Published May 10, 2011Last year, Pink Floyd had a highly publicized feud with EMI, as they sued the company for unpaid online royalties. Despite their past disagreement, the rock'n'roll legends have now teamed up with their label for a series of reissues.
The campaign is called Why Pink Floyd...? and promises to unearth previously unheard tracks from the band's archives. It will begin on September 27, when remastered versions of all 14 of the group's albums will be released. These standard albums, which come with no bonus material, are called "Discovery" versions. They will also be available as a 14-album box set with a photo book.
On that same day, 1973 classic Dark Side of the Moon will come out in two expanded editions: the two-disc "Experience" version, with a bonus disc of related audio content, and the six-disc "Immersion" box set, which includes DVD content, plus memorabilia. The album will also come out on vinyl.
Of course, all of these sets are bound to look flashy, as the band's longtime art director, Storm Thorgerson, oversaw the art design of the project.
On November 8, the campaign will continue with deluxe versions of 1975's Wish You Were Here, which will also come out in a two-disc "Experience" version and a five-disc "Immersion" set. A press release promises that both will have "bonus material from the band's 1974 Wembley dates, including a 20-minute tour de force live rendition of 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond,' as well as a unique recording of 'Wish You Were Here,' featuring legendary jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli." There will also be a vinyl edition.
Also on November 8, the label will release A Foot in the Door – The Best of Pink Floyd. This single-disc collection will bring together the band's most famous songs.
Then, on February 28, 2012, beloved 1979 album The Wall will drop as a three-disc "Experience" version and a massive seven-disc "Immersion" box. As usual, this album will come out on vinyl as well.
There's still more than four months before Why Pink Floyd...? launches, so if you're a Floyd fan that gives you plenty of time to start saving up for those box sets. In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for the band's digital marketing plan.