Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb


409 – Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb (1979)
Written by Roger Waters and David Gilmour
Produced by Bob Ezrin, David Gilmour, James Guthrie and Roger Waters
Label – Harvest/Columbia

A rare jointly written piece from Waters and Gilmour for “The Wall” album, the essence of this outstanding song doesn’t just rely on Gilmour’s spectacular guitar solo. A sweeping yet spacious production effort from Bob Ezrin and co., allied with Waters and Gilmour’s contrasting vocals adds an almost ethereal atmosphere to the song. With lyrics inspired by Waters being administered a pain killing injection to treat suspected Hepatitis just prior to a Philadelphia concert in 1977 he admitted later “That was the longest two hours of my life. Trying to do a show when you can hardly lift your arms.”

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