Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here - Expanded, Remastered, Brilliant

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Yesterday, I touched on the upcoming expansion of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon. The Dark Side Of The Moon is a wildly critically and commercially successful body of work, unmatched by anything that has come from the band before it or after it.  But that's not to say that Pink Floyd was a one-hit wonder. In 1975, the band released another of their notable classics with the brilliantly observant Wish You Were Here.

Wish You Were Here was an homage to damaged Floyd founder Syd Barrett (1946-2006), with songs specifially directed toward his mad genius, and broader lyrics that looked at the human condition with more insight than ever before.

On November 7 (UK), November 8 (US), the reissue expansion campaign of Why Pink Floyd...? continues with the remastered Wish You Were Here album, available in a five-disc Immersion box set, a two-CD Experience set, vinyl LP, and digital download.

The five-disc Immersion set will contain the entire album in a new James Guthrie 2011 remaster on the first CD.  The second CD will feature three previously unreleased live performances that include "Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-6)," "Raving and Drooling," and "You've got To Be Crazy" from a 1974 Wembley set.

In addition to the live sets, there are three rare tracks: "Wine Glasses" from a shelved project recorded before Wish You Were Here, an alternate version of "Have A Cigar," and a previously unreleased version of "Wish You Were Here" that features noted French jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli.

Two DVDs are in the set - one, an all-audio collection of various mixes including the previously released standard resolution Quad mix (448 kbps/640 kbps versions) and the much-anticipated-but-never-released 2007 Guthrie 5.1 surround mix in standard resolution (448 kbps/640 kbps versions), and a 2011 Guthrie high-resolution stereo mix.

(AND, you might ask, what happened to the famously completed but never released Guthrie SACD mix?  Well, that mix will see the light of day as well, but as a separately available SACD release --finally! -- available on November 7.)

The second DVD will be a collection of stereo and 5.1 surround films that include Shine On You Crazy Diamond intro and concert film, an animated clip of "Welcome To The Machine," and a Storm Thorgerson short film.

Completing the collected discs will be a Blu-ray with the same video content found on the video DVD, as well as the 2007 Guthrie 5.1 Surround mix of the album at 96kHz/24 bit, and a 96kHz/24-bit high-resolution upgrade of the original 1975 stereo mix.

Rounding out the Immersion box will be a 40-page Storm Thorgerson-designed booklet, a photo book, a Storm Thorgerson art print, five Thorgerson collector cards, tour ticket and backstage pass replicas, a scarf, three clear marbles, nine coasters, and a detailed credits booklet.

The two-CD Experience set will contain the previously mentioned 2011 remastered CD of the album, as well as a CD containing the Wembley sets and three bonus rarities.  A 20-page booklet (with lyrics) completes the digipak set.

PinkFloydBestOfAFootInTheDoorCD.jpgNovember 7 will also see the release of a 17-track "best of" called The Best of Pink Floyd: A Foot In The Door featuring 2011 track remasters by James Guthrie.
Track-list follows:
  • Hey You
  • See Emily Play
  • The Happiest Days of Our Lives
  • Another Brick In the Wall (Part 2)
  • Have a Cigar
  • Wish You Were Here
  • Time
  • The Great Gig In The Sky
  • Money
  • Comfortably Numb
  • High Hopes
  • Learning To Fly
  • The Fletcher Memorial Home
  • Shine On You Crazy Diamond (edit)
  • Brain Damage
  • Eclipse
  • Share

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Matt Rowe began his life with an AM radio, listening to anything that was considered music. Since, he has labored intently to build a collection of music, paring it down, rebuilding, and refining as he sees fit. His decided goal is to keep up with new music by panning for the nuggets among literal mountains…

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