Pink Floyd

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Pink Floyd were 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, extended compositions and elaborate live shows, they are one of the most commercially successful and influential groups in the history of popular music.

Pink Floyd were founded in 1965 by students Syd Barrett on guitar and lead vocals, Nick Mason on drums, Roger Waters on bass and vocals, and Richard Wright on keyboards and vocals. They gained popularity performing in London's underground music scene during the late 1960s, and under Barrett's leadership released two charting singles and a successful debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967). Guitarist and vocalist David Gilmour joined in December 1967; Barrett left in April 1968 due to deteriorating mental health. Waters became the band's primary lyricist and conceptual leader, devising the concepts behind their albums The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977), The Wall (1979) and The Final Cut (1983). The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall became two of the best-selling albums of all time.

Following creative tensions, Wright left Pink Floyd in 1979, followed by Waters in 1985. Gilmour and Mason continued as Pink Floyd; Wright rejoined them as a session musician and, later, a band member. The three produced two more albums—A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987) and The Division Bell (1994)—and toured through 1994. After nearly two decades of acrimony, Gilmour, Wright, and Mason reunited with Waters in 2005 to perform as Pink Floyd in London as part of the global awareness event Live 8; Gilmour and Waters later stated they have no plans to reunite as a band again. Barrett died in 2006, and Wright in 2008. The final Pink Floyd studio album, The Endless River (2014), was recorded without Waters and based largely on unreleased material.

Pink Floyd were inducted into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. By 2013, the band had sold more than 250 million records worldwide, including 75 million certified units in the United States.

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1967 The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 3.9 56
1968 A Saucerful of Secrets 4 20
1969 Ummagumma 3.4 26
1970 Atom Heart Mother 4.45 33
1971 Meddle 4.2 41
1973 The Dark Side of the Moon 4.8 62
1975 Wish You Were Here 4.7 58
1977 Animals 4.65 48
1979 The Wall 4.3 44
1983 The Final Cut 3.45 38
1987 A Momentary Lapse of Reason 3.85 29
1994 The Division Bell 3.8 126
2001 Early Flights, Vol. 6 1
2008 The Great Gig in the Sky 1
2014 The Endless River 2.35 11
Animals / A Saucer Full of Secrets 1
Zabriskie Point – The Sessions 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1971 Relics 3.5 24
1972 Omayyad 1
1973 A Nice Pair 3
1974 Masters of Rock 1
1981 A Collection of Great Dance Songs 4 13
1983 Works 3
1983 Hits 1
1989 Music for Architectural Students 1
1989 Psychedelic Session 1
1991 Before Time Began 1
1992 Shine On 5 3
1992 A CD Full of Secrets 1
1992 A Saucerful of Outtakes 1
1992 Shine On: Selections From the Box 1
1993 Total Eclipse 1
1993 Early Singles 5 1
1994 Fate of Circle 1
1994 Variations on a Theme of Absence 1
1997 Pinkie Milkie 1
1999 A Tree Full of Secrets 1
1999 Anthology I 1
1999 Anthology II 1
1999 Games for May 1
1999 Legendary Rock Stars Greatest Hits 1
2000 Early Flights, Volume 2 1
2001 Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd 4 7
2001 Archives 1966–1967 1
2001 Early Flights, Vol. 4 1
2001 Early Flights, Vol. 5 1
2001 Early Flights, Volume 3 1
2002 Early Flights, Vol. 10: The Last Flight 1
2002 Early Flights, Volume 8 1
2002 Early Flights, Volume 9 1
2006 Greatest Hits 2
2007 Oh by the Way 3.5 4
2007 BBC Archives 1974 5 1
2008 Greatest Hits 1
2010 The Best of Pink Floyd 2
2011 Discovery 6
2011 A Foot in the Door: The Best of Pink Floyd 2
2011 The Wall Singles Collection 1
2013 A Total Zabriskie Point of View – The Complete Collection 1
2013 From the Vault 1
2013 From the Vault 1
2013 The Syd Barrett Tapes 2
2014 From Abbey Road to Britannia Row (unissued alternate studio recordings 1975–1976) 1
2016 The Early Years: 1965–1972 2
2016 The Early Years: 1967–1972: Cre/ation 4
2016 Classic Diamonds 1
2017 The Early Years: 1965–1967: Cambridge St/ation 1
2017 The Early Years: 1968: Germin/ation 1
2017 The Early Years: 1969: Dramatis/ation 1
2017 The Early Years: 1970: Devi/ation 1
2017 The Early Years: 1971: Reverber/ation 2
2017 The Early Years: 1972: Obfusc/ation 2
1967–1994: Bear in Tree 1
A Chillout Experience 1
A Journey Through Time & Space 1
All Movement Is Accomplished: The 60's Rarities 1
Best Ballads 1
Collection 1968-1972 1
Dawn of the Piper 2
Double Hits Collection, Volume 1 1
Early Flights, Vol. 7 1
Early Flights, Volume 1 1
Early Singles 1
Greatest Hits: Legendary Rock Stars 1
Interstellar Overdrive: The Alternate Masters '66-'68 1
Jewel Box 4: Rare Live & Unreleased 1
Pink Floyd Golden Collection 2000 1
Rarities Through the Years 1
Survivor 1
The Best of Pink Floyd, Volume 1 1
The Best of the Pink Floyd 1
The Complete Early Years: 1965–1967: Cambridge St/ation 1
The Complete Early Years: 1965–1972: Bonus Continu/ation 1
The Complete Early Years: 1968: Germin/ation 1
The Complete Early Years: 1969: Dramatis/ation 1
The Complete Early Years: 1970: Devi/ation 1
The Complete Early Years: 1971: Reverber/ation 1
The Complete Early Years: 1972: Obfusc/ation 1
The Strangest Numbers 1
Ultra Rare Trax, Volume 1 4 1

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