The song features music by Richard Wright and non-lexical vocals by Clare Torry. During it was performed live as a simple organ instrumental, accompanied by spoken-word samples from the Bible and snippets of speeches by Malcolm Muggeridgea British writer known for his conservative religious views. When the band came to record Dark Side inthe lead instrument had been switched to a piano. Various sound effects were tried over the track, including recordings of NASA astronauts communicating on space missions, but none were satisfactory.
Finally, a couple of weeks before the album was due to be finished, the band thought of having a female singer "wail" over the music. As the band began casting around for a singer, album engineer Alan Parsons suggested Clare Torrya year-old songwriter and session vocalist. Parsons had previously worked with Torry, and had liked her voice on a Top of The Pops covers album. The band played the instrumental track for Torry and asked her to improvise a vocal.
At first, Torry struggled to divine what the band wanted, but then she was inspired to pretend that she herself was an instrument. David Gilmour asked The Great Gig In The Sky - Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon a third take, but halfway through Torry stopped, feeling she was getting repetitive and had already done the best she could. The final album track was assembled from all three takes. The members of the band were deeply impressed by Torry's performance, but were so reserved in their outward response that she left under the impression that her vocals would never make the final cut.
Great Gig in the Sky? It was just me playing in the studio, playing some chords, and probably Runaway - Janet Jackson - Number Ones (File) or Roger saying "Hmm… that sounds nice.
Maybe we could use that for this part of the album. So then I wrote the music for that, and then there was a middle bit, with Clare Torry singing, that fantastic voice. We wanted something for that bit, and she came in and sang on it. It was something that Rick had already written. It's a great chord sequence. And Alan [Parsons] suggested Clare Torry. I've no idea whose idea it was to have someone wailing on it.
Clare came into the studio one day, and we said, "There's no lyrics. It's about dying — have a bit of a sing on that, girl. And we all said, "Wow, that's that done. Here's your sixty quid. When the situation came up, they started head-scratching, saying, "Who are we going to get to sing on this? She had to be told not to sing any words: when she first started, she was doing "Oh yeah baby" and all that kind of stuff, so she had to be restrained on that.
But there was no real direction — she just had to feel it. Clare Torry didn't really look the part. She was Alan Parsons' idea. We wanted to put a girl on there, The Great Gig In The Sky - Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon orgasmically. Alan had worked with her previously, so we gave her try. And she was fantastic. We had to encourage her a little bit.
We gave her some dynamic hints: "Maybe you'd like to do this piece quietly, and this piece louder. It wasn't done in one single take.
I went in, put the headphones on, and started going 'Ooh-aah, baby, baby — yeah, yeah, yeah. If we wanted that we'd have got Doris Troy. And all this time, I was getting more familiar with the backing track. Alan Parsons got a lovely sound on my voice: echoey, but not too echoey.
When I closed my eyes — which I always did — it was just all-enveloping; a lovely vocal sound, which for a singer, is always inspirational. Chris Thomaswho was brought in to assist Alan Parsons in mixing the album, mentions that they were actually in mixdown at the time. Wright further mentions that when she finished, she was apologetic about her performance even though those present were amazed at her improvisation. Inprior to a hearing in the High Courtan out-of-court settlement was reached.
Although the terms of the settlement were not disclosed,  all pressings after list the composition to Richard Wright and Clare Torry. On Classic Albums: Pink Floyd — The Making The Great Gig In The Sky - Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon The Dark Side of the Moonit is pointed out that during the recording of the album, in which death and life had been a consistent theme, the members of the band went around asking questions and recording responses from the folks working inside Abbey Road.
Among the questions, they were asked "Are you afraid of dying? And I am not frightened of dying. Any time will do, I don't mind. Why should I be frightened of dying? There's no reason for it — you've got to go sometime.
An early incarnation of the song, titled "The Mortality Sequence" and lacking the vocals later contributed by Clare Torry, was performed by Pink Floyd throughout In its final version, "The Great Gig in the Sky" was performed live from —, and from — During the band's — tour, David Gilmour played both pedal steel guitar and the Hammond organallowing Richard Wright to concentrate solely on piano his keyboards were arranged where he couldn't play both. Gilmour's pedal steel for "Great Gig" was located accordingly beside Wright's Hammond.
Starting inadditional touring keyboardist Jon Carin The Great Gig In The Sky - Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon over the Hammond parts. Up to three singers performed the vocals, each taking different parts of the song. On the —75 tour, vocal duties were handled by Venetta Fields and Carlena Williams, both former members of the Blackberries.
On the Road in Clare Torry returned for the Knebworth '90 concert. A short clip of the song was used in a TV advertisement for Dole bananas. The band was not involved in this version, but Funk Freakers - Cypress Hill - (1) 1991 - 2001 Torry again did the vocal with Neil Conti on drums and Lati Kronlund on bass.
Rick wrote that music. He Whered You Find Me - Rusty Tomaski - Oh. Sweet Irony it for them. It's down to the writer. If my name had been on that track too it wouldn't have happened. I wouldn't do it. But that's Rick's business. I didn't approve of it, but I have no control over it. Phish does a live cover on track 6 of disc 3 of Live Phish Vol. The progressive metal band Dream Theater performs this song in their "Official Bootlegs: Covers" series, with Theresa Thomason taking over vocal duties.
The Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corpsfrom Canton, Ohioplayed an arrangement of the song with multiple trumpets performing the vocal part for their Drum Corps International world championship winning show "Down Side Up.
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