Pink Floyd
A Collection of Great Dance Songs


4.0
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Review

by USER (1 Reviews)
March 16th, 2005 | 10 replies


Release Date: 1981 | Tracklist


I've changed my mind twice about this album since I got it. It was a charity shop find on tape for 75 pence, so I had very little to lose. Back then, Pink Floyd were just a band I'd heard of once or twice.

So I get in, and stick this tape on. The A and B sides aren't labelled, but I know with hindsight that I started on side A. And I really liked what I heard. It was original; the guitaring really appealed to me, along with the general musicianship of the album.

So, I listened to a whole range of stuff, including a couple of my Dad's albums, and come back to this. First mind change: it now just felt like an uninspired greatest hits.

But, a few weeks on and I look at the track list again. They're all good songs- there's no need to skip any or anything- and although 'shine on...' has been strangely edited, and there's nothing new here. However, this made a great introduction into what Pink Floyd are all about. The songs are all fairly easy for most people to get into as well, making this album perfect for Floyd virgins.

My favourite songs on the album:

One of these days
From the delay-thick intro bassline pulsing along throughout, to the sliding rhythm guitar, to the harsh tremolo of the interlude, I find this song both well written and good to listen to. I also think its great how the song does not get boring, despite its repetitive nature.

Shine on You Crazy Diamond
This version skips out chunks, but its well put together non the less, and its cutting to 10 minutes or so makes it easier to listen to, especially to those not used to such long songs, and also means that not too much of the album is taken up by it.

The song itself is bittersweet: a tribute to Syd that is both sad, and at the same time in some ways positive, and subtly uplifting to the listener. I think that this song is genius, and that it leaves a mark on all who listen to it. The guitar solos have more ""emotion"" than you could ever expect to hear, and hat chiming, 4-note arpeggio leaves everyone with no doubt of which song they're listening to.


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PinkMaiden
March 16th 2005


2 Comments


dude, what other songs are on the album, you shouldve mentioned more, but youre right, soycd is a great song

shimmy
March 17th 2005


41 Comments


yep,no doubt about it soycd is really great as song....

Oni
March 17th 2005


17 Comments


Personally, I think most Floyd music is best when listened to as an entire album, but the track listing seems okay. I do have to question why it would include One of These Days but not Hey You, Comfortably Numb, ABitW 1 & 3, and several other songs off The Wall. This seems as if the songs were tailored for the more 'basic' listener, who doesn't really understand what PF is all about.

Kingofdudes
March 21st 2005


294 Comments


I dont see how Sheep and SOYCD have a dance value to them, but good review.

Jim
July 24th 2005


5110 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I like your point that this is a good introduction for "Floyd Virgins". I think they just chose the tunes that most newcomers would be familiar with (particularly 'Another Brick...' and 'Money').

However, why is this album's 'Money' different than the 'Dark Side...' version?

Excellent review. :thumb:

moaner
July 28th 2005


6 Comments


"However, why is this album's 'Money' different than the 'Dark Side...' version?"

It had to be re-recorded- the original was done in abbey road and although floyd had the rights to the song, EMI had the rights to that recording of it.

Jim
July 29th 2005


5110 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

^^^

Cheers :thumb:

Manseen22
May 31st 2006


14 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Strange semi "best of". THe unreleased version of Money is awesome, and Shine oN is interesting in the way they've mixed it, but more of a beginners guide to Shine oN so it's still awe inspiring. Lack some good tracks off Dark Side (there actually isn't a cut from Dark Side on the album) and I don't think Sheep is the best song on Animals (Pigs is much better, and Dogs slightly better). I think the album should have been called a Great Collection of Rearrangements, with fresh mixes/unrealsed versions done on the songs, not just two of them - but I am living in a world of bonus material and remixing - so am I really as smart I pretend to be really?

CrazyFool84
May 10th 2010


1081 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

My ignorance had me thinking this would actually be a collection of reworked floyd songs with more of a ballroom feel...I really wish that's what this had been. Seems like a pretty useless 'semi best of' as Manseen put it, I'd start in so many other places before starting here to get into Floyd.



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