On this day in music history: October 30, 1971 – “Meddle”, the sixth album by Pink Floyd is released. Produced by Pink Floyd, it is recorded at AIR Studios, Abbey Road Studios, and Morgan Studios in London from January – August 1971. It is the first album to be solely produced by the band. It will also mark the beginning of the bands’ transition away from their more psychedelic influenced material toward more tightly structured songs that will carry them into their most commercially successful period. The record is also unique in Pink Floyd’s catalog as it is one of the few not to focus on a central concept or theme. The centerpieces of the album are the opening track “One Of These Days”, and the twenty three minute side long atmospheric piece “Echoes”. The albums’ enigmatic cover art is designed by Storm Thorgerson of Hipgnosis (photographed by Bob Dowling) and is a close up shot of an ear underwater. “Meddle” will peak at number three on the UK album chart, number seventy on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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