[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Pink Floyd[/lastfm] fans better clear some space on their shelves because they have a lot to look forward to this year. Pink Floyd and EMI have announced a comprehensive series of archive material and re-releases beginning on September 26, 2011.
We’re talking CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray discs, iPhone Apps and a brand-new ‘Best Of’ collection.
The releases, under the banner Why Pink Floyd…?, are designed to appeal to old fans and first time listeners. Plus, super-deluxe box sets will cater to dedicated fans with things like 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.
Roger Faxon, CEO of EMI Group, said: “This is a unique collaboration between EMI and one of the most creative and influential bands in history. We have worked together for more than a year on this program which incorporates all the elements that have made Pink Floyd one of the most inspiring forces in modern music. Why Pink Floyd? Because their music is without equal and these exciting new releases will allow music fans to rediscover their incredible legacy and demonstrate that an appreciation for artistic quality never goes out of fashion.”
The release time line:
September 26, 2011
Expanded deluxe and special edition versions of Pink Floyd masterwork The Dark Side Of The Moon, in a 6-disc ‘Immersion’ box set and ‘Experience’ 2-disc versions, as well as a collectors’ vinyl LP and various digital formats. Plus 14 studio albums, digitally remastered will be available separately or as a box set.
Other initiatives will include a digital marketing plan utilising user-generated content to allow fans to make their own creative contributions to the band’s music, plus iPhone Apps which will give a unique insight into Pink Floyd’s recorded legacy.
All 14 remastered studio albums ‘Discovery’ editions
Box-set of all 14 albums with photo book
Audio downloads of ‘Discovery’ albums and box-set
The Dark Side of The Moon – ‘Immersion’ and ‘Experience’ editions, vinyl LP and digital editions
November, 7 2011
Wish You Were Here ‘Immersion’ 5-disc and ‘Experience’ 2-disc editions, both of which will include bonus material from the band’s
1974 Wembley dates, including a 20-minute tour de force live rendition of ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’, as well as a unique recording of ‘Wish You Were Here’ featuring the legendary jazz violinist, Stephane Grappelli. A collectors’ vinyl LP will also be available, as will various digital formats.
Released simultaneously will be A Foot In The Door – The Best Of Pink Floyd, a collection of their most well known songs, contained on one album for the first time.
The long-awaited 5.1 version of ‘Wish You Were Here,’ mixed by James Guthrie, will also be released in parallel via independent label Acoustic Sounds.
The Wall, which has sold 25-million double sets and has become a cultural and political touchstone over the last three decades, will be afforded the same exhaustive treatment on February 27, 2012, with deluxe packages including a 7-disc ‘Immersion’ set and a 3-disc ‘Experience’ edition. A collectors’ vinyl LP will also be available, as will various digital formats.
Pink Floyd’s official website, www.pinkfloyd.com, will be given a substantial relaunch from today. Pink Floyd’s Facebook page now has over 11 million followers.
A Foot In The Door -The Best of Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here – ‘Immersion’ and ‘Experience’ editions, vinyl LP and digital editions
February 27 2012
The Wall – ‘Immersion’ and ‘Experience’ editions, vinyl LP and digital editions
In 1967 the band comprised Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. Barrett left in 1968, to be replaced by David Gilmour.
Syd Barrett died in 2006; Richard Wright died in 2008. Pink Floyd have sold over 200 million records worldwide to date.
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