On Nov 11, Pink Floyd released their 27-disc box set, which features unreleased outtakes and demos, TV appearances, seven hours of concert recordings, performances, interviews, three feature films), over 20 unreleased songs, an updated version of their Zabriskie Point soundtrack and more.
The collection charts their first seven years together and the era before their commercial breakthrough with ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’. It also includes the song ‘Green Is The Colour’, which was originally on 1969 album ‘Soundtrack From The Film More’ and recorded just after founding member Syd Barrett left the group.
When the box set was first announced, it was said to feature new stereo and 5.1 mixes of 1972’s ‘Obscured by Clouds’ and ‘Meddle’. However, according to CoS, they were both replaced by a stereo soundtrack to the concert film Live at Pompeii.
Both mixes of ‘Meddle’ are actually still part of the box set but in true Pink Floyd style, they’re just harder to find. Hidden inside the set’s Blu-ray discs, specialised software is needed in able to pull both mixes from the disc. Fans discovered the hidden tracks while ripping the files from the REVERBER/ATION Blu-ray.
The ‘Us + Them’ tour will kick off in May in Kansas City, with the stint running until October. In a press release, Water says that he will perform new material during the stint: “Probably 75% of it will be old material and 25% will be new, but it will be all connected by a general theme”.
Waters also used his set at last month’s Desert Trip to launch a scathing attack against Donald Trump, slamming him as a ‘sexist and racist pig’.
As he performed ‘Pigs (Three Different Ones)’ from ‘Animals, Waters displayed images of Trump as a sheep, holding a dildo as a rifle, in a KKK hood, making a Nazi salute, as well as showing him with sagging breasts and a micro-penis. When he sang the line “ha ha, charade you are,” the screens showed Trump’s face with the word “CHARADE” written across it. A series of Trump’s most infamous quotes were also displayed.
The iconic Pink Floyd inflatable pig also made an appearance, this time with the slogan ‘fuck Trump and fuck his wall’.