Pink Floyd and The Incredible String Band.
Track 2 on Side 2 is the Title Track “Wish You Were Here”. It is a genuinely sentimental song, a Waters/Gilmour composition, and really classic Pink Floyd. It is soft and gentle, and these lyrics give you a feel for the ambience of the track:
“We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year,
Running over the same old ground. What have we found? The same old fears.”
The LP ends with Track 3 on Side 2, which comprises Parts 6-9 of the main track on the album, “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”. It will be remembered that this LP is a tribute to Syd Barrett. The lyrics are sparse, and I set them out in full here, as they well deserve:
“Nobody knows where you are, how near or how far. Shine on you crazy diamond.
Pile on many layers and I’ll be joining you there. Shine on you crazy diamond.
And we’ll bask in the shadow of yesterday’s triumph, and sail on the steel breeze.
Come on you boy child, you winner and loser, come on you miner for truth and delusion, and shine!”
This is a paper disc enclosed with the packaging:
Next Pink Floyd time, we start on the third and final LP in the classic trilogy, “Animals” which really does constitute the zenith of this fantastic band’s existence. This is not to say that the other stuff isn’t good; on the contrary, the precedents are in some ways better, and there were a few very good bits later. But when anyone thinks about Pink Floyd now, who knows the whole catalogue, these three epitomise what Pink Floyd contributed to music.