Pink Floyd / The Early Years unboxed


Still almost a couple of months away from the release of the 27-disc Pink Floyd The Early Years 1965 – 1972 box set, but here’s a chance to have (a virtual) look inside the box and understand how the packaging works in the mammoth collection…

This set will be released on 11 November 2016. Lots more detail about this to be found here.

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Pink Floyd

The Early Years 1965-1972 27-disc box





CD 1:

1965 Recordings*:

  1. Lucy Leave*2.57
  2. Double O Bo* 2.57
  3. Remember Me* 2.46
  4. Walk With Me Sydney* 3.11
  5. Butterfly* 3.00
  6. I’m A King Bee* 3.13
  7. Arnold Layne 2.57
  8. See Emily Play 8.57
  9. Apples And Oranges             3.05
  10. Candy And A Currant Bun 2.45
  11. Paintbox 3.48
  12. Matilda Mother (2010 mix) 4.01
  13. Jugband Blues (2010 mix) 3.01
  14. In The Beechwoods (2010 mix) 4.43
  15. Vegetable Man (2010 mix) 2.32
  16. Scream Thy Last Scream (2010 mix) 4.43

Total: 50 mins, 32 secs approx.

Tracks 1-11 mono.
Tracks 12-16 stereo

*including Rado Klose on guitar and Juliette Gale on vocals on ‘Walk With Me Sydney’

CD 2:

Live in Stockholm 1967:

    1. Introduction0.25
    2. Reaction in G 7.18
    3. Matilda Mother 5.34
    4. Pow R. Toc H. 11.56
    5. Scream Thy Last Scream 4.00
    6. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun 7.17
    7. See Emily Play 3.16
    8. Interstellar Overdrive 8.57

Please note: the above tracks feature vocals recorded at a less than optimum level

John Latham (studio recordings 1967)

      1. John Latham Version 1 4.32
      2. John Latham Version 2 5.06
      3. John Latham Version 3 3.45
      4. John Latham Version 4 2.59
      5. John Latham Version 5 2.48
      6. John Latham Version 6 3.17
      7. John Latham Version 7 2.36
      8. John Latham Version 8 2.49
      9. John Latham Version 9 2.38

Total: 79 mins, 13 secs approx.

Tracks 1-8 recorded live Sept 10, 1967 at Gyllene Cirkeln, Stockholm, Sweden

Tracks 9-17 recorded at De Lane Lea Studios, London, 20 October 1967

All tracks stereo


  1. Chapter 24: Syd Barrett in the Gog Magog Hills, Cambridgeshire, UK 1966 / Pink Floyd at EMI Studios, London, April 1967 3.40
  2. Nick’s Boogie: recording Interstellar Overdrive and Nick’s Boogie at Sound Techniques Studio, Chelsea, January 11, 1967 /            6.36

Live at UFO, The Blarney Club, London, January 13, 1967

  1. Interstellar Overdrive: ‘Scene – Underground’ UFO at The Blarney Club, London, January 27, 1967 4.15
  2. Arnold Layne: promo video. Wittering Beach, UK, early 1967 2.54
  3. Pow R. Toc H. / Astronomy Domine: plus Syd Barrett and Roger Waters interview: BBC ‘The Look Of The Week’ – BBC Studios, 9.22 London, May 14, 1967
  1. The Scarecrow: ‘Pathé Pictorial’, UK, July 1967 2.05
  2. Jugband Blues: ‘London Line’ promo video, 1967, London 2.58
  3. Apples And Oranges: plus Dick Clark interview: ‘American Bandstand’, Los Angeles, USA, November 7, 1967 4.51
  4. Instrumental Improvisation: BBC ‘Tomorrow’s World’, London, December 12, 1967 2.11
  5. Instrumental Improvisation: ‘Die Jungen Nachtwandler’, UFO, The Blarney Club, London, February 24, 1967 4.32
  6. See Emily Play: BBC ‘Top Of The Pops’ – partially restored BBC Studios, London, July 6, 1967 2.55
  7. The Scarecrow (outtakes): ‘Pathé Pictorial’, UK, July 1967 2.07
  8. Interstellar Overdrive: ‘Science Fiction – Das Universum Des Ichs’, The Roundhouse, London, 1967 9.33

Total: 57 mins, 59 secs approx.



  1. Point Me At The Sky 3.40
  2. It Would Be So Nice 3.46
  3. Julia Dream 2.34
  4. Careful With That Axe, Eugene (single version) 5.46
  5. Song 1, Capital Studios, Los Angeles, 22 August 1968                         3.19
  6. Roger’s Boogie, Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, 22 August 1968 4.35

BBC Radio Session, 25 June 1968:

  1. Murderotic Woman (Careful With That Axe, Eugene)                                   3.38
  2. The Massed Gadgets Of Hercules (A Saucerful Of Secrets) 7.18
  3. Let There Be More Light 4.32
  4. Julia Dream 2.50

BBC Radio Session, 20 December 1968:

  1. Point Me At The Sky 4.25
  2. Embryo 3.13
  3. Interstellar Overdrive 9.37

Total: 59 mins, 14 secs approx.


‘Tienerklanken’, Brussels, Belgium, 18-19 February 1968:                                                      22.28

  1. Astronomy Domine
  2. The Scarecrow
  3. Corporal Clegg
  4. Paintbox
  5. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
  6. See Emily Play
  7. Bike
  8. Apples And Oranges: ‘Vibrato’, Brussels, Belgium, February 1968 3.03

‘Bouton Rouge’, Paris, France, 20 February 1968:                                                                 13.35

  1. Astronomy Domine
  2. Flaming
  3. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
  4. Let There Be More Light
  1. Paintbox: ‘Discorama’, Paris, France, 21 February 1968 3.40
  2. Instrumental Improvisation: ‘The Sound Of Change’, London, UK, March 1968 2.15
  3. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun: ‘All My Loving’, London, UK, 28 March 1968 2.40
  4. It Would Be So Nice (excerpt): ‘Release-Rome Goes Pop’, Rome, Italy, April 1968 1.21
  5. Interstellar Overdrive: ‘Pop 68’, Rome, Italy, 6 May 1968 6.59

‘Tienerklanken – Kastival’, Kasterlee, Belgiu, 31 August 1968:

  1. Astronomy Domine 3.48
  2. + Roger Waters interview

‘Samedi et Compagnie’, Paris, France, 6 September 1968:                                                    5.31

  1. Let There Be More Light
  2. Remember A Day
  3. Let There Be More Light: ‘A L’Affiche du Monde’, London, UK, 1968 1.53

‘Tous En Scene’, Paris, France, 21 October 1968:                                                                 6.39

  1.  Let There Be More Light
  2. Flaming
  1. Let There Be More Light: ‘Surprise Partie’, Paris, France, 1 November 1968 6.35
  2. Point Me At The Sky: Restored promo video, UK, 1968 3.19

Total: 84 mins, 18 secs approx..


CD 1:

‘More’ album non-album tracks

  1. Hollywood (non-album track)                            1.21
  2. Theme (Beat version) (Alternative version) 5.38
  3. More Blues (Alternative version) 3.49
  4. Seabirds (non-album track) 4.20
  5. Embryo (from ‘Picnic’, Harvest Records sampler) 4.43

BBC Radio Session, 12 May 1969:

  1. Grantchester Meadows 3.36
  2. Cymbaline 3.38
  3. The Narrow Way 4.48
  4. Green Is The Colour 3.21
  5. Careful With That Axe, Eugene 3.26

Live at the Paradiso, Amsterdam, 9 August 1969:

  1. Interstellar Overdrive 4.20
  2. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun

CD 2:

Part 1: ‘The Man’, Amsterdam, 17 September 1969

  1. Daybreak (Grantchester Meadows) 8.14
  2. Work 4.12
  3. Afternoon (Biding My Time) 6.39
  4. Doing It 3.54
  5. Sleeping 4.38
  6. Nightmare (Cymbaline) 9.15
  7. Labyrinth 1.10

Part 2: ‘The Journey’, Amsterdam, 17 September 1969

  1. The Beginning (Green Is The Colour) 3.25
  2. Beset By Creatures Of The Deep (Careful With That Axe, Eugene) 6.27
  3. The Narrow Way, Part 3 5.11
  4. The Pink Jungle (Pow R. Toc H.) 4.56
  5. The Labyrinths Of Auximines 3.20
  6. Footsteps / Doors 3.12
  7. Behold The Temple Of Light 5.32


‘Forum Musiques’, Paris, France, 22 January 1969:                                                   19.25

  1. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun

David Gilmour interview

  1. A Saucerful Of Secrets
  1. ‘The Man’ and ‘The Journey’: Royal Festival Hall, London, rehearsal, April 14, 1969: 14.05

   Afternoon (Biding My Time)

   The Beginning (Green Is The Colour)


   Beset By Creatures Of The Deep

   The End Of The Beginning (A Saucerful Of Secrets)

Essencer Pop & Blues Festival, Essen, Germany, October 11 1969:                             19.14

  1. Careful With That Axe, Eugene
  2. A Saucerful Of Secrets

Music Power & European Music Revolution, Festival Actuel,                                        27.53

Amougies Mont de l’Enclus, Belgium, 25 October 1969:

6, Green Is The Colour

  1. Careful With That Axe, Eugene
  2. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
  3. Interstellar Overdrive with Frank Zappa 11.26

Total: 71 mins, 14 secs approx.


CD 1:

  1. Atom Heart Mother live in Montreux, 21 Nov 1970 17.58

BBC Radio Session, 16 July 1970:

  1. Embryo 11.10
  2. Fat Old Sun 5.52
  3. Green Is The Colour 3.27
  4. Careful With That Axe, Eugene 8.25
  5. If 5.47
  6. Atom Heart Mother with choir, cello & brass ensemble 25.30

CD 2:

Unreleased tracks from the ‘Zabriskie Point’ soundtrack recordings:

  1. On The Highway 1.16
  2. Auto Scene Version 2 1.13
  3. Auto Scene Version 3 1.31
  4. Aeroplane 2.18
  5. Explosion 5.47
  6. The Riot Scene 1.40
  7. Looking At Map 1.57
  8. Love Scene Version 7 5.03
  9. Love Scene Version 1 3.26
  10. Take Off 1.20
  11. Take Off Version 2 1.12
  12. Love Scene Version 2 1.56
  13. Love Scene (Take 1) 2.16
  14. Unknown Song (Take 1) 5.56
  15. Love Scene (Take 2) 6.40
  16. Crumbling Land (Take 1) 4.09
  17. Atom Heart Mother Early studio version, band only           19.15

Total: 67 mins, 9 secs approx.

DVD 1:

An Hour with Pink Floyd:

KQED, San Francisco, USA, 30 April 1970:

  1. Atom Heart Mother 17.37
  2. Cymbaline 8.38
  3. Grantchester Meadows 7.37
  4. Green Is The Colour 3.31
  5. Careful With That Axe, Eugene 9.09
  6. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun 12.37

Total: 59 mins, 9 secs approx.

Audio only:

Atom Heart Mother album original 4.0 Quad mix 1970:

  1. Atom Heart Mother 23.42
  2. If 4.31
  3. Summer ’68 5.29
  4. Fat Old Sun 5.24
  5. Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast 13.01

Total: 52 mins, 7 secs approx.

DVD 2:

‘Pop Deux – Festival de St. Tropez’, France, 8 August 1970:

Part 1:

  1. Cymbaline (sound check) 3.54
  2. Atom Heart Mother 13.46
  3. Embryo 11.23

Part 2:

  1. Green Is The Colour/
  2. Careful With That Axe, Eugene 12.21
  3. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun 12.07

Roland Petit Ballet, Paris, France, 5 December 1970:

  1. Instrumental Improvisations 1,2,3 live in the studio 3.28
  2. Embryo 2.39

Blackhill’s Garden Party, Hyde Park, London, UK, 18 July 1970:

9. Atom Heart Mother with the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble/John Alldis Choir



  1. Nothing Part 14 (Echoes work in progress) 7.01

BBC Radio Session, 30 September 1971:

  1. Fat Old Sun 15.33
  2. One Of These Days 7.19
  3. Embryo 10.43
  4. Echoes 26.25

Total: 67 mins 1 sec approx.


‘Aspekte’ feature                                                 9.51

  1. Interview + Atom Heart Mother (extracts)

Hamburg, Germany, 25 February 1971
Brass & Choir conducted by Jeffrey Mitchell

  1. A Saucerful Of Secrets (extract)

Offenbach, Germany, 26 February 1971

‘Cinq Grands Sur La Deux’                                                17.55

Abbaye de Royaumont, Asnierès-sur-Oise, France, 15 June 1971

  1. Set The Control For The Heart Of The Sun
  2. Cymbaline
  3. Atom Heart Mother (extract) 3.12

‘Musikforum Ossiachersee’, Ossiach, Austria, 1 July 1971
Brass & Choir conducted by Jeffrey Mitchell

‘Get To Know’                                                     6.23

Randwick Race Course, Sydney, Australia, 15 August 1971

  1. Careful With That Axe, Eugene

Band interview

’24 hours – Bootleg Records’, London, UK, 1971

  1. Documentary including Pink Floyd  and manager Steve O’Rourke 2.27

‘Review’, London, UK, 1971                                  3.37

  1. Storm Thorgerson & Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell interviewed re: record cover design
  1. One of These Days (‘French Windows’) 4.17

Ian Emes animation created July 1972, Birmingham, UK

  1. Atom Heart Mother (extract, in colour): 5.10

‘Musikforum Ossiachersee’, Ossiach, Austria, 1 July 1971
Brass & Choir conducted by Jeffrey Mitchell

  1. Atom Heart Mother: ’71 Hakone Aphrodite 15.11

Open Air Festival, Hakone, Japan, 6-7 August 1971

Total: 68 mins 3 secs approx..

Audio-only material:

  1. Echoes original 4.0 Quad mix 1971 23.35



Obscured By Clouds 2016 Remix  

  1. Obscured By Clouds 3.03
  2. When You’re In 2.31
  3. Burning Bridges3.30
  4. The Gold It’s In The…3.07
  5. Wot’s…Uh The Deal5.09
  6. Mudmen 4.18
  7. Childhood’s End 4.33
  8. Free Four4.16
  9. Stay


Recording Obscured by Clouds, Château d’Hérouville,

France, 23-29 February 1972

  1. Wot’s…Uh The Deal: with recording session photos 5.04
  2. Pop Deux: Documentary recording Obscured By Clouds 7.14

+ David Gilmour and Roger Waters interview

Brighton Dome, UK, 29 June 1972                                           16.44

  1. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
  2. Careful With That Axe, Eugene 

Roland Petit Pink Floyd Ballet, France, news reports 1972-73

  1. Actualités Méditerranée, Marseille, 22 November 1972 3.29
  2. JT Nuit – Les Pink Floyd, Marseille, 26 November 1972 3.04
  3. JT 20h – Pink Floyd, Paris, 12 January 1973 3.01
  4. Journal de Paris – Les Pink Floyd, Paris, 12 January 1973 5.03
  1. Poitiers – Autour Du Passage Des Pink Floyd 4.27

Concert set up news report – France, 29 November 1972

Live At Pompeii (with 2016 5.1 Audio Remix)

  1. Careful With That Axe, Eugene 6.40
  2. A Saucerful Of Secrets 10.09
  3. One Of These Days 5.58
  4. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun 10.24
  5. Echoes 26.10

Total: 107 mins 27 secs approx..



BBC Radio Session, 25 September 1967:

  1. Flaming 2.42
  2. The Scarecrow 1.59
  3. The Gnome 2.08
  4. Matilda Mother 3.20
  5. Reaction in G 0.34
  6. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun 3.19

BBC Radio Session, 20 December 1967:

  1. Scream Thy Last Scream 3.35

BBC Radio Session, 2 December 1968:

  1. Baby Blue Shuffle In D Major 3.58
  2. Blues 4.59
  3. US Radio ad 0.22
  4. Music from The Committee No. 1 1.06
  5. Music from The Committee No. 2 3.25
  6. Moonhead 7.16 live on 1969 BBC TV moon landings broadcast
  7. Echoes 24.10  live at Wembley 1974

Total: 72 mins 35 secs approx.

DVD/Blu-ray 1:

  1. Arnold Layne (Alternative version) 2.56

Hampstead Heath and St. Michael’s Church, Highgate, London, UK, March 1967

  1. ‘P1 – P wie Petersilie’ 16.52

Stuggart, Germany, 22 July 1969
     Corporal Clegg
     Band interview
A Saucerful of Secrets

  1. Atom Heart Mother 3.46

‘Bath Festival of Blues & Progressive Music’, Shepton Mallet, UK, 27 June 1970

  1. ‘Kralingen Music Festival’ 10.16

Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 28 June 1970

Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
    A Saucerful Of Secrets

  1. ‘The Amsterdam Rock Circus’ 35.41

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 22 May 1972

Atom Heart Mother
     Careful With That Axe, Eugene
     A Saucerful Of Secrets 

The Committee – (Feature Film)                             55.18

Score by Pink Floyd

Total: 124 mins 49 secs approx.

DVD/Blu-ray 2:

‘More’ feature film                                              1.56.00

‘La Vallée’ (Obscured By Clouds) feature film                     1.45.00

Total: 3 hours 41 mins approx.



— Arnold Layne C/W Candy And A Currant Bun

— See Emily Play C/W The Scarecrow

— Apples And Oranges C/W Paintbox

— It Would Be So Nice C/W Julia Dream

— Point Me At The Sky C/W Careful With That Axe, Eugene

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Alistair Burns

Just bought it as a 2 for 1 on European Pink Floyd website, code PINKFLOYD24 for today only.

Gerry Menzies

Well I bought it, had it pre-ordered so got it for a bit less than the current advertised price on Amazon. Not made of money, saved everything I could, with some on call for work, managed it. I am really happy with it, knew what to expect from all the adverts etc prior to release, currently listening to the Pompeii Audio CD, for me it is worth the money and I am very very happy :-)

Dean T

Hi Michael
I would say go with your heart…if you know you want this then go for it ,no it’s not cheap but in a few years when the money side of things has been long forgotten you will still have the item you wanted all along.


So, just a couple more days for The Early Years to come out! I’m still debating whether to go for it or wait for the single 2017 releases. I know that the Continu/ation discs are exclusive to this box. It sounds silly but, does anybody have a suggestion? Are you guys going for the box? Is the price justified? By the way, in Germany the price is over €100 more expensive than on amazon.uk! Any advice, any input? Thanks and happy week everyone!

Doug P.B.

BIG Floyd fan….pre-ordered day this was announced. Been vacillating on whether to cancel or not. The price is silly, for what’s involved. It seems to me that if they don’t sell enough, they’ll be able to open up those boxes and just sell them individually as they’ve announced (no waste !)
Anyway, cancelled today, here’s what did it for me ….. Have you seen/heard about this box ?
200 CD’s !! 2 Hardback books !! Now this is value, and at almost half the price of Floyd.

“A New Complete Edition, presenting Mozart’s entire work including every last fragment, in the most authoritative edition ever created. The Edition presents over 240 hours of music, 600 solo performers and ensembles including 60 orchestras and every significant Mozart interpreter of the past 30 years. 5 hours of new recordings have been commissioned for this Edition including premieres of previously-lost compositions and every performable fragment. Moreover, a further 25 CDs present key works in great alternative versions, while 5 more CDs present legendary and historic performances, making this Edition a document of the greatest Mozart performances as well as of his complete works. 2 handsome, lavishly illustrated hardcover books present documentation at a level of authority never before seen in any boxed set, with over 150,000 words in each language, written by one of the great Mozart scholars of our age, Professor Cliff Eisen. Editorial is presented across 2 editions, one with English and French language, and the other with German and Japanese. Lending the Edition even more weight is the publication – for the first time – of a new ‘Köchel’ guide presenting in short form the new Köchel catalogue developed over many years by the International Stiftung Mozarteum. Four frameable prints are included in every set, including a Mozart letter and a score.”

Wow, not even a huge classical fan, but would rather put my loot towards this … and have !


I am sure this will be heavily bootlegged after it comes out. Check out eBay and search for Floyd discovery box…


By the way, I came to my senses and decided to skip on this one. I will not pay €540 (Germany) for over 40 pieces of replicated memorabilia, singles and some psychedelic light generator that will supposedly be part of the box. It’s simply too much stuff coming out lately and some sacrifices have to be made. Just got The Beatles in stereo on vinyl, ordered the Lou Reed box and planning to get the Bowie Who Can I Be Now box soon. It’s a vicious circle! HELP!


What do we know about the standalone releases? Do we know when during 2017 they are coming out? Are all the volumes coming out at the same time?


Hey Mat. The only thing I know about the individual releases is that the Bonus Continu/ation disc will be exclusive to the box set. So, no single release for that one. I’m sure some folks will try to make some money by selling that CD on ebay for a ridiculous price. Other than that, my guess is that the price for each will be something between £55-65.


I agree, it’s a shame that the new 5.1 mixes for Meddle and Obscured by Clouds won’t be on this. Andy Jackson did them, but then James Guthrie and Roger Waters stepped in to pull them from the set at the last minute, apparently because Guthrie was upset they didn’t ask him to do them.

As for the Meddle quad mix, it doesn’t exist. The only song from Meddle that was ever mixed in Quad was “Echoes”, as a demo for the press. The rest of the album was never mixed. Andy Jackson also mentioned that the “Echoes” quad is a bit of a weird mix, with several elements of the song missing.

Matthew Collier

Thanks Matthias! I am *only* interested in the Echos 4.0 mix, as long as it’s not on DVD in a lossy format! I would indeed buy this as a separate BluRay, but the rest I can leave as really, I wasn’t too impressed with Pink Floyd until Obscured By Clouds, at a push Atom Heart Mother! (though I do have one CD of all their albums (except Umma Gumma and More, which I never bothered replacing/upgrading from Cassette)).

I have all the “proper” Immersion boxes (which means, not the Wall! ;) ), plus the deluxe versions of The Endless River, Rattle That Lock and Amused To Death. I *won’t* buy this set just for the one bit of it that I want, it was bad enough having to buy The Division Bell to get the hi-res/multi-channel content, but this one is ridiculous. I’m there if they release any standalone hi-res/multi-channel content from *any* album, though they’d better hurry up, *I* may not be alive in time for them to get round to releasing the stuff we believe to exist, or is currently in progress (I’m 44, I’m not convinced Roger, David and Nick will live to see their catalog fully released… :( )

Anyway, rant over, I’ll continue to sit on my hands for some more years, then… :(



I have cancelled my order, theres just too much repetition and remember a lot of this stuff was not released for a reason. I personally would like to see a vinyl boxset release like Queen and also all the quad mixes released in full. Why just Echoes and not the full album?


Way overkill/overpriced. Not even my favorite era. That comes right after.


FINALLY REVEALED. An inside source told me last night that the big space in the outer box is to hold a psychedelic light generator of some sort. I’m expecting it to be a bit like those rotating oil wheel projectors that Mathmos sells, only smaller and less effective. (Mathmos is the company that makes the lava lamps.)

I guess this makes sense. The band were known in their early years for their light show, and their first album was originally going to be called “Projection” until they realized the name had already been used by Blues Project. Povey’s latest book has an intriguing photo of coloured light blobs projected on the band’s faces, which I reckon was intended to be the cover photo. Remember the way EMI sold “Arnold Layne”? “The projected sound of 1967.”

Besides, there’s a precedent for this: the flashing light in “Pulse”. And it would explain the hefty price tag.

Incidentally, my insider source? When you play “Seamus” backwards the dog can clearly be heard barking: “The big box in 2016* will contain a psychedelic light generator. Look out for it. Oh, and by the way, sorry about the marbles.”

*This sounds more like “waggy woof yowl” but the chemicals don’t lie.

Dean T

I think Ian what you see is just an import for the double cd,maybe a Japan import.also the stand alones will not be released till next year.sorry mate but false alarm.

Dean T

Millions of Floyd fans will get to own and hear what is locked away in this box because the separate sets will come in at a price the market can afford ,that’s the point of them .the piper and medle years will fly off the shelfs for a while and the rest will follow as people complete there sets as they can afford too.As for the quality of material ,does anyone realy think there just going to release a load of old bootlegs from you tube?… Of cause not ,if you have the Beatles 1 bluray set expect something of the same quilaty …just wait and see.


Sorry, got a bit mixed up there. Though this was the first standalone boxed volume. It’s just an import price of the 2cd version.


Cre/ation now listed on Amazon.de as a a stand alone release on 25th Nov at 63 euros…

Phantom Stranger

I will be passing on this box despite being a pretty huge Pink Floyd fan. I think sales of the DSOTM Immersion box went to their heads. This is much less marketable material to mainstream consumers. The pricing is strictly intended for superfans with more money than sense.

I guess they think anyone that can’t afford it will simply pirate it, but that is just not true. Millions of Pink Floyd fans will never hear this material locked away in a box priced over $500.

Bobby Frufracker

What is the quality of stuff such as the KQED-TV “An Hour with Pink Floyd” (IMHO the most enjoyable Floyd video ever) and the other stuff heretofore only available on boot ? Are we paying for copies made from the originals, or are we getting what’s already been out on boot? THERE’s the rub///

Dean T

Hi Simon
I completely agree with you about the amount of work that must of gone into this project and hope you don’t put me in your camp of moaners as I intend buy either the full box or separate books but I do believe they could of at least offered this as a cd/ dvd or cd/bluray box.
Both The Endless River and Rattle That Lock could be bought that way to name just two.
It does seem to me they are using a large disc count to imply a large content but is in fact just the same stuff across the formats …( fantastic stuff by the looks of it)as for all the printed repro items and vinyl singles ,I love all that stuff and appreciate what’s on offer here ..its a personal archive for the fans to buy into if they wish (try finding original items) it good to see the graphic style of these bands beyond the album sleeves and how they progress ,all the great groups had their own aesthetic and all the promo items relate to how a band wanted to be perceived ,especially when a groups like Floyd and Zeppelin did not trust the media and relied on the graphics to create an image and some mystery around themselfs ,so it’s good to have this in hand and look through it once in a while ,it’s worth having if done right,the few bits in the immersion sets were quality items (cloth back stage pass stickers ,dye cut tickets etc…)
If some people don’t put value on this part of a bands history then that’s a shame and I feel their kind of missing out .All I know is I like it .

Julian H

If some people don’t put value on this part of a bands history then that’s a shame and I feel their kind of missing out .All I know is I like it .”

And that’s a reason to force something upon people when they’re not interested, just so they can get something they’re interested in?

Imagine a restaurant would work like that!

“its a personal archive for the fans to buy into if they wish”

That’s the problem, it’s not a question of wishing or not. If they sold a version with the memorabilia and another one with much less of it (I appreciate pictures as much as anybody – but in the end it’s the music I’ll return to), that would be fair.

Case in point: The Immersion Editions included some great stuff (the large booklets or the DSOTM questions) but the marbles, scarves and the like were just pointless. I haven’t looked at those parts of the set more than twice, I think. These sets need to be less “kitchen sink” and more “carefully selected” when it comes to non-musical content.

Simon F

The endless moaners about this set seem to forget that an awful lot of work has gone into putting this (and hopefully) future editions together. You’re not just paying for a bunch of silver discs.
I wonder how many of these moaners take a summer holiday and/or go to festivals? Bet you don’t complain about the cost of those. My work and home life won’t allow me to do either so a box set like this is the equivalent of a holiday for me. The Dylan box is a stupid analogy to make. That was just all of Dylan’s albums to date shoved in a box with a booklet reproducing album liner notes etc. Not a lot of work to do on that as Sony have this down to a fine art now with previous box sets covering the output of Miles Davis, Johnny Cash and some other guy who’s name I’ve forgotten. And BTW I own both the Davis and Dylan boxes. I’m really looking forward to the Floyd box. It’s the first and possible only time that the Pink Floyd archives have been really opened, and yes, like many others I was hugely disappointed with the previous Why Pink Floyd project which allowed us just to peer through a crack in the door. But now those doors have been flung fully wide open and we should be celebrating this. Roll on November 11th!!!


People know exactly what has been done to prepare this set and what’s on offer and have their opinion. Just as you have yours.

I’m personally pretty sick of people defending the pricing and content decisions just because it’s the first time this material is being put out officially. It’s not the band wanting you to hear and see it all. It’s the management wanting to both beat the bootleggers and make money themselves.

I’m more than happy to wait for reviews before buying.

The Immersion sets were sparse considering their price, especially The Wall. The Division Bell 20th was a piss-take in terms of pricing and content. Pink Floyd’s ex-members, as mentioned, seem entirely uninterested and uninvolved in any re-releases and this is obviously a beat the bootleggers compendium. We know the bonus disc is full of inferior material and despite the work gone into this set, £375 is way over the top as a price point. The releasing of individual sets may be a consolation to many, but until prices for those are revealed I would not rejoice.


I went to Mauritius, if you want to know. Very nice it was too. Yes, it cost a fair chunck of money, but I felt it was reasonably priced given that we had to fly 6000 miles each way, and I could order whatever I wanted whenever I wanted it. After flights, it worked out at £170 per day for three of us. Not too much, in my opinion. But I’m not sure that a holiday – or anything else – is the appropriate benchmark/datum here. I’m comparing this with other archive releases. Note, I’m not comparing it to career- spanning sets by Dylan, Presley, or Cash (they’re not the same thing). Rather, the archival releases by Jethro Tull and King Crimson. These are the more obvious comparison points, and to my eye, leave the Floyd’s efforts in the dust. Take Crimson’s next set. It’s 19 discs, and even though they play a not dissimilar game regarding DVD and BD, the cost of £110 still gets you 11 CDs and 5 DVDs, together with comments from the artist (and doubtless some useless ephemera….) which, again, from where I’m sitting, looks much more reasonable in terms of fair exchange.

To reiterate, the audio and video content will, I’m sure, be great, and I’m happy for those who have been looking forward to this stuff for years. It’s not my intention at all to throw a dampener on the enjoyment that will doubtless be had by those people. My gripe revolves around two points. First, the perceived lack of effort that went in to presenting the content. Secondly, the price at which this lacklustre effort is pinned.

There are few things in life I like quite as much as news – very often via this site – of an upcoming deluxe set of archival material. I am completely in the centre of the demographic that this website, and this type of release, is aiming for. But only when the product is up to the mark in terms of value, and this is out of kilter with my, and many other’s, expectations.

Best wishes regardless,,


Chris Brown

That van looks computer-generated to me. Pity, it’s quite cute.

Dean T

If they sell the individual books bundled together in that slip case that’s the one I would go for.l cancels my pre order some time ago and going to wait this one out a bit.Still love the design though ,something a bit Peter Saville about it .The books look great ,very understated,let the CDs and Blurays do the talking so to speak…pleanty of Information there.
Like some others I have gone off the boil a bit on this by the DVDs & Bluray combo ( just don’t need both)something I don’t usually worry about in other sets,I just enjoy them for what they are,but this is quite expensive so have to think twice.Ether way you buy their great sets to have and most will be happy l hope.


Another vote here for the Bob Dylan box set as the wait to go, a fantastic shelf friendly wallet friendly smart box with everything you need inside.


So it’s a little box inside a big box, and the rest of the big box is empty space? Sigh. So each of the books consists only of a few photos and the track listing? Sigh. So we still don’t know how much they’ve tampered with the sound and video, though signs are it’s a lot? Sigh. So they ditched fan-pleasing 5.1 mixes, including the long awaited “Meddle”, because of that same old Waters/Gilmour spitting match? Sigh. So there might be a little toy van to go with the other kipple? (Can’t see what else that hole on the left is for, unless it’s something unexpected and magical — YEAH RIGHT!) Super sigh. So the only reason anyone would buy this bloated monstrosity is because they’re not going to release one of the modules separately? I’m all sighed out.


I’m sighing with you….the increasing infantilisation of music fans by Pink Floyd Productions. Last time it was cheap scarves and – I can still scarcely believe I’m able to type this – bags of marbles. Now it looks like there may be a Dinky car.

It’s a subjective point, of course, but one of the main attractions of PF was the artwork. Granted, this got better as they went along, so the initial albums don’t look that spectacular today, but that seems scant excuse for the design of this thing. A black monolith of an object (it has to be large to accommodate the tat – sorry, collectible posters and concert tickets) that my 6 year old could have done better with. The monochromatic design might be significant to those pictured with the van, but probably not to any of us; to my eyes, it’s a complete waste of space that could have been utilised much more effectively (the design for ‘Oh, by the Way’ was in a different league, regardless of what people thought of the sound quality). The individual books look dull as well, and they seem to have gone down the Led Zeppelin route of including photos and very little else in these, so nothing to read.

But all that aside, the audio and video content is appealing. Just don’t sell it to me as a 27 disc set. Although strictly true, it’s utterly disingenuous and morally corrupt to do so, as it’s either a 19 disc (cd + DVD) or 18 disc (cd + BD) set; to sell it as a 27 disc set implies from the outset that the 27 discs contain different content, but they don’t. I appreciate that there is no actual deception here, but it’s a terribly unsubtle foot-in-the- door tactic that leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

Anyway, rant over. No problems Paul if you decline this post, I appreciate it’s not in the spirit of your website, but there are really good models of how to do archive releases and we all know what they are. I’m holding PFP up to the mirror here, and want them to know that their approach is- in my opinion – little more than an exercise in taking the piss, and does them few favours.


I agree with you totally Kevin.

For me, this method of throwing everything into big sets together (CD, DVD, Bluray, vinyl, memorabilia) so that everybody has to pay the same inflated price, regardless of which parts of the set appeal specifically is a bad and alienating sales model. As I understand it even Andy Jackson, who did the Division Bell 5.1 mix, tried to encourage the management to release that mix on Bluray individually rather than it being in a £100 box of vinyl with just a blown up CD booklet and some art prints for company. A 20th anniversary album box with no written album information whatsoever, no contemporary photos etc? The band themselves seem to have no input at all in any modern reissue projects. The current Pink Floyd managements ideas of selling product are stupid, insulting and money grabbing.

Also marketing it as a 27 disc set is I agree poor and I think entirely purposeful and misleading. For me it is an 18 disc set because I will only use the CD and Bluray discs but of course need the exclusive bonus discs so can’t go the individual sets route – we don’t even know if buying the 6 sets individually will work out dearer than buying the box with all 7 at this stage so again the consumer is gambling.

I would question a £250 price tag for this set so the current price is ridiculous.


The Division Bell 5.1 was released separately, so I assume PF listened to him?


The Bluray wasn’t Daran, which was my specific point and what Jackson specifically asked for. Releasing the odd dribble of 5.1 DVD’s on the official website with no marketing or advertising was the managements small concession and a pathetic one. Of the few DVD’s that did sell at a £9.99 a lot of them were on eBay soon after for £40+.

Massive Floyd fan but the way their material is being released recently is pretty poor. The ex-members clearly have little interest and the management are gouging fans.


Actually the Beatles’ Anthology, though far from perfect, was good in that it came in separate music CDs, video/DVDs, and the paving slab book so you could just buy the bits you wanted (reasonably priced too).

Still gonna have to fork out for this Floyd set though…. it’s marvellous!!


I completely agree about the format problems. Why would I want to buy both the DVD and Bluray ? I appreciate that this is a Super Deluxe forum but at these prices how many will buy ?


Don’t be so stingy Dave…..at £380 its an absolute steal and will be flying off the shelves.

Peter Anderson

Damn was hoping this would look rubbish but it does look very good. Preordered but if the price does not drop will cancel and see what the price does. Still expensive at half the price


Shouldn’t the 1971 material be from Meddle?
The press release and the video both state:

“Echoes original 4.0 Quad mix” and
“Unreleased material from Echoes”

Was Echoes the title before Meddle?


The song Echoes is obviously a long piece and was put together from many different musical ideas and so the ‘unreleased material’ mentioned is work on that track specifically.


So, only the song Echoes’ quad mix is included, not the whole album?
Why!?!?!?! The quad mixes are important and should be included in a set of this magnitude.

Julian H

Only Echoes was ever mixed in quad.


A question: How is quad mixed played from blue-ray? Do you set up 4 speakers? Or are they stereo mix downs from the original 4 channels?

Julian H

Sorry for missing your question. Quad mix on BD should be encoded as a 4.0, i.e. a 5.1 with no center or subwoofer information. That means, it is surround (but not as many channels as modern surround) and you can listen to it on a surround system.

You can also mix down the 4.0 to 2.0 (stereo) and while it won’t give you the quad experience, it’ll likely still sound markedly different to the regular stereo. Often quad mixes had different parts as well (Deep Purple e.g.), I think “Echoes” isn’t identical with the album version…

Michael Fortin

Bring on the 2CD version!

Steve R

What is the quality of the 7″ singles in this and other similar box set? You never see any mention of 180g vinyl when singles are mentioned. I’d love to own this but would I ever be bothered to play the singles? I don’t think so.


An amazing SDE, but what a price! Ouch.. Something closer to £250 would have been enough.

P. Roberts

Instead of all these formats in one very expensive box they should have had a vinyl 45’s box like The Who did recently, a video anthology on Bluray or DVD and the CD audio again in it’s own box but still released in individual sets as is happening. Also sell a hardback book with pictures of sleeve art, concert dates, set lists, timelines, important facts etc and then the consumer can pick and choose which parts they need rather than being force fed everything for a large sum.

The fact that, on many forums, people are already saying they want to buy individual components if people are thinking of selling (the vinyl, the DVD’s or the Blurays) speaks volumes.


@P.Roberts, @Smith, totally agree. I am only interested in the CD audio and if this had been a separate box set option I would have been in. It is just too much to pay to get what I want because of the excess baggage. 2CD version for me.


Looks like you get the little van too! These little add-ons in deluxe sets (scarves, marbles, balloons, badges etc.) make sense since I read it was to thwart the counterfeiters.

Still consider this very overpriced when compared with other multi-disc sets, especially considering the large amount of duplicated material on DVD/Bluray and having to pay for the ubiquitous vinyl is always a kick in the balls if you don’t want it. too much paper memorabilia here has also inflated the price. Would rather have a coffee table book with it pictured alongside written notes about the concerts etc the artwork pertains to.

In my personal opinion the video content should have had a separate release on both Bluray and DVD plus a separate set for the audio.

It would be nice to be given pricing info on the individual volumes so we can make up our minds if paying for the vinyl, memorabilia and mostly inferior quality bonus set material is worth it.

Hopefully the 5.1 mixes that were due for inclusion here will get a release alongside other surround material in the future. Considering Floyd were pioneers in surround sound and have entire albums tailor made for 5.1 or quad, they have been rather poor in getting their music out in that format. Guthrie’s 5.1 mixes by the way are far inferior to the older quad versions of the same albums.

Animals surround release next year surely in some form of deluxe package.

Ben Williams

Well put. I agree this set is too expensive when considering the actual disc count with music (which is what we all buy these sets really). When you think you can buy a 50 disc Bob Dylan set for about £110, makes you wonder why they don’t make sets that satify both those who want the content and those who want a deluxe box, regardless of what is included, rather than alienating those who can’t afford a massive set like this. I would buy this set if it was cheaper, much cheaper, and if stripping a set of pomp and excess (marbles, vans, etc) then thats ok by me!

Ive settled for the two disc set.


The Dylan box set is the way to do it. Slim carboard sleeves and a book inside a modest box. There is just so much unnecessary clutter with this Pink Floyd box set but they know that their target audience will be queueing up to buy it.

CJ Feeney

The Dylan box contained nothing new, it was a complete release of all available albums, so not much in the way of researching and mastering to be done. A lower price per disc was quite appropriate for what the fan was getting.

You should compare this to Dylan’s Cutting Edge super deluxe that retailed for $500. This comes out better in my opinion.

Nuno Bento

So, the absence of the 5.1 mixes of “Meddle” and “Obscured By Clouds” is confirmed. We can all thank James Guthrie for that.


Yes, Andy Jackson did those mixes and his Division Bell surround mix is fantastic so I’m gutted we are going to have to wait for those, if they even get a future release. I found Guthrie’s surround work on DSOTM and WYWH very underwhelming, while the historic quad mixes are a wondeful listening experience, very immersive and put Guthrie’s work to shame. Not sure he understands the surround format properly to be honest and don’t care if I never hear his 5.1 of The Wall he is apparently working on at a snail’s pace.