Any classic rock fan knows that many of Pink Floyd’s greatest songs sprawl languorously, reverberating into an echoing void. If you listen to the
first track from the band’s upcoming compilation, Echoes: The Best of Pink
Floyd, though, and your jaw drops at just how endless it seems, it doesn’t mean
you’ve ingested illicit pharmaceuticals or are getting too old.
Indeed, all the songs on the double-disc set, which comes
out in November, have been sewn together in one continuous mix, broken only
by the end of disc one and the start of disc two.
The package is almost two-and-a-half hours long, and was remastered and
assembled by producer and engineer James Guthrie, who co-produced The Wall
(1979), produced The Final Cut (1983) and remastered numerous other Floyd
The 28-track Echoes was created with the active participation of Floyd guitarist/vocalist David Gilmour, keyboardist Richard Wright and drummer Nick Mason, as well as former band vocalist/bassist Roger Waters, who quit Floyd in 1983. Waters later sued his former bandmates (and lost) to prevent them from continuing in his absence, and still doesn’t communicate directly with any members of the group.
The album will include “Shine on You Crazy Diamond,” “Wish You Were Here,” “Comfortably Numb,” “Money,” “One of These Days,” “See Emily Play,” “Arnold Layne” and other previously released tunes (see “Pink Floyd Putting Together Best-Of LP” ). Echoes will also contain the rarity “When the Tigers Broke Free,” a song from the movie “The Wall” which was not on the album of the same name, and was only available as a limited-edition vinyl single.