Did you know that Pink Floyd also collaborated with some famous artists from different genres and backgrounds? Here are some of the most notable collaborations of Pink Floyd with other artists.
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In 1994, Pink Floyd released their 14th studio album, The Division Bell, which featured a track called “Keep Talking”. The song included a sample of Stephen Hawking’s voice from a British Telecom commercial. The same year, the band also worked with ambient electronic group The Orb on a remix album called The Dark Side of the Moon Revisited. The Orb added their own sounds and effects to the original tracks, creating a new and unique version of the classic album.
In 1987, Pink Floyd performed at the Wembley Stadium for their A Momentary Lapse of Reason tour. One of the special guests who joined them on stage was Kate Bush, the legendary singer-songwriter known for her eclectic and experimental music. Bush sang backup vocals on “Comfortably Numb” and “Run Like Hell”, adding her distinctive voice to the songs. Bush later said that it was one of the most memorable experiences of her career.
In 2006, Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour released his third solo album, On an Island, which featured a duet with David Bowie on the title track. The two icons had been friends since the early 1970s, when Bowie covered Pink Floyd’s “See Emily Play” on his album Pin Ups. Gilmour and Bowie also performed together at several concerts, including the Live 8 charity event in 2005, where they played “Comfortably Numb” and “Arnold Layne”.
Michael Kamen was a composer and conductor who worked with many artists, such as Eric Clapton, Metallica, Queen, and Bryan Adams. He also collaborated with Pink Floyd on several occasions, arranging and conducting the orchestral parts for their albums The Wall, The Final Cut, and The Division Bell. Kamen also played keyboards and piano on some of their songs, such as “The Great Gig in the Sky” and “High Hopes”.
Clare Torry is a singer who is best known for her vocal performance on “The Great Gig in the Sky”, one of the most iconic songs from Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon. Torry was hired as a session singer by the band’s producer Alan Parsons, who asked her to improvise over the instrumental track. Torry delivered an amazing vocal improvisation that captured the emotion and intensity of the song. She later said that she was inspired by gospel singers and opera singers, as well as her own feelings at the time.