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Capitol Records


Album Overview

Works is a Pink Floyd compilation album released in 1983. It features a variety of material, such as (among others) the band's early singles, "Arnold Layne" and "See Emily Play", alternative mixes of tracks from The Dark Side of the Moon, and the previously unreleased track, "Embryo".


1One Of These Days5:50
2Arnold Layne2:52
3Fearless (Interpolating "You'll Never Walk Alone")5:40
4Brain Damage3:50
6Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun5:23
7See Emily Play2:54
8Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict4:47
9Free Four4:07

Release and contents

The album was released by their former American label, Capitol Records, to compete with their then-current album The Final Cut. The main interest for collectors is the track "Embryo", an outtake from Ummagumma that later became a concert staple in a greatly elongated form, which originally only appeared in January 1970 on a scarce various artists compilation album promoting Pink Floyd's UK label Harvest Records entitled Picnic – A Breath of Fresh Air. Also unique to Works, the tracks "Brain Damage" and "Eclipse" are presented as alternate versions, possibly stereo mixes from the master tapes of the quadraphonic edition of The Dark Side of the Moon.

Alternate recordings

  • "Brain Damage" and "Eclipse" both have alternate mixes. Changes to these include different cut times between the two songs as well as the audience heard at the end of "Fearless"/ beginning of "Brain Damage". Another change is that some of the spoken parts from the tracks are at different volumes — the primary reason for this is that the versions featured here are stereo folddowns of the quadraphonic mix.
  • Some other tracks are present in alternate "crossfade" mixes, most notably on the segues between "See Emily Play" / "Several Species of Small Furry Animals" and "Fearless" / "Brain Damage".


The cover art for the album was inspired by the c. 1948 poster "Nederland industrialiseert" ("Holland industrialises") designed by Dutch graphic artist Wladimir Flem.​


  • Syd Barrett — guitar (2, 6, 7), lead vocals (2, 7), backing vocals
  • David Gilmour — guitar (all but 2, 7, 8), bass guitar (1), lead vocals (3, 10), backing vocals
  • Nick Mason — drums, percussion, tape effects, vocalisations (1)
  • Roger Waters — bass guitar, tape effects, lead vocals (4, 5, 6, 9), vocalisations (8), backing vocals
  • Richard Wright — keyboards, piano, synthesisers, backing vocals


Producer: Joe Boyd
Producer: Norman Smith
Producer: Pink Floyd


Compilation of singles and LP tracks 1967 - 1973. Tracks 1, 4, 5 are alternate versions, reportedly stereo condensations of quadraphonic mixes. Track 10 is a compilation track ("Picnic-A Breath Of Fresh Air" originally withdrawn after a very brief release), previously unreleased in North America.



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