A press release acknowledges that “The Endless River”, Pink Floyd’s new album, will be released on November 10, 2014. This is the first time in more than 20 years that this British rock n’ roll band has released any new material and fans are beyond thrilled.
The double-sided album is comprised of 18 songs, which feature band members, Nick Mason, David Gilmour, and Richard Wright who sadly passed away in 2008. Not included on the album is Roger Waters, who left Pink Floyd in 1985. According to people involved in the making of this new album, recorded material comes from 20 hours of music assembled during the 1993 sessions for “The Division Bell”.
According to Gilmour, new parts have been added to the material and other parts were rerecorded. Overall, Pink Floyd took full advantage of modern technology to create a 21st century masterpiece. As with many of Pink Floyd’s songs, “The Endless River” consists primarily of instrumental music however, one song titled “Louder than Words” includes new lyrics and was written by Polly Samson, wife of Gilmour.
This English rock band originally formed in London but thanks to their psychedelic and progressive music style, achieved international acclaim within a short period of time. Pink Floyd’s style was unique to other music groups during the initial era because of the use of philosophical lyrics and sonic experimentation.
Their unique music coupled with over-the-top live shows made Pink Floyd one of the most commercially successful musical groups in history. The group was first founded in 1965 and at that time, consisted of students, Nick Mason, Richard Wright, Rogers Waters, and Syd Barrett.
Pink Floyd started off as an underground band but with Barrett’s creative leadership, two singles were released that made music charts. Following the singles, the group went on to release a debut album that received rave reviews.
In December of 1967, David Gilmour, a fifth band member joined Pink Floyd. One year later, Barrett left because of poor health, leaving Waters to become the main lyricist and devisor of concepts for “The Dark Side of the Moon”, “Wish You Were Here”, “Animals”, “The Wall”, and “The Final Cut” albums.
In 1979, Wright left the group and then in 1985, Waters followed suit. Mason and Gilmour continued performing as Pink Floyd but eventually, Wright returned. Pink Floyd was inducted into the United States Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and in 2005, the United Kingdom Music Hall of Fame. Overall, this amazing group has sold over 250 million records worldwide.
For a long time, Pink Floyd did not create albums or tour but in 2005, the members reunited for Live 8, a global awareness event. Over the years since, band members insisted there were no plans to make new music but thankfully, there was a change of heart with the making and release of “The Endless River”.