I really liked this album, and I'm glad they layed off The Wall a bit and put some of their other material on here. The Wall is good, but over rated, and I think their older stuff deserves some attention.
This was a complete waste of time. No need for a Floyd hits, because in a sense, every Floyd album is just as good as every other one, for the cool conceptual writing behind them.
this is a fair album, i think it was mainly put out to re-vamp their career to a newer audience, and it seemed to work, with floyd's classic albums bieng put back onto the album charts.
The mix of songs here is not great to be honest. Whilst I am a huge fan of Syd Barret - and prefer his solo work to solo records of any of the other members - I think that a few tracks here could have been chopped. Whilst tracks like arnold layne, see emily play and astronomy domine were rightfully included, i do not see the place for Jugband blues or bike, as neither of these tracks really showcase the great works of floyd, and were filler on their rightfull albums, yet alone a greatest hits.
Interstellar Overdrive would have been a better choice as this song and Astronomy Domine have proved to be the Syd songs that still seem fresh to this day.
Finishing with my view on Syd era songs, I think there were a few other songs on this album that should have been left out.
Marooned, Keep talking, and Hey You (in my mind) don't really fit a greatest hits album, as they arn't really stand out tracks. These should have made place for the the amazing Atom Heart Mother (which is the band greatest instramental piece IMO) as that seems to have been the only album they left out (appart from the soundtracks and live albums.)
Sheep should have obviously been Dogs, which is the far superior track of Animals, their most under rated (and best) album.
I will agree to the reviewer on his views about High Hopes, Fletcher Memorial Home, and When The Tigers Broke Free.
After Waters had left, Pink Floyd lost a lot of their individuality, especially on A Momentary Lapse (which is their worst album ever I think). They brought back some creative sparks with Devision Bell, but there are no real stand out tracks on that album APART from High Hopes.
The Fletcher Memorial Home is the only track off of "The final cut" I can bare, and never liked it untill this Greats hits collection came out.
"when the tigers broke free" is an emotionally sluggish track, which does get better after a few listens. This was only really put on the disk to persuade Floyd fans who had all the albums to buy this, as it had not been previously available.
All in all i think this album has a fair attempt at telling the floyd stroy on 2 disks, but doesn't quite cut it. If you want a greatest hits, just buy Animals, Wish You Were Here and Darkside.
Album Rating: 3.5
Nice review of the review 'Pinkside'.. and a nice review as well. THANK YOU for not making a soong-by-song review. Just read one of The Wall...
Dogs - Sheep?
There is no way on earth you can create a 'best of' album of just any artist since there is as many opinions of wich is the best track as there are tracks.
It is especially difficult to make a best of Pink Floyd album since, as many already has mentioned, most of PFs work is concept albums.
Listening to just one PF song is like just looking at the mouth of Mona Lisa.