„Wish you were Here“ was re-released all over the years in different formats (as you can see on the covers listed below). The most outstanding package is the so called „Immersion Box“ which comes with 2 CDs, 2 DVDs and 1 Blu-Ray including unreleased material and a lot of bonus collectables.
Welcome to my music diary – today for the 6th September!
Roger Waters ( born on 6th September 1943)
Today in 1943 Mr. George Roger Waters was born in Great Bookham, UK. He was the singer, songwriter and bassist of the Rock band Pink Floyd, which was founded in 1965 by Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Richard Wright and Waters. In 1967 guitarist David Gilmoure completed the line up and after the leaving of Syd Barrett in 1968, Roger Waters replaced Barrett as the principal lyricist. After this change Pink Floyd became more and more one of the most successful bands in Rock history. Albums like „The Dark Side of the Moon„, „Wish you were here„, „Animals“ and „The Wall“ hit the charts worldwide. In 1985 and after twenty years Roger Waters left Pink Floyd and started his solo career.
The Australian album was released on the 20th September 1976. It features nine songs, two of them were only available on this version for a long time. These tracks are „R.I.P. (Rock in Peace)“ and „Jailbreak“.
The international version of „Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap“ has also nine songs, but a different track listing. „Rocker“ from the „T.N.T.“ album is here included and also the song „Love at first Feel„. Interesting, because this tune was in Australia released one year later as a single with „Problem Child“ on the B-side.
Talking about delays:
It took almost five years that „Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap“ was also finally available in the USA. The LP hit the stores on 27th March 1981 – one year after the tragic death of singer Bon Scott. So it is not a big surprise that many people were completely confused that time after the megaseller „Back in Black“ with the new singer Brian Johnson on vocals entered the charts worldwide.
As already mentioned before, the cover of the two versions are completely different. The Australian edition features a comic drawing of Bon Scott and Angus Young (as you can see listed below). The international version has a cover from Hipgnoisis, an English art design group based in London. This company did also remarkable sleeves for bands like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Genesis, just to name a few.
During the recording sessions for „Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap“ the song „I’m a Rebel“ was recorded. The lyrics were written by the Young brothers Angus, Malcolm and Alex. Unfortunately this track was never released by AC/DC, but two versions appeared over the years: The German Metal band Accept covered this rarity for their album of the same name.
And finally also the version with Alex Young on lead vocals (backing by AC/DC and Bon Scott) can be found on the internet – here it is: