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Pink Floyd — Wish You Were Here (w/ Stephane Grappelli)
Album: Wish You Were Here (Immersion Box Set)
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Released: 1975
Length: 6:08
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So, so you think you can tell
Heaven from Hell, blue skies from pain
Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil? Do you think you can tell?
Did they get you to trade, your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees? Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change? Did you exchange
A walk-on part in the war for a lead role in a cage?

How I wish, how I wish you were here
We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl year after year
Running over the same old ground, what have we found?
The same old fears, wish you were here
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No need for Grappelli, distinguished as he is. Total misdirection, imo.
good gyawd. never thought i'd have a reason to say ".. wow, they really f'd that one up..." i guess there really is a first time for everything


This is for you, Buster...  miss you, brother...

 
 window wrote:
Hmm... the violin introduces a potential that is never quite reached.  Sounds like a rehearsal.    {#Yes}
 


I dunno...

The original — or the one that I am certainly most familiar with — is plaintive enough. Grappelli's violin certainly adds a new aspect, but I can't say that it takes this to a new level. To me, it's more distracting than anything else. 

I think if I were to mess with this today, I'd bring in Yo-Yo Ma and his cello and have him tap into the sweet yet melancholic vibe he created on his recording of "Songs My Mother Taught Me."
 No, no, no, no, no...
 window wrote:
Hmm... the violin introduces a potential that is never quite reached.  Sounds like a rehearsal.  Perhaps if she'd worked on a solo more it would have made the album cut...
 
Stéphane Grappelli was a contemporary of Django Reinhardt, being more jazz inspired, I'm sure it had more to do with his style rather than practice. Steller performance IMHO.
Thought it might be Papa John Creech, before I looked.
Thank you RP once again for a gem I would have never found on my own.
 
  
 Bobert_ParkCity wrote:
Bluegrass Floyd!    
 

Luther Wright & The Wrongs

Pink Floyd's The Wall Bluegrass style.
Hmm... the violin introduces a potential that is never quite reached.  Sounds like a rehearsal.  Perhaps if she'd worked on a solo more it would have made the album cut...
 Sasha2001 wrote:
Makes me wonder how it would have sounded with other instruments. What about the oboe, nobody ever uses the oboe in rock and roll. Or any woodwind for that matter, cept the flute, and the flute seems like the least masculine of the woodwinds. Anybody know of any bassoon-based rock? I'd buy that.
 
The only tune I can think of at present is "Jennifer Juniper" by Donovan.  There must be others.
Trying for the Hot Tuna sound?!?

This song is soooo good for the ears...
 
When I'm 64.
Makes me wonder how it would have sounded with other instruments. What about the oboe, nobody ever uses the oboe in rock and roll. Or any woodwind for that matter, cept the flute, and the flute seems like the least masculine of the woodwinds. Anybody know of any bassoon-based rock? I'd buy that.
Bluegrass Floyd!    
Interesting nuance to this ... one of my all-time favorites from Pink Floyd.  {#Boohoo}



Everybody in my hotel room loves this version of the song...

 
vote 10 ONLY   ich liebe diesen song  very very     {#Hearteyes}  wow  !!!
I love Pink Floyd and I like violin but this is like a violin player rehearsing in the room next door while I 'm listening to Wish you were here. Makes me wanna yell: "shut the door! I'm trying to listen to Pink Floyd!"
...yikes, this one nearly snuck past me!..
It's not better than the original, but I've heard that one so many times that I kind of like this version more for now.
First time hearing this.... I like it a LOT!
Awesome
But you can see why they went with the slide guitar in the end,  it fits better!
Well, it started out as a 10.
Dropped IMMEDIATELY to a 5 when the violin/fiddle kicked in.
Ugh!

Adds new life to a great song.
The strings works for me
Well done


Very Cool version with the violin


I love this song and I love the violin, but not together.
This sounds so crisp and awesome.  Speakers going to 11.
Wow.
Like this new mix, but not the violin. The break between the first and second verse is nice.
... Adding my own phlegm-soaked chortle ...
Stephane? The boys were showing their taste

First!