Works (Pink Floyd album)

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ReleasedJune 1983
Pink Floyd chronology
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Works is a compilation album of songs by British progressive rock band Pink Floyd, released in 1983. It features a variety of material, including two of the band's early singles, "Arnold Layne" and "See Emily Play," alternative mixes of tracks from The Dark Side of the Moon and the studio outtake "Embryo."[1]

Release and contents[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[2]
Rolling Stone[3]

The album was released by Pink Floyd's former American label, Capitol Records, to compete with their then-current studio album The Final Cut. The album is particularly notable for including the track "Embryo," an outtake from the Ummagumma album that later became a concert staple in a greatly elongated form.[4] Previously, the track had only appeared on a scarce various artists compilation album promoting Pink Floyd's UK label Harvest Records entitled Picnic – A Breath of Fresh Air in January 1970.[1]

Some tracks are crossfaded into one another, such as "See Emily Play" into "Several Species..." and "Fearless" into "Brain Damage." The album also opens with a heartbeat similar to the opening of Dark Side of the Moon that fades into the wind intro of "One of These Days." This creates a bookend effect on side 1, which ends with the heartbeat fadeout of "Eclipse."


The cover art, illustrated by Ron Larson, was inspired by the c. 1948 poster "Nederland industrialiseert" ("The Netherlands industrialise"),[5] designed by Dutch graphic artist Wladimir Flem.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "One of These Days" – 5:50 (re-mix of the Meddle version, interpolates part of "Speak to Me" from The Dark Side of the Moon)
  2. "Arnold Layne" – 2:52 (single, Duophonic Stereo)
  3. "Fearless" – 6:08 (from Meddle)
  4. "Brain Damage" – 3:50 (from The Dark Side of the Moon, alternate mix)
  5. "Eclipse" – 1:45 (from The Dark Side of the Moon, alternate mix)
Side two
  1. "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" – 5:23 (from A Saucerful of Secrets)
  2. "See Emily Play" – 2:54 (single, Duophonic Stereo)
  3. "Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict" – 4:47 (from Ummagumma)
  4. "Free Four" – 4:07 (from Obscured by Clouds)
  5. "Embryo" – 4:39 (from the various artists compilation Picnic – A Breath of Fresh Air)


  • Syd Barrett — guitar ("Arnold Layne", "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun", "See Emily Play"), lead vocals ("Arnold Layne", "See Emily Play")
  • David Gilmour — guitar (all but "Arnold Layne", "See Emily Play", "Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict"), bass guitar ("One of These Days"), lead vocals ("Fearless", "Embryo"), backing vocals
  • Nick Mason — drums, percussion, tape effects, vocalisations ("One of These Days")
  • Roger Waters — bass guitar, tape effects, lead vocals ("Brain Damage", "Eclipse", "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun", "Free Four"), vocalisations ("Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict"), backing vocals
  • Richard Wright — keyboards, piano, synthesisers, backing vocals


Chart (1983) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[6] 64
US Billboard 200[7] 68


  1. ^ a b c Kellman, Andy (2011). "Works - Pink Floyd | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  3. ^ "Pink Floyd: Album Guide | Rolling Stone Music". Rolling Stone. 2011. Archived from the original on 17 February 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
  4. ^ Manning, Toby (2006). "Soundtracks, Compilations & Bootlegs". The Rough Guide to Pink Floyd (1st ed.). London: Rough Guides. p. 227. ISBN 1-84353-575-0.
  5. ^ "Nederland industrialiseert - Wladimir Flem, ca. 1948". Retrieved 12 January 2012.
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 233. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  7. ^ "Pink Floyd Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 11 June 2016.