A Collection of Great Dance Songs

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A Collection of Great Dance Songs
Pink Floyd A Collection of Great Dance Songs! 1997 Remastered CD-300.jpg
Greatest hits album by
Released23 November 1981 (1981-11-23)
RecordedJanuary–August 1971; January-July 1975; April–November 1979; 1981
GenreProgressive rock
Length42:14
LabelHarvest
Producer
Pink Floyd chronology
The Wall
(1979)
A Collection of Great Dance Songs
(1981)
The Final Cut
(1983)
Singles from A Collection of Great Dance Songs
  1. "Money"
    Released: December 1981

A Collection of Great Dance Songs is a compilation album by English rock band Pink Floyd. It was released on 23 November 1981 in the United Kingdom by Harvest Records and in the United States by Columbia Records.

Content[edit]

The album contains alternative mixes of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" (comprised of parts 1, 2, 4 and 7) and "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)".

"Money" was entirely re-recorded, as Capitol Records refused to license the track to Columbia/CBS Records. David Gilmour re-recorded the track himself, guitars, keyboards, bass guitar and vocals and co-producing the song with James Guthrie. Dick Parry reprised his saxophone role on the track. There are some differences between the re-recorded version and the original; mainly in the saxophone and guitar solos and the overall use of reverb and Gilmour repeating "away" at the end instead of the high pitch scat singing on the original. The drumming is noticeably different from Nick Mason's, especially during the guitar solo, with very little of the tom-tom fills heard on the original.

Title and packaging[edit]

House in Dungeness, where the photo for the cover was taken.

The ironic title was a reference to the disco rhythms of Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2), as well as Nick Mason's joke that the band's U.S. label "probably thought they were a dance band".[1] The album art featured a photograph of ballroom dancers anchored to the ground so they cannot move. The inner sleeve had pictures of dancers in either a white (UK) or black (US) background.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[2]
Christgau's Record GuideB+[3]
Louder Sound6/10[4]
MusicHound Rock1/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[6]

The album was certified Gold by the RIAA on 29 January 1982 and Platinum on 6 July 1989 and Double Platinum in August 2001. The album reached number 37 on the United Kingdom charts and number 31 in the United States. Columbia issued the remastered CD in 1997 in the US and most of the world save Europe. Then a 1997 remastered CD was re-released in 2000 on Capitol Records in the US and EMI for the rest of the world including Europe. The album was released once again in 2016 under the band's Pink Floyd Records imprint, distributed by Sony Music internationally and by Warner Music in Europe, and was released on LP as well as CD.

Reviewing in Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s (1990), Robert Christgau said of the album: "With the rerecorded 'Money' sporting a livelier bottom to protect them from truth-in-titling and felonious injury charges, this gathers up their tuneful moments, which have always been far between – so far between, in fact, that even the unconverted may miss the ersatz symphonic structures in which they're properly embedded."[3] Rob Sheffield was less enthusiastic in The Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004), writing that both this compilation and the next, 1983's Works, are "pointless 'hits' collections from a band that disdained hits".[6]

Track listing[edit]

Original LP[edit]

Side One
No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."One of These Days"Gilmour/Waters/Wright/MasonMeddle5:49
2."Money" (Re-recorded in 1981 at New Roydonia Studios)WatersThe Dark Side of the Moon6:45
3."Sheep" (early fade-out)WatersAnimals9:47
Total length:22:18
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."Shine On You Crazy Diamond" (edit)Gilmour/Waters/WrightWish You Were Here10:41
2."Wish You Were Here"Waters/GilmourWish You Were Here5:25
3."Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)" (edit)WatersThe Wall3:52
Total length:19:58

8-track cartridge[edit]

Program 1
  1. "One of These Days"
  2. "Wish You Were Here"
Program 2
  1. "Sheep"
Program 3
  1. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" (Edit)
Program 4
  1. "Money" (1981 re-recording)
  2. "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" (Edit)

Personnel[edit]

Pink Floyd
Additional personnel

Charts[edit]

Chart (1981–82) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[7] 14
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[8] 18
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[9] 22
French Albums (SNEP)[10] 8
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[11] 6
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[12] 36
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[13] 5
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[14] 5
UK Albums (OCC)[15] 37
US Billboard 200[16] 31

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[17] Gold 25,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[18] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[19] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[20] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wawzenek, Bryan (23 November 2016). "How Pink Floyd's "Great Dance Songs" Became a Collector's Item". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  2. ^ Ruhlmann, William (2011). "A Collection of Great Dance Songs - Pink Floyd". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
  3. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (1990). "P". Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s. Pantheon Books. ISBN 0-679-73015-X. Retrieved 24 February 2020.
  4. ^ Stubbs, David (6 December 2017). "Pink Floyd - A Collection Of Great Dance Songs/Delicate Sound... album review". Louder Sound. Retrieved 24 February 2020.
  5. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel, eds. (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 872. ISBN 1-57859-061-2.
  6. ^ a b Sheffield, Rob (2 November 2004). "Pink Floyd: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media, Fireside Books. Archived from the original on 17 February 2011. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  8. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Pink Floyd – A Collection of Great Dance Songs" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 0451". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Lescharts.com – Pink Floyd – A Collection of Great Dance Songs". Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Pink Floyd – A Collection of Great Dance Songs" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  12. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Pink Floyd – A Collection of Great Dance Songs" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  13. ^ "Charts.nz – Pink Floyd – A Collection of Great Dance Songs". Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  14. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Pink Floyd – A Collection of Great Dance Songs". Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  15. ^ "Pink Floyd | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  16. ^ "Pink Floyd Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  17. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Pink Floyd – A Collection of Great Dance Songs" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  18. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Pink Floyd – A Collection of Great Dance Songs". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  19. ^ "British album certifications – Pink Floyd – A Collection of Great Dance Songs". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 11 June 2016. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type A Collection of Great Dance Songs in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  20. ^ "American album certifications – Pink Floyd – A Collection of Great Dance Songs". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 11 June 2016. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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