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Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Cover track #6

Sad news yesterday that Pink Floyd's Richard Wright has died at 65. I'm not a PInk Floyd nut, but of course it's sobering nonetheless and his keyboards were a key part of the classic Floyd sound.

The obituary mentioned what many consider his defining moment, the track The Great Gig In The Sky, which poignantly starts with a voice saying "I am not frightened to die". Well, I was reading this on the bus with my ipod on, so obviously the natural thing to do was to switch over to Dark Side Of The Moon and spare a thought for him taking his place on stage at the great gig in the sky.

And where today's cover choice comes in is right here: after listening to Breathe on Dark Side Of The Moon, I remembered The Shins doing an impressive acoustic cover of that track (another one with Wright's name on the credits). It was recorded for Dermot O'Leary's Radio 2 show and is available on the compilation that they put out of those sessions. The Shins doing Pink Floyd's Breathe. Seek it out.

Richard Wright, left, as part of Pink Floyd. The others are (l-r) Roger Waters, Nick Mason and David Gilmour.

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