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Pink Floyd — The Great Gig In The Sky
Album: Dark Side Of The Moon
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Total ratings: 2158









Released: 1973
Length: 4:31
Plays (last 30 days): 0
(Instrumental)
''And I am not frightened of dying. Any time will do, I don't mind.
Why should I be frightened of dying? There's no reason for it, you've gotta go sometime.

I never said I was frightened of dying.''
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 (Banned) wrote:
I love Pink Floyd!  But I hate Roger Waters.  
 

Hate!?

No one today just "dislikes" something or other, no...nowadays its everywhere pure and simple HATRED!

I could puke when I read comments like these...

 
Roger Waters continues to shine in meaningful splendour!
I love Pink Floyd!  But I hate Roger Waters.  
 boxofrain wrote:
Thanks for playing Time and The Great Gig in The Sky in order as they should be played and thus heard.....

 
they were always played together on the radio
back in the day
the French call an orgasm "the little death" 
I always think of that when I hear this
 thewiseking wrote:
Cease this incessant warbling!

 
Incessant warbling, WiseKing said, and also to the Merry Clayton, who did similar for Gimme Shelter. 
Then WiseKing was demoted to SomewhatSmartDuke. 
... and now step thru the door, into Oz.
Time to flip the record over!
For another 10!! 
DAMN!
{#Hearteyes}

superplusgood
Cease this incessant warbling!
 boxofrain wrote:
Thanks for playing Time and The Great Gig in The Sky in order as they should be played and thus heard.....

Yes! Can't do that often enough. Only down side is it's so late/early that I can't turn it up to 11, lest the neighbours complain.


lol

westslope wrote:

The tricky part is after you raise your hind leg is setting it down again without stepping in it.

 


 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
I just came here to double-check that my rating was low enough. I guess so but will reevaluate on a semiannual basis.



 
The tricky part is after you raise your hind leg is setting it down again without stepping in it.
I just came here to double-check that my rating was low enough. I guess so but will reevaluate on a semiannual basis.


Thanks for playing Time and The Great Gig in The Sky in order as they should be played and thus heard.....
 Moonflower31 wrote:
That song would be NOTHING without her whales, her pipes, her soul....
 
 Boy_Wonder wrote:
Must admit I've never heard the version with whales... sounds a bit New Age for me, think I'll still to the original which seems just fine.
 
{#Lol}
"Moby Dick seeks thee not. It is thou, thou, that madly seekest him!"
 GeorgeMWoods wrote:
What's wrong with that woman?

 
Here's the deal, George:

springof63 wrote:

"The Great Gig In The Sky is the best song in the world, ever. End of. Contained within it is every human emotion any of us have, or ever will, feel.No need for words. No language. No translation. Pure emotion.

Its got it all. You may not like it, but it is entire, complete.To say faultless, however would be to contradict its human quality. After all none of us are.

I've often thought that the English language is seriously lacking in expression for feelings and emotions.We simply do not have the words.We have to say "it's like this" or "it's like that" to try to convey these things, rather than directly say what it is.The Great Gig In The Sky goes straight round the problem and in doing so transcends language and nationhood.No need for description of the emotion being conveyed. Turn it up, Close your eyes, You can feel that."

———-

Clare Torry (and Richard Wright) was sublime, profound, authentic, transcendent on this. It was one of those things that couldn't be done again exactly, or faked or manufactured - a one-off and she did it in the first or second take if I recall correctly, and on short notice with little or no rehearsal which makes it even more astounding.

It was a channeling of a fleeting, ethereal spiritual muse that by stroke of luck got captured on tape. We are all very fortunate for that.
What's wrong with that woman?
 planet_lizard wrote:

Four 10s in a row. Come on Bill make it 5!

Portishead — Glory Box

Henry Mancini & His Orchestra - The Pink Panther Theme

Pink Floyd — Time

Pink Floyd — The Great Gig In The Sky



 
And 4 "P"s in a row - nice alliteration theme Bill

Four 10s in a row. Come on Bill make it 5!

Portishead — Glory Box

Henry Mancini & His Orchestra - The Pink Panther Theme

Pink Floyd — Time

Pink Floyd — The Great Gig In The Sky


 torino390 wrote:
Saw the Australian Pink Floyd earlier this year, and when this track approached, I cringed a little bit. Not easy to pull off. But huge credit to the three girls, they smashed it. Note perfect. And I'm really critical of tribute bands. If you get the chance to go see these guys, I thoroughly recommend it. 

 
My sentiments exactly... they totally nailed it on this song and they're well worth seeing.
Saw the Australian Pink Floyd earlier this year, and when this track approached, I cringed a little bit. Not easy to pull off. But huge credit to the three girls, they smashed it. Note perfect. And I'm really critical of tribute bands. If you get the chance to go see these guys, I thoroughly recommend it. 
 Kaw wrote:

I gave it a low rating for the screaming... {#Fight} Sorry,

 
"Screaming"?  {#Eh}
That would be side 2 of Meddle.  

Boy_Wonder wrote:


Must admit I've never heard the version with whales... sounds a bit New Age for me, think I'll still to the original which seems just fine

 


 Kaw wrote:

I gave it a low rating for the screaming... {#Fight} Sorry,

 
I still do not like the bells in the beginning of Time, but this is the scream of a child who was born to uncertain world, the scream of painful human life. Gives me goosebumps.
 Piranga wrote:
#1 vocal performance of all time.

 
I gave it a low rating for the screaming... {#Fight} Sorry,
Shouldn't everyone get to rate one song an eleven? One song, lifetime total.

How could it not be this one.
#1 vocal performance of all time.
 Andy_B wrote:

Funny, I thought the same when I just heard it again.  I can't think of anything better to exit my funeral with,...those attending and me.

 
Almost every song on this album gives me the chills and goosebumps. Go figure.
Once in awhile it would be really awesome to hear DSotM cover-to-cover on RP. Bill, Rebecca, can you make that happen?

And yeah, this song (Time and on) are just amazing.

Best. Rock Album. Ever. Period!
 jsd52756 wrote:
On a standard grade system this song is amazing.  On a seriously good system this song will get into your soul and flow through your veins.
I told my wife and daughter to play it at my funeral.  And crank the piss outa it.

 
Funny, I thought the same when I just heard it again.  I can't think of anything better to exit my funeral with,...those attending and me.
How many whales does she have?  They must be expensive to feed.  {#Bounce}

Love the song so much I gave it an 11!  Or would if I could.

Boy_Wonder wrote:


Must admit I've never heard the version with whales... sounds a bit New Age for me, think I'll still to the original which seems just fine

 


 Moonflower31 wrote:
That song would be NOTHING without her whales, her pipes, her soul....

 

Must admit I've never heard the version with whales... sounds a bit New Age for me, think I'll still to the original which seems just fine
On a standard grade system this song is amazing.  On a seriously good system this song will get into your soul and flow through your veins.
I told my wife and daughter to play it at my funeral.  And crank the piss outa it.
 springof63 wrote:
The Great Gig In The Sky is the best song in the world, ever. End of.
Contained within it is every human emotion any of us have, or ever will, feel.
No need for words. No language. No translation. Pure emotion.

Its got it all. You may not like it, but it is entire, complete.
To say faultless, however would be to contradict its human quality. After all none of us are.

I've often thought that the English language is seriously lacking in expression for feelings and emotions.
We simply do not have the words.
We have to say "it's like this" or "it's like that" to try to convey these things, rather than directly say what it is.
The Great Gig In The Sky goes straight round the problem and in doing so transcends language and nationhood.
No need for description of the emotion being conveyed. Turn it up, Close your eyes, You can feel that.

 
Exactly.
 BazH wrote:
Great but I don't want to hear it on here, why are you playing all well know stuff together, Waterboys, Hotel California, now this, Im going back to spotify.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     {#Nyah}.PLEASE LOL DON'T LET THE DOOR  HIT YOU IN THE ASS ON THE WAY OUT ENJOY SPOTIFY  CLOWN 


 Moonflower31 wrote:
That song would be NOTHING without her whales, her pipes, her soul....

 
Check out the Immersion version of this, without Clare and with some overdubbed voices from the Apollo mission. The song's not nothing, but it's so significantly different it's a whole different (lesser) experience.

What drugs are you on?   They must have twisted your mind into something like a pretzel made from LSD.

But at least you admit it is a classic.
 


tutakea wrote:
may be a classic... but in the first degree it´s overblown, pretentious and kitschy beyond belief.
prog at it´s worst!

 


Ultimate ace music 10 out of 10 'nuff said
The Great Gig In The Sky is the best song in the world, ever. End of.
Contained within it is every human emotion any of us have, or ever will, feel.
No need for words. No language. No translation. Pure emotion.

Its got it all. You may not like it, but it is entire, complete.
To say faultless, however would be to contradict its human quality. After all none of us are.

I've often thought that the English language is seriously lacking in expression for feelings and emotions.
We simply do not have the words.
We have to say "it's like this" or "it's like that" to try to convey these things, rather than directly say what it is.
The Great Gig In The Sky goes straight round the problem and in doing so transcends language and nationhood.
No need for description of the emotion being conveyed. Turn it up, Close your eyes, You can feel that.
Can't ya?

And its my choice for my 'funeral song', for those very reasons.
Thats my tu'pence worth anyway.
Cheers.

PS
Glad Clare Torry finally got the credit and the cash she deserved.
Justice postponed. But justice nevertheless.
Shame 'they' had to make her beg for it.

 tutakea wrote:
may be a classic... but in the first degree it´s overblown, pretentious and kitschy beyond belief.
prog at it´s worst!

 
It"s strange for me to read this. For me this piece is something totally exceptional. Even 40 years after, I have never heard again somebody singing on a such creative way.
 Moonflower31 wrote:
That song would be NOTHING without her whales, her pipes, her soul....
 
I agree — Clare Torry powers up this song with wailing emotion, and she was the perfect choice to really empower this song that laments the existential absurdity of our brief time here...  love this...
 aspicer wrote:
Always grateful that Bill plays this after Time - as it should always be! {#Music}

 
Indeed!
Wow. still blows me away after almost 40 years...
 tutakea wrote:
may be a classic... but in the first degree it´s overblown, pretentious and kitschy beyond belief.
prog at it´s worst!
 
Wrong.
may be a classic... but in the first degree it´s overblown, pretentious and kitschy beyond belief.
prog at it´s worst!
 aspicer wrote:
Always grateful that Bill plays this after Time - as it should always be! {#Music}

 
It is only proper. :)
What is consider to be a real treat is this song on a highend 5.1 system listening to dvd audio converted to flac 24bit 96 kHz  6ch it makes the hairs on you arms stand up it's total amazing high quality sound because of this I listen to Pink Floyd every day.
Always grateful that Bill plays this after Time - as it should always be! {#Music}
{#Bananapiano}{#Bananapiano}{#Bananapiano} G O D L I K E as a minimum
 oldfart48 wrote:
{#Sunny}           jhorton wrote:
Clarie Torey. Two takes. No lyrics, just told her to sing. She got the Sunday rate of about $ 65.




 
THANK THE GREAT SPRIT SHE WON HER SUIT AGAINST THE LABEL AND GOT CREDIT ( WRITING) AS WELL AS PAID, THE ENDING VOCAL SHE IMPROVISED MADE THE TUNE, FANTASTIC VOICE,  PHRASING  , & SOUL , NONE BETTER.. MAGIC ON MAGIC

 
No need to shout.
{#Sunny}           jhorton wrote:
Clarie Torey. Two takes. No lyrics, just told her to sing. She got the Sunday rate of about $ 65.




 
THANK THE GREAT SPRIT SHE WON HER SUIT AGAINST THE LABEL AND GOT CREDIT ( WRITING) AS WELL AS PAID, THE ENDING VOCAL SHE IMPROVISED MADE THE TUNE, FANTASTIC VOICE,  PHRASING  , & SOUL , NONE BETTER.. MAGIC ON MAGIC
Posted: Jun 11, 2013 - 15:01 < Reply > vaos wrote: I'll be brave and admit that I hate this album. In fact, I hate all of Pink Floyd. Go ahead, throw bricks / prisms / eggs at me. I can't say I hate his album, but at a certain point in my adolescence, and forever after, I decided the wailing woman at the end of the song was absurd. I have not been able to enjoy it since.

Id throw something, but would it make a dent?......love the wailing woman absurd comment....wonder if 'money' was the only song off this you didnt think absurd?
Clarie Torey. Two takes. No lyrics, just told her to sing. She got the Sunday rate of about $ 65.



Do NOT sing the end part like Jerry Lewis, ever.
 
Btw, Berlin 04.09 for The Wall show..and 3 years ago in Washington DC..extatic!!
Bill, I'm trying to work here....love it....keep on!
You know, when I hate something... I keep it to myself.... 
That song would be NOTHING without her whales, her pipes, her soul....
 Lazarus wrote:
big stud Romeo Tuma wrote: 

I be the holy ghost of big stud Romeo Tuma...

in this song, the agony of existential existence is translated in the wail, with no need of words...  the message is universal...  profound poem without a single word...  time flies when we're having fun...  love it...
 

 
Romeo / Former Member / Lazarus, REALLY?  Glad she got paid, but REALLY?
big stud Romeo Tuma wrote: 

I be the holy ghost of big stud Romeo Tuma...

in this song, the agony of existential existence is translated in the wail, with no need of words...  the message is universal...  profound poem without a single word...  time flies when we're having fun...  love it...

 
Clare Torry was paid sixty quid for a couple of hours of work on the female vocals on this. Started off a little shaky with "Oh babies" and "Ooh Yeahs", and then got into the part.

Sixty quid for one of the most defining improvisational vocal pieces in the history of rock? Yeah...that's a pretty good deal for PF.

She sued a few years ago for more, and they settled pretty quickly, from what I understand. I'm sure it was a nice paycheck for a seminal piece of music, albeit a bit late.
 vaos wrote:
I'll be brave and admit that I hate this album. In fact, I hate all of Pink Floyd.

Go ahead, throw bricks / prisms / eggs at me.

 
I can't say I hate his album, but at a certain point in my adolescence, and forever after, I decided the wailing woman at the end of the song was absurd. I have not been able to enjoy it since.

This song is brilliant.


 vaos wrote:
I'll be brave and admit that I hate this album. In fact, I hate all of Pink Floyd.

Go ahead, throw bricks / prisms / eggs at me.

 
Well, gee wiz.
When this music pours into my ears, it is as though many thousands of hyper-stimulated "conscious" brain cells send out tendrils of contact to many thousands of "unconscious" neurons, waking them up to join in the sublime joy! It is expansive and beautiful.
I am sorry it isn't like that for you. I hope there is some music out there that lifts you up beyond yourself, as this does for me. {#Good-vibes}
I'm glad you wrote this.  I have always liked British bands, alternative bands, intelligent bands - Pink Floyd is all of these and more, but for some reason, I could just never embrace them the way I did Bowie, or the Stones in the mid to late '60's, or Led Zep.  I still listen to them today out of respect, but they just never spoke to me personally, don't know why... 

  vaos wrote:
I'll be brave and admit that I hate this album. In fact, I hate all of Pink Floyd.

Go ahead, throw bricks / prisms / eggs at me.

 


 pcicatar wrote:
There's nothing more soulful than screaming because you can't otherwise reach the note...  {#Stupid}
 
That's cold...
 vaos wrote:
I'll be brave and admit that I hate this album. In fact, I hate all of Pink Floyd.

Go ahead, throw bricks / prisms / eggs at me.

 
All we can really do is feel sorry for you.
There's nothing more soulful than screaming because you can't otherwise reach the note...  {#Stupid}
"I am not frightened of dying!"

Thanks Bill!
Chills every time. Sublime piece of music.  Never gets old, IMO.
Great but I don't want to hear it on here, why are you playing all well know stuff together, Waterboys, Hotel California, now this, Im going back to spotify..
 bronorb wrote:




 
A bit harsh, to put poor jools in a German aircraft...
Since I was a kid...I always thought of Pink Floyd music as one of the God's ways of reaching out to us. 
And that's why this song can't be anything less than Godlike  :)
 
Listening to this, I seem to remember, long ago, the top of my head dis-attaching and slowly rising into the air, buzzing quietly the entire time.
 Dinges,_the_Dude wrote:
Oh yes! "Time" and "The great gig in the sky" are meant to be played after eachother! GREAT!!!
 
and again! Great, Bill!! Thanks.
volume > 10 
No comment, but one > "1"
I'll be brave and admit that I hate this album. In fact, I hate all of Pink Floyd.

Go ahead, throw bricks / prisms / eggs at me.
 Zep wrote:

There was a settlement with undisclosed terms.  That was in 2005, 30+ years after release, so I suspect they back-calculated royalties and arrived at an attractive figure.
 
True and I am sure she would have volunteered to help pay the shortfall had this record failed miserably and left the band with debts.

On the road again - The Jimi Hendrix Experience & Pink Floyd by bp fallon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bpfallon/

On the road again - The Jimi Hendrix Experience & Pink Floyd - Syd on right behind Waters - & The Move & Amen Corner & Eire Apparent & Outer Limits - 1967

  These cats toured Britain together from Nov 14th 1987 to Dec 5th 1987. Sometimes The Nice were on the bill too. Note Eire Apparent's ace guitarist Henry McCullough - who went on to join Joe Cocker & The Grease Band and then Wings - second-last row on left. We love Henry x

   
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 jools wrote:
Shoot me down in flames, but I really don't like this whole album..
 
You just shot at yourself without liking it... Sorry.
I do love this...but why in the hell must Pink Floyd get to have several tunes after each other in a row...? I realize that much of this isn't 'single' tune material. One must follow the other etc...but in this case...why not just avoid this and go for other material. Oh well...I'll just sit patiently and listen. Still better than lots of other stuff. Hmm....
Like an orgasm.
Someone give that woman some relief. ....Oh they did,,,,, Oh no she's at it again.....
Please make it stop.


marvelous...  love it...

 
Been a long, long time since I stopped what I was doing, turned it up to 11, and really listened to that. What an astonishingly wonderful piece of music.
 jools wrote:
Shoot me down in flames, but I really don't like this whole album..
 



Wow, first Time and then this, please give us more!!

Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...  (and this whole exquisite album...)
 
 On_The_Beach wrote:

AP. And the 661 "10" ratings for this song!

 
As of this playing, an even 1,000 gave either a 9 or 10.  (314 and 686).

And amazing, amazing set...  one of my favorites on RP, or anywhere for that matter. (Portishead - Henry Mancini - Pink Floyd).


Remember well when this album first came out. Now nearly 40yrs later it remains an amazing piece of work. Will it become one of those "classics of the ages" like a Beethoven concerto? Only time will tell.


Clare Torry wails at the existential absurdity of human existence...

from one of the greatest albums of all time...


 
Fantastic!  But now I am completely pulled away from what I was doing at work and have to try re-focus...ha.
Oh yes! "Time" and "The great gig in the sky" are meant to be played after eachother! GREAT!!!
 Zep wrote:

So should I trust the judgment of Alan Parsons, or the Wise King? 
 
AP. And the 661 "10" ratings for this song!

 obstetricus wrote:
Least favorite track on this album...Clare Torry ripped something.
 
Fixed.

Shoot me down in flames, but I really don't like this whole album..
 obstetricus wrote:
Favorite track on this album...Clare Torrey ripped it
 
Agreed.

 obstetricus wrote:
Favorite track on this album...Clare Torrey ripped it
 
Absolutely!

Favorite track on this album...Clare Torrey ripped it
 thewiseking wrote:
godawful.

a star search contestant running vocal scales over Richard Claydermanesque piano accompaniment
 
So should I trust the judgment of Alan Parsons, or the Wise King? 

 audiophelia wrote:
Such a shame that Clare Torry never got paid what she was worth for this vocal! She was given standard studio musician pay.
 
There was a settlement with undisclosed terms.  That was in 2005, 30+ years after release, so I suspect they back-calculated royalties and arrived at an attractive figure.


Such a shame that Clare Torry never got paid what she was worth for this vocal! She was given standard studio musician pay.
amazing
one of the gratest songs from the best album i´ve ever heard
Absolute magic. Brilliant song, brilliant band, brilliant vocal. Thanks Bill!
Just fabulous.
I'll have what she's having. :ask:
Yes, this song is supposed to follow "Time"! Thanks Bill, for blowing my speakers again  ;-) !!! Can I rate higher than a 10?!
 nelsonha wrote:
Thanks Bill for playing Time and The Great Gig in the Sky together.

 
and again! good stuff! both of them must be rated godlike.

Thanks Bill for playing Time and The Great Gig in the Sky together.

Gets the Big 10 from this kid of the 70's.
godawful.

a star search contestant running vocal scales over Richard Claydermanesque piano accompaniment
very fine (take back all my critical Pink Floyd comments)  & God Bless Rick Wright


Roger Waters @ Continental Airlines Arena by tixgirl
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One of Pink Floyd's most iconic visuals, the pyramid shot thru with light bursting into a prismatic rainbow, was the perfect image for Roger Waters' 2nd set, in which he performed Dark Side of the Moon from beginning to end. The lasers bathed the crowd in rainbows as it hung over the audience's heads, spinning.

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Lyrics? We don't need no stinkin' lyrics.
 mrbox wrote:
Groundbreaking. Wordless vocals were rare in white man's music.
 
Maybe in your universe.