Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason has shed light on the beginning of the end of the group, opening up about the tensions in the studio as the band recorded 1975 album Wish You Were Here.
In a candid new interview, which features on upcoming Dvd Pink Floyd: The Story of Wish You Were Here, bandmates David Gilmour, Roger Waters and Mason, and producer Brian Humphries, look back on the troubles they faced recording a follow-up to Dark Side of the Moon.
Humphries recalls it was rare that more than two members of the band were in the studio at the same time and Mason reveals Waters tried to boost the creative energy of the group by coming up with a series of quirky recording challenges.
He says, "We just seemed to have wandered off the path... We weren't really sure how to move on from there.
"There were issues with almost everything. There were technical issues; we were trying to get better quality sound; we were rebuilding mixers; the road crew were disorganised. We were hiring and firing people, where one of us would hire them and another would fire them. It was not conducive to a tight ship."
But the drummer insists the "tension" in the studio helped make Wish You Were Here such a great album.
He adds, "If you didn't have those tensions you wouldn't have the album... You can't have the one without the other... That's how it is."
Wish You Were Here went on to become one of the biggest hit albums ever.