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Published: 2017/10/27
by Larson Sutton

Philippe Margotin & Jean-Michel Guesdon
Pink Floyd All The Songs: The Story Behind Every Track

The fourth member of this now-bestselling club of books detailing each and every aspect the recipients’ repertoire, Pink Floyd joins The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones, and deservedly so. The difference between Floyd and their All The Songs predecessors, perhaps, is that while they wrote as equally lasting and essential songs as the others, it’s their recording techniques, the studio production of those classics, that may be more the points of interest. Each of the three legends- The Beatles, Dylan, and the Stones- were innovative in the studio, certainly, with The Beatles doing so much to further the advent of the LP and the use of multi-track recording. But, it’s Pink Floyd’s contrasting density and lightness, the weight of lyrical probes into loneliness and isolation, into topics of celebrity and war, politics and people, as well as the early acid-touched whimsy and psychedelia orchestrated by sonic advances and epic climaxes that enables their 580-page account to take on a unique perspective from the others. While the finite minutiae of each and every note may not be as sought after by those fanatics of the other three, the backstory of their lyrics and their studio wizardry exposed for the headphone listeners and addicts alike is enough to make this coffee-table tome not only a necessity to add to its brethren, but also a revealing guide for any curious about Pink Floyd’s writing and recording some of the most vital and revolutionary music in the last 50 years.

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