Echoes by Pink Floyd
One of the most well know songs by Pink Floyd is Echoes. A 23 minute landscape of sound that started out as “Nothing” then “ Son of Nothing” before being developed into Echoes.
It surly has to be the most instantly recognized song ever just by hearing the first note.
That lonely note that tells you instantly your in for a treat of 23 minutes of pure ingenious writing which set the path to Dark Side of the Moon.
A sound that is very hard to reproduce on today’s equipment.
It was devised by Rick Wright who was playing around one day on his key boards. Pink Floyd at the time were very much into feed back. and Roger Waters fed the piano intro through a
microphone attached to a Leslie speaker, which created a swirling effect.
With other bits of music and ideas from the rest of the group Son of Nothing parts 1,2,3,4,5 became Echoes. As a matter of fact Echoes is one of the first songs written by all members of Pink Floyd.
Rick Wright said in an interview with music mag Mojo : “The whole piano thing at the beginning and the chord structure is mine, so I had a large part in writing that. But it’s credited to other people of course. Roger obviously wrote the lyrics.” Wright also revealed to Mojo that the wind section after the song’s intro was Roger Waters with a slide on his bass. Also David Gilmour’s seagull sound was a mistake. He explained about the latter: “One of the roadies had plugged his wah wah pedal in back to front, which created this huge wall of feedback. He played around with that and created this beautiful sound.”
Before it was recorded Pink Floyd would play it on tour and through this other ideas developed so that by the time Pink Floyd began to record Meddle, the album it appears on, Echoes was complete.
The track takes over the entire half of the album Meddle at 23 minutes and 23 seconds long. Roger Waters wrote the lyrics as he did for most of the Floyd songs. In an interview with Rolling Stone Roger Waters said he was attempting to describe “The potential that human beings have for recognizing each others humanity and responding to it, with empathy rather than antipathy.”
The song Echoes was originally recorded onto 8 track at Abbey Road Studios then put onto 16 track at Air studios. This original 16 track is now hardly usable due to being over used, wear and tear and time.
More insight to Pink Floyd s Echoes on this video:
Echoes by Pink Floyd is also the name of a Best of. See here for details.
In 1972 released a film which was recorded in the ruins of Pompeii. In the film Pink Floyd play Echoes amongst the ruins in 2 parts. More details here.
Echoes has also been used to plays a s a back drop to a surf film called Crystal Voyager. And wow it fits so well more details here.
Another film Echoes goes well with apparently is the last 23 minutes of 2001 a Space Odyssey. Set it up and see what you think.
The late great Jacques Cousteau has also used Pink Floyd’s Echoes to some of his underwater filming. Details.
Echoes by Pink Floyd will always be one of the fans favourites which is proved by the fact that it has always gone down well at concerts by the group. Even Dave Gilmour was playing it at some of his shows during his solo tour, In fact it was the last song played on his last tour at Gdansk which featured Rick Wright. It was also the last song that Dave Gilmour and Rick Wright played together in 2006 due to Rick Wrights death in 2008.
So there are various versions of this great song which you can find on this web page. On the left is an index of more information on Pink Floyd’s Echoes.
And deep beneath the rolling waves in labyrinths of coral caves
The echo of a distant tide
Comes willowing across the sand
And everything is green and submarine And no one showed us to the land
And no one knows the where’s or why’s
But something stirs and something tries
And starts to climb towards the light Strangers passing in the street
By chance two separate glances meet
And I am you and what I see is me
And do I take you by the hand
And lead you through the land
And help me understand the best I can
And no one calls us to move on
And no one forces down our eyes
No one speaks
And no one tries
No one flies around the sun Cloudless every day you fall upon my waking eyes
Inviting and inciting me to rise
And through the window in the wall
Come streaming in on sunlight wings
A million bright ambassadors of morning And no one sings me lullabies
And no one makes me close my eyes
So I throw the windows wide
And call to you across the sky.