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Well, The Endless River, the new album taken from the Division Bell sessions, is out now. Many of you, we're sure, already have this - but whatever your views, we'd love to know what you think. Join the conversations over at our Facebook page!

Elsewhere, Roger Waters has revealed work is moving apace on his new album, Crosby and Nash (amongst others) are helping David Gilmour out with HIS new material, and we should have things like the live Wall DVD/blu-ray to enjoy at some point. More information on all these as we get it, along with revised information on Their Mortal Remains, the Pink Floyd Exhibition, which was due to open mid-September but has been postponed...

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Upcoming BBC radio interview with David Gilmour - Sunday
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 27 November 2014
David Gilmour and Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6Music, November 2014

On Sunday, to discuss the release of the first Pink Floyd album for 20 years, David Gilmour speaks to Tom Robinson on the UK's BBC Radio 6Music about his influences and the music that has shaped the band.

The hour-long interview airs from 1pm (UK) and promises to be an interesting listen. Tom Robinson has been in the music business himself for many years, so this should result in some intelligent questions from one musician to another.

BBC Radio 6Music can be heard in much of Europe, online at www.BBC.co.uk/6music, and the show itself can be heard via the BBC's iPlayer service following broadcast. Listeners worldwide may also be able to tune in via the TuneIn app for Apple/Android devices. More info on the show itself here.

 
Pink Floyd's The Endless River breaking records
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 27 November 2014

Pink Floyd - The Endless River 2014 2LP vinyl editionTwo bits of news relating to Pink Floyd's new album, The Endless River, this morning. First, the music streaming service Spotify reports that the track "Allons-y (1)" from the album has become "the most viral song on Spotify worldwide."

"The Endless River" was streamed over 12 million times in its first week of release according to Spotify. Since joining the streaming service just over a year ago, the band's music has been added to over 3 million playlists. The largest demographic for the band appears to be the 18-22 year old users of the service. Spotify: "With over 60 percent of its audience under 35, its strongest listening among 18-22 year olds, and 80 percent of its playlisters under the age of 34. Pink Floyd appears to be reaching a really young crowd through Spotify, especially for a band founded nearly 50 years ago."

It is also reported this morning that first week UK sales on vinyl of The Endless River (which we review in detail here) were the highest of any LP released since 1997, making it the fastest-selling vinyl album this century, according to official UK Charts data.

The BPI, the trade body which represents the UK's record labels, has just announced that annual sales of vinyl albums have exceeded the 1m mark for the first time since the Britpop era of the 1990s, according to Official Charts data released today. The Endless River is at Number 2 in the current Official Vinyl Chart behind the David Bowie 'Best Of', Nothing Has Changed.

 
"Hipgnosis Portraits" - Aubrey 'Po' Powell
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Hipgnosis Portraits - Aubrey Po Powell, 2014

Released on October 20th, 2014 in the UK and Europe, and November 11th in North America) is Hipgnosis Portraits, a fascinating new book from Aubrey 'Po' Powell looking at the history of the legendary album artwork design team.

In just fifteen years, Hipgnosis (Storm Thorgerson, Po, and Peter Christopherson) established themselves as the most important design collective in music history. Their innovative cover art defines the albums of the biggest names of the late 1960s, 70s and early 80s: AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Peter Gabriel, The Police, Genesis, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, T. Rex, Wings, Yes and XTC, to name just a few. Their iconic designs (which include The Dark Side of the Moon and Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy) grace a staggering number of major releases. Their boundary-breaking conceptual approach earned them five Grammy nominations for package design, and their influence today can be seen in all creative fields from advertising to fashion.

This new book is divided into two main sections. Part I, Imagination, tells the story behind the cover artwork from germination through to the final sleeve design, supported by a wide array of previously unseen archival materials and text from Aubrey Powell. Part II, Realization, showcases the band portraits themselves, whether album covers or otherwise, in beautiful, large-scale reproductions.

As you'll see from our review, which unfolds below, the book is a real treat and showcases many rare pictures, including some wonderful, previously unseen shots from Syd Barrett photo sessions, and the creation of the picture-within-picture image for the cover of Pink Floyd's Ummagumma album.

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Nick Mason on new Christmas single
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Kirsty Bertarelli and Nick Mason, Abbey Road Studios

Nick Mason is amongst those helping out Kirsty Bertarelli on her yuletide single, The Ghosts of Christmas Past, which is now available to download (it is a digital-only release) from iTunes. Nick, who also plays drums on three tracks on Kirsty's album 'Indigo Shores' which was released earlier this year, joined Kirsty and the 28-strong choir from the North Staffordshire YMCA, at Abbey Road's Studio One.

Of the recording Kirsty said: "We had just the best day recording the single and video at Abbey Road. When I started putting the song together, it was clear that it would be made better –with a choir. Ever since I was first invited for a visit a couple of years ago, I've had the absolute privilege of getting to know the young people and staff at YMCA North Staffordshire and so they were the very top of the list. They are a massively talented, inspiring group."

A video was put together showing the making of the recording, and includes Nick Mason going through his paces on the day:

 
David Gilmour - upcoming interview on US NPR radio
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014
NPR World Cafe

For those of you in the United States, NPR radio show "World Cafe" will feature guest David Gilmour tomorrow (Wednesday, November 26th). David discusses Pink Floyd's last album and the making of The Endless River, the band's dysfunction and Richard Wright.

Check your local NPR radio station for air-times, over at NPR.org. They also post many of their interviews online after the event, so it is worth checking back in the next few days to hear it.

Thanks to our friends over at Floydpodcast for the news about this.

 
Pink Floyd's The Endless River vinyl 2LP review
Written by Paul Powell Jr.   
Sunday, 23 November 2014
Pink Floyd - The Endless River 2LP vinyl edition

For our next review, we are going to take a very close look at The Endless River vinyl LP. Pink Floyd vinyl enthusiasts have long clamoured for high quality records, and The Endless River is no exception. It is not a coincidence that the four suites of music presented on this album are a perfect fit for a vinyl LP.

You would also be absolutely right to speculate the composers, producers and engineers preconceived The Endless River to be enjoyed to the fullest on vinyl. Think of it as a gift for loyal fans who grew up on vinyl over the decades.

The LP's eighteen songs transition quite rapidly, clocking in at a total of 53 minutes. Luckily I experienced all of the Floyd's music for the first time on vinyl records and those memories run deep and remain the strongest. The virtues of vinyl LPs are very well known; the warmth and smoothness of analogue sound coming off a great vinyl record is simply astonishing. Those sonic attributes coupled with owning a tangible and weighty physical product makes vinyl truly special.

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