The Pink Floyd Song In Which Roger Waters Played David Gilmour’s Guitar
Pink Floyd has always been known for themed and well-arranged albums, philosophical lyrics, experimental style, and elaborate live shows. Their songs have primarily reflected their discontent with the insensibility of modernity. One thing that distinguishes Pink Floyd in the music scene is their commitment to remain true to their messages by expressing them through their music.
The band has also stood out for their meticulously-crafted song arrangements. This attentive work indeed served as one of the group’s trademarks in their way of creating their authentic and distinctive sound. They tried to keep their music close to the real-world experience through their arrangements and different instruments.
It is not a surprise considering these detailed compositions that all the songs they produced have different and interesting stories. We all surely like to learn about these stories and obscure facts behind the rock songs from our favorite bands. Let’s find out about one of these little-known facts that happened during the making process of the band’s 1971 album, ‘Meddle.’
In Which Song Did Roger Waters Play David Gilmour’s Guitar?
Pink Floyd released their sixth studio album, ‘Meddle,’ on October 30, 1971. When they started working, the band members didn’t have a clear idea of the album’s direction, so they spent weeks improvising with each member isolated from what the others were playing. After quite some time, they agreed on a path and made the album ready for release.
The album received mostly positive reviews from critics and was generally regarded as a masterpiece. It was praised for its unique melodies, engaging sound, and the band’s more refined style than their previous album. The record’s most outstanding track was the final one, ‘Echoes,’ more than 23 minutes long. It is still considered among the best songs of the band, which played a massive role in their later mainstream success.
Another track from the album, named ‘Seamus,’ may be lesser-known, but it has some interesting facts. The song is performed in the style of country blues with vocals. We hear a dog barking in the background throughout the piece. The song’s title bears a dog name ‘Seamus,’ who belonged to Small Faces and Humble Pie frontman Steve Marriott.
Performing ‘Seamus’ on stage was somewhat challenging for the band due to some understandable difficulties, but they still performed it in their 1972 concert documentary, ‘Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii.’ Roger Waters played one of David Gilmour’s Stratocaster guitars to revive the song in its original version. They also brought another dog to the studio to add howling parts that Seamus did in the album version. Some appreciated the song’s humor, while it was a failed attempt for others.
You can listen to the song below.