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Echoes: The Best Of Pink Floyd (2CD) Best of


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  • Audio CD (Nov. 6 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00005QDW5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (343 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #991 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Astronomy Domine
2. See Emily Play
3. The Happiest Day of Our Lives
4. Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)
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
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-7)
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
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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!

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By xxxxxxxxxxx on July 14 2004
Format: Audio CD
I'm a 17 year old kid. Most of my life Ive listened to the same things that everyone my age listened to. Modern rock, some rap, you know what I mean. However just recently when going through the radio I happened to hear the song "Wish you were Here". I didnt know who sang it but I knew that I liked it. I hadd heard it a good three times (without ever gettin sick of it) on the radio before I found out that it was actually Pink Floyd who sang it. The song "Time" was the second of Pink Floyd's songs I heard on the radio and I began to think to myself, wow these guys are really good. So I purchased this album. I wanted a greatest hits compelation because I wanted to know their whole deal and not just one part of their recording career. After five minutes I knew that I knew that I had just bought something by one of the greatest bands I had ever heard in my life. This album is amazing. Despite what any of these other critics are saying. If you want a good way to know what these guys are all about buy this album. Amazingly the songs run together seamlessly, like a huge double album, so you can have a song from their album "Meddle" right next to something from "The Wall". All of the songs on this set are incredible but their are only a few that really truly stuck with me for days after I listened to this. "Hey You" being the first one that appeared on it. The entire selection from "The Dark Side of The Moon" album is brilliant although I do wish they had included "Brain Damage" in the place of maybe "Jugband Blues". The song that I like the most however is "Shine On You Crazy Diamnod". On the album "Wish you were Here" this song is seperated into two party, 1-4 and 5-7.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16 2004
Format: Audio CD
Although this album has some great songs, I recommend buying their albums, not their individual songs. The meaning is lost on songs from "The Wall" and "Animals," among others, because the entire album is more like one song, telling a story. Each song, like "Comfortably Numb" and "Mother," are only segments of these terrific pieces of art, so it appears that the songs have no meaning. And even if you disagree, where are other classic hits, like "Dogs?"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terrence J Reardon on June 29 2004
Format: Audio CD
Pink Floyd's retrospective Echoes was released in November of 2001. At first, I thought worthless but then after hearing that When the Tigers Broke Free was finally being issued on an album, I said what the hey. Echoes is not like many best ofs that go year to year which is what ex-member Roger Waters wanted, the songs go from one to the next like your average Floyd album which is how David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright and longtime co-producer/engineer James Guthrie saw it. Many fans and Floyd bashers, stop whining or go to listen to the regular albums(the Floyd fans) or your Britney Spears records(some one star reviewers who bash this record for no reason)! It was impossible to put a collection of Pink Floyd songs together that would please everyone. I think the non-chronological placing of these songs adds something new to the mix and the transitions between some of these songs create a mosaic of music just as these songs did on their original albums. My favorite is between Us and Them and Learning to Fly. Classics like Another Brick in the Wall(pt.2), Money, Us and Them, Arnold Layne, See Emily Play, Wish You Were Here, Comfortably Numb and Learning to Fly appear as does lost classics like The Fletcher Memorial Home, Jugband Blues, Sheep and Sorrow. Some of the songs were edited like Echoes is reduced to 16 and a half minutes like it was on the band's 1987 tour when they played it for three weeks. Shine on You Crazy Diamond is edited into one long suite with a bit of the guitar solo from Part 3 missing and some of Part 6's lap steel solo shaved off and the intro to Welcome to the Machine missing and of course parts 8 and 9 are cut. Marooned is reduced to two minutes to serve as a bridge between Hey You and Great Gig in the Sky.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 29 2005
Format: Audio CD
While it has some very well chosen songs, as a greatest hits cd it is unable to really reflect the quality of the actual albums. Pink Floyd was great at making an album without a dull song, and that flowed the whole way through. While Echoes to some degree does that, it is not of the same calibre as other Pink Floyd releases. Those just getting into Pink Floyd are highly recommended to look at Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, or Animals to experience Pink Floyd at their best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Estrild on Feb. 27 2010
Format: Audio CD
"Wonderful. A trip through the clouds of time, realizing that everything we've ever known exists with the same importance as the present and we are the living body of all times together at once, and probably the future too. If we meditate on it long enough perhaps we'll slip in to the eternal, and exist there in a spherical time instead of the silly notion that time is linear." ~Some thoughts that came to my head while relishing the memories.

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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