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 Still Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd tribute, coloured vinyl artwork

Ian Paice is among the host of rock’n’roll luminaries that made a tribute to Pink Floyd by re-recording their whole Wish You Were Here album. Other musicians in this project include Rick Wakeman, Todd Rundgren, Geoff Tate, Joe Satriani, James LaBrie, Bootsy Collins, Steve Stevens, etc, etc. This version of the album is called Still Wish You Were Here and will be issued on 6-panel digipak CD and gatefold vinyl in a variety of colours. This release is due out on May 28, 2021, and can be preordered through the label and other sources.

Thanks to BraveWords for the info.

And just to leave you with something entertaining, here’s a rendition of Shine on You Crazy Diamond, Jerusalem style:



12 Comments to “So you think you can tell”:

  1. 1
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Ian plays on Shine On You Crazy Diamond (all parts, so basically on more than half the record!), that is apparently not available yet, but if this other track from the album is anything to go by, then it’s at least not awful as some of these star-studded tributes can be:

    https://youtu.be/KF8IoZowV4k

    I’m a Wish You Were Here (the album) guy, it’s Floyd’s pinnacle to me, always preferred it to both Dark Side and The Wall (I like Animals too). It has that meditative Krautrock quality to it and Gilmour’s soloing on it is epic. Sort of David Gilmour guesting on a Tangerine Dream record!

    I can imagine Little Ian doing this well, right up his alley. He has a musical ear.

    And Geoff Tate is no stranger to a Pink Floyd vibe either as he amply showed with his old outfit here:

    https://youtu.be/jhat-xUQ6dw

  2. 2
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    Superb!. Now that video hits the spot… 💘
    So then this is nice too… & it’s a little bit different from the others.

    https://youtu.be/iOVn9hzpjWc

    That re-record of the WYWH album is gonna be a hoot!. What a mix of talent!.

  3. 3
    MacGregor says:

    Nice to see, can’t beat quality buskers in many ways & a good take on Shine On. Thanks for the clip. Cheers.

  4. 4
    Randys says:

    It’s about time for Ian Paice to make his first solo studio album. Gillan, Glover, Airey and Morse have solo albums.

  5. 5
    Svante Axbacke says:

    @1: I thought you would post this with Tate and QR:

    https://youtu.be/ZpwhkgXxmwI

  6. 6
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Svante: I was on an US trip when Silent Lucidity came out to be power-played everywhere and all the FM Radio DJ’s were all over the track and “how Pink Floyd!” (The Wall era) it was. I think they had a point. My wife, who thinks that not only crazy diamonds shine from David Gilmour’s butt’s more central region, likes exactly one song from Queensryche: Silent Lucidity. It is an epic track.

  7. 7
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    Now this is good news!!!! Incredible album originally and really good lineup on this Tribute. Paicey will Shine On Like A Crazy Diamond…. I will be purchasing this.

  8. 8
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Funny how Ian Paice got slaughtered for playing the drums on a DMX track and he is a hero for playing the same drum kit on a Pink Floyd cover song.
    Wise up guys and respect the player of the drums regardless of the format.
    Peace

  9. 9
    Markus says:

    when was ist recorded?
    Edgar Froese mentioned on the cover died beginnend of 2015!, if this Edgar Froese is the one who founded Tangerine Dream, which I strongly suspect according to the musical connection. Maybe this project took some time….

    Good luck to everyone involved or following „thehighwaystar“

  10. 10
    uwe hornung says:

    Stuff like this can take time, it’s not like they are all in the studio together.

    Given that Roger Waters once described Wish You Were Here as “our Krautrock album” and that it is populated with German keyboard sounds (a Hohner Clavinet) Floyd never used for recording before or after, getting Edgar Froese as one of the progenitors of German ambient electronica

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvoVb0tmfe0

    to play the keyboards was pretty tongue in cheek/nifty.

    Wish You Were Here was a hugely influential record in Germany, it dominated the charts for years (it is even to this day by a distance the pop/rock record with the most sales in Germany), you could see the cover wrapped in its iconic black foil in even the most forlorn food supermarket. That was the one record they always had.

    For decades, Shine On You Crazy Diamond with its long instrumental parts was the standard soundtrack in German TV environmental/nature documentaries. If there was a volcano bubbling on the screen, you could bet that Floyd would be running in the background! In the mid to late seventies there wasn’t a German household which didn’t own this album.

  11. 11
    Uwe Hornung says:

    You can listen to Shine On You Crazy Diamond here. Nothing can beat the original, but this is an excellent version with some tasty drumming from Paicey.

    https://cleopatrarecords.bandcamp.com/track/shine-on-you-crazy-diamond-feat-geoff-tate-steve-hackett-billy-sheehan-mel-collins-geoff-downes-ian-paice

  12. 12
    Uwe Hornung says:

    I’ve listened to it quite a bit now, and with the possible exception of James LaBrie’s vocals on Have A Cigar (which like pretty much everything else from Dream Theater will forever remain an acquired taste to me – sorry, all you already burdened, celibate DT-fans!), it’s really worth a listen. Not as somber as the original WYWH (always a tasteful suicide record), but more dramatic/flourished (with Wakeman guesting, what did you expect?!).

    Bootsy Collins (who takes some liberty in his reinterpretation of Waters’/Gilmour’s bass lines, no surprises there either) playing with Little Ian is a hoot!

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