Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A Birthday Gift from Donovan and Big News from Pink Floyd

Shouldn't those celebrating their birthdays be the ones receiving the presents? Of course, but fans are getting a gift of sorts from Donovan as he celebrates his 65th today. Today EMI announced it will be releasing a deluxe double-disc of Donovan's greatest album this June 6. The set will include the radically different U.S. and U.K. editions of Sunshine Superman fattened out with bonus tracks, though nothing previously unreleased. See The Second Disc for track information.

More radical is the news (once again culled from The Second Disc) that the entire Pink Floyd discography is set for a major reissue campaign titled "Why Pink Floyd?" A dopey title notwithstanding, these reissues sound potentially exciting. The campaign's official site promises "a comprehensive release schedule, to be launched on September 26, 2011, encompassing CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray discs, SACD, an array of digital formats, viral marketing, iPhone Apps and a brand-new single-album ‘Best Of’ collection." This is big news considering that aside from relatively recent remasterings of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd's back catalogue has not been upgraded since 1994. All 14 original albums and the new Foot in the Door: The Best of Pink Floyd will be available in single disc "Discovery" editions, as well as a comprehensive box set. Dark Side, Wish You Were Here, and The Wall will also be released in double-disc "Experience" editions and "Immersion" editions comprising 5 to 6 discs. Unfortunately, the campaign does not include Relics or a singles collection. The only non-L.P. single included on the new "Best of" comp is "See Emily Play". As stated above, the releases commence on September 26 and wrap up on February 7, 2012. Vinyl editions are also in the works. All track and pre-order information can be found on the official "Why Pink Floyd?" site.

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