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 David Gilmour joined in December 1967; Barrett left in April 1968 due to deteriorating mental health. Waters became the band's primary lyricist and eventually their dominant songwriter, 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 until 1994. After nearly two decades of acrimony, Pink Floyd reunited with Waters in 2005 for a performance in London as part of the global awareness event Live 8, but Gilmour and Waters have since 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 largely based 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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Year Title RatingReleases
A Great Day for Freedom, Part 2 1

Single + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1995 Wish You Were Here 4.5 2


Year Title RatingReleases
1979 Off the Wall 1
1987 A Momentary Lapse of Reason Official Tour CD 1
1991 Tonite Let's All Make Love in London... Plus 2
1995 London 1966/1967 4
1997 1967: The First 3 Singles 2
2015 1965: Their First Recordings 2


Year Title RatingReleases
Dark Side of the Radio: The Complete Radio Shows 19
Under Construction 1
Z-Point and Beyond 1

Other + Interview

Year Title RatingReleases
1998 Star Profile 1
Interview Disc 1
The Conversation Disc Series 1

Broadcast + Compilation + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2011 Old Symphonies: Live in London 1970 & Rome 1968 1

Broadcast + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2005 2005-07-02: Live8, London, UK 4
1968-02-15: BBC Maida Vale Studios, London, UK 1

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