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Pink Floyd New Album: What To Expect, Take A Listen

Pink Floyd Endless River Album Cover
Pink Floyd Endless River Album Cover

Pink Floyd’s new studio album The Endless River is released in multiple formats on 10th November 2014. Which one is for you?

A new microsite has now been launched for the album with lots of photos, audio and information about the release. More on this below.

So, what can fans expect from the new Pink Floyd album? Well it is mainly an ambient instrumental album and features one song with words by David Gilmour’s wife Polly Samson called Louder Than Words.

There is one song from the Division Bell demos that has been circulating in very low quality audio for some years which can be listened to here. You can also listen to the final version on the new Pink Floyd microsite for The Endless River. Listen to “Audio 2” by licking the play icon on the left side of this page.  Not sure if the change in speed/key is to do with the poor quality “bootleg” demo or whether the final version was modified in the studio. Something to discuss on our forum here.

How The Album Came About

Pink Floyd during The Division Bell recording sessions
Pink Floyd during The Division Bell recording sessions

The Endless River started out as music from the 1993 Division Bell recording sessions.

In 2013 David Gilmour and Nick Mason revisited the music from those sessions and decided that the tracks should be made available as part of the Pink Floyd repertoire.

David Gilmour said, “The Endless River has as its starting point the music that came from the 1993 Division Bell sessions. We listened to over 20 hours of the three of us playing together and selected the music we wanted to work on for the new album. Over the last year we’ve added new parts, re-recorded others and generally harnessed studio technology to make a 21st century Pink Floyd album. With Rick gone, and with him the chance of ever doing it again, it feels right that these revisited and reworked tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire.

David Gilmour New Album Studio
Pink Floyd New Album Studio November 2014

The band have spent the last year recording and upgrading the music,using the advantages of modern studio technology to create The Endless River.

The Endless River is a tribute to Rick Wright, whose keyboards are at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound. It is produced by David Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, Youth and Andy Jackson.

Track Listing of The Endless River by Pink Floyd

There are 4 ‘sides” to the album which are contained either on 1 CD or a double vinyl as detailed below. Here are the track listings for the new Pink Floyd album The Endless River.

SIDE 1 – Things Left Unsaid, It’s What We Do, Ebb and Flow

SIDE 2 – Sum, Skins, Unsung, Anisina

SIDE 3 – The Lost Art of Conversation, On Noodle Street, Night Light, Allons-y (1), Autumn ’68, Allons-y (2), Talkin’ Hawkin’

SIDE 4 – Calling, Eyes to Pearls, Surfacing, Louder Than Words.

Multi-Format Release – Which One Is For You?


Standard CD

Pink Floyd Endless River - Standard CD
Pink Floyd Endless River – Standard CD

The standard CD has a hard cover bound book package with foil blocking on cloth spine. It also features a 16-page photo & credit booklet including previously unseen photographs from 1993 sessions.

The artwork director has been Aubrey Powell, the other half of Hipgnosis (with Storm Thorgerson) who have done many of Pink Floyd and other bands album artwork. It is a single CD with the 4 ‘sides” of the album on.

Treat Yourself [CD] – Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com


Double Vinyl

Pink Floyd Endless River - Double Vinyl
Pink Floyd Endless River – Double Vinyl

The double vinyl version of Pink Floyd’s new album The Endless River has the same 4 sides as the CD presented across two LPs.

It is made from heavyweight 180 gram vinyl, mastered by Doug Sax at The Mastering Lab, Ojai, California.

The packaging is formed by a gatefold sleeve, has full colour inner bags, download card to get the album electronically and has a wonderful full size, 11”x11” 16-page photo/credit booklet including previously unseen photographs from 1993 sessions. Sure sounds like a beautiful thing to own!

Treat Yourself [Double Vinyl] – Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com


Deluxe Casebook set (DVD or Blu-Ray Versions)

The casebook set can be bought in either a DVD or a Blu-Ray version depending on which player you have. Now could be a good time to upgrade to blu-ray if you have not done so already. It is so much better than standard DVD!

The Pink Floyd Endless River casebook set includes 24-page photo/credit booklet in hard cover, including previously unseen photographs from 1993 sessions. It also has CD in full colour card wallet with full colour label.

Depending on which version of the box set you buy, it will contain either a DVD (NTSC) or BLU-RAY in full colour card wallet with full colour label.

Pink Floyd Endless River - Boxset DVD Version
Pink Floyd Endless River – Boxset DVD Version

DVD contains ‘The Endless River’ album in 5.1 Surround (Dolby Digital and DTS), plus stereo version in 48kHz /24 bit.

Many fans will be able to enjoy the quality of the DVD version but you may want to consider upgrading your sound system to enjoy Pink Floyd’s new album The Endless River on the higher quality Blu-Ray system instead!

Pink Floyd Endless River - Boxset Blu-Ray Version
Pink Floyd Endless River – Boxset Blu-Ray Version

BLU-RAY contains ‘The Endless River’ album in high resolution 5.1 Surround (DTS Master Audio and PCM, 96/24), plus PCM stereo 96/24. This is certainly the one to buy if you have the blu-ray player which you can pick up relatively cheaply these days.

In both Box Sets…

The goodies do not stop there either, there it lots more in the box set! There are 3 x Collectors’ full colour postcards, one of which with 3D Lenticular design (which is a physical printing technique to give the illusion of depth in an image), plus extra non-album audio-visual material (approx. 39 minutes): 6 video tracks and 3 audio tracks, unavailable elsewhere.

Includes archive video material and still photographs shot at the original 1993 recording sessions.

Treat Yourself

[DVD casebook set] – Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

[Blu-Ray casebook set] – Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

New Pink Floyd Endless River Microsite

A new microsite has appeared on Pink Floyd’s official website with lots of things to enjoy on there including two audio sample clips from the album so you can have a sneak preview of what the album sounds like. There is also a photo gallery of some studio recording photos in which can be enjoyed here.

And finally, here is the new Pink Floyd album The Endless River TV Advert to get you excited for the release on 10th November 2014, perfect in time for Christmas for all Pink Floyd fans the world over!

 

Come And Discuss the New Album

It would be great if you would come and share your thoughts about Pink Floyd’s new studio album The Endless River on our friendly Pink Floyd forum. There is a discussion thread that is quite active and full of lots of information from fans. Read it here > New Pink Floyd Album ‘The Endless River’

 

Photos of Pink Floyd’s New Album The Endless River on Vinyl

Pink Floyd The Endless River Vinyl Master
Pink Floyd The Endless River Vinyl Master

Acoustic Sounds has shared some photos of Pink Floyd’s new studio album The Endless River they are working on for release in October 2014.

Acoustic Sounds were chosen to handle the release of the double vinyl of the album and have received the master copies as you can see below from The Mastering Lab.

Pink Floyd The Endless River Vinyl Master in its shipping box, very exciting!
Pink Floyd The Endless River Vinyl Master in its shipping box, very exciting!

There are of course four sides to a double vinyl recording and all four of these were sent to Acoustic Sounds at Quality Record Pressings, straight from Doug Sax and crew at The Mastering Lab northwest of Los Angeles.

The follow-up to 1994’s ‘The Division Bell,’ ‘The Endless River’ marks the 15th studio album by the famed British band. Scheduled to release in October, ‘The Endless River’ finds David Gilmour and Nick Mason completing work on sessions with the late keyboardist and founding member Rick Wright. This is the third album by the Gilmour-helmed Pink Floyd after Roger Waters’ departure from the band in 1985.

Pink Floyd The Endless River Vinyl Master getting ready to go into production.
Pink Floyd The Endless River Vinyl Master getting ready to go into production.

The album is based on unreleased material the band produced with Wright during sessions for ‘The Division Bell’ in 1994. Ultimate Classic Rock has done a nifty ’10 Facts You Need to Know’ roundup concerning some pertinent nuggets about the new album – for instance, what started as a collection of all-instrumentals now has lyrics, and some Gilmour lead vocals. 

Acoustic Sounds said, “We’re ecstatic that QRP was chosen to press ‘The Endless River’ on vinyl and proud that our recent pressing of ‘The Division Bell’ was so highly received. When we say we press the world’s finest-sounding LPs, we mean it.”

New Waters and Gilmour Albums?

These two albums, and the new Pink Floyd one are going to be exciting news I think. To make sure you do not miss out on hearing about them, please get our free email newsletter, or follow us on Social Media via Facebook or Twitter. Go on, be modern!