Includes 16-Page Hardback Booklet!
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The Endless River is the fifteenth studio album by British progressive rock band Pink Floyd. Produced by David Gilmour, Youth, Andy Jackson and Phil Manzanera, the album was released by Parlophone and Columbia Records respectively in Friday-release countries on November 7, 2014. The album is the band's first since the death of keyboardist and founding member Richard Wright, who appears posthumously, and the third by the Gilmour-led Pink Floyd after Roger Waters' departure from the band in 1985.
Described as a "swan song" for Wright, The Endless River mostly comprises instrumental, ambient music. It is based on twenty hours of unreleased material the band wrote, recorded and produced with Wright during sessions for Pink Floyd's previous studio album The Division Bell in 1994. The album was finished aboard the Astoria, Gilmour's houseboat recording studio, in 2013 and 2014 and at David's other home studio called Medina Studios in Hove, Brighton, England.
David Gilmour said:
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.
Nick Mason said:
The Endless River is a tribute to Rick. I think this record is a good way of recognizing a lot of what he does and how his playing was at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound. Listening back to the sessions, it really brought home to me what a special player he was.
The concept for the powerful imagery of a man rowing on a river of clouds was created by Ahmed Emad Eldin, an 18-year-old Egyptian digital artist. Ahmeds image was then re-created by Stylorouge, award-winning UK design agency.
Pink Floyds album artwork, mostly created by Storm Thorgerson of Hipgnosis, is as legendary as the bands music. With Storms passing in 2013, the task of finding an image that carried on Storms legacy passed to Aubrey Po Powell, Storms original partner in Hipgnosis. Po said: When we saw Ahmeds image it had an instant Floydian resonance. Its enigmatic and open to interpretation, and is the cover that works so well for The Endless River.
Hardback Digibook CD
Unseen photographs from 1993 sessions
Produced by David Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, Youth, Andy Jackson
Engineered and mixed by Andy Jackson with Damon Iddins
1. Things Left Unsaid
2. It's What We Do
3. Ebb and Flow
8. The Lost Art of Conversation
9. On Noodle Street
10. Night Light
11. Allons-y (1)
12. Autumn '68
13. Allons-y (2)
14. Talkin' Hawkin'
16. Eyes to Pearls
18. Louder Than Words