Published May 06, 2016While Pink Floyd officially called it a day in 2014 following the release of their Endless River, interest in the beloved rock band has hardly waned. If you're a recent vinyl convert hoping to score a mint copy of something from their vast catalogue, you're in for a treat, as their albums are about to get reissued on wax.
A press release confirms that a massive reissue campaign begins next month, with the first four Pink Floyd albums due to hit stores on June 3 through Pink Floyd Records/Sony Music. This includes 1967 debut The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, the following year's A Saucerful of Secrets, the underrated soundtrack for 1969's More, and double-LP 1969 classic Ummagumma. Countless unofficial pressings aside, this is the first time any of these have been officially released on vinyl in 20 years.
It's added that these first four releases were remastered for vinyl by James Guthrie, Joel Plante and Bernie Grundman, and that they are being preserved on 180-gram vinyl. It's added that "special care has been taken to replicate the original packaging."
Following the release of twisted psych-pop single "Arnold Layne," Pink Floyd prepped their masterfully weird debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. Steered by the songwriting of founder Syd Barrett, it featured the rumbling "Astronomy Domine," lengthy space jam "Interstellar Overdrive" and "The Gnome," a strummer about a little man named Grimble Grumble.
A Saucerful of Secrets is notable for being the last album to feature Syd Barrett, and the first to feature future leader David Gilmour. More, meanwhile, featured ambient jams, as well as the unruly and vicious garage rock clanger, "The Nile Song." Ummagumma follows an unconventional layout, with the first LP comprising live recordings and the second platter featuring a mix of pastoral folk, grand piano interludes and plenty of fluttery flutework.
Dates have not been delivered for the rest of the catalogue, though you can expect more vinyl releases throughout the year.