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Pink Floyd's The Endless River topping charts, and interview round-up Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 13 November 2014

Pink Floyd - The Endless RiverWith the release this week of Pink Floyd's stunning album, The Endless River, the world's media has been comprehensively covering the release, particularly in the form of interviews. The coverage has helped with public awareness of the album, which is set to enter the UK album charts at number one this weekend, with a similar story elsewhere in multiple countries. Indeed, already on the Polskieradio.pl chart in Poland (spending its third consecutive week at the top of the chart) is the track Louder Than Words, and we're expecting charts around the world to be lit up pink by the weekend!

As we already know, Amazon's all-time records for album pre-orders were smashed by TER, and other retailers have seen a similar healthy response. HMV Canada's album chart, based on sales, has TER enter comfortably at number one.

In terms of interviews, there have been masses of these, and many of these are running over the same old ground (to use an appropriate lyric). However, here's a wrap-up of some of the more interesting ones out there - in print and to listen to...

The New Zealand Herald spoke to Phil Manzanera, one of the producers of the album. Phil shares some fascinating information about the creation of the music. "I constructed a story and at the end of six weeks I went to David and gave him my narrative. He could hear some possibilities and said I should play it to Nick. And he said there were possibilities too. I thought, 'wow this is great'. Then nothing happened for nine months. Typically slow Pink Floyd."

He talks about pulling together various elements for the tracks on the album. "I found a jam which reminded me of Echoes or Live at Pompeii and I thought, 'great, but it doesn't have a beat'. I found some drums where Nick was just warming up, made a loop and put it underneath the free-form bit. Basically I took diabolical liberties just to show David what could be done." He also notes how David would keep tinkering with the music, right up until "around eight weeks ago".

Nick also spoke at length with Rolling Stone and averred that he was "Not entirely sure Pink Floyd is over". He talks at length about the creation of The Endless River, Talking more generally about the history of the band, and some of the strife within, he does include some tongue-in-cheek commentary. "It did cross my mind that if David announces this is really the end of it, if he resigns from Pink Floyd, that leaves me in total control. God knows I'll be out on the road playing the entirety of Dark Side of the Moon, just the drum parts. It'll be quite dull. Please know that I'm joking."

When asked if that's it from the Floyd vaults, Nick responds: "Oh no. [Laughs] I can assure you that our record company has no doubts at all that there's more box sets to be done. Recently, I've seen two videos. One on the Genesis story and one on Spandau Ballet, both of which were really good. I hope that at some point we might do something like that. I think there's no substitute for visuals to go with music. I hope at some point we do some sort of anthology of the band with video."

On BBC Radio 2's Drivetime show yesterday, presenter Simon Mayo spoke to David Gilmour about the album, in a relaxed and happy chat. Previously, on BBC Radio 4, on the Today programme, David is interviewed in a shorter piece about the album, by someone who seems keen to cut David short in his responses, and who refers to The Endless Road...

On US radio, Redbeard's respected, syndicated show In The Studio interviewed David and Nick about the making of The Endless River, and an edited version of the show (without the music) can be heard on demand worldwide.

If you know of any other key interviews, please let us know - and we'll update this page.

 
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