Pink Floyd have confirmed that they are releasing a new album, The Endless River, in October this year. The album is claimed to be mainly ambient and instrumental music based on the 1993/4 The Division Bell sessions which feature David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. It is produced by David Gilmour with Phil Manzanera, Youth and recording engineer Andy Jackson. (Keyboard player Richard Wright, a founding member of the band, died of cancer in 2008 at the age of 65).
The surprise news came first in a posting on Twitter by author Polly Samson, who is married to the band’s guitarist David Gilmour.
The new album will not feature Roger Waters, who left the band following 1983′s release of The Final Cut and was not involved in these sessions.
It is reported that the Floyd has no plans for an accompanying tour. The band was inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
However, while fans will have to wait for a new album Pink Floyd is releasing a 20th anniversary box set of The Division Bell, the band’s 1994 multi-million selling album that included the Grammy Award winning track ‘Marooned’ is now available.
The Division Bell was the last studio album to be released by the band, which by that stage comprised: David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. The 20th anniversary box set features six discs, including three replica coloured or clear vinyl discs, 5 collectors’ prints, a Blu-ray disc and for the first time Andy Jackson’s 5.1 audio mix of the album.
The Division Bell debuted at No 1 in the UK and in the USA, staying at the top of the US charts for 4 weeks; it also went to No 1 in eight other countries and, to date, has reached total album sales of over 12 million. The album was recorded by the band at Astoria and Britannia Row Studios with the majority of the lyrics being written by Polly Samson and David Gilmour, who said at the time: ‘The three of us went into Britannia Row studios, and improvised for 2 weeks. Playing together and starting from scratch was interesting and exciting, it kick started the album and the process was very good, it was collaborative and felt more cohesive.’
The Division Bell 20th Anniversary collector’s box set will feature a new 2-LP vinyl edition of the album, remastered by Doug Sax at The Mastering Lab from the original analogue tapes, including all the full length tracks (originally edited to fit on a single LP) in a gatefold sleeve designed by Hipgnosis/StormStudios. Five other discs are included: a red 7″ vinyl replica of single ‘Take It Back’, clear 7″ vinyl replica of ‘High Hopes,’ 12″ blue vinyl replica of ‘High Hopes’ with reverse laser etched design, the 2011 Discovery remaster of The Division Bell and a Blu-ray disc including the album in HD Audio, plus the previously unreleased 5.1 surround sound audio mix of the album by Andy Jackson.
Another addition included on the Blu-ray disc is a new video for ‘Marooned,’ the track that won a Grammy for ‘Best Rock Instrumental’ in 1994. Filmed in Ukraine during the first week of April 2014, the video was directed by Aubrey Powell at Hipgnosis. It appears on the disc with audio tracks in both PCM Stereo and a 5.1 mix by Andy Jackson. Bob Ezrin and David Gilmour produced the original album, with orchestral arrangements by the late Michael Kamen. The anniversary box set discs have been remastered by long term Pink Floyd audio associates James Guthrie and Joel Plante.