Wish You Were Here

~ Release group by Pink Floyd

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Wish You Were Here 12" Vinyl 5 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) PC 33453 [none]
Wish You Were Here 12" Vinyl 5 Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA) SHVL 814 [none]
Wish You Were Here 12" Vinyl 5 Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA) 2C 068 - 96918, 2C 068-96 918 [none]
Wish You Were Here Cassette 5 EMI Electrola (more likely the company trademark of EMI Electrola GmbH than an imprint), Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA) 1C 264-96 918 [none]
Wish You Were Here Vinyl 5 EMI Electrola GmbH (not for release label use! DE subsidiary of EMI Records from 1972–2002) 1C 064-96 918
Wish You Were Here 12" Vinyl 5 CBS/Sony (HK) SOPO 100 [none]
Wish You Were Here 12" Vinyl 5 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) CBS 80955 [none]
Wish You Were Here 12" Vinyl 5 Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA) 3C 064-96918 [none]
Wish You Were Here 12" Vinyl 5 CBS/Sony (Japan) SOPO 100 [none]
Wish You Were Here 12" Vinyl 5 Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA) 1C 062-96 918, 5C 062-96918 [none]
Wish You Were Here 12" Vinyl 5 Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA) 1 J 066-96918, 1J 066-96918 [none]
Wish You Were Here 12" Vinyl 5 Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA) 7C 062-96918 [none]
Wish You Were Here Cassette 5 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 1C 244-96918 [none]
Wish You Were Here (quadraphonic) 12" Vinyl 5 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) PCQ 33453 [none]
Wish You Were Here 12" Vinyl 5 Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA) 1A 062-96 918 [none]
Wish You Were Here 12" Vinyl 5 Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA), Jugoton LSHV 73032 [none]
Wish You Were Here (Japanese CBS Mastersound pressing) 12" Vinyl 5 CBS/Sony (Japan) 30AP 1875 [none]
Wish You Were Here (CBS Mastersound edition) 12" Vinyl 5 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) HC 33453, HC 43453 074643345309
Wish You Were Here CD 2 CBS/Sony (Japan) 35DP 4 [none]
Wish You Were Here (CBS Mastersound edition) 12" Vinyl 5 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) HC 43453 074644345315
Wish You Were Here 12" Vinyl 5 AMIGA 8 55 979 [none]
Wish You Were Here CD 5 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) CK 33453
Wish You Were Here CD 5 Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA) CDP 7 46035 2 077774603522
Wish You Were Here 12" Vinyl 5 Nimbus Records (UK classical label) SVHL 814 [none]
Wish You Were Here CD 5 Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA) CDP 7 46035 2 [none]
Wish You Were Here CD 5 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) CDCBS 80955 9399708095526
Wish You Were Here Cassette 5 Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA) TC-SHVL 814
Wish You Were Here CD 5 CBS/Sony (Japan) 32DP 359 [none]
Wish You Were Here Vinyl 5 EMI Odeon Brazil 7031064499286
Wish You Were Here CD 5 Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA) CDP 7 46035 2 [none]
Wish You Were Here CD 5 Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA) CDP 7 46035 2 5099974603527
Wish You Were Here CD 5 CBS/Sony (Japan) 28DP 5005 4988009600451
Wish You Were Here CD 5 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 7243 5 29071 2 0 724352907120
Wish You Were Here CD 5 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) CK 53753 074645375328
Wish You Were Here CD 5 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 7243 8 29750 2 1, CDEMD 1062 724382975021
Wish You Were Here MiniDisc 5 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) CM 33453 074643345385
Wish You Were Here CD 5 EMI Music Canada 7243 8 29750 2 1 724382975021
Wish You Were Here CD 5 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Legacy (Legacy Recordings) CK 64405 074646440520
Wish You Were Here CD 5 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) CK 68522 074646852224
Wish You Were Here CD 5 Sony Records (1991 - 2001 company - group/division of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan)) SRCS-8483 4988009848396
Wish You Were Here / Early Singles CD 15 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 80567-2 077778056720
Wish You Were Here CD 5 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 7243 5 29071 2 0
Wish You Were Here CD 5 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) CDP 7243 8 29750 2 1 724382975021
Wish You Were Here CD 5 東芝EMI 株式会社 (record company, do not use as release label - check obi, back or disc for imprint! Ended 2007-06-29) TOCP-65560 4988006782716
Wish You Were Here CD 5 東芝EMI 株式会社 (record company, do not use as release label - check obi, back or disc for imprint! Ended 2007-06-29) TOCP-65549 4988006785076
Wish You Were Here Vinyl 5 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) 30-AP 1875-01
Wish You Were Here CD 5 東芝EMI 株式会社 (record company, do not use as release label - check obi, back or disc for imprint! Ended 2007-06-29) TOCP-53808 4988006846593
Wish You Were Here (Immersion box set) 2×CD + 2×DVD-Video + Blu-ray 5 + 6 + 15 + 4 + 19 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 50999 029435 2 7 5099902943527
Wish You Were Here (mastered for iTunes) Digital Media 5 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 5099968084257
Wish You Were Here CD 5 Parlophone, Pink Floyd Records 50999 028945 2 2, PFR9 5099902894522
Wish You Were Here (Experience edition) 2×CD 5 + 6 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972), Parlophone Records Ltd. (not for release label use! a Warner Music Group company) 50999 029450 2 6 5099902945026
Wish You Were Here Hybrid SACD (CD layer) + Hybrid SACD (SACD layer) 5 + 10 Analogue Productions 5099952243325 5099952243325
Wish You Were Here Hybrid SACD 5 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972), Analogue Productions 5099952243325, CAPP 33453 SA 5099952243325
Wish You Were Here 12" Vinyl 5 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA) 5099902988016, SHVL 814 5099902988016
Wish You Were Here CD 5 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 509990289452
Wish You Were Here Digital Media 5 Parlophone [none]
Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd Records 2016 issue) CD 5 Pink Floyd Records PFR9 888751709225
Wish You Were Here 12" Vinyl 5 Pink Floyd Music Ltd. PFRLP9
Wish You Were Here CD 5 Pink Floyd Records, Sony Records International (Japanese TEXTLESS walking eye imprint) SICP 5410 4547366312652
Wish You Were Here 12" Vinyl 5 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) SBP 234651 [none]
Wish You Were Here CD 5 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) CDCBS 80955 [none]
Wish You Were Here (made in Japan) CD 5 Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA) CDP 7 46035 2 [none]
Wish You Were Here CD 5 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia), Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) CK 33453 074643345323

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Have a Cigar
covers: Return to the Dark Side of the Moon / Wish You Were Here Again by Various Artists
included in: Discovery
part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 211)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000650633 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/11703 [info]
Wikidata: Q200872 [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/Pink_Floyd:Wish_You_Were_Here_(1975) [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/pink_floyd/wish_you_were_here/ [info]
https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/20361/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/b8dp [info]

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As the follow-up to the Floyd's iconic, record-breaking 1973 concept album The Dark Side Of The Moon, this album is often unfairly overlooked. With the benefit of hindsight, *Wish You Were Here *has the same faultless pacing and sequencing of its predecessor, but a more coherent musical narrative, structure and tone, as well as greater lyrical sophistication. Here, the 'concept' is more down-to-earth, since much of the record is an extended tribute to the late Syd Barrett ­ the genius behind their early works, who flew too high and burned too bright, becoming one of rock's most infamous drug casualties before Pink Floyd emerged from London1s psychedelic underground scene to become one of the biggest success stories of the 1970s. It's also the last great album by a band that would produce something as adolescently puerile as *The Wall *by the end of that decade.

Barrett is the subject of the epic "Shine On You Crazy Diamond, parts One and Two" of which take up more than half the playing time and bookend just three other shorter tracks. Despite some questionable keyboard tones from Richard Wright, the majestically unhurried instrumental intro is a triumph of suspense. It1s nearly nine minutes before Roger Waters starts singing and the effect is startling, as are the words: 'Remember when you were young?/ You shone like the sun / Shine On You Crazy Diamond!/ Now there's a look in your eye / Like black holes in the sky'. It's debatable whether the 'iPod generation' will get all of the eerie, almost visual sound detail in the more melodramatic "Welcome To The Machine", which presages some of the pomp of their later work. Guest vocalist Roy Harper is a gritty presence on the music industry-bating "Have A Cigar" and the breathless title track finds Waters' lyrics at their most soul searching. Some may baulk at Dave Gilmour's long, bluesy guitar workouts, which form the backbone of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" and crop up throughout the album. Hey, these were the dying days of prog. rock. Punk was just around the corner and it's easy to see why, but mid-seventies post-psychedelic angst seldom sounded so chilled.