Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd [Biodegradable]

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Few bands have been more successful at burrowing into the heads of an audience than the Floyd -- be it via headphone listening sessions, laser shows, or live spectacles And even though the cerebral vision of David Gilmour and Roger Waters was off the beaten path, Pink Floyd have been a mainstay on rock radio for the better part of three decades. While the band's classic-rock radio staples are certainly well represented on this double-disc retrospective -- from the sinuous chug of "Money" to the creepy chorus of "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2" -- Echoes also offers plenty of great uneasy listening for those seeking sounds from off the playlist. Delving deep into ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Few bands have been more successful at burrowing into the heads of an audience than the Floyd -- be it via headphone listening sessions, laser shows, or live spectacles And even though the cerebral vision of David Gilmour and Roger Waters was off the beaten path, Pink Floyd have been a mainstay on rock radio for the better part of three decades. While the band's classic-rock radio staples are certainly well represented on this double-disc retrospective -- from the sinuous chug of "Money" to the creepy chorus of "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2" -- Echoes also offers plenty of great uneasy listening for those seeking sounds from off the playlist. Delving deep into Floyd's Syd Barrett era, this compilation offers up the swirling acid-pop of "See Emily Play" and "Arnold Layne" as well as the screaming guitar digressions of "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun." Some of the earlier Gilmour/Waters-led efforts get short shrift, aside from Ummagumma's "Astronomy Domine," but the set leans on the mid-'70s releases, culling heavily from the troika of Wish You Were Here, Dark Side of the Moon, and Animals. Most of the material contained on the second disc is relatively familiar, but the inclusion of "When the Tigers Broke Free," which was lost in the shuffle when The Final Cut was transferred from vinyl to CD, should tickle the ears of any digitally minded Floyd-head.
All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
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. [EMI re-released the album in 2006 with new packaging: a biodegradable cover that "can be discarded."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/3/2006
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 094637454329
  • Catalog Number: 502293
  • Sales rank: 43,487

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Astronomy Domine (4:10)
  2. 2 See Emily Play (2:47)
  3. 3 The Happiest Days of Our Lives (1:38)
  4. 4 Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2 (4:01)
  5. 5 Echoes (16:30)
  6. 6 Hey You (4:39)
  7. 7 Marooned (2:02)
  8. 8 The Great Gig in the Sky (4:40)
  9. 9 Set the Controls for the Hear of the Sun (5:20)
  10. 10 Money (6:29)
  11. 11 Keep Talking (5:57)
  12. 12 Sheep (9:46)
  13. 13 Sorrow (8:45)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Shine on You Crazy Diamonds, Pts. 1-7 (17:32)
  2. 2 Time (6:48)
  3. 3 The Fletcher Memorial Home (4:07)
  4. 4 Comfortably Numb (6:53)
  5. 5 When the Tigers Broke Free (3:42)
  6. 6 One of These Days (5:14)
  7. 7 Us and Them (7:51)
  8. 8 Learning to Fly (4:50)
  9. 9 Arnold Layne (2:52)
  10. 10 Wish You Were Here (5:21)
  11. 11 Jugband Blues (2:56)
  12. 12 High Hopes (6:59)
  13. 13 Bike (3:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pink Floyd Primary Artist
Syd Barrett Vocals, Group Member
Roger Waters Bass, Vocals, Group Member
Michael Kamen Piano, Conductor
Lesley Duncan Background Vocals
Nick Mason Drums, Group Member
Doris Troy Background Vocals
Phyllis Saint James Background Vocals
Jon Carin Piano, Keyboards
Noel Davis Choir Master
Venetta Fields Background 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
Jackie Sheridan Background Vocals
Barry St. John Background Vocals
Liza Strike Background Vocals
Clare Torry Vocals
Carmen Twillie Background Vocals
Carlena Williams Background Vocals
Donnie Garrard Background Vocals
Rebecca Leigh-White Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Syd Barrett Composer
Roger Waters Composer, Producer
Michael Kamen Arranger, Producer, Orchestration, Orchestral Arrangements
Nick Mason Composer
Richard Wright Composer
Joe Boyd Producer
Jon Carin Composer
Bob Ezrin Composer, Producer, Orchestration
Pink Floyd Producer
David Gilmour Composer, Producer, drum programming
James Guthrie Producer, Mastering
Anthony Moore Composer
Doug Sax Mastering
Edward Shearmur Orchestral Arrangements
Norman Smith Producer
Gary Wallis Percussion Programming
Storm Thorgerson Cover Art
Peter Curzon Graphic Design
Robert Hadley Transfer Assistant
Polly Samson Composer
Joel Plante Mastering
Steve O'Rourke Management
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    EXCELLENT

    This is the Best Pink Flloyd music ever....would highly recommend to everyone who is a fan. Great, Great, Classics.

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