Point Me at the Sky

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"Point Me at the Sky"
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Song by Pink Floyd
B-side"Careful with That Axe, Eugene"
Released17 December 1968
Recorded4 November 1968
GenreProgressive rock, psychedelic rock
Length3:35
LabelColumbia (EMI) (UK)
Capitol Records (Canada)
Songwriter(s)David Gilmour
Roger Waters
Producer(s)Norman Smith

"Point Me at the Sky" is the fifth United Kingdom single by the British band Pink Floyd, released on 17 December 1968.[1][2] The song was an early collaboration by bassist Roger Waters and guitarist David Gilmour. The single was not released in the United States However, it was released by Capitol Records in Canada (catalog number 72563) as well as in Japan, and some European countries. The vocals on the verse of the song are sung by Gilmour, and the bridge vocals are shared between Gilmour and Waters.

Point Me at the Sky has since become the most obscure of all officially released Pink Floyd recordings. It was left out of the 1971 collection Relics and was not re-issued until the 1992 CD collection The Early Singles, a bonus disc in the Shine On box set.

Because it was not intended for album release all available versions of this recording are a mono mix. There has never been a stereo mix version. The mono mix has a rather "muddy" sound quality. Because of the relatively poor sound (little improved, even on the CD release) it is somewhat difficult for fans to get an accurate interpretation of the science-fiction like lyrics. Musically, the song starts out quietly and then becomes a heavy piece of psychedelia, at times sounding very similar to "The Nile Song", which was the group's next UK single.

The record did not chart. The B-side of the single, "Careful with That Axe, Eugene," became far more popular, as it was later included on two different Pink Floyd albums and played regularly at concerts throughout the early 1970s.

A different performance of Point Me at the Sky was recorded and broadcast by the BBC in late 1968, but this has never been officially released on record. The group made a promotional film for the song in which they posed in goggles and flight outfits with a 1920s vintage aeroplane. A still picture from this photo session was included in promotional materials given away with the U.K. single and on a picture sleeve version released in The Netherlands. Alternate still shots from the same session appeared in the artwork for the 1973 LP A Nice Pair and the booklet for 1992 remastered CD of A Saucerful of Secrets.

A remake of the song was recorded by the Los Angeles group Acid Casualties which featured guitarist Robbie Krieger of The Doors. It was included on the group's only album, Panic Station, released by Rhino Records in 1982.

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References

  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.