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Pete Townshend albums, including David Gilmour guest spots, relaunched
Written by Matt   
Friday, 27 February 2015
Pete Townshend - Deep End Live

Just relaunched electronically via iTunes and Spotify are eleven of Pete Townshend's solo albums, and special remastered CD editions are in the works for release later this year and into 2016.

Townshend has often taken time out of his work with his colleagues in The Who to hone and release solo material, and the deal with UMC/Universal Music covers the following albums: 1972's Who Came First, 1977's Rough Mix, 1980's Empty Glass, 1982's All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes, 1983's Scoop, 1985's White City, 1986's Deep End Live, 1987's Another Scoop, 1989's Iron Man: The Musical, 1993's Psychoderelict and 1994's Scoop 3.

For those wondering on the Pink Floyd connection, look no further than the album White City, which features a guest appearance by David Gilmour. The pair got together after bumping into each other whilst David was recording his second solo album, About Face. The White City album toured the year after release, with the band known as Pete Townshend's Deep End. David was part of that live band, so the Deep End Live album also includes his guitar work. There was also a video released of Deep End Live so we hope this is included within the CD edition. On his website, Townshend said: "The reissue programme is still in the planning stages, so what bonus material will be included and what other formats these will be available in are still to be decided."

The releases tie in with The Who's 50th anniversary celebrations, which were slightly dented when the band were forced to postpone two of their London O2 Arena shows in December after frontman Roger Daltrey was ordered to rest his voice. The rescheduled shows now take place next month, and the band will also be playing at the British Summer Time festival at London's Hyde Park on June 26th.

 
Pink Floyd in top ten global sales chart for 2014
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 24 February 2015

IFPI logoThe IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) have today revealed the results of their analysis of sales for 2014, and Pink Floyd have made the number seven spot.

The chart aims to accurately capture the popularity of artists across streaming channels, alongside digital and physical album and singles sales.

Taylor Swift was named as the Global Recording Artist of 2014, receiving the annual award honouring the most popular recording artist across music downloads, streaming and physical format sales worldwide. Swift was followed by One Direction and Ed Sheeran.

The top 10 global recording artists 2014 were:

  1. Taylor Swift
  2. One Direction
  3. Ed Sheeran
  4. Coldplay
  5. AC/DC
  6. Michael Jackson
  7. Pink Floyd
  8. Sam Smith
  9. Katy Perry
  10. Beyoncé

The independently verified chart includes sales of albums – across digital, CD and vinyl formats; singles, both downloaded and physical; on-demand audio streams and music videos. The chart includes all the music of each artist featured, not just one track or album. It uses track and album equivalents to combine measurements of downloads, physical sales and streams.

 
Pink Floyd topped Swiss retailer's 2014 vinyl sales
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 24 February 2015

NZZ am SonntagSome news from Switzerland, courtesy of Thomas Griesser, reinforces the return to popularity of vinyl, along with the strength of Pink Floyd's enduring classic, The Dark Side Of The Moon, and their recent release, The Endless River.

Swiss Sunday newspaper NZZ am Sonntag asked Musik Hug, a Swiss retailer which sells musical instruments as well as back catalogue and latest release albums, which were the top five selling vinyl albums in 2014?

Here are the results:

  1. Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon (1973)
  2. Pink Floyd - The Endless River (2014)
  3. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication (1999)
  4. Nas - Illmatic (1994)
  5. Parov Stelar - The Art Of Sampling (2013)

The strong sales of The Dark Side Of The Moon, some 42 years after release, point to a new generation of fans buying it on vinyl for the first time - along with, of course, those replacing worn out copies!

 
Pink Floyd celebrate 50 years
Written by Matt   
Sunday, 22 February 2015
Pink Floyd in 1965 - 50th anniversary

As the Official Pink Floyd Facebook page noted yesterday, this month marks the 50th anniversary of the proper beginning of The Pink Floyd, with the band using that name for the first time in 1965. Of course, they weren't quite settled on it at the time, and at various points during the year they reverted to The Tea Set, before finally deciding on the name the world came to know the band under.

Unusually for a band that has been around for such a long time, the line-up barely changed over the years. This picture shows the band in 1965, around the time Syd conjured up the name, and shows Rado "Bob" Klose, guitarist, who left them before they signed to EMI and turned professional.

We'd be interested to hear what you think on the band's golden anniversary. What have been your Pink Floyd highlights - either the moments in their career you consider most significant, or the moments you remember best on a personal level? Did you see them live? Any special memories of that, or of hearing any of the albums for the first time? Any amusing stories? And, have you ever met any of the band? If so, please share the experience for those who haven't!

We'd love for you to share your thoughts on the above, as part of our commemoration of the band this year. We'll collate a number of the responses and add them to this story - so, time for you to get thinking and commenting! You can either email us at the normal address ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ), or join the conversation over at the Brain Damage Facebook page or our Twitter page. We're looking forward to seeing your responses!

 
Tutte le canzoni dei Pink Floyd: Il fiume infinito - The Lunatics
Written by Matt   
Monday, 09 February 2015

Tutte le canzoni dei Pink Floyd: Il fiume infinito is a recently pTutte le canzoni dei Pink Floyd: Il fiume infinito - The Lunaticsublished (November 2014) Italian book from our friends The Lunatics. As with their previous publication, Pink Floyd: Storie e Segreti, the book has been put together as a collaborative effort by a number of long-time collectors of Floyd records and memorabilia, known collectively as The Lunatics, and together owners of one of the largest collection of rare Floyd records and assorted memorabilia.

Il fiume infinito takes a detailed, chronological look - in Italian - at the band's entire catalogue, right up to The Endless River (although due to publishing deadlines this is not covered in the same detail as the rest of the Floyd's official releases). It also covers some of the side projects and officially unreleased material the band have created. Track after track, album after album, year after year: a guide spanning over three hundred pages, analyzing the genesis, content and background of each song from 1965 to 2014.

For the non-Italian readers amongst us, there is a sixteen page, full colour section with numerous items of memorabilia, some of which I've not seen before, and all of which well reproduced. So, we would suggest the main audience for this will be those who can read Italian well, with a separate smaller bunch of people, who will want the book for the illustrations at the back. From my sketchy grasp of Italian though, the material clearly covers each track well, with some impressive detail and research at the heart of every page.

You can buy the book in Italian bookstores, or for fans either in Italy, or indeed worldwide, you can order it direct from Amazon Italy through this direct link. They'll ship the book wherever you live, and by using our direct link to buy it (or anything else there) we get a small but vital contribution to our ongoing running costs.

 
Pink Floyd top New Zealand 'album side' charts
Written by Matt   
Monday, 09 February 2015

The Sound, New ZealandBD visitor Steve Gregory has been in touch with another example of Pink Floyd dominating "listener vote" charts, this time in New Zealand, and a poll with a fun difference.

Over to Steve: "I thought you may like to know that last Friday (February 6th) which is Waitangi Day in New Zealand (our National day) a popular local classic hits radio station The Sound revealed the most popular 25 album sides as voted by the listeners - which were then played in their entirety as they counted then down - great concept.

"Floyd dominated with 6 album sides (24% of the total) - twice as much as nearest rivals The Beatles and Dire Straits - including taking the number one spot. They came in as follows:"

  • 1 - The Dark Side of the Moon - Side 1
  • 3 - The Dark Side of the Moon - Side 2
  • 4 - Wish You Were Here - Side 1
  • 8 - Wish You Were Here - Side 2
  • 12 - The Wall - Side 1
  • 18 - The Wall - Side 3

Our thanks to Steve for the info. With the nature of Pink Floyd's music, this is a great idea for a poll, and in some situations makes much more sense.

 
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