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Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd (CD)

By: Pink Floyd (Artist)

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Pink Floyd Artist Snapshot:

From their first Syd Barrett-led psych-pop record to their concept albums and elaborately presented live shows of the 1970s, these space-rock pioneers reached unprecedented heights of commercial and aesthetic success. Their '73 opus, DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, remained on the album charts for an astounding 14 years, making it one of the best-selling records ever. Even after the departure of main conceptualist Roger Waters following 1983's THE FINAL CUT, Floyd continued to release albums well into the '90s, with David Gilmour leading the band.

Track Listing

DISC 1 for Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd (CD) Album By Pink Floyd (Artist)
1   Astronomy Domine
2   See Emily Play
3   The Happiest Day of Our Lives
4   Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)
5   Echoes
6   Hey You
7   Marooned
8   The Great Gig in the Sky
9   Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun
10   Money
11   Keep Talking
12   Sheep
13   Sorrow
DISC 2 for Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd (CD) Album By Pink Floyd (Artist)
1   Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-7)
2   Time
3   The Fletcher Memorial Home
4   Comfortably Numb
5   When the Tigers Broke Free
6   One of These Days
7   Us And Them
8   Learning to Fly
9   Arnold Layne
10   Wish You Were Here
11   Jug Band Blues
12   High Hopes

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Media Type: CD
Street Release Date: 11/06/2001

Product Notes

Echoes is a double-CD collection of some of Pink Floyd's best songs. It's also a fascinating document of the band's history. They began life as Syd Barrett's phantasmagoric plaything before clasping the wings of Icarus and ascending toward the sun on an epic space-rock odyssey, eventually turning left once they reached the dark side of the moon and burning up on reentry, crash-landing on every earthlings' home hi-fi. And it's all here--30 years of the Floyd's awesome back catalog trimmed down to two handsome CDs. It's worth remembering that, despite a fondness for pyrotechnics, Pink Floyd were never a prog-rock band. Sure, some of their songs are a bit long, and they never released singles (at least not for 11 years), but the same could be said for Led Zeppelin. Clinically devoid of the faux-classical overtures and vainglorious musicianship of that era, Pink Floyd were a pole apart; Meddle's epic maritime tone poem "Echoes" remains the Floyd's apogee. But here, on this collection, "the albatross" which "hangs motionless upon the air" has had its wings clipped--seven full minutes are missing, but you'd never be able to tell. The sonar bleeps, the screeching seagulls, the howling winds are all retained, and whoever wielded the editorial axe, Eugene, did so carefully.

Interestingly, the album's nonchronological track listing works--the summery, childhood enchantment of "See Emily Play" is right next to the school discipline of "Happiest Days of Our Lives"--and at least this way no one will switch off when material from A Momentary Lapse of Reason comes around. Despite the curious omission of "Atom Heart Mother," this really is the very best of the Floyd--from the throbbing "One of These Days" to the pop operatic "Great Gig in the Sky" to the genius silvery fluidity of Dave Gilmour's guitar work. This is timeless, as many members of Sigur Rós, Radiohead, and the Beta Band will attest. --Kevin Maidment

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