Pink Floyd and important milestones

Ummagumma, Atom Heart Mother, and Meddle

Pink Floyd is an English progressive rock band that has gained widespread recognition with the psychedelic rock style, which they developed for their progressive rock music. As one of the most successful rock bands, they have sold 200 million albums worldwide, of which 74.5 million were sold in the United States. Here are Pink Floyd and important milestones

1963-67: Early days of establishment

In September 1963, Waters and Mason moved into an apartment at 39 Stanhope Garden, just off Crouch End London, owned by Mike Leonard, an amateur tour guide near Hornsey College of Art and Regent Street Polytechnic. Mason moved out after the 1964 semester, and guitarist Bob Klose moved in September 1964.

Sigma 6 changed its name in a flash several times, to Meggadeaths, the Abdabs, the Screaming Abdabs, Leonard’s Lodgers, then Spectrum Five, and finally the Spectrum Five.

Signed with EMI

In 1967, the name Pink Floyd began to make its mark in the music world. Pending negotiations with the record label, ‘IT’ co-founder, UFO club manager Joe Boyd and Pink Floyd’s reservation agent Bryan Morrison arranged to pre-record a few tracks at Sound. Techniques are located in West Hampstead.

The excellent songs “Arnold Layne” and “Candy and a Currant Bun” on the B-side, were both recorded on the same day of January 29, 1967. Three days later, Pink Floyd signed with EMI, receiving an advance of £5,000. EMI released the group’s first single, “Arnold Layne”, on March 10, 1967, under the label Columbia. The song was banned by some stations because in the song, the group wore women’s clothes.

The flute player at the dawn gate

Under the terms of their first contract with Morrison and EMI producer Norman Smith, the group agreed to record their first album at EMI Studios, London. Mason recalls that it was a smooth recording session with no problems. Smith disagreed with that view, that Barrett was disagreeing with him and not constructive in general. The album peaked at number six, staying on the UK charts for 14 weeks.

Pink Floyd continues to draw crowds to the UFO club, However, Barrett’s mental breakdown caused problems for the group. Initially, the team hoped Barrett’s erratic behavior would end soon; Others less optimistic, including Jenner and his assistant, June Child, had to say: “I found Barrett in the dressing room and he looked so…far away. Roger Waters and I scooped him up, brought him out. stage… The band started playing and Syd was still standing there. He had his guitar in his armpit and his hands were hanging down.”

Ummagumma, Atom Heart Mother, and Meddle

Ummagumma, Atom Heart Mother, and Meddle
Ummagumma, Atom Heart Mother, and Meddle

Ummagumma is a new beginning. Released on double-sided vinyl at EMI’s Harvest, the first side included recordings of performances at the Manchester College of Commerce and Mothers, a club in Birmingham. The backside includes the individual products of each member. Ummagumma received generally positive reviews upon its release, in November 1969. The album peaked at number five, staying on the UK charts for 21 weeks.

The dark side of the moon

Pink Floyd recorded the album The Dark Side of the Moon between May 1972 and January 1973, with EMI and Abbey Road technician Alan Parsons. The title is alluding to insanity rather than having astronomical significance.

Hipgnosis designed the album cover, which includes a refracting prism by George Hardie. Consists of a jar of white light, representing unity, passing through a prism, which represents society. The result of the refraction is a beam of light of different colors showing chaos and lack of unity.

Wish you were here

 album cover "Wish You Were Here" .
album cover “Wish You Were Here” 

After a UK tour to promote their album Dark Side, in January 1975, Pink Floyd returned to the studio and began working on their ninth album, Wish you were here. Technician Parsons refused to continue working with the group and turned to his own career with The Alan Parsons Project, so the band turned to Brian Humphries.

At first, it was difficult to compose new sound materials, it was the success of The Dark Side of the Moon that took away Pink Floyd’s energy as well as drained their emotions. The Wrights described the early recording sessions as “falling on hard times” and Waters felt “tortured”. Gilmour is interested in developing the materials they already have. Mason’s marital failure left him in turmoil and indifferent to everything, thus greatly affecting his drumming.


In 1975, Pink Floyd purchased a three-story space in the church hall at 35 Britannia Row, Islington, and began building a recording studio and storage space there. In 1976, the group recorded their 10th album, Animals, containing 24 new songs completed in the studio.

pink floyd Animals in france
pink floyd Animals in france

The idea of ​​Animals came from Waters, based on George Orwell’s theory of the animal ranch. The lyrics of the song describe social classes such as dogs, pigs and sheep. Hipgnosis was asked to design the Animals album cover, however, Waters edited the final version, choosing an image of an old power plant called Battersea, inserting an image of a pig.

In 1982, Waters suggested a new musical project, titled Spare Bricks, based on tracks from the Pink Floyd film The Wall. The tension deepened. Waters and Gilmour worked independently, however, Gilmour also began to get tense. After an argument, Gilmour’s name was dropped from the list because Waters felt he had contributed nothing to the songwriting.