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Pink Floyd Album Poll from rec.music.misc Date: Sun, 10 Nov 91 20:54:27 +0100 From: sommar@enea.se (Erland Sommarskog) Newsgroups: rec.music.misc,alt.rock-n-roll Subject: Usenet Artist Polls #8 - Results for Pink Floyd No one had asked for Pink Floyd, yet the poll was a smashing success. 107 people voted, which passed Zappa's record of 43 to a laughable history. As usual the result first, and then my comments. Thanks to everyone who voted! Total number of ballots: 107 TITLE POINTS LISTED FIRST LAST ===== ====== ====== ===== ==== 1. Dark Side Of The Moon 1129 106 30.66 0 2. Wish You Were Here 1010 105 24.16 1 3. The Wall 788 107 20 2.50 4. Meddle 590 82 3 3.33 5. Animals 374 92 12.50 6 6. A Momentary Lapse Of Reason 45 91 0 7.75 7. Atom Heart Mother -109 59 3.50 3.43 8. Relics -147 47 0 2.09 9. The Final Cut -153 81 3 14.10 10. The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn -174 46 5 3.59 11. Ummagumma -205 50 0 6.09 12. A Saucerful Of Secrets -212 48 1.50 1.60 13. The Delicate Sound Of Thunder -304 74 0 8.25 14. More -365 33 0 1.10 15. Obscured By Clouds -380 51 0 1.43 16. The Pros And Cons Of Hitch-Hiking -432 51 0.33 5 17. Works -508 15 0 2 18. Radio K.A.O.S -546 58 3.33 9.35 19. Masters Of Rock -832 14 0 3 20. A Collection Of Great Dance Songs -847 38 0 7 21. The Wall In Berlin -1046 52 0 17.35 Mentioned once was also "Objects Of Fantasy", "When The Wind Blows" "Tongue Tied And Twisted", "Ultra Rare Trax-vol. 2". I have to admit complete ignorance on these titles. Well, "Dark Side of the Moon", and I guess everyone expected that. But the margin to "Wish You Were Here" was not very big. What is maybe more noticeable is that only 6 out of 21 albums managed to get a positive score. The thing I was most curious in this poll, was how "The Wall" would rank. I know that many people loves this one a lot, but I have also seen several who don't like it. My theory was that the net effect would be that "The Final Cut" would rank higher than "The Wall". Because if you liked "The Wall" you proceeded to "The Final Cut", whereas we who couldn't think of getting through sides 5 and 6 of "The Wall", skipped that one. This would then lead to that while "The Wall" would have both positive and negative votes, "The Final Cut" would only have positive ones. Well, I was proven wrong. (Although it is possible that including the Waters album distorted the facts. "The Wall" would have ranked last on at least one more ballot without them, namely mine.) As for "who-is-the-real-Floyd", I guess there is not much discussion. "Lapse" gets, for me at least, a very surprising sixth place, while Waters albums are all in the bottom swamp together with the compilations. But notice that no one listed "Lapse" as #1, while "Radio K.A.O.S" topped 4 bills, and "Hitch-Hiking" also shared a top tie on one ballot. Another observation is that many have the compilations. 38 have "Collection..." whose only unique track as I know is a remix of Money. 47 have "Relics", but this is more motivated, since "Relics" add many tracks not on LP elsewhere. This was to me a bit unexpected. But I was also negatively surprised to see how few who have the stuff before "Meddle". Only 58 have "Atom Heart Mother", and less half of the voters have listed the earlier albums. Personally I find this being the essential period of Floyd. My own bill was topped by a tie of "Piper" and "Atom Heart Mother" followed by "Ummagumma" before a filler. On the other hand, it doesn't seem that the voters of this poll think they have missed anything. There is a clear correlation between times listed and the position, with "Delicate..." and "The Final Cut" being the only exception. Finally, of the regular Floyd albums "Obscured By Clouds" ended up last, which is another disappointment for me. Well, I had not expected much better, but still I like to point out that this indeed fairly simply kept album,, is a nice little gem. Oh well, I guess I am not a very typical Floyd fan...

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