Omnibus Press will release The Lyrics of Syd Barrett book next year on 18th February and will be available in all good bookstores including Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com. It is an official book.
The book has had the involvement of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour who has been carefully checking the lyrics that are included in the book. He mentioned it on his “Von Trapped” family broadcast he has been doing on Covid Lockdown. The book is beautifully illustrated.
Syd of course was the driving force of Pink Floyd when the band was established. It was his songs that firmly established the band on the underground scene and set the tone for decades to come.
Syd was also overly fond of LSD amongst other drugs and this, along with schizophrenia, meant that he drifted away from Pink Floyd – a collection of young lads that wanted to be pop stars – and instead focused on his solo works. His style was whimsical, unbounded and fun.
Exploring the lyrics is just as important as the music, if not more so in Syd’s case. His songs with Syd wanted to be a painter. He loved his artistic creations including the theatre of painting pictures, photographing them, then burning the originals in later life. Looking through the earthly possessions he left behind, which were up for auction after his death, highlighted his playful and artistic nature.
The book features 56 songs and a foreword by Pink Floyd’s first manager, Peter Jenner, and an introduction by Rob Chapman (author of Syd Barrett: A Very Irregular Head), this beautifully illustrated and official book compiles Syd’s extraordinary lyrics together for the very first time.
There will be another phenomenal book announced shortly so make sure you are getting our newsletter to find out more when I am able to share the fantastic details.
The massive Pink Floyd Later Years 1987-2019 box set has an incredible amount of goodies including 5CDs, 6 Blu-Ray discs, 5 DVDs, Exclusive 7″ singles, deluxe 60 page photo book, 3 tour programmes and lyrics book and a treasure trove of memorabilia! However, it is on the expensive side so this may stop many fans from being able to buy it. It may be a viable Christmas present (if you celebrate that in your part of the world). Ask very nice indeed!
Luckily, there will also be other formats available including the Highlights CD which has the 12 tracks on. It also comes as a double LP which looks great (4 sides on 2 LPs). Both these formats have a really nice booklet included for you to enjoy as you listen to Pink Floyd in a new remixed light. The remixed versions from this release shared so far sound absolutely excellent and the production on them is incredible – the 1980s embellishments have been toned down to pop the songs into the “timeless classics” bucket like the rest of the back catalogue.
In addition to the CD/LP formats, it will be on Amazon Music so there is the opportunity to experience the highlights for free or a small fee! You won’t get the lovely booklet though, or the beautiful lossless joy of the LP!
If you are a digital music person, or are happy to become one, then you can take advantage of an Amazon Music Unlimited offer and listen for £0.99 for 4 months (USD$0.99). The Early Years 12 track sampler is available and you can listen to two tracks from it today as a preview, and get the full album on November 29th when it is released!
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After your trial has finished you can easily cancel, or you could continue with a subscription. Amazon Prime subscribers can get it for £7.99 per month and £9.99 for non-Prime people. (USD$7.99 and $9.99 respectively).
What formats are available? Full Contents Listing
There are three editions available with the massive 18 disc box set being the most lavish, and there are highlight versions which have 12 tracks on. The highlights versions is available in CD or double LP versions.
‘Pink Floyd The Later Years’, an 18-disc set (5xCDs, 6xBlu-Rays, 5xDVDs, 2×7” plus exclusive photo book and memorabilia) covering the material created by David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright from 1987 onwards.
The period generated record sales of over 40 million worldwide and included three studio albums: ‘A Momentary Lapse of Reason’, ‘The Division Bell’ and ‘The Endless River’ as well as two live albums: ‘Delicate Sound of Thunder’ and ‘Pulse’.
With additional production from David Gilmour and Andy Jackson, over 13 hours of unreleased audio and audiovisual material, including the sought-after 1989 Venice and 1990 Knebworth concerts, ‘Pink Floyd The Later Years’ is a must for all fans.
The box set has 7 amazing areas of content which is detailed below for you to salivate over!
5CDs: Disc 1. A Momentary Lapse of Reason Updated and Remixed 2019, Disc 2. Delicate Sound Of Thunder (live) Remixed 2019 Part 1, Disc 3. Delicate Sound Of Thunder (live) Remixed 2019 Part 2, Disc 4. Live Recordings 1987 & 1994 / Unreleased studio material, Disc 5. Knebworth Concert 1990 Unreleased and Remixed
6 Blu-Rays: Disc 6. Surround Sound Audio Mixes, Disc 7. Delicate Sound Of Thunder Film Restored & Re-mixed, Disc 8. Pulse Film 2019 Restored & Re-Edited, Disc 9. Venice Concert 1989 / Knebworth Concert 1990, Disc 10 – Unreleased Live Films, Music Videos & Screen Films, Disc 11 – Unreleased Material and Documentaries
5 DVDs: Disc 12. Delicate Sound Of Thunder Film Restored & Re-mixed, Disc 13. Pulse Film 2019 Restored & Re-Edited, Disc 14. Venice Concert 1989 / Knebworth Concert 1990, Disc 15 – Unreleased Live Films, Music Videos & Screen Films, Disc 16 – Unreleased Material and Documentaries.
Exclusive 7″ Singles: Included in the box are two exclusive previously unreleased tracks on 7″ vinyl singles, both in brand-new picture cleeves. Arnold Layne was recorded live at the Tribute to Syd Barrett concert at London’s Barbican Centre in 2007. Lost for Words was recorded live by Pink Floyd at rehearsals for their “Pulse” filmed concert at Earl’s court, London, in 1994. Both singles have a specially etched image on their respective Bb-sides.
Deluxe Photo Book: 60-Page deluxe hard back photo book designed by Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis and Peter Curzon of StormStudios. This impressive book includes many previously unseen images.
Replica Tour Programmes and Lyrics Book: A newly-created set of reproduction tour programmes (Pink Floyd World Tour 1987/1988, Pink Floyd Live 1989, Pink Floyd European Tour 1994), plus a brand-new Lyrics book, designed by Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis and Peter Curzon from StormStudios.
Memorabilia: A collection of reproduction memorabilia including tour passes, stickers and posters, all printed to replicate the originals, and contained in a prestige card envelope, alongside the two exclusive 7″ vinyl singles.
Accompanying the release of the Box set this 12 track highlights package on heavyweight 2LP and 1CD features rare, unreleased and remixed tracks selected especially for this release. Almost half of the album is entirely previously unreleased. Both formats come with an exclusive 24 page booklet.
Disc: 1 1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Pts. 1-5) [Live at Knebworth 1990] [2019 Mix] 2. Marooned Jam (1994 Recording) 3. One Slip (2019 Remix) 4. Lost For Words (Tour Rehearsal 1994) 5. Us And Them (Live, Delicate Sound Of Thunder) [2019 Remix] 6. Comfortably Numb (Live at Knebworth 1990) [2019 Mix] 7. Sorrow (2019 Remix) 8. Learning To Fly (Live, Delicate Sound Of Thunder) [2019 Remix] 9. High Hopes (Early Version) [1994 Recording] 10. On The Turning Away (2019 Remix) 11. Wish You Were Here (Live at Knebworth 1990) [2019 Mix] 12. Run Like Hell (Live, Delicate Sound Of Thunder) [2019 Remix]