Pink Floyd

All Movement Is Accomplished: The 60's Rarities

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One glance at the track listing will tell the enterprising Floyd fan that there really is only one reason to buy this collection. Consuming the first ten tracks, the 1967-1969 BBC material is now so familiar that even if one missed Great Dane's almost all-encompassing The Live Experience double, there's no reason not to have this material spread across two or three other discs, while the official Singles As and Bs album, which is also repeated here, was more conveniently duplicated onto a mid-'90s Relics copy (and is, in any case, still openly available in the Shine On box). So that leaves just the semilegendary "Merry Xmas Song," a 1969-ish novelty outtake which has been floating jovially around for a few years now, and still doesn't add much to the Floydian legend -- assuming it really is Floyd. It has been questioned. All of which leaves All Movement looking a little redundant, but wait! As collectors items go, it is, but in a world where there are still Floydish novices, wondering what on earth all the Barrett-era fuss is about, this is a startlingly strong compilation, pulling together some of the band's most powerful early performances, together with a clutch of songs which remind us of the day when the band wasn't only the Great White Hope of the psychedelic underground, they were also a challenging pop band as well. It's a portrait of schizophrenia which even Dark Side of the Moon cannot challenge; indeed, amidst the myriad Barrett-shaped theories which circulate surrounding that album's true inspiration, spare a thought for the Floyd themselves, the world's first Top 40 spacemen. That kind of dichotomy would be sufficient to send anybody over the edge.

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