Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd

Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd

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by Pink Floyd

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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…  See more details below


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.

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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.

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Parlophone (Wea)

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Disc 1

  1. Astronomy Domine
  2. See Emily Play
  3. The Happiest Days of Our Lives
  4. Another Brick in the Wall Part 2
  5. Echoes
  6. Hey You
  7. Marooned (Excerpt)
  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

  1. Shine on You Crazy Diamond
  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. Jugband Blues
  12. High Hopes
  13. Bike

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pink Floyd   Primary Artist
Syd Barrett   Vocals
Roger Waters   Bass,Vocals
Michael Kamen   Piano,Conductor
Lesley Duncan   Background Vocals
Nick Mason   Drums,Vocals
Doris Troy   Background Vocals
Richard Wright   Keyboards,Vocals
Phyllis Saint James   Background Vocals
Sam Brown   Background Vocals
Jon Carin   Keyboards
Noel Davis   Choir Director
Venetta Fields   Background Vocals
Steve Forman   Percussion
David Gilmour   Guitar,Vocals,Fretless Bass Guitar
Islington Green School   Vocals
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
Stephen Hawking   Voices

Technical Credits

Syd Barrett   Composer
Roger Waters   Composer,Producer
Michael Kamen   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
James Guthrie   Producer
Anthony More   Composer
Edward Shearmur   Orchestral Arrangements
Norman Smith   Producer
Gary Wallis   Percussion Programming
Polly Samson   Composer

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Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let's face it...whittling 15 or some albums to a 2 disc set is a daunting task, especally with the material that Pink Floyd has generated over the years. Things will be left off. Having said that, it'll be nearly impossible to make everyone happy with ''Echoes''. But it still serves well as a good cross section of their career and as a primer for those who may somehow still not know who Pink Floyd is. Fortunately, this compilation was not slapped together hap-hazardly by the record company. The collection as a whole is beautifully mastered under the watchful eye of James Guthrie & the Floyd themselves. All tracks from the original masters were processed with custom-built equipment. Thus, the sound is equisite. The seques and flow of tracks normally associated with Floyd albums is still intact, and good edits of the songs all around. The edit of ''Echoes'' is done well (it still clocks in at over 17 minutes), and a new mix of ''Shine On...'' is effective. The tolling bell at the end of ''High Hopes'' changes to a bicycle bell to introduce ''Bike''. All in all a fine sonic mix. Now to the selection of songs. Naturally a large selection of tracks from ''Dark Side...'' and ''The Wall'' (but suprisingly no ''Run Like Hell''). But happily there is a nice selection of Syd Barret era tunes, although the inclusion of ''Jugband Blues'' over some other ''Piper...'' songs is questionable. At last, however, ''Echoes'' contains the first CD release of ''When the Tigers Broke Free'' from the ''Wall'' soundtrack which makes it worth the price of admission alone for Floyd enthusists. There's a good smathering of post-Waters Floyd for good measure, although the inclusion of ''Marooned'' from ''Divison Bell'' seems pointless. But nothing from ''Atom Heart Mother'' (''If''), no ''Free Four'' (this entire mid-period of their career has been ignored), and the decision to include ''Fletcher Memorial Home'' as the only song from ''The Final Cut'' to be represented is apalling given the far superior tracks they could have chosen. Anything short of a fully annotated career retrospective box set (''Shine On'' doesn't count, dispite it's great packaging) won't be able to fully represent Pink Floyd's vast welth of great material. But ''Echoes'' still works as a decent collection of the works of one of the most sucessful and innovative bands in rock history. Still the best sonic head trip around.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Throughout my life, I have always rebeled against my parents' classic rock roots. I have listened to metal, punk, alternative, grunge, nu-metal, you name it, I've been into it. Last week, I finally broke down and figured I'd dabble in some of my parent's style of music. I vaguely remembered attending a Roger Waters concert several years ago and thoroughly enjoying it, but having no scope for the magnitude of what I was witnessing. So I bought Echoes. I was absolutely blown away. The quality of the music, the unique style of what I was hearing, the depth of what was being said, the sad relevance to the tragedies of 9-11. All of this, plus just simply some of the best songs in the history of music have combined to completely convert me from the evil that is modern rock. It has no soul. I never noticed before, but now I think I may never be able to completely go back. People say ignorance is bliss; but now that I have seen the light, ignorance can't hold a candle to Pink Floyd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This collection is one of the best of any I've ever heard. I don't understand why any songs from the Division Bell would be on here, but the rest of the tracks more than make up for it. When The Tigers Broke Free is an amazing song that every Pink fan should enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is deffilty going to beone dubble cd set that everypink floyd fan is going tolove when they get it and pop it on there systems.and i am deffitly going toadd this to my pinkfloyd colection and having thesongs go as one continues mixon each cd is going to soundgreat . i give this colectiona trippple a plus
Guest More than 1 year ago
What, no ''Pigs (Three Different Ones)?'' I guess you have to make a lot of sacrifices when you're Pink Floyd and you try to put together a ''Best of'' compilation. If you're a true Floydian, you'll have many, most, or all of the albums that comprise this collection, and you already know how they can flow like some dark, ethereal wine. These discs may have you pulling out that old ''Meddle'' album for a refresher. If you're a Floyd novice, this will give you a broad taste of what the band is all about. The best Pink Floyd experience (besides their ultimate live show) is popping in ''Wish You Were Here,'' kicking back, and being totally drawn into the mood for about 45 minutes. This is pretty darned good, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a longtime Pink Floyd fan, I originally thought the idea of a great hits type package would be pretty lame. It seemed as though one of the most intruiging aspects of thier music is how thier entire albums consist of the songs all meshing together to form one, cohesive concept. That was how thier concerts usually worked out, them playing an entire album from beginning to end. With that in mind, it seemed like a bad idea to simply amass a collection of songs to stand on thier own. As it turns out, the members of Pink Floyd seemed to have this notion in mind when they produced the album. Apparently, each song is altered in a minor fashion to maintain the flowing cohesiveness that appears on thier albums, with the only interruption being the end of disc one and disc two. It should definitely make for an interesting and satisfying purchase for the longtime listener, and a formidable introduction to Pink Floyd's music for the newer fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
great compilation of great pink floyd tunes but wait a minute a compilation without YOUNG LUST deserves only 4 stars no matter
Guest More than 1 year ago
it is here we willl all discover the truth to our existence. it is in our soul that we search the truth of our own reality-driven salvation. an end to all ends is before the in this long dismal tunnel i dig, oh dig for all time and soon we will all find a means to an end of this tunnel oh tunnel of life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the Floyd. But it is an overstatement to say that every Floyd fan has to get this one. Any REAL fan would have all these songs already. (Except for When the Tigers brak Free). All in all, it's a nice compilation, though. The songs are quite equal, chronologically. It will be enjoyed by all those who don't already have these songs.
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As a long-time Floyd fan, one might make the argument that I am incapable of giving anything but a stellar review to this album. However, as a former journalist, I have tried to maintain my objectivity (really!) Even so, I have to say that this is a phenomenal compilation, and to FINALLY have 'When the Tigers Broke Free' on CD is a real highlight. It covers every era from Syd to post-Roger, and everything in between. You can't be called a fan without owning this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If there is any reason not to buy this album I sure would like to hear it. It's simply a whole bunch of their favorite songs remastered and mixed to make one continuous song. Who else has done that? So sit back, dim the lights and let your mind go. If you don't like it then bust out your MP3 player and make your own...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although only the complete cataloge of the Floyd can truly show the true power of the band, the new Echoes retrospective is a must for old and new fans alike. An excellent cross section of their work, which I strongly recommend!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everyone's herd the music before,but thats no excuse not 2 get this Disc!!! Its a must 4 any fan!!!!!!! Its Amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This set is well put together, and includes a great cross section of their greastest. The editing wasn't too bad on the echoes track, I can live with it, cuz I have Meddle anyway. As I listened to it last night i realised how hard it is to select songs for this album. Anyway it's a great album for beginners, and a nice piece for the Pink Floyd fan. I'd be interested to see just how many song/album references are in the artwork.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great collection of Floyd songs for new and old fans alike, with some great artwork to boot! Old fans will have most of the songs, but the editing and compilation give them a new lease on life. New fans also need to hear some live stuff, especially Ummagumma and Pulse.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This double cd is one big magically melded head trip in the classic floyd tradition. This is a must have
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good overall selection of songs. The mixing is very good, however it can be a bit choppy from one song to the next or masterful depending on the tow songs that are being fused. Good artwork and songbook make for a new spin on the Floyd mystique. It is also being offered at a reasonable price.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm one of those people who just doesn't like ''best of'' albums. Having gotten that out of the way, this album isn't too bad... it's a great mix of Floyd's music, very comprehensive, including major hits (Another Brick and Money being obligatory) and excitingly obscure tunes (Tigers Broke Free, Bike...). I wouldn't call it essential for a deep Floydian/Echoesian... my reasoning behind buying it was, if i give them money, maybe they'll tour ;) But it's not bad. I severely disagree with extracting the most popular songs from all the albums and smushing them on one gigantic money-making final hurrah for the company known as Pink Floyd (I refuse to listen to Echoes out of the context of its original album, especially after i saw it went from 23 to 16 minutes...!!), but for someone looking for a good collection or just starting to know Floyd, its a good start :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is difficult to squeeze a best of Pink Floyd just on 2 cd's. But although there are great tracks missing such as Dogs, On The Turning Away, Have A Cigar..... This compilation is a deserved one for Gilmour, Waters, Wright and Mason and even Syd will get his royalties! 26 tracks spanning from 67 to 94 mixed in an imaculate way makes it imposible to resist. A must for all Floyd fans and a must for those who never had any Floyd music. Thumbs UP.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even though i own all of the pink floyd catalog, I just had to snag this gem up. Here are some reasons why you should too. First, not only is this really good sampling of songs from the entire Pink Floyd career, but they have been re-mastered from the original Master Tapes and Recordings to pristine quality sound. From 'See Emily Play' through 'High Hopes' some of these songs, such as 'Arnod Layne' and 'Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun' have never sounded better. Others that are more familiar, such as 'Time' and 'Comfortably Numb' just demonstrate the length and bredth of how good this band is, The songs have also been mixed and crossfaded together so each disc is one long continuous piece of music. Second, the inclusion of some of the music like Syd Barrett written and voiced 'Bike' and the Waters created 'When the Tigers Broke Free' from 'The Wall' movie haven't been available anywhere besides old vinyl 45s. Being able to include these in your collection in digital sound is almost reason enough to buy this two disc set. Lastly, if your not really a fan but want to hear what all the commotion is about, or only know Pink Floyd from the radio hits like 'Money' and 'Learning to Fly' (also included in the collection) this is a great way to get a sampling of some of the best music produced by the band and can lead you in a direction to explore the individual albums. I highly recommed snapping this one up and locking yourself away for 2 1/2 hours to give yourself an aural experience you won't experience with any other band.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hi Ho All, Echoes is stunning in so many different ways that I'll try and keep it short. The logical thing was to start at the beginning and hear it as they want us to. But I couldn't. On went When the Tigers Broke Free, and out went any reservations over buying it. That track alone, with its full body and glorious sounds was worth the $, the other 25 tracks and the artwork are a bonus. After a couple of very loud listens to that, I did start at the very beginning and am loving every second of it. I reckon they have pulled off a master stroke by mixing it up and together. As so much of their work is in the form of concept albums, how can they get that across with only snippets. They can't, so why try. Instead of going chronologicaly, and so only hearing half of this album and a bit of that before leaping to the next era, we are forced to jump all over the place. And what that does is make me listen to each song on its own. Instead of an hour of Wall, or whatever, I am forced to appreciate each song on it's own. And therefore their musical genious stands up even better. There is no hiding lesser tracks in the overall scheme of things. I love it! I really like the fades, all of them working, especially Echoes through to Set the Controls for the HEart of the Sun. I've listened without knowing what's coming next, helping with the surprise. And a wonderful surprise it has been. For the artwork and those wondering what the Australian version is like. It came in a single cd case with a 2cd holder, the whole thing inside a cardboard sleeve. The booklet has lots of pics and the song lyrics. Holding the book one way, it goes through cd one to the centre of the booklet. The idea then is you flip the book over and work your way back to the middle for disc 2. The centre is therefore in all directions, you need to spiral it to see all the pics the right way. Each first page lists the band credits for the era. Unfortunately there is no Biography or anything like that. Just song info. The artwork looks nice enough but it's too small and dark for these sad old eyes; or maybe it's the tears of joy getting in the way. Enough said. Well done fellas on saying fairwell in such a cool way. Bow out gracefully. Rock On Christopher i am remotely morty
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never thought of Pink Floyd as being one of those ''greatest hits'' artists... It just seemed kind of like selling out or giving in to what record companies want. But once again they suprised me and pulled it off rather well. I enjoy having 2cd's worth of tracks that span the length of their career. I think fading them together and putting them in non-chronological order was a bonus as well. Well worth the 'Money', so get your copy today :-)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this to be a fantastic release by this great band. Fortunately they have put together this compilation of songs from their 40 year history that truly spans their style. This is an album that fans of years can enjoy for the release of ''When the Tigers Broke Free'' (previously released only as a single) as well as the new mixing of the songs which allow the album to be heard as one long, fluid composition. Also for newer Floyd fans, this album features music from the Syd Barrett days as well as the more recent Floyd music from ''Division Bell''. This is an album that is an absolute MUST HAVE for for any music fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago