One Of These Days
In the Live At Pompeii film, this song had a much scarier name (One Of These Days I´m Going To Cut You Into Little Pieces). The opening sound of wind soon changes into an unforgettable and chilling bass guitar riff (created using the Bison Echo Box), accompanied by almost identical keyboard stacatto and simple, but prominent drums. In the end, we can hear electric guitar. The bass was recorded in two tracks.
The song was very popular in live concerts.
A Pillow Of Winds
Almost pastoral, dreamy English song, bound together by Wright's organ, although it is not so prominent on the final mix.
Like Fearless and San Tropez, the song has never been performed live and it is even said that it was only written as a filler.
(Gilmour/Waters, Rodgers, Hammerstein)
An inconspicuous song, although the lyrics, penned by Waters and sung by Gilmour, give us a hint of what the future Waters' style of songwriting would be like. The ending is a cover version of You'll Never Walk Alone by Rodgers and Hammerstein, which became the anthem of Liverpool supporters (who also sing it on the record).
A jazzy song accompanied by Wright's piano. Gilmour's steel guitar solo is unexpected and shows his overall ability on string instruments.
It is a pity that there was no better backing to Gilmour's excellent guitar than a dog's howling. Gilmour later said that he was aware of the fact that not all of the listeners might find it as funny as he did then. Nevertheless, the experiment was later much better and more convincingly used on Animals.
In the Live At Pompeii film, this song was performed under the bizarre title Mademoiselle Nobs. Gilmour played the harmonica and Wright's dog took over his vocal. It can be seen "singing" accompanied by Waters on the guitar. It was the only live performance of the song.
The band decided to dedicate the whole B-side of the album to a more than 23 minute song, which belongs to the best Pink Floyd ever recorded. It consists of more than 20 different themes joint together by various guitar and keyboard riffs.
The original title was "Nothing, Parts 1-24". As the work progressed, the name changed from Son Of Nothing to Return Of The Son Of Nothing , after the name of a monster from a Japanese horror film. The original lyrics were changed many times. The early version was based on the mysticism of the universe, but later Waters decided to move from the outer space to the depths of the ocean and the line "Planets meeting face to face" was replaced by "Overhead the albatrosses".
The opening "sonar" sound, which made Waters focus on the ocean, was created by coincidence. In the break between two recording sessions, Wright played the piano that was by chance plugged into a Leslie amp. Pink Floyd liked the sound so much they used it at the song's beginning and many times further in the song.
The middle part of Echoes was borrowed from the unfinished song Embryo.
Although the song was immensely successful with the audience (it would get almost infinite, as the fans cheered for more improvisation and did not want it to end), Waters was a bit bored with the long and demanding piece, and so he announced it as "Looking Through The Knotholes In Granny´s Wooden Leg" or "We Won The Double" in reference to his favourite team winning both the cups in the English league. The name "The March Of The Dambusters" was also funny, only that the band never performed the song in Germany.
The song was used as a soundtrack to some parts of the film Chrystal Voyager, that contained views of waves crashing on the shore. In 1990, a certain company intended to use this part of the film including the music in a WC cleaner ad. Of course, they were not given the rights.
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Vít Benešovský, Jan "Johnny" Petrus