Wish You Were Here, the 9th studio album by Pink Floyd was released in September 1975, and is consistently chosen by the members of the band as their favourite album. By exploring themes of absence, the music business and former band member Syd Barrett’s mental decline, the band continued to hit a righteous nerve with the listening public. The album became an instant commercial success and record company EMI was unable to print enough copies to satisfy demand. Although it initially received mixed reviews, the album has since been acclaimed by critics and appears on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.
Inspired by material the band composed while performing across Europe, Wish You Were Here was recorded in numerous sessions at London’s Abbey Road Studios, making more use of studio effects and synthesizers. Additionally, the band brought in guest singers to supply their vocals to some tracks, another feature from their previous album. These singers included Roy Harper, who provided the lead vocals on “Have a Cigar”, and The Blackberries, who made guest background vocals on “Shine On”.