Since 8-track tapes have a loop-play function, where after the end the tape is played from the beginning once again, the 8-track version of the Pink Floyd album “Animals” was changed for playing on repeat – a guitar solo connecting the first and the last song on the album was added.

Pigs on the Wing

“Pigs on the Wing” is a two-part song by UK band Pink Floyd from their 1977 concept album Animals, opening and closing the album. According to various interviews, it was written by Roger Waters as a declaration of love to his new wife Carolyne Christie. The song is significantly different from the other three songs on the album, “Dogs,” “Pigs” and “Sheep,” in that the other songs are dark, whereas this one is lighter-themed, as well as also being much shorter in duration, at under a minute and a half while the others are all at least 10 minutes in length.

The title is a reference to the figure of speech “when pigs fly” and an image of a flying pig appears on the album cover and was subsequently used by Pink Floyd in their live concerts…. Continue Reading (2 minute read)

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  1. Big-Tumbleweed-4682

    “The wall” has it too – just before “in the flesh?” begins, you can hear the harmonica of “outside the wall”

  2. topcat5

    I was a clever way to handle tape. You never had to rewind it.

  3. WolfieVanHagar

    There is a pause and a kerchunk between channels. It is not like this was a seamless transition.

  4. azlmichael

    my uncle had that 8track. I had an autorevers tape deck. I took apart a cassette and cut the tape so it was exactly half the 8 track and recorded it on the cassette. If you weren’t listening for it, you could not tell when it restarted.

    BTW 8-tracks were crap. The tape pulled from the middle so even the best decks stretched the tape. After a hundred or so plays, it started sounding wobbly or fading out in spots.

  5. risingmoon01

    Pink Floyd is also responsible for making lights/lasers part of the show.

  6. axmash66

    The band King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard did something like this in 2016 with their album “Nonagon Infinity”. Each song blends into the next one, multiple reprises/themes & a return to the first track once the last song is completed. Highly recommended listen

  7. bolanrox

    Played by snowy white as well.

  8. thegoodbadandsmoggy

    Animals is the second best Floyd album don’t @ me

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