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The Rock-itt : October 2011
It‟s October and we are already seeing po- tential suitors lining up for our dollars during the Christmas splurge. There are as usual loads of album releases being prepared for Christmas release, a new one from Coldplay, produced by Eno and called “Mylo Xyloto” probably destined to be one of the biggest sellers. There is also intriguingly a new album due on November 18th from Kate Bush; it‟s called “50 Words For Snow”. That will make two albums in a year from Kate, the woman‟s going mad! The grandest releases for this Christmas are surely EMI Music‟s re-packaging of the whole Pink Floyd catalogue. At the start of January this year Pink Floyd signed a new five-year deal with EMI, winning a legal bat- tle to stop their albums being sold as single tracks as part of that deal. Floyd first signed with EMI in 1967! On September 23rd EMI issued re-mastered “Dark Side Of The Moon” packages badged as the “Immersion Edition” and the “Experience Edition”. The “Immersion Edition” is a six CD box set and the “Experience Edition” is a miserly two CD set! Bearing in mind the original album was a single vinyl album, apart from the re- mastering job that‟s an awful lot of extra ma- terial. Originally released in 1973, “Dark Side of The Moon” became Pink Floyd's first num- ber 1 album in the US, remaining on the chart for 741 weeks between 1973 and 1988. The “Experience Edition” features the origi- nal album re-mastered by James Guthrie (Producer of „Floyd‟s‟ The Wall) plus a bonus CD of a previously unreleased live perfor- mance of the work recorded at W embley in 1974. You also get a 16 page booklet de- signed by long time Floyd graphic artist Storm Thorgerson. The one I would go for is the “Immersion Edition”. You get the re- mastered album plus five discs of rare and unreleased audio and video, Storm‟s book- let extended to a 36 page oversized bound edition and a book of original photographs edited by legendary photographer Jill Furmanovsky. I would guess they are of the band! You also get a flippin Pink Floyd scarf and copies of Floyd memorabilia. The cost? About $150!! If you‟ve gone that far and got “Immersed” you may as well go the whole hog and get the “Discovery Box Set”. A complete re- mastered set of all 14 Pink Floyd studio albums. You‟ll also get another 60-page book by Storm Thorgerson, which contains the lyrics to all the albums. Imagine singing along to all that psychedelia! I‟m really intrigued with what the band and EMI are doing with this catalogue. My first encounter with Pink Floyd was in 1967 when I saw them perform in a small club just out- side Manchester, England called The Manor Lounge. I can‟t remember much about the gig except that Syd Barrett was wearing a yellow and brown sweater which made him look like a bumblebee! I do remember being very impressed though. By 1975 I had joined Floyd‟s record company EMI as a promotion man (I left in 2004). One of my early chal- lenges was to work on the follow up album to “Dark Side”, “Wish You W ere Here”. The band didn‟t do interviews and didn‟t want their album to be played in any way other than in full. EMI didn‟t want it played in full on the radio, (an almost impossible ask any- way) because they didn‟t want people taping it off the airwaves! It was a great learning curve for me, a great introduction to the band and in particular to their wonderful manager Steve O‟Rourke, a man who taught me an awful lot about promotion. I was fortunate enough to be around the band quite a lot, generally just making sure the right people saw them at their sensation- al live shows. I can remember in particular Flying Pig, coming to a Harbour Bridge near you! Pink Floyd‟s „Experience Edition‟ of Dark Side Of The Moon. Now you‟re talking. The Immersion Edi- tion of DSOM. Check out the scarf!! The Discovery Box Set, That‟ll get you through Boxing Day....