Set for release on June 30th is the 25th anniversary vinyl release of Pink Floyd‘s 1994 album, The Division Bell. The limited-edition two-album set, which is available for pre-order via shop.pinkfloyd.com “will be available on translucent blue vinyl echoing the original limited blue vinyl release in 1994.”
The Division Bell was originally released on March 28th, 1994, and sold three million copies in the U.S. alone, staying at Number One on the Billboard 200 album charts for a solid month. It topped album charts across the globe, earning top spot honors in England, Belgium, Switzerland, Norway, New Zealand, Australia, France, and Chile, among other territories.
The album — which was Floyd’s second without Roger Waters — was produced by David Gilmour and Bob Ezrin, who is best known for his work on The Wall, along with seminal albums by Kiss, Lou Reed, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, and Peter Gabriel, among others. Gilmour’s then-new wife, Polly Samson is listed as a co-writer on seven of the album’s 11 tracks.
The Division Bell track “Wearing The Inside Out,” featured late keyboardist Richard Wright’s first lead vocal on a Pink Floyd album since “Time” and “Us And Them” from 1973’s The Dark Side Of The Moon. In 2014, Pink Floyd commissioned a new video for the track “Marooned” — which back in the day had scored Floyd the Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental. The new video was directed by longtime Floyd visual collaborator Aubrey Powell.
At the time of its release, David Gilmour shed light on the sessions behind The Division Bell, which begans organically with the core band and touring bassist Guy Pratt: [“Myself, and Rick (Wright), and Nick (Mason) got together with Guy (Pratt) to rehearse and jam together for a couple of weeks, which is where a lot of the basic ideas came from. But it was a much more co-operative effort that the last, previous album, A Momentary Lapse Of Reason, album was. So, there was no attempt to make it sound like anything we’ve done before, but we sound like we sound. So, if we’re all contributing and playing together, then it does tend to sound a bit like Pink Floyd.”] SOUNDCUE (:23 OC: . . . like Pink Floyd)
The tracklisting to Pink Floyd’s The Division Bell is:
LP One – Side 1: “Cluster One,” “What Do You Want From Me,” and “Poles Apart”
LP One – Side 2: “Marooned,” “A Great Day For Freedom,” and “Wearing The Inside Out”
LP Two – Side 1: “Take It Back,” “Coming Back To Life,” and “Keep Talking”
LP Two – Side 2: “Lost For Words” and “High Hopes”
- Pink Floyd‘s last album, The Endless River, was released on November 10th, 2014 and featured the last group recordings of late-keyboardist Rick Wright.
- The album was comprised orf outtakes from Floyd’s 1993’s session for the following year’s The Divison Bell album.
- Although The Endless River sold an impressive 167,302 copies during its first week on sale, it fell short of hitting Number One in the U.S., hitting the top spot on the Belgian, Croatian, Czech, French, German, Irish, Israeli, Dutch, New Zealand, Norwegian, Swiss, and UK album charts.