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OK, but not the great Floyd to come later
on February 19, 2002
I don't know WHY anyone would give this album more than three stars. It's good, but certainly not great. After Atom Heart Mother's promise, this showed that Floyd was able to do more than make albums that were fun to listen to while in an altered state of consciousness. But on the whole, the only real reason to buy this CD is the stellar "Echoes." When Floyd revisted its catalogue and put out its recent "best of" two-CD set, it chose "Echoes" for the title. No wonder. "Echoes" (from Meddle) is where one Floyd (still lingering under the subtle influence left by Syd Barrett) ended and a new one began. In a way, it's like "Animals," a good, transitional album. "Animals" marked Waters' emergence as the guide for Floyd's music, and his seething inner anger ultimately would destroy the band. So, get the good stuff first (Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here) first, then move on to the other Floyd that is good, but not great.