Music By Turner: Pink Floyd DVD tells stories behind 'Wish You Were Here'

Since vacation season is in full swing, it seems most appropriate to e-mail a friend or post on various social media sites the cheery greeting “Wish You Were Here.”


Of course, most everyone is “tickled pink” to leave home for a few days if only just to shake things up a bit and miss the dogs and cats for awhile.

Besides, without some time away from the unreal world, how would most women finally get the chance to finish reading 50 Shades of Grey?

No, I haven’t read the bestselling book, but fortunately, I have a friend who used her nifty permanent marker to underline for me many of the book’s best “passages.” That penetrating, yet inviting “magic marker smell” has rapidly replaced that unforgettable, old-fashioned mimeograph-fluid aroma used for exams from my school days as my new favorite fragrance.

Gee, maybe the book’s “Red Room of Pain” is actually just a “darker” shade of pink anyway. But I digress.

In the world of classic rock, Pink Floyd continues to open their audio and video vaults with stunning results. A new DVD, The Story of Wish You Were Here, is out this week and features interviews with all four members of the band about the creation of the disc.

The DVD (available in standard and Blu-Ray formats) includes stories about the album’s five songs, including a very telling interview with Roger Waters, who still regrets giving up his lead vocal on Have a Cigar to his good friend Roy Harper.

There’s also a terrific segment about a fellow Floyd founding member, the late Syd Barrett, who inexplicably showed up at Abbey Road Studios during the recording of the album’s masterpiece, the Gilmour and Waters composition Shine On You Crazy Diamond. Barrett wasn’t even recognized by his ex-bandmates as he had gained quite a bit of weight and had lost most of his hair.

Another cool device used to illustrate the intricacies of Floyd’s music is the scene where original recording engineer Brian Humphries sits at the mixing board (as George Martin has done for various Beatles DVDs) and plays individual tracks from the master tapes. You will hear odd things that were buried in the original mixes that are simply marvelous!

Also covered in the DVD is the iconic “5-alarm fire” cover by Storm Thorgerson that shows a man (stunt man Ronnie Rondell) actually on fire shaking hands with a gentleman who isn’t. The cover illustrates just how distrusting the band was in their business dealings with most everyone in the entire music industry … and they were right.

Along with the fabulous multi-CD set of Wish You Were Here that was issued last year, this DVD is a perfect companion piece for one of the finest Floyd albums ever. And yes, I’m certain even Anastasia Steele would learn to love it.


TURNER’S QUICK NOTES: A few good seats are still available for Number 9’s performances on Aug. 10 and 11 of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Great ’60s and ’70s classic rock from Boz Scaggs, Chicago, The Band and Stevie Wonder will also be played. Tickets are available from or by calling (706) 722-8341 … Maroon 5’s fourth studio release Overexposed and the fifth album from Linkin Park, Living Things, are new this week … Def Leppard, Poison and Lita Ford visit Atlanta’s Lakewood Amphitheatre on June 29.