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Trad climber
Aug 25, 2011 - 02:48pm PT
Huge fan of YES, Rush, Pink Floyd, Genesis . . . is there a pattern there?

Did toe, here... Although I may change the order a bit:
RUSH, Pink Floyd, RUSH, Yes, RUSH, Genesis, RUSH

Guess I'm a "poofter" too, but then again, I'm not even cool enough to know what that word means. :/

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Aug 25, 2011 - 03:42pm PT
Riley, with Pink Floyd, it's very hard to know where to start...

Welcome to the Machine
Wish you were here
One of these days
See Emily Play
On the turning away
All of Dark Side of the Moon-can't even distinguish what is best off that, it's all amazing-but maybe Us and Them, I really like the female vocalist in that.

Listening to "The Wall" was a cathartic experience that helped me get through my divorce... I kept listening to "One of my turns", "Don't leave me now", "another brick in the wall 3" and "goodbye cruel world", "Hey you" Helpful to listen to something that exactly matches your mood.

Love the Floyd! Brilliant musicians and lyricists.


Gym climber
Berkeley, CA
Aug 25, 2011 - 04:01pm PT
I just remembered my *real* first experience with Pink Floyd, well before college. I didn't have any exposure to them after this incident until college.

I was probably in junior high, baby-sitting some smaller kids who were asleep. Perusing their parents' record collection, I was intrigued by the prism and rainbow. Put on Dark Side of Moon, and I lay on the couch alone and transfixed. I don't know how long I listened to the record skipping at the end, thinking it was part of some heartbeat trance.

I didn't want to soil the Rush Appreciation thread, so adding this here. I must confess, Rush just doesn't solicit any emotional reaction from me. I've tried at different times over the years (including from links in their appreciation thread), but it just doesn't do anything for me!
August West

Trad climber
Where the wind blows strange
Aug 25, 2011 - 04:49pm PT
Obscured by Clouds is the only PF album that has never fallen out of my music rotation. I understand why Dark Side or The Wall got more airplay, but haven't figured out why this album got so little attention.

But each to their own...

Sport climber
Aug 25, 2011 - 04:59pm PT
I second "The Great Gig in the Sky"

And in my view - the best present prog rock band and excellent by any standard - Crippled Black Phoenix and "Of A Lifetime" -
Ottawa Doug

Social climber
Ottawa, Canada
Aug 25, 2011 - 05:02pm PT
You are so right, Dark Side of the Moon is the best wall music ever!



Trad climber
Old Climbers' Home (Adopted)
Aug 25, 2011 - 05:36pm PT
Doin' the thread justice by conjuring memories of early days on my first wall, all through DG's haunting chords....

Shine On You Crazy Diamond......dedicated to the memory of Brutus Of Wyde.

Trad climber
mt. hood /baja
Aug 25, 2011 - 05:45pm PT
It is pointless to discuss "best band" or "best guitarist" but ,
as a lifelong guitar player I would have to say, David Gilmore
is my all time favorite , dood can make it sing.

The Granite State.
Aug 25, 2011 - 06:00pm PT
Y'all need to check out Gilmours 'Meltdown Concert'. The man still has it.
Riley knows what I'm referring to.

The Granite State.
Aug 25, 2011 - 06:07pm PT
Them there are fightin' words, FM.

Ice climber
Portland, OR
Aug 25, 2011 - 06:18pm PT
High Hopes from "The Division of Bell":

Midvale School for the Gifted
Aug 25, 2011 - 07:07pm PT

Well, here's some synchronicity:

“Remember when you were young… You shone like the sun.” Four thousand light years away in the constellation of Serpens, a millisecond pulsar binary is pounding out its heartbeat. Meanwhile an international research team of scientists from Australia, Germany, Italy, the UK and the USA, including Prof. Michael Kramer from Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, German are listening in. Utilizing the 64-m radio telescope in Parkes, Australia, the team made a rather amazing discovery. The companion star could very well be an ultra-low mass carbon white dwarf… one that’s transformed itself into a planet made of pure diamond.

The Granite State.
Aug 25, 2011 - 07:42pm PT
From the Meltdown Concert.

Gym climber
Berkeley, CA
Aug 25, 2011 - 07:42pm PT
I like to separately consider guitar players in terms of their technical prowess and the feeling/impact of their playing. Technical prowess is a more straight-forward thing to compare, but the feeling/impact is a very subjective thing.

For me, Gilmour is tops for the feeling/impact of playing, with Mark Knopfler a close second. Santa and Clapton are up there close, and are the best in their respective sub-genres (of course from the perspective of my own preferences). Derek Trucks is needs to fit in there somewhere very high, sometimes #1 or #2 if I'm in the right mood.

Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Yngwie Malmsteen, and most of the Guitar Player Magazine coverboys have amazingly honed technical skills but their method of musical expression leaves me cold and unsatisfied. I can intellectually appreciate how difficult something is to play, but that is about the extent of the value for me if the feeling/impact is not there.


Sport climber
Pflugerville, Texas
Aug 25, 2011 - 07:50pm PT
[quote]Actually Sleeper, just listened to Fat Old Sun...pretty sweet. I'd probably enjoy older Floyd, I really never got into pre-Dark Side of the Moon Floyd. I just like to ruffle some of you classic rock focker's feathers from time to time.

Iand the Black Keys, channeling some Led Zep getting their THICKFREAKNESS ON:

Rock on Sleeper!

That's what I figured, Dick

I'm a big black keys fan, too!

Sport climber
Pflugerville, Texas
Aug 25, 2011 - 07:53pm PT
L I V E R P O O L !1111

I'll be there in 3 weeks !11!!!1

I just figured out the whole "you'll never walk alone" thing recently.

Sport climber
Pflugerville, Texas
Aug 25, 2011 - 10:00pm PT
I'll tell him Hi!

Ideeho-dee-do-dah-day boom-chicka-boom-chicka-boom
Aug 25, 2011 - 10:22pm PT
"Astronomy Domine" signaled liftoff.

"Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict" took it to a whole new level

Gym climber
Aug 25, 2011 - 10:44pm PT
The Pink Floyd, incidentally, invented the 'Ambient Music' genre; for those who don't already know that....

WTF?? Not sure I agree with that assessment.

Gilmore has excellent chops, obviously. And Amazing soul to go along with it all.

But there are so many excellent musicians, to say one is the best, it's like saying who is the best climber. No competition, or person, is going to be able to make that decision.

Hendrix, making his guitar talk on Hey Baby and various other cuts. His ability to hit the notes, and to pause in the right spots, yeah, he understood that. I have a track of his rhythm on "Have You Ever Been to Electric Ladyland". If you didn't know what cut that was from, you'd have a hard time figuring it out! Too bad he only made 3 1/2 albums in a little over 4 years...


Gym climber
Berkeley, CA
Aug 25, 2011 - 10:46pm PT
Doh, how could I leave out Hendrix in my quick summary... and Stevie Ray Vaughn (Riviera Paradise!). Just reinforcing k-man's assessment that it's too hard to put labels on who's the "best." But it's fun to try. Signing off for the night, going to pump some plastic at Berkeley Ironworks.
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