To celebrate Pink Floyd’s 50th anniversary, Royal Mail is issuing a set of Pink Floyd stamps. They’re available in UK post offices on July 7, but you can pre-order them now from the Royal Mail site.
The collection features stamp-sized versions of several of their most famous albums, including ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’, ‘Wish You Were Here’ and their final studio album, ‘The Endless River’.
Also featured are live shots from throughout the group’s career, including their psychedelic early London shows and the mammoth ‘The Wall Tour’ of 1980 and ’81.
This stamp commemorates the band’s debut album ‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn’, which takes its name from the seventh chapter of Kenneth Grahame’s book The Wind in the Willows. It was the only LP the band released under the leadership of troubled frontman Syd Barrett, who was ousted in 1968.
This stamp shows Pink Floyd performing at the UFO Club on London’s Tottenham Court Road in 1966. They were, briefly, house band at the short-lived venue, which closed in 1967.
Their fifth studio album, 1971’s ‘Atom Heart Mother’ was the first to hit the Number One spot in the UK. The album sleeve was again designed by frequent collaborators Hipgnosis and features the cow ‘Lubelle III’ in a pasture in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire.
The Royal Mail couldn’t have left out the immortal 1973 album ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’, which has sold over 40 million copies and saw the group given a Guinness World Record for the longest-charting album in history.
The tour for 1973’s ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ saw the band play several shows in the US, Europe and their first gigs in Asia during the sprawling two-year jaunt.
The follow-up to ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ was 1975’s ‘Wish You Were Here’. The late Richard Wright (keyboard player) and David Gilmour (guitarist) have each cited the album as their favourite Pink Floyd release. The cover was photographed at Warner Bros. Studios in California.
Pink Floyd’s tenth album ‘Animals’ was released in 1977 and reached Number Two in the UK charts. The album’s artwork, which features a pig flying over Battersea Power Station in London, was conceived by bassist Roger Waters and realised by design studio Hipgnosis.
This picture for this stamp was taken on ‘The Wall Tour’ in 1981, which was the last set of shows Roger Waters took part in as a Pink Floyd member. Waters recently toured the show under his own name.
‘The Division Bell’ was toured by the band in 1994, and marked the last time Pink Floyd would perform a full concert. The shows were released as a live album, ‘Pulse’, recorded at shows in London, Rome and Hanover throughout the tour.
2014’s ‘The Endless River’, was the band’s final studio album and was compiled of ambient recordings never finished by Gilmour, Wright and drummer Nick Mason through the years.