Floyd’s vinyl pro­ces­sion nears the end.

Prog - - Echoes -

Orig­i­nally re­leased via CD only in 2011 as part of the Why Pink Floyd? re­tail cam­paign that saw the ar­rival of the hefty Im­mer­sion box sets of Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here and The Wall, A Foot In The Door – The Best Of Pink Floyd has largely been viewed as a poor re­la­tion to 2001’s more ex­pan­sive and in­clu­sive dou­ble set Echoes: The Best Of Pink Floyd (which prob­a­bly ex­plains why sales of the lat­ter over­shadow those of the for­mer). And ad­mit­tedly, you cer­tainly won’t hear any ar­gu­ment against that school of thought from this writer. How­ever, this pack­age still serves as a fine in­tro­duc­tion to the band for any new­bie fan whose in­ter­est has been piqued by the cur­rent wave of en­thu­si­asm for vinyl, or in­deed any­one re­vis­it­ing the for­mat af­ter decades of deal­ing with shiny discs.

Spread across four sides of lush heavy­weight vinyl are ‘the hits’. Only See Emily Play pre­dates Dark Side Of The Moon, and there’s just The Fletcher Memo­rial Home (from The Fi­nal Cut), Learn­ing To Fly (from A Mo­men­tary Lapse Of Rea­son) and High Hopes (from The Di­vi­sion Bell) post-The Wall, which does a dis­ser­vice to the pre-Dark Side… ma­te­rial now be­ing re­vived with vigour by Nick Ma­son and his Saucer­ful Of Se­crets.

So what does the Floyd com­pletist need to know? Well, ev­ery­thing’s been newly re­mas­tered by James Guthrie and Joel Plante. Long­time Floyd as­so­ciate Aubrey

Pow­ell and keeper of the Storm Thorg­er­son flame, Peter Cur­zon, have tweaked what was Thorg­er­son’s fi­nal art­work prior to his death, adding al­ter­nate ver­sions of the orig­i­nal pho­tos that were used in the pack­ag­ing. And the chim­ing clocks that were cu­ri­ously omit­ted from the start of Time on the CD ver­sion have fi­nally been re­in­stated. And of course, it all sounds amaz­ing. How­ever this writer, and one sus­pects many other Floyd fans, would much have pre­ferred to see Echoes reap­pear on vinyl. 2010’s An In­tro­duc­tion To Syd Bar­rett would be a most wel­come ad­di­tion too.

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