Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd

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Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd
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Greatest hits album by Pink Floyd
Released 5 November 2001
Recorded 1967–1994
Genre Progressive rock, psychedelic rock
Length 155:15
Language English
Label EMI
Producer James Guthrie, Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd chronology
Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live 1980–81
Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd
Oh, by the Way

Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd is a compilation album by Pink Floyd. It was released by EMI Records in the United Kingdom on 5 November 2001 and the following day in the United States through Capitol Records. It debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart on 24 November 2001, with sales of 214,650 copies.[1] It remained on the chart for 26 weeks.[2] The album was certified Gold, Platinum and Double Platinum on 6 December 2001 in the US by the RIAA. It was certified Triple Platinum in the US on 8 January 2002, and Quadruple platinum on 10 September 2007.


The compilation spans the career of Pink Floyd from their first single "Arnold Layne" in 1967, through to "High Hopes", the final track from their 1994 studio album The Division Bell. Four of their albums—Soundtrack from the Film More, Ummagumma, Atom Heart Mother and Obscured by Clouds—are not represented whatsoever, though multiple tracks from Atom Heart Mother[3] and Ummagumma were planned to appear on the compilation. Each of the 26 tracks fades from one to the next with no break in the music, courtesy of longtime producerengineer James Guthrie, to help recreate the concept album feel of the band's mid-period work. All 26 tracks were newly remastered specifically for this compilation and are not sequenced in chronological order.

The band's longtime guitarist, David Gilmour, said of the process of compiling the tracks themselves:

There’s been the occasional phone call but no great brainstorming sessions to get us all together. All our stuff [is] conducted through our engineer James Guthrie, who coordinated Echoes from his place in Lake Tahoe.[3]


Storm Thorgerson, best known for creating the majority of album covers for Pink Floyd, worked with the band Dream Theater on their 1997 album Falling into Infinity and submitted to the band two sketches for possible covers. One became the cover that was used on the release. The second ended up being used by Pink Floyd for Echoes four years later. The two original sketches are framed and hanging in the home of former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy and is pointed out by Portnoy in his Hudson Music instructional drum DVD In Constant Motion.[4]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[5]

Echoes is the first album released on Compact Disc that includes "When the Tigers Broke Free", which appeared in the film version of Pink Floyd—The Wall (the song later appeared on the 2004 re-release of The Final Cut in a slightly re-mixed form). It is the first compilation that includes songs from their previous three albums—The Final Cut, A Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell—and is also the only compilation album so far that includes "Echoes" from the 1971 album Meddle. A week after the band's one-off reunion at Live 8, HMV said the sales of Echoes rose by 1343%.[6]

Track listing[edit]

"We’ve been arguing about it [track selection] since May. Nick sent us a list right at the beginning, then he seemed to lose interest. Rick never seemed to want to get involved in it. It wandered along rather fitfully until recently, when I thought I'd better work out what we should be trying to do with it, whether we should try and represent every album or not, and on what basis we should be choosing songs. In the end we had to get everyone to vote on a list. (...) I agree [that most of the songs seemed to have picked themselves]. When I look at it, its bloody obvious really. It's amazing how long the process has been getting it sorted out."

CD version[edit]

Disc one[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Astronomy Domine" (The Piper at the Gates of Dawn) Syd Barrett Barrett, Richard Wright 4:10
2. "See Emily Play" (See Emily Play - Single, with an early cut-off; appears on 1971 Relics, and 1967 US/Japan versions of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn) Barrett Barrett 2:47
3. "The Happiest Days of Our Lives" (The Wall) Roger Waters Waters 1:38
4. "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" (The Wall) Waters David Gilmour, Waters 4:01
5. "Echoes" (Meddle, edited version) Gilmour, Waters, Wright, Nick Mason Gilmour, Wright 16:30
6. "Hey You" (The Wall) Waters Gilmour, Waters 4:39
7. "Marooned" (The Division Bell, intro extract) Gilmour, Wright Instrumental 2:02
8. "The Great Gig in the Sky" (The Dark Side of the Moon) Wright, Clare Torry Torry 4:40
9. "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" (A Saucerful of Secrets) Waters Waters 5:20
10. "Money" (The Dark Side of the Moon) Waters Gilmour 6:29
11. "Keep Talking" (The Division Bell, early fade-out) Gilmour, Wright, Polly Samson Gilmour 5:57
12. "Sheep" (Animals, early fade-out) Waters Waters 9:46
13. "Sorrow" (A Momentary Lapse of Reason) Gilmour Gilmour 8:45

Disc two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1–7)" (Wish You Were Here, edited version) Gilmour, Waters, Wright Waters 17:32
2. "Time" (The Dark Side of the Moon) Gilmour, Waters, Wright, Mason Gilmour, Wright 6:48
3. "The Fletcher Memorial Home" (The Final Cut) Waters Waters 4:07
4. "Comfortably Numb" (Includes the coda of "Bring the Boys Back Home", The Wall) Gilmour, Waters Gilmour, Waters 6:53
5. "When the Tigers Broke Free" (The Wall film soundtrack, also on 2004-present remasters of The Final Cut) Waters Waters 3:42
6. "One of These Days" (Meddle, edited version) Gilmour, Waters, Wright, Mason Mason (spoken words) 5:15
7. "Us and Them" (The Dark Side of the Moon, ending edited) Waters, Wright Gilmour, Wright 7:51
8. "Learning to Fly" (A Momentary Lapse of Reason) Gilmour, Anthony Moore, Bob Ezrin, Jon Carin Gilmour 4:50
9. "Arnold Layne" (Arnold Layne - Single; appears on Relics) Barrett Barrett 2:52
10. "Wish You Were Here" (Wish You Were Here, early fade-out) Gilmour, Waters Gilmour 5:21
11. "Jugband Blues" (A Saucerful of Secrets) Barrett Barrett 2:56
12. "High Hopes" (The Division Bell, edited Version) Gilmour, Samson Gilmour 6:59
13. "Bike" (The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, with bell intro) Barrett Barrett 3:24

Vinyl version[edit]

Disc one
Disc two
Disc three
Disc four

Rejected songs[edit]

According to James Guthrie, the following songs were considered for inclusion:[7]

Sales chart performance[edit]

Chart (2001) Position
UK Albums Chart[8] 2
The Billboard 200[9] 2
Billboard Top Internet Albums[citation needed] 1
Norway albums chart[10] 2
Chart (2005) Position
UK Albums Chart[8] 19

Sales certifications[edit]

Country Certification Sales Last certification date
Australia Platinum[11] 70,000+ 2001
Belgium Platinum[12] 50,000+ 2002
Canada 6× Platinum[13] 600,000+ 29 April 2002
Denmark Gold[14] 15,000+ December 2001
Europe 3× Platinum[15] 3,000,000+ 2007
France Platinum[16] 300,000+ 7 November 2001
Germany Gold[17] 100,000+ 2002
Greece Platinum[18] 30,000+ 2002
Italy Gold[19] 25,000+ 24 April 2015
New Zealand 3× Platinum[20] 45,000+ December 2001
Poland Gold[21] 50,000+ 16 January 2002
Switzerland Platinum[22] 40,000+ 2001
United Kingdom 2× Platinum[23] 600,000+ 11 January 2002
United States 4× Platinum[24] 2,000,000+ (double disc) 10 September 2007


Pink Floyd
  • Syd Barrett – guitar and vocals on "Astronomy Domine", "See Emily Play", "Arnold Layne", "Jugband Blues" and "Bike"; guitar on "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun".
  • David Gilmour – guitars; fretless bass guitar on "Hey You"; bass guitar on "Sheep", "High Hopes", and "One Of These Days"; keyboards; drum programming on "Sorrow", lead vocals on "Another Brick in the Wall, Part II", "Echoes", "Hey You", "Money", "Keep Talking", "Sorrow", "Time", "Comfortably Numb", "Us and Them", "Learning to Fly", "Wish You Were Here", "High Hopes".
  • Nick Mason – drums, percussion, tape effects, vocalisations on "One of These Days"
  • Roger Waters – bass guitar, rhythm guitar on "Sheep", tape effects, lead vocals on "The Happiest Days of Our Lives", "Another Brick in the Wall, Part II", "Hey You", "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun", "Sheep", "Shine on You Crazy Diamond", "Comfortably Numb", "The Fletcher Memorial Home", "When the Tigers Broke Free"
  • Richard Wright – keyboards, organ, piano, synthesisers, clavinet, co-lead vocals on "Astronomy Domine", "Echoes", "Time", "Us and Them".
Additional personnel
  • Sam Brown – backing vocals on "Keep Talking"
  • Jon Carin – keyboards on "Marooned", "Keep Talking", "Learning to Fly" and "High Hopes"
  • Lesley Duncan – backing vocals on "Time" and "Us and Them"
  • Venetta Fields – backing vocals on "Shine On You Crazy Diamond"
  • Donnie Gerard – backing vocals on "Sorrow" and "Learning to Fly"
  • James Guthrie – remastering, percussion on "The Happiest Days of Our Lives"
  • Islington Green School – choir on "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)"
  • Michael Kamen – orchestrations
  • Carol Kenyon – backing vocals on "Keep Talking"
  • Darlene Koldenhaven – backing vocals on "Sorrow" and "Learning to Fly"
  • Tony Levin – bass guitar on "Learning to Fly"
  • Durga McBroom – backing vocals on "Keep Talking"
  • Dick Parry – saxophones on "Money", "Us and Them", and "Shine On You Crazy Diamond"
  • Pontarddulais Male Voice Choir led by Noel Davis – choir on "When the Tigers Broke Free"
  • Guy Pratt – bass guitar on "Marooned" and "Keep Talking"
  • The Salvation Army (The International Staff Band) on "Jugband Blues":
    • Ray Bowes (cornet)
    • Terry Camsey (cornet)
    • Mac Carter (trombone)
    • Les Condon (E♭ bass)
    • Maurice Cooper (euphonium)
    • Ian Hankey (trombone)
    • George Whittingham (B♭ bass)
    • One other uncredited musician
  • Phyllis St. James – backing vocals on "Sorrow" and "Learning to Fly"
  • Barry St. John – backing vocals on "Time" and "Us and Them"
  • Liza Strike – backing vocals on "Time" and "Us and Them"
  • Storm Thorgerson – cover design
  • Clare Torry – vocals on "The Great Gig in the Sky"
  • Doris Troy – backing vocals on "Time" and "Us and Them"
  • Carmen Twillie – backing vocals on "Sorrow" and "Learning to Fly"
  • Gary Wallis – percussion on "Keep Talking"
  • Carlena Williams – backing vocals on "Shine On You Crazy Diamond"


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