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article imageThe story behind Pink Floyd's 'Wish You Were Here'

By Abigail Prendergast     Aug 10, 2012 in Entertainment
Pink Floyd's 1975 album, "Wish You Were Here", has been considered a favorite among fans and members of the band alike. The follow-up to the largely successful "Dark Side of the Moon", WYWH has gotten a Blu-ray documentary about how this gem was created.
The iconic Pink Floyd album, Wish You Were Here, is now having its true story told thanks to Eagle Rock Entertainment. The Blu-ray documentary, Pink Floyd: The Story of Wish You Were Here, documents the band's production of the 1975 follow-up to the smash hit, Dark Side of the Moon reports Laughing Squid.
According to Open Culture, the behind-the-scenes look at WYWH kicks off with the creation of the ethereal tune that is "Shine on You Crazy Diamond," inspired by the tragic fall of the group's first front-man, Syd Barrett.
The recording sessions for Wish You Were Here were some of the last Barrett was seen in public. He showed up at Abbey Road Studios with his head and eyebrows shaven, appearing quite portly as well. His former bandmates initially didn't even recognize him. The experience even led Barrett to be the main influence of Bob Geldof's character, Pink, from the motion picture, The Wall.
Barrett finally went into permanent seclusion in 1978 up until his death from pancreatic cancer in 2006, sans a brief trip to London in 1982. He had also been battling diabetes for several years.
Wish You Were Here is often touted as a favorite Pink Floyd album by fans, as well as bandmembers David Gilmour and the late Richard Wright.
The following is a short synopsis for the film:
"This program tells the story of the making of this landmark release through new interviews with Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason and archive interviews with the late Richard Wright. Also featured are sleeve designer Storm Thorgerson, guest vocalist Roy Harper, front cover burning man Ronnie Rondell and others involved in the creation of the album. Original recording engineer Brian Humphries revisits the master tapes at Abbey Road Studios to illustrate aspects of the songs construction.
"Bonus Features: The Blu-ray contains additional bonus material not featured in the TV broadcast version, including further interviews with Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason plus Roger Waters and David Gilmour performing excerpts from the Wish You Were Here album."
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