Pink Floyd - Pink Floyd: Meddle – A Classic Album Under Review

Largely unconvincing hard-sell

Wedged between the Syd Barrett
years and post-Dark Side Of The
Moon megastardom, Meddle is
often considered the ‘lost’ Pink
Floyd album, ignored and
underrated. As is reiterated
throughout, this hour-long feature
takes it upon itself to set the
record straight.

It’s a shame, then, that the
first half is dedicated to a washedout
history of the band, from
inception to Meddle-predecessor
Ummagumma. While
contextualizing the album, it’s both
too brief to do so thoroughly and
too long for a film of this nature.
What follows is a discussion
dominated by revered music
scribes, whose work between them
graces nearly every national music
magazine and a range of books.
Although their views are
sporadically repetitive, they
combine critical scrutiny with clear
enthusiasm, dropping in anecdotal
musings for good measure.

With the penny’s worth of
thoughts from Yes founder Pete
Banks and Soft Machine’s Hugh
Hooper, the absence of any direct
input from the Floyd is almost
excusable. Disappointingly, though,
their presence is instead replaced
by awkward freeze-frame quotes
littered carelessly throughout: a far
cry from the exclusive interviews
and insights given for the Classic
Album series’ appraisal of Dark
Side Of The Moon.

Ironically, this takes on a life
akin to its topic: occasionally
essential, yet too often disposable
to be considered classic.

3 stars 3 stars 3 stars

Sexy Intellectual | SIDVD 518

Reviewed by Sam Coare
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