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Pink Floyd's "Animals" featured in Guitar World magazine
Article analyzes themes of 1977 album and documents its making

guitar worldThe November issue of Guitar World magazine features Pink Floyd's "Animals" album. A 15-column article documents the making of the 1977 album; an additional piece explains how to play "Dogs" and provides tablature for song.

In the main article, titled "In a Pig's Eye," West Coast editor Alan di Perna analyzes the social and economic conditions in mid-'70s England that served as a impetus for songwriter Roger Waters. He goes on to describe some of the procedures and equipment used for producing the album at Floyd's then-new recording facility Britannia Row.

"'Animals' is an often-overlooked gem in the Pink Floyd canon," di Perna writes. "(Its) lengthy compositions may be less amenable to classic rock radio play than other Floyd tunes. But 'Animals' is nonetheless one of Pink Floyd's greatest achievements.

"It tends to appeal to those who like their rock a bit rough around the edges -- the same historically informed rock fans, in many cases, who are prone to prefer Pink Floyd's very first album, 'The Piper at the Gates of Dawn,' to better known works like 'Dark Side' or 'The Wall.'"

Jimmy Brown's five-page piece on "Dogs," titled "Dogs Show," calls the 17-minute track "easily one of the most ambitious productions in Floyd's catalog" and a "forgotten masterpiece."

Di Perna wrote a 34-page cover story about Floyd, including a studied analysis of "Dark Side of the Moon," for the magazine's December 2001 issue.

Guitar World also put Floyd on its March 2000 cover, in anticipation of the release of "Is There Anybody Out There: The Wall Live."

(Posted: Sept. 29, 2002)

 

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