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Pink Floyd — Shine On You Crazy Diamond (live)
Album: Wish You Were Here (Immersion Box Set)
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Released: 1975
Length: 19:50
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Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Now there's a look in your eyes,
like black holes in the sky.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
You were caught in the crossfire of childhood and stardom,
blown on the steel breeze.
Come on you target for faraway laughter,
come on you stranger,
you legend,
you martyr,
and shine!

You reached for the secret too soon,
you cried for the moon.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Threatened by shadows at night,
and exposed in the light.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Well you wore out your welcome with random precision,
rode on the steel breeze.
Come on you raver,
you seer of visions,
come on you painter,
you piper,
you prisoner,
and shine!
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 mrtuba9 wrote:

Zero plays in the last 30 days... Glad I have it on my favorites list!!!
 
Still zero... I gave it an 8 because I can concentrate on working without having to scroll on this song and read through the lyrics...  
 Tomasni wrote:
Going down to 43  and PSD
 
Zero plays in the last 30 days... Glad I have it on my favorites list!!!
Going down to 43  and PSD
 tutakea wrote:
absolute awful

 
Very true, seemed like played by the drunk canadian cover band
 ofanansky wrote:
damn I love working from home. Able to enjoy this properly

 
Same over here!
absolute awful
AN interesting pairing ( Ravel )  - they both drag on too long but only one will likely continue to stand the test of time.
 SquiddlyDiddly wrote:

Although apparently (and I need to recheck this) this was the first time this song was played to an audience. Now, if that is the case then I'd say it is pretty significant and worthy of being played here occasionally in all its pompous glory. 

It looks like it is being played here once a month at the moment. For us regulars that means we might get to hear it a few times a year. . . probably too much. But for most, it will be the first time they have heard it. 

It is also one of those tracks where one can write and write a long comment. . . saying nothing really and going off at tangents, sometimes going back and revisiting other stuff. . . sometimes being InVeNTiVVVVVVVe. Sometinges being deliberatly worn. 

Jesus. . . its still going on. 

*heads out for a slash*

Back!

. . . still going. . . 

Hey Fred. I'm with you. I can't take any more. Please make it stop. 
It hasn't.

Has anyone any idea how long this sucker is? 

OK. I'll order a curry and see if it arrives before the end. 

Splendid. Chicken Madras with plain rice and a plain Nan with some hot lime pickle. 

. . Ahhh, that was good. 

Time for a spliff. 

Anyone for a cup of tea?
Fancy the pub? 
OK. 
*gone*
 

 
I went to a Tom Waits concert once.  It was so strange that by the end I was convinced that Tom had invented a social experiment.  The goal was to see how horrible he could make the concert experience before people began walking out.  I stayed for the whole thing.

I also read your entire comment.


Perfectly done song.
 Sasha2001 wrote:
I absolutely love this song. But make no mistake, much of it (especially his live version) is a serious wank job.
 
As long as we get the happy ending...   {#Whipit}

For those wondering for how long they can...put their idle hands to use, this epic version lasts 13:35 according to iTunes. 
 Swissguy wrote:
As much as I like this tune and the band, this version is waaaaayyyyyyy too long for me!
Glad they managed to end it eventually...  

 
{#Naughty} Pink Floyd can never be "too long"! It might not be long enough, but never too long! {#Bounce}
This live version is awesome, but also is a reminder that outside the studio, Roger Waters' voice is pretty awful.  He should have given up, and let Gilmour sing all songs.  Gilmour's voice is amazing, Waters....not so much.
 sici wrote:

When Pink Floyd is Playing...
 
Hear, hear!
 Swissguy wrote:
As much as I like this tune and the band, this version is waaaaayyyyyyy too long for me!
Glad they managed to end it eventually...  
 
When Pink Floyd is Playing...
 sici wrote:

Or Rick Astley, circa 1987.  ;-)
 



Oh man, I forgot about that baratone-voiced angel.
I absolutely love this song. But make no mistake, much of it (especially his live version) is a serious wank job.
Makes me think of Sid.  He would have liked this version. 
Wow!  At first I thought it was an alternate take;  its so close to the original.  But then it was just when the original came out.

Bill, where can we get this?
 
 Sasha2001 wrote:
Great, but not as great as Mr. Phil Collins, circa Tarzan soundtrack
 
Or Rick Astley, circa 1987.  ;-)
Great, but not as great as Mr. Phil Collins, circa Tarzan soundtrack
 kdogg73 wrote:
Yep.

Goes to 11
 

Maybe RP should allow each user a limited number of "11" ratings... we could each have 10 or so and once you've reached 10 you'd have to remove one to give an 11 to a different song....
Love the song. The original/abum version is always in my iPod.

This is the first I've heard of this Version. the opening notes are too fast ... in fact, at a minute into it, it still sounds rushed.
Always a treat, Bill!
As much as I like this tune and the band, this version is waaaaayyyyyyy too long for me!
Glad they managed to end it eventually...  
RP is on hold.
Yep.

Goes to 11
Wow. Freaking wow.

Trippy stuff.

God almighty...do you remember when a single FM radio would play this, Rolling Stones, Santana, Steely Dan, Little Feat, Bob Dylan, The Who, Gratefeul Dead, Fleetwood Mac, Yes, Bruce Springsteen, etc. etc. etc. ....all in the same hour?

 
if this just the 4 of them playing live with no backing tracks or overdubs, thats rather impressive...  and it probably is I would guess....
 rockpommel16 wrote:
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Yes, it's long.
So what?  It's not in heavy rotation.  I'm glad to hear raw Pink Floyd every once in a blue moon.

My $0.02.
 vicmicric wrote:
I discover AGAIN   ouchhhhhh !!!!! with "you know what"
 
...good idea....smoke.....it works......believe me....you´ll ending at a 10...;)
Way too long.
I discover AGAIN   ouchhhhhh !!!!! with "you know what"
Oh and I was at the concert.................
 
It is hard to believe two guys can make music together like Waters and Gilmour on this tune and then eventually hate each other. Their playing seems to inspire the best in each other.
 fredriley wrote:
I've been a Floyd fan for decades, really loved Shine on you Crazy Diamond, and consider Wish You Were Here to be Floyd's best album, but IMO this latest box release is de trop, as are the long tracks that have been played from it on RP. Even a Floyd fan can get a bit miffed after 20 minutes or more of iffy-quality live recording. Great nostalgia for those who were there, sure, but a turn-off for this listener. If 'you hadda be there' is the only way to enjoy a track, then it's playing to a tiny niche audience. More worryingly, massively long tracks like this may well hack off RP listeners who don't worship the ground that Floyd walked on. I never thought I'd rate anything Floyd did as Ho-Hum, but sadly this is a first.
 
Although apparently (and I need to recheck this) this was the first time this song was played to an audience. Now, if that is the case then I'd say it is pretty significant and worthy of being played here occasionally in all its pompous glory. 

It looks like it is being played here once a month at the moment. For us regulars that means we might get to hear it a few times a year. . . probably too much. But for most, it will be the first time they have heard it. 

It is also one of those tracks where one can write and write a long comment. . . saying nothing really and going off at tangents, sometimes going back and revisiting other stuff. . . sometimes being InVeNTiVVVVVVVe. Sometinges being deliberatly worn. 

Jesus. . . its still going on. 

*heads out for a slash*

Back!

. . . still going. . . 

Hey Fred. I'm with you. I can't take any more. Please make it stop. 


It hasn't.

Has anyone any idea how long this sucker is? 

OK. I'll order a curry and see if it arrives before the end. 

Splendid. Chicken Madras with plain rice and a plain Nan with some hot lime pickle. 

. . Ahhh, that was good. 

Time for a spliff. 

Anyone for a cup of tea?
Fancy the pub? 
OK. 
*gone*
 
Pink Floyd should have their own rating scale and it starts at 10..................but I'm a fan so im biased.......some of the greatest live guitar playing!!!

............
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What a treat, thanks.  
I've typically been regarded as a raving Pink Floyd fan, and even I'd have to say that that version wasn't great, and dragged on too long. Maybe if I was as high as they were, I'd have enjoyed it more.
Good Lord that was painfully ponderous.  Geeze...
(and I'm a loooooong-time Floyd lover) 
Magnificent!
endweder man ist Pinkfloyd Fan oder man ist keiner. ich bin`s good floyd
Perfection....
The argument below seems to ignore those that love this even in this lengthy version in a wish I was there kind of way.  It is most definitely not  only for those that were there.  I was only born in 1974 and I'm pretty thankful for the chance to hear it.
 fredriley wrote:
I've been a Floyd fan for decades, really loved Shine on you Crazy Diamond, and consider Wish You Were Here to be Floyd's best album, but IMO this latest box release is de trop, as are the long tracks that have been played from it on RP. Even a Floyd fan can get a bit miffed after 20 minutes or more of iffy-quality live recording. Great nostalgia for those who were there, sure, but a turn-off for this listener. If 'you hadda be there' is the only way to enjoy a track, then it's playing to a tiny niche audience. More worryingly, massively long tracks like this may well hack off RP listeners who don't worship the ground that Floyd walked on. I never thought I'd rate anything Floyd did as Ho-Hum, but sadly this is a first.
 
I know what you mean, Fred.  You'd better be careful indulging in such heretical musings, though; Floyd fans don't seem to take any sort of questioning of their gods very well.
Take a look at the charts on pop radio or album rock radio in the 70's, then take a look at what's playing on commercial radio today:  is there any argument why these "dinosaur" bands still make a killing when they go out?  The music was better, period. Toke wrote:


Yes exactly h8rhater the 70's music had a beginning a middle and an end.. sadly lacking in todays popular music. PS just notice the vote scale 9.1 not bad for a 1974 recording. And as per another comment this is drawing in new fans from present generation who were not around like us in that era.
 


 ofanansky wrote:
damn I love working from home. Able to enjoy this properly
 
ditto...except for the fail-to-launch's telling me to turn it down
Said this elsewhere, but it strikes me every time. PF are great musicians and write inventive songs, but all in the service of grey, grim, plodding, turgid, depressing dirges. Every one of their pieces has the same slow tempo and the same kill-me-now affect. I grew up with these guys, and it was "Enough already" when they were fresh.

A 4-PSD opportunity.
Hey, Wish You Were Here wasn't released until 1975, this was recorded in 1974.  This was recorded before some of the album was even written!  Cool!.
I've been a Floyd fan for decades, really loved Shine on you Crazy Diamond, and consider Wish You Were Here to be Floyd's best album, but IMO this latest box release is de trop, as are the long tracks that have been played from it on RP. Even a Floyd fan can get a bit miffed after 20 minutes or more of iffy-quality live recording. Great nostalgia for those who were there, sure, but a turn-off for this listener. If 'you hadda be there' is the only way to enjoy a track, then it's playing to a tiny niche audience. More worryingly, massively long tracks like this may well hack off RP listeners who don't worship the ground that Floyd walked on. I never thought I'd rate anything Floyd did as Ho-Hum, but sadly this is a first.
Sorry, not a fan of this super long song. 
Pink Floyd endless solos?   aw ratz, it ended.  Go on Bill, put it on again.  anyone who thinks this is boring wants different things from their music than me.
damn I love working from home. Able to enjoy this properly
Nice way to kick in my morning!
all these comments.... The seventies, the most musically dense and exciting decade. Either you were there, and get it, or weren't there, and get it, or not.

Thank god I was and do.
While I do tasks, good to listen to PF. Then, while I listen to PF, the tasks get done. Pleasant Saturday afternoon!
 glowworm wrote:
Oh I do hate PF, thank heavens punk came along or we'd be on 3 hour keyboard solos by now. Will switch radio stations for half an hour and tune back in just as this track is finishing...
 
I can accept that musical taste is a subjective thing.  Unless you don't have any.
For those of you whining that the track was too long, It's a LIVE track, from a CONCEPT album on which the esthetic of lyrics AND music together told a mesmerizing story (whether on record or in concert), for which PF and very few other bands of their time were justly famous. So sorry it doesn't fit your predefined box of how long a track has a right to be. This one is about Syd Barrett, a dead, founding member of PF that Gilmour, for all his centrality to the band, was not. How long should a biographical piece of music be, anyway? 
 Axelito wrote:
Come on.. every good things have to end sometimes....
Seems like it's not appliable to the pink floyds.....endless... boring.... :/

 
Good thing it's spring - it's so stuffy in here I need to open a window.   Enough already. 
Go back to listening to Mireille Mathieu

  Axelito wrote:
Come on.. every good things have to end sometimes....
Seems like it's not appliable to the pink floyds.....endless... boring.... :/

 


 h8rhater wrote:

Ah, it is good to hear from the no-attention-span generation.  Thank heavens punk, which was nothing more than very basic garage rock played by drug addled misfits, ran its course in less time than it took PF to go from putting this album out to putting The Wall out.

 

Yes exactly h8rhater the 70's music had a beginning a middle and an end.. sadly lacking in todays popular music. PS just notice the vote scale 9.1 not bad for a 1974 recording. And as per another comment this is drawing in new fans from present generation who were not around like us in that era.
 glowworm wrote:
Oh I do hate PF, thank heavens punk came along or we'd be on 3 hour keyboard solos by now. Will switch radio stations for half an hour and tune back in just as this track is finishing...
 
Ah, it is good to hear from the no-attention-span generation.  Thank heavens punk, which was nothing more than very basic garage rock played by drug addled misfits, ran its course in less time than it took PF to go from putting this album out to putting The Wall out.

hey glow worm. You don't get. The 1970s was the best decade for RnR because it had it all: prog rock, punk rock, mainstream RnR, heavy metal, folk rock, country rock, blues rock, RnB rock, jazz rock, trippy rock.

It's all good.

Sad to say...in 2012..not much left except Kid Rock (joke), Foo Fighters (thud and drone), and Linki Park (??). It's all so boring.   
Totally worth the listen, thanks...
 glowworm wrote:
Oh I do hate PF, thank heavens punk came along or we'd be on 3 hour keyboard solos by now. Will switch radio stations for half an hour and tune back in just as this track is finishing...
 
Yeah, that's what id take over this...punk...what an absolute PINHEAD...

....punk had its place, if most of them hadnt polluted themselves to death with one chemical or another, it might still be relevant.
Thank you
 glowworm wrote:
Oh I do hate PF, thank heavens punk came along or we'd be on 3 hour keyboard solos by now. Will switch radio stations for half an hour and tune back in just as this track is finishing...
 
Can't rise up to the level of hate for PF, but flatulent seems like a relevant critique here.

Oh yes, i agree it is interesting to hear different versions of PF classics, even subtle differences. And This is an "oldie" live version. Great guitar intro. Does anyone remember the predescessor of "On The Run" from DSOM. I think it was called "The Mortality Sequence". PF are and always will be No.1 for me.


As far as I'm concerned, Pink Floyd ended after Dark Side of the Moon—probably still my favorite album of all time.  I don't know what happened to who, what changed, and who was who, but this album seemed to start a new generation of Pink Floyd worshipers.
Ahh well, those were the daze.
for me, its just nice to hear it done differently.   Miss ya Rick.
Come on.. every good things have to end sometimes....
Seems like it's not appliable to the pink floyds.....endless... boring.... :/

I'm not going to be like the rest of the sheep and vote this any more then a "7".   I love PF, but this track was crap for an otherwise "God Like" band I was already growing up with in 74. 

Oh I do hate PF, thank heavens punk came along or we'd be on 3 hour keyboard solos by now. Will switch radio stations for half an hour and tune back in just as this track is finishing...
 jadewahoo wrote:

Hey man! That was my first ever live concert! I knew we knew each other from before...
 

That was a very, very good show !  They were in the zone that night (so was I).  They really put out and enjoyed themselves so much that when they came back to play Blossom in the summer following, Gilmore was wearing a Kent State shirt on stage in honor of that concert.


 kurtster wrote:


Having seen them at least 5 times that I can remember, this does capture what they were like live in the beginning.  The first time I got to see them, they were still just known to a few.  My first listen was during the summer of 67 or 68, one of em, a long, long time ago. 

Anyway, the first time I saw them was in the old gym at Kent State (3000 max ?).  They were only a small hall outfit really until DSOTM broke out and even then, they were still transitioning.  This has the feel of the small hall energy, where they played quietly and delicately.  They used to get mad when people would cheer or clap in the middle of songs.

The arena version of PF is much different.  That has the high energy that everyone is used to hearing in their live recordings.  Thank goodness this is a very high quality live recording.  It has captured the essence of what PF used to be live in the beginning.

I wouldn't want the box just for the live.  I would love to have this live stuff from this show.  Its on DVD but don't know if its available seperately.  I've got Pulse on Laserdisc.

I'm still sifting through the Tree Full of Secrets stuff which is 18 discs.

 




I believe I saw a two disc set floating around, with a SACD version. As to the whole energy of the show...also have to remember this is a four person band, not a 10/20 odd piece Dave and the boys used in post rog days. I find this version very groovy.
Euphoric.
How can you play this and NOT expect me to give you more $?
 kurtster wrote:


Having seen them at least 5 times that I can remember, this does capture what they were like live in the beginning.  The first time I got to see them, they were still just known to a few.  My first listen was during the summer of 67 or 68, one of em, a long, long time ago. 

Anyway, the first time I saw them was in the old gym at Kent State (3000 max ?).  They were only a small hall outfit really until DSOTM broke out and even then, they were still transitioning.  This has the feel of the small hall energy, where they played quietly and delicately.  They used to get mad when people would cheer or clap in the middle of songs.

The arena version of PF is much different.  That has the high energy that everyone is used to hearing in their live recordings.  Thank goodness this is a very high quality live recording.  It has captured the essence of what PF used to be live in the beginning.

I wouldn't want the box just for the live.  I would love to have this live stuff from this show.  Its on DVD but don't know if its available seperately.  I've got Pulse on Laserdisc.

I'm still sifting through the Tree Full of Secrets stuff which is 18 discs.
 
Hey man! That was my first ever live concert! I knew we knew each other from before...
 MrPelicano wrote:
I'm a huge Pink Floyd fan, going all the way back to the beginning, in 1966-67, and while there's a lot to like about this song, including the sound quality for being a live recording, in a stadium, in 1974, I remain somewhat underwhelmed by what feels like a lack of energy in the band's performance.  I didn't get to see them live until "The Wall" tour played the Los Angeles Sports Arena, but this performance just seems to be lacking in energy / punch.  Technically fine, but just not wowing me like some of their earlier live performances.  Go back and have a listen to the power of the studio version of this song and I think you'll see what I mean.  Doesn't change my love for the band, of course.
 

Having seen them at least 5 times that I can remember, this does capture what they were like live in the beginning.  The first time I got to see them, they were still just known to a few.  My first listen was during the summer of 67 or 68, one of em, a long, long time ago. 

Anyway, the first time I saw them was in the old gym at Kent State (3000 max ?).  They were only a small hall outfit really until DSOTM broke out and even then, they were still transitioning.  This has the feel of the small hall energy, where they played quietly and delicately.  They used to get mad when people would cheer or clap in the middle of songs.

The arena version of PF is much different.  That has the high energy that everyone is used to hearing in their live recordings.  Thank goodness this is a very high quality live recording.  It has captured the essence of what PF used to be live in the beginning.

I wouldn't want the box just for the live.  I would love to have this live stuff from this show.  Its on DVD but don't know if its available seperately.  I've got Pulse on Laserdisc.

I'm still sifting through the Tree Full of Secrets stuff which is 18 discs.

What a great version!!  I would have loved to seen them in person during these shows!




 
MrPelicano wrote:
I'm a huge Pink Floyd fan, going all the way back to the beginning, in 1966-67, and while there's a lot to like about this song, including the sound quality for being a live recording, in a stadium, in 1974, I remain somewhat underwhelmed by what feels like a lack of energy in the band's performance.  I didn't get to see them live until "The Wall" tour played the Los Angeles Sports Arena, but this performance just seems to be lacking in energy / punch.  Technically fine, but just not wowing me like some of their earlier live performances.  Go back and have a listen to the power of the studio version of this song and I think you'll see what I mean.  Doesn't change my love for the band, of course.
 
I have to say that I agree. I've heard live versions of this song that would stop me in my tracks, drop whatever I'm doing and drag me to the speakers. This, although still very good, is not one of those.


Sorry, while I like Pink Floyd, but this song is wasaaaay too long.
I just can't imagine seeing this live...especially following up on an album like DSOTM.
I just love how he makes that guitar sing, like a whale! and I love the endlessly shifting soundscape...must have been a fantastic show!  Thanks for playing this, and SHINE ON, PF and RP!
 MrPelicano wrote:
I'm a huge Pink Floyd fan, going all the way back to the beginning, in 1966-67, and while there's a lot to like about this song, including the sound quality for being a live recording, in a stadium, in 1974, I remain somewhat underwhelmed by what feels like a lack of energy in the band's performance.  I didn't get to see them live until "The Wall" tour played the Los Angeles Sports Arena, but this performance just seems to be lacking in energy / punch.  Technically fine, but just not wowing me like some of their earlier live performances.  Go back and have a listen to the power of the studio version of this song and I think you'll see what I mean.  Doesn't change my love for the band, of course.
 
have to agree.... 
i LOVE the floyd, but this just doesn't grab your soul and swing it around like the studio version... bout an 8.
This is amazing.  Never heard this version before.


Everybody in my hotel room loves this live version...
 
I really enjoyed this reissue and new live stuff...except all the "made in china" crap they threw in - marbles?
I have never heard this version and it's simply amazing.  Thanks for the delicious treat!
This version is RIDICULOUS!!!  Are you kidding me!!! This is AMAZING!  Thanks Bill.  I may have to shell out all the cash for the immersion box set yet!
pure bliss ... {#Meditate}
I'm a huge Pink Floyd fan, going all the way back to the beginning, in 1966-67, and while there's a lot to like about this song, including the sound quality for being a live recording, in a stadium, in 1974, I remain somewhat underwhelmed by what feels like a lack of energy in the band's performance.  I didn't get to see them live until "The Wall" tour played the Los Angeles Sports Arena, but this performance just seems to be lacking in energy / punch.  Technically fine, but just not wowing me like some of their earlier live performances.  Go back and have a listen to the power of the studio version of this song and I think you'll see what I mean.  Doesn't change my love for the band, of course.
It gets better and better . . . 
God-like awesome-ness!!
Holy.......!!!!!
 good guy {#Clap} shellbella wrote:

Lucky for me - my boss is sitting in the same office!!!! 

 


 KrischanZ wrote:
hope your boss is out of the office ;-) because you have to listen this LOUD !
 
shellbella wrote:
I'm not sure... This could be my FAVORITE Floyd song......  I'm at work, it is turned up LOUD....
 
 
Lucky for me - my boss is sitting in the same office!!!! 

 krysthal wrote:
To the Bozo rated this a 5: I think you're listening to the wrong radio station!
 
Maybe he rated it a 5 x 2 for each ear ?? 

Are we gonna get all 20 mins - wow!! Excellent.
To the Bozo rated this a 5: I think you're listening to the wrong radio station! Thanks for playing this Bill and Rebecca. It's expensive to buy this edition. :)

hope your boss is out of the office ;-) because you have to listen this LOUD !
 
shellbella wrote:
I'm not sure... This could be my FAVORITE Floyd song......  I'm at work, it is turned up LOUD....
 


I'm not sure... This could be my FAVORITE Floyd song......  I'm at work, it is turned up LOUD....
OK, that is one frickin stunning debut! Had to listen all the way through before commenting. Please, please keep that coming around.


This live version is soooo good for the ears...
 
Started listening, waited a while.... gave it a 10. Kept listening .... wanted to give it another one. Thanks Bill.

Great guitar work. Great singing, given Waters's God-given limitations. Amazing sound quality for a concert from that era. 

Why wasn't this released earlier...or was it?  

From all that I've heard here, the Wembley concert has to be one for the ages. Just might pop for the box.
Where to start.  This is the first time the song was unveiled.  How cool is this?  Nice job Bill and Rebecca. :)