When Pink Floyd fans talk about their favorite band, invariably the discussion descends into a recitation of the group's chronology. There's the original Syd Barrett version of the quartet in the 1960s; the early David Gilmour years (1968-1972); the commercial successes of the 1970s beginning with "Dark Side of the Moon" (1973) and ending with "The Wall" (1979); and the lawsuit decade of the 1980s, when estranged bassist Roger Waters unsuccessfully tried to prevent his former bandmates from touring or releasing records as Pink Floyd.
From the vantage point of the 21st century, the Syd Barrett era is easily most infamous. By all accounts, the late Barrett (he passed away in 2006) was a brilliant but troubled artist, consuming brain-melting quantities of psychedelic drugs that inspired him to artistic heights in the beginning but quickly took their toll. Collectors look for the Columbia (EMI) 45 rpm mono recordings of “Arnold Layne,” the Floyd’s first single, which began to climb the charts in 1967 until its transvestite content caught the ear of radio programmers, who removed it from their station’s playlists.
The band’s first LP, “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn,” 1967, was also the last Pink Floyd album produced with Barrett as the band’s leader. It was recorded at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios in London at the same time as “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” by the Beatles. Collectors prefer mono LPs over the stereo remasters, and look for copies on the Tower label, which were distributed in the United States. Memorable tracks from the album include the chant-like “Astronomy Dominé” and an instrumental called “Intersteller Overdrive,” which was a major part of live Pink Floyd shows for years.
“A Saucerful of Secrets” came next in 1968 and is notable for the presence in the studio of both Barrett and Gilmour. But the album is perhaps best known for a Waters track called “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun,” as well as its psychedelic album cover by Hipgnosis, which created numerous Pink Floyd covers, as well as ones for Led Zeppelin and prog-rockers Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
After releasing the brilliant “Meddle” in 1971 (all 23 minutes and 27 seconds of side two are devoted to a song called “Echoes”) and a soundtrack for a Barbet Schroeder film in 1972 (the movie was called “La Vallée” but the album was called “Obscured By Clouds”), Pink Floyd produced its first certifiable classic in 1973, “Dark Side of the Moon.” The album included stickers and posters, so collectors today pay a small premium for copies with those bits of ephemera intact.
Subsequent Pink Floyd albums sold in such numbers that their supply has always been plentiful, making them relatively easy, and inexpensive, to collect. Exceptions to this general rule include Japanese issues of “Dark Side” and “The Wall,” as well as picture discs of “Rare Beauties” and “Wish You Were Here.”
Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)
Association of Vogue Picture Record Collectors
The Remington Site
Clubs & Associations
Other Great Reference Sites
Most watched eBay auctions
Recent News: Pink Floyd Records
Source: Google News
Pink Floyd rocker listed among patient's alleged aliasesSt. George Daily Spectrum, March 31st
Schaeffer, a former Minnesota resident, is accused of posing as English Pink Floyd guitarist and singer David Gilmour and as Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson during hospital stays in St. George and St. Cloud, Minnesotta. Information he provided to the court ...Read more
Brit Floyd's tribute to Pink Floyd 'chilling' event 0London Free Press, March 31st
Harrison is a guitarist and singer with touring spectacle Brit Floyd, a tribute act playing the RBC Theatre at Budweiser Gardens on Wednesday. The guitarist from Harlow in Essex County, England, discovered Pink Floyd through his sister, who had become...Read more
Watch This Throwback Vid Of Hozier Covering Pink Floyd Back In His College ...VH1 (blog), March 30th
We all have to start from somewhere, and for Hozier that somewhere was Trinity College back in his native Ireland. Before he was a VH1 You Oughta Know artist, or taking folks to church with his Grammy nominated single, Andrew Hozier-Byrne was a ...Read more
A to Z: Pink Floyd's “Take it Back” is Humanity's 'Division Bell' With Mother ...100.7 WZLX Classic Rock, March 30th
Pink Floyd were never short on grand, sweeping gestures, even after Roger Waters' departure. The unknown frailty of Earth became one of David Gilmour's favorite themes as he led the band, and one of their biggest post-Waters hits, “Take it Back”, sings ...Read more
Pretty Green (featuring Pink Floyd) arrives in shops next weekGQ.com, March 24th
Having released collections inspired by The Beatles, Paul Weller, David Bowie, and The Jam (whose song "Pretty Green" inspired the brand's name), this season sees the label take another legendary rock act as its start point: Pink Floyd. And we've got a...Read more
Pink Floyd tribute to dazzle Adler Tuesday nightQuad-Cities Online, March 22nd
"It's just a reflection on the quality of this music, the fact that the public wants to hear it and musicians want to play it," Brit Floyd lead vocalist, guitarist and musical director Damian Darlington said in a recent interview of the many Pink Floyd...Read more
Classic Albums Remade: Pink Floyd, 'Dark Side of the Moon'Yahoo Music (blog), March 11th
If I had to pick, I would say that the Beatles are the most influential band in the history of pop music, but if I had the choose the album that's had the most influence, I would probably go with Pink Floyd's 1973 release, Dark Side of the Moon. Which...Read more
Pink Floyd's David Gilmour announces first tour in a decade and new solo albumDaily Mail, March 4th
Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour is heading out on the road again for his first tour in almost a decade. The rocker will also release a solo album – his first since 2006's On An Island - at the same time. The tour of the UK and Europe in September...Read more