Here is a list of Pink Floyd Albums below ranging from their first album Piper at the Galtes of Dawn from 1967 right through to their last studio album The Division Bell. There are three main eras of the band whereby the main creative force behind the albums were either Syd, Roger or David.
Although these eras were mainly driven by these individuals, we all know that what made the Pink loyd albums and music some of the best recorded was the input that everyone in the band put forward. Nick Masons sparse drumming and the rich textures and tones from Richard Wright were just as important as Roger’s songwriting and David’s voice and guitar.
Syd Barrett Era
1967 – Pink Floyd – Piper At The Gates of Dawn
Piper is one of my favourite Pink Floyd albums, especially the 30th anniversary edition in Mono I might add! I do wish I was alive in the mid to late 60′s to have had at least the opportunity of going to watch the band live playing the likes of the UFO Club or even a bit closer to home for myself in Liverpool at the Liverpool Empire. Alas, it was not until the 1980s I was born and more than a decade later when I got my first Pink Floyd Album.
Roger Waters Era
The first half of the Roger Waters Pink Floyd Albums era took an experimental underground band from the London Scene and went on a journey of discovery which would lead to 4 of the best albums in recorded music below in the second phase of Pink Floyd album history.
1973 – Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon
This album broke the band into the real big league and put an end to the magical moments of an intimate and receptive audience for the bands albums in the past. Larger venues would start getting booked and the reach of the bands albums would take on a much larger appeal with the record buying puiblic. This Pink Floyd album features top of the list for people’s favourite Pink Floyd album and rightly so! It is a timeless classic and the recent Dark Side of the Moon Immersion Boxset is a must have for any fan!
1975 – Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
The great follow up to the Dark Side of the Moon album Wish You Were Here is another of the big albums in terms of commercial success for Pink Floyd. It’s songs were variations on a theme of absence. A popular lyrics from Have A Cigar are “The band is just fantastic, that is really what I think, and by the way… which one’s Pink?”. This was what a cigar toting American concert promoter said to the band whilst booking American dates for the band. Pink went on to become the central character in Pink Floyd album The Wall of course.
1977 – Pink Floyd – Animals
George Orwell wrote a short book called Animals which featured Pigs, Dogs and Sheep, the same characters that appear in one of prog rocks most exciting albums, and one of my favourite Pink Floyd albums too! I could listen to this album over and over again. I think I will stick it on now.
1979 – Pink Floyd – The Wall
This Pink Floyd classic album is currently on tour by Roger Waters in his Wall Live Tour 2010-2013. It tells the story of poor old Pink and his feelings of isolating, the effects of various people in his life to create those feelings and is semi-autobiographical of its writer Roger Waters. It is also loosely based on the story of Syd Barrett, particularly the part in the movie where the cigarette burns down to Pink’s fingers according to an interview with Roger Waters. I got to see this Pink Floyd album being performed live by Roger Waters at the MEN Arena in Manchester earlier in the year and was an excellent show. I, of course, went there to feel the warm thrill and confusion, the space cadet glow.
1983 – Pink Floyd – The Final Cut
It would seem Roger Waters taking over The Wall writing duties and its production and the movie and everything else was a little too much for the rest of the remaining members of the band to cope with. The Final Cut was essentially a Roger Waters solo album with the others contributing very little to it and for good reason. Roger Waters you naughty ogre! Haha. I don’t think Margaret Thatcher is on Roger’s Christmas card list if listening to the lyrics of this Pink Floyd album are anything to go by! This albums was the last Roger would work on with Pink Floyd and left the band not long after expecting the band to cease to exist. He was wrong.
David Gilmour Era
1987 – Pink Floyd – A Momentary Lapse of Reason
David Gilmour’s first effort at the monumental task of writing a Pink Floyd album resulted in a very much dated and very much derided album by many fans. The production is very 1980s programmed sound and the songmanship is not the strongest from the bands history. Although the album was toured extensively and over-shadowed the efforts of Roger Waters who was doing his solo tour at the time Pink Floyd were on the omentary Lapse of Reason tour. Not the bands best effort in my view.
1994 – Pink Floyd – The Division Bell
David and his now wife Polly Samson wrote The Division Bell as Pink Floyd’s last studio album. Although it still has a heavily “programmed” sound to it and is slightly dated in comparison to the timeless Dark Side, it is still a very good album and popular with fans. The P.U.L.S.E Tour (and subsequent VHS/DVD) are very popular with fans and your narrator here heard his first Pink Floyd song from a C90 Cassette of PULSE live – Wish You Were Here in fact. I have been a fan of the band ever since.
So, there you have a list of Pink Floyd albums with some random comments in between some of them! Please feel free to leave comments about your favourite albums, your thoughts on the various Pink Floyd eras and anything else really. Peace.