Box sets are difficult phenomena. Their cost is often prohibitive, and the weight of outtakes, alternate takes, chronological corrections, and myriad other completist elements make them sometimes less listenable than the original recordings. But this mammoth nine-CD package is a different breed of cat. It collects a smattering of early Pink Floyd, including the great hits and misses caught on Relics
, A Saucerful of Secrets
, and Meddle
, and then moves into the band's great
period, with Dark Side of the Moon
and their first Sony titles, Wish You Were Here
. Their development from early psychedelicists to producers of suite-length musical ponderings is great to witness. And it's even more fascinating to see where the band went with what they'd learned by 1977. To that end, the set includes The Wall
in its entirety as well as A Momentary Lapse of Reason
. No doubt about it, this is a huge investment, but the packaging, thoroughness, intent, and impact all warrant that even casual fans should make the leap ahead into the fullness this box offers. --Andrew Bartlett
Available Again! this is Columbia's Beautifully Packaged Nine-disc 1992 Box Set featuring Seven Classic Floyd Albums Digitally Remastered ('a Saucerful of Secrets', 'meddle', ' Dark Side of the Moon', 'wish You were Here', 'animals', 'the Wall' (Two Cds) and 'a Momentary Lapse of Reason'), plus a 10 Track Bonus Disc featuring Both Sides of Five Early Singles. 79 Tracks Total, Including 'see Emily Play', 'remember a Day', 'one of These Days', 'money, 'have a Cigar', 'pigs (Three Different Ones)', 'another Brick in the Wall (Pt.2)' And 'learning to Fly'. When the Eight Discs Are Set Together on the Shelf, their Spines Form the Prism and Rainbow from the Cover of 'dark Side of the Moon'.
11. 5 Inch X
13. 5 Inch X Two Inch Box, Identical to the One the Deleted USA Release Came In.