I could not afford this box set when it first appeared in December 2007, and judging by some of the harsh reviews from that period, it appears I had a lucky escape!
Now nearly two years later, after reading many more positive appraisals, I have decided to take the plunge.
And what a thing of great joy this beast is, having been given a complete overhaul.
So what have EMI done to redeem themselves after the near disaster of the original release?
Firstly the alleged dodgy printing on certain sleeves has been corrected, as have the labels for "Ummagumma", i.e. disc one now has label one and disc two label two.
All gatefold sleeves are properly aligned, and the outer black plastic sleeve for "Wish You Were Here" has been changed. No longer does one have to ruin it by slicing it open down the side. Simply lift the resealable flap, and withdraw the album that way!
Finally, the inner sleeve of "The Wall" disc two has been corrected, so both sets of lyrics are present and correct.
Unfortunately all albums from "Piper" to "Moon" still come with these horrible thin plastic sleeves. CD paper sleeves are available, and it's a mystery as to why EMI did not use these.
The set also includes two items that are best described as either being oversized drinks coasters or undersized mouse mats! These feature the photos from the outer slipcase.
Also included is a giant full colour paper poster featuring all the albums, plus other artwork associated with Pink Floyd.
No sign of the `linen' poster, and can anyone confirm whether or not there was a documentary DVD with the original and/or any other large stickers or is my memory playing tricks?
Although the overall construction of the replica sleeves is still some way off the perfection displayed by those in the recent Beatles mono albums box set, I would have no hesitation in recommending this collection to any Floyd head, particularly given the fact that plans to issue the albums in their replica sleeves separately have now reportedly been shelved.