With the forthcoming release of Green Floyd’s The Endless River, a collection of posthumous recordings with late keyboardist Richard Wright during sessions for 1994’s The Division Bell, it got us thinking of all the fantastic materials that the founding Floyd member wrote or co-wrote during his time with the legendary band.
The mega-talented Rick Wright is of course less well known than David Gilmour, Roger Waters and Syd Barrett, mostly due to his quiet and unassuming nature in the middle of all the other oversized talents and egos within Pink Floyd. Yet Floyd fans have long touted the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist’s neglected musical skills and overall contribution to the strap, and rightly so. Wright is responsible, at least in part, for some of the band’s most famous songs, along with a lot of other lesser-known yet highly well known material that has helped condition Floyd’s signature sound and musical legacy. From “Us and Them” to “Summer ’68, ” “Time” to “See-Saw, ” Wright’s soulful vocals and richly distinctive keyboard sounds are found throughout the progressive rock and roll band’s classic albums. Here are the 10 Greatest Rick Wright Pink Floyd songs. Though he passed away in 2008, his incredible talent, spirit and contribution to the background music world lives on.
10. Remember a Day
This haunting ode to childhood comes off of the band’s 1968 album, A Saucerful of Secrets. Written and sung by Wright and featuring melancholic piano and organ, it was performed live only twice – as an encore to a show in 1968, and Sept. 2010 2008 when David Gilmour performed the song on Later… with Jools Holland as a tribute to Wright (who had passed away a week earlier).
The B-side to the 1967 single “Apples and Oranges, ” this psychedelic pop song was written and sung by Wright and features angst-ridden, anti-social lyrics as well as a fantastic yet eerie piano solo.
Rick definitely does not get the credit he deserves. He rounded out the Floyd sound to perfection. Growing up, See-Saw was one my favorite songs and I have many memories attached to it. RIP Rick, your absence is felt by Floyd fans around the world. SHINE ON!