Waters tour to cover U.S. in 2017

Roger Waters is following up his journey to the California desert with a 40-date tour of North America, to begin in late May. The "Us + Them" tour -- the name a riff on the Pink Floyd song -- is keyed to the release of a new Waters album, his first studio effort since 1992's "Amused to Death." Tickets go on sale for the Waters tour Friday, Oct. 21. Presales begin Monday, Oct. 17, and there is a Citi Private Pass tie-in. The tour won't focus on a specific album, such as the epic and sometimes controversial "The Wall" tours of 2010-13. "It'll be a mixture of stuff from my long career, stuff from my years with Pink Floyd, some new things," Waters said. "Probably 75% of it will be old material and 25% will be new, but it will be all connected by a general theme." Know for … [Read more...]

Pink Floyd’s ‘Early Years’ on 27 discs

A head-spinningly comprehensive look at Pink Floyd's early years is due in November. The 27-disc box set includes more than 11 hours of audio and 14 hours of video/AV. "The Early Years: 1965-1972" packs in 10 CDs, eight Blurays, nine DVDs, five 7-inch singles on vinyl. Expect to pay more than $600 for the exhaustive box set, although prices of large sets do tend to drop somewhat leading up to release. Also planned for Nov. 11 is a double-CD set of highlights dubbed "Cre/ation." Pink Floyd, which appears to be done as a band, also is engaged in a major reissue of its catalog on vinyl. The "Early Years: 1965-1972" box set material is separated into seven volumes, six of which will hit the market individually next year. The bonus "Contin/uation" CD/DVD/Blu-ray disc package is … [Read more...]

Pink Floyd resurrects vinyl catalog

Pink Floyd plans to reintroduce its vinyl catalog, with the 180-gram releases flowing throughout 2016. The first batch of releases, due in early June, contains "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn," "A Saucerful of Secrets," the double-LP live/studio set "Ummagumma" and the film soundtrack to "More." The albums, being issued by Pink Floyd Records, have been remastered "from the original analogue tapes" by James Guthrie, Joel Plante and Bernie Grundman. The releases appear to be stereo only. The vinyl catalog will be reproduced throughout 2016, with release dates announced "at regular intervals," the Pink Floyd web site says. "Special care" will be taken to preserve original elements. The vinyl releases are to be manufactured and distributed by Sony Music, except for the U.K. and … [Read more...]

Psychedelic culture on display in London

Granny (and Granddad) can take a trip again in London, with the debut of a major psychedelic exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum, hailed as the world's leading museum of art and design. Opening in September, the exhibition "You Say You Want a Revolution? Records & Rebels 1966-70" includes a re-creation of the the city's underground UFO Club, complete with psychedelic light show and a "3D sound installation." Pink Floyd was one of the house bands at the groundbreaking venue. Pink Floyd also performed at the 14 Hour Technicolor Dream in London, another LSD-splashed touchstone for the exhibition. Artifacts to be displayed at "You Say You Want a Revolution?" include shattered guitars played by Jimi Hendrix and Pete Townshend; suits worn by the Beatles on the cover of "Sgt. … [Read more...]

Psychedelic year in review: Top titles

A half century hasn't dampened demand for the psychedelic goodness of the 1960s. The year 2015 found record labels still stuffing bins with high-quality releases, carefully crafted to take you higher. Here's a review of the year's top reissues of music connected with the psychedelic era. All are still available as 2015 fades to black, although some remain specialty items worth grabbing before the collector's price gouging gets under way. Jimi Hendrix: Completists welcomed the CD release in 2006 of "Burning Desire," the Dagger label's collection of "authorized bootlegs" from the master guitarist's final years. Now Sony Legacy has the expanded vinyl version, on two LPs. Tracks were recorded at the Record Plant in late 1969 and early 1970 with Billy Cox and Buddy Miles. Listen for … [Read more...]

Waters, Gilmour have Q3 in the pink

Solo works from Pink Floyd veterans Roger Waters and David Gilmour highlight the psychedelic music releases coming to market in 2015's third quarter. Other key releases come from Steppenwolf, Procol Harum, the Nice, Tame Impala, the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Mahavishnu Orchestra. Roger Waters' long-awaited -- and frequently delayed -- rerelease of "Amused to Death" will finally happen July 24 on all major formats, including 200-gram vinyl, Blu-ray Audio and hybrid SACD. Analogue Productions' revival of the Waters concept album features remastered audio by longtime Waters-Pink Floyd collaborator James Guthrie. The Blu-ray and SACD boast a 5.1 surround remix. The Blu-ray double-disc edition includes a CD with a straight version of the album, as well as the surround and stereo … [Read more...]

Gilmour powers up for album, tour

David Gilmour quickly sold out a trio of London concerts in support of his upcoming solo album, and quickly added two more. The additional shows at the Royal Albert Hall are set for Oct. 2 and 3. The concerts of Sept. 23, 24 and 25 sold out in under an hour. Those shows and other European dates (in "some of the world's most beautiful cities and venues") are in support of Gilmour's fourth solo album. Gilmour told Rolling Stone it would be an "old man's tour" and not a global affair. No U.S. dates were announced. No title or release date was unveiled for the Gilmour album. The guitarist's latest and probably final work with Pink Floyd, "The Endless River," came out in late 2014. That double album and Gilmour's third solo effort, "On an Island" (2006), both focused on … [Read more...]

‘A 21st century Pink Floyd album’

Pink Floyd has unveiled details of the upcoming double album "The Endless River" -- a tribute to the late Richard Wright that the band calls his "swan song." "Endless River" consists of reworked unreleased tracks that began life in 1993. Still, guitarist David Gilmour calls it very much "a 21st century Pink Floyd album." This means early November will see Pink Floyd's first album of unheard material in decades. " 'The Endless River' is a tribute to Rick" -- the band's keyboardist who died in 2008 -- drummer Nick Mason said. "I think this record is a good way of recognizing a lot of what he does and how his playing was at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound." Guitarist David Gilmour said: "Over the last year we've added new parts, rerecorded others and generally harnessed studio … [Read more...]

No. 22: ‘Ummagumma’

Here be dragons. Dragons, and dust from the bones of kings and traitors. Stonehenge. The funk of 4,000 years. Spacemen and madmen. Your mental movie may vary. Hear in it what you will, but English psychedelic music peaked here, courtesy of the sonic beast that was Pink Floyd circa 1969 -- captured live and in full throat on disc 1 of "Ummagumma," the band's polarizing third album. "Ummagumma" could have been the greatest live psychedelic music album of them all, and perhaps it still is, by default. But before that discussion we must dispense with disc 1's sad-sack sibling, a studio vanity project that gave each member of the quartet his own album side to flail about. Consider that one the "Ummagumma" bonus CD, odds & sods for hardcore fans. A record to be played once a decade, if … [Read more...]

Led Zeppelin albums stream to Spotify

Streaming audio holdout Led Zeppelin has landed on Spotify, joining fellow British heavies Pink Floyd. The albums are being rolled out between Dec. 11 and Dec. 15, starting with "Led Zeppelin" and "Led Zeppelin II," both released in 1969 and featuring the band's most psychedelic material. All of the nine studio albums will be up by Dec. 14, followed by five live and odds-and-sods projects such as "Celebration Day" on Dec. 15. Led Zeppelin reportedly had been shopping its Warner Bros./Swan Song catalog to streaming music services Spotify, Rdio and Rhapsody. Its music appeared, belatedly, on iTunes in 2007. The Beatles remain out of the streaming game, but the Fabs albums have been sold on iTunes since 2010. Guitarist Jimmy Page hasn't been a big fan of digital music, however. … [Read more...]

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