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The Best of Pink Floyd - A Foot In The Door
The Best of Pink Floyd - A Foot In The Door
by Pink Floyd
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2011 collection from the British Rock legends, released to coincide with the digitally remastered reissues of their entire studio catalog. Features their best known tracks including 'Comfortably Numb', 'Money', 'Another Brick In The Wall, Pt. 2' and more.
|Audio CD Release Date:||November 08, 2011|
|Number Of Discs:||1|
|Format:||Original recording remastered|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 242 reviews|
|1. ||Hey You|
|2. ||See Emily Play|
|3. ||The Happiest Days Of Our Lives|
|4. ||Another Brick In The Wall pt2|
|5. ||Have A Cigar|
|6. ||Wish You Were Here|
|8. ||The Great Gig In The Sky|
|10. ||Comfortably Numb|
|11. ||High Hopes|
|12. ||Learning To Fly|
|13. ||The Fletcher Memorial Home|
|14. ||Shine On You Crazy Diamond (edit)|
|15. ||Brain Damage|
|Average Customer Review: ( 242 customer reviews )
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36 of 42 found the following review helpful:
Not the Right Compilation... Dec 28, 2011
By Erik J. Malvick
For a new listener to Pink Floyd.
I am an established Pink Floyd fan, so I don't want to bias this review with the typical, "Pink Floyd is an album band and this compilation doesn't do that justice". It may be true, but I want to write this review for those that are potentially new Pink Floyd fans looking to introduce themselves to this wonderful band.
First off, Pink Floyd weren't a band of hits. One could say that only a handful of songs really fit the description of hits. But, Pink Floyd did have their classic songs, and that is where any Pink Floyd compilation must tread. They had a lot of classic songs, but it is unfortunate that most compilations don't (and probably can't) get them all into a set. A set like this becomes further limited as a one disc set.
To really try and create a Pink Floyd compilation, you really do need to be a multi-disc set. Some of Pink Floyd's best songs are epic, and I feel like this album dismisses some of the epic tracks due to the length requirements.
The song selection here is not horrible, but as others have noted, it neglects a few albums that did have some great Pink Floyd tracks. Specifically, I am talking about Animals, Meddle, and Piper at the Gates of Dawn. It probably wouldn't have been easy to include what could be considered the right songs, but I would argue that songs like Have a Cigar, The Fletcher Memorial Home, and High Hopes could be replaced by songs like One of These Days, Fearless, Sheep, Astronomy Domine, etc. I have nothing against those three songs that are included, but Have a Cigar leaves a listener one track (maybe 1.5 tracks) short of the whole Wish You Were Here album; tracks from The Final Cut should not take precedence over Animals (I'm guessing length is a factor); and it is just unfortunate that nothing from Meddle is provided.
The heavy inclusion of songs from Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, and Wish You Were Here show the importance of the album in enjoying Pink Floyd. Yet, this compilation fails here in its sequencing. If so many songs from those three albums are going to be included, they should be sequenced accordingly. I realize they are not necessarily sequentially chosen from the original albums, but amongst themselves they would still form better cohesive units than what is provided here.
Ultimately, if you are aspiring to be a new Pink Floyd fan, or curious at what the band is about, I suggest looking at some of the other compilations out there. They will have their flaws especially if you read the reviews of Pink Floyd fans who think a hits compilation is blasphemy. I would recommend Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd. It is a two-disc set that does a better job at covering the whole range of Pink Floyd's output. It is an album that gives you a window into the early Syd Barrett era to the Roger Waters dominated era, to the Post-Waters era in a fully balanced manner. It is the type of set that will make it easy to see what each album is about. Last, I wouldn't count out the option of diving into one of their albums. This specific compilation is heavily weighted on The Wall, Wish You Were Here, and Dark Side of the Moon because they are the most accessible of what Pink Floyd released. As such, I'd recommend starting with one of those three as a result. They won't make it easy to choose where to go next, but an actual album does make it easy to see just how great the band was at putting together one cohesive work/album vs. the individual tracks.
66 of 83 found the following review helpful:
Excellent single disc overview to Pink Floyd's legacy Nov 10, 2011
By Terrence J. Reardon
"Classic rock and old school metal master"
Pink Floyd's new single disc best of called A Foot In the Door is a great starter into the world of Pink Floyd for those who want to know what the band's music was like and first proper greatest hits album.
When I first got wind of A Foot In the Door I was like do we need another single disc Pink Floyd compilation but got as a gift from a family member as I'm a Pink Floyd collector and I am impressed.
A Foot in the Door, like the now out of print 2001 2-CD Echoes compilation, is not like many best ofs that are out on the market as it is a non-chronological compilation and has songs segueing from one to the next. A Foot In the Door (as its title suggests) is literally geared towards newbies who want to delve into the legacy of Pink Floyd and, unlike 1981's A Collection of Great Dance Songs and 1983's US only Works, is a single disc compilation spanning everything from 1967 to 1994 and coming in at close to 80 minutes.
It's impossible to put a collection of Pink Floyd songs together on one CD that will please everyone. I think the non-chronological placing of these songs adds something new to the mix and the transitions between some of these songs create a mosaic of music just as these songs did on their original albums. Producer James Guthrie was responsible for the segueing and tracklisting with help from the three surviving Pink Floyd members David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Roger Waters.
The band's 1967 Syd Barrett era is represented by the band's first UK Top 10 hit being "See Emily Play".
1973's classic The Dark Side of the Moon is represented by a slightly edited version of "Time", "The Great Gig in the Sky", "Money" (which segues into "Comfortably Numb") and the album's closer "Brain Damage" and "Eclipse".
1975's Wish You Were Here is represented by a new edit of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1 - 5)" and has music fading out without the crossfade into Part 6 like on Echoes (which in turn segues into "Brain Damage"), "Have a Cigar" (which wasn't on Echoes) and a slightly edited version of the title cut (with the ending reduced as the wind noises segues into "Time").
1979's classic The Wall is represented by "The Happiest Days of Our Lives", "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" (which segues into "Have a Cigar"), "Hey You" (which opens this compilation) and "Comfortably Numb".
1983's The Final Cut is represented by "The Fletcher Memorial Home" (which segues nicely into the newish edit of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond").
1987's A Momentary Lapse of Reason is represented by "Learning to Fly" (which segues into the previously aforementioned "Fletcher Memorial Home").
1994's swan song The Division Bell is represented rightly so by the album's closing track "High Hopes" (same edit that appeared on the now discontinued Echoes : The Best of Pink Floyd 2-CD compilation).
I know nothing on this compilation features any tracks from the 1967 debut The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, 1968's A Saucerful of Secrets, 1969's More Soundtrack, Ummagumma (also from 1969), 1970's Atom Heart Mother, 1971's Meddle, 1972's underappreciated Obscured by Clouds and 1977's underrated Animals but remember folks that it's hard to put a band of Pink Floyd's history together on one 80 minute CD. Now that Capitol in the States and EMI outside the US discontinued the 2 disc Echoes best of, this will be the only compilation from Pink Floyd readily available for American Floyd fans but Echoes is still available as an import if you want to have a more concrete overview to Pink Floyd's legacy. However, A Foot In the Door is a great overview for those who want to check out Pink Floyd's history on one 80 minute CD.
Highly recommended to newbies for Floyd fans!
17 of 19 found the following review helpful:
The Best of Pink Floyd: A Foot in the Door Jan 21, 2013
Pink Floyd is my all-time favorite rock music. However, the compilation of this CD cuts off intro music and fade outs, cheating the seasoned listener of the full cut.
9 of 11 found the following review helpful:
Nice Floyd Mix Jan 02, 2012
Anyone who says Pink Floyd is not a band that should have a compilation because most of their music is intended to be heard seamlessly on their original concept album are people with a contradictory logic who completely overlook the extensive singles the band has released over the years. If the band had such a problem with songs being picked off of albums and played separately, they wouldn't have released as many singles as they did. Obviously, the band doesn't have a problem with compilation albums as they gave their input on this and ECHOES: THE BEST OF PINK FLOYD. So the people who think they're above listening to this album, get over yourselves. There. Just thought I'd get that out of the way first because this album is prone to get crappy undeserved criticism such as that.
Anyway, this is pretty much just a condensed version of ECHOES, with the exception of "Brain Damage/Eclipse" and "Have a Cigar" (the former shockingly missing from the 2001 compilation). The selection is pretty decent; "Time", "Money", "Wish You Were Here", "Another Brick in the Wall", "Comfortably Numb" and "Learning to Fly" are usual suspects, and it's nice that "Hey You" and "See Emily Play" is represented though their conclusion isn't surprising. What's really nice about the album is hearing how cleverly the songs segue and transition.
When we hit "Fletcher Memorial Home" is where there are some problems. Really? Is the song really that good? It's obviously just an excuse to represent THE FINAL CUT; its purpose is fine, but the album could be represented better by Waters concert staple "Southampton Dock" or single "Not Now John" or even the underrated closer "Two Suns in the Sunset". The new edit of "Shine on You Crazy Diamond" is also really annoying since it omits part four in its entirety, yet the cover lists "Parts 1-5" when is should list "Parts 1-3, 5". Part 4 is such a cool section, and I love Gilmour's wicked jazzy guitar solo. "The Happiest Days of Our Lives" is just a waste of a minute-and-a-half, a prelude into "Brick 2"--the radio edit would easily be welcomed here, allowing time to be saved for inclusion of another song. "The Great Gig in the Sky" also strangely sneaks its way on another compilation, a poor choice given "Breathe" or "Us and Them" were cut.
Surprisingly missing is "One of These Days", "Sorrow" and something off of ANIMALS. Perhaps "Set the Controls" and another Barrett song would've been in order.
All in all, the album accomplishes what it sets out to do, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get into Pink Floyd's music and also fans who want a fun mix.
21 of 28 found the following review helpful:
Pink Floyd 101 Nov 11, 2011
By Kevin M. Antonio
This is a solid collection for anyone who wants an introduction to Pink Floyd. Every classic rock radio cut (hence, nothing from 'Animals'), and then some (OK, OK, they coulda put one 'Animals' cut on this), is on here, perfect for the casual fan. Let me repeat that: perfect for the casual fan... like my brother. I'm getting this for him for his birthday. I almost considered getting him 'Echoes' last year, but knew he would not listen to it, too much unfamiliar material. With this disc there are 13 out of 16 songs I know he would know. Pretty solid.
As for me I have the albums, so this would be a superfluous purchase for myself. But for my brother or anyone else who wants to get a... foot in the door, this is the perfect place to start.
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