Scottish Meddle wrote:
Does anyone know if guitarist Snowy White recorded Animals tracks or only played alive?
First of all - welcome
Actually, there is a studio version of Pigs On The Wing that is not split in two parts and contains a solo in the middle that Snowy played. You can find that version on the 8-track issue of the album... and on YouTube
. As for live shows, I think he played it, too. Here you go, with the studio version:
The video info says the following:
"Pigs on the Wing (Roger Waters) Parts 1 & 2
Recorded at Britannia Row Studios, London, November 1976
Released 23 January 1977 (UK)
February 2, 1977 (US)
3:25 (8-track version)
Label: Harvest / Capitol
Writer: Roger Waters
Produced by Pink Floyd
Roger Waters — music, lyrics, acoustic guitar, vocals
Snowy White — guitar solo (8-track version only)
Richard Wright — Hammond organ (8-track version only)
"Pigs on the Wing" is a two-part song by the progressive rock band Pink Floyd from their 1977 concept album, Animals, starting and wrapping up the album. The song is divided into two parts, which are the first and last tracks of the album.
According to Nick Mason, and confirmed by Waters, it is a love song directed towards Waters' new wife at the time, Carolyn. She was really the only one Roger's friends had ever met who could hold her own in an argument with him; according to Mason you had to be very good with semantics to win an argument against him. Waters wrote the song because that's all he had been looking for all along: someone who could stand up to him, an equal.
The songs are constructed simply and feature no instrumentation besides a strummed acoustic guitar played by Waters.
On the 8-track cartridge release, the song order was changed, and Parts 1 and 2 were played back-to-back at the beginning of the album. They were linked by a guitar bridge performed by Snowy White, with Richard Wright on organ. Snowy would play the guitar solo in live performances on the 1977 Animals tour.
Snowy White (born March 1948) is an English guitarist, known for having played with Thin Lizzy and with Pink Floyd as a back-up player; he was first invited to tour with the band through Europe and the United States, in 1977, and during The Wall shows in 1980.
White grew up on the Isle of Wight, completely self-taught as a guitarist. In 1968 he purchased his signature guitar, the Gibson Les Paul Goldtop.
White had been recommended to Pink Floyd by Kate Bush's former manager Hilary Walker, as they were looking for an additional guitarist for the live band on the Animals tour in 1977. White's solo on "Pigs On The Wing", (it appears only on the 8-track version), was his first time playing for the band. During the tour, White started off the show himself by playing bass on the song "Sheep", as well as soloing during "Have a Cigar" and "Shine On You Crazy Diamond Part VIII".
The 8 Track Tape version of "Pigs On The Wing" (including the instrumental bridge) was released on Snowy White's "Goldtop" album in 1995."