What does it sound like?:
This double album set sees this compilation of the best of Floyd from a few years back issued on vinyl for the first time. As you’d expect, the packaging and presentation is top drawer, and the heavyweight vinyl gives a superb listening experience. As the title suggests, this was designed really for newcomers to the band’s work, to give them ‘a foot in the door’ (see what they did there!) to the extensive Floyd back catalogue. It’s only partially successful in achieving this as it concentrates on the big three albums, DSOTM, WYWH and The Wall. Indeed, there’s just one track from pre 1973 (See Emily Play), which is a great shame. Another big miss for me is 1977’s Animals, which sadly doesn’t get a look in at all, presumably due to the length of the songs. An obvious comparison is to the Echoes compilation which predates this one and which gives more comprehensive coverage of their whole career, but then again that was a 2 cd set while this was just one cd, so there was much more room to play with. The songs don’t run chronologically, indeed the running order seems a little haphazard, but that doesn’t detract from the quality of the music of course, which still more than holds its own even after so many years. All the obvious choices are present and correct of course and there are no surprises, although I wouldn’t expect them in a set like this aimed squarely at new listeners and the casual fan. Hopefully, they will be encouraged to go back to the original albums, including of course greats such as Meddle and A Saucerful of Secrets, which aren’t represented here at all.
What does it all *mean*?
This is a fine introduction for the newcomer, but although the songs were apparently hand picked by the band themselves it’s a bit of a shame, but perhaps no surprise, that twelve of the sixteen tracks come from the three big seventies albums. Nevertheless, it looks good and boy does it sound good!
Goes well with…
Remembering the day.
Might suit people who like…
Floyd, Waters, Gilmour obviously, but also classic seventies British rock.