Pink Floyd - Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd (2001)
Artist/Composer Pink Floyd
Length 155:13
Format CD
Genre Rock/Pop
Label Capitol Records
Index 73
In Collection Yes
Packaging Jewel Case
Drums and Percussion Nick Mason
Keyboards-Various Richard Wright
Vocals-Backing Carmen Twillie
Vocals-Backing Carol Kenyon
Track List
Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd (Disc 1) 76:44
01 Astronomy Domine Taken from "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn" 04:10
02 See Emily Play 02:47
03 The Happiest Days of Our Lives Taken from "The Wall" 01:38
04 Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2) Taken from "The Wall" 04:01
05 Echoes Taken from "Meddle" This version seems shorter than the version included in "Meddle". Is it? 16:30
06 Hey You Taken from "The Wall" 04:39
07 Marooned Taken from "The Division Bell" 02:02
08 The Great Gig in the Sky Taken from "The Dark Side Of The Moon" 04:40
09 Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun Taken from "A Saucerful Of Secrets" 05:20
10 Money Taken from "The Dark Side Of The Moon" 06:29
11 Keep Talking Taken from "The Division Bell" 05:57
12 Sheep Taken from "Animals" 09:46
13 Sorrow Taken from "A Momentary Lapse Of Reason" 08:45
Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd (Disc 2) 78:29
01 Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-7) Taken from "Wish You Were Here" 17:32
02 Time Taken from "The Dark Side Of The Moon" 06:48
03 The Fletcher Memorial Home Taken from "The Final Cut" 04:07
04 Comfortably Numb Taken from "The Wall" 06:53
05 When The Tigers Broke Free Taken from "The Wall Movie Soundtrack" 03:42
06 One Of These Days Taken from "Meddle" 05:14
07 Us And Them Taken from "The Dark Side Of The Moon" 07:51
08 Learning To Fly Taken from "A Momentary Lapse Of Reason" 04:50
09 Arnold Layne 02:52
10 Wish You Were Here Taken from "Wish You Were Here" 05:21
11 Jugband Blues Taken from "A Saucerful Of Secrets" 02:56
12 High Hopes Taken from "The Division Bell" 06:59
13 Bike Taken from "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn" 03:24
Rating 70%
Spars DDD
Rare No
Sound Stereo
Date of US Release November 6, 2001 Being the quintessential album rock band, Pink Floyd hasn't had much luck with "best-of" and "greatest-hits" compilations, like A Collection of Great Dance Songs and the bizarro follow-up, Works. Since both of those were released in the early '80s (and time travel being unavailable even to Pink Floyd), they obviously left out any tracks from the post-Roger Waters era albums. While countless hours in dorm rooms have been spent laboring over whether or not the post-Waters recordings should even be considered the "real Floyd," the later albums nonetheless stand as a further progression in the band's evolution and warrant recognition. The 2001 release Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd does just that, sequencing the tracks non-chronologically in an effort to place more emphasis on the individual songs as opposed to the era they're from. Unfortunately, the effect is rather jarring when the songs transition from the clinical mid-'90s sound of "High Hopes" directly into the psychedelic groove of the much earlier "Bike." Interestingly, as is the case with most of their albums (but a rarity in "hits" compilations), most of the tracks fade into one another; the hum of "Keep Talking" segueing into the bleating of "Sheep," making for an intriguing listen from one song to the next. There are many highlights on this collection: the inclusion of the Floyd holy grail "When the Tigers Broke Free," a sweeping Waters military dirge that has only appeared in the film The Wall, and the fascinating "Shine on You Crazy Diamond, Pts. 1-7," which has never before been released without the break in the middle (but conspicuously missing parts eight and nine). The confusing inclusion of "The Fletcher Memorial Home" (possibly just to cover something from The Final Cut) and three songs from the decidedly mediocre Division Bell stand out as obvious head-scratchers, making the die-hard Pink Floyd fan wonder if compiler James Guthrie was really clear on what this album should represent. Guthrie's job was unfortunately doomed from the start; since Pink Floyd's strength has always been in the band's rich, sprawling albums, listening to selections cut and chopped from here and there makes it almost like watching three-minute segments from Citizen Kane, Gone With the Wind, and Apocalypse Now, knowing full well that they hold together much better as whole works. Still, Echoes is nearly the best possible assembly of the band's individual songs one could hope for, and collectors and completists should be overjoyed. That being said, anyone just getting into this group's fascinating sound would be much better off starting with Dark Side of the Moon, then working forward, then backward from there: the time honored system of hungrily consuming the Pink Floyd catalog that has stood for generations.
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