Collection of Great Dance Songs
Import, Reissued, Remastered
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|Audio CD, Import, Original recording reissued, April 25, 2000||
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PINK FLOYD A COLLECTION OF GREAT DANCE SONGS
For those who spent the whole of the 1970s actually living on the dark side of the moon rather than listening to it, A Collection of Great Dance Songs offers an opportunity to hear some of the most timeless, thoughtful, and influential rock music ever made by rich, bitter Englishmen. The album's title certainly seems less deceptive now, considering just how much of the Floyd's instrumental ambience eventually seeped into the techno and dance scenes of the '90s. Initially released during one of those yawning epochs between studio albums (namely, The Wall and The Final Cut) this best-of collection cherry picks from Pink Floyd's 1970s material--the era when the band (and they were a band in those days) bestrode the stadiums of the world like light-show leviathans and sold records by the tons--and is only undermined by the omission of sprawling masterpieces such as "Echoes" and "Atom Heart Mother" (such were the time limitations of the old vinyl format). Never mind the dance floor, this a great portable Pink Floyd collection for long car journeys. --Kevin Maidment
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The track listing really does a poor job of capturing the cinematic and sweeping quality of their music, although "A Collection of Great Dance Songs" is nice enough and covers the 1971-1979 timeframe - which many regard as their peak. As a long-time Floyd freak, I (still) listen to a Pink Floyd album from start to finish. Given that their albums are concept pieces that are linked thematically and conceptually, having the tracks abstracted from their respective albums sounds a little weird. The one track that did not gel with me at all was the 1981 re-recording of Money - it sounds empty and a bit flat.
This remastered package is pretty nice and features color photos and a brief summary of the recording credits for each track. The sound quality is very good.
All in all, while not a particularly satisfying listening experience, this short sampler sounds just fine in the car.
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