Pink Floyd Works (1983)

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“Works” is another compilation album by Pink Floyd, released in 1983. It came a couple of years after Pink Floyd A Collection of Great Dance Songs (1981). This album is notable for several reasons:

  1. Track Selection: Unlike “A Collection of Great Dance Songs,” “Works” includes a broader range of Pink Floyd’s music, covering material from their earlier years up to their more contemporary work at the time. The album features tracks from albums like “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn,” “Meddle,” and “The Dark Side of the Moon.”
  2. Rare and Unique Tracks: One of the key attractions of “Works” is the inclusion of some less common or previously unreleased tracks. For instance, it includes “Embryo,” a song that was previously available only on the rare “Picnic – A Breath of Fresh Air” compilation, making “Works” a valuable item for collectors and fans.
  3. Album Artwork: Keeping in line with Pink Floyd’s tradition, the album artwork for “Works” is distinctive and thought-provoking, featuring a number of mechanical cogs and gears, symbolizing the idea of works or machinery.
  4. Purpose and Reception: Like many compilation albums, “Works” was released primarily as a commercial product rather than as a new artistic statement. As such, it received mixed reviews from fans and critics, some of whom felt it was an unnecessary addition to the band’s discography, while others appreciated the access to less common tracks.
  5. Significance: “Works” is often overlooked in the context of Pink Floyd’s broader discography, particularly as it doesn’t present a new concept or thematic coherence like their studio albums. However, it serves as a useful retrospective for those interested in exploring different phases of the band’s music, especially their transition from psychedelic to progressive rock.

Overall, “Works” is an interesting compilation for Pink Floyd enthusiasts, particularly for its inclusion of some unique tracks and its representation of the band’s musical journey over the years.

Works Cover Art

Pink Floyd Works
Pink Floyd Works

Works Track Listing

1 One Of These Days
2 Arnold Layne
3 Fearless (lnterpolating ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’)
4 Brain Damage
5 Eclipse
6 Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
7 See Emily Play
8 Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered…
9 Free Four
10 Embryo