Pink Floyd ‘The Story of Wish You Were Here’ DVD Announced
As if warm weather, the beach, baseball games and comic book-themed blockbuster movies weren’t enough reason to look forward to summer, Pink Floyd just gave us another reason. The band will release ‘The Story of Wish You Were Here’ on DVD and Blu-ray on June 26 via Eagle Rock.
True to its title, this is the authorized account of the album, as the film was made with the full involvement and approval of the members of Pink Floyd. That’s not exactly easy to come by, which makes this piece special.
The film unravels the story of ‘Wish You Were Here,’ which was issued in Sept. 1975 and followed ‘The Dark Side of the Moon.’ Floyd’s Richard Wright and David Gilmour have even labeled ‘WYWH’ as their favorite Pink Floyd album, according to lore.
Interviews with the aforementioned Gilmour, Mason and Roger Waters, and archive interviews with the late Wright are the centerpiece of the film. Sleeve designer Storm Thorgerson, guest vocalist Roy Harper, front cover “burning man” Ronnie Rondell and others involved in the creation of the album also participate. In addition, original recording engineer Brian Humphries revisits the master tapes at Abbey Road Studios for what feels like a guided tour of the album and song construction.
So it’s basically a full service look at a landmark rock release. You’ll be able to get inside the album like never before, since so many of the people involved in its creation and birth are interviewed.
The band members discuss the album’s themes of absence, the greed of the music business and former band member Syd Barrett, who is famously celebrated in “Shine on You Crazy Diamond,” which both opens and closes the album.
An unexpected visit that Barrett paid to Abbey Road during the recording is featured, as are the difficulties of the early recording sessions and how the decision to split “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” into two sections was the catalyst for the album’s successful completion.
The DVD and Blu-ray releases contain additional bonus material not featured in the TV broadcast version, including further interviews and performance footage.