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  • Audio CD (7 Nov. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: EMI Catalogue
  • ASIN: B004ZNAKLM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (434 customer reviews)
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Disc 1:

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1 - 5) [2011 Remastered Version]13:31Album Only
Listen  2. Welcome To The Machine (2011 Remastered Version) 7:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Have A Cigar (2011 Remastered Version) 5:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Wish You Were Here (2011 Remastered Version) 5:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 6 - 9) [2011 Remastered Version]12:27Album Only


Disc 2:

Samples
Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1 - 6) [Live At Wembley 1974] (2011 Mix)20:21Album Only
Listen  2. Raving And Drooling (Live At Wembley 1974) [2011 Mix]12:35Album Only
Listen  3. You've Got To Be Crazy (Live At Wembley 1974) [2011 Mix]18:12Album Only
Listen  4. Wine Glasses (From 'Household Objects' Project) 2:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Have A Cigar (Alternative Version) 7:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Wish You Were Here (Feat. Stéphane Grapelli) 6:11£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

On its release in 1975 Wish You Were here topped the album charts in both the UK and the US. Reflecting the bands thoughts of the time on the music business, and exploring themes of absence, Wish You Were Here contains the classic cut Shine On You Crazy Diamond, a tribute to founder member Syd Barrett.

DISC 1 - CD1:
Wish You Were Here digitally remastered by James Guthrie, 2011

DISC 2 - CD2:    
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (parts 1-6) live at Wembley November 1974 (2011 mix and previously unreleased)

Raving & Drooling live at Wembley November 1974 (2011 mix and previously unreleased)

You’ve Got To Be Crazy live at Wembley November 1974 (2011 mix and previously unreleased)

Wine Glasses from the unreleased ‘Household Objects’ project

Have A Cigar alternative version (previously unreleased)

Wish You Were Here featuring Stephane Grappelli (previously unreleased)

 

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Bowman on 16 Jan. 2012
Format: Vinyl
Having already bought and really enjoyed the Dark Side vinyl reissue, I thought a new copy of Wish Your Were Here was worth acquiring. Once again this is the 2011 digital remaster transferred onto vinyl, a somewhat controversial approach given some of the reviews here but I expect that dredging out the original tapes to create a new analogue pressing would have meant too much time and expense for what is after all a niche market. Therefore I expected that I could live with a possible lack of sonic integrity in exchange for obtaining a clean press and new packaging for under £20.

So what does this release have to offer? I have a previous vinyl edition (I must check the matrix numbers one day) so I do know what WYWH looks and sounds like. As for this version though, first the packaging. It's nice to have the outer-lining, stickers and postcard as well as a cool new poster. The colours on the cover are beautifully rendered on this edition and the photos are pin sharp. As others have pointed out though, the inner sleeve is too tight as is the spindle hole on the vinyl. As for the sound, would I be able to tell the difference in a blind listening between my analogue and digital editions? Well to be honest I couldn't be bothered to take part in some faux Pepsi Challenge exercise just to prove what a terrible decision the record company had made by going digital. Instead I put the record on, listened to the music and it sounded great - no noise, no rumble, just fantastic music. So there you have it. If the thought of digitally corrupted audio drives you insane, then avoid, otherwise there's a lot worse things to spend your £20 on.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dave on 7 Nov. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I'm a sucker for remastered versions even though I know that it's just an excuse to get you to buy something you already own. However just occasionally, it's a revelation. Wasn't convinced that the 2011 Dark Side sounded that much better but the second disk was worth the cost of admission alone. Where the 1994 double live CD Pulse was hampered by having to synch with the visuals (Comfortably Numb aside), back in 1974 they were able to stretch out more and these are real live versions not studio copies. WYWH has real live cuts also from 1974 and the long lost Stéphane Grapelli version of Wish you Were Here. The story goes that he was recording with Yehudi Menhuin at Abbey Road, popped by and was persuaded to jam along. Shame that Yehudi didn't join in as well. But it doesn't stop there, the sound is wonderful (play the old and new remasters side by side and you'll be knocked out) and is worth having even without the second disk in my view. This is the definitive remaster - just a shame that others in the series are not as noticeably different but perhaps they were nearer to perfection to start with!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By on 17 Nov. 2011
Format: Vinyl
Because of problems with the US release of DSOTM vinyl I ordered this from UK. It was worth the wait. This sounds every bit as stunning as the first day I heard it some 36 years ago. The bass might be a bit better and the high end might be a bit sharper but this is as perfect as I could expect.No clicks,no warp, no problems. The center hole was a tad small but a few times on and off the Thorens will fix that.
The packaging is okay but I would have prefered a nice innersleve instead of dropping the disk into the cardboard sleeve. It's also a bugger too get it our of the cardboard but I'll just put it in a niceer sleeve and not back into the cardboard. maybe a gatefold cover would have prevented the crowding.
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69 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Puffany on 7 Nov. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I already give the original album 5 stars and it's been reviewed a zillion times. The interest here is in the 2nd disc. After hearing a few bootlegs from the Wish You Were Here tour over the years, I'm already familiar with the 2 tracks `Raving & Drooling' & `You've Got To Be Crazy', which were renamed when they finally appeared on the Animals album released in 1977. To me, the intensity and energy of those tracks performed live on the WYWH tour were the highlights of that tour. This live recording of Shine, Raving & Crazy is amazing. The performances are top-notch and the audio is so clean and fresh to the ears - you can't beat this for a live 1974 recording. I wasn't sure of what to expect because of some live discs I've heard included in Deluxe albums released by other artists that were hardly better than an average bootleg. This will blow you away - turn it up!!
Wine Glasses - can't tell you much about it except that it doesn't offend the ears.
The alternate versions of Have a Cigar & Wish You Were Here are of real interest for any hardcore fan.
Roger & the boys supply the vocals on this version of Have a Cigar. Waters didn't think his vocals were right for this track at the time. Roy Harper happened to be recording an album at the same studios at the time so Floyd asked him for his assistance for the original album version.
The actual structure of Wish You Were Here is different, let alone a different lead at the start from Gilmour. Add to that the violin solo played by French jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli up high in the mix as a lead instrument and you have something very different from the familiar version.

Pros and Cons of disc 2:
Pros: the whole of disc 2 is what a lot of us fans have prayed for.
Cons: not enough live material. It would've been awesome to have the whole Wembley gig, warts and all.

Excellent release.
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