A massive box set capturing the very best of British rock legend, starting from year 1965 all the way up to 1972. It even includes their psychedelic tracks and experimental songs.
Segments from TV shows and radio programs that had Pink Floyd jamming in the background or as the main attraction make their way into this latest collection. There’s nearly 27 hours’ worth of content in the box and it even comes with ticket, poster, sheet music, gig flyer and more replicas. For a true fan, this really is a dream come true.
This box set does a splendid job of detailing the early years of Pink Floyd as they gradually became an integral part of the underground of yesteryears and the rock stars of today. The collection breaks off ultimately before the Dark Side of the Moon recordings but until then does an impressive job of reminding listeners of this sensational rock icon. However, for those expecting a simple walk through past, The Early Years is nothing less than a psychedelic tour. It takes turns, corners and then rewinds back to certain times throughout the collection though, this does make it more exciting as you anticipate what comes next.
Barret the legend isn’t the only thing you are reminded with this collection. The fact that the band started out initially with a whimsical name of Tea Set only to soon rechristen themselves with the title of Pink Floyd later on during some demo session in 1965 is captured as tracks from that demo session start belting out somewhere in the first few minutes of listening. To be really honest though, until 1968 when Barrett was part of the entourage and led the band, it maintained a modicum of influence. In my opinion, without him the group was simply an imitation at best though the keyboard played a really good part thereon.
If you love Pink Floyd for their experimentation, then The Early Years will be an exciting listen. Revolving around the Barrett era mostly, this compilation is actually inclusive of several soundtracks that never really made it out in the open. For instance, it contains a lineup for an abstract film, not many are aware of. The collection also goes a tad bit into the early recordings with David Gilmour as lead. No, you won’t find the rhythm that made the band and David in popular so famous, in these recordings but it still shows his talent during solo sessions.