Pink Floyd – “Meddle” (1971)

Based on what you hear on classic rock radio, you could be forgiven for thinking that Pink Floyd only released two albums, Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall.  OK, maybe sometimes you’ll also get a song from Wish Your Were Here, specifically one of the songs not called “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”.  There were a few great songs on A Momentary Lapse of Reason, though I couldn’t tell you how long it’s been since I heard either one of them.  Meanwhile I can’t seem to go more than an hour without the radio giving me “Comfortably Numb”, “Another Brick In the Wall (Part II)”, or “Time”.  All of which are great songs.  Tremendous songs, quite frankly.  But what about poor Animals?  It’s like that album never even existed.  Where’s the love for “Pigs (Three Different Ones)”?  As for anything recorded prior to A Dark Side of the Moon, it may as well have been recorded by a completely different band named Pink Floyd given how widely it’s ignored. (♠)

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Which brings me to Meddle.  I’m spinning this for the first time in, I don’t know, probably 30+ years.  And frankly I’d forgotten how excellent it is.  “One of These Days” is truly one of Pink Floyd’s best songs, and if “Fearless” had been on Led Zeppelin IV, which came out the same year as Meddle, it would be played on classic rock radio daily (though I’m not sure Zep could have pulled off the “You’ll Never Walk Alone” sample at the end).

Not sure why Meddle is so overlooked.  Sure, “Seaums” is weird, and the entire B side is given over to a single 23+ minute track.  But there are still some truly great songs here.

(♠)  Floyd fans, I’m not dismissing these works.  On the contrary.  I’m just pointing out that they basically don’t exist as far as most people are concerned, but that in fact they’re worthy of being played just as much as their more popular brethren.  So please, no hate mail.