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The Endless River (Deluxe Blu-ray Casebook Edition) [CD + Blu-ray] Multiple Formats, Box set, Deluxe Edition, CD+Blu-ray

4.2 out of 5 stars 171 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Nov. 10 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, CD+Blu-ray, Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • Run Time: 192.00 minutes
  • ASIN: B00NQKWAIQ
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 171 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #254 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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This album is up there with much of their earlier work. The tracks remind me so much of their earlier innovative works. Its as if this is just a continuation before they were interrupted by The Wall. Whether The Wall was because of personality problems, getting rich quick or other pressures. This album seems to have no such pressure to produce product. This has to be one of my favourite PF albums since Animals. Really well done.

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.
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A very different album for Pink Floyd. However, if you accept it for what it is, it can be very enjoyable to just sit and listen to. Kind of a 'Pink Floyd meets Tangerine Dream' kind of a style. I am a vinyl record fanatic but this may be one time when having the CD would make it more enjoyable. The compilation is designed to be one continuous flow of music. The vinyl LP is two albums so the flow is broken into 4 short sides which can take away from the listening experience.

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.
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I love this Album. Its a 180g 2 LP set in a strong gatefold, nicely printed and fabricated Jacket. Records are built with quality. Sound quality is awesome too. This is one of the masterpieces from Pink Floyd.
Overall I am very happy with this purchase.
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The first listen to this album says ...hmmm what do we have hear, a bunch of tracks that didn't make the original album? There certainly is obvious undertones and familiar melodies from earlier albums. However, it is easy to get past that once you get into the talent that is Pink Floyd. The Blu-ray production is stunning in it's sheer "size" and quality. Actually, frighteningly good if your music system and environment can reproduce it. But even the standard version is filled with music unlike any other group has ever done. Such is the legacy of Pink Floyd. This one will grow on you and stay with you for a long, long time.
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Am a big fan of Pink Floyd, but felt rather let down by this CD. Nice enough to listen to but mainly instrumentals and rehashes of previous materials. Left me feeling rather disappointed. I guess I expected more. Try and borrow a friend's first before deciding to buy.
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Bought it for my dad, who is a big fan of The Wall and Dark Side of the Moon. He's not as into this as he is into their old stuff. It's a different sound. If you're expecting a similar sound to the classics, this isn't what you're looking for.
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By Paul TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 4 2015
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While not Floyd's best work by far it is a must have for any true fan!
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.
Recommended!
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If you are a fan of any or all of the Floyd's past few decades of creative processes, then this is a must own! A sweet good bye for a member of the band no longer with us (Richard Wright). Here the sound does ALL the talking, who needs words when the music is this good! Thank you Mr Gilmour and Mr Mason for treating us one more time, and yes for creating another masterpiece which has yet again unleashed the many buried fond memories of our youth. Kudos!
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