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PInk Floyd to release Early Years box set (27 discs, 12 hours audio, 15 hours video)

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PINK FLOYD

‘The Early Years 1965-1972’

Released: 11 November 2016

  • Unreleased demos, TV appearances and live footage from the Pink Floyd archives
  • 6 volumes plus a bonus EXCLUSIVE ‘Extras’ package across 27 discs
  • Over 20 unreleased songs including 1967’s Vegetable Man andIn the Beechwoods
  • Remixed and updated versions of the music from ‘Zabriskie Point’
  • 7 hours of previously unreleased live audio
  • 15 hours 35 mins of video including rare concert performances, interviews and 3 feature films
On 11 November 2016, Pink Floyd will release ‘The Early Years 1965-1972’. Pink Floyd have delved into their vast music archive, back to the very start of their career, to produce a deluxe 27-disc boxset featuring 7 individual book-style packages, including never before released material.

The box set will contain TV recordings, BBC Sessions, unreleased tracks, outtakes and demos over an incredible 12 hours, 33 mins of audio (made up of 130 tracks) and over 15 hours of video. Over 20 unreleased songs including 7 hours of previously unreleased live audio, plus more than 5 hours of rare concert footage are included, along with meticulously produced 7” singles in replica sleeves, collectable memorabilia, feature films and new sound mixes. Previously unreleased tracks include 1967’s Vegetable Man and In The Beechwoods which have been newly mixed for the release.

‘The Early Years 1965-1972’ will give collectors the opportunity to hear the evolution of the band and witness their part in cultural revolutions from their earliest recordings and studio sessions to the years prior to the release of ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’, one of the biggest selling albums of all time. From the single Arnold Layne to the 20-minute epic Echoes, fans will see the invention of psychedelic progressive rock via an insightful collection that explores the Pink Floyd story from the time Roger Waters, Richard Wright, Nick Mason and Syd Barrett met at London’s Regent Street Polytechnic through to Syd’s departure and David Gilmour joining to form the iconic lineup.

In addition to the deluxe set, a 2-CD highlights album ‘The Early Years – CRE/ATION’ will also be available on 11 November 2016 through Pink Floyd Records.

Each individual book-style package will be released separately early in 2017, except ‘BONUS CONTINU/ATION’ which is exclusive to this box set.

Product overview:

1965-1967 CAMBRIDGE ST/ATION

Covering Syd Barrett’s time with the band, from the pre-EMI demos, through the non-album hit singles and related tracks, the first volume also features previously unreleased tracks like Vegetable Man and In The Beechwoods (newly mixed), plus BBC session recordings. Pink Floyd have also acquired the tapes of an unreleased 1967 concert in Stockholm.

The DVD/Blu-ray includes historic TV performances plus some of Pink Floyd’s own film material.

1968 GERMIN/ATION

This volume explores the time immediately after Syd Barrett’s departure, when Pink Floyd were still writing singles and at the same time developing their own unique, more instrumentally-based style. There are non-album single releases, plus a recently discovered session at Capitol Records studios in Los Angeles, BBC sessions and other tracks.

DVD/Blu-ray includes the recently restored promo clip of Point Me At The Sky, some international TV performances and a selection of song material from other television shows.

1969 DRAMATIS/ATION

In 1969 Pink Floyd unveiled their 2-part conceptual live production of ‘The Man’ and ‘The Journey’, covering a 24-hour period of dreaming, waking and other activities. Never released in that form, however some of the songs were used on the ‘More’ soundtrack and the ‘Ummagumma’ album. This volume refers back to ‘The Man’ and ‘The Journey’ tour with live performances in Amsterdam and for the BBC in London, but also includes the bonus tracks from the ‘More’ soundtrack that were used in the film but not on record, plus non-album tracks like the early version of Embryo from the Harvest sampler ‘Picnic’.

Video material includes 20 minutes of ‘The Man’/‘The Journey’ rehearsal at the Royal Festival Hall, directed by Anthony Stern, including Afternoon (Biding My Time), The Beginning (Green Is The Colour), Cymbaline, Beset By Creatures Of The Deep and The End Of The Beginning (the last part of A Saucerful Of Secrets), plus other live performance footage from that year.

1970 DEVI/ATION

At the end of 1969 and in the early part of 1970, Pink Floyd recorded and mixed their contribution to Michelangelo Antonioni’s alternative view of US society, ‘Zabriskie Point’. 3 songs were released on the soundtrack album, and a further 4 in the expanded CD edition in 1997. Never released on one Pink Floyd disc, this volume compiles remixed and updated versions of the ‘Zabriskie Point’ audio material.

In the same year, Pink Floyd scored their first UK Number One album with ‘Atom Heart Mother’, a collaboration with Ron Geesin, and the audio includes the first performance for the BBC, featuring an orchestra and choir, as well as, on DVD, the original Quad mix.

Video material includes a full hour of Pink Floyd performing live at San Francisco cable TV station KQED plus extracts from historic performances of ‘Atom Heart Mother’, and material from French TV coverage of the St. Tropez festival in Southern France.

1971 REVERBER/ATION

In 1971 Pink Floyd recorded the ‘Meddle’ album, containing the LP side-long ‘Echoes’, regarded by many as laying the groundwork for ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’, and, as such, is an important part of the Pink Floyd canon.

This package includes part of the original demos, when the project gestated from ‘Nothing’ to ‘Return Of The Son Of Nothing’, as well as a contemporary BBC session recording.

Audio-visual material includes the original unreleased Quad mix of ‘Echoes’ but also material of live band performances in 1971, including songs performed with Roland Petit and his Marseille ballet company.

1972 OBFUSC/ATION

In 1972 Pink Floyd travelled to Hérouville, north of Paris, to record at Strawberry Studios there, based in the town’s Chateau. In a remarkable two weeks, they wrote and recorded one of their most cohesive albums, ‘Obscured By Clouds’, the soundtrack to Barbet Schroeder’s ‘La Vallée’.

1972 saw the release of ‘Pink Floyd Live At Pompeii’, a film of the band performing without an audience in the historic Roman amphitheatre of Pompeii, directed by Adrian Maben. The video material includes the performances from the ‘Live At Pompeii’ film, edited to new 5.1 audio mixes, plus material from contemporary French TV as well as performances from Brighton Dome in June 1972 and further performances with the Roland Petit ballet company.

BONUS CONTINU/ATION (Exclusive to ‘The Early Years 1965-1972’ box set)

A bonus CD/DVD/Blu-ray disc package includes a CD of early BBC radio sessions, the audio tracks from the film ‘The Committee’, Pink Floyd’s live soundtrack to the 1969 NASA moon landings, and more.

Audio-visual material includes 3 feature films: ‘The Committee’, ‘More’ and ‘La Vallée’ (Obscured By Clouds), plus more live footage and festival performances by the band.

FULL TRACK LISTING HERE

Box Set Trailer

Pre-order Box Set | 2CD | 2CD Digital

http://www.pinkfloyd.com/
http://www.pinkfloydz.com/sight-sound/pink-floyd-early-years/
 

Matty77

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Always enjoyed Obscured by Clouds actually. Some of the experimental stuff from that era was awesome, the more known, singles type stuff like Bike and See Emily Play is kind of take it or leave it, I could leave it.
 

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$699 - well, I was interested until that point.

I wonder how much of this didn't end up on any of the early flights bootlegs. For me, 1972 and earlier is the best Pink Floyd.
 

jambo

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It's $700 now, but each pack will be sold separately next year for a lot less. So you can pick and choose.

90% of it is superfluous, but those unreleased songs could be something special.

I think this is a result of all the fans asking for an emptying of the archives over the years. Plus a lot of their songs changed over the first few years when they were experimenting live.
 

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Wow, that's a beautiful collection. I don't like early Floyd, so I won't be getting this, but this is great for fans of Barrett and the psychedelic era.
 

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Holy crap this tracklist is insane.

We get:
- all the BBC Sessions
- new mixes of Atom Heart Mother, Meddle, Obscured By Clouds, and Live at Pompeii
- a performance of the whole 'Man and the Journey' suite
- the rest of the Zabrieski Point and More soundtracks
- a release of the score and the film for 'The Committee' as well as the movies More and Obscured By Clouds
- and a whole bunch of extra live and unreleased tracks (including Moonhead and the version of Echoes from Wembley to finish off the concert that were already released)

I'm so hyped!
 

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Would the Zabriskie Point stuff include The Violent Sequence, I wonder? It lies in that awkward gap between Syd-era (Zabriskie Point itself) and post-Syd (Being remade into Us and Them for DSOTM)

I don't see it in the track list, but I don't know if it has had other names.
 

locustlx

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Would the Zabriskie Point stuff include The Violent Sequence, I wonder? It lies in that awkward gap between Syd-era (Zabriskie Point itself) and post-Syd (Being remade into Us and Them for DSOTM)

I don't see it in the track list, but I don't know if it has had other names.

I do see a track called the Riot Scene as one of the unreleased tracks available. Violet Sequence was supposed to be accompany that scene in the movie but it is only 2 minutes long on that pdf so it might be something entirely different. So maybe?
 

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Can't wait to see what they have planned for vinyl. Would rather have less content, more focused curation. I'm sure there will be some pretty sweet new releases featuring the best stuff.

Anything more from Pompeii is very exciting to me as is official releases of original quad mixes. New remixes, I'll have to wait and see. I like Steven Wilson's remixes of old Crimson and Tull, but the Genesis remixes by Nick Drake from several years back are crap.
 

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Out of my price range unfortunately :(

What is interesting is the John Latham recordings, a rejected soundtrack to a film by Syd era Floyd.
Nothing has been knowingly been heard of it so far.

The seven 'books' are supposed to be released separately in 2017, so if there's only only part you are interested in, you might want to wait.

That would be great for me, I'd buy them one by one over a couple of years or something.
 

Jezbollah

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Wow, that price.

But seriously, I'd love to hear that new Pompeii remix. But what I really want from Floyd is proper live albums from the DSOTM, WYWH and Animal tours. They did it with The Wall - i'd lap that all up.
 

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I don't care about the price.

I need it.

I've adored this era for so long. Hell, just under a couple of months ago I was waxing lyrical about the Soundtrack to More.

I'm speechless. I thought they'd never release this stuff. I'd given up hope.
 

amanset

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Wow, that price.

But seriously, I'd love to hear that new Pompeii remix. But what I really want from Floyd is proper live albums from the DSOTM, WYWH and Animal tours. They did it with The Wall - i'd lap that all up.

There's a DSOTM one in the Immersion box set.
 

amanset

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Finally an official release for Vegetable Man/Scream Thy Last Scream!

Something they previously said they'd never do. But I guess Syd's death changed things.

Well, that and the falling out of copyright, which was why they release that limited vinyl early years on Record Shop Day.
 

Weevilone

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I'm making a preorder and putting the release date on my calendar. I bet we'll see it discounted significantly before it ships, locking the lower pricing for the order.

And if not, I'll cancel later.
 

Protome

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That's my dad's Christmas present sorted then.

I wish I could afford to spend that on my parents...
 

andylsun

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We're kinda getting the whole thing now though.

DSotM Immersion had the Dark Side tracks, WYWH Immersion had Shine On, You Gotta Be Crazy and Raving & Drooling and now we're getting Echoes!

If you don't mind a bootleg, the Late Great Millard Tapes is pretty much the same set list from LA in 1975.

Edit: Wonder if $700 was a placeholder, now $550 on shop.pinkfloyd.com (http://shop.pinkfloyd.com/the-early-years-box-set-1965-1972)
 

jambo

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07wxdnw

Radio 2 had a 1 hour preview of the tracks from BBC Sessions portion of the box set and it sounds amazing.

25th September 1967
01. Flaming

25th June 1968
02. Let There Be More Light
03. Murderistic Woman (Careful With That Axe Eugene)
04. Point me at the sky

12th May 1968
05. Cymbaline
06. The Narrow Way

16th July 1970
07. Fat Old Sun
08. If

30th Semptember 1971
09. One Of These Days
10. Embryo
 
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