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Pink Floyd - Oh By The Way: European Box Set (2007)

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Pink Floyd - Oh By The Way: European Box Set

EMICD-11228 (2007)

16 CD box set - being 14 studio albums including 2 doubles.

According to Pink Floyd Brain Damage site there were a few glitches with this release, the most notable being a misprinting of the inner bag for the second CD in "The Wall".

There are also cases of an album being missed out and duplicates in their places.

The later Japanese release of this box set is basically identical to this box set.

Poor quality fakes exist for this set - more details below.

The original Japanese individual releases are regarded as being of a much higher quality to either of these box sets.

You can see a YouTube video of this set on the videos page.

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Release Details
Manufacturer: EMI
Mastering:Believed to be remastered
This version released:2007-11-26
Original LP release:2007.11
Promo Issues / Comments:The images of the box with blue sides shown here came from EMI prior to the boxes European release. The box was never officially released with blue sides.
 
Packaging
Cover:

The covers and contents of this box set are generally regareded as not of the same high quality standard as the original EMI Toshiba Japanese releases.

That is not to say these are sub-standard - simply that if you own one or more of the earlier Japanese releases you may find this box set disappointing.

A comparison of "Atom Heart Mother" is shown here. The Japanese is a matt cover (inside and out) and is generally brighter than the EU version. This is particularly notable on the inside of the gatefold. The pasture and cows are clearly visible in the Japanese especially compared to the EU version but, conversely there is more detail in the clouds for the (darker) EU version.

You could also argue that the darker (bluer) sky on the EU version shows more of the purple (development fault?) in the sky - but then perhaps the sun was setting / rising (as indicated in the inside of the gatefold).

Perhaps neither is "better" just "different" as was often the case when comparing different prints from around the world even when the album was first released.

 
Editor Comments

It has been mentioned on the Japanese CD Yahoo group that the masters to be used are as follows:

  1. The Piper At The Gates of Dawn (2007 Remaster)
  2. A Saucerful of Secrets ((1992 Digital Remaster)
  3. Obscured By Clouds (1996 Digital Remaster)
  4. More (1996 Digital Remaster)
  5. Ummagumma (1994 Digital Remaster) (2CD)
  6. Atom Heart Mother (1994 Digital Remaster)
  7. Meddle (1992 Digital Remaster)
  8. The Dark Side of The Moon (2003 Digital Remaster)
  9. Wish You Were Here (1992 Digital Remaster)
  10. Animals (1992 Digital Remaster)
  11. The Wall (1994 Digital Remaster) (2CD)
  12. The Final Cut (2004 Digital Remaster)
  13. A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1997 Digital Remaster)
  14. The Division Bell (1994 original?)
 
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