Monday, September 15, 2008

Richard Wright - The Great Gig in the Sky

Still feeling immense sadness about David Foster Wallace's suicide, I now find out that Richard Wright, keyboardist of Pink Floyd has died of cancer at 65. I tried to gather a series of clips here but it was hard since the band has been pretty much going in some form for 40 years.

So what perfect way to highlight Pink Floyd's epic legacy than showcasing Echoes, a song so long (side 2 of Meddle), it must be experienced in four parts. As a DJ many years ago, this is what we would put on the turntable when we had to go to the bathroom, grab a snack, and call our friends to make plans for the night. A soothing, helpful song.

I always liked Richard Wright's quiet presence back there behind the keys. Soulful voice too. I like the slow zoom in, and the final slow zoom out--very 70s.

Echoes, 1971 - part 1

part 2

part 3

part 4

The Great Gig in the Sky


Isorski said...

Echoes is a great example of Wright and Gilmour's great vocal harmonies, too. This hit everyone out of the blue, I think. Very sad. Gilmour posted very kind words on his Web site. Waters simply has a photo of candles lit.

I posted a tribute at my blog, at

michelle robinson said...

Meddle is my favorite Pink Floyd album. I love that side. Best B side ever!!!!