UPDATE: Thanks to reader Alan for passing along the track listings for these sets! You can read them after the jump.
ORIGINAL POST: Why Pink Floyd? Why not? Whatever the answer, though, Why Pink Floyd is the name of the major new catalogue intiative for the legendary band, and while matters have sometimes been contentious between band members, they appear to be in perfect harmony for the launch of this campaign! The expansive collection is a three-tiered celebration of the work of Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright: Discovery, Experience and Immersion. These three lines are intended to offer sonically superior versions of these albums at every price point for every level of collector. The overall campaign encompasses CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray discs, vinyl, an array of digital formats, viral marketing and iPhone apps. (The official site of the project also indicates that SACDs may be included!)
The Discovery discs are remasters of the original studio albums with no additional audio content. These are designed as introductions to the band's core catalogue, and each of the 14 titles in the series adds a new booklet with complete lyrics. Every title has been digitally remastered by James Guthrie (co-producer of The Wall) and the renowned designer Storm Thorgerson is responsible for new artwork. These albums will also be available in a box set.
Experience editions expand classic Floyd albums in digipak format with second discs of unreleased archival material and expanded booklets. Three albums will be presented in this format: The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975) and The Wall (1979). Finally, those same three albums will be available in Immersion editions which appear to live up to that label! The Immersion editions are packaged in 29 cm square boxes with remastered, previously unreleased and audio-visual material, plus additional content or "swag" such as reproduced memorabilia, brand new graphics, art prints, collectors' items, lavish booklets and more. More titles in these two deluxe formats may be announced in the future.
Vinyl remasters are in the offing, and the titles will be offered digitally. A single-disc greatest hits anthology, A Foot in the Door, rounds out the entire collection and is designed as the perfect introduction for the Pink Floyd newbie. It will offer 16 tracks chosen by the band, remastered by Guthrie and designed by Thorgerson.
Why Pink Floyd launches on September 26 with the release of all 14 Discovery titles. On the same day, The Dark Side of the Moon will drop in the 6-disc Immersion format and the 2-disc Experience format. Fast forward to November 7, when Wish You Were Here will see release in the same formats as well as the new compilation A Foot in the Door: The Best of Pink Floyd. The series concludes on February 7, 2012, when The Wall gets the Experience, Immersion, vinyl and digital treatments itself. Hit the jump to continue your Pink Floyd trip!
Roger Faxon, CEO of EMI, commented, "This is a unique collaboration between EMI and one of the most creative and influential bands in history. We have worked together for more than a year on this program which incorporates all the elements that have made Pink Floyd one of the most inspiring forces in modern music."
Watch this space for updates with discography for each album in this ambitious program. And in the meantime? Sound off below! Will you choose Discovery, Experience of Immersion? All titles can be pre-ordered directly from EMI here.
Pink Floyd, Discovery Box Set (EMI 0826132, 2011)
Disc 1: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (originally released as EMI Columbia SX-6157 (U.K.), 1967 - to be reissued separately as EMI 0289352, 2011)
- Astronomy Domine
- Lucifer Sam
- Matilda Mother
- Pow R. Toc H.
- Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk
- Interstellar Overdrive
- The Gnome
- Chapter 24
- The Scarecrow
- Let There Be More Light
- Remember a Day
- Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun
- Corporal Clegg
- A Saucerful of Secrets
- See Saw
- Jugband Blues
- Cirrus Minor
- The Nile Song
- Crying Song
- Up the Khyber
- Green is the Colour
- Party Sequence
- Main Theme
- Ibiza Bar
- More Blues
- A Spanish Piece
- Dramatic Theme
- Astronomy Domine (Live)
- Careful with That Axe Eugene (Live)
- Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun (Live)
- A Saucerful of Secrets (Live)
- Sysyphus (Part 1)
- Sysyphus (Part 2)
- Sysyphus (Part 3)
- Sysyphus (Part 4)
- Grantchester Meadows
- Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict
- The Narrow Way (Part 1)
- The Narrow Way (Part 2)
- The Narrow Way (Part 3)
- The Grand Vizier's Garden Party (Entrance)
- The Grand Vizier's Garden Party (Entertainment)
- The Grand Vizier's Garden Party (Exit)
- Atom Heart Mother
- Summer '68
- Fat Old Song
- Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast
- One of These Days
- A Pillow of Winds
- San Tropez
- Obscured by Clouds
- When You're In
- Burning Bridges
- The Gold It's in the...
- Wot's...Uh the Deal?
- Childhood's End
- Free Four
- Absolutely Curtains
- Speak to Me
- On the Run
- The Great Gig in the Sky
- Us and Them
- Any Color You Like
- Brain Damage
- Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V)
- Welcome to the Machine
- Have a Cigar
- Wish You Were Here
- Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts VI-IX)
- Pigs on the Wing (Part 1)
- Pigs (Three Different Ones)
- Pigs on the Wing (Part 2)
- In the Flesh?
- The Thin Ice
- Another Brick in the Wall (Part 1)
- The Happiest Days of Our Lives
- Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)
- Goodbye Blue Sky
- Empty Spaces
- Young Lust
- One of My Turns
- Don't Leave Me Now
- Another Brick in the Wall (Part 3)
- Goodbye Cruel World
- Hey You
- Is There Anybody Out There
- Nobody Home
- Bring the Boys Back Home
- Comfortably Numb
- The Show Must Go On
- In the Flesh
- Run Like Hell
- Waiting for the Worms
- The Trial
- Outside the Wall
- The Post-War Dream
- Your Possible Pasts
- One of the Few
- When the Tigers Broke Free
- The Hero's Return
- The Gunner's Dream
- Paranoid Eyes
- Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Desert
- The Fletcher Memorial Home
- Southampton Dock
- The Final Cut
- Not Now John
- Two Suns in the Sunset
- Signs of Life
- Learning to Fly
- The Dogs of War
- One Slip
- On the Turning Away
- Yet Another Movie/Round and Round
- A New Machine (Part 1)
- Terminal Frost
- A New Machine (Part 2)
- Cluster One
- What Do You Want from Me
- Poles Apart
- A Great Day for Freedom
- Wearing the Inside Out
- Take It Back
- Coming Back to Life
- Keep Talking
- Lost for Words
- High Hopes
- Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-VI) (Live @ Empire Pool, Wembley, London - 11/16/1976) (2011 Mix)
- Raving and Drooling (Live @ Empire Pool, Wembley, London - 11/16/1976) (2011 Mix)
- You Gotta Be Crazy (Live @ Empire Pool, Wembley, London - 11/16/1976) (2011 Mix)
- Wine Glasses (from the Household Objects project)
- Have a Cigar (Alternate)
- Wish You Were Here (feat. Stephane Grappelli)
- The Dark Side of the Moon: James Guthrie 2003 5.1 Surround Mix (previously released only on SACD) in standard resolution audio at 448 kbps
- The Dark Side of the Moon: James Guthrie 2003 5.1 Surround Mix (previously released only on SACD) in high resolution audio at 640 kbps
- The Dark Side of the Moon: LPCM Stereo Mix
- The Dark Side of the Moon: Alan Parsons Quad Mix (previously released only on vinyl LP/8 track tape in 1973) in standard resolution audio at 448 kbps
- The Dark Side of the Moon: Alan Parsons Quad Mix (previously released only on vinyl LP/8 track tape in 1973) in high resolution audio at 640 kbps
Disc 3, Tracks 4-5 released as Harvest Q4-SHVL 804 (U.K.), 1973
- Careful With That Axe, Eugene (Live @ The Dome, Brighton - 1/20/1972, 6/28/1972 or 6/29/1972) (previously unreleased on DVD)
- Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun (Live @ The Dome, Brighton - 1/20/1972) (previously unreleased on DVD)
- The Dark Side of the Moon 2003 documentary/EPK (25 minutes)
- Concert Screen Films: British Tour 1974, French Tour 1974, North American Tour 1975 - Screen films play in stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound (60 min total)
- Speak to Me (Original Alan Parsons Mix)
- Breathe (Original Alan Parsons Mix)
- On the Run (Original Alan Parsons Mix)
- Time (Original Alan Parsons Mix)
- The Great Gig in the Sky (Original Alan Parsons Mix)
- Money (Original Alan Parsons Mix)
- Us and Them (Original Alan Parsons Mix)
- Any Color You Like (Original Alan Parsons Mix)
- Brain Damage (Original Alan Parsons Mix)
- Eclipse (Original Alan Parsons Mix)
- The Hard Way (from 'Household Objects' project)
- Us and Them (Richard Wright Demo)
- The Travel Sequence (Live @ The Dome, Brighton - 6/28/1972 or 6/29/1972)
- The Mortality Sequence (Live @ The Dome, Brighton - 6/28/1972 or 6/29/1972)
- Any Colour You Like (Live @ The Dome, Brighton - 6/28/1972 or 6/29/1972)
- The Travel Sequence (Studio Recording - 1972)
- Money (Roger Waters' Demo)
- Wish You Were Here: James Guthrie 2009 5.1 Surround Mix in standard resolution audio at 448 kbps (previously unreleased)
- Wish You Were Here: James Guthrie 2009 5.1 Surround Mix in high resolution audio at 640 kbps (previously unreleased)
- Wish You Were Here: LPCM Stereo Mix
- Wish You Were Here: Quad Mix (previously released only on vinyl LP/8 track tape) in standard resolution audio at 448 kbps
- Wish You Were Here: Quad Mix (previously released only on vinyl LP/8 track tape) in high resolution audio at 640 kbps
- Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Intro) (concert screen film in stereo and 5.1 surround sound)
- Shine On You Crazy Diamond (concert screen film in stereo and 5.1 surround sound)
- Welcome to the Machine (animated clip)
- Strom Thorgerson short film
- MC:Atmos (Live @ Earls Court, London - 8/7/1980)
- In the Flesh (Live @ Earls Court, London - 8/7/1980)
- The Thin Ice (Live @ Earls Court, London - 8/7/1980 and 6/13/1981)
- Another Brick in the Wall (Part I) (Live @ Earls Court, London - 8/7/1980)
- The Happiest Days of Our Lives (Live @ Earls Court, London - 8/7/1980)
- Another Brick in the Wall (Part II) (Live @ Earls Court, London - 8/9/1980 and 6/14/1981)
- Mother (Live @ Earls Court, London - 6/16/1981)
- Goodbye Blue Sky (Live @ Earls Court, London - 6/17/1981)
- Empty Spaces (Live @ Earls Court, London - 6/14/1981)
- What Shall We Do Now? (Live @ Earls Court, London - 6/14/1981)
- Young Lust (Live @ Earls Court, London - 8/7/1980)
- One of My Turns (Live @ Earls Court, London - 8/7/1980)
- Don't Leave Me Now (Live @ Earls Court, London - 8/7/1980)
- Another Brick in the Wall (Part III) (Live @ Earls Court, London - 8/7/1980)
- The Last Few Bricks (Live @ Earls Court, London - 8/7/1980 and 8/9/1980)
- Goodbye Cruel World (Live @ Earls Court, London - 8/9/1980)
- Hey You (Live @ Earls Court, London - 6/16/1981)
- Is There Anybody Out There? (Live @ Earls Court, London - 8/7/1980)
- Nobody Home (Live @ Earls Court, London - 8/8/1980 and 6/15/1981)
- Vera (Live @ Earls Court, London - 6/13/1981)
- Bring the Boys Back Home (Live @ Earls Court, London - 8/7/1980)
- Comfortably Numb (Live @ Earls Court, London - 8/9/1980 and 6/15/1981)
- The Show Must Go On (Live @ Earls Court, London - 6/16/1981)
- MC: Atmos (Live @ Earls Court, London - 6/16/1981)
- In the Flesh (Live @ Earls Court, London - 8/7/1980)
- Run Like Hell (Live @ Earls Court, London - 6/15/1981 and 6/17/1981)
- Waiting for the Worms (Live @ Earls Court, London - 6/13/1981)
- Stop (Live @ Earls Court, London - 8/9/1980)
- The Trial (Live @ Earls Court, London - 8/9/1980)
- Outside the Wall (Live @ Earls Court, London - 8/8/1980 and 8/9/1980)
- Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2) (music video)
- Behind the Wall (documentary)
- Gerald Scarfe Interview
- Short filmed extract of Earls Court Concert featuring animation
It'll be interesting to see if any other albums get the IMMERSION Edition treatment. I hope Animals does.
I think the name "Why Pink Floyd?" is apt. Another remaster treatment, albeit with extra stuff for three albums? I loves me some Floyd, but c'mon... I gotta buy another complete set with progressively stranger artwork? Blast my collector genes!
John Phillips says
Are you fracking kidding me?!?! EMI wants to buy dark side a fourth time and a third time for the rest. Bullshit!!!! I can't get a new album out of Waters or what's left of Floyd? No, of course not. Will we be getting archived shows? Original track listing for The Wall? The so-called unusable footage of The Wall concerts? "Raving and Drooling?".
I'm not sure how Mr Guthrie can improve on the sound. Pink Floyd, like The Beatles recorded in the most technical studios in England, Abbey Road and their own Britannia Row. Damn you EMI.
I'm leaning on John's side here. How many times can James Guthrie remaster these albums? How will they sound different from the versions on the Oh By The Way box?
EMI must be hoping to make back some of the cash they're losing on not having the McCartney catalog.
No idea. But the Immersion titles sound enticing enough to drop scads of money that would otherwise go to mortgage, food, college, insurance, and so on. EMI: Bankrupting America since Shine On.
Uh, I'm pretty sure the usual "choose not to buy it" option will still be available.
Bill B says
Who cares!!! It's Pink Floyd!!!
Break out the credit cards!!!!
And how did you get away with only buying DSOTM 4 times.... LP, 8-track (dating myself there), second LP from wearing the grooves out on the first one, 1st edition cd, remastered cd from 1st box set, sacd for 5.1 mix, anniversary edition.
Yes, I am an idiot when it comes to Floyd and Rush.
Original CD, Shine On CD, Remastered CD and the SACD (I like that one the most). No LP or 8-Track.
I fully appreciate your predicament
One thing I did notice on the http://www.whypinkfloyd.com/ site was a brief explanation of the Immersion and Experience discs for Dark Side and Wish You Were Here. Live tracks and bonus studio stuff... not bad. The site messes up on The Wall, though.
The HMV website gives the track listing for each Immersion box:
SWEEEET!!!! A.friggin.bout time. I've given up hoping for a reunion album, so remasters with expanded material will be greatly welcomed! I hope we finally get "What Shall We Do Now?" on CD. And I wish Animals would stop being treated as a second class citizen. It's a great album! Give it an expanded edition too!
My piggy bank (pun intended) should be replenished by then after the Queen remasters. Bring it on!
Meh. Hopefully the bonus studio tracks will be good. Could care less about live stuff. They were a studio band to me.
I am excited to see Wish You Were Here finally get some love.
Yeah, but you'll have to drop a $100 to get the blu ray it looks like. Nothin' doin - sorry...
Nah, I just care about Immersion...don't need the Experience.
Im only looking forward to immersion edition box sets.
Hope it sound really different/better....
Will they get it right this time?
I just want some songs that were unreleased.
Have all the CDs of Floyd I can take already.
Yeah these will be expensive but the Immersion sets have stuff like the bits of Househould Projects that supposedly didnt exist.. and the quad mixes! and blu ray audio! and live archive material! and alternate mixes! I mean.. well 10 years ago I would have dropped a hundred a piece easy on a non cdr bootleg set with those tracks in not nearly as cool packaging. Piper doesnt need an immersion set. The 40th anniversary set did it plenty justice.. unless they finally would add Scream Thy Last Scream.
By that time Roger will probably have a blu ray out of his recent Wall shows.
Don't worry...when things get this expensive, they wind up "out there" pretty quickly after the release.
Mark Judkins says
What is that in the upper-left corner? Is that a sticker on the wrapper or part of the actual cover art? I hope they haven't altered the cover art!
John Phillips says
It just came to me. What will really tempt me to re-buy ANIMALS (my favorite), would be the inclusion of the 8-track version of "Pigs On The Wing" with the guitar solo (I think by Snowy White).
Here's an interesting article:
Meddle, please! I'd love to hear this in high-resolution audio, especially Echoes! Give it the Immersion treatment!
OH BY THE WAY... I wasted money
Hugo Cavero says
OK, everything seems to be fine for all fetichist floydians. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE WALL LIVE VIDEO IN EARLS COURT? they only offer "Short filmed extract of Earls Court Concert featuring animation"
I will have to still love my bootleg DVD... DAMN!
And, just like with the previous box set (Oh, by the Way) Delicate Sound of Thunder and P.U.L.S.E are left over. OK, these are live albums but so is the second disc from Ummagumma after all...
And sorry, but I don't get the point of having the album at 448kbps if it appears at 640kbps in the same box!
I was very excited, but after reading the article I'm very disappointed.
I was hoping that the boxset for The Wall would contain a full live show on video. I already own the regular album, the live one, the movie on DVD... Just like any other fan 😉
I did not buy Oh by the Way (and I don't regret it), and I think it will be the same this time!
Oh, well... who am I kidding? I'm gonna buy the three immersion editions and crave for an Animals one!
Hugo Cavero says
Agree with you Megatof, nevertheles multitrack versions are very special and might be spacial for Floyd, but I insist THE WALL LIVE VIDEO IN EARLS COURT must be included, we all fans know everything about our band and don't need more documentals which are easily found in youtube and so on
David Stewart says
I know it's a dying format (at least as far as rock music is concerned) but couldn't the 2 disc Experience version have had a hybrid SACD with the 5.1 mix included? They did it with DSotM. The only way to get a surround mix of WYWH is to shell out over £80 for the Immersion set. Some people are more interested in the music than scarves and prints, etc.
I will buy TDSOTM and WYWH Experience 2CDs (in favor of the second discs) and I would like to buy Animals too if it would get the Experience treatment. Why it doesn't, that's a question. Correct me if I am wrong but I do not think it sold that bad.
Max Beta says
Finally they are giving us Floyd reissues worthy of purchace! I can't tell you how long I have waited for them to include bonus tracks and rare video! I will be buying the immersion box sets!!! Hope they give the immersion treatment to Atom Heart Mother, thats one of my favorites! Who am I kidding they are all my favorites!
Chris Veitch says
It would have been nice to see EMI and the band work just that bit harder and think this re-release through. The SACD surround version of Wish You Were Here will cost $35 if you are in the States or a minimum of $50 plus shipping and import costs, making this a very expensive purchase. They are alienating a number of fans by making the release this way. Why EMI was not consistent in its policy and released this album in surround in the same way as they did with the SACD release of the 30th anniversary album of Dark Side of the Moon is beyond me. I don't want to buy yet another re-mastered cd I want something that is truly different, special and above all affordable, which is the SACD surround version of not only this but most albums. EMI and other majors fail to step up to the mark and disappoint as they seem to be so out of touch with what many people do want, but as ever, we have no choice and are in their hands. This is equally disappointing given the current economic climate when many will not be able to afford expensive sets but want surround versions. Surround sound SACDs can be released as normal CD prices, so why not Pink Floyd's albums, they have done it once, why can't they do it again?
ANIMALS Immersion box set, with a 1977 concert in its entirety ! As the album in SACD.
I hope that finally the many fans of this period will be heard...
oh by the way:
Has anyone ever noticed (of course you have), at the very end of The Great Gig in The Sky, the last reverberation of the piano chord, there's a slight distortion before it returns in pitch...
I've noticed it in previous reissues, and it's still there on this remaster, it must be in the original mix tape, I wonder they never managed to rectify that (maybe they wouldn't).
About this reissue: the sound is great, I subscribe what others have writen before: not too loud, no loudness war here, the sound is full, rich, detailed, but not too sharp or squeakin, if you know what I mean.
And BTW again, I LOVE THE DIGIPACK!!! wouldn't have it any other way!!! 🙂
..still have to listen to the live disc...
And how about a glitch on "Breathe" from DSOTM (00:27)? On my old MFSL it's unaudible, but here on the 2001 remaster and also on 2003 anniversary version it's horrible...
I can hardly notice anything wrong in Breathe... I own the Oh by the way-box version, and now the Experience edition... And BTW again, they seem exactly the same remaster to these year, I couldn't say I'm able to tell a difference between the two, because I can't...