Echoes (23:31)

Cover of Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd (disc 1)

From Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd (disc 1) and 114 other releases

“Echoes” is a song by the British progressive rock group Pink Floyd which appears on their 1971 album “Meddle”. It runs for 23 and a half minutes and is considered by many to be one of the band’s finest post-Syd Barrett, pre-“Dark Side of the Moon” compositions.

Although the intentions of the band are unconfirmed, Echoes is commonly enjoyed while synched with the “infinity” segment at the end of Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.
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Echoes is a song by Pink Floyd, including lengthy instrumental passages, sound effects, and musical improvisation. Written by all four members of the group (credited as Roger Waters, Richard Wright, Nick Mason, David Gilmour on the original release), Echoes provides the extended finale to Pink Floyd’s album Meddle. The track has a running time of 23:31 and takes up the entire second side of the vinyl recording.

It also appears in shortened form as the fifth track on the compilation album which took its name, Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd. Echoes is the third-longest song in Pink Floyd’s catalogue, after Atom Heart Mother (23:44) and the combined segments of Shine on You Crazy Diamond (26:01). Unlike those pieces, it is not explicitly divided into separate parts; however, the composition was originally assembled from separate fragments, and was later split in two parts to serve as both the opening and closing numbers in the band’s film Live at Pompeii.

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Overhead the albatross hangs motionless upon the air
And deep beneath the rolling waves
In labyrinths of coral caves
The echo of a distant tide

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  • Gitarrenmeister

    "It's good. Not great, but good." - ouch.

    10 Apr 10:03pm Reply
  • RAYMOND7654321

    Remember it came out on the album "Meedle" in 1970 or 1971 and the first time I listened to it was with good headphones and good weed and it has never sounded quite the same since. That's probably why.

    6 Apr 6:10pm Reply
  • pwnert

    I don't see why you would want to listen to this song for the first time again as it requires at least a dozen plays to truly understand its genius. First time I played it, I really wasn't that amazed; now, a year later and with Pink Floyd in my top 5, it stuns me everytime.

    5 Apr 12:52pm Reply
  • cmetamechanic

    if you like 20 minutes of rock try some http://www.last.fm/music/Earthless

    5 Apr 12:47pm Reply
  • rockycage

    first i thought 23 mins too long it's going to be boring after i finished the song damn i was wrong one of the best song of pink floyd

    20 Mar 8:32pm Reply
  • AlterJohn

    Ein Traum von Musik !

    4 Mar 6:18pm Reply
  • IBrokeTheOath

    This song blows my mind just like the first time I heard it every time so I don't have the problem the 23 of you do.

    4 Mar 4:55am Reply
  • Gnomensocke

    One of the best musical achievements humans ever made [2]

    3 Mar 11:16pm Reply
  • jpzitoleopold

    I wish I could erase my memory and listen to this song for the first time again [23]

    3 Mar 5:52am Reply
  • Bastard1

    It's good. Not great, but good.

    23 Feb 7:10pm Reply
  • muerto14

    Just Pink Floyd. Amazing.

    19 Feb 10:34pm Reply
  • AgentSamFisher

    I wish I could erase my memory and listen to this song for the first time again [22]

    14 Feb 10:15pm Reply
  • fish-oil

    kann man machen

    29 Jan 2:31pm Reply
  • gabiioiq

    i love this song :'D

    24 Jan 3:28am Reply
  • Jimpy1707

    on the new player- this is the shortened version. flagged

    15 Jan 12:32pm Reply
  • Sal-ival

    @P1nk_Fl0yd: Try Godspeed You! Black Emperor or Isis' Panopticon. I hope you find them interesting.

    12 Jan 6:04pm Reply
  • P1nk_Fl0yd

    Thx but I already tried all of them.. I ache for something new :)

    5 Jan 1:21pm Reply
  • Iamaudiogourmet

    @P1nk_Fl0yd: That's really hard. Try Tool, Porcupine Tree, A Perfect Circle, Dream Theater

    5 Jan 12:28pm Reply
  • P1nk_Fl0yd

    I love this song.. I must have heard it 1000 times, and it still takes me to a different journey every time I play it. Does anyone know anything similar, not from Pink Floyd, worth listening?

    4 Jan 3:42pm Reply
  • Assedor

    This musical concept of Pink Floyd can be treated differently. To its work can be given any name, but the only one thing we don't take away: melodies of Pink Floyd are incredibly beautiful.

    30 Dec 2013 Reply
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