“A Foot In The Door” by Pink Floyd

Artist: Pink Floyd
Title: “A Foot In The Door”
Label: Capitol Records
Release Date: 11/8/2011
Genre: Psychedelic Rock/Rock
Rating: 3.5/5

Before I begin let me explain how difficult it must be to compile a greatest “hits” release for the band Pink Floyd because if you were going to go by the traditional use of the term, the group really only had about a handful of radio hits. If you analyze those you will find that most of them came from the “Dark Side Of The Moon” and “The Wall” releases with only a couple of other examples. Despite this the band has remained one of the most influential of them all and any of the respect they get is rightly deserved. In thinking about my circle of musical friends, I cannot think of one of them who do not enjoy a little Pink Floyd every now and again. Their work is just that good. Earlier in November, the folks at Capitol Records offered the fans of the band a comprehensive collection of remasters in beautiful packaging with a detailed booklet but it would not end there. Depending on how interested in the band you have become over the years there are also two higher priced versions that give you a little more in terms of music and coolness. Here is what I know about them.

The first premium version is called the “Experience” editions and they are expanded versions of the classic albums in a Digipak bonus disc format. With these we find included the original remastered album along with a disc of additional material and an expanded CD booklet. The second premium version sounds super sweet but this is a pricy piece of steak to dine upon and these are the “Immersion” editions. They list these as the “complete artistic experience”. There is a lavish package in a sturdy 29cm square box and they feature remastered, previously unreleased and audio-visual material, plus much additional content. There is reproduced memorabilia, brand new graphics, art prints, collectors’ items, lavish booklets and more. They sound really nice but it will really set you back to get all the collection.

Now let’s get back to the hits collection that came out to celebrate this milestone batch of releases. Despite the album being only sixteen tracks this is a fair shake at some of their greatest works. We only get one Syd Barrett tune with “See Emily Play” but that was alright by me since my introduction to the band came many years later with “Dark Side Of The Moon”. That album gets five inclusions while “The Wall” gets four. There are two from “Wish You Were Here” including that seminal title tune but nothing from the lengthy “Animals”. I was surprised to find “The Fletcher Memorial Home” being the track culled from “The Final Cut” as opposed to the radio utilized “Not Now John” but oh well. It’s important to realize that Pink Floyd were easier to enjoy on the whole with their releases as opposed to cutting and pasting tracks into various compilation configurations. This is truly a foot in the door in the sense that it gives you a solid idea of what to expect when you cross that threshold and take a musical journey unlike any you have taken before. This remaster comes with a small booklet that offers no liner notes and only some images. Given its being a retrospective piece I would have thought some back story included. My only other complaint was how this was relegated to a single CD edition as opposed to what we saw with “Echoes: The Best Of Pink Floyd” back in 2001. That was a truly comprehensive edition that paid sufficient mind to rare tracks and thus upgraded its value to fans. Oh well you cannot have everything. I plan on building my collection up with the traditional remasters or the single CD editions because the other premium ones are out of my price range and space range in my music library but you might be different.

Track Listing:
1. Hey You
2. See Emily Play
3. The Happiest Days Of Our Lives
4. Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2
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 (Parts 1-5)
15. Brain Damage
16. Eclipse

Official Website: http://www.pinkfloyd.com

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