Pink Floyd Unearth an Epic Amount of Rarities for 27-Disc 'Early Years' Box Set
Published Jul 28, 2016If you've been itching for even more Pink Floyd in your life, you're about to get some. Today the legendary group revealed plans for the truly epic The Early Years 1965-1972, a 27-disc box set shining a light on the band's storied early years.
The set is due out November 11 on CD and DVD/Blu-ray, as well as digitally, via Sony, and packs in a truly massive amount of content. Spread across the 27 discs, which are packaged as seven individual book-style boxes, are TV recordings, BBC Sessions, unreleased tracks, outtakes and demos, all adding up to 12 hours and 33 minutes of audio (or 130 tracks) and over 15 hours of video. There are more than 20 unreleased songs, among them seven hours of previously unheard live audio, over five hours of rare concert footage and a whole whack of fancy artwork.
Among the many highlights are eight ultra-rare tracks recorded with Syd Barrett the year before he left the group. They were recorded for filmmaker John Latham on October 20, 1967, in London, with the director eventually deciding not to use them in his short film Speak.
There are also the beloved Barrett tracks "Vegetable Man," "In the Beechwoods" and "Scream Thy Last Scream," which have surfaced as bootlegs over the years but now been given their first official release with newly mixed audio.
The press release had this to say about the mammoth set:
The Early Years 1965-1972 will give collectors the opportunity to hear the evolution of the band and witness their part in cultural revolutions from their earliest recordings and studio sessions to the years prior to the release of The Dark Side of the Moon, one of the biggest selling albums of all time. From the single "Arnold Layne" to the 20-minute epic "Echoes," fans will see the invention of psychedelic progressive rock via an insightful collection that explores the Pink Floyd story from the time Roger Waters, Richard Wright, Nick Mason and Syd Barrett met at London's Regent Street Polytechnic through to Syd's departure and David Gilmour joining to form the iconic lineup.
You can see the insanely massive tracklist for the set over here. It's so large, in fact, it's presented as a six-page PDF. You can also watch a trailer for the set at the bottom of the page and learn more about the set here.
Along with the box set, there will be a two-CD highlights album called The Early Years – CRE/ATION, which will be released on November 11 as well. Each of the book-style packages will also be released separately in early 2017, minus BONUS CONTINU/ATION, which will remain exclusive to the box.
Of course, Pink Floyd also launched a a massive reissue campaign earlier this year.