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Formed in 1965 in London, UK - Disbanded in 1994 - Reunited with different formation on several ocasions

One of the biggest bands of all time

Of all the bands who come under the progressive rock banner, Pink Floyd are, arguably, the act most recognisable in the wider music community to music lovers of all genres. Yet, as revealed famously by Nick Mason in an old interview, even at the height of their fame, they could walk down any street, and passers-by would not have recognised a member of one of the most commercially successful acts in music history.

The band were formed in London in 1965, the original members being Roger (known as Syd) BARRETT on vocals and lead guitar, Nick MASON on drums, Roger WATERS on bass guitar and vocals, and Rick WRIGHT on keyboards.

The London of the late 1960's was a melting pot of live acts and varying musical genres, and the band gained a cult following amongst the underground psychedelic crowd of the time. This expanded into a more public consciousness with a residency at the famous UFO Club, with a hypnotic light show and pulsating, often indescribable, sounds. This led to television appearances, most famously an interview and live performance on BBC The Look of the Week, with a rather bemused classical performer Hans Keller in tow. Waters was famously asked just why everything had to be so loud?!

This popularity led to the band signing to EMI, who in 1967 released two hit singles, Arnold Layne, which attracted controversy regarding its cross-dressing themes, and See Emily Play. They charted in the UK at 20 and 6 respectively.

The debut album which followed, Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, is universally recognised as being hugely influential in rock music, beyond the narrow confines of psychedelia. It peaked at number 6 in the UK album charts in 1967, and the band continued to play not only their residency, but also increasing numbers of national gigs and festivals.

The strain, however, was beginning to tell on Barrett, and a fragile mental state, exacerbated by LSD, led to him becoming almost semi-detached from the band and wider reality. The situation became such that the band, at the end of 1967, drafted in David GILMOUR ...
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PINK FLOYD top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.87 | 1971 ratings
The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
1967
3.66 | 1727 ratings
A Saucerful Of Secrets
1968
3.15 | 1322 ratings
More (OST)
1969
3.48 | 1675 ratings
Ummagumma
1969
3.89 | 2177 ratings
Atom Heart Mother
1970
4.30 | 3104 ratings
Meddle
1971
3.37 | 1530 ratings
Obscured By Clouds
1972
4.60 | 4282 ratings
Dark Side Of The Moon
1973
4.63 | 4088 ratings
Wish You Were Here
1975
4.53 | 3671 ratings
Animals
1977
4.09 | 2930 ratings
The Wall
1979
3.18 | 1792 ratings
The Final Cut
1983
3.07 | 1683 ratings
A Momentary Lapse Of Reason
1987
3.75 | 1985 ratings
The Division Bell
1994
3.33 | 796 ratings
The Endless River
2014

PINK FLOYD Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.39 | 547 ratings
Delicate Sound Of Thunder
1988
3.95 | 751 ratings
P-U-L-S-E
1995
2.85 | 161 ratings
Live 66-67
1999
4.11 | 482 ratings
Is There Anybody Out There?
2000

PINK FLOYD Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.77 | 516 ratings
Live At Pompeii
1981
4.11 | 549 ratings
The Wall (The Movie)
1982
3.66 | 177 ratings
In Concert - Delicate Sound Of Thunder
1989
3.01 | 56 ratings
La Carrera Panamericana
1992
4.44 | 531 ratings
P-U-L-S-E
1995
3.10 | 90 ratings
London - Live 66-67
1999
4.58 | 641 ratings
Live At Pompeii (The Director's Cut)
2003
4.08 | 179 ratings
Classic Albums: The Dark Side Of The Moon
2003
2.92 | 56 ratings
Inside Pink Floyd
2003
3.30 | 67 ratings
The Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Story
2003
2.41 | 32 ratings
Inside Pink Floyd Volume 2 - A Critical Review 1975 - 1996
2005
2.27 | 17 ratings
The Ultimate Review
2005
2.00 | 20 ratings
The World's Greatest Albums - Atom Heart Mother
2005
2.51 | 21 ratings
Rock Milestones Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here
2005
1.97 | 20 ratings
Reflections And Echoes
2006
2.73 | 21 ratings
Rock Milestones Pink Floyd's The Piper At The Gates of Dawn
2006
1.36 | 22 ratings
Rock Milestones: Ummagumma
2006
2.09 | 14 ratings
Music Box Biographical Collection
2006
2.32 | 19 ratings
The Dark Side - Interviews
2006
2.17 | 15 ratings
Total Rock Review
2006
2.46 | 18 ratings
Meddle: A Classic Album Under Review
2007
3.11 | 18 ratings
Retrospectives
2007
2.00 | 14 ratings
The Early Pink Floyd - A Review And Critique
2008
2.22 | 14 ratings
Comfortably Numb
2008
3.00 | 20 ratings
A Technicolor Dream
2008
3.61 | 27 ratings
Live Anthology
2008
1.85 | 19 ratings
The Great Gig In The Sky: The Album By Album Guide
2008
3.99 | 86 ratings
The Story of Wish You Were Here
2012

PINK FLOYD Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.16 | 38 ratings
The Best Of The Pink Floyd
1970
3.58 | 365 ratings
Relics
1971
3.26 | 118 ratings
A Nice Pair
1973
2.70 | 62 ratings
Masters Of Rock Vol. 1
1974
2.20 | 203 ratings
A Collection Of Great Dance Songs
1981
2.20 | 147 ratings
Works
1983
0.00 | 0 ratings
Hits
1983
3.49 | 94 ratings
Shine On
1992
3.70 | 109 ratings
The Early Singles
1992
4.80 | 10 ratings
The Dark Side Of The Moon (Twentieth Anniversary Edition)
1993
3.10 | 72 ratings
1967: The First Three Singles
1997
3.44 | 253 ratings
Echoes - The Best Of Pink Floyd
2001
4.07 | 84 ratings
Oh By The Way...
2007
2.83 | 59 ratings
A Foot In The Door: The Best Of Pink Floyd
2011
4.46 | 75 ratings
Discovery
2011
4.75 | 132 ratings
The Dark Side Of The Moon - Experience Edition
2011
4.62 | 128 ratings
The Dark Side Of The Moon - Immersion Edition
2011
4.74 | 147 ratings
Wish You Were Here - Experience Edition
2011
4.50 | 116 ratings
Wish You Were Here - Immersion Edition
2011
4.31 | 85 ratings
The Wall - Experience Edition
2011
1.95 | 59 ratings
The Wall Singles
2011
3.85 | 98 ratings
The Wall - Immersion Edition
2012
4.28 | 46 ratings
The Division Bell (20th Anniversary Deluxe Box)
2014
3.86 | 49 ratings
The Early Years 1967-1972 Creation
2016
3.10 | 2 ratings
The Early Years Continu/ation 1967-1974 Sessions
2016
4.82 | 3 ratings
The Early Years 1965-1967 Cambridge St/ation
2017
3.95 | 3 ratings
The Early Years 1968 Germin/Ation
2017
3.09 | 4 ratings
The Early Years 1969 Dramatis/ation
2017
4.28 | 4 ratings
The Early Years 1970 Devi/ation
2017
3.13 | 4 ratings
The Early Years 1971 Reverber/ation
2017
3.22 | 4 ratings
The Early Years 1972 Obfusc/ation
2017
3.70 | 11 ratings
The Later Years 1987 - 2019
2019
0.00 | 0 ratings
Transmissions + 1969
2020

PINK FLOYD Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.57 | 82 ratings
Arnold Layne
1967
3.29 | 91 ratings
See Emily Play
1967
2.75 | 56 ratings
Apples And Oranges
1967
2.61 | 62 ratings
Tonite Let's All Make Love In London
1967
3.57 | 28 ratings
Flaming
1967
3.35 | 43 ratings
It Would Be So Nice
1968
3.70 | 43 ratings
Point Me at the Sky
1968
2.88 | 40 ratings
The Nile Song
1969
3.85 | 76 ratings
One Of These Days
1971
4.29 | 15 ratings
Free Four
1972
4.33 | 9 ratings
Free Four / Absolutely Curtains
1972
3.80 | 89 ratings
Money
1973
3.61 | 79 ratings
Time
1973
3.66 | 70 ratings
Have a Cigar
1975
5.00 | 1 ratings
Pigs on the Wing / Sheep
1977
4.33 | 3 ratings
Pigs (Three Different Ones)
1977
3.85 | 75 ratings
Comfortably Numb
1979
3.67 | 81 ratings
Another Brick In The Wall
1979
3.47 | 65 ratings
Run Like Hell
1980
3.27 | 56 ratings
When the Tigers Broke Free
1982
1.94 | 52 ratings
Not Now John/The Hero's Return (Part 2)
1983
2.55 | 64 ratings
Learning To Fly (promo single)
1987
3.10 | 56 ratings
On the Turning Away
1987
3.01 | 39 ratings
One Slip
1988
3.14 | 21 ratings
A Momentary Lapse Of Reason Official Tour CD
1988
2.90 | 23 ratings
Shine On - Selections From The Box
1992
3.25 | 75 ratings
High Hopes/ Keep Talking (single)
1994
3.41 | 63 ratings
Take It Back
1994
3.63 | 8 ratings
Interview Disc
1995
4.12 | 47 ratings
Louder Than Words
2014
2.71 | 17 ratings
Pink Floyd 1965 - Their First Recordings
2015

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 Animals by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.53 | 3671 ratings

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Animals
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Hector Enrique

5 stars The album prior to global mega success The Wall, shows us the great state of form of Pink Floyd, despite the fact that there are already multiple conflicts between Roger Waters and the rest of the band. Animals has little to do with the atmospheric travels of his previous albums and spatial references, and increasingly focuses on the problematic relationships between power and politics, morality and acid criticism of the type of personalities who rule the world, of which Waters feels increasingly disenchanted, and he divides the album into 3 parts, each represented by a type of animal, which categorizes humans: the materialists, who want to achieve their goals no matter how, and end their days alone and sick. , as a consequence of the arrogant acts in his life (Dogs), the false moralists, who want to project a moralistic and decent image more by appearances and private interests than by conviction (Pigs), and ordinary people, who in the end are the flock (Sheep), who pays for the consequences of dog and pig abuse.

The 3 songs maintain a superlative level, being Dogs with its 17 minutes what I consider musically outstanding, Gilmour's acoustic guitars and the development of the entire musical concept, and the ending with all the "who's" is simply incredible. One of the best Pink Floyd songs of all time without a doubt. Pigs very close to that level too, Richard Wright's keyboards and Gilmour's guitars with a flawless solo finish, are the best of the song. Sheep is also a very good one but I think it is one step below the previous ones.

The album starts and closes the same song but with different lyrics (Pigs On The Wing 1 and 2), each of just over 1 minute, a beautiful composition played only with acoustic guitar and Waters voice, highly recommended for who like unplugged sounds.

Animals is an album that is part of the most relevant works of Pink Floyd and an essential piece for every progressive fan.

 A Saucerful Of Secrets by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1968
3.66 | 1727 ratings

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A Saucerful Of Secrets
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by iluvmarillion

3 stars In Saucerful Of Secrets Roger Waters assumes the main song writing duties in the absence of Syd Barrett. He can't compete against Syd in Psychedelic Pop, doesn't have Syd's quirkiness with English sensibilities and wasn't raised on a staple of pastoral whimsical childhood characters from Wind In The Willows to Lewis Carrol. Welcome to Space Rock.

Guitars and organ open the first track, "Let There Be More Light". Rick Wright gives it an interesting ethereal feel but the track drags a bit to the end with scaling guitars and thrashing cymbals. Roger Waters is a poet, like Peter Hammill. He articulates songs in spoken voice to good effect, but he's not really a singer. And he doesn't possess Peter Hammill's emotive qualities as a singer. "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun" is not a particularly interesting song, but it does have an interesting riff on the bass guitar. Maybe that's the reason Roger Waters is so attached to the song, frequently performing it in his solo act. It's a struggle to see where Dave Gilmour fits into the band at this stage. I assume his voice is somewhere in the chorus, but it's hard to pick. Also, you don't get the customary Dave Gilmour guitar playing. I assume here he is simply covering the Syd Barrett guitar parts.

"Saucerful Of Secrets" is a great song. Full marks to Roger Waters. The first section is very ethereal. You feel like you're floating in space. It has similarities to the Bela Bartok music from Stanley Kubrick's 2001, A Space Odyssey. From the middle section it breaks into a drum roll from Nick Mason before a quiet execution of organ, then a final break into full chorus. Rick Wright features in two songs, Remember A Day and See-Saw. You forget what a good voice Rick Wright has. His voice tends to be relegated on Pink Floyd albums. Both songs are surprisingly good, very melodious, but more in keeping with the psychedelic pop ideas of Syd Barrett than the direction of Space Rock, Roger Waters is taking the band.

Last, but not least is Syd Barrett's Jugband Blues. Some people think the song reflects Syd Barrett's detachment from reality and his slow decline into mental derangement. I disagree. I think Syd Barrett is in full control of his faculties when he wrote it. The song is full of double meanings, very prophetic, very Monty Python before the age of Monty Python and very terminal. When the band members break into brass instruments during the middle of it, I think Syd is making a statement on commercial art, the futility of it. There is some hypocrisy in the lyrics to what is a fantastic Roger Waters song, "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", as Syd Barrett is painted out to be a flawed Christ like figure, which he never was. In reality he was booted from the band. It's not as if for the first or last time a creative artist hasn't turned up to a gig, turned his back on the audience and not played his instrument. These days the artist would be shunted off to the psychiatrist, patched up and returned to the road. In Syd's day mental illness was shunned so there can't be any blame attached to the band the way it unfolded. The genius of Roger Waters is the way he spun the narrative of the apocalyptic tale of an unrecognizable bloated, bald headed Syd Barrett turning up at the recording studio at the very moment Pink Floyd were laying down the tracks for "Shine On You Crazy Diamond". Syd Barrett was a clairvoyant. He knew one day Roger Waters would write a song about him. His response is in the lyrics to Jugband Blues, "La, la, la, la, la".

 A Nice Pair by PINK FLOYD album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1973
3.26 | 118 ratings

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A Nice Pair
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by VianaProghead
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4 stars Review Nš 332

"A Nice Pair" is a very special compilation of Pink Floyd. The album consists on an economic package that includes their debut studio album "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn", released in 1967 and their second studio album "A Saucerful Of Secrets" released in 1968, together in only one package. This is a very interesting compilation because it includes two indispensable musical works of the band at a very cheap price, what would be a very worth purchase, in those days. However, for those who have already both albums, it might be a nice addition for all vinyl prog collectors.

Those two albums represent, someow, the two faces of the same coin. Here, we have Pink Floyd with Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd without Syd Barrett. Here we have Pink Floyd more psychedelic and Pink Floyd more space rock. Here we are in the presence of two great albums that, somehow, symbolises the end of an era and the beginning of another one.

As I've already reviewed these two albums previously on Progarchives, in a more extensive way, I'm not going to do it again. So, if you are interested to know, in more detail, what I wrote about them before, I invite you to read those my both reviews. However, in here I'm going to write something about them in a more short way. So, of course, I'm not going to analyze them track by track, as I made before, but I'm only going to make a global appreciation of both albums.

"The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn": "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn" is a very special and unique album in all Pink Floyd's discography. It's the only studio album under the leadership of Syd Barrett and it's also, practically, the only studio album with his participation as a band's member. It's true that he also appears on their second studio album "A Saucerful Of Secrets", but his participation was seminal, with only one song. It's also, in a certain way, a Syd Barrett's album because he writes almost of the songs and is also a mythic album for those who loves this Pink Floyd's musical period and Syd Barrett's music. "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn" is a very good album that explores the psychedelic music in its more intimate and complexes senses with some touches of blues. However, we can't really say that it's a true progressive album. Nevertheless, it remains a true landmark on the psychedelic music and it must be seen as a fundamental piece of music and a great representant of the end of the 60's. But it's also an important musical document that clearly shows the beginning of the mental instability of Syd Barrett, with his disturbs, that would be in a short term to become a breakdown and a serious problem to be resolved by the group. So, this is a very unique and special album.

"A Saucerful Of Secrets": "A Saucerful Of Secrets" is also like "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn" a true great album. Musically, it's a very different album that shows a new musical approach in relation to their previous studio work. Despite have many psychedelic parts it has also, for the first time, the beginning of the fundamental elements of their future space rock sound, which only would be firmly consolidated on their sixth studio album "Meddle". This is, in my humble opinion, a more adult and mature musical proposal than their debut studio album. "A Saucerful Of Secrets" is the living proof that we are in the presence of two distinct bands, the band with Sid Barrett and the band without him. Sincerely, I don't think the main difference on the music of this album be the presence of the guitar sound of David Gilmour. It's true that we can feel its presence on it, but he only co-wrote a song on the album, and I'm convinced that the main difference is Roger Waters. Roger Waters is the main musical composer of the album and I think this is the capital difference between this two initial works. But, one thing is sure. If Syd Barrett had continued as a band's member, we would be in the presence of a different band with different music. I think the problems would appear if both continued in the group. Whereby we know of the personality of Roger Waters, he wouldn't want to stay in the shadow of Syd Barrett. So, sooner or later, both would enter in confrontation, and one of them would be forced to leave the group.

Conclusion: As I wrote above, I like very much of both albums, but personally I maybe prefer "A Saucerful Of Secrets" than "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn", but both have their great moments, indeed. It's probably best recommended for newbies, not the Pink Floyd newbies but the newbies of the psychedelic music. I must confess that I don't have this compilation. I have the two vinyl records and the two CD's too. However, I knew it since I was a teen and it represented also my first contact with these two albums, because a school friend lent it to me at that time. If you have the two studio albums in two individual records, you don't need to buy this compilation because it hasn't anything new to offer, like bonus tracks, unless you have a collector vinyl spirit or you are a hard Pink Floyd's fan. However, if you don't have these two albums yet, this is the better option because you save on price and space. So, if you don't have these two albums and you own this compilation, it substitutes perfectly well those two original albums. This is really a nice pair. Eighteen amazing tracks in only one package. So, I'm going to rate it with the same 4 stars that I rated those albums.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Meddle by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.30 | 3104 ratings

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Meddle
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Alexlifeson2019

4 stars 8.5/10

Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection

'Meddle' continues to display Pink Floyd's improvement as songwriters with what many consider to be their first masterpiece in their catalog. Personally, I see this album as a small improvement over its predecessor thanks to only one bad song "Seamus" that only lasts about 2 minutes. The opening instrumental "One of These Days" is an excellent jam that gets me invested early. "A Pillow of Winds" is definitely the most relaxing tune on the album thanks to Gilmour's acoustic guitar work. These are great, but nothing compares to the 24 minute epic "Echoes" that combines elements of psychedelia and prog in perfect harmony. 'Meddle' is a real joy to listen to and still stands as one of the band's best albums to this day.

Favorite Tracks: Echoes, One of These Days, A Pillow of Winds, Fearless

Least Favorite Track: Seamus

 Atom Heart Mother by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.89 | 2177 ratings

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Atom Heart Mother
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Alexlifeson2019

3 stars 8/10

Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection

'Atom Heart Mother' is an interesting album. This album shows Floyd's first step towards a progressive rock direction instead of a psychedelic direction. The epic title track shows the band's progression as songwriters and displays the band's mastery of all of their instruments. "Summer '68" has a really catchy chorus that makes it very enjoyable and memorable. However, the closing track is an absolute mess that should have never made it on the album and to make maters worse it's almost 13 minutes long. With that being said the other tracks on the album are all great and represent the band's improved songwriting. I definitely recommend owning it if you're a progressive rock fan.

Favorite Tracks: Atom Heart Mother, Summer '68, Fat Old Sun, If

Least Favorite Track: Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast

 The Wall by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1979
4.09 | 2930 ratings

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The Wall
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Jochanan

4 stars The cult of one:

John or Paul? Peter or Phil? David or Roger?

I listen to Pink Floyd thanks to my older brother Alex (that's rather a story about Atom Heart Mother), but to say it shortly, Pink Floyd has been the most influential band in my puberty, my top band. And if you asked me what album by PF he would chose to be the only one to entertain him on a desert island, I think, It'd be this one. I know my brother takes it as a masterpiece.

The whole concept is just a remarkable piece of art / study of life. Personal history on the background of the history of the whole society. It is a vicious circle, a question what was first: egg or chicken? Interdependece and influence of one to the second - history forms a personality, a personality creates history.

The whole concept of the wall as barriers, state frontiers, personal boundaries. At university, I read Bartleby, the Scrivener by Herman Melville. What a work would it be to write an comparison essay on the concept of wall in Pink Floyd's album and Herman Melville's book. Wallstreet...

And these ingenious ideas, I don't doubt that Roger Waters is a genious, lead me somewhere where I don't like it anymore, into the Ivory Tower, home of all intelectual loners, those who believe that their ideas are more important, that they are somehow superior to the others, that they are the creative brain and the rest just slows them down. Today, I watched the famous The Wall concert where the stage is being bricked up during the show. I saw David Gilmour, who is my favourite member, I also saw the rest of the band for a very modest couple of times. And I saw Roger Waters, with a number 1 white t-shirt in the front. The work is his baby, an ingenious one, but only his. The rest of the band changed into just some musicians holding instruments, not equal band members. Well, if Roger was not so ambitious, this album wouldn't have been created, but frankly ,without trying to be too much philosophical - the most important things are more difficult to see and one of them is friendship and cooperation and this is not here anymore.

I prefer Paul to John, but with the Beatles, I don't think John took over the whole band. I also prefer Peter to Phil, until he took over the whole band.

 The Early Years 1970 Devi/ation by PINK FLOYD album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2017
4.28 | 4 ratings

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The Early Years 1970 Devi/ation
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by tdfloyd

5 stars Devi/ation, the fourth of the boxes to come out of The Early Years big box set, Deviation is my favorite. This is not based on the DVD on this or any of the boxsets as I think of them as watch once and pretty much done.

This starts off with the a song I have heard about but never heard, The live band only version of Atom Heart Mother from a 1970 concert in Montreux. Roger Waters introduces the song by saying the original has brass and choir but they have a version when they do not have them. Over the years both Waters and Gilmour have had nothing good to say about the original and I have to disagree with them but this version is stunning. It cuts the song down to the bone and instead of ruining a side-long track, creates a different version of an already great track. Out of the whole big box, this was the track that I really wanted tp hear. It did not disappoint.

The rest of the first disc is from a BBC session in July 1970 and they run through many of their concert staples at the time. Embryo, which was never released on a PF studio album, is given the expanded treatment and clocks in at 11 minutes. The next track is a short version of Fat Old Sun which usually gets a long Gilmour electric guitar solo when played live but here it plays as a quiet acoustic number. Floyd has better live versions than this. Green is the Colour is given a short but solid workout , Careful with that Axe is extended with Roger screaming like only he can and the quiet If sticks close to the original. Disk One closes out with a full blown version of Atom Heart Mother with choir, cello and brass ensembles. The two versions are different enough that the listener is more than happy to hear it twice.

Disk two is outtakes, remixes and unreleased songs from the movie Zabriskie Point. There are a handful of standout tracks, (Aeroplane, Explosion, Take Off, Love Scene (Take 2)) and the rest are not thrilling but everything is worth a listen. If you're paying attention, some parts of these songs show up as part of later tracks. The most recognizable is Riot Scene, which is reworked and embellished on Dark Side Of The Moon as the fabulous Us and Them. To close the CD portion of the box set, is an early version of , you guessed it, Atom Heart Mother. OK, by this time I really didn't need another take but there is nothing wrong with this version. It is an early band only studio released version of the classic. Of note is that Nick Mason gets more room to roam on this take.

Overall, I would give the first CD a 5 and the second a weak 4 . But since the first disc is so good I'll give it 5 stars.

 More (OST) by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1969
3.15 | 1322 ratings

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More (OST)
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by PrimeReviewsMusic

3 stars Review - #6 (Pink Floyd - More)

More... but not too much more. This is the third studio album and first soundtrack album coming out from the prog rock legends Pink Floyd. The year is 1969, around a year after their frontman Syd Barrett left the band due to the problems going in his life beginning to interfere with the bands priorities. However, even though Syd Barrett is not on the album, you can tell that the rest of the members are still trying to find their own identity after Syd Barret's leaving.

The first side of the album is where the best is found. The first song, Cirrus Minor continues a trend which is found throughout the rest of Side A (Besides 1 exception). That trend is having a relaxing and sometimes beautiful atmosphere surrounding the song. Maybe it's due to the folk like style in most of the songs and with many songs relying on just the acoustic guitar and some singing to back it up. But, the real shocker comes in with the 2nd song on the album, The Nile Song. When you first hear it, you are unsure if this is really Pink Floyd. This is definitely the band at their heaviest and it's done well. It is a real gem of Pink Floyd's catalogue that is completely "unique". We'll come back to those quotations later. Nonetheless, the rest of Side A has some good songs including Crying Song, Green is the Color, Up the Khyber, and Cymbeline which have some real character to them.

Now, this is where the term soundtrack really comes in. Side B starts off good enough with the Main Theme. This song has some instrumental performances from the band which is done pretty well. But, remember when I said "unique" earlier? The song Ibiza Bar seems to be a lesser version of The Nile Song. I'm guessing it was only written to fill in a spot for the movie and it kind of shows. This is where the album begins to lower in quality a bit, it's still good, but not as good as what came before it. One song that comes later on is Quicksilver. It is a psychedelic landscape piece that takes you on an adventure for several minutes. Though, I'm unsure if it's an adventure I really wanted to be on? But it was still enjoyable.

Throughout the album you will find that there are many great moments, and some moments that don't really stick. You can really feel the identity crisis Pink Floyd is going through after their frontman, Syd Barret left. However, it is still an enjoyable listen that should be heard by fans of Pink Floyd and prog alike.

More - 3/5

 More (OST) by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1969
3.15 | 1322 ratings

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More (OST)
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Atomic Relic

3 stars This album came out in 1969 and was the soundtrack for the movie More. Overall this album has a couple pleasant songs and a couple songs that make you leave confused on why them on the album. Now let's get into the songs on this album

Cirrus Minor - The first song on the album. It has some nice bird sound effects in the background and has some pleasant vocals and acoustic guitar. Overall this song is a nice little song. But nothing out of this world. ( 3.5/5 )

The Nile Song - The second song on the album. This song took me surprise the first time I heard it. It sounded nothing like a Pink Floyd song, but it still was a song that I really appreciated. With the heavy guitar and unique drum sounds it was a great surprise. Sometimes I wish Pink Floyd made a entire album with songs like The Nile Song in the album. ( 4.5/5 )

Crying Song - This song left me bored and not impressed. The vocals were fine but nothing out of this world amazing. The guitar solo towards the end of the song was one of the saving graces of the song. overall the song would be a ( 2.5/5 )

Up the Khyber - This song has some great piano work by Richard Wright and the drums really rock in this song. It's definitely a unique Pink Floyd song to say the least. But I enjoyed it. ( 4/5 )

Green is the Color - The second best song on this album in my opinion. David's voice just beautiful and the guitar goes along with the piano very nicely. It never gets boring and leaves you feeling relaxed throughout the entire song ( 4.5/5 )

Cymbaline - " it's high tide, Cymbaline ". This is my favorite song on the album and this has been one of my top 20 favorite Pink Floyd songs for a while now. it's just a great song. The piano really carry's the song and the drums really fit in this song well. ( 5/5 )

Party Sequence - What can I say about this song. You can tell this one was made for the movie. But even though you can tell it's made for the movie, I still like the song, the drums are interesting as well. The only thing bad thing here is that the song is short. ( 3/5 )

Main Theme - just like Party Sequence this is obviously made for the movie. But also just like Party Sequence I enjoyed this song. Even a little more then Party Sequence. I liked the piano and guitar in this song as well. ( 4/5 )

Ibiza Bar - This song has a very similar feeling to The Nile Song but isn't as good as The Nile song. Don't get me wrong. This song is still a rocking and a one of a kind Pink Floyd song, but I feel like it could have been worked on a bit more to bring it to the same level as The Nile Song. ( 4/5 )

More Blues - was anyone really asking for more blues though? Eh, this song starts off and you feel like it can go somewhere but it never really goes anywhere. The drums are also stagnant throughout the entirety of the song until it changes in a unimpressive way towards the end of the song. This is one of those songs you should skip on the album ( 2/5 )

Quicksilver - this is just ambient track that was made for the More movie. The keyboards go on for 7 minutes and I feel like they could have used those 7 minutes in a better way. ( 2.5/5 )

A Spanish Piece - Um... this is just a weird song. The talking in the song ruins it completely. It's extremely unenjoyable and annoying. ( 1.5/5 )

Dramatic Theme - I don't really know why this is called " Dramatic Theme " since it's not really dramatic at all. The guitar was was different and interesting at least. It's definitely better then the previous song A Spanish Piece. ( 2.5/5 )

Overall the album has a few enjoyable songs and some of the songs are very unique for Pink Floyd. I would recommend this album after you have heard every other Pink Floyd album. ( 3/5 )

 The Early Years Continu/ation 1967-1974 Sessions by PINK FLOYD album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2016
3.10 | 2 ratings

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The Early Years Continu/ation 1967-1974 Sessions
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by TCat
Special Collaborator Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

3 stars Introduction

Pink Floyd's 'The Early Years' full box set contains 7 volumes of CDs, DVD/BluRays, and other paraphernalia, each volume focuses on different periods of time between 1967 -1972. Every one of these volumes are also available as stand-alone box sets for those that want to only focus on certain specific sections of Pink Floyd's history, at least the history of mostly unreleased materials and what not. Up to this point, I've looked at each stand alone volume, and this review will focus on the last volume, #7.

Volume 7 is interesting as the stand-alone compilation is the most rare of all of them. Originally, it was exclusive to the full box set, however, the CD from that box set was released in Japan a year before the other volumes were offered as stand alone options. The 7th stand alone volume is called 'The Early Years: Cotinu/ation 1967-1974 Sessions'. There is one major item missing from this compilation that is offered in the complete box set, and that is the two video discs (DVD/Blu-ray). So, that is one major drawback for the completionist that is interested in the stand alone volumes. However, the CD itself is exactly the same as the CD in the complete box set. We'll talk about that later, in the 'What's Missing' section. For now, lets look at the CD.

CD

The thing with this volume is that it goes back to 1967 and picks up all the odds and ends that were not on the previous volume, so in that respect, it doesn't focus on exact years like the other volumes.

The first six tracks from this collection are recorded from a BBC Radio Session recorded on September 25, 1967. Syd Barrett is still in the band for this performance, but as a result, it is missing David Gilmour. The set starts off with 'Flaming' and continues with a pretty faithful rendition of this and 3 other early and familiar tracks 'The Scarecrow', 'The Gnome' and 'Matilda Mother'. The performances are heavy on the psychedelic effects and almost childlike lyrics of the Barrett era, a bit heavy on the keys in the recordings. Those familiar with these songs will notice the minor differences between these and the studio versions, and that's what makes it all interesting, these radio sessions almost make it all sound like alternative versions. The next track is 'Reaction in G' which is a very short guitar psych-out which is followed by 'Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun' with Waters vocals actually standing out more than usual in a quick 3 minute version of the track.

Another BBC Radio Session from December 20, 1967 includes four more tracks, none of which are copied from the previous session featured. Syd is still the main man here in these tracks which are 'Scream Thy Last Scream' with Mason sharing the lead vocals on this very rare song. 'Vegetable Man' follows, even though it was never used on any of PF's albums, but instead showed up on Syd Barrett's solo album. 'Pow R Toc H.' appears next in an abbreviated form sounding like a demented surf- rock track in this version, with 'Jugband Blues' finishing up this section.

The rest of the tracks come from an interesting variety of places. 'Baby Blue Shiffle in D Major' was recorded for another BBC radio session from December 2, 1968, and now Gilmour has replaced Barrett for this performance. This is followed by another BBC performance from September 30, 1971 for a slow-blues improvisation simply called 'Blues'. This 5 minute performance contains some nice guitar work from Gilmour. After this, there is an odd radio spot for the 'Ummagumma' album.

Most Pink Floyd fans know of the band's involvement with three motion pictures, namely 'Zabriskie Point', 'More', and 'La Vallee' and the resulting albums. Not very many people know about a fourth movie that they also provided music for which was called 'The Committee'. This was a mostly unknown film noir, black and white production released in 1968. It was an odd film, but PF provided nine short tracks that were used in the movie and up to this point, this music was only available on a bootleg called 'A Tree Full of Secrets'. The next two tracks on this collection are two tracks from that film appropriately called 'Music from The Committee No. 1' and ''.No. 2'. No. 1 is a noisy track that is first played forward, and then backward. No. 2 is a bit more standard fare with an upbeat sound at first, that later fades in to a slower beat. Its nothing special, but it gives insight into one of the most unknown parts of the band's career.

Another rarity follows this with a track called 'Moonhead' which comes from a live broadcast on the BBC TV during the moon landing in 1969. This is definitely a curiosity more than anything, something that only completionists would be interested in as it is interspersed with narration from the broadcast. The music is typical for the band at the time, psychedelic meanderings that would have fit the moon landing perfectly. For the final track on the CD we skip all the ahead to 1974 is a performance of 'Echoes', live at Wembley (24 minutes). This performance is an excellent example of the band making a great thing better in a live setting, complete with saxophone that actually brings the track almost up to the standards of 'Dark Side of the Moon' era music. This track is the best thing about the collection and almost makes it worth your while to search it out.

Most of this collection will only appeal to hard core PF fans and completionists, but many will find the performance of 'Echoes' worth looking for. Without that track, this would have been a 2-star affair, but it actually ends up raising the score up a notch.

What's Missing?

In the case of this volume, there is a lot missing. Without the DVD/Blu-ray discs, there isn't much of a reason to find the stand- alone version of this volume. The material that is on these discs will probably be the deciding factor as to whether you spring for the complete box set or just settle on the individual volumes that appeal to you.

The first disc in the complete box set contains performances mostly from concerts and a few interviews. It starts with an alternative promotional video for 'Arnold Layne' filmed on the grounds around Hampstead Health and St. Michael's Church in Highgate, London filmed on April 29, 1967. 3 tracks from 'P1-P wie Petersilie' in Germany, recorded in Stuttgart, Gemany on July 22, 1969 follow featuring 'Corporal Clegg', a band interview, and 'A Saucerful of Secrets'. There is a snippet of 'Atom Heart Mother' performed at the Festival of Blues & Progressive music in Bath recorded on June 27, 1970, only 3 minutes of it. There are then two performances at the Kralingen Music Festival" Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 28 June 1970: 'Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun' and 'A Saucerful of Secrets', both in shortened versions. Then there are 3 performances at The Amsterdam Rock Circus on May 22, 1972: 'Atom Heart Mother' (band version), 'Careful with That Axe, Eugene' and 'A Saucerful of Secrets'. Although they were not featured on any of the other volumes, the performances and videos are similar to the ones already included in the other volumes.

Probably what follows are the things that will determine whether you buy the complete box set. The last thing on the first disc is the rare British film noir 'The Committee', the motion picture that was mentioned earlier in this review in its full version, a strange movie about a hitchhiker who decapitates a bloke that gives him a ride by slamming the cars hood down on his head after which he sews it back on, wakes the chap up and says he doesn't want to ride with him anymore. The story goes on its way after that, its up to you whether you want to see if the action has any further consequence with the rest of the movie. Those that love the full immersive PF experience will appreciate this, and the movie is well filmed. It's just very odd. The 2nd disc is completely made up of two other full length feature films, both also hard to find (at least to own, that is): 'More' (which features music on the Pink Floyd album of the same name) and 'La Vallee' (which contains the music that is on their album 'Obscured By Clouds'. For some, this could justify forking out the high price of the full box set over the single stand alone volumes.

In Conclusion

This volume is definitely of little interest (except for the last track on the CD) to the casual Pink Floyd fan. Only because of the performance of 'Echoes' is it worth the bother of trying to track it down. If it contained the 3 movies, then it would be a different story. 3 stars.

In my own opinion, after assessing all of the stand alone volumes, I would prefer the complete box set, but then I am a Pink Floyd geek.

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