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Pink Floyd


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.48 | 92 ratings

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2 stars Shine On was Pink Floyd's first (and so far only as of August 2007) box set. Box sets were becoming quite popular in the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s. Many groups took advantage of making these things so that they could include lost recordings, various outtakes, live recordings for a live album that never happened, goofing off in the studio stuff, etc. In other words, these were primarily designed for collectors and probably were produced in smaller quantities than other releases, particularly because they were more expensive to produce and often had high price tags. At the time Shine On was released it was selling for between US$100-$120. Nowadays (as of Aug. 2007), used copies can start at about US$175-$200 to as much as US$700 for a new copy.

However, Shine On did not contain any surprises or lost recordings. In fact eight of the nine discs were just seven of their studio albums in their entirety. The ninth disc contained early singles from the 1960s, most of which could be found on their Relics compilation. So was it worth $120 just to hear Candy and a Currant Bun, Apples and Oranges, It Would Be So Nice, or Point Me at the Sky?? Definitely not. The only real use Shine On had was for someone who had not converted their old record collection to CD to have the ability of getting the primary Pink Floyd records in one fell swoop. And you got a neat hard back book with all the lyrics to boot. Plus lined up together on the shelf, the image of the Dark Side of the Moon prism was visible. That's about it.

Nice packaging, but a waste of money if all you're interested in is the music. Since I believe this is out of print and all of their studio albums are still available, it isn't worth your time unless you're a collector. The few B-side singles that aren't available elsewhere are not worth the time or money. For the music, maybe four stars. For the product, two stars.

progaardvark | 2/5 |


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