Pink Floyd’s 10th studio album, Animals, was released nearly 10 years after their psychedelic debut that launched the band onto the world stage. But this release couldn’t be further from The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn if you tried it: it was a hard-hitting, politically charged heavy rock album. Its three central pieces, “Pigs (Three Different Ones)”, “Dogs” and “Sheep” each spanning over 10 minutes, drew parallels with George Orwell’s dystopian nightmare, “Animal Farm”. His lyrics continued to project Roger Waters’ eternal themes of the struggles of life where the servile masses are sheep controlled by tyrannical pigs and authoritarian dogs.
Recorded in the summer of 1976, in the space of time it took punk to both explode and quickly die out, at their own Britannia Row studios in North London, it also marked a change from at their traditional EMI base at Abbey Road. Arguably one of Pink Floyd’s worst-recorded works, it nevertheless holds a special place in the hearts of many fans and Animals has enjoyed a legacy – Roger Waters in particular has shoehorned these tracks back to life. in his own politically charged solo shows in recent years.
The corresponding tour during the first half of 1977 was also not without compromise and built on the spectacular stadium that had been successfully developed over the previous two touring years. Creatively, there were no limits to their ambition, as large-scale inflatables, on-screen movies, special effects and state-of-the-art sound were used to envelop audiences in an endlessly immersive experience. growing. But, despite all this, as their fanbase grew exponentially, so did the rowdy nature of the stadium environment, which, coupled with the band members’ personal issues, eventually led to divisions between the bands. and Roger Waters’ growing intolerance and disdain for adulation. supporters.
It all finally came to a spectacular climax at their final show of the Animals tour in Montreal in July and the events that unfolded became the pivot of Waters’ vision of isolation and madness that ultimately led to the creation of “The Wall” two years later. .
Pink Floyd – The Animals Tour: A Visual History by Glenn Povey documents both the album’s recording and supporting touring history which remains one of the most fascinating periods in Pink Floyd’s history. .