The Endless River (Deluxe Blu-ray Casebook Edition) [CD + Blu-ray] Multiple Formats, Box set, Deluxe Edition, CD+Blu-ray
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Compact Disc: Hardback Digibook - 16-page booklet includes unseen photographs from 1993 sessions The Endless River represents a return to the creative principles that informed the writing process that produced Pink Floyd classics like Echoes, Shine On You Crazy Diamond and Animals. In early 1993, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright set up their equipment in their own Britannia Row Studios in Islington and created more than hundred pieces of music by jamming together, interacting with each other's performances and recording the results. They then honed the pieces at David's Astoria floating studio, played them live for 2 days at Olympic Studios in Barnes with an extended lineup (Guy Pratt on bass, Jon Carin on keyboards and Gary Wallis on percussion). After that, the core trio returned to Astoria, and worked further on the compositions, alongside co-producer Bob Ezrin, refining the structure, tempos and arrangements. The result, after lyrics and vocals were added, was the 12 million selling 'Division Bell' album. At the time, there had been talk of a separate ambient album being created from the non-vocal tracks not subsequently issued on 'The Division Bell', but the idea was eventually dropped. In 2014 David Gilmour and Nick Mason re-entered the studio and, starting with unreleased keyboard performances by Richard Wright, who sadly died in 2008, added further instrumentation to the tracks, as well as creating new material. The result is The Endless River, including 60% of recordings other than the 1993 sessions, but based upon them. The title is a further link, '... the endless river…' being part of the closing phrases of High Hopes, the final song of the previous Pink Floyd album. David Gilmour describes the record as follows: "The Endless River has as its starting point the music that came from the 1993 Division Bell sessions. We listened to over 20 hours of the three of us playing together and selected the music we wanted to work on for the new album. Over the last year we've added new parts, re-recorded others and generally harnessed studio technology to make a 21st century Pink Floyd album. With Rick gone, and with him the chance of ever doing it again, it feels right that these revisited and reworked tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire." Stylistically, The Endless River includes all of the musical elements that characterize Pink Floyd: mellifluous keyboards, jazz-tinged drums, musique concrete, ethereal vocals, and distinctive, emotional lead guitar. As well as Pink Floyd's trademark backing vocals, there is one vocal track, with lyrics by author Polly Samson, who also contributed to The Division Bell.
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Though some may feel the lack of lyrics is an issue, personally I've never felt that Pink Floyd's lyrics was the strong point of their music. The instrumental parts to me have what has always made the band stand out as unique, that being said their are some numbers where the lyrics have played a part in the music but more in a subordinate role. Some of the lyrics could just as well been left at the drawing board.
These pieces stand out on their own much like the masterpiece Meddle.
I had a bit of distortion on both record surfaces, kind of a light swooshing sound and a faint imperfection on the surface that looked like it was probably a fault in the plastic. However, it did not take away from the quality of the music itself. The imperfection only showed up at the beginning and end where the record is silent. Cover art is amazing and the booklet inside is also of very high quality. Overall, I'm satisfied with my purchase.
Overall I am very happy with this purchase.
You can hear the similarities to the Division Bell.
A nice for the most part instrumental release.
Talkin' Hawkin' brings back theoretical physicist Stevin Hawking again.
I especially enjoyed side 3....yes side 3.
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Really surprised by this one. Odd that one vinyl has 1 song per side, but other then that another great one.Published 1 month ago by Ian Tyracek
Another great Floyd album. This one is more ambient than the others.Published 1 month ago by Pablo Shikovski
I love it, even if the compilation was old material and the new song was kind of lacking. Some tracks on it were superb.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This item was purchased as a gift. They were very happy to receive it.Published 5 months ago by Simoriah