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Pink Floyd - Echoes
Label: EMI Records
Release: 2001

Tracklisting:
Disc 1:

Astronomy Domine
See Emily Play
The Happiest Days Of Our Lives
Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)
Echoes
Hey You
Marooned
The Great Gig In The Sky
Set The Controls for the Heart of the Sun
Money
Keep Talking
Sheep
Sorrow

Disc 2:

Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-VII)
Time
The Fletcher Memorial Home
Comfortably Numb
When The Tigers Broke Free
One of These Days
Us and Them
Learning To Fly
Arnold Layne
Wish You Were Here
Jugband Blues
High Hopes
Bike
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A decent-enough greatest hits collection for Floyd. There's plenty of good, solid PF songshere, with only a few exceptions. We'll start off with the exceptions first - there are a few odd selections. For instance, "The Fletcher Memorial Home" is chosen to represent the Final Cut. Surely, the title track would have been a much better choice here - rather than this song, which is incredibly dull and unmemorable (much like the majority of the Final Cut). "When The Tigers Broke Free" is another very dull track (it's one for the "hardcore"fans as it were - this song was only available on "The Wall" movie). Not worthy of the time, especially seeing as it takes up space that could have been used by "Run Like Hell".

And why on earth does a terrible, atrocious record like "A Momentary Lapse of Talent" get 2spots here, while "Atom Heart Mother" gets none, and "Animals" gets one? Sure, "Atom HeartMother" wasn't a great record, but it was a bit more important than anything from the Gilmour years. And "Division Bell" is a damn sight better than "Reason", but hardly deserving of 3 spots (although, admittedly, 2 of the 3 spots are used well).

Apart from that, though, this collection does succeed. It does boast a good song selection,normally managing to pick the cream of the crop from the records. The Barrett years are present, and present in the form of some of the best psych numbers the '60s had to offer - "Astronomy Domine", "See Emily Play", "Arnold Layne" and "Bike". Barrett's clan also get "Jugband Blues" from A Saucerful of Secrets (yep, Gilmour still doesn't know what this song's about) and from the same album, we get "Set The Controls From The Heart of the Sun". Solid.

Moving on, we skip right over Atom Heart Mother, and then choose the 2 best tracks off of Meddle ("One of these Days" and a slimmed-down version of "Echoes"), and then we get the Dark Side selection. Heavily represented of course, with every big, huge song making it except "Brain Damage". We have "Money", "Time" and "Us and Them", and we also get the wonderful vocals of "The Great Gig In The Sky". The band do a very good job with "Wish YouWere Here" - they could have easily chosen some of the poor numbers. But instead, they go for the title track and a big 16-minute recall of the first seven parts of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond". Good job. And Animals doesn't have much here, but we do have "Sheep"...they couldn't have chosen a better song.

Coverage of the later years is, indeed, where this collection falls down (Not surprising, seeing as this is where the band fell down as well). "The Wall" is pretty well represented,with "Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2", "Hey You" and "Comfortably Numb", although they didn't really need to tag on the "Happiest Days of Our Lives" part to "Brick". And, naturally with this album, there's some glaring absentees - "Mother" and "Run Like Hell"are both missed.

I already mentioned the Final Cut, so i'll go to "Reason" - poor album, represented with 2 poor songs - we get the big single, "Learning To Fly", a boring and well...annoyingly '80ssong, and the boring "Sorrow". They don't repeat the same mistakes on "Divison Bell", bar including the horrific "Keep Talking", but otherwise, we have a snippet of "Marooned", and the final, last, succeeding stab at greatness that was "High Hopes", which should really round off the whole thing at the arse-end of Disc 2, but "Bike" gets in the way.

Overall, I think i'll give out a 7. A few mistakes, couple of glaring omissions, but decentoverall - for the most part, the only time that duffers were chosen was when there were only duffers to choose from (Like on "Momentary Lapse of Reason"). So yeah, it's great overall. Good 7.

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