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Collection of Great Dance Songs
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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.
True, all this material is available elsewhere, but, as stated in several other reviews, several of these versions have a little something that sets them apart, much like "Works," which came out two years later. Very subtle, but differences nonetheless.
"One Of These Days"
Very much the same as the original, it sounds like a very good copy of the vinyl record.
Unique to this collection, because apart from Dick Parry redoing his saxophone solo, all instruments here are played by David Gilmour himself (that's G-i-l-m-o-u-r, for those of you who have refused to learn to spell).
Like "One Of These Days," it's a retread of the original, from 1977's "Animals."
"Shine On You Crazy Diamond"
A heavily edited take, but that's okay, I just look at it as a different cut. It's cool to hear a different edit of something once in a while.
"Wish You Were Here"
Unadorned, it is just simply Floyd playing a good hit song, from the LP of the same name.
"Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)"
Probably the most overplayed and misunderstood song in the Pink Floyd canon, this is the single version, which, ironically, is longer than the LP version. In lieu of "The Happiest Days Of Our Lives," like on "The Wall," there is just a couple bars of the band vamping to the song's rhythm, which cuts right into the main body of the song, probably as it was recorded.
This isn't essential Floyd product, but it is somewhat easy listening, as it won't bend the casual fan's ear, and the more loyal fan is more likely to have it all, in one form or another anyway.
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