Pink Floyd’s Entire Studio Discography is Now on YouTube: Stream the Studio & Live Albums

With little prior knowledge, Pink Floyd is a mystery. A stadium rock band known for massive laser light shows and a groundbreaking use of quadraphonic and holophonic sound, they are also best appreciated at home – alone or with a pair of true fans – on a pair of hi-fi stereo speakers or headphones under a hazy purple-green tinge of a blacklight poster . The experience of their classic albums is paradoxically one of “shared solitary contemplation”; their live shows are an extension of the home listening environment, where fans first received an “education from cousins ​​and older friends’ brothers about the seriousness (and the stone sacrament) The dark side of the moon, ”As Martin Popoff writes in Pink Floyd: Album for Album. Both hugely popular and boldly experimental, it’s hard to place them comfortably in one camp or another.

Listeners who came to the band during their heyday in the 1970s, “in the intervening years The dark side of the moon and Final Cut“, writes Bill Kopp,” was largely unaware of what the band had done before the period … Faktum highlights a remarkable feature of Pink Floyd’s popularity: casual fans familiar with the band’s work from The dark side of the moon continue; more serious students in the group were familiar with the band’s debut in 1967, The beeper at the gates of dawn, created when Pink Floyd was led by its founder, Roger Keith ‘South’ Barrett. “

The split is curious because the 70s spacerock version of the band that made the third best-selling album of all time owed so much to its psychedelic founder, who slipped completely out of sight as he slipped away from the music industry.

As Andy Mabbett writes in his book Pink Floyd: The Music and the Mystery:

Barrett’s withdrawal from music had long since become a source of intrigue, one of the most mystifying sagas in rock, but his contribution to the group as their first singer, guitarist and songwriter was crucial to the ever existence of a Pink Floyd in the first instance. Syd might not have played the big role in the classic footage Pink Floyd produced in the seventies, but everyone – not least the group itself – has long since realized that all of this might never have happened if it were not for Syd’s original inspiration.

At their best, in the golden years Dark side and Wish you Were Here, the band remembered their story as they extended their early avant-blues rock to outer space. Dark side contained their first hit singles since their debut in 1967 and introduced new fans to Barrett indirectly via the lyrics to “Brain Damage” (originally called “Lunatic”) and the “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” suite. The cynicism and sense of doom that seemed to take over when Roger Waters became the band’s primary songwriter found its foil in Barrett’s continued influence – in his absence – on the band in the early ’70s.

But in the 70’s you had to work especially hard to get caught up in the early myths about Pink Floyd, where you tracked LPs from albums such as. interfering, Atom heart mother, and Ummagumma. As the early albums were re-released on tape and CD, it became a little easier to get acquainted with Pink Floyd’s many historical phases – from experimental psych-rock pioneers to stadium-filled prog-rock superstars. These days, that experience can be had on an afternoon on YouTube. The band has posted their studio discography and three live performances online, and you can find links below (with a few select clips above).


The beeper at the gates of dawn

A plate full of secrets



Atom heart mother


Obscured by clouds

The dark side of the moon

Wish you Were Here


The wall

Final Cut

A moment’s lack of reason

Division clock

The endless river


Delicate sound of thunder


Is there anybody out there? The Wall Live 1980–81

Does the ridiculous ease of finding this music now solve Pink Floyd’s riddle? Maybe. Or perhaps no amount of streaming convenience will remove the “mystery,” writes Mabbett, “that grew around their reluctance to be photographed or interviewed in much of the seventies, the lack of singles in the same crucial period, the imaginative album wrapping, crisp live sound. , the spectacular theatrical performances – and of course a special magic that can not be copied, no matter how much money or equipment is available. “

Related content:

“The Dark Side of the Moon” and other Pink Floyd songs brilliantly performed by Irish and German orchestras

Pink Floyd’s first masterpiece: An audio / video exploration of the 23-minute track, “Echoes” (1971)

A live studio cover of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, played from start to finish

Josh Jones is a writer and musician based in Durham, NC. Follow him at @jdmagness


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