EMI - 2001 - 155 minutes
60's pop and psychedelia, 70's miserabilism and majesty, 80's bust-ups and comebacks... all here on the story of England's most distant yet desired colossus. The arguments may rage for a decade about what songs should have been left out and put on, but those who haven't grown up with Pink Floyd will find this a superior rewind of the last 25 years.
It travels from their Syd Barrett-helmed debut Piper at the Gates of Dawn via the hi-fi defining Dark Side of the Moon and the pomp of The Wall all the way through to the postscript albums of their twilight. But rather than adhere to a dreary chronology, ‘Echoes’ juxtaposes songs throughout, offering the initiated new ways to interpret the well known. Thus, the epic sensuality of The Great Gig in the Sky is followed by Set The Controls…’ tribal eeriness and Us and Them's piano elegy is sandwiched between the futuristic stomp of One of These Days and Learning to Fly's chummy radio guitars.
With everyone from chillout acts to Radiohead paying their dues and (readily) acknowledging Pink Floyd's influence in recent years, this tasteful compilation of troubled sounds will breathe further life into the legend, sending a generation scurrying towards dog-eared albums and a new one seeking them out for the first time.
Tracklisting: CD1: 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 CD2: Shine on You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-7) - 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