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Pink Floyd - The Early Years 1965-1972: more information, including Blu-ray/DVD Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Friday, 29 July 2016
Pink Floyd - The Early Years 1965-1972 box set

Yesterday's announcement of Pink Floyd - The Early Years 1965-1972, the 27-disc box set, and the 2CD highlights package, The Early Years - Cre/ation, had the sort of reaction that we were expecting!

The extensive track listing of the box set, which can be seen in full here, has had many of you poring over the fine detail of what has been unearthed, and included. It is not just the Floyd's vaults which have been plundered for goodies; the box set includes every last bit of band performance that the BBC still have in their vaults, and much work over the course of the last few years has also been undertaken getting hold of video and film from multiple sources around the world. As with any such material, plenty of expertise was required getting everything in a suitable condition for release. Some of the material will be familiar to some of you, but the box set should provide things in better quality than ever seen or heard before.

We've had quite a number of emails and other enquiries about the release, but the main question concerns the video material. This has been inspired by the big differences in price between retailers. We have had it confirmed that the Blu-ray discs are not region locked, and there is no region coding on the DVDs, which are in NTSC format. The video material will therefore work in machines across the world, which is hopefully good news for many of you, and therefore we suggest you place your order from the cheapest retailer.

ORDERING INFORMATION:
You can now place your orders for the box set and/or the 2CD highlights collection through these direct links:

THE EARLY YEARS 1965-1972, 27 disc box set:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
CRE/ATION, 2 disc highlights set:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 

It is REALLY worth checking the other Amazon stores, rather than just your local one, as pricing varies hugely; at time of writing, Amazon UK and Italy are both around the cheapest, and they will ship internationally (international sales might be subject to import duty). Amazon also offer their preorder price guarantee - if the price they offer an item for drops at any point between when you place your order, and the release date, they will automatically charge you the lowest price. Buying through our links will give a small but vital contribution toward all the costs in running this site, and is much appreciated.

 
Pink Floyd The Early Years 1967 - 1972: 27 disc boxset & 2CD highlights set Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 28 July 2016

Pink Floyd - The Early Years 1965-1972 box setNow confirmed: on November 11th 2016, Pink Floyd will release 'The Early Years 1965-1972', a mouthwatering, comprehensive 27-disc boxset that sees Pink Floyd delve into their vast music archive to produce a deluxe package that includes 7 individual book-style volumes, featuring a stack of previously unreleased material. This follows an eagerly followed and dissected teaser campaign which saw cryptic 'slash' imagery hit the band's official social media channels, and a daily release of early images, all backed with the same black background and white 'slash'.

The Early Years box set contains unreleased tracks, BBC Radio Sessions, remixes, outtakes and alternative versions over an incredible 11 hours and 45 minutes of audio (made up of 130+ tracks) and live and TV performance in over 14 hours of audio-visual material. The content includes over 20 unreleased songs, more than 7 hours of previously unreleased live audio and over 5 hours of rare concert footage are included, along with 5 meticulously produced 7” singles in replica sleeves, collectable memorabilia, feature films and new sound mixes. An overview of the contents of each year's package is below, and for those who want to digest the full track listing, it can be seen here - all six pages of it, tightly packed with content! This really is a mammoth set...

The Early Years 1965-1972 will give collectors the opportunity to hear the evolution of the band and witness their part in cultural revolutions from their earliest recordings and studio sessions to the years prior to the release of The Dark Side Of The Moon, one of the biggest selling albums of all time. Fans will see the invention of psychedelic progressive rock via an insightful collection that explores the Pink Floyd story from the time Roger Waters, Richard Wright, Nick Mason and Syd Barrett met at London's Regent Street Polytechnic, through to Syd's departure and David Gilmour joining, to the point just before things changed for the band for good with the release of TDSOTM.

Each individual book-style package will be released separately early in 2017, with the exception of 'BONUS CONTINU/ATION' which is exclusive to the box set. For those who just want a taster of the contents, a 2CD highlights collection, Pink Floyd Cre/ation The Early Years 1967 – 1972, will also be available. The tracklisting for this 2CD set can be seen here.

ORDERING INFORMATION:
You can now place your orders for the box set and/or the 2CD highlights collection:

THE EARLY YEARS 1965-1972, 27 disc box set:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
CRE/ATION, 2 disc highlights set:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 

It is REALLY worth checking the other Amazon stores, rather than just your local one, as pricing varies hugely; at time of writing, Amazon UK and Italy are both around the cheapest, and they will ship internationally. Amazon also offer their preorder price guarantee - if the price they offer an item for drops at any point between when you place your order, and the release date, they will automatically charge you the lowest price. Buying through our links will give a small but vital contribution toward running this site, and is much appreciated. As yet we don't know if there is region coding on the Blu-ray and/or DVD discs, so if purchasing from a different region (e.g. you're in North America, buying from Europe, or vice versa), please be cautious.

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Cambridge Syd Barrett celebrations: walking tours and film premiere Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Syd Barrett - A Celebration; Cambridge, October 2016Cambridge Live has announced that it is teaming up with the Cambridge Film Trust to premiere a series of films about both Syd Barrett and the Swinging Sixties at the 2016 Cambridge Film Festival, as part of its celebrations of the life and work of Syd Barrett, which we first mentioned back in February on Brain Damage.

The centrepiece will be a film, entitled 'Get All That Ant?', a free-form documentary filmed by a former school friend and fellow art student of Syd Barrett's, Anthony Stern. The documentary feature is made up of film footage, stills and archive footage taken during the 1960s and filmed in Cambridge, London and San Francisco. With the majority of footage having never been seen before, the film includes live performance footage and stills from Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, The Doors and Donovan as well as footage of friends and colleagues of Syd Barrett including former girlfriends Jenny Spires, Iggy Rose and Libby Gausden.

The film will premiere as part of a series of film screenings about Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd on Friday 21st October at the Cambridge Guildhall as part of the 36th Cambridge Film Festival which runs from 20th – 27th October.

In addition to the film premiere, Cambridge Live has teamed up with ISpySydinCambridge.com who are offering Syd Barrett-themed walking tours of Cambridge on the weekend of the concert. Led by former school friends of Syd Barrett, Stephen Pyle and Warren Dosanjh, the tours trace some of the key places in the city relevant to the life of the former Pink Floyd guitarist including his former family home, his school, as well as Roger Waters' and David Gilmour's family homes. Having been on these walks, they are fascinating and well worth attending.

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The First Time With... Roger Waters Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Sunday, 24 July 2016
BBC 6 Music

The First Time With...Roger Waters airs at 1pm UK time today (Sunday, July 24th) on the UK's BBC Radio 6 Music.

In this one hour long programme, Roger talks about a youth obsessed with blues, jazz and R&B, and his early songwriting influences like Hoagy Carmichael, Bob Dylan and John Lennon. He looks back at his relationship with his childhood friend Syd Barrett, who would join the Pink Floyd in 1965. He recalls the post-Syd Floyd, the creation of legendary albums like The Dark Side Of The Moon and his uneasy relationship with the fame that followed. Roger also focuses on The Wall - the 1979 concept album inspired by that relationship - and how he revisited the album in 2010 for his epic record breaking Roger Waters: The Wall tour, which also inspired a live album and a feature movie. He also talks about his famously acrimonious split from Pink Floyd, and more positively his new material.

BBC6 Music can be heard in much of Europe, online at www.BBC.co.uk, 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.

 
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