The mammoth 16-disc box set OH BY THE WAY was released to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd's first album. It contains every one of Floyd's studio albums, each packaged in a miniature-LP-style sleeve. It's the most exhaustive overview one could ask for, chronicling the band's beginnings as pioneering psychedelic scenemakers through their '70s tenure as prog-rock merchants and their latter-day reincarnation as grand old men of British rock.
While rarities-seekers should be advised of the lack of bonus/previously unreleased tracks here, there's so much dazzling material that it doesn't really matter. Pink Floyd were the original psychedelic space cadets, and the thrill of their early acid-rock forays under Syd Barrett's baton is all the more intense when it brushes up against Roger Waters-helmed concept pieces like ATOM HEART MOTHER and DARK SIDE OF THE MOON. The band's post-Waters material adds a dignified final chapter to the story, with David Gilmour shining in the spotlight. The Floyd catalog, considered as a whole, contains some of the most innovative music ever released under the umbrella of rock, and OH BY THE WAY is a classy and convenient way to absorb it all.
Q (Magazine) (p.116) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "1967's THE PIPER AT THE GATES still shines with its youthful naivety..."
I have always been a Pink Floyd fan and this set of their 14 Studio Albums (16 Cd's in total) is just out of this world. The presentation of the product is very well done with miniature reproductions of the original album covers complete with the plastic sleeve inserts as used when one bought LP's instead of CD's. All in all a very good product well worth the purchase price.
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