Friday, April 3, 2020

TCCDM Pulls One Out..."Animals" (1977)

"Animals" - Pink Floyd (front)

This was Pink Floyd's 10th studio album.  Everyone knows this one.  There are hundreds of reviews online that can wax way more poetic than I can.  I'll only say that "Animals" is one of my favorite albums and is part of an incredible trilogy from Pink Floyd.  I had been looking for a long, long time, but for whatever reason, "Animals" was a difficult album for me to find in the wild.  The ones I did stumble on were either worn and rough-handled or a barcode copy.  Or the seller was over-pricing it because it was Pink Floyd.  I know I could've gone online and found a nice copy.  But I was sure I would bump into one eventually, and I finally did.

Celanese Plant in Narrows, VA

I love the album cover.  It reminds me of old pictures of a factory plant where my dad and his dad and his dad's dad and many other relatives and friends in the area worked, if only for a moment.  Many lives passed through this place at one time or another.  My favorite track..."Dogs"...begins very distant and travels closer.  David Gilmour makes his guitar sound like exasperation.  Whoops!  I have done gone and waxed-poetic after all.  "Pigs" with its..."Ha, ha, charade you are" slays me every time.  And the closing track ..."Pigs On The Wing (Part 2)"...never fails to bring me out of my trance.  This is a nice, clean, original, no-barcode copy and $15 let me take it home.  Shine on you crazy bastards!

"Animals" (back)

"Animals" (inside gatefold)

Columbia label with wet dog - Side 1

Columbia label with pig and sheep - Side 2

"Animals" (front sleeve)

"Pigs On The Wing (Part 2)" - Pink Floyd / "Animals" (1977)

A1  "Pigs On The Wing (Part 1)"  1:24
A2  "Dogs"  17:04
B1  "Pigs (Three Different Ones)"  11:28
B2  "Sheep"  10:20
B3  "Pigs On The Wing (Part 2)"  1:24

Roger Waters- vocals, harmony vocals, guitar, bass, tape effects, vocoder
David Gilmour - vocals, guitar, bass, talkbox
Nick Mason - drums, percussion, tape effects
Richard Wright - Hammond organ, ARP string synthesizer, Fender Rhodes, Minimoog, Farfisa organ, piano, clavinet, EMS VCS 3, harmony vocals.

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers

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