If you’re like us you wore out your copies of Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, The Wall and other Pink Floyd albums in high school. On September 26 there will finally be a reason to pick up new copies of Floyd’s 14 original studio LPs as a feature-loaded set of remasters will come out that day on CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray discs, an array of digital formats, viral marketing and iPhone Apps.
The new remasters come in four different varieties - Discovery, Experience, Immersion and Vinyl. The Discovery series are for newcomers to the music of Pink Floyd as they will feature all 14 albums ”painstakingly digitally remastered” by The Wall co-producer James Guthrie in “newly crafted packaging and booklets created by the band’s long-time artwork collaborator Storm Thorgerson.” You can buy all 14 albums together in the Discovery Box Set or individually.
Unreleased material starts flying in the Experience series which features the remastered versions of Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here and The Wall, each with a bonus disc of additional material and expanded liner notes. The Dark Side set includes a previously unreleased recording of the album performed at Wembley Stadium in 1974, Wish You Were Here features outtakes and live material from that era, while The Wall’s bonus material is still to be determined.
The description of the Immersion series particularly caught our attention – “Lavishly packaged in a sturdy 29cm square box, the sets contain remastered, previously unreleased and audio-visual material, plus much additional content – reproduced memorabilia, brand new graphics, art prints, collectors’ items, lavish booklets and more.” Again, only available for Dark Side, The Wall and Wish You Were Here, these boxes will include all sorts of rarities like Richard Wright’s Us and Them demo, Roger Waters’ Money demo, concert films and live material.
Also, each remastered version of Pink Floyd’s album will be available on vinyl with more details about those releases to follow. Finally, a new Greatest Hits collection entitled Best Of – A Foot In The Door will feature 16 remastered tracks. Head over to the new Why Pink Floyd…? website for more information on this bevy of archival releases and to pre-order ‘em.