Out today (November 11) is a pair of new archival compilations from Pink Floyd -- the 27-disc audio and video package The Early Years 1965-1972, and a two-CD distillation The Early Years -- Cre/ation.
Both focus on the group's pre-The Dark Side of the Moon era, starting with pop singles such as "Arnold Layne" and "See Emily Play" and going through adventurous albums such as Obscured By Clouds, Atom Heart Mother and Meddle, with plenty of previously unreleased material and, in the case of the box set, newly created song videos.
Pink Floyd has been releasing archival collections at regular intervals during recent years, and drummer Nick Mason tells us he expects this won't be the last troll through the group's vaults:
"There's always a sort of discussion going on about what we could do, and with all these things it tends to be one of those things that I think is probably more driven by the record company than us. Having said that, I've spent a lot of time over the last few years putting together an archive of video and film footage, and I think it'd be an interesting thing to do at some time. I know Roger (Waters) and David (Gilmour) have at times mentioned they'd like to have a remix of 'Animals,' which technically is perhaps one of our less well-recorded records."
Pink Floyd preceded the releases with videos for several of the songs. Gilmour and Waters are both focused on their own projects, with Waters due to release a new album and take his Us + Them Tour around the world.
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