-member Syd Barrett. "Have a Cigar" is a searing blast at the music biz, with the classic line, "Which one's Pink?" - www.rollingstone.com
"...There really aren't words for how spectacular, and how musically right, Guthrie's remix was and the quality imbued in every bit of this production...I have been hearing this music since the day it arrived in my local record store 35 years ago and never imagined anything like this. Guthrie's expert, musically impeccable multichannel remix added depth and clarity to the superb original, and how he got Richard Wright's ARP string to orbit the room several feet above my heard has to be the result of some sort of voodoo...Mind-boggling." - Paul Bolin, The Audio Beat, November 3, 2011
"...If ever an album was made for surround replay, Wish You Were Here was it. Originally conceived with a Quad mix in mind, the massive scale and bandwidth demands of the album reinforce the benefits of the multichannel format. If ever a record should have been labeled 'PLAY LOUD,' this was it, and five channels of amplification, five speakers and the underpinning of a serious subwoofer might not be essential, but they certainly add to the effect. Regular Floyd producer Guthrie has created a tasteful and effective 5.1 mix that actually succeeds in adding to the music, the special embellishments and immersive quality simply extending the sense and impact of the event...I can assure you that you'll not be disappointed...For once we have a reissue that stands up to the hype." Music = 5/5, Sound = 4.5/5 - Roy Gregory, The Audio Beat, November 2011
"...The music may be almost 40 years old, but it sounded fresh because of the mix, which used the center and rear channels very effectively, creating a true soundscape that was startling at points - especially immediately before the lyrics began to 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond' - and mindblowing at others. This demo was a potent reminder of how innovative and expertly constructed this music was - and that David Gilmour's greatness cannot be overestimated. Only such a promising demo could pack a room with press during the opening minutes of the show." - Mark Mickelson, The Audio Beat, October 2011
"Wow! This landmark disc beats out the earlier SACD of Pink Floyds Dark Side of the Moon. Rolling Stone rated the stereo version one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, but in gorgeous 5.1-channel remastered surround made from the original quad master tapes by the Floyds Producer-Engineer James Guthrie, it becomes an unbelievable blockbuster. Pink Floyd pioneered the creative use of surround sound in their concert performances, but they didnt get any of their quad mixes distributed on disc, DTS CD or tape as did The Moody Blues. Now technology has caught up with them and we can hear the entire amazing potential of this monumental album." - John Henry, www.audaud.com, 5 Stars!!
"While Pink Floyd were recording this elegy [Wish You Were Here] for burned-out ex-frontman Syd Barrett, he mysteriously appeared in the studio in such bad shape that, at first, nobody in the band recognized him. 'He stood up and said, 'Right, when do I put my guitar on?' keyboardist Rick Wright recalled. 'And of course, he didnt have a guitar with him. And we said, 'Sorry, Syd, the guitars all done.'" - Rolling Stone
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios January to July 1975.
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Multi-Channel SACD Layer
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
• Special 6 1/4" x 5 1/2" Book-Style Packaging
• 8-Page Full Color Attached Booklet with Full Lyrics
• 6 Postcards "Burning Man", "Man in the Desert", "Cover Sticker", "The Veil", "The Diver" & "The Swimmer" Housed in Special Pocket.
• High Resolution 5.1 Surround Mix, High Resolution Stereo Mix and Standard Original Mix versions of the album
• The 5.1 SACD Surround Mix requires a Multi-Channel SACD player or compatible Surround Sound system
• The 5.1 SACD Surround Mix is not available using a standard CD or DVD player
• 5.1 Surround Mix by James Guthrie
• Assistant engineer Joel Plante
• Mastered by James Guthrie and Joel Plante
• Mixed and mastered at das boot recording
• DSD authoring for SACD by Gus Skinas
David Gilmour, guitars, vocals
Nick Mason, drums
Roger Waters, bass guitar, vocals
Richard Wright, keyboards, piano, vocals
Dick Parry, sax (1, 5)
Roy Harper, vocals (3)
Venetta Fields, Carlena Williams, backing vocals
1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5)
2. Welcome To The Machine
3. Have A Cigar
4. Wish You Were Here
5. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 6-9)