When Pink Floyd recorded Meddle in 1971, the band started without a clear direction for the album. They tried a series of experiments in the studio in order to spur the creative process but went weeks without having a finished song to show for it. The band had touring commitments at the time and so the recording of the album was spread out.
The album reached #3 in the UK but didn’t sell well in the U.S. (generally blamed on lack of publicity on the part of the record label). NME called it “an exceptionally good album” upon its release CDJ readers are calling it the #4 most underrated album in classic rock.