The legendary Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason is the only member of the band that played in all their albums. The musician revealed in an interview back in 2018 with Classic Albums Sundays his 5 favorite albums of all time and explained why.
Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason and his 5 favorite albums of all time:
Bob Dylan “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan”
“Still the greatest song writer in rock music.”
Jimi Hendrix “Axis: Bold As Love”
“Featuring not only the greatest guitar player, but also one of my favourite and the most influential drummers Mitch Mitchell.”
Thelonious Monk “The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall”
“One of my favourite modern jazz players of all time. His piano playing is a lesson in timing and percussion, as well as the music.”
Miles Davis “Jack Johnson”
“Probably the greatest groove album of all time assembled by Miles and a stellar line up of players.”
Bruce Hornsby & The Range “Halcyon Days”
“Love the songs, love the band and you also get a bit of Eric Clapton.”
Nick Mason was born in Birmingham, January 27, 1944 and was the only member who has not left Pink Floyd since the band was formed in 1965. Despite writing few songs for Pink Floyd, he contributes some of the band’s most famous songs, such as “Interstellar Overdrive”, “A Saucerful Of Secrets” and “Echoes”. He also competes in auto events, such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans and was the only member of Pink Floyd to participate in the recording of all the albums.
The son of documentary filmmaker Bill Mason, he studied at Frensham Heights School, near Farnham. He subsequently studied at the University of Westminster, where he joined Roger Waters, Bob Klose and Richard Wright in 1964 to form the background to Pink Floyd, Sigma 6.
In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Nick Mason talked about the band’s creativity, saying:
“I still don’t quite understand how we got to that point of such free experimentation. We thought of ourselves as an R’n’B band, playing hits. It was just a bit of fun. We were floundering around. And we wanted to be a pop group.”
“We wanted to meet girls and have a wild time and be famous. I think we jumped on the bandwagon. All of those A&R guys at record companies were searching for the next big thing, and it looked like it was a toss-up between psychedelic music and reggae. And you should hear us play reggae. So, so bad.”
“The interesting thing is how unpopular we were with our funny old psychedelic music. We used to go up north and the crowds would boo. They hated us. I can’t understand why we didn’t just fold it there and then.”