Works is a Pink Floyd compilation album released in 1983 by their former American label, Capitol Records, to compete with their then-current album The Final Cut. The main interest for collectors is the track Embryo, an outtake from Ummagumma that later became a concert staple in a greatly elongated form, which originally only appeared in January 1970 on a scarce various artists compilation album promoting Pink Floyd’s UK label Harvest Records entitled Picnic – A Breath of Fresh Air. Also unique to Works, the tracks Brain Damage and Eclipse are presented as alternate versions, possibly stereo mixes from the master tapes of the quadraphonic edition The Dark Side of the Moon.
“One of These Days” ā€“ 5:50 (Re-mix of the Meddle version, interpolates part of “Speak to Me” from The Dark Side of the Moon)
“Arnold Layne” ā€“ 2:52 (Single – False “stereo” mix; original mono mix found on Relics)
“Fearless” ā€“ 6:08 (From Meddle)
“Brain Damage” ā€“ 3:50 (From The Dark Side of the Moon – alternate mix)
“Eclipse” ā€“ 1:45 (From The Dark Side of the Moon – alternate mix)
“Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun” ā€“ 5:23 (From A Saucerful of Secrets)
“See Emily Play” ā€“ 2:54 (Single – False “stereo” mix; original mono mix found on Relics)
“Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict” ā€“ 4:47 (From Ummagumma)
“Free Four” ā€“ 4:07 (From Obscured by Clouds)
“Embryo” ā€“ 4:39 (From the VA compilation Picnic – A Breath of Fresh Air 1970)
“Brain Damage” and “Eclipse” both have alternate mixes. Changes to these include different cut times between the two songs as well as the audience heard at the end of “Fearless”/ beginning of “Brain Damage.” Another change is that some of the spoken parts from the tracks are at different volumes – the primary reason for this is that the versions featured here are stereo folddowns of the quadraphonic mix.
Some other tracks are present in alternate “Cross-fade” mixes, most notable on the segues between “See Emily Play”/”Several Species of Small Furry Animals” and “Fearless/Brain Damage”.
David Gilmour – Guitar and Vocals except on Arnold Layne and See Emily Play
Roger Waters – Bass, Tape effects and Vocals
Richard Wright – Keyboards, Piano, Synthesisers and Vocals
Nick Mason – Drums, Percussion, Tape effects and Vocalisations
Syd Barrett – Guitar and Vocals on Arnold Layne and See Emily Play, also some guitar on Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun
The above article is courtesy of Wikipedia.
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