Progressive rock is not normally something that excites anyone except for middle aged men. But not without exception: Pink Floyd offer something different from the banality of other ‘prog rock’ bands. It is truly progressive, provoking and enveloping – especially when compared to the offerings of their prog rock colleagues such as Genesis. The perfect example of this is The Great Gig In The Sky. It moves beyond the parameters of normal song writing and towards a metaphysical and phenomenological exploration of mortality. The vocals soar over the chord progressions – they provide a climax juxtaposed against the somber subject of death and mortality. The song represents a realisation and acceptance of death and the dynamic nature of dying.
1973. Pink Floyd – The Great Gig in the Sky
– Cai Reaich