*This album was released March 1, 1973. It went to #1 on the U.S. Billboard charts for only one week but stayed on the album chart for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988. It reappeared on the Top Pop Catalog Album chart in May 1991 and is still there 27 years later.
Jason: I actually liked this one, which surprised me. I knew some Pink Floyd songs but mostly from The Wall. I liked how it made me feel as if I was in a dentist reception area on Space Station ’76.
Brad: Interesting. I appreciate the musicianship but to me this is kinda dull. Like musical Ambien.
Jason: Well, there is that one song “The Great Gig in the Sky” where the woman yells for 4 minutes straight. At first, I was like “no.” Then I got into it for about a minute and then after minute three I was like “NO!”
Brad: I liked that part. It woke me up a little.
Jason: I get this album though. It was a concept one for sure. What is the genre Prog-rock? Acid-rock? Stoned AF-rock? I can understand why people chill out to it.
Brad: Yeah, I get that too. Once in college, I made the mistake of saying I hated Pink Floyd to a friend and they made me listen to this album with them at like 2am. This person was high at the time and loving every minute of it while I was not high and struggling to stay awake. I’ve always thought drugs would probably make it better but still not worth it to me.
Jason: That sounds like not fun. This is the album that you are supposed to sync up with The Wizard of Oz, right? Brew and View should do that.
Brad: Yeah, maybe that is the key to enjoying it for me because I love The Wizard of Oz.
Jason: That would make me like it less. The Wizard of Oz irritates me.
Brad: Apparently, these songs are much longer in concert and this was one of their more concise albums. I would need drugs or a pillow at their concert.
Jason: Longer in concert? No thanks. I guess if I was a naked hippie in Mount Shasta, California in 1974, I’d be 100% into this. So, what would you grade it?
Brad: Maybe in 10-20 more years I’ll learn to love this album but currently, I’d give it a C+.
Jason: Wow that’s low for you. I think it’s because you hate jam bands (are they a jam band?) So, I guess no Pink Floyd laser light show at the planetarium for you then. I’d give it a B+ because it made me mellow and I think if I put it on repeat, I’d start to see colors.
Brad: I rarely say this about a band because I love listening to whole albums, but they are a band where a Greatest Hits playlist is all I really need from them.