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Pink Floyd New Album 2014: The Endless River Gets Official Release Date As Pink Floyd Rings the Division Bell; Roger Waters Not on New Pink Floyd Trip

By Tony Sokol | September 23, 2014 07:00 AM EDT


Pink Floyd will have a new album out this November.  Pink Floyd announced that their new album "The Endless River, will be released on November 10th. This is Pink Floyd's first new music since "The Division Bell" in 1994.

The news was leaked on Twitter a few months ago by Polly Samson, David Gilmour's wife, but the official press release says The Endless River will be a "four-sided instrumental album." Polly Samson co-wrote the lyrics to the song "Louder Than Words." 

Pink Floyd's The Division Bell was produced by Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, Youth and Andy Jackson and is available for pre-order right now.Break out a Big Spliff. If you can believe what you read, "The Endless River" will hit just in time to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pink Floyd's final album, 1994's "The Division Bell."

In a statmement, David Gilmore said "We listened to over 20 hours of the three of us playing together and selected the music we wanted to work on for the new album. Over the last year we've added new parts, re-recorded others and generally harnessed studio technology to make a 21st century Pink Floyd album. With Rick gone, and with him the chance of ever doing it again, it feels right that these revisited and reworked tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire."
"The Endless River is a tribute to Rick. I think this record is a good way of recognizing a lot of what he does and how his playing was at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound. Listening back to the sessions, it really brought home to me what a special player he was," added Nick Mason.
The new Pink Floyd album will be based on recordings that were made during the sessions for "The Division Bell," but never before released. The recordings were going to be used for an album that was tentatively titled "The Big Spliff" at the time.

The sessions were done by guitarist David Gilmour, drummer Nick Mason and their late keyboardist Rick Wright (Rick Wright died of cancer in 2008, after releasing two solo albums. His last performance with the band was in 2005), who made up the final incarnation of Pink Floyd after Roger Waters, their bassist and main songwriter, left. Founding member, songwriting guitarist Syd Barrett, left the band in the sixties, an acid casualty who became more unreliable on stage.
In his book "Inside Out" Nick Mason talked about the sessions, saying "we eventually ended up with enough left-over material that we considered releasing it as a second album."

Durga McBroom-Hudson said "The recording did start during 'The Division Bell' sessions (and yes, it was the side project originally titled "The Big Spliff" that [Floyd drummer] Nick Mason spoke about). Which is why there are Richard Wright tracks on it. But David and Nick have gone in and done a lot more since then. It was originally to be a completely instrumental recording, but I came in last December and sang on a few tracks. David then expanded on my backing vocals and has done a lead on at least one of them. That's the song you see being worked on in the photo." 

Nowhere is Roger Waters' name mentioned. The writer of "The Wall" and other Pink Floyd radio staples has been on the outs with the group for some time. 

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