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The following entries, in date order, give brief details of what's recently arrived, or on the horizon - DVDs, CDs, books, television appearances, talks and more. Click each for more details, or place your orders through the direct links below to the likes of, Amazon UK etc., to help Brain Damage, at no extra cost to you!

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Ben Watt - Hendra (including David Gilmour)Ben Watt - HENDRA CD (with David Gilmour guest appearance)
OUT NOW - released April 29th, 2014

After twenty years in Everything But The Girl, and ten years as a respected DJ and record label boss of Buzzin' Fly, Ben Watt announced last year he was putting everything on hold to complete two long-planned creative solo projects.

The first - published in February by Bloomsbury in the UK - is his long-awaited second book, 'Romany and Tom'. The second, which will be of great interest to Floyd fans, is Hendra, his first solo album for over thirty years, released on his own new imprint, Unmade Road through Caroline International on April 29th. It is, in Ben's words, "simply a folk-rock record in an electronic age".

"I had come to a plateau with the labels and clubland", he says. "I had a need to go back to words and music, not just beats and other people's work. Once I made some space, a lot of ideas just tumbled out".

Now to that Pink Floyd connection... the album includes a very special guest - David Gilmour, who adds plangent slide guitar and backing vocals on the track The Levels.

"We met by chance in London just before the album", Ben told the Rough Trade website. "We didn't know each other. He invited me to hear his demos. I thought he was joking, but two days later he texted me and invited me down to his studio and we got on well. During my album, The Levels seemed like a perfect track for him. I rang him up and he loved the song and he did it the same weekend. Wish everything was that simple sometimes!"

You can currently pre-order the CD from Amazon UK as a standard or deluxe edition, (US), Amazon CanadaAmazon Germany, and Amazon Espana.

Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story - 2DVD release, 2014THE PINK FLOYD & SYD BARRETT STORY - 2DVD
OUT NOW - released May 19th, 2014

On May 19th, 2014, a reissue of the 2 disc Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Story DVD is being released, by Eagle Rock.

The release seems to be a straight repackage of the 2006 DVDisc "definitive edition" which our review reveals a release well deserving of your attention. Other than the 2001 BBC documentary which is the main focus - and worth the price on its own, there are some great extras, particularly the interviews with David Gilmour (36 minutes), Nick Mason (28 minutes), Richard Wright (26 minutes) and a 55 minute interview with Roger Waters.

The interview finds Roger, sitting in a studio, refreshingly honest, and at times, forgetful - which comes as a surprise. It provides a fascinating trawl through Roger's memories, looking at his earliest interactions with Syd, through the many experiences and problems, up to the final time he saw Syd.

The questioning elicits some good responses from Roger, with some unusual lines of attack. He even responds in the positive to a searching question basically positing that his empathy with Syd and his decline had elements of "there but for the grace of God, go I". He relates a situation at Abbey Road Studios where he experienced a shocking, almost out-of-body episode, which he equated to a nervous breakdown. At the time he thought he was "going crazy", and it seemed to give him fresh insight into Syd's condition.

If you haven't already got this in one of its previous iterations, we really recommend it. You can order through these direct links: Amazon UK, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Espana and Amazon Italy, who all run a pre-order price guarantee, which means if they price match any other retailer between now and release, or indeed drop the price further, you automatically pay the lowest price. It is an NTSC format release, it seems, so those of you in North America who want this, should be fine with it on your equipment.

OUT NOW - Released June 6th, 2014

Six Hour Technicolor Dream, a legendary live recording of a show by the Last Minute Put Together Boogie Band, which for many Syd Barrett fans has been seen as "the Holy Grail" as it is probably the last recorded live performance by Barrett, has this month had an official CD release on the Easy Action label.

The show took place at Cambridge Corn Exchange on January 27th, 1972, and includes as part of the show, Syd (along with Fred Frith) jamming with the band which consisted of Jack Monck, Twink, and Bruce Paine. Syd had attended their show the previous evening, and jammed with them. Clearly taken by the experience, he joined them again for this show, which was captured on tape. A couple of days after this show, the band - including Syd - transformed into the short-lived Stars, which focused on Barrett material and some blues jamming.

The release is well packaged, using a gatefold cover, featuring the rare poster for the show that reveal tickets were a mere 60p in advance, or 70p on the door. The poster is repeated inside, as the cover of the booklet which gives more information on the show, and a revealing interview with Twink, talking about those days with Syd. The CD label itself is rather droll, with the spindle hole replacing the big cat's open mouth.

Syd and Fred don't appear until track five, Drinkin' That Wine, and they also appear on the subsequent Number Nine and Gotta Be A Reason. Sound quality throughout the CD is pretty variable with the occasional tape and recording drop-out (with the tape deck on stage, cables were occasionally caught and pulled out!). Despite this, you can hear the clear difference musically on the three Syd-featuring tracks. His playing can be easily heard and for me, make for a very interesting third of this recording. Don't, however, expect too much - this is more aimed at the hardcore Syd fans amongst you.

An amount from the sale of this release has gone to the Syd Barrett Estate. If you wish to add this CD to your collection, you can order it now through these direct links: Amazon UK, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Espana and Amazon Italy.

Pink Floyd - The Division Bell 20th anniversary deluxe box setPINK FLOYD - THE DIVISION BELL 20th ANNIVERSARY DELUXE BOX SET and DOUBLE VINYL
OUT NOW - Released June 30th, 2014

Now finally revealed, and marking the 20th anniversary of its release, Pink Floyd's final album The Division Bell is the subject of a deluxe box set arriving on June 30th, 2014. Chock-full of goodies, it features six discs, including three replica coloured or clear vinyl discs, 5 collectors' prints, a Blu-ray disc and for the first time Andy Jackson's 5.1 audio mix of the album. We detail the contents below.

The Division Bell 20th Anniversary collector's box set will feature the new, much-anticipated 2-LP vinyl edition of the album, remastered by Doug Sax at The Mastering Lab from the original analogue tapes, including all the full length tracks (originally edited to fit on a single LP) in a gatefold sleeve designed by Hipgnosis/StormStudios. Five other discs are included: a red 7" vinyl replica of single Take It Back, clear 7" vinyl replica of High Hopes, 12" blue vinyl replica of High Hopes with reverse laser etched design, the 2011 Discovery remaster of The Division Bell and a Blu-ray disc including the album in HD Audio, plus the previously unreleased 5.1 surround sound version mixed and mastered by Andy Jackson and Damon Iddins.

Another addition included on the Blu-ray disc is a new video for Marooned, the track that won a Grammy for 'Best Rock Instrumental' in 1994. Filmed in Ukraine during the first week of April 2014, the video was directed by Aubrey Powell at Hipgnosis. It is nice that this is included in stereo and also 5.1 audio versions. For those yet to see the video, it's quite an eerie and poignant glimpse at the city abandoned after the nuclear power plant tragedy in 1986, and works well with this instrumental.

Bob Ezrin and David Gilmour produced the original album, with orchestral arrangements by the late Michael Kamen. The anniversary box set discs have been remastered by long term Pink Floyd audio associates James Guthrie and Joel Plante.

The vinyl release will please many, and because some will naturally have wanted a separate issue of this (without buying the whole boxset), you can indeed get it separately. The original vinyl didn't feature the album in its entirety, so this is the first time to hear all the songs completely on this format. Whilst on the subject of the vinyl, for those who weren't able to buy the limited edition singles when they came out in 1994, the replicas included in this set are sure to please - particularly as the packaging has been reproduced with the various picture sleeves, poster bag and film cards in a wallet.

The 2011 Discovery edition of the album comes in what is called a "new dedicated wallet" which presumably echoes the rest of the packaging. Finally, there are five 26cm x 26cm art prints designed by Hipgnosis/StormStudios in the set, and a small card with an unique code for downloading the album audio in HD and MP3 formats.

This is sure to be a popular release, and hopefully marks the start of a new era of Floyd releases, following the move from EMI to Warner Music.

You can now order it from:

6-DISC BOXSET:  Canada  Amazon UK  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
DOUBLE VINYL EDITION:  Canada  Amazon UK  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 

OUT NOW - Released June 30th, 2014

On June 30th, Rhino are releasing Syd Barrett's The Madcap Laughs, Barrett, and Opel albums on heavyweight 180g vinyl. With the resurgence of interest and take-up of vinyl, these high quality new editions are sure to be popular.

Here are the direct links at the Amazon stores so you can order them if you'd like to add these to your collection, whilst they are available:

THE MADCAP LAUGHS:  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France 
BARRETT:  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France 
OPEL:  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France 

Don't forget, these will all qualify for their pre-order price guarantee, ensuring you pay (automatically) the lowest price they have the item on offer for between your order, and the release date. Using our Amazon links also helps us hugely!

Pink Floyd 2015 Official Calendar Pink Floyd 2015 Official Calendar
Pink Floyd 2015 Official Calendar

OUT NOW - Published August 24th, 2014

Orders are now being taken for the newly revealed Official 2015 Pink Floyd Calendar, which is due for publication on August 24th, 2014.

An annual favourite amongst fans, the calendar - designed as ever by the good people at StormStudios, and published by the appropriately named Pyramid - celebrates the band over the course of the year, and is often then squirrelled away as a collectable for the years to come!

This year's calendar celebrates the 21st anniversary of The Division Bell, and the associated tour that year. As you'll see from the thumbnails on the rear of the calendar, each month showcases a different live shot, although some of the pictures look like they might have come from the Momentary Lapse tour of 1987-89. Therefore, it might be aiming to be more of a celebration of the final years of touring, rather than the 1994 tour alone.

As with previous years' calendars, each month runs over two 12-inch pages - much akin to a gatefold vinyl album being open to view.

If you want to place your order now, you can do so through these direct links: Amazon UK,, Amazon Canada, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Espana and Amazon Italy.

The Pink Floyd Exhibition - Their Mortal RemainsTHE PINK FLOYD EXHIBITION - THEIR MORTAL REMAINS
*POSTPONED* - was due to open in Milan, Italy, September 19th, 2014

Details have been announced for The Pink Floyd Exhibition - Their Mortal Remains, which opens in Italy on September 19th, 2014. With Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason all involved, along with Aubrey 'Po' Powell from the Hipgnosis team, and the exhibition being designed by none other than Stufish, the world's most respected stage and entertainment designers, it all sounds rather wonderful. Without further ado, here's what the announcement has revealed.

Fran Tomasi, Pink Floyd's Italian promoter, has announced plans for The Pink Floyd Exhibition – Their Mortal Remains which will open in Milan's La Fabbrica Del Vapore on September 19th 2014. This vast and innovative exhibition will take the visitor on a surreal, multi-sensory journey through Pink Floyd's extraordinary worlds, chronicling the music and art of Pink Floyd, from their debut album The Piper At The Gates of Dawn to the present. The Pink Floyd Exhibition is a major international retrospective of one of the world's most pioneering and influential bands and the active involvement and collaboration of the three band members in all planning aspects has been crucial to the execution of it. Tickets for the four week residency in Milan will be priced at 15 euros, and are on sale from Thursday, February 27th, via

Po, who with his late partner Storm Thorgerson, designed many of the Floyd's revolutionary album art, is the exhibition's curator and creative director, Paula Stainton is the co-creative director. Powell has worked in close consultation with Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason on the content of the exhibition, which will feature over 300 artefacts from the band's four decades. The Pink Floyd Exhibition - Their Mortal Remains is being designed by Stufish, the world's most successful entertainment architects, and longtime stage designers for Pink Floyd. Stufish is the company founded by Mark Fisher who died in 2013.

Enveloping visitors in Pink Floyd's art and music, the trip will start with the psychedelia of the early years, moving through landscapes populated by the iconic images and sounds associated with the towering concept albums of the 1970's and beyond. The exhibition, housed in an old Milanese factory and covering 2,500 square metres, will show Pink Floyd's pioneering use of special effects, sonic experimentation and powerful imagery. It will explore the narrative arc of a band that began in London's 'swinging sixties' and whose influence continues today. The visitor can expect an 'interstellar' experience, befitting a band that always defied artistic boundaries. The organisers state that more details about the exhibition contents will be announced over the coming weeks.

*UPDATE* the exhibition has been postponed, and as yet the revised opening date has not been revealed. Tickets already purchased will remain valid for new dates, or alternatively, refunds can be obtained from point of sale. More information as we get it.

Pink Floyd recording The Division BellPINK FLOYD - THE ENDLESS RIVER CD
October 2014 (exact date to be confirmed)

Tweeted on Polly Samson's Twitter feed is the rather unexpected but incredibly welcome news of a new Pink Floyd album. She revealed that it is called "The Endless River" and is based on sessions recorded in 1994 - which were for The Division Bell.

She also notes that it "is Rick Wright's swansong and very beautiful". The singer Durga McBroom-Hudson also expands on this, by revealing the recent picture of David Gilmour in the studio with her (Durga), along with Sarah Brown and Louise Clare Marshall was not in actual fact from the recording sessions of David's new work, but from the sessions working on completing The Endless River.

There were a number of comments from people concerning the lack of any outtakes in The Division Bell 20th anniversary boxset (particularly as the existence of some instrumental recordings - commonly known as The Big Spliff - has been known for many years and has moved into the stuff of legend and the odd dodgy download). Clearly, it seems, plans had been afoot for a standalone release for some time, which should please those who are only after these recordings so they don't have to buy a full box set just for this CD. Needless to say, this should prove incredibly popular and we expect demand to be very high.

More details, including ordering details and more, to come as soon as we have them.

Hipgnosis Portraits - Aubrey Po PowellHIPGNOSIS PORTRAITS - book by Aubrey "Po" Powell
October 20th, 2014

Released on October 20th, 2014 in the UK and Europe (and November 11th in North America) is Hipgnosis Portraits, a 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, Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy and The Who's Who's Next) 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.

The book promises to be a real treat and showcases many rare pictures, including different shots from Syd Barrett photo sessions, and the creation of the picture-within-picture image for the cover of Pink Floyd's Ummagumma album.

If you want to place your order now, for despatch to you on release, you can do so through these direct links: Amazon UK,, Amazon Canada, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Espana and Amazon Italy. Don't forget, these will all qualify for their pre-order price guarantee, ensuring you pay (automatically) the lowest price they have the item on offer for between your order, and the release date. Using our Amazon links also helps us hugely!

Mind Over Matter - The Images of Pink Floyd (2014)MIND OVER MATTER: THE IMAGES OF PINK FLOYD (fifth edition) - STORM THORGERSON
November 30th, 2014

In 2007, the fourth edition of Storm Thorgerson and Peter Curzon's Mind Over Matter, the book celebrating the iconic imagery of Pink Floyd, was published.

Seven years later, on November 30th this year, the revised edition is published, incorporating an additional 32 pages of material used in re-issues created since 2007. Before his sad passing last year, Storm revisited the work he created for the albums and offered insights into the work that went into the creation of this legendary album art.

Designers who worked with Storm have also contributed to this new edition of Mind Over Matter. Amongst the new material is artwork from the Oh By The Way box set, the rather wonderful Atom Heart Mother 40th Anniversary 'Wire Cow' sculpture, the Why Pink Floyd? Campaign and the Dark Side Of The Moon 40th Anniversary images and stickers.

For those who haven't seen previous editions, the book features the images from Pink Floyd's album sleeves and promotional material designed for the group. It features almost all Pink Floyd's iconic album covers, posters, singles bags, a selection of band photos, booklet pages and rough artwork that developed into iconic designs. Thoroughly recommended, of course!

You can place your pre-orders for the book now, automatically qualifying for Amazon's pre-order price guarantee so you pay (on publication) the lowest price they've advertised it for, since the time you ordered it. Please use these direct links: Amazon UK,, Amazon Canada, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Espana and Amazon Italy.

Pink Floyd: A Live Sound History - Mark CunninghamPINK FLOYD: A LIVE SOUND HISTORY
Exact publication date to be confirmed, but will be 2014

Next year, a new book will be published that should prove a fascinating insight into the audio side of Pink Floyd's development. Written by music industry expert Mark Cunningham, who used to run the magazine Total Production International, Pink Floyd: A Live Sound History is due at some point in 2014 but to whet your appetites, Mark has given us a sneak preview of what's to come.

The book will tell the story of how Pink Floyd pioneered live sound and how equipment manufacturers fought to keep up with the band's demands for better, bigger and higher quality, in tandem with their equally adventurous touring stage productions. It will feature rare images and exclusive interviews conducted by me with key touring personnel and industry figures including Robbie Williams, Phil Taylor, Mick Kluczynski, Andy Jackson, James Guthrie, Buford Jones, Charlie Watkins (WEM), Alan Parsons, Seth Goldman, Bryan Grant and more.

A large portion of the manuscript was actually proof-read by Roger Waters who made comments that have informed the content.

Solo tours up to and including The Wall Live will also feature, as a way of highlighting the further progression of live sound influenced by the Floyd.

At this stage, a firm date isn't available, nor are pre-orders being invited. As soon as more information is available, we will of course update you...

Roger Waters - Amused To Death 2014Roger Waters - AMUSED TO DEATH - SACD and vinyl edition
2015 (date to be confirmed; subject to further change, date has moved more than once)

Analogue Productions, who were responsible for the superb SACD of Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here, will be issuing a double LP and SACD of Roger Waters' 1992 epic Amused to Death, first released on vinyl in 1992 in a very limited double LP edition.

Analogue Productions have sent out a mailer about it, but have also been in touch with us. They told us that "it will be done in the highest quality possible with a team of Doug Sax and James Guthrie and using the original analog master tapes with vinyl pressed at Quality Record Pressings". One of the things uppermost in most minds is when we might see the releases. "We do not have an exact release date. At this point, six to 12 months from now is a good guess, though we're hoping it will be closer to six months". For a while, they went for a new provisional release date of September 23rd, 2014, but this date now looks unlikely, and it is also feeling unlikely for the rest of 2014.

The mailer notes that the double LP will be on 200-gram vinyl, and that the SACD will be a stereo hybrid (so, will play on non-SACD capable standard CD players). The Q Sound virtual surround sound will be preserved in its 3D glory for these new editions of what we consider one of Roger's best works. As soon as we have more information on this eagerly anticipated release we will let you know.

Possibly in 2014/2015:

  • Roger Waters - NEW ALBUM - as Roger confirmed, this is currently being worked on and the demo is complete. No date of release yet though.
  • David Gilmour - NEW ALBUM - various people have been talking about working on this, not least David Crosby & Graham Nash in recent interviews. Nothing official yet though, no dates for release, nor any tour/concert dates (despite various rumours, particularly coming from central and southern Europe).
  • Roger Waters - The Wall Live tour film
    With footage shot in July 2011 in Athens, Greece, and more recently in Buenos Aires, Argentina this year, Roger and his team are hard at work preparing a DVD and Blu-ray of this stunning show. As yet, no details are forthcoming on what will be included on the disc(s) and also no indication has been given as to a release date. We would think though that it might be around November 2014. More details as we get them. For a preview of this, the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2014 is screening it five times to audiences there.
  • Roger Waters - The Dark Side Of The Moon tour film
    We have had confirmation from Roger's manager, Mark Fenwick, that Roger is still working on a film of TDSOTM live show, but until it is finished there will be no release scheduled. As soon as we have more details of what this release (will it be a cinema release, or in DVD and hopefully Bluray format?) will involve, we will let you know. It is encouraging though to get official word on this, which we know from the feedback we've had will be incredibly popular!
  • Syd Barrett documentary
    Work has been ongoing since 2011 on a documentary about the late Syd Barrett. In June 2013, StormStudios talked about the project in an email newsletter: "Since the end of 2011 Storm had been very busy filming a documentary with Rupert about Pink Floyd's founder member, Syd Barrett. They filmed many interviews including old school friends, flat mates, girlfriends, fellow musicians and all the surviving members of Pink Floyd. So far it's proved a very enlightening experience. The film itself is at the editing stage right now and it's a thrill to see it all coming together. Watch this space, as they say, for more news coming soon."
  • Taken By Storm - Storm Thorgerson documentary
    This is a look at Storm Thorgerson - his work, his methodology, and his thoughts on it all. Completed before his sad passing, the documentary has had some airings at special events, and the creator, Roddy Bogawa, is currently working on a proper physical (and also digital) release of this fascinating film.
  • The Wall 1980/81 DVD release
    One thing that has caused tidal waves of anticipation within the Floyd community is the growing talk that the original Pink Floyd Wall concerts from 1980/81 may well get a DVD release soon. Roger has been alluding to this in various interviews recently so the thought is gathering pace...
  • The Wall on Broadway
    Work is still ongoing on this, and in July 2014, Lee Hall who is working on the production's book with Roger, revealed that workshops would be taking place in the autumn/fall 2014.
  • Official film about Pink Floyd
    In an interview with Rhythm Magazine published at the end of August 2010, Nick talks about a film that is in the works about Pink Floyd that he has been working on...
  • A Momentary Lapse Of Reason - new edition
    In the works, it seems, is a new edition with at the very least a new drum track, according to an interview with Andy Jackson at, noting that "We have started this process a while ago, doing new drums with Nick". More on this, as we get it.
  • Roger Waters - vinyl remasters
    Doug Sax, mastering engineer for Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright and Pink Floyd since 1983, is interviewed at length in the 2011 edition of "The Absolute Sound" Guide to Vinyl Playback, and confirms that "I'm going to be doing the Roger Waters albums on vinyl and they have extraordinary low end, requiring an astonishing amount of vertical modulation. We use up the full depth available on a lacquer master. You can't do anything like that on DMM. It's very thin; you can't go deep. For that kind of thing it could be an absolute joke." As work is yet to start on them, it will be some time before there's any release information, but sounds good that Sax is taking his customary care to ensure these sound as good as they can.

As and when we hear anything else, we will update this page.

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