Rick doesn’t seem to get the recognition he deserves, and being in a band with Waters and Gilmour doesn’t help, but his musical contributions are astounding and Floyd wouldn’t have been the same without him.
In 1979 I was deep into punk rock, every weekend I would take the train up into Camden to go to the market and find rare singles and bootlegs by the Clash, X-Ray Spex, 999, etc., my punk rock ethos was cemented in concrete and nothing was going to dislodge that. Then I heard The Wall and everything changed. For a kid growing up in England at that time it was as if someone had written and recorded the soundtrack to my life, which if you think about it is kinda fucking sad.
So here we are 31 years later and it’s still my favorite album of all time, it always speaks to me, and the musicianship is beyond compare. So I thought I would repost the second set of demos to The Wall in all their glory for you guys to download. These are all studio recordings of the entire album, some similar to the finished version, but most not, it’s fascinating to me to see how the album took shape.
Pass these around, play them to your kids, and most of all let’s thank Rick Wright for his musical genius today.
Download The Wall demos here.