Wish You Were Here is the ninth studio album by Pink Floyd, released on September 12, 1975 through Harvest Records and Columbia Records, their first release for the latter. Based on material Pink Floyd composed while performing in Europe, Wish You Were Here was recorded over numerous sessions throughout 1975 at Abbey Road Studios in London.
The album's themes include criticism of the music business, alienation, and a tribute to founding member Syd Barrett, who left seven years earlier with deteriorating mental health. Like their previous record, The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Pink Floyd used studio effects and synthesisers. Guest singers included Roy Harper, who provided the lead vocals on "Have a Cigar", and Venetta Fields, who added backing vocals to "Shine On You Crazy Diamond". To promote the album, the band released the double A-side single "Have a Cigar" / "Welcome to the Machine".
Track listing[edit | edit source]
|1.||"Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V)"||13:32|
|2.||"Welcome to the Machine"||7:28|
|1.||"Have a Cigar" (featuring Roy Harper)||5:08|
|2.||"Wish You Were Here"||5:35|
|3.||"Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V)"||13:32|