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The first dates of Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets 2020 tour have been announced! They will take place in April/May, in Ireland and the UK. Hopefully for those elsewhere, more dates are to be announced, as well as the live recording from London's Roundhouse to be released! If you've been any of the shows, we'd love to hear from you with your thoughts on what you experienced, or if you are going to one of these new shows, please get in touch!

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains is now open in the Spanish city of Madrid, and following an announcement of an extension, now runs until 27th October 2019. PF's Creative Director Aubrey "Po" Powell thinks this staging of the exhibition is the best so far... 

Oh, and in case you missed it, Pink Floyd The Later Years 1987-2019 box set has been announced, along with a 2LP or 1CD highlights set. These are all coming out on November 29th!

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Audio Technology and Pink Floyd
Written by Brian Phillips   
Thursday, 10 October 2019

Our thanks to BD visitor Brian Phillips who has supplied the following article with his views on Audio Technology and Pink Floyd. We always welcome contributions from our visitors, as this site is run FOR you, and WITH you. Different views give different perspectives - if you have something you'd like to share with us, and the Floyd community as a whole, just let us know!

The Beatles get a lot of attention, and rightfully so, for being innovators in the studio, the invention of "flanging", artificial double tracking, and sampling, among others are tools still used today. There are other contemporaries that deserve an equal amount of attention for being studio and live sound innovators. Pink Floyd is one of these bands. While sometimes being in Abbey Road studios at the same time as the Beatles, the innovation by Pink Floyd continued for decades after the Beatles planted the first seeds.

Things like Pink Floyd's 1967 invention the "Azimuth Coordinator", allowed for live sound to be presented in "quadraphonic", a surround sound format 20 to 30 years prior to that format becoming a standard for home theaters. This new idea of surrounding, encapsulating the audience, allowing concert goers to listen inside the music, raised the bar for all future concerts.

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Replacement Early Years Blu-ray disc programme
Written by Matt   
Friday, 04 October 2019

Pink Floyd - The Early YearsIn 2016, Pink Floyd's management had their attention drawn to a small batch of Blu-ray discs supplied for 'The Early Years 1965-1972', which had been subject to unreported transit damage (presumably to the packaging/assembly plant), causing eventual discolouration and playing issues over time.

They have now been advised that a small quantity of the below discs have been affected:

CAMBRIDGE ST/ATION / EAN 0190295929855 / PFREY1-BD
GERMIN/ATION / EAN 0190295929831 / PFREY2-BD
DRAMATIS/ATION / EAN 0190295929824 / PFREY3-BD
DEVI/ATION / EAN 019029529817 / PFREY4-BD
REVERBER/ATION / EAN 0190295929800 / PFREY5-BD
OBFUSC/ATION / EAN 0190295929794 / PFREY6-BD
CONTINU/ATION / EAN 0190295929787 / PFREY7-BD1
CONTINU/ATION / EAN 0190295929787 / PFREY7-BD2

If you have any of the above discs that are experiencing playability issues, please TAKE A PHOTOGRAPH of the condition of the affected disc (both back and front), email  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  stating the affected disc(s) catalogue number(s) and attaching the photographs to the email, including full delivery details, and they will send you a replacement.

They will be manufacturing replacement discs on a limited basis based on demand, so please contact them before January 1st, 2020, in order that your request can be processed. This offer does not affect your statutory rights.

They thank you for your support of Pink Floyd, and ask that you accept their apologies for the inconvenience that this may have caused.

 
Roger Waters Us + Them concert film reviewed
Written by Ed Lopez-Reyes   
Thursday, 03 October 2019

Roger Waters Us + Them - cinema posterBack on September 11th, Brain Damage's Ed Lopez-Reyes attended a private advance screening of the film "Roger Waters Us + Them" on behalf of our friends at Floydian Slip, three weeks ahead of its release last night in cinemas across the world. Further screenings are to come over the next few days - details of when and where at RogerWatersUsAndThem.com.  A piece of key advice for you, if you are going to see it in a cinema this week: don't leave during the titles - there's an absorbing, additional documentary looking at the show, and the rehearsals of the music, which follows on. Anyway, with thanks to Floydian Slip, here's Ed's report...

The intersection of beautifully crafted sound and footage combined with director Sean Evans‘ ability to turn an action-packed, live performance into an atmospheric, ethereal experience raises the bar for concert video.

Recorded during a series of June 2018, Amsterdam performances, "Roger Waters: Us + Them" is so exquisitely constructed it emancipates the film from traditional and repetitive templates employed in comparable efforts: the music takes center stage as the expression of ideas Waters and the audience wish to converse about unfold in an exchange between the twain: it takes a talent of Evans' caliber to capture that. This film documents that dynamic with great cinematic power.

Within the film's first couple of minutes, the crisp and brutally visceral sound of clapping thunder blends seamlessly into the sound of artillery, garnishing footage of a child sitting on a shore (part of the storylines that run on the background screens during the live performance). This brief introduction segues into the visual of Roger Waters taking the stage. In that brief convergence of audiovisual elements Evans manages to bewitch the audience, realigning their senses for an unusually gripping concert documentary.

The audience plays a central role in this film. It is never veiled in a sea of black. Instead, its interaction with the artist is central to the story and its voice is accentuated by the colors that flood the arena as this emotive call and response transpires.

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Lee Harris, guitarist with Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets, interviewed
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 02 October 2019
Lee Harris, Portsmouth, England, September 2018

As many of you now know, the initial idea for Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets came about when guitarist Lee Harris was watching a David Gilmour concert in France, and had a "lightbulb" moment. With the band having recently announced more concerts for 2020, it seemed a good time to quiz Lee about his background, and how the band came together and developed. For the gearheads reading this, there's even a bit of information about his guitars and effects pedals...

Let's start with a bit of family background. You've a long career in music - was there always music in the house?

Indeed there was. I actually have my parents to blame for my taste in music. There would always be something on the record player. From a baby to my teens there was a lot of Cannonball Adderley, Jimmy Smith, The Who, Santana, The Allman Brothers Band, Deep Purple, Joe Cocker, Bob Seger, Elvis, Tchaikovsky, Stephen Sondheim, ELP and of course Pink Floyd. We also went to absolutely LOADS of concerts.

You grew up opposite the Royal Albert Hall. How did that feel as a youngster, and what effect did it have on you?

We moved there when I was nearly 11 having previously been in the Fulham area. As my father's career took off so did the postal codes we lived in! The main effect living opposite the Hall was that of going to see so many shows there. When I got my first electric guitar it was in my bedroom at 44 Albert Hall Mansions. I would practice in there whilst looking out on to the Hall and dream that one day I would play there. Which is now going to happen. [BD note: Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets play the Hall as part of their UK tour in 2020]

Your father, Stuart Harris, has worked in film many years. Did that influence you moving into the creative industries?

I think because my father was/is in a creative Industry (and my mother was his agent/manager) my sister and I were never going to have the sort of parents who would talk us out of doing something similar. Weirdly enough I think if I had announced I wanted to become an accountant or something sensible they would have been appalled. Originally I wanted to be a film director but that changed...

Stuart was involved with the High Hopes video, as well as a couple of Pink Floyd television adverts subsequently; what was his role, and how did he get involved with Storm Thorgerson?

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David Gilmour guest appearance at Richard Thompson 70th birthday concert
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 01 October 2019

Last night, David Gilmour made his scheduled guest appearance at Richard Thompson's 70th birthday concert, held at London's Royal Albert Hall. Held in front of a sell-out audience, in thrall to the variety of musicians who joined together in wishing Richard a great day, the show was a 34-song mix of Richard's material, Fairport Convention songs, and the odd cover version (more often than not, originally performed by the guest themselves in earlier days).

David's segment came at the end of the second half, and saw him perform a superb Dimming Of The Day, followed by Fat Old Sun (see below). The encore which followed - Meet On The Ledge, a Fairport song - included what appeared to be all the guests, including David. A memorable night was had by all!

Here's a taste of last night:

 
Pink Floyd The Later Years box set price drop, plus hear High Hopes (Early Version)
Written by Matt   
Monday, 30 September 2019
Pink Floyd The Later Years 1987-2019 deluxe box set cover
Pink Floyd The Later Years 1987-2019 deluxe box set contents
Pink Floyd The Later Years 1987-2019 Highlights CD/2LP vinyl cover

Back in August, Pink Floyd The Later Years 1987-2019 was confirmed and detailed. It will appear as a 16-disc (or 18, if you include the two singles) box set, a double vinyl LP with selected highlights from the set, and a CD release of these highlights too. These will all be released on Friday, November 29th, this year.

The latest news is that Amazon.com and Amazon UK have both dropped their prices of the box set heavily - around 25% cheaper! If you have already ordered through either, don't worry - Amazon will always, automatically, charge you the lowest price they have advertised an item for, between the time you ordered it, and release. If you are yet to order it, now could be a great time, and if they make further reductions, that'll be the price you'll end up paying on release!

For those who need reminding, let's take a look at what is on offer. Looking at the largest item first, the box set, this consists of 5 CDs in a 60-page hardback book, 6 Blu-rays and 5 DVDs, each in gatefold wallets, 2 7" vinyl singles with material never released, a 40-page hardback photo book, replica tour programmes, and a reproduction memorabilia collection. The box set offers over six hours of previously unheard audio and over seven hours of previously unseen audiovisuals from A Momentary Lapse Of Reason, The Division Bell and The Endless River albums.

The CDs take in the 2019 remix of A Momentary Lapse Of Reason, a 2019 remix of Delicate Sound Of Thunder, a disc of live B-sides and unreleased material from The Division Bell, and a new remix of the 1990 Knebworth concert. With AMLOR, the album is presented for the first time in 5.1, and has been updated and remixed by David Gilmour and Andy Jackson. The release of The Later Years project gives an opportunity for a fresh overview of this album. By returning to some of Richard Wright's keyboard parts and recording new drum tracks with Nick Mason, producers David Gilmour and Bob Ezrin have restored the creative balance between the three Pink Floyd members.

The Blu-rays include 5.1 surround sound mixes of the above, as well as The Division Bell, a restored and remixed Delicate Sound of Thunder and includes additional tracks not on the original release, a re-edited PULSE, the full Venice 1989 and Knebworth 1990 concert films (Knebworth includes Great Gig In The Sky), along with music videos, the full range of tour screen films (including the very amusing Money screen film from 1994 with a very retro looking alien complete with ray gun), documentaries, and a new film by Ian Emes for The Endless River album. The DVDs replicate the above material with the exception of the surround sound mixes, which are only on the Blu-rays.

The two 7" vinyl singles host two previously unreleased songs - Arnold Layne from the 2007 Syd Barrett tribute concert at the Barbican, and Lost For Words recorded at the rehearsals for the 1994 Earls Court shows. The double vinyl LP and CD "highlights" packages bring together a flavour of the full set, taking in tracks from Knebworth, The Division Bell sessions, the Momentary Lapse remix, Delicate Sound and more. This has different artwork to the box set.

For another sneak preview (previously, we shared on this site Wish You Were Here from the Knebworth 1990 concert), here's another song from The Later Years that is now live on Spotify - the early version of High Hopes:

ORDERING INFORMATION:
You can order the various editions through the following direct links, taking advantage of Amazon's pre-order price guarantee so you will automatically pay the lowest asking price between placing your order, and release, whilst giving Brain Damage much needed help with running costs without costing you any extra. We really appreciate it too! All the below should be live when you read this, or if not, shortly.

PINK FLOYD THE LATER YEARS - deluxe box set:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
PINK FLOYD THE LATER YEARS - 2LP vinyl highlights:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
PINK FLOYD THE LATER YEARS - 1CD highlights:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
 
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