Thursday, October 11, 2007


A little-mentioned but highly essential facet of prog-rock legends Pink Floyd is their ability to craft carefully constructed, highly atmospheric instrumentals. While these non-vocal tracks are nowhere as well-known as certified standards like "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)", "Comfortably Numb" or "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", they are still masterful tracks worthy of more than just a passing mention. One such tune is "Marooned" from the band's final studio album, 1994's "The Division Bell". An apt showcase for David Gilmour's expressive, measured high-pitched guitar chops, "Marooned" also makes fantastic use of pitch shifters to transpose his notes to a higher octave. It also unexpectedly garnered the band their only Grammy to date (for Best Rock Instrumental Performance at the 1995 event). Check out a stellar live performance taken from the 50th-anniversary gig to celebrate the release of the Fender Stratocaster.


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