The music that inspired Pink Floyd: Nick Mason names his top 5 albums of all time
Nick Mason, a founding member of the progressive rock band Pink Floyd, has detailed five albums which he considers to be his all-time favourites.
Mason, who is the only Pink Floyd member to have been featured on all 15 of their studio albums, also remains the only constant member of the band since their formation way back in 1965.
The drummer, whose hugely influential role in the iconic band is undoubted, has always had a passion for building music, constructing a piece of sound: “Watching something being constructed, whether you’re passing a building site or whether you’re watching an artist at work, is fascinating, and I think that’s the enjoyment,” Mason once said.
Despite having sold over 250 million records worldwide, Mason has always been keen to point out his fellow colleagues have inspired his creative vision over the years and, in a podcast for Classic Album Sundays, the drummer named five records he considers all-time greats.
Kicking things off, and perhaps unsurprisingly, Mason opts for Bob Dylan who he describes as “still the greatest songwriter in rock music.”
Following it up, Mason references Jimi Hendrix and does so by abiding by the drummers union. “Featuring not only the greatest guitar player but also one of my favourite and the most influential drummers Mitch Mitchell,” he said.
With mentions for Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis and more, view Mason’s full list, below.
Nick Mason’s top 5 albums of all time:
Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
Jimi Hendrix – Axis: Bold As Love
Thelonious Monk – The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall
Miles Davis – A Tribute to Jack Johnson
Bruce Hornsby & The Range – Halcyon Days
When discussing the great Miles Davis, Mason added: “Probably the greatest groove album of all time assembled by Miles and a stellar line up of players.”
Stream the records and listed to the podcast, below.