Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon 50th Anniversary Standalone Sets Announced
The wait is over for those who wanted to own the new Pink Floyd 50th Anniversary Edition of Dark Side of the Moon but didn’t want to fork out for the rather expensive (but very beautiful) boxset.
Today, Pink Floyd, in collaboration with Warner Music for European distribution and Sony Music for the rest of the world, announced a standalone release of the newly remastered version of their iconic album, “The Dark Side Of The Moon.” The album will be available in various formats, including CD, LP, and Blu-ray, starting from October 13th.
These separates are in addition to the Live at Webmley great sounding concert recording and the DSotM Official book. It will be available in different formats including CD, BluRay and LP.
These three new formats of DSotM 50th Anniversary Edition will be released on Friday 13th October. The 6th October will see Roger Waters’ re-imagination of the album released with two live performances in London on the 8/9 October. A busy week indeed! There will be a live stream event from AUbrey “Po” Powell on 6th September about the new animations project.
This remastered edition was initially part of “The Dark Side Of The Moon 50th Anniversary Box Set.” This is the first time it will be available separately. The Blu-ray edition includes audio features like Dolby Atmos and a 5.1 Surround mix, along with the remastered Stereo version. Each release will come with added extras like commemorative postcards, stickers, and a detailed 24-page booklet.
First released in 1973, “The Dark Side Of The Moon” remains a significant work in the music industry. It features a well-known sleeve design depicting a prism spectrum, crafted by Storm Thorgerson of Hipgnosis and illustrated by George Hardie. The album has sold more than 50 million copies worldwide, reinforcing its enduring popularity.
Dark Side Animation Competition
In addition to the standalone release, Pink Floyd is also hosting a competition for animators to create music videos for any of the album’s 10 songs. This aligns with the band’s history of collaborating with renowned animators such as Ian Emes and Gerald Scarfe. Animators can submit up to 10 videos, with a panel of experts, including Nick Mason and creative consultant Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell, selecting the winner. The deadline for video submissions is November 30th, 2023.
Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell Live Stream
Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell will be part of an upcoming live-streamed conversation with animators Sara Serna, Charlie Black, and Kate Isobel Scott. The discussion, focusing on the creative process, will take place on September 6th, 2023, at 5:00 pm UK time on YouTube. Link to live stream.
Dark Side Planetarium Shows
Lastly, “The Dark Side Of The Moon” is being featured in an immersive experience in various planetariums globally. I saw it at Leicester Planetarium and also had a look around the Space museum there which was rather excellent. The presentation offers visuals of the solar system and beyond, accompanied by the album’s tracks. These planetarium shows employ contemporary technology to provide an engaging audio-visual experience that complements the album’s themes.
Cover Art and Pack Shots
Here are some pack shots of what is available: