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Pink Floyd


Psychedelic/Space Rock

2.20 | 201 ratings

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2 stars Shall we dance?

Wo wo wo... Let's calm down and analyse this weird title word by word.

Collection: Is PINK FLOYD a band suited for compilations and best-ofs ? That's a question we'll try to address in this review.

Great: Without a doubt when you're a Floyd fan like me. Although short, the track list is not too bad regarding variety and representation however there are 2 major issues. First, the songs have been edited down, which would not be too disturbing as far as it mainly concerns only intros and outros, but much more problematic for epics, such as "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", whose parts have simply been been cut down or removed! We the begin to perceive the second issue with Floyd compilations: Pink Floyd are an album-oriented band, whose songs are supposed to be listened to continuously in the context of a whole album, without interruption.

Dance: The adjective here is intentionally humorous, as PINK FLOYD's songs, and prog tracks in general, are not known to be really dance-able... or are they? "Another Brick in the Wall - Part 2", featured here in radio version, has a cool disco rhythm, and "One of These Days", was used in 1971 by choreographer Roland Petit for his "Pink Floyd Ballet".

The only interest of this release lies in David Gilmour's re-recorded version of "Money", unique to this compilation. The guitarist did almost everything, with the participation of Dick Parry on saxophone. The result has only a few tiny differences with the well-known classic track: sax and guitar solos last a little longer and sound quite nice, however the whole song sounds a bit more flat than the original, due to the lack of nuances in the drumming.

As a conclusion, would you buy "A Collection of Great Dance Songs" to discover the band? As you understood, my answer is negative: the track selection is short, the songs have been cut down and above all PINK FLOYD is not suited for best-ofs and compilations, their songs are inseparable from the studio albums.

If you want to start your PINK FLOYD journey, "Dark Side of the Moon" should be your first destination...

Modrigue | 2/5 |


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