Pink Floyd and The Incredible String Band.
This LP is a thinly veiled tribute to the late Syd Barrett, who was still very much alive when the record was being made, and indeed sat in on some of the recording sessions. He was the main man in the original line up, which only made one and a bit LPs [see above].
Side 1 is almost wholly taken up with Parts 1 – 5 of the main theme, a piece called “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” (Parts 6 -9 appearing on Side 2). It is a truly excellent and varied masterpiece, much of which is instrumental, but the sparse lyrics are very accurate, e.g. “You reached for the secret too soon, you cried for the moon” and ” You wore out your welcome with random precision, rode on the steel breeze. Come on you raver, you seer of visions, come on you painter, you piper*, you prisoner, and shine!” (*The first Pink Floyd LP was “Piper At The Gates of Dawn” – see above).
Side 1 ends with the second and final track “Welcome To The Machine” which does what is says on the tin, with lots of menacing whirring mechanical sounds throughout. It is of course much shorter than the main theme, but it is still classic Pink Floyd, and a worthy part of this wonderful trilogy comprising this album and the ones immediately before and after it.
This is the startling front cover:
No words at all appear on the outside cover, except on the spine.