Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd

Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd

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Being the quintessential album rock band, Pink Floyd hasn't had much luck with "best-of" and "greatest-hits" compilations, like A Collection of Great Dance Songs and the bizarro follow-up, Works. Since both of those were released in the early '80s (and time travel being unavailable even to Pink Floyd), they obviously left out any tracks from the post-Roger Waters era albums. While countless hours in dorm rooms have been spent laboring over whether or not the post-Waters recordings should even be considered the "real Floyd", the later albums nonetheless stand as a further progression in the band's evolution and warrant recognition. The 2001 release Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd does just that, sequencing the tracks non-chronologically in an effort to place more emphasis on the individual songs as opposed to the era they're from. Unfortunately, the effect is rather jarring when the songs transition from the clinical mid-'90s sound of "High Hopes" directly into the psychedelic groove of the much earlier "Bike." Interestingly, as is the case with most of their albums (but a rarity in "hits" compilations), most of the tracks fade into one another; the hum of "Keep Talking" segueing into the bleating of "Sheep," making for an intriguing listen from one song to the next. There are many highlights on this collection: the inclusion of the Floyd holy grail "When the Tigers Broke Free," a sweeping Waters military dirge that has only appeared in the film The Wall, and the fascinating "Shine on You Crazy Diamond, Pts. 1-7," which has never before been released without the break in the middle (but conspicuously missing parts eight and nine). The confusing inclusion of "The Fletcher Memorial Home" (possibly just to cover something from The Final Cut) and three songs from the decidedly mediocre Division Bell stand out as obvious head-scratchers, making the die-hard Pink Floyd fan wonder if compiler James Guthrie was really clear on what this album should represent. Guthrie's job was unfortunately doomed from the start; since Pink Floyd's strength has always been in the band's rich, sprawling albums, listening to selections cut and chopped from here and there makes it almost like watching three-minute segments from Citizen Kane, Gone With the Wind, and Apocalypse Now, knowing full well that they hold together much better as whole works. Still, Echoes is nearly the best possible assembly of the band's individual songs one could hope for, and collectors and completists should be overjoyed. That being said, anyone just getting into this group's fascinating sound would be much better off starting with Dark Side of the Moon, then working forward, then backward from there: the time honored system of hungrily consuming the Pink Floyd catalog that has stood for generations.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/24/2016
Label: Pink Floyd Records
UPC: 0888751710320
catalogNumber: 517103
Rank: 2278

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pink Floyd   Primary Artist
Syd Barrett   Vocals
Roger Waters   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Michael Kamen   Piano,Conductor
Lesley Duncan   Background Vocals
Nick Mason   Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Doris Troy   Background Vocals
Richard Wright   Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Phyllis Saint James   Background Vocals
Sam Brown   Background Vocals
Jon Carin   Piano,Keyboards
Noel Davis   Choir, Chorus
Venetta Fields   Vocals
Steve Forman   Percussion
David Gilmour   Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Fretless Bass Guitar,Group Member
Carol Kenyon   Background Vocals
Darlene Koldenhoven   Background Vocals
Tony Levin   Bass
Durga McBroom   Background Vocals
Dick Parry   Saxophone
Guy Pratt   Bass
Edward Shearmur   Conductor
Jackie Sheridan   Background Vocals
Barry St. John   Background Vocals
Liza Strike   Background Vocals
Clare Torry   Vocals
Carmen Twillie   Background Vocals
Carlena Williams   Vocals
Rebecca Leigh-White   Background Vocals
Donnie Gerrard   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Syd Barrett   Composer
Roger Waters   Composer,Producer
Michael Kamen   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration
Nick Mason   Composer
Richard Wright   Composer
Joe Boyd   Producer
Bob Ezrin   Producer,Orchestration
Pink Floyd   Producer
David Gilmour   Composer,Producer,drum programming
James Guthrie   Producer
Edward Shearmur   Arranger
Norman Smith   Producer
Gary Wallis   Percussion Programming
Storm Thorgerson   Cover Art
Peter Curzon   Graphic Design
Robert Hadley   Transfer Assistant
Polly Samson   Composer

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