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3.0 out of 5 stars A throwaway purchase... not worth it... too barebones for me..., 8 Nov. 2011
This review is from: A Foot in the Door: The Best Of Pink Floyd [2011 - Remaster] (Audio CD)
I'm really angry about this trying and "review" this album.

Yes, it is all totally remastered music, and yes, the price is nice, but can you remaster my mind to buy such a barebones collection?

I love this band. They stand (or at least once stood) for individuality and straightforward rock with so many deep levels of messages in their music it was a wonderful experience.

What is getting me so steamed up (and so upset) is that this is one of the best 60's/70's prog bands to stand next to such rock giants as Led Zeppelin and the Doors, and (until the last few years) have never released more than two much better done "greatest hits" albums.

This "collection" is insulting to any potential Pink Floyd fan who knows them for only a few songs, and is even more insulting for the hardest of fans.

The majority of this album is made up of either songs "The Wall" or "Dark Side Of The Moon," and these two albums - wonderful as they are for their own special and unique reasons - do not define the Pink.

Yes, there are a few cuts from their early days - "See Emily Play" has always been a mind-blower on it's own - but to totally gloss any selections from over the wonderful albums "Meddle" or "Animals" hurts me personally as they showed the world they were not just a group of guys who just played psychadelica, but made insightful, controlled and massively entertaining musical works that were evocative in so many ways that it has changed the way many bands have approached their works since.

However, if I wanted "The Wall" and "Dark Side Of The Moon" I would have bought them separately, or I would have bought one of the best collections by them, "Echoes," which can be found here on Amazon for half the price and has twice the content and gives you a better timeline of who the Pink really are.

I wanted to give you the tracklist, but you know most of the songs here, and if you are even the lightest of fans, you've got most of this music anyway!

I feel bad that "the three remaining members hand chose these selections," as it's measly as a sampler and low on their real content that hasn't been put out there many times before.

Shame on them.

(Thanks for reading, and please don't leave a vote or comment if you liked it or not.)
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Showing 1-8 of 8 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 12 Nov 2011 07:22:58 GMT
Andrew says:
I didn't like it and I'll post a comment if I want.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Nov 2011 15:55:32 GMT
NWPunter says:
John, recently new to Floyd believe it or not. Understand your comments and it sounds like I'd be better off downloading my own best of. On that basis what 15-16 songs would you recommend to give a full flavour of the band .

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Nov 2011 18:56:24 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Nov 2011 18:57:18 GMT
Billy - don't bother downloading your own "best of". Pink Floyd are first and foremost an album band and you need to hear the whole album to fully appreciate them . Personally, I would start with Wish You Were Here or Dark Side of The Moon, though I am sure others would disagree. If you really have to have a compilation then I would go for Echoes - not this one.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Nov 2011 21:21:05 GMT
"Andrew says:
I didn't like it and I'll post a comment if I want."

OH... k.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Nov 2011 21:32:21 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Nov 2011 21:34:23 GMT
"Ascot Billy says:
John, recently new to Floyd believe it or not. Understand your comments and it sounds like I'd be better off downloading my own best of. On that basis what 15-16 songs would you recommend to give a full flavour of the band ."

Please check out the "Echoes" best-of album of theirs from 2001... it gives you a total tour of all of their albums (up to 2000) and gives the listener a "behind the scenes" feel of their flow from your basic psychedelic hippie grad student musicians to a force of emotional AOR music so powerful you'll want to listen to all of their albums from start to finish over and over.

To be honest, if you're really going to start with an original album to begin your journey, "The Piper At The Gates At Dawn" from 1967 is a wonderful way to merely put it on, sit back and relax and really listen to their messages. They originally recorded this album in stereo, so beware when picking this album up, as it was sadly released in mono way back when. The 30th Anniversary 3 CD album and the 2011 remaster are excellent in discovering the Pink for who they really are for the very first time.

Thanks for asking and enjoy!

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Nov 2011 21:33:54 GMT
"MistleyMatt says:
Billy - don't bother downloading your own "best of". Pink Floyd are first and foremost an album band and you need to hear the whole album to fully appreciate them . Personally, I would start with Wish You Were Here or Dark Side of The Moon, though I am sure others would disagree. If you really have to have a compilation then I would go for Echoes - not this one."

Matt is 100% correct - single tracks alone may be good and all, but go from front to back, and you'll find the ride is much more worth it in the long run.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2011 17:35:03 GMT
Seconded, thirded, or whatever. I won't be buying this. Pink Floyd's material works as albums. Most of it really does not sit together well when heard as a collection of tracks. Echoes is a better selection than this, but the listening experience still doesn't beat whole albums in my view.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Nov 2011 00:48:49 GMT
"Kung Fu Panda says:
Seconded, thirded, or whatever. I won't be buying this. Pink Floyd's material works as albums. Most of it really does not sit together well when heard as a collection of tracks. Echoes is a better selection than this, but the listening experience still doesn't beat whole albums in my view."

Thank you for being one of only a few in the minority who understand that pieces of Pink Floyd puzzles are only that - pieces of much larger grander works of art in of themselves.

Echoes is okay, but I - like you - would rather listen to whole albums to get the whole experience.

Only two other bands can lay claim to this for their sheer and utter genius and cohesion... guess who they are.
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