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When cancer claimed Richard Wright at age 65, David Gilmour and Roger Waters both paid eloquent tribute with these words. Roger Waters: «It is hard to overstate the importance of his musical voice in the Pink Floyd of the ’60s and ’70s. The intriguing, jazz influenced modulations and voicings so familiar in ‘Us and Them’ and ‘Great Gig in the Sky,’ which lent those compositions both their extraordinary humanity and their majesty, are omnipresent in all the collaborative work the four of us did in those times. Rick’s ear for harmonic progression was our bedrock». And David Gilmour: «In the welter of arguments about who or what was Pink Floyd, Rick’s enormous input was frequently forgotten. He was gentle, unassuming and private but his soulful voice and playing were vital, magical components of our most recognised Pink Floyd sound. I have never played with anyone quite like him. The blend of his and my voices and our musical telepathy reached their first major flowering in 1971 on ‘Echoes’. In my view all the greatest PF moments are the ones where he is in full flow.» 12 Great Rick Wright Moments. «Interstellar Overdrive» from The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (1967) «Paintbox» – the B-side to the single Apples & Oranges (1967) «Remember A Day» from A Saucerful Of Secrets (1968) «Main Theme» from the film soundtrack «More» (1969) All 4 live tracks from Ummagumma (1969) «Summer ’68» from Atom Heart Mother (1970) «Echoes» from Meddle (1971) «Absolutely Curtains» from the film soundtrack Obscured By Clouds (1972) «The Great Gig In The Sky» from The Dark Side Of The Moon (1973) «Shine On Your Crazy Diamond parts 1-9» from Wish You Were Here (1975) «Sheep» from Animals (1977) «Cluster One» from The Division Bell (1994) The Sound Of Pink Floyd : Richard William Wright 1943 – 2008.
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