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PINK FLOYD/EMI REMASTERS-SONIC UPGRADE, NEW BOOKLETS, NEW ART-WOW-JOHN EMMS

Why should you buy the new Pink Floyd remasters? 

Quite simply for new fans this will be a mind blowing experience. If you have only heard the band on your radio or Apple iTunes then you will be in for an amazing  journey of timeless music with the Discovery Editions.

If your an older dedicated fan you will more and likely enjoy the new booklets, artwork, remastered sound and will devour the Immersion CD/DVD/BLU-RAY/Memorabilla Box Sets.

Here is what I have on the new remastered Discovery Editions/studio albums.

 The Piper at the Gates of Dawn-Their 1967 debut with Syd Barett on guitar and doing almost all of the songwriting. An absolute psychedelic masterpiece of “Brit”  electronic/rock and pop. Stunning remaster by James Guthrie compared to the sound from my original vinyl album. Get it.

Ummagumma-From 1969, a two cd  set with again upgraded and very cool mixes on the ‘live” album. The ‘new band rips  into the Syd Barett material but now with David Gilmour on lead guitar and vocals. Here is where Pink Floyd made their mark as a band to reckon with in a live context. Superb set.

The studio side is much more experimental with all four members contributing.

Wish You Were Here-From 1975, this upgrade has a very cool photos, an excellent booklet and of course without a doubt one of their most timeless sets of music. Some call it a masterpiece, even though I prefer Dark Side of the Moon. Interplay between the band and Gilmour’s guitar work is mind blowing. Superb work from the whole band including piano/keyboard man Richard Wright. Get it!

Obscured by Clouds-This 1972 film soundtrack for the La Valee movie precedes Dark Side of the Moon by less than one year. Very interesting material, but for major fans of the band.

The Division Bell-Original release was from 1994. The second album without Roger Waters

For me this was stronger work than most people give it credit for. Of course it is not as strong as The Wall, Dark Side etc, but Richard Wright is in fine form and lyrics by Polly Sampson with Gilmour are excellent in a number of places. Drummer Nick Mason shines and these songs  stand up in Gilmour’s live shows. Get It!!

Look for more of my Pink Floyd Discovery Edition reviews of  the new EMI remasters over the next month.

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, radio host and musician. Visit John at www.johnemms.com

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