Two decades after, Pink Floyd fans will cherish the return of the psychedelic-rock band that distinguished itself with the use of philosophical lyrics, sonic experiment and elaborate live shows.
The psychedelic-rock band’s last almbum was released in 1994 with David Gilmour in "The Division Bell" while their successful almums include — "A Momentary Lapse of Reason" , "The Wall" (1979) and "The Final Cut" (1983).
Founded in 1965 by students Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, and Richard Wright, Pink Floyd gained popularity performing in London’s underground music venues during the late 1960s.
In 2006, Floyd frontman Syd Barrett died, and the longtime keyboardist Richard Wright too died two years later. Pink Floyd mostly remained "a spent force" since 1986.
However, last week the news broke out that the Pink Floyd’s forthcoming album, first in 20 years, is called "The Endless River" and is based on sessions wih Wright from 1994.
While Gilmour’s wife, Polly Samson, conbfirmed it in a tweet, Pink Floyd touring singer Durga McBroom-Hudson too said that there is a new Pink Floyd album coming out in his facebook page.
Polly wrote: "The recording did start during The Division Bell sessions (and yes, it was the side project originally titled ‘The Big Spliff’ that 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."
It may be recalled that David Gilmour joined as a fifth member in December 1967 and Barrett left the band in April 1968 due to his deteriorating mental health. After Barrett’s departure, Waters became the band’s primary lyricist, and by the mid-1970s, released some acclaimed albums — The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977), The Wall (1979) and The Final Cut (1983).
Wright left Pink Floyd in 1979, followed by Waters in 1985. Gilmour and Mason continued as Pink Floyd and Wright subsequently joined them as a paid musician. They continued to record and tour through 1994. They were inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005, and by 2013 they had sold more than 250 million records worldwide, including 74.5 million in the United States.
Pink Floyd reunited in 2005 for a performance at the global awareness event Live 8. In 2006 and Gilmour later told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica that Pink Floyd had been dissolved.
After Barrett, who died in 2006 and Wright in 2008, in 2011, Gilmour and Mason joined Waters at one of his The Wall Tour shows at The O2 Arena in London. Finally it was Gilmour’s spouse who announced that a new studio album based around recordings made in 1994, said to be the "swan song" of Wright and titled The Endless River was scheduled for release in October of that year.
Pink Floyd albums
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967)
A Saucerful of Secrets (1968)
Atom Heart Mother (1970)
Obscured by Clouds (1972)
The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
Wish You Were Here (1975)
The Wall (1979)
The Final Cut (1983)
A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987)
The Division Bell (1994)
The Endless River (2014)