Pink Floyd ~ Echoes

Pink Floyd ~ Echoes

Pink Floyd ~ Echoes
2 CD

hoes is a double-CD collection of some of Pink Floyd's best songs. It's also a fascinating document of the band's history. They began life as Syd Barrett's phantasmagoric plaything before clasping the wings of Icarus and ascending toward the sun on an epic space-rock odyssey, eventually turning left once they reached the dark side of the moon and burning up on reentry, crash-landing on every earthlings' home hi-fi. And it's all here--30 years of the Floyd's awesome back catalog trimmed down to two handsome CDs. It's worth remembering that, despite a fondness for pyrotechnics, Pink Floyd were never a prog-rock band. Sure, some of their songs are 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 faux-classical overtures and vainglorious musicianship of that era, Pink Floyd were a pole apart; Meddle's epic maritime tone poem "Echoes" remains the Floyd's 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, Eugene, did so carefully.

Interestingly, the album's nonchronological track listing works--the summery, childhood enchantment of "See Emily Play" is right next to the school discipline of "Happiest Days of Our Lives"--and at least this way no one will switch off when material from A Momentary Lapse of 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" to the pop operatic "Great Gig in the Sky" to the genius silvery fluidity of Dave Gilmour's guitar work. 

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

11 Keep Talking

12 Sheep

13 Sorrow

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

11 Jug Band Blues

12 High Hopes

13 Bike

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