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.com, Amazon UK etc., to help Brain Damage, at no extra cost to you!
For concert appearances, check out our Gig Calendar.
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, Amazon.com (US), Amazon Canada, Amazon Germany, and Amazon Espana.
THE 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.
THE LAST MINUTE PUT TOGETHER BOOGIE BAND - SIX HOUR TECHNICOLOR DREAM CD
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
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 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
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:
SYD BARRETT 180g HEAVYWEIGHT VINYL EDITIONS: THE MADCAP LAUGHS, BARRETT, and OPEL
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:
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!
THE PINK FLOYD EXHIBITION - THEIR MORTAL REMAINS
Opens 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 www.pinkfloydexhibition.com.
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
Roger Waters - AMUSED TO DEATH - SACD and vinyl edition
September 23rd, 2014 (subject to change)
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 the time being, they have gone for a new provisional release date of September 23rd, 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.
PINK 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.
PINK FLOYD: A LIVE SOUND HISTORY
Exact publication date to be confirmed, but will be 2014
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
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 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 March/April. More details as we get them.
- 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...
- 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 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.