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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 (5 Nov. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00005QDW5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
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Listen  1. Astronomy Domine (2001 Remastered Version) 4:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. See Emily Play (2001 Remastered Version) 2:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  4. Another Brick In The Wall 3:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Echoes (Edit; 2001 Remastered Version)16:30Album Only
Listen  6. Hey You (2001 Remastered Version) 4:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Marooned (Excerpt) (2001 Remastered Version) 2:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Great Gig In The Sky (2001 Remastered Version) 4:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (2001 Remastered Version) 5:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Money (2001 Remastered Version) 6:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Keep Talking (2001 Remastered Version) 5:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Sheep (2001 Remastered Version) 9:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Sorrow (2001 Remastered Version) 8:45£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1 - 7;Edit; 2001 Remastered Version)17:32Album Only
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Listen  3. The Fletcher Memorial Home (2001 Remastered Version) 4:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Comfortably Numb (2001 Remastered Version) 6:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. When The Tigers Broke Free (2001 Remastered Version) 3:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. One of These Days (2001 Remastered Version) 5:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Us And Them (2001 Remastered Version) 7:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Learning To Fly (2001 Remastered Version) 4:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Arnold Layne (2001 Remastered Version) 2:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Wish You Were Here 5:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Jugband Blues (2001 Remastered Version) 2:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. High Hopes (Edit; 2001 Remastered Version) 6:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Bike (Edit; 2001 Remastered Version) 3:24£0.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description

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PINK FLOYD Echoes The Best Of... (2001 UK 26-track double CD compilation album featuring a comprehensive career retrospective of their studio output from 1967 - 1994 from their psychedelic early days with Syd through to the modern rock of The Division Bell; lyric booklet picture sleeve with a picture slipcase featuring artwork by Storm Thorgerson. Apart from some slight edgewear the disc and contents are in excellent condition)

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Echoes is a double-CD collection of some of Pink Floyd's best songs; it's also an interesting document of the band's history. They began life as Syd Barrett's mandrax-flavoured nursery-rhymers--gnomes, scarecrows, cats and bikes a speciality--before clasping the wings of Icarus and ascending towards the sun on an epic space-rock odyssey, eventually turning left once they reached the dark side of the moon and burning up on re-entry, crash-landing on every earthlings' home hi-fi with the imperious but seething embitterment of their (or more pertinently, Roger Waters') pomp rock; the sociological (Animals), totalitarianism (The Wall) and World War (The Final Cut). And it's all here--30 years of the Floyd's awesome back catalogue trimmed down to two handsome CDs. It is worth reiterating that, despite a fondness for pyrotechnics (and fittingly--and perhaps deliberately--the album was released on November 5th), Pink Floyd were never a prog-rock band. Sure, some of their songs were 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 cod-classical overtures and vainglorious musicianship of that era, Pink Floyd were a pole apart; Meddle's epic maritime tone-poem "Echoes" remains The Floyds' 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 did so carefully, Eugene. Interestingly, the non-chronological track listing works--the summery, childhood enchantment of "See Emily Play" timetabled right next to the square-bashing school discipline of "Happiest Days Of Our Lives"--and at least this way no-one will switch off when material from "A Momentary Lapse in 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" (conceived as an attack on disc jockey Jimmy Young), to the pop operatic "Great Gig In The Sky" and the genius silvery fluidity of Dave Gilmour's guitar work. This is timeless, as many members of Sigur Ros, Radiohead, Blur, Beta Band etc will no doubt testify. --Kevin Maidment

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112 of 115 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Nov. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Compilations are often so dry and boring, with their carelessly-written biographies and their tedious chronological tracklists. This album is remarkable for both its musical strength and (being a Pink Floyd album) its sleeve design.
The main risk with producing a Pink Floyd compilation CD is that the band produced so many really long tracks. How could these favourites be included on a CD without being murdered by editors or left out altogether? Yes, some tracks have indeed been edited ("Shine On You Crazy Diamond", "Echoes", "Marooned"; but not obviously (though the crucial Part 9 of "Shine On" and much of "Marooned" have been cut out). Yes, some wonderful lengthy tracks have been omitted ("Atom Heart Mother", "Dogs"), but you can't have everything. Not without buying the original albums, anyway.
Notwithstanding the above, the wonderful feature about this album, which far outweighs the edits, is the way in which the tracks have been sequenced. Each track is carefully segued into the next, and the result is incredibly good - it sounds like a true Pink Floyd album. For example, the link from "Marooned" into "The Great Gig In The Sky" into "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun" is seamless - the former two are merged by a B minor chord that effectively makes them the same track! The trademark Floyd wind sound effect links many of the tracks of Disc 2, as it did on the albums "Meddle" and "Wish You Were Here".
The sleeve artwork is, as you would expect, impressive. Every feature of every Pink Floyd album cover of the past has been incorporated into a new selection of intricate photographs, reminiscent of the "Umma Gumma" concept.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Geake on 19 Nov. 2001
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The first thing to say about this double CD is that it is remarkably cheap for normal Pink Floyd product. This best of therefore gets 5 stars for value. There is a good spread of material within this anthology, though it would have been nice to have seen a couple of tracks from More, Atom heart Mother, Ummagumma and Obscured by Clouds. Careful with that Axe Eugene would have been a nice extra as well. Still, the main stuff's there with ample helpings of Wish YWH and Dark Side otM and ofcourse Comfortably Numb. Also good to see Echoes itself in there, though for die hard Floydies, the considerable editing of this track was probably not a good idea...likewise the excerpt from Marooned...that's one of their best instrumentals..what a pity it was abbreviated. Old Syd gets a good look in. Overall then a good package and certainly worth 4 stars. I'd have gone for 5 but the editing and 'a bit too much' re-mixing spoiled a potentially brilliant double CD. Andy, London
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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Nov. 2001
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The point that prompted me to buy this album is the fact that it has a rather unusual track-running order and includes every type of songs Floyd has ever done (except for the noise-collages), including every style, some of the longer pieces, experimentals, popsongs from the Post Waters Era and it mixes up short psychedelia like Jugband Blues with intuitive rocksongs like High Hopes and what can I say: it works! Somebody (I don't know who exactly compiled the songs) mixed the tracks regarding mood, tempo, general atmosphere, style, rhythm and even key (!) in a very well thought manner. They paid attention to a lot of details like the sonic depth finder at the beginning of echoes with the same sound returning in the following track Hey You. Its even lyrically coherent (Sheep from Animals following Keep Talking or High Hopes being surrounded by youthful tunes from old friend Syd Barrett). They are always keeping a consistant stream of atmosphere like the overwhelming triple Marooned, The great gig in the sky and Set the controls for the heart of the sun. Some of the songs are edited to fit into the concept like the shorter version of Echoes and the 17 minutes version of Shine on you crazy diamond spanning about 3/4 of the whole original masterpiece from Wish you were here with Parts One and Two mixed together. When the tigers broke free from The Wall-Soundtrack is included and the ending of Us And Them is newly mixed. The latter facts guarantee that the tracks on the CD are in a unique mix eliminating the possibility to use software at home to clone the compilation from the Floyd back catalogue.
The songs are wisely chosen representing everything the Floyd has done and exactly that point makes it a very good compilation only for Pink Floyd devotees.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Nov. 2001
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This has been long awaited and many will not be disappointed.
It's easy to forget about how many good songs until you hear them all together.
My main moan would be the omissions of anything from Atom Heart Mother, which AHM itself would make the collection longer, and, like Echoes I suppose you can't have too many very long tracks.
What about Summer '68, Eclipse & Brain Damage, or Interstellar Overdrive.
That said however, Bike (what lyrics !!) and Set the Contro;s for the Heart of the Sun are very welcome inclusions.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sentinel TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Jun. 2011
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This is a great and truly representative double collection of Pink Floyd, from throughout the changing faces of their career. There's the early Syd Barret influence (though I mourn the absence of the gorgeous 'Julia Dream'), through the classic period of 'Dark Side' and 'Wish you Were Here', right up to Waters inflated epics. Tracks are neatly segued together, but the downside is that parts of 'Shine on you Crazy Diamond' and 'Echoes' are cut to fit everything on, rather than discarding some weaker tracks (too much from 'The Wall' for my taste). Having said all that, this remains a beautifully remastered compilation of some truly mouth-watering classic Floyd tracks (excellent sound quality) where the magic and the mystery of this often otherworldly band are very well showcased. A fine 'instant anthology' for Floyd fans, and a wonderfully inexpensive introduction for those lucky enough to discover the band for the first time.
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