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. Wish You Were Here received mixed reviews from critics on its release, who found its music uninspiring and inferior to their previous work. It has retrospectively received critical acclaim, hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time, and was cited by keyboardist Richard Wright and guitarist David Gilmour as their favourite Pink Floyd album. Since then, the record has sold an estimated 13 million copies. As Pink Floyd had never employed a publicist and kept themselves distant from the press, their relationship with the media began to sour.
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It was released as the title track of their album Wish You Were Here. In , the song was ranked No. In the original album version, the song segues from " Have a Cigar " as if a radio had been tuned away from one station, through several others including a radio play and one playing the opening of the finale movement of Tchaikovsky 's Fourth Symphony , and finally to a new station where "Wish You Were Here" is beginning. He performed the intro on a twelve-string guitar , processed to sound like it was playing through an AM radio, and then overdubbed a fuller-sounding acoustic guitar solo. This passage was mixed to sound as though a guitarist were listening to the radio and playing along. As the acoustic part becomes more complex, the 'radio broadcast' fades away and Gilmour's voice enters, while the rest of the band joins in. The intro riff is repeated several times before Gilmour plays further solos with scat singing accompaniment. A third verse follows, featuring an increasingly expressive vocal from Gilmour and audible backing vocals. At the end of the recorded song, the final solo crossfades with wind sound effects, and finally segues into the second section of the multi-part suite " Shine On You Crazy Diamond ". Lyrically, the song is often considered to be a direct tribute to Syd Barrett.
How do you follow one of the best regarded and biggest selling albums of all time? With another one. After the swift and monumental success of The Dark Side Of The Moon , Pink Floyd were finally able to take a break from the relentless touring and recording they had had to undertake since Still, by providing a focus for the album and very quickly creating the new songs, Waters deserves much credit for keeping the recording on track. His full contribution is available on a mix of the track on the expanded editions of Wish You Were Here, available from November The lavish artwork for the album package was once again created by the Hipgnosis team, who created a series of tableaux based on absence and, as. The final images included the empty gesture of a handshake between two businessmen one on fire , a diver that causes no ripples, and a piece of gauze floating in the wind, shot somewhere in Norfolk, UK.