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PINK FLOYD: THE EARLY YEARS 1965-72 THE INDIVIDUAL VOLUMES
OUT NOW - RELEASED MARCH 24th 2017
For those who have missed out on Pink Floyd The Early Years 1965-1972 box set, either due to the cost, or only being interested in part of the contents, some good news for you. On March 24th 2017, Pink Floyd are releasing a series of book-bound individual collections from the box set, under the title 'The Early Years, 1965-1972: The Individual Volumes'.
These individual volumes are broken down into the years 1965-1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971 and finally 1972. As those familiar with the contents of the box set will know, these go under the titles CAMBRIDGE ST/ATION, GERMIN/ATION, DRAMATIS/ATION, DEVI/ATION, REVERBER/ATION, OBFUSC/ATION, which (it has been revealed) were titles dreamt up by Roger Waters to give an insight into where the band were at that particular point in their career. Each of these sets will be presented as they are in the box set, with a selection of reproduction memorabilia tucked into part of the fold-out packaging. Our extensive review of Pink Floyd: The Early Years 1965-1972 box set can be seen here, along with the full track listing of the box set and thus, the individual volumes too.
Just to clarify, the box set also included an exclusive selection of additional material, BONUS CONTINU/ATION, which is not getting a standalone release, nor will the additional memorabilia or reproduction vinyl singles be getting a release outside of the box set.
The complete Early Years box set is still available from most retailers, as is the 2CD highlights album The Early Years – CRE/ATION.
To place your orders for the individual volumes, please use the following links. Some of the stores are yet to list them, but the links are here ready for when they go live:
It is worth checking the other Amazon stores, rather than just your local one, as pricing varies hugely; they will ship internationally. Buying through our links will give a small but vital contribution toward running this site, and is hugely appreciated. There is NO 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), then all discs should be compatible with your players.
VINYL . ALBUM . COVER . ART: The Complete Hipgnosis Catalogue by Aubrey 'Po' Powell
OUT NOW - PUBLISHED APRIL 13th, 2017
on April 13th 2017 is Vinyl . Album . Cover . Art: The Complete
Hipgnosis Catalogue, written by Aubrey 'Po' Powell, creative director of
Pink Floyd, with whom he is currently working on the forthcoming
V&A exhibition 'Their Mortal Remains', which opens on May 13th.
Founded in 1967 by Storm Thorgerson and Po, Hipgnosis studio
transformed the look of music albums forever. Their revolutionary cover
art moved away from the conventional group shots favoured by record
companies of the day,
resulting in the ground-breaking, mainly surreal photo designs which
define the albums of many of the biggest names in the history of popular
music: 10cc, AC/DC,
Black Sabbath, Peter Gabriel, The Police, Genesis, Led Zeppelin, Pink
McCartney, Robert Plant, Syd Barrett, Throbbing Gristle, T. Rex, Wings,
Company and XTC to name but a few.
With a foreword by Peter Gabriel, Vinyl . Album . Cover . Art, does
justice to the work of the most important design collective in music
history, presenting the complete, definitive and never-before-published
catalogue of Hipgnosis. Arranged chronologically, it features every
single Hipgnosis cover – 373 in total – all stunningly remastered from
the original artwork, coupled with detailed information by Po and Storm
Thorgerson on the images and the stories behind their creation. An
insightful introductory text by Po charts the story of Hipgnosis, while
extensive articles by Peter Gabriel, Storm Thorgerson, Marcus Bradbury
and Pentagram's Harry Pearce provide engrossing insights into the way
these incredible artworks came into being; place the covers in context;
and reflect on their enduring impact on album design.
To order your copy now, for despatch upon publication, please use these direct links: Amazon UK, Amazon.com, Amazon Canada, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Spain and Amazon Italy. Using
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PINK FLOYD - INTERSTELLAR OVERDRIVE LIMITED 12" SINGLE - RECORD STORE DAY
RELEASED APRIL 22nd, 2017
Celebrating its tenth anniversary next month, Record Store Day 2017 hits
independent record stores on April 22nd, with a special Pink Floyd
release. RSD offers limited run pressings, available for one day only
through independent record stores.
The item in question is a 12", single-sided 180-gram pressing, with an
otherwise unreleased version of Interstellar Overdrive. This was
recorded at the Thompson Private Recording Company in Hemel Hempstead,
Hertfordshire, in October 1966, and used in Anthony Stern's film 'San
Francisco'. It's a mono recording, around fifteen minutes long, and
housed in special packaging.
As with all Record Store Day releases, it will not be available online
(other than inevitably on eBay from the morning of April 18th) but while
stocks last in participating independent record stores. Be prepared to
get to your local store prior to opening, and be ready to queue!
There are a lot of independent stores that participate in Record Store
Day. Not all of them will choose to participate in all promotions, or
carry all releases. Just because a store is listed on the RSD website
does NOT mean it will have the goodie or record you're looking for. That
said, find a store near you and check with them directly. They won't
hold an item aside for you, but at least you'll know if it will be worth
ROGER WATERS - IS THIS THE LIFE WE REALLY WANT? New album
RELEASED JUNE 2nd, 2017
We have now had the full announcement of the new Roger Waters album - his first rock album in 25 years, following on from 1992's Amused To Death - with the album, Is This The Life We Really Want? getting its
global release on June 2nd.
The release on that date follows the start of his North American Us +
Them tour, which begins exactly one week earlier on May 26th in Kansas
City. Depending on the set list picked, the audience for the early shows
may get a sneak preview of what is to come - Roger has already said
that around 25% of the show will be new material...
The long-awaited album - the cover of which is to the right (click the
thumbnail to see it rendered larger) is said to be "an unflinching
commentary on the modern world and uncertain times. Waters' forthcoming
LP serves as a natural successor to classic Pink Floyd albums such as
Animals and The Wall".
Produced and mixed by Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Paul McCartney, Beck,
U2), Is This The Life We Really Want? includes 12 new Roger Waters
musical compositions and studio performances. The physical album release
includes a double 180-gram vinyl LP in a gatefold jacket and a 4-panel
soft pack CD.
The musicians on the album are: Roger Waters (vocals, acoustic, bass),
Nigel Godrich (arrangement, sound collages, keyboards, guitar), Gus
Seyffert (bass, guitar, keyboards), Jonathan Wilson (guitar, keyboards),
Joey Waronker (drums), Roger Manning (keyboards), Lee Pardini
(keyboards), and Lucius (vocals) with Jessica Wolfe and Holly Proctor.
- When We Were Young
- Déjà Vu
- The Last Refugee
- Picture That
- Broken Bones
- Is This The Life We Really Want?
- Bird In A Gale
- The Most Beautiful Girl
- Smell The Roses
- Wait For Her
- Oceans Apart
- Part of Me Died
The lyrics for Wait For Her were inspired by an English translation by
an unknown author of “Lesson from the Kama Sutra (Wait for Her),” by
With many of you out there committed vinyl enthusiasts, we're sure that
edition will be a very popular release. Thus, below we list dedicated
ordering links for the vinyl AND the CD editions - using these will give
a small but vital contribution to the running costs of Brain Damage,
without costing you a penny/cent extra, and we really appreciate it!
NOTE: Some of the stores above are yet to list the releases as
available to buy but the pages are there for when they do. If your
chosen store doesn't have it yet, please keep trying, or consider an
alternate store - Amazon ship vinyl worldwide.
PINK FLOYD: THEIR MORTAL REMAINS Exhibition - OFFICIAL COMPANION BOOK
PUBLISHED MAY 13th 2017
Published on May 13th, 2017, is Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains, the official book (planned to be 304 fully illustrated pages) to accompany the exhibition of the same name, which opens at London's Victoria & Albert museum on the same day.
It's the first book ever produced with full access to the Pink Floyd archive. Published to accompany the V&A's major summer exhibition, Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains celebrates 50 years of one of the greatest bands of all time. Five essays tackle different aspects of their far-reaching legacy in music and the visual arts.
Authors including Jon Savage, Howard Goodall and Rob Young examine what makes the band truly special, from the mythology underpinning their output, through to their experimentation with technology to create new sounds. Their epic staging and performance impact will also be explored, along with the anti-authoritarianism that infuses their lyrics. The book is heavily illustrated throughout, emphasizing the essential role that visual material played in supporting the music and creating the lasting Pink Floyd phenomenon.
The book has been put together by Victoria Broackes and Anna Landreth Strong. Broackes is Senior Curator and Head of Exhibitions for the Department of Theatre and Performance at the V&A. She has produced a number of successful touring exhibitions, including You Say You Want a Revolution? and David Bowie Is. Landreth Strong is Curator of Modern and Contemporary Performance at the V&A.
You can place your order for this undoubtably essential addition to the Floydian bookshelf, through the following links: Amazon UK, Amazon.com, Amazon Canada, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Spain and Amazon Italy. Orders placed before publication will benefit from Amazon's pre-order price guarantee - if the price drops at any point between your order, and the publication date, they automatically will charge you the lowest price.
THE PINK FLOYD EXHIBITION - THEIR MORTAL REMAINS
opens in London, England, May 13th, 2017
Now announced, via another flight for Algie - proofthat you can't keep a good pig down - is the staging of The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, which will be held at London's Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) from May 13th - October 1st, 2017.
Originally planned to open in Milan in 2014, the exhibition is a collaboration of all remaining band members, and will be an immersive, multi-sensory and theatrical journey through Pink Floyd’s extraordinary world. A story of sound, design and performance, the exhibition will chronicle the music, iconic visuals and staging of the band, from the underground psychedelic scene in 1960s London to the present day, illustrating their groundbreaking use of special effects, sonic experimentation, powerful imagery and social commentary.
The exhibition will celebrate Pink Floyd's place in history as the cultural landscape changed throughout the 1960s and beyond. Pink Floyd occupied a distinctive experimental space and were the foremost exponents of a psychedelic movement that changed the understanding of music forever. They became one of the most important groups in contemporary music.
The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, with sonic experience by Sennheiser, will celebrate the band’s era-defining work in composition, staging, design, film, music technology, graphic design and photography. It will feature more than 350 objects and artefacts including never-before-seen material, presented alongside works from the V&A’s outstanding collections of art, design, architecture and performance. Highlights will include spectacular set and construction pieces from some of Pink Floyd's most innovative and legendary album covers and stage performances including The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall and The Division Bell, instruments, music technology, original designs, architectural drawings, handwritten lyrics and psychedelic prints and posters.
At the exhibition, visitors will have the unique opportunity to experience never-before-seen classic Pink Floyd concert footage and a custom-designed laser light show.
Martin Roth, Director of the V&A said: "The V&A is perfectly placed to exhibit the work of a band that is as recognisable for its unique visual imagery as for its music. Pink Floyd is an impressive and enduring British design story of creative success. Alongside creating extraordinary music, they have for over five decades been pioneers in uniting sound and vision, from their earliest 1960s performances with experimental light shows, through their spectacular stadium rock shows, to their consistently iconic album covers. The exhibition will locate them within the history of performance, design and musical production by presenting and complementing the material from Pink Floyd's own archive with the V&A's unrivalled collections in architecture, design, graphics and literature."
The exhibition is curated by the V&A by a team led by Victoria Broackes alongside Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell of Hipgnosis, the Creative Director of Pink Floyd, and Paula Stainton. The curatorial team have worked closely with members of the group on the content of the exhibition, which is being designed by Stufish, the world leading entertainment architects and longtime stage designers for Pink Floyd.
Tickets are priced at £20 (Monday-Friday), £24 (Saturday-Sunday), and concessions, including family tickets at reduced prices, are available. V&A Members go free. Advance booking is strongly advised. Tickets can be purchased from Ticketmaster, Seetickets, direct from the V&A at vam.ac.uk/pinkfloyd, by calling 0800 912 6961 (booking fee applies), or in person at the V&A itself. More information on the event can be found at www.pinkfloydexhibition.com.
PINK FLOYD: A LIVE SOUND HISTORY - MARK CUNNINGHAM
Exact publication date to be confirmed, but should be 2017
This 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 2016 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
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...
Possibly in 2017:
- Roger Waters - FURTHER TOUR DATES
- The first leg Roger's arena tour, in part to support the release of his new album Is This The Life We Really Want? starts in 2017, in North America. Roger has talked about the tour eventually running to around 200 dates worldwide...we are expecting further dates to be announced in due course.
- 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."
- 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...this may have been superseded by The Early Years box set though.
- 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 SuperDeluxeEdition.com, 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..