It starts with David Gilmour saying: “Christ! Where would rock and roll be without feedback?” which is a sound-bite from the Brain Damage section of Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii.
This segues into Careful With That Axe, Eugene, which is followed by the live version of A Saucerful of Secrets. Both tracks are taken from Ummagumma, although a slightly different version of Careful With That Axe, Eugene could just have easily been taken from Relics – or even from the Zabriskie Point soundtrack.
Following these is Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun from A Saucerful of Secrets, after which, as a tribute to Rick Wright, is Remember a Day from Relics. After these are Julia Dream from Relics, Cirrus Minor from More and then One of These Days from Meddle.
Grantchester Meadows from Ummagumma follows these and paves the way for the instrumental Mudmen from Obscured by Clouds, which serves as a prelude to Atom Heart Mother (Parts 1-6) from Atom Heart Mother.
After that it’s time for Echoes, which is taken from Meddle, rather than the much shorter version which is on Echoes.
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Part One) and Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Part Two) are followed (yes, followed, not separated) by Wish You Were Here, all from Wish You Were Here.
There’s nothing from Dark Side of the Moon, as that particular album is best listened to in its entirety on its own.
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Wish You Were Here is followed by Dogs from Animals. This is followed by Another Brick in the Wall (Part 1), Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2), and Another Brick in the Wall (Part 3) from The Wall.
The final track is, of course, the glorious Comfortably Numb, also from The Wall.
And that’s it, Eclipse, the perfect, definitive, classic Pink Floyd album. It’s what I have on my computer, what I’m listening to right now as I write this. If you want a copy of Eclipse, you’ll have to make your own.
Note: Apologies to completists for not including any of Syd’s songs, but that would have changed the mood of Eclipse completely. I like Syd’s music very much, but there’s so much good stuff it would have to be an entire album, perhaps one called Mad-recap.
© R J Dent (2009)