To most people, the Pink Floyd canon can be divided into three distinct phases; the Syd Barrett era of the mid to late 60s, the post-Syd era led primarily by Roger Waters which roared well into the mid-80s, and the post-Waters era of 1985 to 1994 (and then 2014 with the release of The Endless River which was comprised of unused debris from 1994's Division Bell and stuff recorded in 2013 and 2014). As one of the biggest Pink Floyd fans god ever shoveled guts into, I celebrate their entire catalog and staunchly endorse this three-tiered approach to understanding Pink Floyd's almost 55-years of music.

Where I tend to tune out is when the argument turns to which era is most important. In their own particular ways, each phase of Pink Floyd's career are as important as the others. The Syd-era brought an immense and unprecedented amount of aural, visual, and technical experimentation to music and live performance. The Roger Waters era created the gold standard for what heights a concept album could reach by filling them with scathing political and sociological criticisms as well as massive amounts of autobiographical narrative, while also rolling out some of the most audacious stadium concert experiences ever. The post-Waters era; well, that's where Pink Floyd fans really start get a bit touchy. Although it could be argued that the Floyd never produced the caliber of music they did in the Waters era, I would argue that, musically, they produced an incredible amount of interesting, sonically consistent and patently Floydian sounds that I still listen to constantly. But where they really excelled in this era was with art direction, in terms of album and promotional design and superior technological innovation where stadium concert design is concerned.

As someone born in 1977, I grew up with the post-Waters era Floyd as it was released, so all of that stuff holds a massive amount of mystique and importance to me. I was beyond chuffed when it was announced that the Floyd would be releasing Pink Floyd The Later Years, a gargantuan 16-disc box set that mines the depths of the Pink Floyd era from 1987 onwards, on Friday December 13 (TODAY!). As they did with 2016's unbelievably comprehensive gold mine Pink Floyd The Early YearsThe Later Years is a grand multi-media survey that brings fans remastered albums and videos, never before seen footage, replica memorabilia, a 40-page hardcover book, 7" records and even reproductions of tour books, all housed in a robust, heavy duty box outfitted with new artwork created just for this release. A lot of the video material featured is stuff I have never seen or, if I have, have only seen in grainy VHS bootlegs or super-pixelated YouTube videos. Highlights for me include:

  • Full video of their 1989 Venice flotilla concert and their full Knebworth concert from 1990
  • Restored version of Delicate Sound of Thunder which was originally shot on 35mm and should translate to HD beautifully
  • The films they used to show at their concerts, originally projected on 70mm film
  • So much behind the scenes and rehearsal footage. So much.

There will also be a 2-LP / 1-CD ‘Highlights’ package. It comes in a gatefold sleeve (for both 1-CD and 2-LP), and each will contain a 24-page booklet containing previously unseen and rare photos.

You can listen to The Later Years, check out a comprehensive contents listing and watch relevant YouTube videos, below.

5 x CDs, contained in their own 40-page, hardback book, containing a guide to all content, tracklistings, exhaustive content detail and credits.

CD 1 A Momentary Lapse Of Reason Updated & Remixed - 51 mins

CD 2 & 3 Delicate Sound Of Thunder Remixed - 140 mins

CD 4 Live Recordings, 1987 & 1994 Unreleased Studio Recordings - 65 mins

CD 5 Knebworth Concert 1990 - 57 mins

Blu-rays

6 x Blu-rays, each contained in a gatefold wallet with dedicated cover art, including tracklistings and music publishing credits.

Blu-ray 1 Surround & Hi-res Audio Mixes - 152 mins

Blu-ray 2 Delicate Sound Of Thunder Restored & Remixed - 120 mins

Blu-ray 3 Pulse Restored & Re-edited - 145 mins

Blu-ray 4 Venice Concert 1989 & Knebworth Concert 1990 - 147 mins

Blu-ray 5 Unreleased Live Films Music Videos & Concert Screen Films - 154 mins

Blu-ray 6 Documentaries & Unreleased Material - 122 mins

DVD

5 x DVDs (duplicating the content of Blu-rays 2-6 above), each contained in a gatefold wallet with dedicated cover art, including tracklistings and music publishing credits.

7” Singles

2 x 7” vinyl singles in brand-new picture sleeves, featuring ‘Arnold Layne’ performed live by Pink Floyd at the Syd Barrett Tribute concert, 2007 and Lost For Words from the Pulse tour rehearsals at Earl’s Court.

Photo book

60-page hard backed book of photos designed by Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis and Peter Curzon of StormStudios, including many previously unseen images.

Replica Tour Programmes and Lyric Book

A newly-created set of reproduction tour programmes (Pink Floyd World Tour 1987/1988, Pink Floyd Live 1989, Pink Floyd European Tour 1994), plus a brand new Lyrics Book, designed by Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis and Peter Curzon of StormStudios.

Memorabilia

A collection of reproduction memorabilia including tour passes, stickers and posters, all printed to replicate the originals, and contained in a prestige card envelope.

* * FULL TRACK LISTING OF ‘THE LATER YEARS’ * * 

2019 A MOMENTARY LAPSE OF REASON UPDATED AND REMIXED

Disc 1

CD 1:

1. Signs Of Life

2. Learning To Fly

3. The Dogs Of War

4. One Slip

5. On The Turning Away

6. Yet Another Movie

7. Round And Around

8. A New Machine Part 1

9. Terminal Frost

10. A New Machine Part 2

11. Sorrow

2019 DELICATE SOUND OF THUNDER REMIXED

Disc 2

CD 1:

1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts 1-5

2. Signs Of Life

3. Learning To Fly

4. Yet Another Movie

5. Round And Around

6. A New Machine Part 1

7. Terminal Frost

8. A New Machine Part 2

9. Sorrow

10. The Dogs Of War

11. On The Turning Away

Disc 3

CD 2:

1. One Of These Days

2. Time

3. On The Run

4. The Great Gig In The Sky

5. Wish You Were Here

6. Welcome To The Machine

7. Us And Them

8. Money

9. Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2

10. Comfortably Numb

11. One Slip

12. Run Like Hell

1987 & 1994 LIVE RECORDINGS / UNRELEASED STUDIO RECORDINGS

Disc 4 CD 1:

1. One Of These Days (live in Hanover 1994)

2. Astronomy Domine (live in Miami 1994)

3. The Dogs Of War (live in Atlanta 1987)

4. On The Turning Away (live in Atlanta 1987)

5. Run Like Hell (live in Atlanta 1987)

6. Blues 1 (unreleased 1994 recording)

7. Slippery Guitar (unreleased 1994 recording)

8. Rick’s Theme (unreleased 1994 recording)

9. David’s Blues (unreleased 1994 recording)

10. Marooned Jam (unreleased 1994 recording)

11. Nervana (unreleased 1994 recording)

12. High Hopes (Early version) (unreleased 1994 recording)

1990 KNEBWORTH CONCERT REMIXED

Disc 5 CD 1:

1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts 1-5

2. The Great Gig In The Sky

3. Wish You Were Here

4. Sorrow

5. Money

6. Comfortably Numb

7. Run Like Hell

2019 SURROUND AND HIGH RESOLUTION AUDIO A MOMENTARY LAPSE OF REASON UPDATED & REMIXED

Disc 6. Blu-ray

Surround: dts Master Audio 5.1 (96/24), PCM 5.1 (96/24) PCM Stereo (96/24)

First release of 2019 mixes in 5.1

1. Signs Of Life

2. Learning To Fly

3. The Dogs Of War

4. One Slip

5. On The Turning Away

6. Yet Another Movie

7. Round And Around

8. A New Machine Part 1

9. Terminal Frost

10. A New Machine Part 2

11. Sorrow

The Division Bell 2014 Remix

Surround: 5.1 dts Master Audio (96/24), PCM 5.1 (96/24)

1. Cluster One

2. What Do You Want From Me

3. Poles Apart

4. Marooned

5. A Great Day For Freedom

6. Wearing The Inside Out

7. Take It Back

8. Coming Back To Life

9. Keep Talking

10. Lost For Words

11. High Hopes

Unreleased Studio Recordings

Surround: 5.1 dts Master Audio (96/24), 5.1 PCM (96/24) PCM Stereo (96/24)

1. Blues 1 (unreleased 1994 recording 5.1 mix)

2. Slippery Guitar (unreleased 1994 recording 5.1 mix)

3. Rick’s Theme (unreleased 1994 recording 5.1 mix)

4. David’s Blues (unreleased 1994 recording 5.1 mix)

5. Marooned Jam (unreleased 1994 recording 5.1 mix)

6. Nervana (unreleased 1994 recording 5.1 mix)

7. High Hopes (Early Version) (Alternative Version 5.1 mix)

2019 DELICATE SOUND OF THUNDER RESTORED & RE-MIXED

Disc 7. Blu-ray

Stereo: PCM 96/24 Surround: dts Master audio 5.1 (96/24)

1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts 1-5

2. Signs Of Life

3. Learning To Fly

4. Sorrow

5. The Dogs Of War

6. On The Turning Away

7. One Of These Days

8. Time

9. On The Run

10. The Great Gig In The Sky

11. Wish You Were Here

12. Us And Them

13. Money

14. Comfortably Numb

2019 PULSE RESTORED & RE-EDITED

Disc 8. Blu-ray

Filmed live on 20 October 1994 at Earls Court, London, UK. Stereo: PCM 48/24.

Surround: dts Master audio 5.1 (96/24)

1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts 1-5, 7

2. Learning To Fly

3. High Hopes

4. Take It Back

5. Coming Back To Life

6. Sorrow

7. Keep Talking

8. Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2

9. One Of These Days

The Dark Side of The Moon

10. Speak To Me

11. Breathe (In The Air)

12. On The Run

13. Time

14. The Great Gig In The Sky

15. Money

16. Us And Them

17. Any Colour You Like

18. Brain Damage

19. Eclipse

Encores

20. Wish You Were Here

21. Comfortably Numb

22. Run Like Hell

1989 / 1990 VENICE CONCERT and KNEBWORTH CONCERT

Disc 9. Blue-ray:

VENICE CONCERT 15 JULY 1989. Stereo only: PCM 48/24

1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Part 1

2. Learning To Fly

3. Yet Another Movie

4. Round And Around

5. Sorrow

6. The Dogs Of War

7. On The Turning Away

8. Time

9. The Great Gig In The Sky

10. Wish You Were Here

11. Money

12. Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2

13. Comfortably Numb

14. Run Like Hell

15. Fireworks

KNEBWORTH CONCERT 30 JUNE 1990

Stereo: PCM 48/24.

Surround: DTS Master audio 5.1 (48/24)

1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts 1-5

2. The Great Gig In The Sky

3. Wish You Were Here

4. Sorrow

5. Money

6. Comfortably Numb

7. Run Like Hell

UNRELEASED LIVE FILMS, MUSIC VIDEOS & SCREEN FILMS

Disc 10. Blu-ray

Stereo PCM (48/24)

Music Videos:

1. Learning To Fly

2. Marooned

3. Take It Back

4. High Hopes

5. Louder Than Words

6. Learning To Fly (alternate version)

Bonus Live Tracks from Delicate Sound Of Thunder

1. Yet Another Movie

2. Round And Around

3. A New Machine Part 1

4. Terminal Frost

5. A New Machine Part 2

Tour Rehearsal 1994:

1. A Great Day for Freedom Version 1

2. A Great Day for Freedom Version 2

3. Lost for Words

Concert Screen Films 1987

1. Signs of Life

2. Learning To Fly

3. The Dogs of War

4. One Of These Days

5. Speak To Me

6. On The Run

7. Us And Them

8. Money

9. Brain Damage + Eclipse

Concert Screen Films 1994

1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts 1-4, 7

2. Speak To Me

3. Time

4. The Great Gig In The Sky

5. Money

6. Us And Them (Black & White)

7. Us And Them (Colour)

8. Brain Damage + Eclipse - North American dates

9. Brain Damage + Eclipse - European dates

10. Brain Damage - Earls Court, London dates

Wish You Were (Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction)

1. Wish You Were Here with Billy Corgan

DOCUMENTARIES AND UNRELEASED MATERIAL

Disc 11. Blu-Ray

Stereo PCM (48/24) except *The Endless River film Stereo PCM (96/24) 5.1 dts Master Audio (96/24)

1. Arnold Layne (Live at Syd Barrett Tribute 2007)

2. A Momentary Lapse of Reason – Album Cover Photo Shoot

3. The Division Bell heads album cover photography (Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK)

4. Pulse TV ad 1995

5. The Endless River film By Ian Emes*

Stereo: PCM (96/24). Surround: 5.1 dts Master Audio (96/24)

SIDE 1

Things Left Unsaid

It’s What We Do

Ebb and Flow

SIDE 2

Sum

Skins

Unsung

Anisina

SIDE 3

The Lost Art of Conversation

On Noodle Street

Night Light

Allons-y (1)

Autumn ’68

Allons-y (2)

Talkin’ Hawkin’

SIDE 4

Calling

Eyes to Pearls

Surfacing

Louder Than Words

6. A Momentary Lapse of Reason cover shoot interview with David Gilmour and Storm Thorgerson

7. The Division Bell Airships 1994

8. Behind The Scenes - The Division Bell Tour

9. Arnold Layne Rehearsal (Syd Barrett tribute 2007)

10. The Endless River – Launch Event 2014

11. The Endless River EPK 2014

2019 DELICATE SOUND OF THUNDER RESTORED & RE-MIXED

Disc 12. DVD

Stereo: PCM (48/16)

Surround: Dolby Digital 5.1 (48/16), dts 5.1 (48/16)

1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts 1-5

2. Signs Of Life

3. Learning To Fly

4. Sorrow

5. The Dogs Of War

6. On The Turning Away

7. One Of These Days

8. Time

9. On The Run

10. The Great Gig In The Sky

11. Wish You Were Here

12. Us And Them

13. Money

14. Comfortably Numb

15. One Slip

16. Run Like Hell

2019 PULSE RESTORED & RE-EDITED

Disc 13. DVD

Filmed live on 20 October 1994 at Earls Court, London, UK

Stereo: PCM (48/16)

Surround: Dolby Digital 5.1 (48/16), dts 5.1 (48/16)

1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts 1-5, 7

2. Learning To Fly

3. High Hopes

4. Take It Back

5. Coming Back To Life

6. Sorrow

7. Keep Talking

8. Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2

9. One Of These Days

The Dark Side of The Moon

10. Speak To Me

11. Breathe (In The Air)

12. On The Run

13. Time

14. The Great Gig In The Sky

15. Money

16. Us And Them

17. Any Colour You Like

18. Brain Damage

19. Eclipse

Encores

20. Wish You Were Here

21. Comfortably Numb

22. Run Like Hell

1989/1990 VENICE CONCERT / KNEBWORTH CONCERT

Disc 14. DVD:

VENICE CONCERT 15th July 1989. Stereo only: PCM 48/16

1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Part 1

2. Learning To Fly

3. Yet Another Movie

4. Round And Around

5. Sorrow

6. The Dogs Of War

7. On The Turning Away

8. Time

9. The Great Gig In The Sky

10. Wish You Were Here

11. Money

12. Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2

13. Comfortably Numb

14. Run Like Hell

15. Fireworks

KNEBWORTH CONCERT 30th June 1990

Stereo: PCM (48/16). Surround: Dolby Digital 5.1 (48/16), dts 5.1 (48/16)

1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts 1-5

2. The Great Gig In The Sky

3. Wish You Were Here

4. Sorrow

5. Money

6. Comfortably Numb

7. Run Like Hell

UNRELEASED LIVE FILMS, MUSIC VIDEOS & SCREEN FILMS

Disc 15. DVD:

Stereo PCM (48/16) only

Music Videos:

1. Learning To Fly

2. Marooned

3. Take It Back

4. High Hopes

5. Louder Than Words

6. Learning To Fly (alternate version)

Bonus Live Tracks from Delicate Sound Of Thunder

1. Yet Another Movie

2. Round And Around

3. A New Machine Part 1

4. Terminal Frost

5. A New Machine Part 2

Tour Rehearsal 1994:

1. A Great Day for Freedom Version 1

2. A Great Day for Freedom Version 2

3. Lost for Words

Concert Screen Films 1987:

1. Signs of Life

2. Learning To Fly

3. The Dogs of War

4. One Of These Days

5. Speak To Me

6. On The Run

7. Us And Them

8. Money

9. Brain Damage + Eclipse

Concert Screen Films 1994

1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts 1-4, 7

2. Speak To Me

3. Time

4. The Great Gig In The Sky

5. Money

6. Us And Them (Black & White)

7. Us And Them (Colour)

8. Brain Damage + Eclipse - North American dates

9. Brain Damage + Eclipse - European dates

10. Brain Damage - Earls Court, London dates

Wish You Were (Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction)

1. Wish You Were Here with Billy Corgan

DVD DOCUMENTARIES AND UNRELEASED MATERIAL

Disc 16:

Stereo PCM (48/16) except *The Endless River film, Stereo PCM (48/16) 5.1 Dolby Digital (48/16), 5.1 dts (48/16)

1. Arnold Layne (Live at Syd Barrett Tribute 2007)

2. A Momentary Lapse of Reason – Album Cover Photo Shoot

3. The Division Bell heads album cover photography (Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK)

4. Pulse TV ad 1995

5. The Endless River film By Ian Emes*

Stereo PCM (48/16) 5.1 Dolby Digital (48/16), 5.1 dts (48/16)

SIDE 1

Things Left Unsaid

It’s What We Do

Ebb and Flow

SIDE 2

Sum

Skins

Unsung

Anisina

SIDE 3

The Lost Art of Conversation

On Noodle Street

Night Light

Allons-y (1)

Autumn ’68

Allons-y (2)

Talkin’ Hawkin’

SIDE 4

Calling

Eyes to Pearls

Surfacing

Louder Than Words

6. A Momentary Lapse of Reason cover shoot interview with David Gilmour and Storm Thorgerson

7. The Division Bell Airships 1994

8. Behind The Scenes - The Division Bell Tour

9. Arnold Layne Rehearsal (Syd Barrett tribute 2007)

10. The Endless River – Launch Event 2014

11. The Endless River EPK 2014