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Anyways, here's this thing:

Oh By The Way - the Pink Floyd Boxset Poll

I'm voting Piper, for no other reason than I quite warmed to it after getting the deluxe 3CD edition. The rest can go bottom itself, unless I win one as a prize or something, in which case I'll give them all a fair hearing before selling it on ebay or somesuch.

― Mark G, Thursday, 3 January 2008 13:04 (4 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Now, I am in the process of giving them a fair hearing and that. But I can't bring myself to subject myself to three of them.

So, let's poll the albums, without four: Piper, Moon, Wish and Wall. If we get a big turnout, maybe we'll do a grand final with the four above. Maybe not.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Meddle 25
Animals 19
A Saucerful of Secrets 5
A Momentary Lapse of Reason 2
The Final Cut 2
Obscured by Clouds 2
Atom Heart Mother 2
Ummagumma 1
Soundtrack from the Film More 0
The Division Bell 0


Mark G, Monday, 20 February 2012 12:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

You probably should have taken Meddle out as well. It's probably ilx's favorite floyd record already, even including the other 4.

getting good with gulags (beachville), Monday, 20 February 2012 12:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

I mean, I'm not sure if I'm gonna vote for it, but probably.

getting good with gulags (beachville), Monday, 20 February 2012 12:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah, Meddle is where the post-Syd lineup finally clicked. It runs away with the others here for me; Saucerful and Animals would take the silver and bronze.

everything else is secondary (Lee626), Monday, 20 February 2012 12:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

I must admit I haven't heard 'A Saucerful of Secrets' in years. Ummagumma/ Atom Heart Mother/ Meddle is a good run of albums. Haven't heard 'Obscured by Clouds' in years either but I know people like it.

Charles Kennedy Jumped Up, He Called 'Oh No'. (Tom D.), Monday, 20 February 2012 12:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

You yourself, Mark, already conducted a poll that showed that Meddle and then Animals were the runners-up to Piper among ilxors.

Oh By The Way - the Pink Floyd Boxset Poll

getting good with gulags (beachville), Monday, 20 February 2012 12:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

Would voting Ummagumma b/c of the live album be cheating?

Otherwise it's Meddle.

Tim F, Monday, 20 February 2012 12:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

Well, so far I like "Obscured" best.

I tried "The Final Cut" but god it's a hard listen. It tries very hard for sympathy, in fact it demands it. Furiously. I can imagine it being a pre-curser to "The Wall", but it came after, I know.

"Dark Side" I don't mind, really, so much. "Wish you were here" I'm totally bored with, and I've not heard it that much.

"Meddle"? hmmner. I liked "Atom Heart" more.

xpost beachville I know I already posted that link in the Q.

Mark G, Monday, 20 February 2012 12:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

.. not many people voted (but those that did.. no ),...

Mark G, Monday, 20 February 2012 12:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

Animals, without even a second thought.

A Full Torgo Apparition (Phil D.), Monday, 20 February 2012 12:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

I can imagine it being a pre-curser to "The Wall", but it came after, I know.

A few of the songs on it were originally intended for the soundtrack of the Wall film, so they are quite closely related.

ban this sick stunt (anagram), Monday, 20 February 2012 13:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

Animals for me, as well. Love the bilious lyrics and Gilmour is on fire throughout.

ban this sick stunt (anagram), Monday, 20 February 2012 13:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

hmm i've come around in a big way on the post-Syd, pre-Meddle period, but i don't think i could vote against meddle in this poll...

tylerw, Monday, 20 February 2012 18:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

expect meddle in a walk

dave coolier (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 20 February 2012 18:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

yup, meddle

Iago Galdston, Monday, 20 February 2012 19:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

if meddle wasn't in there, probably a toss-up between Ummagumma, Atom Heart Mother and animals

tylerw, Monday, 20 February 2012 19:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I lean Meddle but loooooove Saucerful, gotta stew on this one

Euler, Monday, 20 February 2012 19:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

Animals, before Meddle and Atom Heart Mother.

HO WBEAUTIFUL IS THE GENTLYFALLINGBLOOD? (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 20 February 2012 20:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

Dogs secures my Animals vote handily.

WARS OF ARMAGEDDON (Karaoke Version) (Sparkle Motion), Monday, 20 February 2012 20:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

the final cut - 0 votes

dave coolier (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 20 February 2012 20:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

If anyone's wondering what nutjob voted for A Saucerful of Secrets, that would be me.

White Chocolate Cheesecake, Monday, 20 February 2012 20:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

difficult decision... it's between Saucerful, Meddle, and Animals for me. always been particularly fond of Saucerful and thought it was a bit overlooked, but that doesn't necessarily mean I'd put Meddle or Animals below it

this is kind of like trying to vote for the best among a handful of utterly untouchable bands. ultimately it just comes down to voting for your own personal favorite, and if that's undecidable, choosing randomly

will probably go with Saucerful, since I think Animals, and hopefully Meddle, will be getting enough love here

Chris S, Monday, 20 February 2012 20:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

Voting Meddle as it's eternal as the pyramids, but I do occasionally go through periods where I listen to More over and over again.

Stockhausen's Ekranoplan Quartet (Elvis Telecom), Monday, 20 February 2012 20:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

I guess I prefer pained, depressing music; voted Animals.

xps "Dogs" puts it over the edge for me.

#1 Inspector Spacetime Fanboy (Viceroy), Monday, 20 February 2012 21:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't completely get why Meddle gets so much love vs. Obscured By Clouds. And the Obscured title track just gets better and better as years go by. If it had been by some obscure (or not-so-obscure) Krautrock band, it'd be semi-legendary at this point. Voting Obscured.

dlp9001, Monday, 20 February 2012 22:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

Saucerful. I do love a lot of Meddle, but have always really hated Seamus and San Tropez.

Feebs K-Tel (NickB), Monday, 20 February 2012 22:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't completely get why Meddle gets so much love vs. Obscured By Clouds. And the Obscured title track just gets better and better as years go by. If it had been by some obscure (or not-so-obscure) Krautrock band, it'd be semi-legendary at this point. Voting Obscured.

It's all about "One Of These Days" and "Echoes" for me. They're so fundamental for me (and the Live At Pompeii movie) that "San Tropez" doesn't bother me.

I love the "Obscured" title track too, but my problem with it is that it's too short! The 10+ minute live versions they did on the 1972 tour are so much better...

Stockhausen's Ekranoplan Quartet (Elvis Telecom), Monday, 20 February 2012 22:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

voted meddle, though i was strongly temped by both obscured by clouds and saucerful of secrets. ummagumma and atom heart mother art great, too. have never liked animals. too bitter, i guess, though it's a thousand times better than the final cut on that score.

Little GTFO (contenderizer), Monday, 20 February 2012 22:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't even like "One Of These Days" that much but "Echoes" and "A Pillow of Winds" are fantastic. I probably need to listen to Obscured by Clouds more.

Tim F, Monday, 20 February 2012 22:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Fearless" is the best, too.

Euler, Monday, 20 February 2012 22:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yes that too.

Tim F, Monday, 20 February 2012 22:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

I had to double check to make sure it was so -- I'm surprised that nobody claimed Floyd for a ballot poll.

Steamtable Willie (WmC), Monday, 20 February 2012 22:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

Meddle by a loooong stretch and then Ummagumma/Obscured by Clouds close second.

Janet Snakehole (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 20 February 2012 22:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

Meddle has been my answer for decades, but after hearing these latest remasters I'd say Animals finally edges it. Such an amazingly mean record, and it finally has some snarl.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 20 February 2012 22:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

So, let's poll the albums, without four: Piper, Moon, Wish and Wall.

None of those excluding piper are real favorites amongst ilxors. Meedle and Animals are considered better over here than those three as evidenced by past polls.

Moka, Monday, 20 February 2012 22:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

I've only heard half of these but Animals is my favourite Floyd album after DSOTM - I've always found the angry, harder stuff on The Wall kind of corny but it totally works on Animals.

Gavin, Leeds, Monday, 20 February 2012 22:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

The Discovery version of Saucerful Of Secrets finally makes Corporal Clegg sound palatable. Had really hated it on previous versions of the cd. Now the music seems as prominent as the vocal or something, and it sounds all the better for it.

Ummagumma has a great live disc and a studio one I don't listen to. The live disc is pretty archetypal spacerock and I think it's a model a lot of other bands used. Other live stuff up to about 72 is pretty great too.

I'm not as familiar with the other stuff up to Dark Side as I should be. I've had the discs for the last few years, in the previous mastered version. Haven't really listened to things past that. Though have heard Shine On You Crazy Diamond, which I guess is inevitable. That track's pretty good but has obviously had the lp excluded here.
Think I need to listen through those early 70s lps a bit more.
but toss up between Saucerful and Ummagumma (live)

Stevolende, Monday, 20 February 2012 23:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

I had to double check to make sure it was so -- I'm surprised that nobody claimed Floyd for a ballot poll.

I'll claim it if no one else has...

Stockhausen's Ekranoplan Quartet (Elvis Telecom), Monday, 20 February 2012 23:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

Floyd are more an albums band than tracks band I think. Maybe that's why there wasn't people interested in leading a ballot poll?

Moka, Monday, 20 February 2012 23:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

Floyd are more an albums band than tracks band I think. Maybe that's why there wasn't people interested in leading a ballot poll?

I'd run it as a tracks poll anyway... At least "Comfortably Numb" and "High Hopes" will have a fighting chance.

Stockhausen's Ekranoplan Quartet (Elvis Telecom), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 00:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

Well, that's the thing..

The latest 'best of' is blocked-booked by Darkside, OhWall and ShineOn, and as they are sooo long, nothing else gets a look, really

Mark G, Tuesday, 21 February 2012 06:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

i've always found Animals to be a very slight album. some cloying vocals from Waters damn near ruin Pigs and Sheep for me, while the opening and closing tracks are little more than tepid bookends. that leaves Dogs, which while great in parts, has that overwrought mid-section.

this poll belongs to Meddle for mine, an appealingly serene and sleepy record, despite jolt-ish numbers like One of These Days and Seamus. Saucerful is a reasonably close second.

charlie h, Tuesday, 21 February 2012 07:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

!!!

I find Waters's vocals on Pigs anything BUT cloying. If anything I find them a much more honest demonstration of his anger than he plays at on The Wall, as much as I love that album.

A Full Torgo Apparition (Phil D.), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 12:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Echoes" kinda bores me these days, it's so obviously just a nice little song painfully stretched out to fit one side of an album. Also I always thought the line "Strangers passing in the street/ By chance two separate glances meet" was "Strangers passing in the street/ By chance two separate classes meet". Really tempted to vote "Atom Heart Mother" but I hate that Waters whingefest "If".

Charles Kennedy Jumped Up, He Called 'Oh No'. (Tom D.), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 12:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

seems like a good place to post this http://vimeo.com/36261399
kqed - an hour with pink floyd, 1970

tylerw, Tuesday, 21 February 2012 22:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

It seems the 'period' of PF I like best is the one where they all try really hard at being a rock band and writing songs and filling the space left by the bloke that used to do all that.

and not the "Rog takes over" bit.

Which would seem to suggest I'd like the last 2 PF albums. Would I?

Mark G, Monday, 27 February 2012 10:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

Animals for me. I love how damn paranoid 'Dogs' sounds when it fades in, and the way each vocal line crossfades into that synth tone during 'Sheep' (not to mention the outro on that track, which is one of THE moments of the album when it kicks in).

Turrican, Monday, 27 February 2012 11:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 00:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

I love 'Animals' so much I can't even tell you. For one thing, I love the singing, which is not the first thing that usually comes to mind when I think of Pink Floyd. I love how 'stone' echoes eternally. I love the conceit; it's one of the very few concept albums where the idea doesn't intrude on the mysterious beauty of the music. I love the melodies, they are indelible. I love the lyrics, especially 'Dogs.' Whenever I hear that song I think, oh God, my poor father. I LOVE the riff at the end of 'Sheep.' I love every fucking thing about this album, including the tremendous album cover.

Foster The Hoople (Dr. Joseph A. Ofalt), Tuesday, 28 February 2012 01:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

I just bought the remaster of Animals after not having heard it for years. I always loved the record's vibe, but in retrospect that impression is mostly produced by the majesty of "Dogs." Therefore I gotta vote Meddle.

broom air, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 01:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

Which would seem to suggest I'd like the last 2 PF albums. Would I?

i am skeptical

mookieproof, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 02:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 00:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Sad that More didn't get a vote, but it would be 4th or 5th at best if I ranked them.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 00:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wow, high turnout!

Mark G, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 06:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

I love 'Animals' so much I can't even tell you. For one thing, I love the singing, which is not the first thing that usually comes to mind when I think of Pink Floyd. I love how 'stone' echoes eternally. I love the conceit; it's one of the very few concept albums where the idea doesn't intrude on the mysterious beauty of the music. I love the melodies, they are indelible. I love the lyrics, especially 'Dogs.' Whenever I hear that song I think, oh God, my poor father. I LOVE the riff at the end of 'Sheep.' I love every fucking thing about this album, including the tremendous album cover.

I can get behind this, agreed about the cover, it's the only Floyd album I have on vinyl and the gatefold sleeve looks so great.

This poll inspired me to give The Final Cut a go - absolutely hated it (too much shouty/pained Roger) but would be interested in hearing a fan's view. Also listened to the 'More' soundtrack, which was ok.

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 10:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

always thought Ummagumma had a lot of supporters here?

charlie h, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 12:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

i also feel bad for More. Cymbaline is in my PF top 5.

charlie h, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 12:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

The two who voted for Momentary Lapse, I'd like to see you in my office after work.

Have we ever polled Roger Waters solo albums?

A Full Torgo Apparition (Phil D.), Wednesday, 29 February 2012 13:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

To poll Roger Waters's solo albums?
Now that'll be a momentary relapse into pain:)

t**t, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 13:28 (2 years ago) Permalink


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