“Breathe, breathe in the air.
Don’t be afraid to care.
Leave but don’t leave me.
Look around and choose your own ground”
Pink Floyd, Breathe
On the eve of arguably the most ambitious remasters program in rock history with Pink Floyd releasing collectors’ box sets featuring unreleased music and remastered complete studio recordings, comes the news that their classic 1973 album ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ has reached Australian sales in excess of 1 million albums – making it certified a staggering 14 x platinum.
The 38 year old album has proven it can stand the test of time as multiple generations of fans eagerly await tomorrow’s release of the remastered album in many different formats alongside previously unreleased or never before heard versions of the classic ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ songs.
In addition, tomorrow will also see the release of the ‘Discovery’ box set of all 14 remastered Pink Floyd studio albums and the repackaged and remastered individual studio albums as part of the Why Pink Floyd…? campaign.
The Why Pink Floyd…? releases on September 23 include the following:
The Dark Side of the Moon Individual CD
Experience 2 CD featuring Live At Wembley 1974
180 Vinyl LP with 320 Kbps MP3 Digital Album Download
Immersion Box Set – 6 disc set featuring unreleased
live concert footage, rare concert screen films plus more
Digital album in standard and deluxe formats
Pink Floyd studio albums Available separately on CD and digital formats
Discovery box set featuring all 14 albums with 60 page Storm
The releases are the first instalment in a three part campaign which continues on November 4 with the release of ‘Wish You Were Here’ deluxe sets and a new single album best of collection ‘A Foot In The Door, The Best Of’ followed with the February 24 releases of ‘The Wall’ deluxe editions.
Pink Floyd are still one of the most successful and iconic artists of all time, and recently signed an agreement with EMI which has allowed the development of a multi-format programme of packages, many containing archive material that has been collated during an extensive process between EMI and Pink Floyd for a range of media formats.
The releases, under the banner Why Pink Floyd…?, are designed to appeal to a wide cross section of their fans, with music to excite first time listeners, while super-deluxe box sets will cater to dedicated fans, allowing them to immerse themselves in multi-disc sets, containing alternate takes, unreleased tracks, restored live concert screen films plus more.
In 1967 the band comprised Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. Barrett left in 1968, to be replaced by David Gilmour. Syd Barrett died in 2006; Richard Wright died in 2008.
Pink Floyd have sold over 200 million records worldwide to date.