Pink Floyd - The Endless River (Deluxe 2 Dvd Set Cover) © Pink Floyd 2014, Parlophone Records Ltd
Cover concept is by Ahmed Emad Eldin
Design by Stylorouge; Creative Director: Aubrey Powell
10.11.14: pink floyd & the endless river cd+blu-ray
10.11.14: the endless river cd+blu-ray technical details
Audio CD: (10 Nov 2014)
Number of Discs: 2
Label: Parlophone UK
Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
10.11.14: the endless river cd+blu-ray - track listing
01/ It's What We Do
02/ Ebb And Flow
07/ The Lost Art Of Conversation
08/ On Noodle Street
09/ Night Light
10/ Allons - y ()
11/ Autumn '68
12/ Allons - y (2)
13/ Talkin' Hawkin'
15/ Eyes To Pearls
17/ Louder Than Words
01/ Things Left Unsaid
02/ It's What We Do
03/ Ebb And Flow
08/ The Lost Art Of Conversation
09/ On Noodle Street
10/ Night Light
11/ Allons - y (1)
12/ Autumn '68
13/ Allons - y (2)
14/ Talkin' Hawkin'
16/ Eyes To Pearls
18/ Louder Than Words
21/ Evrika (a)
23/ Allons - y
24/ Evrika (b)
10.11.14: the endless river cd+blu-ray - contents
DELUXE 2-DISC SET
CD: + Blu-ray includes:
Album in high resolution 5.1 and Stereo
Plus non-album material (39 mins approx)
6 video tracks + 3 audio tracks
24-page deluxe hardback booklet
3 collectors' postcards
Stereo PCM, 5.1 DTS Master Audio
and 5.1 PCM
All audio in high resolution 96kHz/24bit
Archive video material from standard
10.11.14: the endless river cd+blu-ray - review
A truly outstanding release and far better to pay a bit extra for the set than opposed to the standard CD release. There is so much more here.
I also think the ablum cover is destined to rank up there with the iconic Pink Floyd covers of the past. That's where the vinyl release always wins out - the bigger the cover the more this cover can be appreciated.
It's always worth getting the special editions like this early as the prices soon go up when the record company decide not to issue any more and go with the standard release.
I'll put more personal recollections of the release when I have time but for now below is the promotional release:
In early 1993, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright set up their equipment in their own Britannia Row Studios in Islington and created more than a hundred pieces of music by jamming together, interacting with each other's performances and recording the results.
They then honed the pieces at David's Astoria floating studio, played them live for 2 days at Olympic Studios in Barnes with an extended lineup (Guy Pratt on bass, Jon Carin on keyboards and Gary Wallis on percussion). After that, the core trio returned to Astoria, and worked further on the compositions, alongside co-producer Bob Ezrin, refining the structure, tempos and arrangements. The result, after lyrics and vocals were added, was the 12 million selling Division Bell album.
At the time, there had been talk of a separate ambient album being created from the non-vocal tracks not subsequently issued on The Division Bell, but the idea was eventually dropped.
In 2014 David Gilmour and Nick Mason re-entered the studio and, starting with unreleased keyboard performances by Richard Wright, who sadly died in 2008, added further instrumentation to the tracks, as well as creating new material. The result is The Endless River, including 60% of recordings other than the 1993 sessions, but based upon them. The title is a further link, '... the endless river…' being part of the closing phrases of High Hopes, the final song of the previous Pink Floyd album.
David Gilmour describes the record as follows: "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.""
Stylistically, The Endless River includes all of the musical elements that characterize Pink Floyd: mellifluous keyboards, jazz-tinged drums, musique concrete, ethereal vocals, and distinctive, emotional lead guitar. As well as Pink Floyd's trademark backing vocals, there is one vocal track, with lyrics by author Polly Samson, who also contributed to The Division Bell."
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