Published Jun 12, 2008The BBC and EMI have struck a deal that may open the British broadcasters vault of musical treasures to the public. A recently inked agreement between the two will grant EMI access to thousands of hours of previously unreleased video, audio and radio recordings by the likes of David Bowie, Roxy Music, the Beach Boys, Paul McCartney, Kylie Minogue and Coldplay all of which have been locked away for years by the BBC.
The deal lays out that EMI will be able to include the BBC recordings from the labels artists on upcoming DVDs, CDs or as digital-only releases, but as of yet, there is no word on what the label exactly plans to with the archives. But when they do finally ready some releases, it may hold good news for Floyd fans out there. According to NME, hidden in the vaults are live radio sessions from Pink Floyd, including songs from their 1967, Syd Barrett-fronted psych classic Piper At The Gates Of Dawn.
However, in the vaults there is also a stripped-down rendition of Coldplays 2000 hit "Shiver, which shows the possible downside to all this unearthing.