Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd (2001)


 
Disc One 1. Astronomy Domine 2. See Emily Play 3. The Happiest Days of Our Lives 4. Another Brick in the Wall (Part II) 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 Two 1. Shine on You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-VII) 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

 

Yes, several of the songs here are great. The idea, though, is not. Not only should Pink Floyd not put out "greatest hits" albums, but at this stage (i.e. end of their career), they simply had too many styles and directions to justify any sort of continuity in their recording. Listening to a Syd Barrett song from 1967 just doesn't sound as it should coming right after a David Gilmour song from 1994. Had the songs been chronological, this would have sounded a tad better. But only a tad.

Plus, they've hacked some of the lengthier pieces to "fit" more songs on the album. It's not that noticeable, but purists will balk. Then, of course, they have to add an unreleased song When The Tigers Broke Free to maybe justify people buying it since many people already had everything. The above mentioned song, as most Floyd fans know, was featured in the movie The Wall, but not the album. It would be later added to the latter pressings of the CD The Final Cut. It actually worked there. For the most part, very little works here, sadly.

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