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Subject: Money (Pink Floyd song), Shine On You Crazy Diamond, The Wall, Storm Thorgerson, Hipgnosis
Collection: 1981 Greatest Hits Albums, Albums Produced by Bob Ezrin, Albums Produced by David Gilmour, Albums Produced by Nick Mason, Albums Produced by Richard Wright (Musician), Albums Produced by Roger Waters, Albums Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, Albums with Cover Art by Hipgnosis, Albums with Cover Art by Storm Thorgerson, Capitol Records Compilation Albums, Columbia Records Compilation Albums, Emi Records Compilation Albums, English-Language Compilation Albums, Harvest Records Compilation Albums, Pink Floyd Compilation Albums
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A Collection of Great Dance Songs

A Collection of Great Dance Songs
Greatest hits album by Pink Floyd
Released 23 November 1981 (1981-11-23)
Recorded 1971–1981
Genre Progressive rock
Length 42:01
Language English
Label Harvest
Producer Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, James Guthrie and Bob Ezrin
Pink Floyd chronology
The Wall
A Collection of Great Dance Songs
The Final Cut
Singles from A Collection of Great Dance Songs
  1. "Money"
    Released: December 1981

A Collection of Great Dance Songs is a compilation album by Pink Floyd released on 23 November 1981 (1981-11-23) on Harvest in the United Kingdom and on Columbia Records in the United States.


  • Album 1
  • Tracks 2
  • Charts and re-release 3
  • Track listing 4
    • Original LP 4.1
    • 8-track cartridge 4.2
  • Personnel 5
  • Sales chart performance 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


House in Dungeness, where the photo for the cover was taken.

The title is facetious, given that Pink Floyd are not known for making particularly danceable music. This is perhaps evidenced by the album art, which featured a photograph of ballroom dancers anchored to the ground so they cannot move. The inner sleeve had pictures of dancers in either a white (UK) or black (US) background. The picture labels were a black background with blue lines and red sketch lined dancers on side one and reverse on side two. The album cover image was designed by Hipgnosis under the pseudonym T.C.P. (Thorgerson, Christopherson and Powell) and features ballroom dancers guyed to the ground so they cannot move, perhaps playing a little on the discrepancy between album title and the music within.


The album contains alternative mixes of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" (which comprises parts 1, 2, 4 and 7) edited down for time reasons, and "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" (which combines the intro from the single mix with the album version which fades out during the "if you don't eat your meat" ending). Also, the track "Money" was re-recorded as Capitol Records refused to license the track to Columbia/CBS Records. David Gilmour re-recorded the track himself playing all of the drums, guitars, keyboards, bass guitar and vocals and co-producing the song with James Guthrie. Dick Parry reprised his saxophone role on the track. There are some differences between the re-recorded version and the original; mainly in the saxophone and guitar solos and the overall use of reverb and Gilmour repeating "away" at the end instead of the high pitch scat singing on the original. The drumming is noticeably different from Nick Mason's, especially during the guitar solo, with very little of the tom-tom fills heard on the original.

Charts and re-release

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]
MusicHound 1/5 stars[3]
Rock 82 (unfavourable)[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[5]

The album was certified Gold by the RIAA on 29 January 1982 and Platinum on 6 July 1989 and Double Platinum in August 2001. The album reached number 37 on the United Kingdom charts and number 31 in the United States. Columbia issued the remastered CD in 1997 in the US and most of the world save Europe. Then a 1997 remastered CD was re-released in 2000 on Capitol Records in the US and EMI for the rest of the world including Europe.

Track listing

Original LP

Side One
No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "One of These Days"   Gilmour/Waters/Wright/Mason Meddle 5:49
2. "Money" (Re-recorded in 1981 at New Roydonia Studios) Waters The Dark Side of the Moon 6:45
3. "Sheep"   Waters Animals 10:25
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
4. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" (edit) Gilmour/Waters/Wright Wish You Were Here 10:41
5. "Wish You Were Here"   Waters/Gilmour Wish You Were Here 5:25
6. "Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)" (edit) Waters The Wall 3:52

8-track cartridge

Program 1
  1. "One of These Days"
  2. "Wish You Were Here"
Program 2
  1. "Sheep"
Program 3
  1. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" (Edit)
Program 4
  1. "Money" (1981 re-recording)
  2. "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" (Edit)


Pink Floyd
Additional personnel

Sales chart performance

Year Chart Position
1981 UK Albums Chart 37[6]
US Billboard Pop Albums 31[7]
French album chart 16[8]
Norway's album chart 5[9]


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External links

  • Album trivia and quotes
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