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Fasten those headphones for Arnold Layne; See Emily Play; Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun; One of These Days; Echoes; Time; Money; Us and Them; Shine On You Crazy Diamond; Wish You Were Here; Sheep; Comfortably Numb , and more. On imported vinyl!
Echoes is a double-CD collection of some of Pink Floyd's best songs; it's also an interesting document of the band's history. They began life as Syd Barrett's mandrax-flavoured nursery-rhymers--gnomes, scarecrows, cats and bikes a speciality--before clasping the wings of Icarus and ascending towards the sun on an epic space-rock odyssey, eventually turning left once they reached the dark side of the moon and burning up on re-entry, crash-landing on every earthlings' home hi-fi with the imperious but seething embitterment of their (or more pertinently, Roger Waters') pomp rock; the sociological (Animals), totalitarianism (The Wall) and World War (The Final Cut). And it's all here--30 years of the Floyd's awesome back catalogue trimmed down to two handsome CDs. It is worth reiterating that, despite a fondness for pyrotechnics (and fittingly--and perhaps deliberately--the album was released on November 5th), Pink Floyd were never a prog-rock band. Sure, some of their songs were 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 cod-classical overtures and vainglorious musicianship of that era, Pink Floyd were a pole apart; Meddle's epic maritime tone-poem "Echoes" remains The Floyds' 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 did so carefully, Eugene. Interestingly, the non-chronological track listing works--the summery, childhood enchantment of "See Emily Play" timetabled right next to the square-bashing school discipline of "Happiest Days Of Our Lives"--and at least this way no-one will switch off when material from "A Momentary Lapse in 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" (conceived as an attack on disc jockey Jimmy Young), to the pop operatic "Great Gig In The Sky" and the genius silvery fluidity of Dave Gilmour's guitar work. This is timeless, as many members of Sigur Ros, Radiohead, Blur, Beta Band etc will no doubt testify. --Kevin Maidment
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This is such a wonderful collection, and so well compiled. I... Love... Pink Floyd, and this is a stellar item. This is a great place to start with Pink Floyd, and also a treasure for old fans. I have all their albums, grew up with their music, and I love this arrangement of audio poetry, even though it misses the soft little early numbers, which can be had on Relics, and Atom Heart Mother instead. This showcases Pink Floyd's power and just bowls me over. And the track Echoes itself is even better presented here, than on Meddle.
I love how it starts at the beginning of their career, melding thoughts through the many subjects PF have explored and the various epochs of their career, winding down with memories of Syd, the last single High Hopes, then full circle back to Syd's Bike, like re-incarnation. Pink Floyd have created something that lasts forever. Echoes is like a scrapbook. And they are justly proud of their body of work. Listeing to this collection is like sharing in that pride.
In my opinion, the only things as good nowadays are are Radiohead and Dead Can Dance. U2? Pah! Coldplay? You've got to be kidding!
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Exactly what you need to discover Pink Floyd....or to refresh your memory...Published 4 months ago by Pilaf
day ,i shopping to st-vicent de paul to ottawa ...and looking some cd's and suprise for me , i find pink floyd 'ECHOES' The best of pink floyd ... Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2014 by dann denis
Love the music on the Echoes album, it was a must have, & it works very well in the carPublished on Oct. 1 2013 by Barry
This cd arrived well packed, the cd was perfect, and it arrived in record time - the music well its greatPublished on March 3 2013 by Christine M.
I gave them a 5 star because they advertised exactly what they sent to me, and it arrived within the timeline quoted.