I never said I didn't like them. They can't hold a candle to Wish You Were Here and Dark Side, though. Previous and subsequent PF albums were more musical and joyful. Waters was not a good musician then, and the only saving grace was Gilmour and Wright's skills. By "Animals", Waters' lyrics were so deeply unhappy and bitter that they dragged everything else down. Back then I was young we listened because it was Pink Floyd and Pink Floyd was great. But as I matured and became truly honest with myself, I had to admit that I wished that I could edit the Waters part out of the later PF stuff. I even said that I wish that, when it seemed like PF was over, that they would have fired Waters not Wright. When the group came back in '86 with the lineup that I wanted, my friends thought I was a prophet! (It was only a very happy coincidence however.) Think of it this way, what is the most memorable part of the Waters period? David Gilmour's guitar solo from "Comfortably Numb". That's one tune off an entire double album! Yes, that's the problem. Waters was a bully. He didn't let others contribute, then berated them for not contributing. Gilmour's solo album of '78, and especially Wright's of the same year show the caliber of musical talent that Waters was driving away from Pink Floyd. I'll take tunes like "Raise my Rent" and "Funky Deux" over the last remix of "Raving and Drooling" and "You Gotta Be Crazy" any day. You're entitled to your opinion, of course. I'll let the album sales numbers and concert attendance at the Pink Floyd trio concerts vs. Waters' solo concerts speak for themselves. We'll have to agree to disagree on that. I can't imagine a successful Pink Floyd without Gilmour or Wright; I have seen a successful Pink Floyd without Waters. No, Waters' truly cruel and hateful abuse of his bandmates was a destructive force. No good at all came of it. Rick Wright was a sensitive guy, as good musicians tend to be. Waters' nasty and very personal attacks hurt Wright more than any physical beating could. I blame Waters for making Wright's poor health worse, leading to his early death. It takes a special kind of asshole to have made a fortune off of a former bandmate's mental illness and then go kick another while he was down.* *Syd Barrett suffered from an undiagnosed mental illness, probably schizophrenia. Richard Wright was suffering from clinical depression in the late '70s and early '80s, related to his working conditions with PF, and the decay of his marriage at the same time. Barret died of natural causes in 2006. Schizophrenics tend to have a shorter lifespan. Wright died of cancer in 2008. The type of cancer and when it was first diagnosed hasn't been made public.