Shine On (9CD) Best of, Box set, Limited Edition
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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'.
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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 and Animals. 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
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With those criticisms aside, there is some essential music here. Any serious rock library should include Wish You Were Here, The Wall and Dark Side of the Moon. I was also glad to see the inclusion of Meddle, an album I bought on vinyl when it first came out in 1971. Side one features rather short song structures, but side two was reserved for the 23-minute grandiose "Echoes." [Please forgive my LP references to sides one and two, but I still think of recordings as being two-sided.] Perhaps the biggest selling point of this box set is the separate disc that includes many of the band's early singles from 1967 and 1968:
"Arnold Layne" b/w "Candy and a Currant Bun" Both written by Syd Barrett and released in March of 1967. The A-side is more pop oriented, but the B-side features some wonderful psychedelic guitar along with Rick Wright's kinetic keyboard playing.
"See Emily Play" b/w "The Scarecrow" Also both composed by Barrett. The trippy "See Emily Play" from May of 1967 was their first UK top ten hit--and their last, until "Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)" topped the chart in 1979! The synchopated sound of "The Scarecrow" makes it one of their most endearing songs of the period.
"Apples and Oranges" (Barrett) b/w "Paintbox" (Wright) This is one of the last songs Barrett recorded with the band. Released in November 1967, it failed to chart. By the following May, Barrett was out of the band and David Gilmour becomes a permanent replacement.
"It Would Be So Nice" (Wright) b/w "Julia Dream" (Waters) This is a much more pop-oriented song than their previous singles, but it still fails to chart when released in April of 1968.
"Point Me at the Sky" (Waters, Gilmour) b/w "Careful with That Axe Eugene" (Waters, Wright, Mason, Gilmour) Another failed single from December of 1968. It represents a return to a more psychedelic sound, but Pink Floyd doesn't catch on as a singles band. The B-side becomes a concert favorite. This studio version is a 5:44 trippy instrumental; the live version on Ummagumma runs 8:47.
Another bonus to the box set is the 112-page hardcover book that is included. There is a separate section for each album, including song lyrics, essays and interviews, along with some terrific photos.
Putting together a Pink Floyd box set wasn't going to be an easy task. The bottom line is the cost of this box versus buying the individual albums. That dilemma was solved for me when I got this as a gift. I need to remember to thank them again.
The two most relevant aspects of this set are the sound production which is simply spotless making each record shine with new life. The second plus is the book that comes with the set. Each chapter is about the records included in the box. For each CD theres is detailed information on lyrics, cover art conception, photos, press releases during the time as well as band information or interviews relevant to the period.
This was at the time the most ambicious box set to come from a rock band in CD format and I must say that it did not dissapoint at the moment. Today many of the music has already been released in single CD so the hype of having all these albums in a box set many not be as appealing as it was back in 1992. Nevertheless, it is still an impressive body of work.
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