Pink Floyd

First XI [First 11 LPs Set]

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With the soon to be released The Wall odds-on to enlarge Pink Floyd's fame and renown even further than it already stood, with "Another Brick in the Wall" poised to grant them an utterly unpredicted U.K. number one single, and with an entire new universe of people about to come banging on the door, demanding to know more about this hot new pop combo, wouldn't it be the best possible time to package up the best of the band's back catalog and release...a greatest-hits album? Of course not. Time for a greatest-albums box set instead. True to its title, First XI rounds up, indeed, the first 11 Floyd albums -- that is, the regular sets The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Saucerful of Secrets, More, Ummagumma, Atom Heart Mother, Meddle, Obscured By Clouds, and Animals, limited-edition picture-disc pressings of Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here, and the curios-and-antiquities collection Relics. As such, there is nothing here that the collector would not already own in musical terms. But the packaging, which was certainly grandiose for the times, still sets the pulse racing, and -- in terms of Floyd-ian artifacts -- this one takes some beating.