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Wish You Were Here -Hq- Original recording remastered, Hybrid SACD, Import

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Product details

  • Audio CD (1 Feb. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Hybrid SACD, Import
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0065MJ7RO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (571 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,995 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Our product to treat is a regular product. There is not the imitation. From Japan by the surface mail because is sent out, take it until arrival as 7-14 day. Thank you for you seeing it.

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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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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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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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Format: Audio CD
Wish You Were Here really has to be listened to all the way through from start to finish in one sitting. Any other way just doesn't do it justice. David Gilmour's opening guitar notes on Shine On You Crazy Diamond ring out like cathedral bells and this was the inspiration for Roger Waters' haunting lyrical tribute to lost band member Syd Barrett. Welcome to the Machine is a gutsy attack on the recording industry and has to be heard just for the clarity of the stereo acoustic guitars ringing out over the swooshing synthesizers and rolling tympanies. Have A Cigar features Roy Harper on vocals and funky guitars and continues the disillusioned rock star theme. The absolute classic Wish You Were Here follows, with one of the best openings of any rock song ever produced. Shine On You Crazy Diamond returns to conclude the album. If there is a better album from this era, I'd like to know what it is. The packaging of this album (designed by long-time Pink Floyd cohort, Storm Thorgerson) is as equally as impressive as the music itself and likewise deserves to be studied at length. Although released in 1975, this album has not aged or become dated with the passing of time at all. Buy it.
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