David Gilmour's First Year with Pink Floyd 1968

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  1. Svetonio

    Svetonio Forum Resident Thread Starter


    The video is released yesterday. A very interesting compilation of footages.
    Pink Floyd got much better sound with David Gilmour, as with him they actually were started to be "progessive psychedelia" what made the band readdy for the upcoming 70s.
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2017
  2. andrewskyDE

    andrewskyDE Island Owner

    Zack Island
    That's material which is included in the Early Years DVDs.
  3. FloydMaui

    FloydMaui Forum Resident

    July 8 : it was 50 years ago today .... David Gilmour plays his very first American gig , at Chicago's Kinetic Playground.
    It is Pink Floyd's second visit to the U.S. and Chicago is their first "interior"gig, as the prior 1967 visit was limited to just New York City and California ....
    This is the first real Pink Floyd U.S. tour ... they do some 19 dates over the next seven weeks.
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  4. ThirdBowl

    ThirdBowl Have You Had Your Third Bowl Today?

    Santa Cruz, CA
    Unbelievable that was 50 years ago! Happy anniversary!
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  5. rjp

    rjp Senior Member

    gilmour replacing barrett was, without a doubt, the greatest thing that ever happened to pink floyd, and quite possibly to rock and roll in general.
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  6. hallucalation

    hallucalation Forum Resident

    Thanks for the laughs! To go from Piper to Ummagumma in barely 2 years is surely a stroke of genius
  7. rjp

    rjp Senior Member

    i'm sorry, but comparing barrett to gilmour is laughable.

    gilmour just might be the best rock guitarist ever.
  8. street legal

    street legal Forum Resident

    west milford, nj
    Had the Barrett/Gilmour switch never happened, Pink Floyd would barely be remembered today. Don't get me wrong, I love Syd Barrett, "Piper" and the associated singles, but unfortunately, Barrett was out of gas, mentally. Had Pink Floyd called it quits with Barrett's unfortunate demise, there is no way in hell they would be remembered as one of the greatest bands ever. Not even the slightest of a chance.
  9. hallucalation

    hallucalation Forum Resident

    I'd prefer songwriting over technique. It is Waters songwriting progress (not Gilmour) that was enabled band to record stuff for which they got famous in 70s
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  10. FloydMaui

    FloydMaui Forum Resident

    .... Apples and Oranges ?
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  11. rjp

    rjp Senior Member

    nope, can't agree, both guitar players (the only guitar player) in a band.

    i get the fans, and the myth, of pink floyd and their admiration of barrett, but really, deep down, how con you possibly compare those first 1 1/4 albums to the work gilmour does in what followed?
  12. rjp

    rjp Senior Member

    yes, but gilmour was the only guitar player on all those records. and shared writing credits on quite a few of the songs.

    does anyone anywhere believe that syd barrett could play as well as david gilmour?
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  13. hallucalation

    hallucalation Forum Resident

    You comparing masterful guitarist to brain and songwriter of the band in the beginning. It’s like saying that Eric Clapton is better than Bob Dylan because Dylan can’t play guitar !
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  14. Rne

    Rne Sufferin' succotash!

    You can't compare them because they're two different things.
    As I love both styles, so I'm a happy Floyd fan.
  15. lucan_g

    lucan_g Forum Resident

    One of the silliest (putting it kindly) posts I've read. That's like saying replacing fish with chicken was the greatest meal choice ever.

    In case you didn't notice... they are rather different musicians and both brought different talents to the table. I love Gilmour. But I also love Syd. And not in a million years could Gilmour have ever produced an album like Piper. Nor could Syd have played like Gilmour.

    I thank the heavens that Pink Floyd had both.
  16. Tristero

    Tristero Forum Resident

    Why do people feel compelled to build Gilmour up by tearing Barrett down (or vice versa for that matter)? They had different skill sets. Syd wasn't a virtuoso musician, but he had a distinctive style and was a brilliant songwriter in his prime. His unique vision laid a foundation for the band to build on after his departure. It took some time for Gilmour to grow into the role and for the whole band to develop the songwriting chops they needed to thrive, but they got there pretty quickly. Though their studio albums were sometime uneven, I've come to really enjoy their "research and development" phase in the late 60s and early 70s.
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  17. mastaflatch

    mastaflatch Forum Resident

    Barrett's songwriting and overall stance was highly influential to a lot of english acts and that influence pervaded throughout the 70s progressive, glam, punk and new-wave scenes. As soon as See Emily Play got released, his idiosycratic songwriting stimulated english psychedelia and pop through the Beatles who were paying attention. But the band that made the most money out of Barrett's influence was clearly Pink Floyd. Mind you, I'm a fan of many Floyd eras and I think they took a wonderful evolutionary voyage after Barrett left but they never reached the same level of sheer originality afterwards. Gilmour is a guitar god and Waters is a mean conceptualist and the four of them mastered soundscapes like no one else but Barrett is a completely unique animal that basically set the template for them to cash in on within what, 3 years?
    Having said that, I'm glad Gilmour joined because he's my favorite guitarist and a very sensible musician that brought feelings instead of shredding in the limelight in a techincally-obsessed era.
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  18. oates

    oates Forum Resident

    We should remember that Gilmour was NOT brought in to replace Syd Barrett but to complement him. The plan was for the band to go forward with both Barrett and Gilmour.
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  19. rjp

    rjp Senior Member

    well, there is an obvious legion of syd barrett fans, and i respect them for what they believe.

    for myself though, i just don't hear it, never did, and probably never will. and that's what makes music , music.

    barrett isn't the only one i never got, elvis costello (whom i can;t listen to more than r minutes of) quickly comes to mind....and of course morrison and cobain: neither of which, in just my own humble opinion (before i get crucified) would have achieved the cult status they did had they survived.
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  20. NunoBento

    NunoBento Rock 'n' Roll Star


    (and I'm a massive fan of Piper)
  21. Tristero

    Tristero Forum Resident

    Though their untimely demise may have magnified "the cult", both Morrison and Cobain were widely celebrated before their deaths. :hide:
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  22. Mr Sam

    Mr Sam "...don't look so good no more"

    beat me to it. Why should the posthumous cult status lead to question their talent?
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  23. xfilian

    xfilian Forum Resident

    Essex, UK

    Barrett's departure did allow Gilmour to enter the fray but it also allowed Waters to assume creative control and that was ultimately far more important to what become their 'Golden Period.'
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  24. majorlance

    majorlance Open-minded skeptic

    Collingswood, NJ
    ...and indeed, civilization itself!!! :doh:
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  25. Ozric

    Ozric Forum Resident

    Had the Barrett/Gilmour switch never happened, Waters and Barrett would have collided at some point as song writers dealing with creative control of the band.
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