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“Again, at the time, I didn’t think of Wish You Were Here or even Dark Side Of The Moon as being ‘prog rock.’ To me, it was the music of the day. There are some long passages on this record, though. They don’t get into the musical polyrhythms and things that other bands were doing. But they explored the space and disregarded limitations and got a little self-indulgent.
“It’s kind of funny – this was one of the first records where I was aware that albums were actually released; before that, they just sort of existed. This one people were actually waiting for. It made an impact on the day it came out. People were like, ‘Oh, yeah, the new Pink Floyd record is here!’
“It’s great stuff. Shine On You Crazy Diamond and Wish You Were Here are amazing songs. You just put them on and get into them. Have A Cigar – who was singing that? Roy Harper? Tremendous. Great singing, production – it’s an experience. People who put Pink Floyd down, I just can’t understand them. They were a brave, adventurous, insane group.
“And the album cover is so mysterious, too. The guys shaking hands, and one of them is on fire – you just look at it and trip out to it. The way the record was packaged in this blue cellophane had a big influence on me. That’s what I wanted to do with albums. I didn’t want to just do it the way everybody else did."