A few things Pink Floydian…
1. The Division Bell
The Division Bell is twenty years old and an anniversary box set has been released. The Division Bell was the last studio album to be released by the band: David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. The box set features six discs, including three replica coloured or clear vinyl discs, five collectors’ prints, a Blu-ray disc and for the first time Andy Jackson’s 5.1 audio mix of the album.
The Division Bell was recorded by the band at Astoria and Britannia Row Studios with the majority of the lyrics being written by Polly Samson and David Gilmour.
David Gilmour said at the time: “The three of us went into Britannia Row studios, and improvised for 2 weeks. Playing together and starting from scratch was interesting and exciting, it kick started the album and the process was very good, it was collaborative and felt more cohesive”.
Another addition included on the Blu-ray disc is a new video for “Marooned”, the track that won a Grammy for ‘Best Rock Instrumental’ in 1994. Filmed in the Ukraine during the first week of April 2014, the video was directed by Aubrey Powell at Hipgnosis. It will appear on the disc with audio tracks in both PCM Stereo and a 5.1 mix by Jackson.
Bob Ezrin and David Gilmour produced the original album, with orchestral arrangements by the late Michael Kamen. The anniversary box set discs have been remastered by long-term Pink Floyd audio associates James Guthrie and Joel Plante.
2. New Floyd Album – The Endless River
Reportedly to be released this October, the new Floyd album is called The Endless River. “Based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright’s swansong and very beautiful,” wrote Polly Samson (Gilmour’s wife) on her Twitter account.
Floyd touring vocalist Durga McBroom-Hudson provided further confirmation on Facebook. McBroom-Hudson, who sang backup for the band throughout the ’80s and ’90s, posted a photo from a recording session, writing, “The recording did start during the Division Bell sessions (and yes, it was the side project originally titled The Big Spliff that [drummer] Nick Mason spoke about). Which is why there are Richard Wright tracks on it.” Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright died of cancer in 2008.
“But David and Nick have gone in and done a lot more since then,” she adds. “It was originally to be a completely instrumental recording, but I came in last December and sang on a few tracks. David then expanded on my backing vocals and has done a lead on at least one of them.”
The Endless River consists entirely of “unreleased songs” and will comprise “mainly ambient and instrumental music.”
3. Best Ten Pink Floyd Albums
Alright, this might be controversial. Mojo Magazine has just offered its top ten Pink Floyd albums – you can see them here.