UPCOMING RELEASES AND EVENTS

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.


Bryan Morrison - Have a Cigar book 2019BRYAN MORRISON: HAVE A CIGAR! Memoirs - book
OUT NOW - Published September 2019

When the music impresario Bryan Morrison died aged 66 in 2008, after two years in a coma following a polo accident at The Royal Berkshire Polo Club of which he was a founder, he left behind his unpublished memoir. As a music publisher, manager and agent, Morrison had represented the Pretty Things, Pink Floyd, Elton John, the Bee Gees, T. Rex, The Jam, Wham! and many others. He was also the founder and owner of the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club.

In the sixties, he formed the Bryan Morrison Agency, a management and booking agency, who looked after Floyd (amongst others) in their early days, taking over the management of the band from Blackhill Enterprises in 1968. The late Steve O'Rourke and Tony Howard were also part of the team.

In this candid and outspoken book, titled Have a Cigar!, which he was looking to publish before his untimely death, Morrison reveals the true stories behind why Syd Barrett once bit his finger to the bone, the Pretty Things were banned for life from New Zealand, and he became involved with the Kray Twins. He also tells how The Jam kissed goodbye to success in the USA, he received death threats when Robin Gibb left the Bee Gees, and signed a publishing deal with George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley as Wham! Spanning the golden age of British rock ’n’ roll from the 60s to the 80s, this is the extraordinary story of a cigar-chomping, East End entrepreneur, with a passion for art and design, fashion, music and polo. Have a Cigar! will be published by Quiller in September 2019. 

Andrew Johnston, Managing Director of Quiller, says: I am delighted to have secured this fascinating and revealing autobiography by Bryan Morrison which captures the atmosphere and excitement of the early days of the UK music industry, covering his discovery of Pink Floyd in Soho to the signing of many classic bands, via mixing with the Krays and the high life in London at that time. 

Ordering links: This book promises to have many fascinating insights into the early days of the Floyd, together with the other artists that Morrison was involved with. To add this to your Floydian bookshelves, please use these direct links to help support the running of Brain Damage: Amazon UKAmazon.comAmazon CanadaAmazon FranceAmazon GermanyAmazon Spain and Amazon Italy. Not all the ordering pages are live, but should be very shortly. Also, Amazon ships books worldwide so if you are not in one of the locations listing Have a Cigar for order, please try another 'branch' of Amazon.


PINK FLOYD THE LATER YEARS 1987-2019 - 16 disc deluxe box set, 2LP or 1CD highlights edition

OUT NOW - Released November 29th 2019

Pink Floyd The Later Years 1987-2019 deluxe box set cover
Pink Floyd The Later Years 1987-2019 deluxe box set contents
Pink Floyd The Later Years 1987-2019 Highlights CD/2LP vinyl cover

After much rumour, various iterations of supposed contents, and the odd leaked picture of the set on a certain retail site, Pink Floyd The Later Years 1987-2019 has been confirmed and detailed. It will appear as a 16-disc (or 18, if you include the two singles) box set, a double vinyl LP with selected highlights from the set, and a CD release of these highlights too. These will all be released on Friday, November 29th, 2019.

Looking at the largest item first, the box set, this consists of 5 CDs in a 60-page hardback book, 6 Blu-rays and 5 DVDs, each in gatefold wallets, 2 7" vinyl singles with material never released, a 40-page hardback photo book, replica tour programmes, and a reproduction memorabilia collection. 

The box set offers over six hours of previously unheard audio and over seven hours of previously unseen audiovisuals from A Momentary Lapse Of Reason, The Division Bell and The Endless River albums.

The CDs take in the 2019 remix of A Momentary Lapse Of Reason, a 2019 remix of Delicate Sound Of Thunder, a disc of live B-sides and unreleased material from The Division Bell, and a new remix of the 1990 Knebworth concert. 

With AMLOR, the album is presented for the first time in 5.1, and has been updated and remixed by David Gilmour and Andy Jackson. The release of The Later Years project gives an opportunity for a fresh overview of this album. By returning to some of Richard Wright's keyboard parts and recording new drum tracks with Nick Mason, producers David Gilmour and Bob Ezrin have restored the creative balance between the three Pink Floyd members.

The Blu-rays include 5.1 surround sound mixes of the above, as well as The Division Bell, a restored and remixed Delicate Sound of Thunder and includes additional tracks not on the original release, a re-edited PULSE, the full Venice 1989 and Knebworth 1990 concert films (Knebworth includes Great Gig In The Sky), along with music videos, the full range of tour screen films (including the very amusing Money screen film from 1994 with a very retro looking alien complete with ray gun), documentaries, and a new film by Ian Emes for The Endless River album. The DVDs replicate the above material with the exception of the surround sound mixes, which are only on the Blu-rays.

The two 7" vinyl singles host two previously unreleased songs - Arnold Layne from the 2007 Syd Barrett tribute concert at the Barbican, and Lost For Words recorded at the rehearsals for the 1994 Earls Court shows.

Click here for the full track listing of The Later Years box set.

The double vinyl LP and CD "highlights" packages bring together a flavour of the full set, taking in tracks from Knebworth, The Division Bell sessions, the Momentary Lapse remix, Delicate Sound and more. This has different artwork to the box set.

ORDERING INFORMATION:
You can order the various editions through the following direct links, taking advantage of Amazon's pre-order price guarantee so you will automatically pay the lowest asking price between placing your order, and release, whilst giving Brain Damage much needed help with running costs without costing you any extra. We really appreciate it too! All the below should be live when you read this, or if not, shortly.

PINK FLOYD THE LATER YEARS - deluxe box set:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
PINK FLOYD THE LATER YEARS - 2LP vinyl:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
PINK FLOYD THE LATER YEARS - 1CD highlights:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 

Roger Waters: Us + Them digital release

ROGER WATER: US + THEM film - 4K Ultra HD, HD and SD digital release

Released June 16th, 2020

Good news for all those who have been patiently waiting for news of the domestic release of the concert film 'Roger Waters: Us + Them' - the digital release of this has just been announced. The film documents the 156 date 2017-2018 tour which played to a combined audience of 2.3 million across a number of countries, and was quite an incredible spectacle, coupled with a great set list and a powerful message at the heart of it all.

The review by BD's Ed Lopez-Reyes noted that "the intersection of beautifully crafted sound and footage combined with director Sean Evans' ability to turn an action-packed, live performance into an atmospheric, ethereal experience, raises the bar for concert video...". Those who were fortunate enough to catch the film in cinemas last year seemed to be universally knocked out by it (as we were). 

For those who want to relive the show, digitally, you'll be able to catch it in 4K (Ultra HD), HD and SD formats from June 16th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, and available on the Apple, Googleplay, and Amazon platforms from that date.

Included will be some "all-new post-feature content" which includes two additional concert songs missing from the original feature (Comfortably Numb and Smell the Roses) as well as A Fleeting Glimpse, a documentary short featuring behind-the-scenes moments from the tour, which we think is the one that was shown following the screening of the main feature in cinemas last year.

The physical release isn't be too far away now, for all those who want this on DVD, Blu-ray, 2CD and 3LP vinyl, which are all released on October 2nd, and details, including ordering, can be found below...

 


A Theatre For Dreamers audiobook - Polly Samson with David Gilmour

POLLY SAMSON with DAVID GILMOUR: A THEATRE FOR DREAMERS

AUDIOBOOK (various formats) released June 25th / September 1st 

David Gilmour will release his first new song in five years - Yes, I Have Ghosts - via an upcoming audiobook (available from June 25th) for A Theatre for Dreamers, the latest novel by Gilmour's wife and long-time collaborator, Polly Samson. The recording also features music Gilmour wrote for the story to accompany Samson's narration. The wide release of Yes, I Have Ghosts will follow the audiobook, becoming available a week later.

David said: "Polly's vivid and poetic writing, coupled with her very natural narration voice, made joining forces to produce the audio version of A Theatre for Dreamers a fantastic and fulfilling experience. The two worlds seem to seamlessly link, and music can really help to bring audiobooks to life in unexpected new ways. We were also lucky to have our daughter Romany in lockdown with us to contribute harp and additional vocals. I am really pleased and proud of how Polly's words and my music have entwined in this audio version of A Theatre for Dreamers."

Polly noted that "We didn't set out to work together on the audiobook, but lockdown meant I had to narrate and I'm grateful to David for stepping into the producer's chair. We wanted to explore the creative possibilities of the format and produce something new, refreshing and innovative. Collaborating with David - as I have done many times over the last 30 years, writing songs for both Pink Floyd and his solo albums - we were able to bring together the worlds of literature and music to enhance the listening experience and connect with audiences in a way which I don't think has been done before."

David said on his Facebook page that he was "thrilled with how this has worked out. Sad for the actor who had to pull out but Polly Samson's narration surprised us all and it's been a great project for me during lockdown to also add some instrumental passages between chapters and to record the A Theatre for Dreamers inspired song, Yes, I Have Ghosts, with the help of our daughter, Romany."

This release will be available in a variety of formats. On June 25th, it will become available via Amazon UK as part of its Audible offering in an unabridged format, lasting 10 hours and 25 minutes. Coming on September 1st are a few other formats, looking at the publisher's (W. F. Howes Ltd) website - unabridged eAudio, an unabridged 10CD set, and an unabridged 1CD with the audio in MP3 format. Ordering details/links for these other formats aren't yet available, but we will update you when these are known, as indeed we will when details of the separate release of Yes, I Have Ghosts become available. 


Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets: Live At The Roundhouse Blu-ray, DVD, CD and Vinyl

NICK MASON'S SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS: Live At The Roundhouse - 2LP, 2CD/DVD, Blu-ray & cinema!

OUT NOW - Released April 18th, 2020 September 18th, 2020

The pair of Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets shows at London's Roundhouse on May 3rd and 4th last year brought the band's story - at that stage - nicely full circle. The previous May (12 months prior) saw the first public performance of Nick's new band, in Camden, North London. For that performance, it was in front of just 500 friends, family and fans, at Dingwall's. One year later, the success of the venture thus far meant that a handful of cameras filmed the Aylesbury show and the first of these Roundhouse gigs, with a grand total of 18(!) cameras were pressed into action for the second night at the Roundhouse.

These included remotely operated cameras, and one suspended on wires which flew back and forth above the audience. The result of this expensive and challenging filming and recording exercise (cameras were positioned to minimise any impact on the audience) is announced this afternoon with Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets: Live At The Roundhouse coming on April 17th September 18th, 2020.

Released through Sony Records, it is being made available as a 2CD/DVD package, on double vinyl and on Blu-ray. They include the show in its entirety, and the video formats include some additional footage too including interviews and rehearsals. Pre-orders are now being taken, and links to these are shown below. To give you a flavour of this release, here's the new, three-minute trailer that has been created to promote it:

For a full viewing of Live At The Roundhouse, it has also been announced that there will be exclusive screenings coming to cinemas in selected cities worldwide for one night only on March 10th, 2020 - details of participating cinemas can be found at NickMasonFilm.com where tickets can also be purchased. This theatrical event will also include a pre-recorded cinema exclusive Q&A with Nick Mason and the band where they will answer questions submitted by fans.

ORDERING INFORMATION:
You can order the various editions through the following direct links, taking advantage of Amazon's pre-order price guarantee so you will automatically pay the lowest asking price between placing your order, and release, whilst giving Brain Damage much needed help with running costs without costing you any extra. We really appreciate it too! All the below should be live when you read this, or if not, shortly.

LIVE AT THE ROUNDHOUSE - Blu-ray:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
LIVE AT THE ROUNDHOUSE - 2CD/DVD:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
LIVE AT THE ROUNDHOUSE - DOUBLE VINYL LP:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 

Roger Waters Us + Them Blu-ray, DVD, 2CD and 3LP releases

ROGER WATERS US + THEM - Blu-ray, DVD, 2CD and 3LP

Released October 2nd, 2020

The news that many of you have been waiting for - the physical editions of the Roger Waters Us + Them concert film have now been announced, and will be released on October 2nd, 2020.

Whilst the digital edition is now available to purchase or rent from your preferred outlet in 4K, HD and SD digital formats, we've had a lot of emails and messages asking us when people can get their hands on the Blu-ray, DVD, CD or 3LP vinyl of this spectacular recording. Whether you go for the digital download, the Blu-ray, or DVD, you'll have access to two additional concert songs not included in the original film shown in cinemas - Comfortably Numb and Smell The Roses - along with the short but fascinating documentary style feature A Fleeting Glimpse, which looks behind the scenes.

Let's take a closer look at the contents. The 2CD set features the show (minus C Numb and Roses) split across the two discs, with the split coming where the intermission of the show was. So, you have on disc one: Intro / Speak To Me / Breathe / One Of These Days / Time / Breathe (Reprise) / The Great Gig In The Sky / Welcome To The Machine / Deja Vu / The Last Refugee / Picture That / Wish You Were Here / The Happiest Days Of Our Lives / Another Brick In The Wall Pt 2 and 3. Turning to the second disc, this contains: Dogs / Pigs (3 Different Ones) / Money / Us And Them / Brain Damage / Eclipse / The Last Refugee (Reprise) / Deja Vu (Reprise).

The 3LP vinyl edition follows the above track list, but is split as follows: LP1 Side A: Intro - The Great Gig In The Sky; LP1 Side B: Welcome To The Machine - The Last Refugee; LP2 Side C: Picture That - Another Brick In The Wall Pt 3; LP2 Side D: Dogs; LP3 Side E: Pigs (3 Different Ones) - Money; LP3 Side F: Us And Them - Deja Vu (Reprise).

The Blu-ray and DVD editions have the same contents but obviously the Blu-ray will be presenting the material in higher quality. These present the whole show (as per the 2CD track listing, but obviously not split), along with the live performances of Comfortably Numb and Smell The Roses, and the documentary A Fleeting Glimpse.

Needless to say, this is bound to be a popular release when it appears on October 2nd. You should be able to place your orders for this through the following direct links (the use of which benefits Brain Damage at no extra cost to you, and is hugely appreciated by us as help towards the ongoing running costs of the site):

ROGER WATERS US + THEM 3LP VINYL: Amazon.com Amazon UK Canada Germany France Italy Spain 
ROGER WATERS US + THEM Blu-ray: Amazon.com Amazon UK Canada Germany France Italy Spain 
ROGER WATERS US + THEM DVD: Amazon.com Amazon UK Canada Germany France Italy Spain 
ROGER WATERS US + THEM 2CD: Amazon.com Amazon UK Canada Germany France Italy Spain 

If your chosen retailer is yet to have the order ready to place, please try again later as they make the page live with all the details. Ordering now will also mean you will benefit from Amazon's Pre-order Price Guarantee, meaning you will automatically pay the lowest price they have charged between the time of your order, and the release date.  


PINK FLOYD: DELICATE SOUND OF THUNDER Restored. Re-Edited. Remixed. - Blu-ray, DVD, 2CD, 3LP and deluxe 4-disc box
Released November 20th, 2020

Pink Floyd - Delicate Sound of Thunder Blu-ray, DVD, 2CD, 3LP and deluxe 4-disc boxThose of you fortunate enough to have the Floyd's Later Years box set will already know just how good the 2020 version (Restored. Re-Edited. Remixed.) of Delicate Sound of Thunder is. This was a result of going directly to the more than 100 cans of original 35mm negatives, painstakingly restoring and transferring the footage to 4K. It was then completely re-edited by Benny Trickett under the creative direction of Aubrey Powell/Hipgnosis. Similarly, the sound was completely remixed from the original multitrack tapes by longtime Floyd engineer Andy Jackson with David Gilmour, assisted by Damon Iddins. Suffice it to say that in the home setting, the quality is quite incredible and the new edit is great! The visual softness of the original VHS release is long gone, thank goodness, and this is as sharp and detailed as you could ever want, with vibrant colours, really showing off the visual aspect of the presentation.

Those who HAVEN'T got the box set, get ready for November 20th, 2020, when a stand-alone release of Delicate Sound will be made available, in some very nice sounding editions.

You'll be able to get hold of this on Blu-ray, DVD, 2CD, 3-disc 180-gram heavyweight vinyl and as a deluxe 4-disc edition with bonus tracks. All editions feature 24-page photo booklets, with the 4-disc box edition including a 40-page photo booklet, tour poster and postcards. The 3LP 180-gram vinyl set includes 9 songs not included on the 1988 release of the album, while the 2CD includes 8 tracks more than its original release.

It is bound to be a popular release for many, and pre-orders are now open for the various editions. You can order them through the following links, taking advantage of Amazon's free pre-order price guarantee - should their asking price drop at any point between you ordering it, and release, they will automatically charge you the lowest price during that period! Ordering through our links also helps with BD's ongoing running costs, and we really appreciate it:

DELICATE SOUND DELUXE BOX: Amazon.com Amazon UK Canada Germany France Italy Spain 
DELICATE SOUND 3LP VINYL: Amazon.com Amazon UK Canada Germany France Italy Spain 
DELICATE SOUND Blu-ray: Amazon.com Amazon UK Canada Germany France Italy Spain 
DELICATE SOUND DVD: Amazon.com Amazon UK Canada Germany France Italy Spain 
DELICATE SOUND 2CD: Amazon.com Amazon UK Canada Germany France Italy Spain 

Pink Floyd Scandinavia 1967-1972 book

PINK FLOYD SCANDINAVIA 1967-1972 - book

To be published May 2020 Autumn 2020

Due for publication in May 2020, is Pink Floyd Scandinavia 1967 – 1972.

Immediately after Pink Floyd's debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, the band was sent to Aarhus, Stockholm and Copenhagen on their first tour outside Britain. With their cutting-edge psychedelic music and shows they created something completely new and exciting wherever they went. This book follows them on their early tours in Scandinavia at humble venues to their return in the following years as they rose to become one of the biggest rock acts in the world.

Created by the Unseen Nordic Archives, the 176 page book promises an extraordinary collection of unknown and rarely seen photos from these tours - more than 200 pictures in total - added with new interviews from many of the key people involved and newspaper articles from local Danish and Swedish papers at the time.

The Unseen Nordic Archive series of books enjoy access to an archive of over 500,000 images from Scandinavian photographers and newly researched interview material from the people who were there.

Certainly sounds very interesting; we should have more about this in due course, and hopefully will be reviewing it too. In the meantime, the various European Amazon stores are offering the book as a pre-order, through these links: Amazon UK, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Spain and Amazon Italy. Should you nearest Amazon store not have this book on offer, feel free to use an alternative one as they all ship books internationally.

UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances the book has been delayed, but the publishers are hoping it will be available in the autumn of 2020 (so, presumably around October). We will keep you posted about this book.  


Pink Floyd: A Live Sound History - Mark CunninghamPINK FLOYD: A LIVE SOUND HISTORY - MARK CUNNINGHAM
Exact publication date to be confirmed, but hopefully 2020

A new book is due to 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 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...


Possibly in 2020:

  • 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! Having said that, with the subsequent release of Roger Waters The Wall, and Us + Them, will Roger now consider TDSOTM live only of historical interest, and not worth a release?
  • 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 presumably 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/Later Years box sets though, or by material displayed as part of The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains.
  • 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...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 October 2020 )