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Pink Floyd's Piper gets 180 gram special vinyl for Record Store Day 2018 Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 06 March 2018
Pink Floyd: The Piper At The Gates of Dawn - 180 gram vinyl Record Store Day 2018 limited release`

To celebrate Record Store Day 2018 (Saturday 21st April), Pink Floyd are releasing The Piper At The Gates of Dawn on vinyl, with a new mono 2018 remaster by James Guthrie, Joel Plante and Bernie Grundman. Remastered from the original 1967 mono mix, the release is the latest from Pink Floyd Records, which has recently marked global sales of over 1 million vinyl LPs since its launch in June 2016.

The limited-edition Record Store Day release is delivered on premium 12" 180-gram black vinyl, and comes paired with an exclusive poster (540 x 388mm on art paper), as well as a foil blocked outer wallet. This was to differentiate the mono version for buyers; Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis, with Peter Curzon, created this additional packaging in the form of a card envelope which features a psychedelic design, including a gold embossed version of the graphic by Syd Barrett which also features on the reverse of the original mono LP.

The package also includes gold and black labels, gold sticker, and a poster featuring the original photograph (taken by the late Colin Prime in Ruskin Park, South London) that inspired Syd’s graphic.

Written and performed by Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Richard Wright and Nick Mason, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn was recorded with producer Norman Smith at Abbey Road Studios, and features songs that remained on the band's live setlist for many years, such as Astronomy Domine and Interstellar Overdrive. The songs on the album remain firm favourites with fans to this day.

The release goes on sale via Record Store Day participating stores (in person, not via mail order) on 21st April, and will remain available while stocks last - we understand it is limited to 6000 copies worldwide. So, if you are interested in this release, you will need to set your alarm early that day to join the queue at your local store. For more details, including participating stores, visit either or Inevitably, the album will appear (as early as that morning) on eBay, put on there by people looking to make a quick profit...

David Gilmour - Happy Birthday! Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 06 March 2018

David Gilmour at the Royal Albert Hall in London, October 2015Our very best wishes, and many happy returns, to David Gilmour today (March 6th), who is celebrating his 72nd birthday!

Born and raised in Cambridge, David became involved with various bands in the area, principally Jokers Wild who were a popular draw when they played, before joining Pink Floyd in 1968. More recent years have seen David concentrating on his solo career, and helping out chums on their musical projects on an ad hoc basis - such as appearing on stage with Phil Manzanera at the legendary Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, with Amadou & Mariam at the Crisis "hidden" charity show, and the Douglas Adams 60th Birthday concert at London's Hammersmith Apollo amongst other things.

Of course, 2015 saw the return to his own music with the release of Rattle That Lock, his most recent solo studio album, which was accompanied by a tour of Europe, and North and South America. The tour took in some quite unusual and spectacular locations, perhaps the pinnacle being a return to the amphitheatre at Pompeii for a pair of shows, which were filmed for release, shown in cinemas worldwide, then released for home viewing and listening to much acclaim.

It just remains for us to wish David a very happy day! If you want to add your thoughts and wishes, you can do so at our Facebook page...

Guy Pratt - Stroud, Glos., and Borris House Festival, Ireland Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Friday, 02 March 2018

Guy Pratt is the Sideman - Stroud, Glos, March 2018Next Friday, March 9th, Guy Pratt takes his hilarious one-man show to The Marshall Rooms in Stroud, Gloucestershire. Guy Pratt is the Sideman celebrates more than 30 years as bass player to many of the biggest names in music, from Pink Floyd to Roxy Music, Michael Jackson, Madonna, and many more. Find out the truth of what it is like to tour and record with such people, with Guy's candid and very funny storytelling boggling the mind at times!

Doors to the event open at 8pm, and tickets are now available through

If you can't attend Guy's show next week, there's another opportunity as, just announced is his appearance at the 2018 Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas. The three-day event, which takes place from the 8th to the 10th June, is held in Co. Carlow, Ireland.

Guy's appearance currently looks to be Friday, 8th June, but interested attendees should check with the organisers before purchasing their tickets. Other musicians also appearing in the festival include Viv Albertine from The Slits, and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones.

Borris House is said to be one of the most spectacular houses in Ireland. It sits at the foot of the Blackstairs Mountains, on the banks of the River Barrow, in the small village of Borris in the hinterland of South County Carlow. In case the festival sounds familiar, David Gilmour and Polly Samson appeared at the 2015 staging.

Weekend and day tickets for the event are now on sale, through In early April they will release limited tickets to individual talks.

Shooting the David Gilmour Live at Pompeii concerts Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Definition Magazine - February 2018: David Gilmour featureThe February 2018 issue of Definition Magazine has an interesting, if technical, article about the filming of the David Gilmour Live at Pompeii concerts back in July 2016.

The article takes a detailed look at the equipment used for the brace of shows in the iconic Italian venue, and the considerations for filming. It also takes a look at the process which follows filming - it is clearly not a simple thing getting footage from vastly different bits of kit matching sufficiently to give seamless edits and a cohesive feel.

The article includes lengthy input from James Tonkin at Hangman Studios, who details things for the readership of this publication (which is aimed at professionals in that sort of field). It does demonstrate (if such a thing is required) the amount of care and attention which was put into every aspect of the filming of the concerts - something that they could only do that time and reshoots after the event were of course out of the question. 

The publishers have now put the article online, and it can be read over at the website.

Many thanks to Julian Mitchell from Definition Magazine, and to Colin Sanders for his generous assistance.

Pink Floyd questions on Mastermind - test yourself! Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Saturday, 24 February 2018

BBC MastermindOn Friday evening, BBC One TV's Mastermind included Pink Floyd as one of the contestants' chosen subjects, and you can now see how YOU might have done if sat in the intimidating black chair, as we have all the posed questions below!

For those of you unfamiliar with this show, in a nutshell, four contestants take it in turns to answer questions over two rounds, against the clock. The first 90 second round comprises questions on each contestant's chosen specialist subject, and the second round, which lasts two minutes, tests general knowledge. The winner of each contest goes forward to the next knockout phase of the competition. It is one of the most popular quiz programmes on television, having run for around forty-six years.

It's only the third time in the programme's history that someone has chosen to answer questions about Pink Floyd. Now it's time to test yourself - how many of the following questions do you know the answer to?

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