Before you continue deeper into this posting let me ask you a question. How many Pink Floyd song’s can you name right now off the top of your head? Now my hope is that you just rattled off about five or six of the main tunes with an additional two rarities for good measure. If you didn’t then you are not really a worthy study of one of the true legends of Rock music and I feel just a little bit bad for you about it. Oh well, let’s continue along shall we.
Having grown up on Pink Floyd and remembering “Dark Side Of The Moon” as one of the earliest albums that I actually ever heard as a growing boy makes this a really exciting post for me to make on the Musings blog. I don’t know about the rest of you but to me this is some seriously cool news. Check it out…..It seems as though the legendary group is offering up remastered editions of their complete catalog (well, almost complete since it seems as though “Is There Anybody Out There”, “Pulse” and I think one other more recent live issue are not a part of the presentation) will be coming out. There are also a number of different configurations of them. I copied the press words right from the mailer that their representatives send to me so you can absorb it in full. Read on.
Pink Floyd and EMI Music, whose association dates from 1967, announce a comprehensive release schedule, to be launched on September 27, 2011, encompassing CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray discs, SACD, an array of digital formats, viral marketing, iPhone Apps and a brand-new single-album ‘Best Of’ collection.
One of the most successful and iconic bands of all time, Pink Floyd recently signed an agreement with EMI which has allowed the development of a multi-format program of packages, many containing archive material that has been collated during an extensive process for a range of media formats. The releases, under the banner “Why Pink Floyd?”, are designed to appeal to a wide cross section of their fans, with music to excite first time listeners, while super-deluxe box sets will cater to dedicated fans, allowing them to immerse themselves in multi-disc sets, containing alternate takes, unreleased tracks, restored live concert screen films and a live recording of the legendary The Dark Side Of The Moon performance at Wembley in 1974.
14 Remastered Studio Albums (Discovery Editions) (CD, digital): The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, A Saucerful Of Secrets, More, Ummagumma (2CD), Atom Heart Mother, Meddle, Obscured By Clouds, The Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall (2CD), The Final Cut, A Momentary Lapse Of Reason, The Division Bell. ‘Discovery’ box set (16CD collection with photo book, digital)The photo above showcases those remastered editions and I will surely be adding them to my music library.
Now the press release mentioned a super massive boxed set for the releases and these are for the schooled collector for sure. I have a photo of the “Dark Side Of The Moon” one for your viewing pleasure. Check it out…..
– The Dark Side of the Moon (Experience Edition) (2-disc, digital)
– The Dark Side of the Moon (Immersion Edition) (6-disc box, digital)
– The Dark Side of the Moon (vinyl LP)
And let me not forget those fans of the mighty vinyl. This is back in chic but a lot more expensive than it used to be back in the day because of production costs. It seems that these are really high end as well so that makes more sense.
Coming Soon according to the press mailer I got we shall find these coming out a little later in 2011 and as 2012 builds up steam…..
– A Foot In The Door – The Best Of Pink Floyd (CD, digital)
– Wish You Were Here (Experience Edition) (2-disc, digital)
– Wish You Were Here (Immersion Edition) (5-disc box, digital)
– Wish You Were Here (vinyl LP)
– Wish You Were Here (5.1 Surround) (CD to be released by Acoustic Sounds)
– The Wall (Experience Edition) (3-disc, digital)
– The Wall (Immersion Edition) (7-disc box, digital)
– The Wall (vinyl LP)
More will surely follow this one and I guess depending on your own level of fan and the space you allot to your music in your domicile will guide you in your purchases. As I said I am sticking with the conventional remasters and that is fine with me. Of course I do NOT mind anyone sending me a present of either “The Wall”, “Dark Side Of The Moon” or “Wish You Were Here” as super deluxe “Immersion” boxes or a complete set of the vinyl LP’s 🙂
Official Website: www.pinkfloyd.com
I made sure to look up the remastered catalog codes for you readers so you can start building your own Pink Floyd collection, or replacing your existing one with the new editions. I probably don’t have to tell you that “The Wall” and “Dark Side Of The Moon” are my favorites since they are everyone’s favorites but I do have a strong appreciation for both “Animals” and “Wish You Were Here” as well. Happy listening.