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A Foot In The Door: The Best Of Pink Floyd - Pink Floyd

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Genre: Rock - Psychedelic Rock / Artist: Pink Floyd / Original recording remastered / Audio CD released 2011-11-07 at EMI Catalogue

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      24.07.2012 17:27
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      A pointless release designed only to make money

      A foot in the door was released on the 7th November 2011 as part of the second phase of the 'Why Pink Floyd?...' re-release campaign. During a six month period from September 2011 to February 2012, the entire back catalogue was re-released, as well as a series of 'immersion' versions of the three most successful albums 'Wish You Were Here', 'The Wall' and 'Dark Side of the Moon'. It seems ed an odd way to do it at the time releasing all the remastered albums three months before the best of, but there you go.

      'A foot in the Door' take probably the most well known of the bands singles spanning their thirty years history. The track listing is as follows:

      1. "Hey You" The Wall
      2. "See Emily Play" non-album single
      3. "The Happiest Days of Our Lives" The Wall
      4. "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" The Wall
      5. "Have a Cigar" Wish You Were Here
      6. "Wish You Were Here" Wish You Were Here
      7. "Time" (edit) The Dark Side of the Moon
      8. "The Great Gig in the Sky" The Dark Side of the Moon
      9. "Money" The Dark Side of the Moon
      10. "Comfortably Numb" The Wall
      11. "High Hopes" (edit) The Division Bell
      12. "Learning to Fly" A Momentary Lapse of Reason
      13. "The Fletcher Memorial Home" The Final Cut
      14. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" (edit, parts 1-5) Wish You Were Here
      15. "Brain Damage" The Dark Side of the Moon
      16. "Eclipse" (early fade-out) The Dark Side of the Moon

      Now Pink Floyd released 14 studio albums and yet only six are represented here. Indeed, 'Dark Side... has only 10 tracks, half of which appear here!! It almost seems that this release is at cross purposes with the rest of the campaign. When you consider that just ten years ago, 'Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd' was released, which contained all the tracks above plus nine others, you really start to scratch your head!!

      Yes it is remastered which is great news. The tracks sound amazing but that still doesn't justify releasing this, never mind somebody buying it. You could buy the three albums which make up the majority of this release, they have been remastered at the same time. Sure it may cost you a little more, but you will get so much more enjoyment.

      Now I haven't gone into any great length about the tracks and for that I do apologise, but you will probably be well aware of what they are anyway so it seems a little pointless. If you don't, and perhaps this maybe this releases only saving grace, then this would act as a great introduction to the band. One of the icons of British music and a demonstration of what music can be, with a little effort and a lot of.. well I will leave that to your imagination.

      It comes in one of those really annoying cardboard boxes, not the plastic cases. I believe they are called digipacks for some reason. Unfortunately, all of the re releases suffer this fate so in about 10 years time, they will have probably disintegrated. Although the Discovery Box Set does have a rather nice purple box to keep them all safe, but they will only set you back about £100.

      So in conclusion would I buy this? Well I have done, but then again I'm a moron and a massive fan with more money than sense (10p in my piggy bank if you are wondering!!). If you have heard the band before and are thinking of buying should you? No, save your money and buy 'Wish You Were Here?' and then keep buying. And if you are new to the band and are thinking should you? No, go to amazon.co.uk, play the snippets, listen to them on youtube and if you like, but one of the CD's. The only reason I have given this 2 stars is that despite all its flaws, the music is still great, but as a release it is a waste of time, designed only for making money.

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      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
      7 Time
      8 The Great Gig In The Sky
      9 Money
      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
      16 Eclipse