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Wish You Could Hear: Pink Floyd's 'Wish You Were Here' Track Gets a Violinist's Touch per an Immersion Re-Release, Nick Mason Claims Travesty

by Ian Holubiak   Apr 12, 2014 14:19 PM EDT

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"You have to learn 'Wish You Were Here' when you get your first guitar," my father said to me, his favorite track from the album of the same name, or Dark Side of the Moon. And after listening to it, I did.

Anecdotes aside, the slowed-down ballad track from the conceptual Dark Side LP featured not just a 12-string acoustic juxtaposed with a riffing six, but a fully orchestrated band crooning to the departed Syd Barett and Waters' lonely feelings of isolation.

But a rare, alien track sat in the mix, buried beneath the weight of the band's great ambient playing (and recording devices). Stephanie Grapelli, a violinist, was slighted and her performance didn't make the cut.

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