35th Anniversary Edition! First Ever 5.1 Surround Sound Version Mixed From Original Analog Master Tapes by James Guthrie!
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 211/500! Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time - "Wish You Were Here" - Rated 324/500!
The Most Anticipated SACD Release Since The Dark Side Of The Moon!
Easily The Biggest SACD Title In The Analogue Productions Catalog!
Wish You Were Here is a multitrack masterpiece. Now, to have it mixed for 5.1 surround sound from the original analog master tapes by Pink Floyd's Producer/Engineer James Guthrie is very exciting.
Is this the biggest SACD reissue in the history of the format? Time will tell, but don't bet against it.
Wish You Were Here(?) Now you can be. Total lifelike recreation of a chart-topping, pioneering, way-ahead-of-its-time blockbuster.
You talk about a title made for multichannel SACD! It's as if they knew 35 years ago that this format would be available. Finally, technology caught up with Pink Floyd. And oh how lucky we all are to still be around to hear this legendary studio recording in its full potential.
This monumental SACD is released as a part of EMI's huge Why Pink Floyd...? campaign that includes remastered CDs, Blue-rays, DVDs, LPs, memorabilia box sets and this, the first-ever multichannel presentation of Wish You Were Here. The SACD also of course includes a stunning stereo mix. And as this is a hybrid disc, the record is of course also playable on a standard CD player.
On its release in 1975 Wish You Were Here topped the album charts in both the UK and the U.S. Reflecting the band's thoughts of the time on the music business and exploring themes of absence, Wish You Were Here contains the classic cut "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," a tribute to founding band member Syd Barrett.
In fact, Barrett, who'd long been absent from the lives of Pink Floyd's band members, stopped by the Wish You Were Here recording sessions at London's Abbey Road Studios unannounced. The reunion - with Barrett reportedly appearing in poor mental condition - is said to have been an emotionally stirring event for the band, and apparently that encounter would be the last any of the band members were ever to see of Barrett, who died in 2006.
As they did with their previous release, Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd made great use of studio effects for this, their ninth album overall. The record's winding soundscapes are perfect for the canvas of multichannel SACD. Spacious and airy, the record breathes like a living being.
Wish You Were Here was selected by Rolling Stone as No. 209 on their list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". And that's before they heard it like this!
"The Floyd's follow-up to The Dark Side of the Moon was another essay on everyday lunacy, dominated by the liquid-rock suite "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," a poignant allusion to errant ex-member Syd Barrett. "Have a Cigar" is a searing blast at the music biz, with the classic line, "Which one's Pink?" - www.rollingstone.com
"...There really aren't words for how spectacular, and how musically right, Guthrie's remix was and the quality imbued in every bit of this production...I have been hearing this music since the day it arrived in my local record store 35 years ago and never imagined anything like this. Guthrie's expert, musically impeccable multichannel remix added depth and clarity to the superb original, and how he got Richard Wright's ARP string to orbit the room several feet above my heard has to be the result of some sort of voodoo...Mind-boggling." - Paul Bolin, The Audio Beat, November 3, 2011
"...If ever an album was made for surround replay, Wish You Were Here was it. Originally conceived with a Quad mix in mind, the massive scale and bandwidth demands of the album reinforce the benefits of the multichannel format. If ever a record should have been labeled 'PLAY LOUD,' this was it, and five channels of amplification, five speakers and the underpinning of a serious subwoofer might not be essential, but they certainly add to the effect. Regular Floyd producer Guthrie has created a tasteful and effective 5.1 mix that actually succeeds in adding to the music, the special embellishments and immersive quality simply extending the sense and impact of the event...I can assure you that you'll not be disappointed...For once we have a reissue that stands up to the hype."Music = 5/5, Sound = 4.5/5 - Roy Gregory, The Audio Beat, November 2011
"...The music may be almost 40 years old, but it sounded fresh because of the mix, which used the center and rear channels very effectively, creating a true soundscape that was startling at points - especially immediately before the lyrics began to 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond' - and mindblowing at others. This demo was a potent reminder of how innovative and expertly constructed this music was - and that David Gilmour's greatness cannot be overestimated. Only such a promising demo could pack a room with press during the opening minutes of the show." - Mark Mickelson, The Audio Beat, October 2011
"Wow! This landmark disc beats out the earlier SACD of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. Rolling Stone rated the stereo version one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, but in gorgeous 5.1-channel remastered surround made from the original quad master tapes by the Floyd’s Producer-Engineer James Guthrie, it becomes an unbelievable blockbuster. Pink Floyd pioneered the creative use of surround sound in their concert performances, but they didn’t get any of their quad mixes distributed on disc, DTS CD or tape as did The Moody Blues. Now technology has caught up with them and we can hear the entire amazing potential of this monumental album." - John Henry, www.audaud.com, 5 Stars!!
"While Pink Floyd were recording this elegy [Wish You Were Here] for burned-out ex-frontman Syd Barrett, he mysteriously appeared in the studio in such bad shape that, at first, nobody in the band recognized him. 'He stood up and said, 'Right, when do I put my guitar on?' keyboardist Rick Wright recalled. 'And of course, he didn’t have a guitar with him. And we said, 'Sorry, Syd, the guitar’s all done.'" - Rolling Stone
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios January to July 1975.
Features: • Special 6 1/4" x 5 1/2" Book-Style Packaging • 8-Page Full Color Attached Booklet with Full Lyrics • 6 Postcards "Burning Man", "Man in the Desert", "Cover Sticker", "The Veil", "The Diver" & "The Swimmer" Housed in Special Pocket. • 5.1 surround mix by James Guthrie • Assistant engineer Joel Plante • Mastered by James Guthrie and Joel Plante • Mixed and mastered at das boot recording • DSD authoring for SACD by Gus Skinas • High Resolution 5.1 Surround Mix, High Resolution Stereo Mix and Standard Stereo Original Mix versions • This Hybrid SACD is playable on ALL CD Players!
Musicians: David Gilmour, guitars, vocals Nick Mason, drums Roger Waters, bass guitar, vocals Richard Wright, keyboards, piano, vocals
Additional Musicians: Dick Parry, sax (1, 5) Roy Harper, vocals (3) Venetta Fields, Carlena Williams, backing vocals
Selections: 1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Part One) (1-5) 2. Welcome To The Machine 3. Have A Cigar 4. Wish You Were Here 5. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Part Two) (6-9)