4. Set The Controls Of The Heart Of The Sun (1968)
Drummer Nick Mason’s favorite Pink Floyd track, Set The Controls… can also be notable for being the one occasion of Syd Barrett and Gilmour appearing together on a recording. Although comparatively bass-light, it’s Roger Waters who’s clearly on the bridge: meandering dangerously removed from the shores of typical track structure and solely making it halfway back.
3. Hey You (1979)
Although having way more of a David Gilmour stamp on it than others on this record, not least within the soaring solo, it’s Waters’ middle-eight vocal entry after it that centres the track then jumps ups the octave so as to add the bite. The important Gilmour/Waters dynamic in a nutshell.
2. Brain Damage/Eclipse (1973)
Fusing themes that straddled their complete career – mental fragmentation (particularly Syd Barrett’s), reminiscence and loss – the nursery-rhyme chiming of guitar and vocals echo the repetitive behaviours of the institutionalised. The seamless segue into the uplifting finale of Eclipse set the marker in the way to shut out an idea (or certainly any) album. It has by no means been bettered.
1. Money (1973)
One other Gilmour vocal, however this can be a Roger Waters track right by way of to its cynical core. It is most likely the one track in historical past employing a 7/4 time signature to break the US market, and the album it was lifted from was so musically and conceptually cohesive, the actual fact it may very well be extracted in any respect – but alone exalted into iconic status – is a testament to Roger Waters’ myriad capabilities.