Shine On (Pink Floyd box set)

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Shine On is a nine-CD box set by English progressive rock band Pink Floyd, released in 1992 through EMI Records in the United Kingdom and Columbia Records in the United States, to coincide with Pink Floyd's 25th anniversary as a recording and touring band. All CDs were digitally remastered.


The eight albums included in this box set are:

Refer to original albums for track lists, personnel lists and production credits.

The packaging on each of the previously released albums was unique to this set, with each CD housed in a solid black jewel case with a small sticker of the album cover affixed to the front. When lined up in order of release, the spines of the eight CD cases displayed the prism image from the cover of The Dark Side of the Moon.

Included with the box set was a hardcover book chronicling the career of Pink Floyd, from its inception to the late 1980s, and an envelope of postcards depicting artwork from the included seven albums and the cover of the box set itself.

As the collection was meant to showcase the best of Pink Floyd, the decision was made to not include the soundtrack albums More or Obscured by Clouds, or the albums Ummagumma, Atom Heart Mother and The Final Cut. The band's first album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, was also omitted, as EMI were planning to release a special edition of the album at the time, and it was hoped that new fans would buy both this set and the re-released debut album.

David Gilmour said the title of the Shine On box set (taken from the Wish You Were Here track "Shine On You Crazy Diamond") was not meant to indicate retirement on the band's part but rather a continuation of the band's progress.[4] According to drummer Nick Mason, an initial suggestion for the title of the set was The Big Bong Theory.[4]

The Early Singles[edit]

Shine On contained a bonus CD which compiled, for the first time ever, the band's first five 7" single A- and B-sides, in their original mono mixes.[5] Some promotional copies of the disc were also issued separately to radio stations. Unlike the other discs in the box set, The Early Singles was housed in a digipak case.[6]

Track listing[edit]

1."Arnold Layne"Syd Barrett2:57
2."Candy and a Currant Bun"Barrett2:47
3."See Emily Play"Barrett2:54
4."The Scarecrow"Barrett2:10
5."Apples and Oranges"Barrett3:08
6."Paint Box"Richard Wright3:47
7."It Would Be So Nice"Wright3:46
8."Julia Dream"Roger Waters2:35
9."Point Me at the Sky"Waters, David Gilmour3:35
10."Careful with That Axe, Eugene"Gilmour, Waters, Wright, Nick Mason5:54
Total length:33:33

Original release dates[edit]

  • Tracks 1 & 2: 10 March 1967
  • Tracks 3 & 4: 16 June 1967
  • Tracks 5 & 6: 17 November 1967
  • Tracks 7 & 8: 19 April 1968
  • Tracks 9 & 10: 6 December 1968[7]




  1. ^ "Pink Floyd official site".
  2. ^ Eder, Bruce (2011). "Shine On - Pink Floyd | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  4. ^ a b U.S. radio show Rockline, 1992
  5. ^ "Pink Floyd - the Early Singles". Discogs. 1992.
  6. ^ "Pink Floyd – the Early Singles (1992, CD)". Discogs. 1992.
  7. ^ "Pink Floyd official site".