PINK FLOYD Meddle (1971)

Meddle (1971)
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Posted only because I scored these 2011 files for myself… and figured you might want ‘em, too. Simply put, my favorite Pink Floyd album. Certainly not their “best,” but for all the kinds of things I was listening for in music – in the glory of my stoned teenaged abandon – this 1971 album hit my sweet spot like no other PF LP ever did. I still unofficially consider “Fearless” my favorite Pink Floyd track, largely for the stoned, lazy rhythm, something I also favor The Beatles’ “I’m Only Sleeping” for. I still vividly remember the local radio commercials for the Meddle (or a pre-Dark Side) tour, pounding out the bass riff of “One Of These Days,” with an ominous voice-over… “The concert… (wind, mysterious bass plunks) you don’t… (dun dun dun) want to miss-iss-is-s…  (that riff: dun da dun da dun da dun da) PINK-Pink-ink-nk-k… FLOYD-Floyd-loyd-oyd-yd-d  (big crescendo, madman voice)… and BAM, that swirling organ climax. Wow! That was advertising. It certainly sold some tickets for a pre-(mega-fame) Floyd show, and the song still sends chills right up the old spine. The streaming player begins quietly, so be patient. The 2011 remaster is at Amazon.


One Of These Days (5:56)
A Pillow Of Winds (5:13)
Fearless (6:08)
San Tropez (3:43)
Seamus (2:15)
Echoes (23:35)

16 Comments

  • 1
    Willard
    November 30, 2011 - 07:35 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • 2
    buzz baby jesus
    November 30, 2011 - 12:15 | Permalink

    I had a favorite mix cassette which started with side one, but instead of Echoes (which I like), I finished out the tape with highlights from “Atom Heart Mother”, “More”, and “Obscured by Clouds”.
    It’s a mix cd now, and still a favorite.

  • 3
    Rick
    November 30, 2011 - 14:05 | Permalink

    Echoes is probably my favorite PF track – especially as I first heard/saw it on their Live in Pompeii movie. Which also had the performance of the dog howling while they sing Seamus the blues.

  • 4
    November 30, 2011 - 14:43 | Permalink

    While “Atom Heart Mother” remains my favorite single piece by PF “One of These Days” was a strong second. Thanks for the excuse to listen to both of them again.

  • 5
    Jerry "guitar man"
    November 30, 2011 - 19:51 | Permalink

    Awesome album! I cut out Semus which is okay but breaks the mood, and put Embryo in there which is a perfect lead in to Echoes. Check it out it works.

  • 6
    December 1, 2011 - 08:15 | Permalink

    I share your feelings, Willard. What sold me on ‘Meddle’ was that the first time I heard “Echoes”, it was over headphones and in the dark.

    In my hormone-driven, teenaged imagination, I was positive I was going to be pecked to death by the flock of circling pterodactyls (I thought) I heard.

    • 7
      Willard
      December 1, 2011 - 11:06 | Permalink

      I was reading Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas at the time. I thought it was killer bats coming after me.

  • 8
    The Chairman
    December 2, 2011 - 05:53 | Permalink

    I was reading Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings at the time, it was a warm summer, 1974, in Heidelberg, Germany, when that place was still the perfect setting for laid-back radical romantic no-tourists left-wingism leisure student life – no apocalyptic riders on my early 20s brain, I am sorry to admit, just the first hints of nowadays’ tinnitus tingling with that initial pling pling pling, repeated infinitely until the books were finished .. and summer, too.

    • 9
      Willard
      December 2, 2011 - 08:07 | Permalink

      Those were the days, eh?

  • 10
    The Chairman
    December 2, 2011 - 12:32 | Permalink

    Some days, oh yes, Willard, Sir! But what’s really puzzling: I try & try to remember the summer of reading Illuminatus! And what soundtrack fitted then .. late Led Zep (Graffitti?), early Punk, Voodoo Chile (Slight Return). But slight returns of what ..? Best & big thx, as always

  • 11
    buzz baby jesus
    December 2, 2011 - 17:20 | Permalink

    As I understand it you get that “seagull” sound by plugging into the out and out of the in of your “Cry Baby”. (I haven’t tried it yet).
    I dragged a bunch of friends to see “Pompeii”. The sound in the theater was so poor, and it wasn’t “Dark Side Of The Moon”, so “Echoes” bored us all to death.
    Years later when I bought the album I never played that side, hence the mix tape.
    Since then I’ve come to my senses, and appreciate the whole thing. And Seamus wears a little thin, so “Embryo” is a good call there.

  • 12
    December 4, 2011 - 11:46 | Permalink

    I was at the Giants/Eagles football game at Giants Stadium a couple of weeks ago and they actually played “One Of These Days” over the PA before the game began!!!!

  • 13
    Colin H from Cambridge, Canada
    December 4, 2011 - 12:16 | Permalink

    I sort of missed out on absorbing this one in the days when I really had time to take albums to heart. I owned most of the Floyd albums before I turned 21, but somehow, wound up closing on 40 the first time I got round to hearing Meddle. No real idea why, but I never picked it up until the current download era. I’d never even heard anything off it until someone gave me the Echoes set one Christmas after it came out – they were the only tunes on that I didn’t have.

  • 14
    Colin H from Cambridge, Canada
    December 4, 2011 - 12:18 | Permalink

    …well, except for the post-Waters album ones, but I always sort of considered those apocryphal…

  • 15
    Brian
    January 2, 2012 - 10:13 | Permalink

    “One Of These Days” is the reason I bought the LP. Still is my favourite PF track – the live side of ‘Ummagumma’ comes second because the songs build, whereas “One” starts right off and doesn’t let up. “Echos” came more slowly for me, and “Seamus”, well…. Seamus is Seamus: #1 on You Tube (if he were there!!). Many thanks.

    -Brian

    • 16
      Willard
      January 2, 2012 - 10:21 | Permalink

      A lot of folks dis “Seamus” (you didn’t, but many do), but I always liked it. Sure, it wasn’t “Pink Floyd,” but as a side avenue, it was a great send up of the blues – back in a day when everyone was taking it so seriously. I always liked it for that… and the fact it always got the dogs going.

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