CSPC Battle: 1975 Monster Rock Albums

Pink FloydWish You Were Here

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In a similar way to Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd rarely relied on compilation albums. The few they released did get relevant sales and Wish You Were Here tracks, most notably the title track, largely helped them. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Part 1-5) is also included on all those albums, plus Have A Cigar on A Foot In The Door, which represents half of the original album as Wish You Were Here only contains six songs.

Although A Collection Of Great Dance Songs was released in 1981, only six years after the original album, it wasn’t a proper album, issued with no promotion at all, which enabled the 70s records to keep their strenght well alive.

The total is pretty solid considering how few releases emerged as tracks of Wish You Were Here created 8,8 million sales of other full length records.

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Thomas

Very interesting article! Strong result from Queen topping Floyd!

One question. Did you include Run DMC’s 1986 cover version of Walk This Way in your Spotify analysis? I know it featured Steven Tyler and Joe Perry as guests on vocals/guitars, but one could argue it is an orphan track in the Aerosmith catalog. The cover does not appear on either Toys in the Attic (1975) or Greatest Hits (1980). It does appear on latter compilations like Essential Aerosmith, along with the original version of the song.

Regards, Thomas

Hernán

Thanks! The only thing I’m not sure about, for future battles, is if there is any possible formula to wigtht the way some discographies are structured. You made that point several times about Pink Floyd not releasing a truly official compilation until 2001 (just like Metallica or AC/DC not releasing one ever), and therefore benefitting from more spread sales given that all their essential songs were split in various albums. That was opposed to what the likes of Michael Jackson or Queen did where you could own all the vital songs with 1-2 compilation. Basically, Queen and Michael Jackson are… Read more »

Hernán

Spotify is a vital part of any sales work at the moment. I must admit I wasn’t sure when you first mentioned how it makes things easier in several aspects, I think I didn’t get it. But now I realize it is probably a purer way to calculate popularity and compare different acts, and in this case not just for how they structured their catalogue but also when acts come from different eras, were huge in different parts of the world, their discographies have a different size, etc. All that doesn’t matter much with Spotify and similar. Which is very… Read more »

Hernán

Thank you, Guillaume!

I understand why it took so long, the most difficult part is, of course, checking the Spotify’s numbers and calculate the percentages. I wish it was easier to do that.

And course, proud that Queen won the battle, haha.

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