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Pink Floyd


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.40 | 214 ratings

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5 stars A perfect blend of Floyd's finest songs, segued together to make more interesting listening.

This is the best compilation of a band I have ever come across. It's not simply a bunch of hit singles thrown onto a couple of discs with little chronological or thematic cohesion. It's an album in it's own right, with career-spanning tracks of varying mood, length and significance, mixed up for maximum enjoyment and cleverly blended together to form a song cycle. The material is also very well chosen, apart from the already pointed-out lack of material from 'Ummagumma' and 'AHM' (although in the case of the former, I'm glad such "music" was omitted). All the songs you would expect are there ('Money', 'Another Brick', 'Wish You Were Here' etc) as well as some greatly underated material which perfectly represents lesser known albums, 'Set the Controls...', 'One fo These Days' and 'Sheep' being good examples. Also, the longer tracks are edited in such a way that none of the fine music is lost, yet the flow isn't spoilt by huge songs. 'Echoes' becomes 16 minutes, yet you'd struggle to notice where trims were made, and 'Shine On...' combines the best moments from each end of it's suite.

I grew up on my dad's copy of this album, and now own the entire Pink Floyd discography; purpose well-served or what!

thehallway | 5/5 |


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