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xx Pink Floyd Album Rankings
« Thread started on: Sep 20th, 2017, 3:30pm »

Rank the Pink Floyd albums. I'll be ranking the albums from Piper At The Gates Of Dawn to The Wall, since those are the ones I've heard. I won't include any of the studio soundtracks since I haven't listened to them yet.

1. The Dark Side Of The Moon
2. Wish You Were Here
3. Animals
4. Meddle
5. Atom Heart Mother
6. The Wall
7. A Saucer Full Of Secrets
8. Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

*1-3 are great
*4-6 are good
*7-8 are okay
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« Reply #1 on: Sep 20th, 2017, 5:45pm »

1. The Dark Side of the Moon
2. Wish You Were Here
3. Animals
4. The Wall
5. Meddle
6. Atom Heart Mother
7. The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
8. A Saucerful of Secrets
9. The Final Cut
10. More
11. The Divison Bell
12. A Momentary Lapse of Reason
13. Obscured by Clouds
14. Ummagumma [assuming we're talking about the studio disc]
15. The Endless River

*1-2 are phenomenal
*3-12 are great
*13 is good
*14-15 are okay

This was very difficult indeed because, with the exception of the final two on my list, I really love them all, but for quite different reasons. Comparing The Piper at the Gates of Dawn with The Final Cut is really comparing "Apples and Oranges"! (rolleyes)

There is something absolutely special about the 1973-79 albums, particularly Dark Side and WYWH, so I felt like I had to put them ahead of the rest, but I find the pre-1973 albums very exciting in their own right. It's almost like two different bands really.
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« Reply #2 on: Sep 20th, 2017, 8:31pm »

1. Meddle
2. Animals
3. The Dark Side of the Moon
4. Atom Heart Mother
5. A Saucerful of Secrets
6. Wish You Were Here

7. Obscured By Clouds
8. The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
9. The Wall
10. More
11. The Division Bell
12. A Momentary Lapse of Reason

13. The Endless River
14. Ummagumma

15. The Final Cut

* 1-6 Great, very enjoyable from beginning to end
* 7-12 Good, maybe the odd weak track or two
* 13-14 OK, it can be a bit dull if I'm not in the right mood for it
*15 The word intolerable jumps to mind. it's been years since I tried listening. The last time I recall, I stopped it midway through and put on something else.
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« Reply #3 on: Sep 21st, 2017, 03:46am »

The only ones I know well enough to rank are:
1. Wish you were here
2. Meddle
3. The Dark Side of the Moon
(then a largish gap to...)
4. The Division Bell

Less keen on:
Animals
The Wall

on Sep 20th, 2017, 5:45pm, Merryman72 wrote:
14. Ummagumma [assuming we're talking about the studio disc]

Agreed. My favourite Pink Floyd track is Grantchester Meadows, but the live version, not the duller studio one.
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« Reply #4 on: Sep 21st, 2017, 06:50am »

on Sep 21st, 2017, 03:46am, boredatwork wrote:
Agreed. My favourite Pink Floyd track is Grantchester Meadows, but the live version, not the duller studio one.


Ha, I didn't even think of "Grantchester Meadows" when I was ranking, though I do adore that song and it's easily (easily) the highlight of the disc. I kind of think of it as a separate entity from the rest of the disc, which unfortunately doesn't grab me at all.
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« Reply #5 on: Sep 21st, 2017, 08:48am »

I'm surprised to see Ummagumma (the studio album) gets such bad rankings. I always assumed Pink Floyd fans would rank that one quite high.
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« Reply #6 on: Sep 21st, 2017, 12:51pm »

1.Wish You Were Here
2.The Dark Side of the Moon
3. Atom Heart Mother
4. Animals
5. The Wall


To be honest, my love for Pink Floyd varies due to their popularity and hearing them a lot on radio.

I never looked further then those albums above, but someday I might..

Wish You Were Here is probably my favourite
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« Reply #7 on: Sep 21st, 2017, 1:36pm »

1. The Dark Side of the Moon
2. The Division Bell
3. A Momentary Lapse of Reason
4. Meddle
5. Wish You Were Here
6. The Wall
7. Animals
8. The Endless River

1 & 2 are great IMO
3 & 4 are very good
5 & 6 are good
7 & 8 are OK
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« Reply #8 on: Sep 22nd, 2017, 12:53pm »

This is a thread for my taste. I have been a Floyd fan long before I ever heard of Genesis. So here we go:

01. The Wall
02. Wish You Were Here
03. Animals
04. The Dark Side Of The Moon
05. Meddle
06. The Final Cut
07. The Division Bell
08. Atom Heart Mother
09. A Momentary Lapse Of Reason
10. More
11. Obscured By Clouds
12. Zabriskie Point
13. Relics
14. Ummagumma
15. The Endless River
16. A Nice Pair (includes The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn and A Saucerful Of Secrets)

I am not that keen on Ummagumma, because it includes a lot of stuff, I do not like. The live album is great, but the contributions from the individuals is often obsolete. Grantchester Meadows is a killer of course.

I heard The Final Cut, the day it came out and I hated it, because I thought, it was just a compilation of relics from The Wall. Over the years the album really grew on me and I rate it quite highly these days.

The Dark Side Of The Moon is normally in the top three of the average Floyd fan, but for me Animals beats it, especially because of Dogs and the piano intro to Sheep, which is admirable.

I never loved Atom Heart Mother in the first place. The first tracks on side two are really great, though, Fat Old Sun in particular.

Yeah, Pink Floyd, great band.

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« Reply #9 on: Sep 22nd, 2017, 4:51pm »

It's interesting to see how different this forum ranks PF albums compared to a prog rock forum I spent a few years at. People in that other forum (an obscure German forum with about 5 regular members) would always frown very strongly on The Wall for being "just a Waters solo album" and even on The Dark Side Of The Moon for "going down the commercial route", while they still spoke highly of Wish You Were Here and Animals.

Anyways, let me give my input, I am not good at ranking and up to this day I still miss out on a bunch of PF albums but I loved some of them from my childhood days - I am biased because both my dad and my older brother used to play their PF albums quite often. Meanwhile, I haven't listened to PF in a long time, I'd have to listen through all the albums again, I still connect a lot of memories with them from listening over and over in my early teen years.


Ummagumma:
I always found the live album a hard listen, it is just too rough and not subtle enough for my liking. On the contrary, I have a soft spot for the studio album. Four contributions, all entirely different, all highly experimental, certainly no easy listening but it all appealed to me a lot. Sysyphus is one crazy trip through the most depressing music ever, it makes any so-called "sad" songs seem happy party music; musicwise it is super interesting how Rick Wright through 19th century romantic style to atonal. Grantchester Meadows is just relaxing and nice like a summer afternoon by a lake, going straight into that acoustic drug trip with that long song title which I always found quite humorous. The Narrow Way starts off like something Led Zeppelin could have done on their 'III' album and leads into that gloomy part 3 that got stuck in my ears for decades (!) without even hearing it. And finally The Grand Vizier's Garden Party (wow, I could even remember that name without looking it up) is a real nice sonic experience that gives me pictures of resting in some cave with stalactites, and I love the contrast to the flute (mellotron) outro, one more nice example of musical humour.
Bottom line, from PF's experimental stuff I think that Ummagumma studio album was their best by far.

Relics:
For some reason I used to enjoy that one when I was a kid, I listened to it years later though and I couldn't see the appeal any more. Or only for certain songs - 'Cirrus Minor' always stuck with me as one of the saddest and yet most beautiful songs ever. And well, 'Bike' is just funny, I can see why I liked it as a kid.

Atom Heart Mother:
I guess that one deserves to be counted among the top 5 at least, there is no weak moment on it. Just that The Dark Side still surpassed it.

Meddle:
That one I remember for having its highlights with One Of These Days and Echoes - those other songs were quite weak, not exactly their finest. Now guess which one I used to love when I was little? wink Exactly, 'Seamus'. I totally believed they created these dog noises with all their fancy sound generators and manipulators, I would never have accepted they just recorded an actual dog. laugh

The Dark Side Of The Moon:
Now that one is rock history. I was surprised when I heard the whole album being played in a bar a few years ago and it struck me again what a fantastic album this is.

Wish You Were Here:
Now for this one there must be a reason everyone seems to put it in their top list. It's just one of the greatest albums ever.

Animals:
Honestly, that one disappointed me, and I haven't listened to it in ages. I found everything on it pretty much going nowhere. But I can hardly even remember any of the songs, I'd have to hear it again.

The Wall:
The first I ever knew and I checked it again some time ago, for me it's a perfect album even though admittedly quite different from other PF albums.


I can't talk about other albums, all I ever heard was PULSE which I found really great; and my brother played me the whole of A Saucerful of Secrets, I don't remember too much of it except I found it, well, there was quite some room of development yet. I did hear Syd Barrett's 'The Madman Laughs' online and you might be surprised, I really liked it, then again I have to admit listening to it definitely benefits from knowing the background to it (I read about it on wikipedia), without knowing how this album became what it is it will most likely leave you with a "what the hell?" impression.
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xx Re: Pink Floyd Album Rankings
« Reply #10 on: Oct 15th, 2017, 2:48pm »

Top - The Final Cut
Bottom - The Endless River
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xx Re: Pink Floyd Album Rankings
« Reply #11 on: Nov 28th, 2017, 5:30pm »

I've done this many many times in the past, so I'll just post my top five:

1) DSOTM
2) Meddle
3) Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
4) WYWH
5) A Saucerful Of Secrets


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After these I would probably put Atom Heart Mother and The Wall. wink
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« Reply #12 on: Nov 29th, 2017, 11:30am »

I don't know all the very early or the very late albums well, so my ranking is based on my more limited exposure:

1. Wish You Were Here
2. The Dark Side of the Moon
3. The Wall
4. Animals
5. Meddle
6. Atom Heart Mother
7. The Final Cut
8. A Momentary Lapse of Reason
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