Part 71/ REVIEW: Pink Floyd – Shine On (9 disc box set)

Shine On came out in ’92, I got my copy 11 years later.  First, the story of how I acquired this exceptional copy, and then the review!



I still have the receipt:  I paid $199.99 on February 12 2003.  New, it’s going for about $440 on these days.  I paid a lot, that is true; we did not get staff discounts on big ticket things such as this.  However, when I encountered Shine On that day, I’d never seen one in better shape.

The hardcover book, containing 110 large pages of text, photos, artwork and credits, was still sealed in plastic.  Nobody had even bothered to open it.  The eight artwork post cards were intact in the black envelope.  The little black fold-out display box was still folded, and remains so to this day.  It’s a very nice touch but I prefer to keep mine as I found it.

The discs, each housed in its own shiny black plastic case, are all mint.  Maybe some were never played before I got hold of it.  The cases are also nearly spotless.  Most of the time, the biggest defect with used copies of this set were broken cases.  Each case was unique:  The front of the case had a small image of the album, and the spine of the case had a piece of a rainbow embossed.  Put all 8 CD cases together in the correct order and you get an image of the Dark Side prism effect.  That’s why the set comes with that little cardboard display – in case you felt like showing them off this way.

Lastly, the bonus CD, The Early Singles, is intact.  A set in this condition was a rarity and I’d never seen better.  Over the years, every set I encountered had a defect of some kind, major or minor:

  • The bonus CD would be missing
  • One or more discs badly scratched
  • One or more cases badly broken
  • One or more postcards or pieces missing
  • The box itself would sometimes be missing and all you’d get is the discs with the little display case
  • Or, just the book would be missing
  • Once, the book was warped and damaged from excessive moisture

You can see why I jumped at the chance.  A box of this condition, used, well that could not be passed up. Likely I’d never see one again that wasn’t sealed brand new — but as a deleted catalogue item, new copies were upwards of $300 at the time.

So, no staff discount?  No problem.  VISA to the rescue.

A $200 sale was a good chunk of my daily quota.  Head office was in the habit of calling at 5 and checking the sales for the day so far.  I read mine off, which was high obviously, but didn’t say why it was high.

“Wow!  Good for you Mikey!  You’ve been busy, keep it up.”

“Yeah, well, it’s been a good day y’know,” I responded.  May as well take the credit for it too, right, hell it was my money.

I was dating Radio Statio Girl at the time.  However I was already starting to get cynical about our prospects, having been dumped once already by this time.  Our second go-round was pleasant but a bit tense.  I was supposed to drive down to her place that night, but I decided to spend the evening with Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright, and Nick Mason instead.

I called.  “Yeah, hey.  I’m not feeling well at all.  I think I’m going to puke.”

Considering the much bigger lies she tossed my way before and after, I thought my little white lie was pretty innocuous.  Especially when I was immersed in Meddle for the first time ever!

PINK FLOYD – Shine On (9 disc box set) (1992)

At the time of release, this was probably the coolest way to get some of the best Floyd discs.  Now with Immersion Editions, Why Pink Floyd…?, fresh remasters, and 5.1 mixes all available, this seems pretty basic.  Indeed, all albums are simple 1992-ish remasterings, no bonus material aside from the afforementioned The Early Singles disc.  And just FYI, you can often find that disc on its own.  Somehow it got separated from a lot of Shine On box sets.

As I described in my story above, the box’s contents are elaborate and fragile, and difficult to find complete.  This is a heavy, heavy box too — not exactly portable.  I find the remastering to be fine, it was 1992 and it’s probably not as loud as more current editions.  Picky audiophiles, I have no idea which you will prefer.

The albums included are as follows:

Disc 1: A Saucerful of Secrets

Disc 2: Meddle

Disc 3: The Dark Side of the Moon

Disc 4: Wish You Were Here

Disc 5: Animals

Disc 6: The Wall part one

Disc 7: The Wall part two

Disc 8: A Momentary Lapse of Reason

Disc 9: The Early Singles

So you’ll notice right away that there are some important albums missing.  Sure, you can understand why albums like Atom Heart Mother or Obscurred by Clouds were not included in a (merely) 9 disc Floyd box set, if the purpose was to boil it down to essentials.  I think it’s a shame that The Final Cut, one of my favourites, is not inside.  I would have preferred that or Piper at the Gates of Dawn to A Momentary Lapse I think.

The real bonuses to this set are twofold:  The book and The Early Singles.


I don’t know what the current status of these single A and B sides are, in regards to current CD releases.  I know the Piper three disc set has some of these tracks.  But here’s the contents of The Early Singles:

  1. Arnold Layne
  2. Candy and a Currant Bun
  3. See Emily Play
  4. The Scarecrow
  5. Apples and Oranges
  6. Paintbox
  7. It Would Be So Nice
  8. Julia Dream
  9. Point Me At the Sky
  10. Careful With That Axe, Eugene

There are no liner notes with this disc.  I believe all tracks are stereo mixes.

The book is absolutely stunning and will take days to read.  There are extensive interviews from magazine sources, lyrics, liner notes, a nice discography, and loads of old reviews both gushing and nasty.  There’s plenty of artwork and photos to look at, too.

I won’t go too deeply into the music.  Reviewing these albums each on their own would be a monumental task.  Suffice to say that there is much brilliance within.  I think both Dark Side and The Wall are complete triumphs while Meddle and Animals come very very close to that level.  There is much to love here, and much that will take many listens to penetrate.

As a set, this is not perfect and I think the biggest flaw is the selection of albums.  Having said that, for a collector who wants a beautiful deluxe collector’s item, this is easily a:

4/5 stars.

For people who would rather have something with more music on it, you’re better off going with some of the more recent reissues.


  1. Great score! For some odd reason WordPress just emailed me asking if I had seen this post? To make me jealous?(/b> So I’ll take opportunity to mention that “Meddle” was the point of my insertion into Floyd Fandom (still major fave to this day, used to do a version of “One Of These Days” in a band)
    Sure you’ve seen this, but if WordPress is rounding up other stragglers to this post;


    1. WordPress emailed you about it? Weird. Cool (for me) but weird. I know this is one of my posts that gets frequent hits due to the photos.

      Meddle is incredible (rhyme intended). I just listened to it again last week.


        1. Garage sales have no hold on me (used to be a mover), but I could make an exception for yours. When is it? I am considering coming your way for Otis Taylor & Rick Derringer at the K~W Bloozfest Aug 6-8th-ish


        2. Well it probably won’t be this year just because we’re not organized. I’ve had about 3 now and believe me, when I do them, you don’t wanna miss them :)


  2. It’s 2022 and I stumbled across this box set in a thrift store just a few weeks ago, where I picked it up for a bargain (to me anyway) 70 dollars… Surprisingly its ALL there…nothing is missing and it’s in very good shape. Some minor wear on the box but all in all its easily in 9/10 condition wise. Despite owning all the contents of this set on CD and Vinyl already… I still grabbed it mostly for the book and the overall presentation of the set and the fact that it’s complete.. I’ll likely just display it and for 70 dollars I’m happy.

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  3. I had all of Floyd on vinyl, and bought a set of remastered CDs (Shine On doesn’t have everything). But they’ve had, what, 4 or 5 different versions on CD of all of their albums? I really hate that. What’s the point? It’s not like they need the money. And the real slap in the face for the fans, those who supported the band early on by buying albums (thinking not primarily of Floyd here, but of many others as well), is to bring out a “new” version of the CD with ONE EXTRA TRACK. So buy something for the fifth time or do without it.

    Jethro Tull did the right thing: a double-CD of outtakes, singles, B-sides and so on (Nightcap). Similar to Floyd’s Relics.

    I see the point if there is an appreciable improvement, and am glad that I had my favourite bands on vinyl back in the day so didn’t buy the first round of CDs but waited for the remasters. But that should be it.


    1. While I’m ranting, I don’t really see the point of the typical boxed set. The new convert looking for a good overview doesn’t need the radio shows and obscure B-sides. The seasoned fan already has the greatest hits and more. Again, why not have a boxed set of ONLY new stuff? I’ve seen them, but they’re rare.

      And what about new versions, with 5 CDs and 2 DVDs or whatever (sometimes many, many more)? Often interesting for the 100-page book or whatever. Why can’t I buy just the book? I don’t need nor want the Steven Wilson surround-sound remix, and anyone who has even a bit of understanding about digital recordings knows that anything “better” than standard CD quality literally cannot be heard at the final stage (it does make sense to some degree during mastering, mixing, and so on)—-yes, double-blind tests have been made.


    2. Who did CD remasters right? The Beatles. Those from Rush, Jethro Tull, and Pink Floyd were fine, the ones I have, but to a greater or lesser extent they are also guilty of the double-dipping.


    3. Thanks. Yes they all are in pretty good shape and all the discs are original and in very good shape. However, Wish You Were Here didn’t have the original black jewel case cover, so the lid part is not the original all black one like the rest with the center picture of the album cover. But.. I managed to make one and it looks surprisingly good. Other than that everything is all there and I’m great shape. I actually didn’t even know this set existed.. And found your article while researching it.


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