My favourite Pink Floyd album changes all the time. When I first started listening to them, Meddle was easily my favourite as it didn’t come prepackaged with a load of hype and expectancy like their later albums. I’d say the same for the Obscured By Clouds soundtrack too – another hidden gem in their back-catalogue.
You can hear the beginnings of Dark Side Of The Moon on Meddle too, in the close-knit harmonies of David Gilmour and Rick Wright’s vocals. If they hadn’t recorded Dark Side, and instead gone on to record umpteen albums like Meddle, I’d be a very happy man; but I’d also be very sad at losing Dark Side, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall from that parallel universe.
Right now, and for maybe the past year or so, Wish You Were Here has been my favourite Floyd album. That doesn’t mean I still don’t enjoy Meddle though. I love its laid-back attitude, and the low-key approach to the song choices – as though they just recorded what seemed to fall out of them at the time. I also like the fact that they decided to fill one side of the record up with just one song – albeit a 23-minute song.
In terms of album covers, it might be one of their most overlooked, but I love it. On the outside cover, a super close-up photograph of a human ear, overlaid with a lighting effect projected onto ripples of water; on the inner gatefold, a warts and all black and white shot of the band – essentially just a photograph, but one of my favourites.
Hit: One Of These Days
Hidden Gem: A Pillow Of Winds