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.
THE COMPLETE PINK FLOYD - GLENN POVEY
OUT NOW - Published 3rd March 2016
Hot on the heels of our news about Glenn Povey's forthcoming book, 'Pink Floyd: Giants of Rock', we have information about Glenn's other publication from Carlton Books due out on the same day (March 3rd) which is called 'The Complete Pink Floyd' (with the additional advice of it being 'The Ultimate Reference', elsewhere on the cover).
Becoming quite the prolific author, Glenn is of course the founder of the original Brain Damage magazine, which lead to this website in 1999. His books 'In The Flesh', revised as 'Echoes', have been truly essential reference works and this major revision to 'Echoes' promises to be the cornerstone to every Floydian book collection.
We're hoping to bring you a review of the book soon, but here's a taster of what to expect from the publishers: "The Complete Pink Floyd...lists every concert, every appearance, every song, every turn and twist in the amazing story of one of the world's most famous bands. Acknowledged expert Glenn Povey...has been allowed access to all of the band's Abbey Road recording notes (the only person to do so). This complete reboot of the original is illustrated with all-new material, including hundreds of photographs and rare memorabilia. Every solo concert has been updated for Waters and Gilmour, and details of the band's many re-released albums have been added, including never-before-published research into their earliest recordings from 1965. The original Echoes was a great book but this full upgrade is it essential reference for any serious Pink Floyd fan."
We've a feeling that 'The Complete Pink Floyd' will become an almost daily reference for us, and with Glenn's past record and credentials, we're sure it's going to be a popular book. You can place your orders for it now, for despatch on publication, and benefiting from Amazon's 'pre-order price guarantee' (automatically paying the lowest price they offer an item for, between the time you order it and release), through these direct links: Amazon UK, Amazon.com, Amazon Canada, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Spain and Amazon Italy. Using
our Amazon links also helps us hugely with ongoing site running costs and we really appreciate it!
PINK FLOYD RECORDS - FIRST FOUR ALBUMS ON 180g VINYL
OUT NOW - released June 3rd, 2016
June 3rd, 2016 is a date to put into the diary. On that day, the newly named Pink Floyd Records will begin the reintroduction of the band's catalogue on vinyl for the first time in over two decades. Released on that date will be the first four albums - 'The Piper at the Gates of Dawn', 'A Saucerful of Secrets', the 'More' soundtrack, and the 2LP, half-studio, half-live 'Ummagumma'. We now have ordering details and the cover images for you (click thumbnail to the right).
Special care has been taken to replicate the original packaging, with a removable sticker placed on the cover giving details of the nature of the release. Ummagumma will be - as expected - a gatefold cover for the two records.
The first batch of releases, mastered by James Guthrie, Joel Plante and Bernie Grundman will be pressed on 180gram vinyl for optimum sound quality. Pink Floyd Records releases will be manufactured and distributed by Warner Music for the UK and Europe and by Sony Music for North America and the rest of the world.
The rest of the vinyl catalogue will follow throughout the year, with release dates being announced at regular intervals. Naturally, as we get further release dates we will let you know.
We know there are many vinyl fans out there reading this, and we're sure these will be very popular releases. We'd therefore recommend you get orders in early; Amazon offer a pre-order price guarantee, automatically charging you the lowest price they offer things for, between the time you order an item, and the release date. Here are the ordering links - 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!
OFFICIAL 2017 PINK FLOYD CALENDAR
OUT NOW - Published July 15th, 2016
Now available to order, in readiness for its publication on July 15th, is the Official 2017 Pink Floyd Calendar.
A perennial Floyd fan favourite - particularly as a gift at Christmas
time - is this annual official wall calendar. An item which has been
produced for many years now, the standardised format is roughly the same
size as a vinyl album - roughly 12" (or 30cm) square, with the calendar
opening up to have a double page spread per month.
The calendar this year looks to celebrate the band's back catalogue over
the course of the year, although additional images other than the cover
(a StormStudios design) are not yet available.
The cover image is a
crop of the now familiar "Back Catalogue" design which was a typically
Stormy play on words! The calendar each year is often squirrelled away
as a collectable for the years to come, and earlier examples are now
quite sought after.
If you want to place your order now, you can do so through these direct links:
Amazon UK, Amazon.com, Amazon Canada, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Spain and Amazon Italy.
PINK FLOYD THE WALL & THE DIVISION BELL: 180gram vinyl
Released August 26th 2016
The Pink Floyd Records vinyl reissue programme started on June 3rd, with the release of the first four albums - The Piper At The Gates of Dawn, A Saucerful of Secrets, More and Ummagumma - and immediately drew plaudits from purchasers as to the quality of these 180 gram pressings.
Continuing the programme are The Wall and The Division Bell, both available from August 26th, and both being 2-LP editions with gatefold sleeves. They have been mastered from the original analogue tapes and pressed on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl as with the other titles. The Division Bell restores the full running time of all tracks over 2-LPs - the original vinyl release had the album edited to fit onto a single LP - and the sleeve includes additional stone/metal head pictures.
With mastering by James Guthrie, Joel Plante and Bernie Grundman, the records will be manufactured and distributed by Warner Music for the UK and Europe and by Sony Music for North America and the rest of the world.
With many of you out there committed vinyl enthusiasts, we're sure these will be very popular releases. Here are the ordering links - 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!
PETE TOWNSHEND'S DEEP END - FACE THE FACE DVD and CD
Released September 16th 2016
On September 16th 2016, Eagle Rock Entertainment release the live concert film Face The Face by Pete Townshend's Deep End as a DVD and CD set. This is the first official release of the band's third and final full length concert, which was captured by the German TV series Rockpalast at MIDEM in Cannes on January 29th 1986.
The recording features David Gilmour on lead guitar throughout and the set includes a mix of Townshend and Who classics such as Face The Face, Secondhand Love, Rough Boys, Give Blood, Won't Get Fooled Again, Behind Blue Eyes, Pinball Wizard and more.
As on the existing Deep End in Brixton live disc, Gilmour is included performing Blue Light from his 1984 album, About Face.
Around of the time of the Deep End shows, Townshend had this to say about Gilmour: "Among players — particularly among British players — he's incredibly highly rated — adored, I'd say. And he has a way of putting incredible feeling into everything that he does. I suppose technically, he's very good. But that's not the important thing. The important thing is the way that he plays."
At present, pre-orders can be made via Amazon.com and Amazon Canada. We expect other Amazon stores will be offering this shortly, but if not, both Amazon stores above ship internationally.
PINK FLOYD - ATOM HEART MOTHER, MEDDLE, OBSCURED BY CLOUDS 180g heavyweight vinyl
RELEASED SEPTEMBER 23rd 2016
Announced today, one week after the news that Pink Floyd's The Wall and The Division Bell are being re-released on vinyl, is news of a further set of releases from Pink Floyd Records.
On September 23rd 2016, the continued reintroduction of the Pink Floyd
catalogue on vinyl will see the release of Atom Heart Mother, Meddle and
Obscured By Clouds all remastered from the original analogue master
tapes, and on 180gram heavyweight vinyl. The aforementioned vinyl of The
Wall and The Division Bell will be available from August 26th.
AHM was released in 1970, featured the much-loved, pastoral cover, and
was the Floyd's first album which reached the number one position in the
Echoes, arguably Meddle's highlight, gave listeners in 1971 a side-long epic which became an instant fan favourite.
As for 1972's Obscured By Clouds, this was a soundtrack album for the
French film ‘La Vallée’, but many fans can see the clear parallels to
the album which was to follow, The Dark Side of the Moon - so if you've
yet to experience it, it is worth a good listen.
Already available on 180g vinyl are the band's first four albums, The
Piper at the Gates of Dawn, A Saucerful Of Secrets, More, Ummagumma,
which were released in June.
With many of you out there committed vinyl enthusiasts, we're sure these
will be very popular releases. The dedicated ordering links are below -
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 but
the links 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
PINK FLOYD - THE EARLY YEARS 1965-1972 27-disc box set
RELEASED 11th NOVEMBER 2016
Now 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. The full track listing 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.
You can now place your orders for the box set and/or the 2CD highlights collection:
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. 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, please be cautious.
PINK FLOYD: A LIVE SOUND HISTORY - MARK CUNNINGHAM
Exact publication date to be confirmed, but should be 2016
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...
THE PINK FLOYD EXHIBITION - THEIR MORTAL REMAINS
*POSTPONED - DATE TO BE ADVISED* - 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 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
*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.
Possibly in 2016:
- Roger Waters - NEW ALBUM - as Roger confirmed, this is currently being worked on and the demo is complete. No date of release yet though. Roger is also working on staging for an accompanying arena tour, which is currently looking to be starting next year (2017)
- 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...
- 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.