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Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd

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In the early 1960s, a bunch of boys from Cambridge began jamming together, and out of those encounters were born the early incarnations of Pink Floyd. More than 40 years and 150 million album sales later, the band headlined the biggest global music event in history – Live 8 – and was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame. You could say the Floyd has staying power.

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  • Audio CD (November 6, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00005QDW5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (472 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,985 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Astronomy Domine
2. See Emily Play
3. The Happiest Day of Our Lives
4. Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)
5. Echoes
6. Hey You
7. Marooned
8. The Great Gig in the Sky
9. Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun
10. Money
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Disc: 2
1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-7)
2. Time
3. The Fletcher Memorial Home
4. Comfortably Numb
5. When the Tigers Broke Free
6. One of These Days
7. Us And Them
8. Learning to Fly
9. Arnold Layne
10. Wish You Were Here
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Echoes is a double-CD collection of some of Pink Floyd's best songs. It's also a fascinating document of the band's history. They began life as Syd Barrett's phantasmagoric plaything before clasping the wings of Icarus and ascending toward the sun on an epic space-rock odyssey, eventually turning left once they reached the dark side of the moon and burning up on reentry, crash-landing on every earthlings' home hi-fi. And it's all here--30 years of the Floyd's awesome back catalog trimmed down to two handsome CDs. It's worth remembering that, despite a fondness for pyrotechnics, Pink Floyd were never a prog-rock band. Sure, some of their songs are a bit long, and they never released singles (at least not for 11 years), but the same could be said for Led Zeppelin. Clinically devoid of the faux-classical overtures and vainglorious musicianship of that era, Pink Floyd were a pole apart; Meddle's epic maritime tone poem "Echoes" remains the Floyd's apogee. But here, on this collection, "the albatross" which "hangs motionless upon the air" has had its wings clipped--seven full minutes are missing, but you'd never be able to tell. The sonar bleeps, the screeching seagulls, the howling winds are all retained, and whoever wielded the editorial axe, Eugene, did so carefully.

Interestingly, the album's nonchronological track listing works--the summery, childhood enchantment of "See Emily Play" is right next to the school discipline of "Happiest Days of Our Lives"--and at least this way no one will switch off when material from A Momentary Lapse of Reason comes around. Despite the curious omission of "Atom Heart Mother," this really is the very best of the Floyd--from the throbbing "One of These Days" to the pop operatic "Great Gig in the Sky" to the genius silvery fluidity of Dave Gilmour's guitar work. This is timeless, as many members of Sigur Rós, Radiohead, and the Beta Band will attest. --Kevin Maidment

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Fasten those headphones for Arnold Layne; See Emily Play; Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun; One of These Days; Echoes; Time; Money; Us and Them; Shine On You Crazy Diamond; Wish You Were Here; Sheep; Comfortably Numb , and more. On imported vinyl!

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173 of 181 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Floyd have issued earlier compilation albums, but not on a double CD. A single LP was never going to do adequate justice to the band, even though they attempted it with the COLLECTION OF GREAT DANCE SONGS. But no collection could sincerely claim to be the best of the Floyd without including, say, all 23 minutes of 'Echoes', and that blows half an LP right away.
This album contains almost all of 'Echoes', together with almost all of almost every other Floyd that one would expect to hear on a 'Best of' collection. I say almost all, because the tracks have been judiciously segued into each other, in most cases just before the fade-out on the original. To some, it may seem sacrilege to interleave DARK SIDE tracks such as 'The Great Gig in the Sky', 'Money', 'Time' and 'Us and Them' with other Floyd classics, but believe me, it works. The only classic which I'm disappointed not to see here is the opening track from OBSCURED BY CLOUDS.
There can be few Floyds fans who don't have the classic sequence of four albums from the 70s -- MEDDLE, DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, WISH YOU WERE HERE and ANIMALS. But there may be many who, like me, have never bought a Pink Floyd album on which Syd Barrett played. The early stuff -- for instance, 'See Emily Play', 'Arnold Layne' and the glorious 'Bike' -- has been ingeniously blended into the meld, despite the production standards of the period appearing primaeval compared to Alan Parsons' engineering work on DARK SIDE.
It's a wonderful, wonderful collection. I re-purchased my Floyd albums on CD too early -- i.e. before they were re-mastered. The tracks chosen here are from the re-mastered CDs, and it's frankly a relief that I cannot tell the difference in sound quality between these remastered versions and my acoustic memory of my CDs.
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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music, Unique Arrrangement November 10, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Not even a double CD can come close to getting the complete "best" of Pink Floyd, and for a band whose music translates so well as complete albums (Dark Side, Animals, The Wall), some purists will bristle at this collection of singles. Also, while fans will be pleased to see so many albums represented, the selection of songs is sometimes curious. But beyond that, ECHOES is a welcome collection of 26 tunes with a real unique arrangement that hops around from 1967 to 1994 almost at random... and yet really well. Check out, for example, the psychedelic (yet relatively innocent) chords of See Emily Play as they fade into the trademark helicopter sounds of Happiest Days... or the back-to-back instrumentals of Marooned (obscure even for a Division Bell inclusion, but neat) right into the classic Great Gig... ECHOES has a great ability to showcase the three periods of Pink Floyd: pre-Dark Side, the "fab four" of Dark Side, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall, and then the two excellent Roger-less albums, Momentary Lapse and Division Bell. Even the normally-ignored The Final Cut gets a nod with Fletcher Memorial (why that song, and not the more digestible The Gunner's Dream or Not Now John?). The inclusion of When the Tigers Broke Free, alone, (from the movie The Wall), makes Echoes an absolute MUST have for fans, even if the set does force feed us Barrett/pre-Dark Side era songs apparently at random like Jugband Blues (why two songs from Saucerful of Secrets??) and Bike (available on the extra CD in the 1992 Sine On boxed set). Still, it is such a treat to pop Echoes in and just hear what comes next as the songs jump from the 60s to the 90s to the 70s to the 80s. Read more ›
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Pink Floyd Story November 7, 2001
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I'll admit I was a little hesitant about this so-called "Best of" compilation...given the fact that nearly all of Pink Floyd's albums rely on the interweaving of songs to create an album long song-piece. To take these songs out of context (and out of time) for a compilation seems like an exceedingly bad idea, one created in the back rooms of a record studio looking to further cash-in on one of the best selling bands in history.
However, this album does come together on several different levels, and is about as perfect as a two-disc anthology of Pink Floyd could possibly be. It isn't really a "Greatest Hits" since numerous radio standards have been left off, including Breathe, Brain Damage/Eclipse, Welcome to the Machine, Have a Cigar, Mother, Young Lust, Run Like Hell, and On the Turning Away. And it isn't necessarily a "Best of" either, with the inclusion of the instrumental Marooned and The Fletcher Memorial Home and the seldom heard When the Tigers Broke Free instead of numerous other choices.
A more appropriate album title would have been The Pink Floyd Story, because what Echoes really attempts to do is document the various and distinct periods of the band, from early Syd Barret material, through the band's 1970s creative peaks, and then when the band was essentially a solo vehicle for Waters and then Gilmour. But the underlying theme through all the music is Barrett, and the inclusion of five tracks off of Piper at the Gates of Dawn and Saucerful of Secrets is much more than giving his tunes equal time as a tribute, it shows how much his legacy affected and was ultimately responsible for the greatness Pink Floyd achieved. And so it is extremely appropriate that as Disc 2 winds down, we are returned to one of Pink Floyd's ealiest tunes, Arnold Lane.
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5.0 out of 5 stars i liked
Yes, i liked it
Published 6 days ago by chris merritt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I'm not a big PF fan but it's great to sample the hits and some lesser known songs.
Published 7 days ago by CR
2.0 out of 5 stars Remastered TOO LOUD
This compilation ECHOES comes from 2001 when many albums were being released way too loud. If you don't believe me, open up some of the wav files from this album and view the... Read more
Published 17 days ago by William
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great music
Published 21 days ago by Alice Edel
5.0 out of 5 stars the Floyd rules
the Floyd rules strip & street - great selection & sequence of songs
Published 22 days ago by S. Farrell
4.0 out of 5 stars It grew on me...eventually
Listening to Pink Floyd as long as I have has left me somewhat unreceptive to compilations. It seems as if the track sequences of individual Floyd albums have been incorporated... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jeffrey J.Park
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice collection of their best songs
Not a purist or a snob. All I wanted was a good collection of Pink Flloyd's best songs and this suits the bill.
Published 1 month ago by John D.
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay.
To supposed to be the best of Pink Floyd it did leave out a lot of tunes that everyone likes and put in a lot of other ones that aren't that popular, so the question wold be... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Julio Berrio
5.0 out of 5 stars a very good compilation
This a very good compilation. I guess if you are a pink floyd fan you will not like this album because each Pink Floyd album represents more than just a group of tunes. Read more
Published 4 months ago by mario.albceron
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs to be in Chronological Order
Most of the materail here is really good although one can quibble about some of the choices (Marooned?) However, what makes this a really tough listen is the order of the material. Read more
Published 5 months ago by MJH
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10 best pink floyd songs
In order of release:
1. Arnold Layne
2. Astronomy Domine
3. Careful with That Axe, Eugene (Live Ummagumma)
4. A Saucerful of Secrets (Live Ummagumma)
5. Echoes
6. Have a Cigar
7. Wish You Were Here
8. Comfortably Numb
9. Run Like Hell
10. High Hopes
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