Release Date: 1971

Track Listing
1)  One of These Days
2)  A Pillow of Winds
3)  Fearless
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4)  San Tropez
5)  Seamus
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6)  Echoes
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Member: Sean (Profile) (All Album Reviews by Sean)
Date: 9/25/2002
Format: CD (Album)

I had to add a few words about Meddle as well. This is my favorite album from Pink Floyd and one that I am glad I discovered early on in my fandom. This album is often overlooked by the casual Floyd fan, but any diehard knows that this is one that is not to be missed- EVER!

As Charles stated in his review here, "Echoes" is indeed "imfamous" and with good reason. This is the long form piece that Floyd did the very best, they really nailed perfection here. "Echoes" combines the experimentalism of earlier pieces like "A Saucerful of Secrets" and the mellow refinement of their epic style featured on later pieces like "Shine on You Crazy Diamond". "Echoes" meets them both half way. This track builds from basically nothing into this massive piece that glides through many movements. The version in their film "Live In Pompeii" is possibly even more stunning than the studio version here, if you can imagine that.

"One of These Days (I'm going to cut you into little pieces)" is probably the best known number here. Easily the most aggressive song on the album (except for some of the more intense sections of "Echoes"), "Days" is driven by a repetitive, throbbing bass line and David Gilmour's slide guitar work. A stuttering middle section has a quote from the theme to the British sci-fi TV show "Doctor Who". This is much more obvious on some of the live versions btw, found elsewhere.

The rest of this side of the album is a sublime gem. A very laid back affair that is largely acoustic. Some really memorable tunes are here including "A Pillow of Winds" which features a vocals from guitarist David Gilmour. A yearning slide guitar part is at the core of this tune, that and some nice acoustic guitar work. There are no drums and very little in the way of bass. There is a very nice middle section in this tune as well. This song glides by much like something blowing in the wind.

"Fearless" is the other really notable number on Meddle. It is almost like an acoustic country/folk tune. It sounds to me like it would not be out if place on a Grateful Dead album. It is closer to their style than what you would normally expect from Floyd. This is the tune that has the soccer fans singing "You'll Never Walk Alone" tacked on in the background at the end. It would not be a stretch to hear this on an album like Led Zeppelin III either now that I think of it.....

"San Tropez" is an amusing acoustic cocktail lounge jazz type number. It is quite unlike anything the band did before or since. It is sung by keyboardist Richard Wright.

This is such a diverse album that indulges the part of me that likes to see groups stretch beyond what they are usually expected to sound like. This one is a keeper.

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Member: Chuck AzEee! (Profile) (All Album Reviews by Chuck AzEee!)
Date: 6/17/2003
Format: CD (Album)

First and foremost, this is my favorite Pink Floyd album, and not only because of the imfamous "Echoes", but also for great songs like "A Pillow Of Winds", FM staple "One Of These Days" and the wonderful "Fearless". "Seamus" is to this album what Genesis' "Whodunnit" was to Abacab, meaning although I like both songs, the albums would be better off without it.

Meddle is vastly underated as a whole, don't pass it by.

Album Rating: Four and a half stars

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