Pink Floyd Massive Collection – The Early Years
Yet another release for Pink Floyd lovers, this box set captures more than commercial tracks that were successful. It follows the British legend’s journey through the magical years of 65 to 72.
A massive collection of content though is not the only thing in this box set. To fans of Pink Floyd, there’s a pleasant surprise when they open the box as it comes with replicas of tickets, sheet music, gig flyers and a lot more things. Best of all, this box collection even features tracks and recordings for gigs and shows exclusively, which probably were never officially recorded. So, grove to Pink Floyd in the background as you hear an old radio broadcast in the background.
A remarkable story of a remarkable career is what The Early Years perfectly collects in its box set. This set of songs and other memorabilia plays out as Pink Floyd begins to garner recognition at a time when Rock and Roll was in its nascent and frowned upon stage. The collection continues but stops abruptly at around 1973 when the band recorded, Dark Side of the Moon. However, in this time, it manages to touch upon the greatest hits spanning across nearly two decades. A curious realization dawned on me half way through that the collection was not in chronological order but rather done with an artistic twist, leaving you guessing the next move.
Did you know that Pink Floyd began their recordings with the funny name of Tea Set (not the kind you drink but rather snort!), and often sat together and went through a session of inversion therapy on an inversion table? Yup, it wasn’t until the demo session recordings in 1965 that the band decided to ditch their not-so-popular name for the more popular Pink Floyd and as they say, rest is history. So, now, this band began recording and while they gravitated between blues and the new age rock and roll, their leader, Barrett became a worldwide sensation. Especially, England loved the fact that this Rock singer was not an imitation of an American compatriot but brought something special to the studio. Unfortunately, the band suffered greatly with the loss of Barrett and no matter how much they try, the replacement and their lyrics really never gave the same magic as Barrett did.
If you have never heard experimental music by Pink Floyd or want to try their lesser known creations then The Early Years is a definite must have. Not only does it dive deep into the most successful years of the band under the leadership of Barrett but also goes a tad further into the start of David Gilmour as the lead of the group. Then he was yet to become the greatest guitarist of the Rock and Roll so don’t have your hopes high to get insane solo moments, his solo segments are at best warm and experimental but nothing like what he eventually aspires to.