Pink Floyd’s entire catalog remastered

If you happen to be a fan of Pink Floyd, and I know there are a lot of you, I have some terrific news.

On Tuesday, Sept. 27, Capitol Records rereleased the entire recently remastered Pink Floyd catalog from “Piper at the Gates of Dawn” released in 1967 to its last album, 1995’s “Pulse.”

This is from “These remasters are based on the original master tapes, and were done by James. They generally represent a higher level of quality than the previous Harvest discs (which in turn were generally superior to the Capitol and CBS discs sold in the US). The remastered editions feature expanded booklets with new artwork and lyrics and the discs themselves are all picture discs.”

Pink Floyd was one of, if not the original, “space” and/or “acid” rock bands of the late 1960s and has remained one of the most popular classic rock bands in history.

What set it apart was the way Pink Floyd presented its music. It mixed rock ‘n’ roll, blues and jazz with classical and operatic overtones and put them into a vast and trippy psychedelic sonic soundscape that transfixed the listener, especially under an altered state of consciousness.

In eight years, 1971 to 1979, Pink Floyd released “Meddle,” “Dark Side Of the Moon,” “Wish You Were Here,” “Animals” and “The Wall,” all considered classics with “Dark Side” being the most popular by a wide margin.

My personal favorite is “Wish You Were Here,” a recording that was somewhat based on the life of former bandmate and founding member, the late Syd Barrett.

Each one of Pink Floyds 16 releases are available individually or as a 14-CD box set.

In the case of the two-CD set, “The Wall,” not only is it remastered but the price dropped by $10. “Dark Side of the Moon” received special treatment as it is available in three different ways.

The original single CD issue featuring the recent remastered disc is the basic release. There is also a two CD set which adds the complete “Dark Side Of the Moon” album recorded live from Wembly in 1974.

Finally, there is the three-CD, three-DVD Immersion version that has too much music to list here.

Features of the set include several different mixes of “Dark Side Of The Moon” including Alan Parsons Quad mix from 1973 in standard resolution audio all at 448 and 640 kbps.

There is an audio visual DVD and Blue Ray featuring “Live In Brighton 1972,” “Careful With That Axe,” “Eugene,” “Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun,” “The Dark Side Of The Moon,” 2003 documentary as well as concert Screen Films from the British Tour 1974, French Tour 1974, North American Tour 1975, Screen Films play in stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound. There is also a disc of previously unreleased tracks.

And then, there’s a 40-page booklet designed by Storm Thorgerson, an exclusive photo book edited by Jill Furmanovsky, a Storm Thorgerson art print, five collectors cards with art and comments by Thorgerson, a replica of The Dark Side Of The Moon Tour Ticket, a replica of The Dark Side Of The Moon Backstage Pass, a scarf, three black marbles, coasters (unique to this box) featuring an early Thorgerson design sketches and a 12-page credits booklet.

(You can take a big breath, now.)

“Wish You Were Here” and “The Wall” will get the “Immersion” treatment later this year.

Rock Cesario owns Triple Play Records, 530 Main St., and hosts “Acoustic Sunday” from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday on Drive 105.3 FM. Email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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