Posted by Oldirtybearon (4609 posts) 1 year, 5 months ago

Poll: Which era of Floyd is the best? (87 votes)

Roger Waters 60%
David Gilmour 25%
Syd Barrett 7%
I don't know who these people are I really shouldn't be here 10%

So I'm re-ripping my album collection on this new computer because my external hard drive died, and I decided to start with my Pink Floyd albums because those are the best sounds ever recorded by man so nyah.

In any event, I'm listening to Great Gig in the Sky at the moment and I have to say, fucking hell, the Waters era of Pink Floyd was lightning in a bottle. What do my fellow connoisseurs of good taste think?

#1 Posted by Winternet (8008 posts) -

Syd Barret is the craziest/weirdest of them, but maybe not enough to make it the best. Roger Waters it is.

#2 Posted by MEATBALL (3096 posts) -

Waters era is far and away my personal favourite, I'm not so hot on a bunch of their other work.

#3 Posted by zoozilla (978 posts) -

Syd Barrett was a bat-shit crazy genius, but when I think of Pink Floyd I think of the Roger Waters incarnation.

Funny enough, my favorite Floyd album is Wish You Were Here, which is part of the Waters-era but has connections to Barrett.

#4 Edited by 71Ranchero (2679 posts) -

I chose Waters over Gilmour but to me they are both great.

#5 Posted by beepmachine (618 posts) -

I voted option 4 even though I do know who "these" people are. I've just never really actually listened to Pink Floyd. I don't know why because I've always liked what I've heard from them. When I was younger I sort of had a thing against bands with 12 minute songs, but I've been meaning to eventually listen to Pink Floyd because they always seemed like the only psychedelic or long form rock band that was actually interesting. I know Syd Barrett was in the band when they were more of a 60s psychedelic flower group. What's the distinction between Waters and Gilmour?

#6 Posted by Pr1mus (3824 posts) -

What's a "pink floyd"?

#7 Edited by MEATBALL (3096 posts) -
@pr1mus said:

What's a "pink floyd"?

Please tell me you're trolling.

#8 Edited by envane (1159 posts) -

whaaaat .. ummagumma kill you all

#9 Posted by Butler (384 posts) -

Which Pink Floyd album should I listen to while I try to understand and play Eve?

#10 Edited by Pr1mus (3824 posts) -
@meatball said:
@pr1mus said:

What's a "pink floyd"?

Please tell me you're trolling.

Yes

I mean i couldn't tell you the name of a single song other than The Wall (or maybe that's the album and there's no song called the wall?). Of course i would recognize plenty of others i'm sure. I just never listened to anything they did.

#11 Edited by Nightriff (4930 posts) -

The one where "The Wall" was released, Gilmour?

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#12 Edited by SpaceInsomniac (3578 posts) -

Been a fan for years, but never paid much attention to aras. Wikipedia turned this up:

So, assuming this is true, Waters really only led with The Wall and The Final Cut, and Gilmour led with AMLOR, and TDB. If this is correct, why do you associate Dark Side of the Moon with Waters, and if you are correct to do so, why doesn't Wikipedia reflect that?

At any rate, I've never been able to get into The Wall or much past that, and my favorite albums have always been Meddle, Dark Side of the Moon, and Wish You Were Here.

#13 Edited by Mirado (992 posts) -

@Oldirtybearon Just for the sake of curiosity, what are you using to rip your albums to your PC? Assuming "albums" means vinyl, of course. I'm looking to do the same and trying to figure out if I should just overhaul my whole signal chain or what.

#14 Posted by guiseppe (2838 posts) -

Voted for Gilmour but he and Waters shares my vote.

#15 Posted by joshthebear (2700 posts) -

Waters era by far. Animals is the best Floyd album, hands down.

#16 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8061 posts) -

Roger Waters even though he is an asshole.

#17 Posted by SpaceInsomniac (3578 posts) -

@pr1mus said:
@meatball said:
@pr1mus said:

What's a "pink floyd"?

Please tell me you're trolling.

Yes

I mean i couldn't tell you the name of a single song other than The Wall (or maybe that's the album and there's no song called the wall?). Of course i would recognize plenty of others i'm sure. I just never listened to anything they did.

And now you have.

#18 Edited by PeteyCoco (96 posts) -

Not really a fan of Pink Floyd and was pleasantly surprised when I started listening to the Syd Barrett era stuff. Much more my speed.

#19 Posted by Dead_Cell (60 posts) -

Waters era, even though I think it has always been Gilmour's guitar that gives Pink Floyd its classic sound.

#20 Edited by captain_clayman (3319 posts) -

If by Gilmour era, you mean Dark Side/Wish You Were Here/Animals, then Gilmour definitely. I really like the wall, but everything after that was pretty lackluster. Think Animals might be my favorite floyd album, and Gilmour's voice is a lot more appealing to me.

#21 Posted by Oldirtybearon (4609 posts) -

@mirado said:

@Oldirtybearon Just for the sake of curiosity, what are you using to rip your albums to your PC? Assuming "albums" means vinyl, of course. I'm looking to do the same and trying to figure out if I should just overhaul my whole signal chain or what.

didn't mean to give the impression I was ripping vinyl. Just plain ol' CDs here. I've got vinyl albums but they're framed and hanging around my house.

Been a fan for years, but never paid much attention to aras. Wikipedia turned this up:

So, assuming this is true, Waters really only led with The Wall and The Final Cut, and Gilmour led with AMLOR, and TDB. If this is correct, why do you associate Dark Side of the Moon with Waters, and if you are correct to do so, why doesn't Wikipedia reflect that?

At any rate, I've never been able to get into The Wall or much past that, and my favorite albums have always been Meddle, Dark Side of the Moon, and Wish You Were Here.

Wikipedia is good for an overview of stuff, but it never reflects the entire picture in its accuracy.

The thing about DSotM, Wish You Were Here, and Animals is that yes while Gilmour and company shared writing credit on songs and indeed wrote a lot of music, Roger Waters was more or less the gatekeeper that determined what made the albums and what didn't. Listening to Gilmour and Wright talk about Pink Floyd after the fact, Waters treated Floyd like it was "his" band after Syd Barrett met his illness and fell out of life. And to a degree it certainly was, considering a lot of music and lyrics that people associate with Pink Floyd comes straight from Waters. Those same interviews indicate that the other band members put up with Roger's shit because he was acting as a creative juggernaut during the seventies. For instance, Wish You Were Here (my personal favourite Floyd album even if The Wall is the most "special" to me) is one 40+ minute love letter to Syd, written by Waters. Just because Gilmour sang doesn't mean he wrote the majority of the material.

Source: a fuckton of Pink Floyd documentaries and interviews with the band members.

Waters era, even though I think it has always been Gilmour's guitar that gives Pink Floyd its classic sound.

I agree entirely. The thing about Pink Floyd is that you can't point to one member and say "that's why the band is so good." It really is the collective that is more than the sum of its parts.

#22 Posted by casper_ (901 posts) -

my pink floyd interest starts at piper and ends at animals i think.

but mostly i really like meddle and the live at pompeii thing they did.

#23 Posted by Equal_Opportunity_Destroyer497 (558 posts) -

Waters era by far. Animals is the best Floyd album, hands down.

This. But I must say that Gilmour's guitar greatness is integral to those albums being as awesome as they are.

#24 Posted by Superfriend (1535 posts) -
There can only be one answer. If you´ve never played the German version, the green dude in the Feeble files is named "Floyd" in that one.

#25 Posted by Mirado (992 posts) -

@mirado said:

@Oldirtybearon Just for the sake of curiosity, what are you using to rip your albums to your PC? Assuming "albums" means vinyl, of course. I'm looking to do the same and trying to figure out if I should just overhaul my whole signal chain or what.

didn't mean to give the impression I was ripping vinyl. Just plain ol' CDs here. I've got vinyl albums but they're framed and hanging around my house.

It's fine, my mistake. I just assumed pre-80s band + term "album" = vinyl. Cool idea to frame them and hang them about, although I'm not sure I could stop myself from playing them! Thank god my father bought multiple copies of all of his favorites; he knew how they'd wear and made sure to have at least one sealed.

I'm prepping to drop a couple grand on the proper materials and methods to immortalize the hundreds that I have, but not without good intel. Alas, my search continues.

#26 Posted by AndieK (23 posts) -

Dark Side of the Moon to The Wall. Meddle is pretty good too.

#27 Posted by intoblivion (314 posts) -

Came expecting a "Money" Mayweather thread :(

#28 Posted by Nev (540 posts) -

Piper, Dark Side of the Moon, and Wish You Were Here are the only of their albums I've regularly listened to. Good stuff, but I have a real fondness for the insanity of the Barret stuff, and his story interests me, as well.

#29 Posted by YoungFrey (1321 posts) -

I said Waters, but I consider that the Waters/Gilmour era. Neither is amazing on their own, both being too wrapped up in their own thing. But together they forged the perfect balance of music and lyrics.

#30 Posted by isomeri (1226 posts) -

I love everything from Ummagumma to The Final Cut. Meddle is by far my favorite album. I do kinda find Waters intolerable at times, but his latest The Wall tour was fantastic.

#31 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7056 posts) -

I consider Waters and Gilmour both too important to split them up.

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#32 Posted by Apparatus_Unearth (3112 posts) -

Gilmour, definitely.

#33 Posted by coribald (310 posts) -

Whichever era was responsible for Meddle-Dark Side-Wish You Were Here-Animals. Don't really care for Syd Barrett's insanity or Roger's self-indulgent The Wall and The Final Cut.

Atom Heart Mother is pretty great too.

#34 Posted by AiurFlux (901 posts) -

Waters. But I do like Gilmour more. Seeing that Comfortably Numb performance in 1995 during the Division Bell Tour on the Pulse album is the sole reason why I picked up a guitar when I was young. I respect the creativity and writing of Roger Waters but he just never really did it for me personally as a musician.

I mean FUUUUUUUUUUUCK that's a good solo.

#35 Posted by Jrinswand (1696 posts) -

Meddle through The Final Cut, but not including Obscured by Clouds or The Dark Side of the Moon.

#36 Posted by coribald (310 posts) -

Meddle through The Final Cut, but not including Obscured by Clouds or The Dark Side of the Moon.

NOT including Dark Side Of The Moon?

I have to ask why.

#37 Posted by Kevin_Cogneto (1005 posts) -

Meddle through The Final Cut, but not including Obscured by Clouds or The Dark Side of the Moon.

WHAT

I think there was an era, basically from Saucerful of Secrets to Wish You Were Here, where no one single person's vision was driving the band, I don't consider any of those albums to be part of the Roger Waters regime at all, for a good long while they really were an ensemble in the truest sense of the word. And that's when they were at their best, no question.

#38 Posted by Jrinswand (1696 posts) -

@coribald said:

@jrinswand said:

Meddle through The Final Cut, but not including Obscured by Clouds or The Dark Side of the Moon.

NOT including Dark Side Of The Moon?

I have to ask why.

I just think that album is uninteresting both musically and conceptually (and not to mention way, way overrated).

#39 Posted by rotorious (68 posts) -

Animals is easily the definitive ambient experience. It's an album that's staying power and continuity are rarely matched.

#40 Posted by Apparatus_Unearth (3112 posts) -

The Waters stuff is a little melodramatic for my taste.

#41 Posted by armaan8014 (5337 posts) -

the division bell + dark side of the moon. Therefore, gilmour

#42 Posted by zombiepenguin9 (529 posts) -

I voted Waters, if only because Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall were formative albums of my appreciation of music. The Division Bell is probably my favorite Floyd album, however.

#43 Posted by Aterons (198 posts) -

Waters and Gilmour both come to mind when I think of "Wish you were here" which is my favorite.

Waters is the mind behind Division Bell, Wall and Final cut which are my 2nd favorites from them, so I guess id say I like the Waters era best.