Works (Pink Floyd album)

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Works
Compilation album by Pink Floyd
Released 18 June 1983
Recorded 1967–1973
Genre Progressive rock, psychedelic rock
Length 42:10
Language English
Label Capitol
Producer Joe Boyd, Pink Floyd, Norman Smith
Pink Floyd chronology
The Final Cut
(1983)
Works
(1983)
A Momentary Lapse of Reason
(1987)

Works is a Pink Floyd compilation album released in 1983. It features a variety of material, such as (among others) the band's early singles, "Arnold Layne" and "See Emily Play", alternative mixes of tracks from The Dark Side of the Moon, and the previously unreleased track, "Embryo".[1]

Release and contents[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [2]

The album was released by their former American label, Capitol Records, to compete with their then-current album The Final Cut. The main interest for collectors is the track "Embryo", an outtake from Ummagumma that later became a concert staple in a greatly elongated form,[3] which originally only appeared in January 1970 on a scarce various artists compilation album promoting Pink Floyd's UK label Harvest Records entitled Picnic – A Breath of Fresh Air.[1] Also unique to Works, the tracks "Brain Damage" and "Eclipse" are presented as alternate versions, possibly stereo mixes from the master tapes of the quadraphonic edition of The Dark Side of the Moon.

Alternate recordings[edit]

  • "Brain Damage" and "Eclipse" both have alternate mixes. Changes to these include different cut times between the two songs as well as the audience heard at the end of "Fearless"/ beginning of "Brain Damage". Another change is that some of the spoken parts from the tracks are at different volumes — the primary reason for this is that the versions featured here are stereo folddowns of the quadraphonic mix.
  • Some other tracks are present in alternate "crossfade" mixes, most notably on the segues between "See Emily Play" / "Several Species of Small Furry Animals" and "Fearless" / "Brain Damage".

Cover[edit]

The cover art for the album was inspired by the c. 1948 poster "Nederland industrialiseert" ("Holland industrialises")[4] designed by Dutch graphic artist Wladimir Flem.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "One of These Days" – 5:50 (re-mix of the Meddle version, interpolates part of "Speak to Me" from The Dark Side of the Moon)
  2. "Arnold Layne" – 2:52 (single, Duophonic Stereo)
  3. "Fearless" – 6:08 (from Meddle)
  4. "Brain Damage" – 3:50 (from The Dark Side of the Moon, alternate mix)
  5. "Eclipse" – 1:45 (from The Dark Side of the Moon, alternate mix)
Side two
  1. "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" – 5:23 (from A Saucerful of Secrets)
  2. "See Emily Play" – 2:54 (single, Duophonic Stereo)
  3. "Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict" – 4:47 (from Ummagumma)
  4. "Free Four" – 4:07 (from Obscured by Clouds)
  5. "Embryo" – 4:39 (from the various artists compilation Picnic – A Breath of Fresh Air)

Personnel[edit]

Sales chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1983 Billboard Pop Albums 68[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Kellman, Andy (2011). "Works - Pink Floyd | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Pink Floyd: Album Guide | Rolling Stone Music". rollingstone.com. 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Manning, Toby (2006). "Soundtracks, Compilations & Bootlegs". The Rough Guide to Pink Floyd (1st ed.). London: Rough Guides. p. 227. ISBN 1-84353-575-0. 
  4. ^ "Nederland industrialiseert - Wladimir Flem, ca. 1948". Iisg.nl. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Works - Pink Floyd : Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 September 2012.