- Audio CD (November 11, 2016)
- Original Release Date: November 11, 2016
- Number of Discs: 33
- Format: Box set
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- Label: Legacy
- Run Time: 2948 minutes
- ASIN: B01J2M5J70
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,375 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
The Early Years Box Set Box set
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'The Early Years 1965 1972' is a comprehensive 28-disc box set that sees Pink Floyd delve into their vast music archive to produce a deluxe package that includes 7 individual book-style volumes, featuring much previously unreleased material. The Early Years box set contains unreleased tracks, BBC Radio Sessions, remixes, outtakes, and alternative versions over an incredible 11 hours, 45 mins of audio (made up of 130+ tracks), live and TV performance in over 14 hours of audio-visual material. The content includes over 20 unreleased songs, more than 7 hours of previously unreleased live audio, and over 5 hours of rare concert footage, along with 5 meticulously produced 7" singles in replica sleeves, collectible memorabilia, feature films and new sound mixes. Previously unreleased tracks include 1967's 'Vegetable Man' and 'In The Beechwoods', which have been mixed for the first time, specially for this release. 'The Early Years 1965-1972' will give collectors the opportunity to hear the evolution of the band and witness their part in cultural revolutions from their earliest recordings and studio sessions to the years prior to the release of 'The Dark Side Of The Moon', one of the biggest selling albums of all time. From the single 'Arnold Layne' to the 20-minute epic 'Echoes', fans will see the invention of psychedelic progressive rock via an insightful collection that explores the Pink Floyd story from the time Roger Waters, Richard Wright, Nick Mason and Syd Barrett met at London's Regent Street Polytechnic, through to Syd's departure and David Gilmour joining to form the iconic lineup.
40+ items of archival memorabilia including: posters, flyers, tour programs, tickets, press advertisements, & much more.
This set includes: 11 CDs, 8 Blu-ray Discs, 9 DVDs, 5 seven-inch vinyl singles, collectible memorabilia, & more.
7 inch Singles:
1. Side A: Arnold Layne Side B: Candy And A Currant Bun
2. Side A: See Emily Play Side B: The Scarecrow
3. Side A: Apples And Oranges Side B: Paintbox
4. Side A: It Would Be So Nice Side B: Julia Dream
5. Side A: Point Me At The Sky Side B: Careful With That Axe, Eugene
Pink Floyd fans ordering 'The Early Years 1965 - 1972' will get an extra piece of the band's history. The box-set will now also include a supplementary disc featuring the band's seminal Live At Pompeii concert as a 2016 audio mix. The 6 tracks totaling over 67 minutes include live versions of 'Careful With That Axe, Eugene', 'Set the Controls For The Heart Of The Sun', 'One of These Days', 'A Saucerful Of Secrets', 'Echoes' and an alternative take of 'Careful With That Axe, Eugene'.
Live at Pompeii has never been available as an audio only CD so this is a real first for fans.
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Top Customer Reviews
I've been collecting Pink Floyd bootlegs for years, and while some of them have had phenomenal sound ("Mooed Music", and "Meddler", for example), others have been pretty horrible, I wanted to get this in the hopes that I could replace a good chunk of my bootlegs with a much better quality recording. Unfortunately, some of these recordings are just as bad as the old versions I had. There are recordings that literally sound like you're hearing them through a tin can. Thankfully that's not the case for most of them. There's a great number of gems on here, many that I've never heard before, and I'm definitely what you would call a "hard core" Pink Floyd fan and I thought I had already heard most everything. Any collector will definitely want this.
However, for the negatives. There is a lot of repetition. You're going to hear quite a few versions of "Set the Controls For the Heart of the Sun", "Careful With That Axe, Eugene", and "Interstellar Overdrive." If you don't love these songs, you're going to get tired of them. There are also numerous versions of "Echoes", but I can listen to that one all day.
Then there's all the memorabilia, which is basically just a bunch of paper that can easily scatter all over the place. I could have done without any of that. Why not just put all that stuff into a large, hardcover book with essays, liner notes, lyrics, etc? That would have been so much better.
The blu rays, for the most part, are great, with the exception of the films "More" and "The Valley" which don't offer subtitles. Unless you can speak French, these are pretty much unwatchable.
The negatives are kind of minor compared to the great quality of this set and the insane amount of material that you get. If you have the money to spend, don't hesitate. My wife said she would buy this for me as a Christmas present if I could come up with at least half of the money. So I had to sell a bunch of stuff on Ebay just to get to the $250 mark. If you're as dedicated as I am, you will find a way. If you're not quite so dedicated, wait for the price to come down.
I haven't had a chance yet to listen to or watch everything... will take days for that. But the packaging is great IMO, and the first Blu-Ray already blew me away. The restored footage from the Round House and UFO clubs, the 1967 Videos for Scarecrow and See Emily Play, the Dick Clarke Interviews, etc., are all real treats for a die-hard Floyd fan. According to one of the many little booklets that comes in the box, it took 22 years to pull together, get copyright approval, restore, and package all this material from the time they started work on this project back in 1994. I like the fact that they are very honest about which bits are not necessarily "up to standard" on audio or video quality, but included for historical purposes.
The next few days will filled with a lot of obscure Pink Floyd Music!