Fearless (Pink Floyd song)

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"Fearless"
Single by Pink Floyd
from the album Meddle
A-side "One of These Days" (US & Italian single)
Released 30 October 1971 (US)
5 November 1971 (UK)
29 November 1971 (US single)
1971 (Italian single)
1971 (Japanese single)
Format 7"
Recorded July 1971
Morgan Studios, London
August 1971
AIR Studios, London
Genre Progressive folk, progressive rock
Length 6:08
5:54 (US single)
Label Harvest (UK)
Capitol (US)
Writer(s) David Gilmour
Roger Waters
Producer(s) Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd singles chronology
"The Nile Song"
(1969)
"One of These Days"
(1971)
"Free Four"
(1972)
Meddle track listing

"Fearless" is the title of the third track on Meddle by Pink Floyd.[1][2] This song was one of several to be considered for the band's "best of" album, Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd.[3]

Recording[edit]

The song's slow tempo and mellow acoustic sound bear similarities to some of the other tracks on the first side of the album. David Gilmour and Roger Waters composed the song on guitar using an open tuning in G major. Waters plays the acoustic guitar parts on the studio recording, despite his job as the band's usual bassist.[4]

Near the beginning and at the end of the song, a field recording of fans in Liverpool's Kop singing "You'll Never Walk Alone" is superimposed over the music. This Rodgers and Hammerstein song became the anthem of Liverpool F.C. after Gerry & the Pacemakers had a number-one hit with their recording.

B-side status[edit]

The song is almost regarded[by whom?] as an underground hit for Pink Floyd. Although it was not released as a single in the UK and only played live by the band once,[5] it was released as the "B-side" of the single "One of These Days" in 1971.

Personnel[edit]

with:

Cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2004). The Great Rock Discography (7th ed.). Edinburgh: Canongate Books. p. 1177. ISBN 1-84195-551-5. 
  2. ^ Mabbett, Andy (1995). The Complete Guide to the Music of Pink Floyd. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-4301-X. 
  3. ^ Guthrie, James. "James Guthrie: Audio: Building A Compilation Album". Pink Floyd. Archived from the original on 2 June 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  4. ^ The Amazing Pudding archive, The Pink Floyd Fan Club.
  5. ^ http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/pink-floyd/1971/carnegie-hall-new-york-ny-2bd778de.html Set list detailing the performance of "Fearless"

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