Now confirmed: on November 11th 2016, Pink Floyd will release 'The Early Years 1965-1972', a mouthwatering, comprehensive 28-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...
UPDATE, November 5th: the package has now been swollen to 28 discs, with the inclusion of a supplementary disc featuring the Live At Pompeii concert as a 2016 audio mix. The 6 tracks totalling over 67 minutes include live versions of 'Careful With That Axe, Eugene', 'Set the Controls For The Heart Of The Sun', 'One of These Days', 'A Saucerful Of Secrets', 'Echoes' and intriguingly an alternative take of 'Careful With That Axe, Eugene'!
Live at Pompeii has never been available officially as an audio only CD - only as a bootleg in varying degrees of quality - so this is a real first for fans. To also include an alternative take of 'Eugene' is very interesting...
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.
You can now place your orders for the box set and/or the 2CD highlights collection:
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Also worth noting: the official PF store has started releasing some special products relating to the box set - t-shirts and mugs, for example - and the range of their wares on offer can be seen through this link.
BOX SET CONTENTS OVERVIEW:
For the FULL track listing click here.
1965-1967 - CAMBRIDGE ST/ATION
Covering Syd Barrett's time with the band, from the pre-EMI demos, through the non-album hit singles and related tracks, the first volume also features previously unreleased tracks like Vegetable Man and In The Beechwoods (newly mixed), plus BBC session recordings. Pink Floyd have also acquired the tapes of an unreleased 1967 concert in Stockholm.
The DVD/Blu-ray includes historic TV performances plus some of Pink Floyd's own film material.
1968 - GERMIN/ATION
This volume explores the time immediately after Syd Barrett's departure, when Pink Floyd were still writing singles and at the same time developing their own unique, more instrumentally-based style. There are non-album single releases, plus a recently discovered session at Capitol Records studios in Los Angeles, BBC sessions and other tracks.
The DVD/Blu-ray includes the recently restored promo clip of Point Me At The Sky, some international TV performances and a selection of song material from other television shows.
1969 - DRAMATIS/ATION
In 1969 Pink Floyd unveiled their 2-part conceptual live production of 'The Man' and 'The Journey', covering a 24-hour period of dreaming, waking and other activities. Never released in that form, some of the songs were however used on the 'More' soundtrack and the 'Ummagumma' album. This volume refers back to 'The Man' and 'The Journey' tour with live performances in Amsterdam and for the BBC in London, but also includes the bonus tracks from the 'More' soundtrack that were used in the film but not on record, plus non-album tracks like the early version of Embryo from the Harvest sampler 'Picnic'.
Video material includes 20 minutes of 'The Man'/'The Journey' rehearsal at the Royal Festival Hall, directed by Anthony Stern, including Afternoon (Biding My Time), The Beginning (Green Is The Colour), Cymbaline, Beset By Creatures Of The Deep and The End Of The Beginning (the last part of A Saucerful Of Secrets), plus other live performance footage from that year.
1970 - DEVI/ATION
At the end of 1969 and in the early part of 1970, Pink Floyd recorded and mixed their contribution to Michelangelo Antonioni's alternative view of US society, 'Zabriskie Point'. 3 songs were released on the soundtrack album, and a further 4 in the expanded CD edition in 1997. Never released on one Pink Floyd disc, this volume compiles remixed and updated versions of the 'Zabriskie Point' audio material.
In the same year, Pink Floyd scored their first UK Number One album with 'Atom Heart Mother', a collaboration with Ron Geesin, and the audio includes the first performance for the BBC, featuring an orchestra and choir, as well as, on DVD, the original Quad mix.
Video material includes a full hour of Pink Floyd performing live at San Francisco cable TV station KQED plus extracts from historic performances of 'Atom Heart Mother', and material from French TV coverage of the St. Tropez festival in Southern France.
1971 - REVERBER/ATION
In 1971 Pink Floyd recorded the 'Meddle' album, containing the LP side-long 'Echoes', regarded by many as laying the groundwork for 'The Dark Side Of The Moon', and, as such, is an important part of the Pink Floyd canon. This package includes part of the original demos, when the project gestated from 'Nothing' to 'Return Of The Son Of Nothing', as well as a contemporary BBC session recording.
Audio-visual material includes the original unreleased Quad mix of 'Echoes' but also material of live band performances in 1971, including songs performed with Roland Petit and his Marseille ballet company.
1972 - OBFUSC/ATION
In 1972 Pink Floyd travelled to Hérouville, north of Paris, to record at Strawberry Studios there, based in the town's Chateau. In a remarkable two weeks, they wrote and recorded one of their most cohesive albums, 'Obscured By Clouds', the soundtrack to Barbet Schroeder's 'La Vallée.
1972 also saw the release of 'Pink Floyd Live At Pompeii', a film of the band performing without an audience in the historic Roman amphitheatre of Pompeii, directed by Adrian Maben. The video material includes the performances from the 'Live At Pompeii' film, edited to new 5.1 audio mixes, plus material from contemporary French TV as well as performances from Brighton Dome in June 1972 and further performances with the Roland Petit ballet company.
BONUS - CONTINU/ATION (Exclusive to 'The Early Years 1965-1972' box set)
A bonus CD/DVD/Blu-ray disc package includes a CD of early BBC radio sessions, the audio tracks from the film 'The Committee', Pink Floyd's live soundtrack to the 1969 NASA moon landings, and more.
Audio-visual material includes 3 feature films: 'The Committee', 'More' and 'La Vallée' (Obscured By Clouds), plus more live footage and festival performances by the band.
Phew! Quite a collection of items, and plenty which will be new to even the most thorough of Pink Floyd collectors/completists. The full track listing will be here shortly, but needless to say, this looks like it will prove a very popular release.