Rick Wright, the keyboardist and vocalist from Pink Floyd died this week of cancer. He was often overshadowed by the likes of Syd Barrett, Roger Waters and David Gilmour but Wright was far more influential to the Pink Floyd sound than most gave him credit for. He wrote a handfull of songs in the Pink Floyd cannon like "Great Gig in the Sky" and "Us and Them" from Dark Side of the Moon. He also sang vocals on "Time" and "Astronomy Domine", among others.
One of the best pieces he contributed to was "Echoes" off of Meddle. "Echoes" pre-dates Dark Side of the Moon and helped establish the new post-Barrett sound of Pink Floyd. He helped write "Echoes" and sings vocals on it.
Be aware that this record has seen better days. Sometimes it skips around which is annoying but the sound is still pretty rich for what it's worth.
R.I.P. Mr. Wright. See you on the Dark Side of the Moon.
(From Meddle, 1971 Capitol; On 12" Vinyl; Found at Community Thrift* in Tampa, Florida)
By the way, there has been another death in the music world this week: Motown producer Norman Whitfield has passed on. He will also be missed.
*I honestly can't remember the name of the thrift store I got this one at. I know it was in Tampa and I know it wasn't a thrift chain. Sorry about that.
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Simple Minds: you might know them from the Breakfast Club soundtrack, you might not. I know them as the band that, in my eyes, is everything U2 wants to be. Just solid work throughout without all that messiah status that Bono constantly tries to posture himself into. All of the tracks below are from the only Simple Minds record I have on vinyl, Sparkle in the Rain. I found Sparkle in the Rain on the same day I inherited the Nandy Collection. Alas, this is not a Nandy but it was the icing on the cake on a very good day for thrifting.
"Up On The Catwalk"
"Speed Your Love To Me"
"The Kick Inside Me"
(All tracks from Sparkle in the Rain, 1984 A&M; On 12" Vinyl; Found at Goodwill of Orlando, Michigan location for $1.00)
More Simple Minds:
PS: That last video, while not an amazing song, features an appearance of those silly "Kayne West" shades you see random dorks wearing when you go out drinking. If someone can find an earlier instance of those wretched things I'd like to know. Hate to think they started with Simple Minds.