We’re still holding out hope for that one-off reunion, but at least Pink Floyd‘s back catalog will no longer be out of print. As announced today, the legendary outfit has settled its legal dispute with EMI and is celebrating with a comprehensive reissuing of its back catalog.
The releases, under the banner Why Pink Floyd…?, are “designed to appeal to a wide cross section of their fans, with music to excite first time listeners, while super-deluxe box sets will cater to dedicated fans,” according to an issued press release.
“A series of different listening experiences have been specially created for this release: in addition to remastered CD’s called ‘Discovery’ and the ‘Immersion’ CD / DVD / Blu-ray / memorabilia box sets will be a series of ‘Experience’ Editions coupling one classic album with a further disc of related content from that album to offer a deeper listening experience.”
The fun kicks off September 27th with the reissuing of all 14 of the band’s studio albums. Available individually or as part of a box set set, the ‘discovery’ editions will be digitally remastered and include new artwork designed by Storm Thorgerson, the band’s longtime Art Director. Also available on the 27th will be expanded deluxe and special edition versions of Pink Floyd’s 1973 classic The Dark Side Of The Moon, in a 6-disc ‘Immersion’ box set and ‘Experience’ 2-disc versions, as well as a collectors’ vinyl LP and various digital formats.
On November 8th, Pink Floyd and EMI will re-release 1975’s Wish You Were Here as ‘Immersion’ 5-disc and ‘Experience’ 2-disc editions, both of which will include bonus material from the band’s 1974 Wembley dates, including a 20-minute live rendition of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”, as well as a unique recording of Wish You Were Here featuring the legendary jazz violinist, Stephane Grappelli. A collectors’ vinyl LP will also be available, as will various digital formats. Released simultaneously will be A Foot In The Door – The Best Of Pink Floyd, a collection of their most well known songs, contained on one album for the first time.
Finally, on February 28th, 2012, Pink Floyd’s iconic 1979 album The Wall will be released in deluxe packages including a 7-disc ‘Immersion’ set and a 3-disc ‘Experience’ edition. A collectors’ vinyl LP will also be available, as will various digital formats.
The press release adds that Pink Floyd collaborators James Guthrie (in the US) and Andy Jackson (in the UK) were in charge of digital remastering to the “highest audio and audiovisual standards.” What’s more, respected photographer Jill Furmanovsky edited books of original unseen photographs and Pink Floyd film archivist Lana Topha supervised the restoration of many historic films from Pink Floyd’s classic era, included in the ‘Immersion’ box sets for The Dark Side Of The Moon and Wish You Were Here.
Below, you can find out a full list of what’s due out and when. Also, Pink Floyd is relaunching its website in conjunction with today’s announcement, so you should be able to find out even more details there. Update: You can pre-order all of the releases at whypinkfloyd.com.
All 14 remastered studio albums ‘Discovery’ editions
Box-set of all 14 albums with photo book
Audio downloads of ‘Discovery’ albums and box-set
The Dark Side of The Moon ‘Immersion’ and ‘Experience’ editions, vinyl LP and digital editions
A Foot In The Door -The Best of Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here ‘Immersion’ and ‘Experience’ editions, vinyl LP and digital editions
February 28th, 2012:
The Wall ‘Immersion’ and ‘Experience’ editions, vinyl LP and digital editions