Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd (2001)

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“Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd” is a compilation album by Pink Floyd, released in 2001. This album stands out in their discography for several reasons:

  1. Comprehensive Track Selection: “Echoes” spans the entire career of Pink Floyd, from their early psychedelic period in the late 1960s to their more progressive and rock-oriented work in the 1970s and 1980s. It includes tracks from most of their major albums, including “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn,” “Dark Side of the Moon,” “Wish You Were Here,” “Animals,” “The Wall,” and more.
  2. Non-Chronological Order: The songs on “Echoes” are not arranged in chronological order. Instead, they are sequenced in a way that emphasizes the flow and musical connections between different eras of the band’s history. This approach was meant to create a more immersive listening experience, highlighting the band’s evolution in style and thematic content.
  3. Album Artwork: True to Pink Floyd’s tradition, the album cover of “Echoes” features distinctive artwork. It’s a collage of various imagery associated with the band’s history, providing a visual representation of their expansive career.
  4. Title Track: The album is named after “Echoes,” a 23-minute track from the 1971 album “Meddle.” This track is known for its epic structure, innovative soundscapes, and is considered one of the band’s masterpieces.
  5. Reception: “Echoes” received generally positive reviews. Critics and fans praised the selection of tracks and the way they were sequenced, offering a comprehensive overview of the band’s long and varied career. However, some purists criticized the exclusion of certain key tracks and the decision to edit some of the longer songs.
  6. Significance: This compilation is significant as it provides a broad and accessible entry point into Pink Floyd’s music for new listeners, while also serving as a nostalgic collection for long-time fans. It showcases the band’s versatility, from their experimental beginnings through their more structured, thematic work in later years.

“Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd” is often recommended as a starting point for those new to Pink Floyd’s music, offering a taste of the different styles and phases of one of rock music’s most influential and innovative bands.

Cover Art

Echoes The Best of Pink Floyd
Echoes The Best of Pink Floyd

Track Listing

Disc: 1

1 Astronomy Domine (2001 Digital Remaster)
2 See Emily Play (2001 Digital Remaster)
3 The Happiest Days Of Our Lives (2001 Digital Remaster)
4 Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2) (2001 Digital Remaster)
5 Echoes (Edit) (2001 Digital Remaster)
6 Hey You (2001 Digital Remaster)
7 Marooned (Excerpt) (2001 Digital Remaster)
8 The Great Gig In The Sky (2001 Digital Remaster)
9 Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (2001 Digital Remaster)
10 Money (2001 Digital Remaster)
11 Keep Talking (2001 Digital Remaster)
12 Sheep (2001 Digital Remaster)
13 Sorrow (2001 Digital Remaster)

Disc: 2

1 Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1 – 7) (Edit) (2001 Digital Remaster)
2 Time (2001 Digital Remaster)
3 The Fletcher Memorial Home (2001 Digital Remaster)
4 Comfortably Numb (2001 Digital Remaster)
5 When The Tigers Broke Free (2001 Digital Remaster)
6 One Of These Days (2001 Digital Remaster)
7 Us And Them (2001 Digital Remaster)
8 Learning To Fly (2001 Digital Remaster)
9 Arnold Layne (2001 Digital Remaster)
10 Wish You Were Here (2001 Digital Remaster)
11 Jugband Blues (2001 Digital Remaster)
12 High Hopes (Edit) (2001 Digital Remaster)
13 Bike (Edit) (2001 Digital Remaster)