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Pink Floyd to roll out extensive catalog reissue

September 23, 2011 |  1:55 pm

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Iconic English psych-rockers Pink Floyd and EMI are launching an exhaustive re-release campaign, EMI announced on Friday.

Released under the banner "Why Pink Floyd?," the band will issue remastered editions of all 14 of its  albums along with unreleased material from its archives for super-deluxe box sets. Fans can expect alternative takes, unreleased tracks, restored live concert screen films and live recordings, as well as new booklets and artwork for each of the discs.

The band is offering three types of reissues: remastered CDs called "Discovery," CD/DVD/Blu-ray/memorabilia box sets dubbed "Immersion" and "Experience," which couples one classic album with an additional disc of related content from that project.

“This is a unique collaboration between EMI and one of the most creative and influential bands in history. We have worked together for more than a year on this program, which incorporates all the elements that have made Pink Floyd one of the most inspiring forces in modern music," said Roger Faxon, CEO of EMI Group. "Why Pink Floyd? Because their music is without equal, and these exciting new releases will allow music fans to rediscover their incredible legacy and demonstrate that an appreciation for artistic quality never goes out of fashion.”

The first release from the campaign is the special editions of "The Dark Side of the Moon" on Tuesday: a six-disc "Immersion" box set and  two-disc "Experience" version. All 14 digitally remastered studio albums will also be available on Tuesday, either separately or as a box set.

On Nov. 8 "Wish You Were Here" gets the expanded treatment and is released alongside "A Foot in the Door - the Best of Pink Floyd." The "Immersion" and "Experience" editions of the band's seminal album, "The Wall," won't be released until Feb. 28.

The massive campaign will be launched with a week's worth of tributes on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” starting Monday.  Fallon will host cover performances from the Shins, Foo Fighters, MGMT, Dierks Bentley and Pearl Jam. The Foo Fighters will be joined by Pink Floyd bassist and conceptual leader Roger Waters during their performance of “In the Flesh.” Drummer Nick Mason will make an appearance on Monday’s show.

Order info for the reissues can be found here.

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-- Gerrick D. Kennedy
twitter.com/GerrickKennedy

Photo: Pink Floyd. Credit: Storm Thorgerson

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