Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd
is a compilation album by Pink Floyd
. It was released on November 5
in the UK and November 6 2001
in the U.S. It debuted on the Billboard
200 album chart on November 24 2001
, at number 2 with sales of 214,650 copies. It remained on the chart for 26 weeks. The album was certified Gold, Platinum and Double Platinum on December 6 2001
in the U.S. by the RIAA
. It was certified Triple Platinum (three million copies sold) in the U.S. by the RIAA on January 8 2002
, and Quadruple platinum on September 10 2007
by the RIAA.
is the first album released on Compact Disc
that includes "When the Tigers Broke Free
", which appeared in the film version of The Wall
(the song later appeared on the 2004 re-release of The Final Cut
in a slightly re-mixed form).
The compilation spans the career of Pink Floyd from their first single "Arnold Layne" in 1967, through to "High Hopes", the final track from their 1994 studio album The Division Bell. Four of their albums (Soundtrack from the Film More, Ummagumma, Atom Heart Mother, and Obscured by Clouds) are not represented whatsoever, although several tracks from Ummagumma and Atom Heart Mother were considered for inclusion. Each of the twenty-six tracks fades from one to the next with no break in the music, courtesy of longtime producer-engineer James Guthrie. This was done to help recreate the concept-album feel of the band's mid-period work. All twenty-six tracks were newly remastered specifically for this compilation and are not sequenced in chronological order.
Storm Thorgerson, best known for creating the majority of album covers for Pink Floyd, worked with the band Dream Theater on their 1997 album Falling into Infinity and submitted to the band two sketches for possible covers. One became the cover that was used on the release. The second, rejected by the band, ended up being used by Pink Floyd for Echoes four years later. The two original sketches are framed and hanging in the home of Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy and is pointed out by Mike on in his Hudson Music instructional drum DVD In Constant Motion.
The artwork is a collage of several well-known images from previous album covers. Some of these include:
- A burning man (from Wish You Were Here's album cover).
- A porcelain pig and cow (symbolizing the covers of the albums Animals and Atom Heart Mother, respectively).
- A sheep, representing the album Animals.
- Several pyramids representing The Dark Side of the Moon.
- A man in a light bulb suit (from the cover of the live album Delicate Sound of Thunder).
- An iron bedstead representing A Momentary Lapse of Reason.
- A white brick wall (representing The Wall).
- A crossed-hammer insignia (made popular in the 1982 film adaptation of the album The Wall).
- A bike (referring to the song "Bike" from The Piper at the Gates of Dawn).
- An axe (referring to the spoken line from "One of These Days", "One of these days, I'm going to cut you into little pieces", the song "Careful with that Axe, Eugene", or the line "Run to the bedroom, In the suitcase on the left You'll find my favourite axe." From the song "One of My Turns").
- A Piper at the Gates of Dawn poster.
- A fishbowl (referring to the lyrics to the song "Wish You Were Here" from the album of the same name).
- A man in military attire (referring to the concept album The Final Cut).
- A mirror ball (referring to the one used during the final solo in "Comfortably Numb" on the DVD P*U*L*S*E).
- An aeroplane model referring to the crashing aeroplane used in the DVD P*U*L*S*E, perhaps also David Gilmour's and Nick Mason's love for aviation or possible the plane that killed Pink's father and symbolizing his mother in "The Trial", from The Wall.
- A rowing boat - referring to the picture label on the vinyl edition of "A Momentary Lapse Of Reason".
- Two metal statues representing The Division Bell.
- A Shine On DVD poster.
- Four masks representing Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live 1980-81.
- A picture of an ear from the album art for Meddle
- A swimmer drying off from the inner art of Wish You Were Here
- A couple of dancers from A Collection of Great Dance Songs
- The Maid can also be seen in the insert for A Momentary Lapse of Reason
- The sitting man with his briefcase is on the back art of Wish You Were Here
- The Lake is shaped like a pig, representing the pigs they would fly during their concerts
- The Multiple windows in a infinite like passage can be a reference to "Ummagumma" which has an infinite like picture.
- "Astronomy Domine" – 4:10 (from The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, 1967)
- "See Emily Play" – 2:47 (Single, also appeared on Relics and the original US and Japan releases from The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, 1967)
- "The Happiest Days of Our Lives" – 1:38 (from The Wall, 1979)
- "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" – 4:01 (from The Wall, 1979)
- "Echoes" – 16:30 (Edited version) (from Meddle, 1971)
- "Hey You" – 4:39 (from The Wall, 1979)
- "Marooned" – 2:02 (Edited version) (from The Division Bell, 1994)
"The Great Gig in the Sky" – 4:39 (from Dark Side of the Moon, 1973)
"Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" – 5:20 (from A Saucerful of Secrets, 1968)
"Money" – 6:29 (from Dark Side of the Moon, 1973)
"Keep Talking" – 5:57 (from The Division Bell, 1994)
"Sheep" – 9:46 (early fade-out) (from Animals, 1977)
"Sorrow" – 8:45 (from A Momentary Lapse of Reason, 1987)
- Only the first half of the track is present, the track fades out before the drums begin.
- "Shine On You Crazy Diamond Parts 1-7" – 17:32 (from Wish You Were Here, 1975)
"Time" (w/ "Breathe (Reprise)") – 6:48 (from Dark Side of the Moon, 1973)
"The Fletcher Memorial Home" – 4:07 (from The Final Cut, 1983)
"Comfortably Numb" – 6:53 (from The Wall, 1979)"When the Tigers Broke Free" – 3:42 (from the film version of The Wall, also appears on 2004 remaster of The Final Cut, 1983)
"One of These Days" – 5:14 (abridged) (from Meddle, 1971)
"Us and Them" – 7:51 (from Dark Side of the Moon, 1973)
"Learning to Fly" – 4:50 (from A Momentary Lapse of Reason, 1987)
"Arnold Layne" – 2:52 (non-album single, 1967; appears on Relics, 1971)
"Wish You Were Here" – 5:20 (from Wish You Were Here, 1975)
"Jugband Blues" – 2:56 (from A Saucerful of Secrets, 1968)
"High Hopes" – 6:59 (abridged) (from The Division Bell, 1994)
"Bike" – 3:24 (from The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, 1967)
- An edited version incorporating both halves of the song.
On the four-disc vinyl version, Marooned and The Great Gig in the Sky are placed before Echoes.
According to James Guthrie, the following songs were considered for inclusion:
- "Brain Damage" (Waters; from The Dark Side of the Moon)
- "Eclipse" (Waters; from The Dark Side of the Moon)
- "Interstellar Overdrive" (Barrett, Waters, Wright, Mason; from The Piper at the Gates of Dawn)
- "Careful with That Axe, Eugene" (Waters, Wright, Gilmour, Mason; B-side to "Point Me at the Sky", appears on Relics and The Early Singles)
- "Fearless" (Gilmour/Waters; from Meddle)
- "Breathe" (Waters, Gilmour, Wright; from The Dark Side of the Moon)
- "Paranoid Eyes" (Waters; from The Final Cut)
- "Mother" (Waters; from The Wall)
- "Your Possible Pasts" (Waters; from The Final Cut)
- "Fat Old Sun" (Gilmour; from Atom Heart Mother)
- "San Tropez" (Waters; from Meddle)
- "Atom Heart Mother Suite (abridged)" (Waters, Wright, Gilmour, Mason, Geesin; from Atom Heart Mother)
- "If" (Waters; from Atom Heart Mother)
- "Grantchester Meadows" (Waters; from Ummagumma)
- "Scarecrow" (Barrett, from The Piper at the Gates of Dawn)
- "Chapter 24" (Barrett; from The Piper at the Gates of Dawn)
- "Dogs" (Waters, Gilmour; from Animals)
- "Nobody Home" (Waters; from The Wall)
- "Young Lust" (Waters, Gilmour; from The Wall)
- "The Gunner's Dream" (Waters; from The Final Cut)
Selected album sales
- Syd Barrett - Guitar and vocals on "Astronomy Domine", "See Emily Play", "Arnold Layne", "Jugband Blues" and "Bike".
- David Gilmour - Guitars, fretless bass on "Hey You", bass guitar on "Sheep", "High Hopes" & "One Of These Days", additional keyboards, drum programming on "Sorrow" and vocals.
- Nick Mason - Drums, percussion, tape effects, and vocalisations on "One of These Days".
- Roger Waters - Bass guitar, rhythm guitar on "Sheep", tape effects, and vocals
- Richard Wright - Keyboards, organ, piano, synthesizers, clavinet, and vocals.
- James Guthrie - Remastering, percussion on "The Happiest Days of Our Lives".
- Islington Green School - Choir on "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)".
- Pontarddulais Male Voice Choir led by Noel Davis - Choir on "When the Tigers Broke Free".
- Jon Carin - Additional keyboards on "Marooned", "Keep Talking", "Learning To Fly" and "High Hopes".
- Guy Pratt - Bass on "Marooned" and "Keep Talking".
- Tony Levin - Bass on "Learning to Fly".
- Gary Wallis - Percussion on "Keep Talking".
- Clare Torry - Vocals on "The Great Gig in the Sky".
- Lesley Duncan, Doris Troy, Barry St. John and Liza Strike - backing vocals on "Time" and "Us and Them".
- Venetta Fields and Carlena Williams - backing vocals on "Shine On You Crazy Diamond".
- Darlene Koldenhaven, Carmen Twillie, Phyllis St. James and Donnie Gerard - backing vocals on "Sorrow" and "Learning To Fly".
- Sam Brown, Durga McBroom and Carol Kenyon - backing vocals on "Keep Talking".
- Dick Parry - Saxophones
- Michael Kamen - Orchestrations
- Eight members of the Salvation Army (The International Staff Band) - Ray Bowes (cornet), Terry Camsey (cornet), Mac Carter (trombone), Les Condon (Eb bass), Maurice Cooper (Euphonium), Ian Hankey (trombone), George Whittingham (Bb bass), and one other on "Jugband Blues".
- Storm Thorgerson - Cover design.