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Pink Floyd – Any Colour You Like

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Pink Floyd – Any Colour You Like 

This is by far the best version of “Any Colour You Like” which is from their “Live at Brighton”. The reason being is because of the psychedelic blues infused grooves. We consider this the time period when Pink Floyd was doing some of their best work.  Mainly due to the beautiful experimentation in their playing and the ability to let loose and be themselves.  It’s an instrumental and was written by David Gilmour, Richard Wright and Nick Mason.  The only thing missing from this version is the distorted organ intro that for some is the most important part of this song. 

The Concept

Pink Floyd – Any Colour You Like is the eighth track on their 1973 album “Dark Side of the Moon”.  Furthermore, while on tour, they develop the album during live performances.  They eventually record this concept album in two sessions in 1972 and 1973 at Abbey Road Studios in London.  The record builds on ideas explored in Pink Floyd’s earlier recordings and performances, omitting the extended instrumentals.  A concept album, in which its themes explore conflict, greed, time, death, and mental illness. 

But the greatness of The Dark Side of the Moon goes much deeper than its structure. It’s songs are each a thing of pure beauty, incomparable expressions of the human condition. Yes, it’s an album about madness, but it’s about so much more as well. It asks the question: what is it to be a human being? What are the things in our lives that play into our deepest hopes and fears? What are our greatest sources of passion and dread? And how do they induce the madness that is so often mentioned as Dark Side’s theme? All of this is accomplished with musicianship of the highest level; writing that is at the height of rock music as an art form.

The group used recording techniques such as multitrack recording, tape loops, and analogue synthesizers. Snippets from interviews as well as philosophical quotations, are also used. Engineer Alan Parsons was responsible for many sonic aspects and the sleeve, which depicts a prism spectrum. Designed by Storm Thorgerson, following keyboardist Richard Wright’s request for a “simple and bold” design, representing the band’s lighting and the record’s themes. The album is promoted with two singles: “Money” and “Us and Them”. 

Greatest Album of all Time

The Dark Side of the Moon receives critical acclaim upon release and hailed by critics as one of the greatest albums of all time.  Lastly, the estimated sales are over 45 million copies.  It’s Pink Floyd’s best seller and becomes one of the best-selling albums worldwide. The record helped to propel Pink Floyd to international fame.  As a band, they have sold over 250 million records worldwide, including 74.5 million certified units in the United States.  They are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

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