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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 9
  • ASIN: B0000028VG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terrence J Reardon on June 28 2004
Format: Audio CD
Pink Floyd released their 9-CD box set Shine On in November of 1992. The box was released to commemorate the band's 25th anniversary as a recording act. Compiling a box was not an easy task. Instead of pulling songs from each album, the band(mainly guitarist/vocalist David Gilmour, drummer Nick Mason and keyboardist Rick Wright) with some help from estranged bassist/vocalist Roger Waters and the extra help from longtime friend James Guthrie and Doug Sax remastered seven chosen albums which represented the best of the band's history. The classics were picked(Meddle, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall) and one transition album(A Saucerful of Secrets) and the band's comeback(A Momentary Lapse of Reason) all from the original master tapes. Since there were no outtakes, the band released their first five singles on a bonus disc called The Early Singles which uses the mono mixes of the songs. Four of the songs had not ever been released on album in the US(Candy and a Currant Bun, Apples and Oranges(unreleased in the US), It Would Be So Nice and Point Me at the Sky(unreleased in the US)), three not ever on CD(Paintbox, Julia Dream and Careful With That Axe Eugene) and three had been on CD in the US(Arnold Layne, See Emily Play and The Scarecrow). I first got this box set for Christmas in 1992 and was a great box set and made the original late 80s CDs and the Mobile Fidelity discs sound pale in comparison. Also, the book was excellent as it had some rare photos and historical info about each album and the artwork was superb.Read more ›
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Pink Floyd released their 9-CD box set Shine On in November of 1992. The box was released to commemorate the band's 25th anniversary as a recording act. Compiling a box was not an easy task. Instead of pulling songs from each album, the band remastered seven chosen albums which represented the best of the band's history. The classics were picked(Meddle, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall) and one transition album(A Saucerful of Secrets) and the band's comeback(A Momentary Lapse of Reason) all from the original master tapes. Since there were no outtakes, the band released their first five singles on a bonus disc called The Early Singles which uses the mono mixes of the songs. Four of the songs had not ever been released on album in the US(Candy and a Currant Bun, Apples and Oranges(unreleased in the US), It Would Be So Nice and Point Me at the Sky(unreleased in the US)), three not ever on CD(Paintbox, Julia Dream and Careful With That Axe Eugene) and three had been on CD in the US(Arnold Layne, See Emily Play and The Scarecrow). I first got this box set for Christmas in 1992 and was a great box set and made the original late 80s CDs and the Mobile Fidelity discs sound pale in comparison. Also, the book was excellent as it had some rare photos and historical info about each album and the artwork was superb. This box set went Platinum immediately but is unfortunately out of print in the US as the band is no longer on Columbia. Highly recommended if you are a newbie to Floyd!
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This box set arrived in a timely fashion. It was in new condition, and still had the original packaging. I had purchased this box set when it was originally released in 1991, there was an issue with one of the CD's and so it was returned, and I have been trying to purchase it ever since. We recently celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary and this was the perfect gift. The seller was very accomodating.
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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful
Some Terrific Music...But at a Price May 12 2001
By Steve Vrana - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There is some terrific music on this box set. Unfortunately, with some of the bizarre choices regarding which Pink Floyd CDs were included and which weren't, along with the rather steep price tag, the average fan will probably pass on this and it's hard to blame them. After all, if you're going to present an accurate picture of Pink Floyd, you have to include founding member Syd Barrett. And while he appears on three of the tracks from A Saucerful of Secrets and six tracks from the Early Singles disc, where is Barrett's masterwork, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn? And is this set improved by the inclusion of the post-Waters album A Momentary Lapse of Reason? A better choice would have been to include the live disc from Ummagumma.

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.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The Box Set March 26 2002
By Luis C. Diaz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I bought this Boxed set back when itcame out in 1992. For me it was a great investment as I did not have any Pink Floyd CD. I was totally blown away by the excelent work that it was putted into this set. Every aspect in this set has been thought out from the record cases to the way they are set together to produce the Dark Side of The Moon cover.
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.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
The greatest of starter kits for the best of bands... Sept. 1 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Shine On is, like other reviewers have stated, missing some of the best. No true Floyd fan would be without Piper, without Atom Heart Mother, or Ummsgumma. However, this is a great set for people who have heard Floyd, like it a lot (enough to drop some serious cash on it) and want some bonus trivia. The Critic's review is all wrong-- the book, despite it's errors, is a way of beginning the journey into the greatest band of all time. Dark Side will hook you, Animals and the Wall will deepen you, Meddle and Saucer will expand you-- only then is it time to move on into the absolutely incredible sounds of early Floyd... and then you buy the rest, one by one, as your budget allows. This set makes sure you are ready to get to that point. I highly reccommend.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The Ultimate Floyd Archive Feb. 18 2001
By Randy Donahue - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have the greatest wife. What does that have to do with the Floyd you ask? Well, she hates them. But for my anniversary, she bought me this boxed set. That is true love.I have listened to Floyd since before the advent of CDs (wow, that's a long time huh?). So, my collection was for the most part cassettes, and only a couple of CDs. Shine On allowed me to replace all of my technologically outdated Floyd albums with an awesome set of digitally remastered CDs, and a bonus CD with cuts of their early stuff (including two of my favs, See Emily Play and Careful With That Axe Eugene).Add to that some cool repackaging, cool post cards, and last but not least, a great full color, hardback book full of lyrics, old reviews and snippets from the band. I love this set! If you already own the CDs, it may not be a justifiable cost. But if you are an old time Floyd fan like me, take this opportunity to update your collection. You won't regret it!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
The Original Digital Remaster March 7 2006
By Trevor K. Lawson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is mainly to clarify what a previous poster wrote about re-releasing thid with the digital remastering. When I got this set way back in 1992, for Christmas, this set was the only place you could find these CDs with digital remastering. (That was the selling point) It was my understanding that the digital remasters of the same albums in their stand alone form were not released until 1994-1997, and that those remasters were simply the same as the shine on set, so in fact, there is no difference in sound quality between these CDs and the stand alone versions (with the exception of the XXth & XXXth Anniversary releases of DSOTM. This was verified when I bought new copies of all of the discs in this set, in order to obtain the artwork available in the stand alone versions.


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