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A Collection of Great Dance Songs Discography

A Collection of Great Dance Songs

A Collection of Great Dance Songs is a compilation album by Pink Floyd released on November 23, 1981 on Harvest/EMI in the UK and Columbia Records in the U.S. originally. The album was released against the will of Roger Waters.

The title is facetious, given that Pink Floyd is not known for making particularly danceable music. This is perhaps evidenced by the album art, which featured a photograph of ballroom dancers guyed to the ground so they cannot move. The Hipgnosis design team did the cover under the pseudonym TCP after falling out with Roger Waters a few years earlier. The inner sleeve had pictures of dancers in either a white (UK) or black (U.S.) background. The picture labels were a black background with blue lines and red sketch lined dancers on side one and reverse on side two.

The album contains alternate mixes of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” (which comprises parts 1, 2, 4 and 7) and “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)” (which combines the intro from the single mix with the album version which fades out during the “if you don’t eat your meat” ending). Also, the track “Money” was re-recorded as Capitol Records refused to let Columbia Records in the U.S. use the track. David Gilmour re-recorded the track himself playing all of the drums, 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 slight differences between the re-recorded version and original, mainly in the key (the re-recording is transposed up to C from B) and certain sections of the saxophone and guitar solos. The drumming is noticeably different than Nick Mason’s.

The album was certified Gold by the RIAA on January 29, 1982 and Platinum on July 6, 1989 and Double Platinum in August, 2001. The album reached #37 on the UK charts and #31 in the U.S.. Columbia issued the remastered CD in 1997 in the U.S. and most of the world save Europe. Then a 1997 remastered CD was re-released in 2000 on Capitol Records in the U.S. and EMI for the rest of the world including Europe.

Track listing

LP, Cassette and CD versions:
“One of These Days” (David Gilmour/Roger Waters/Rick Wright/Nick Mason) (Meddle)
Spoken line: Nick Mason
“Money” (Re-recorded Version recorded at New Roydonia Studios) (Roger Waters) (originally from Dark Side of the Moon)
Lead vocals: David Gilmour
“Sheep” (Roger Waters) (Animals)
Lead vocals: Roger Waters
“Shine On You Crazy Diamond” (Shortened Version) (David Gilmour/Roger Waters/Rick Wright) (Wish You Were Here)
Lead vocals: Roger Waters
“Wish You Were Here” (Roger Waters/David Gilmour) (Wish You Were Here)
Lead vocals: David Gilmour
“Another Brick in the Wall, Part II (new edit)” (Roger Waters) (The Wall)
Lead vocals: Roger Waters, David Gilmour and The Islington Green School

8-Track cartridge:
-Program 1-

“One of These Days”
“Wish You Were Here”
-Program 2-

-Program 3-

“Shine On You Crazy Diamond” (Shortened version)
-Program 4-

“Money” (1981 re-recording)
“Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)” (new edit)
The Brazilian version includes “The Gunner’s Dream” (Roger Waters) (later released on The Final Cut) in place of “One of These Days.”

David Gilmour – Guitars, bass guitar, vocals, all instruments on “Money” (except saxophone).
Roger Waters – Bass guitar (except on “Money”), vocals, rhythm guitar on “Sheep”
Richard Wright – Keyboards and synthesizers (except on “Money”), vocals
Nick Mason – Drums, percussion (except on “Money”), vocals on “One of These Days”
Dick Parry – Saxophone on “Money”
TCP (pseudonym for Hipgnosis) – Sleeve Design and Photos (Storm Thorgerson, Petere Christopherson and Aubery “Po” Powell)
James Guthrie; Remastering producer
Doug Sax; Mastering and remastering

Year – Chart – Position
1981 – UK Albums – Chart 37
1981 – Billboard Pop Albums – 31
1981 – Norway’s album chart – 5

The above article is courtesy of Wikipedia.

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