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17 December 2013

Darkside Du Jour

Classics Du Jour is a music Website dedicated to all things related to Classic Rock that, each month, offers an opportunity to win exclusive prizes, ranging from signed guitars to deluxe CD packages. From now until January 12, 2014, they are offering Pink Floyd fans a chance to win a deluxe CD copy of Sir Tom Stoppard's Darkside, with one winner receiving a copy personally signed by Sir Tom.

As previously reported, the Darkside radio play incorporates all the lyrics and themes from The Dark Side Of The Moon, plus most of the music. The 54-minute English language radio play on CD is packaged like a hardback book and includes an insert of the complete script, including Roger Waters' original lyrics, and translations of the script into several languages on a separate disc. For a chance to win a signed Darkside package, click here to visit the Classics Du Jour contest page.

7 November 2013

Stand Up For Heroes Featuring Roger Available On YouTube

Roger participated in last night's Stand Up For Heroes concert at Madison Square Garden in New York, co-headlining with Bruce Springsteen. Among the songs performed by Roger with numerous veterans were John Lennon's Imagine, Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, Sam Cooke's A Change Is Gonna Come, and of course Comfortably Numb. The live stream of the entire show has just been made available to view, worldwide, on demand through YouTube. You can watch the video, above.

10 October 2013

Darkside on Disc November 25

DarksideThe 'Darkside' play, written by Sir Tom Stoppard for BBC Radio 2, to celebrate the 40th anniversary release of The Dark Side of the Moon is be released worldwide as a deluxe CD package on Monday 25 November. Distributed worldwide by ADA for Parlophone/Warner Music group, the play was an original commission by BBC Radio 2, and broadcast in the UK on 26 August 2013. It will now be available to fans outside the UK with its release on CD and digital download.

Produced in collaboration with Sir Tom Stoppard's publishers Faber and Faber, the package resembles a hard-backed book, including a CD carrying the 54-minute play, which includes the majority of the Dark Side of the Moon album, plus a 56-page bound insert of the play's script in English.

Sir Tom Stoppard said: "When 'The Dark Side of the Moon' was a new album in 1973, a friend of mine walked into my room where I was working with a copy in his hand and said 'You really have to do a play about this album'. So, when, roughly 39-and-a-half years later, Jeff Smith from Radio 2 asked me if I'd like to do some kind of play around the 40th birthday of the Pink Floyd album, it really wasn't a very difficult decision".

The cover features design and photography by StormStudios, in collaboration with Hipgnosis designer Aubrey 'Po' Powell, based on the specially-created Aardman Animations piece used to publicise the broadcast. The full play script includes all the dialogue and stage directions, plus Roger Waters' original lyrics from the album. The release also features a bonus disc with text translations in German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Japanese, Mandarin, and Russian.

'Darkside' is an abstract and compelling drama which follows Emily, a philosophy student, through a series of thought experiments, which are vividly brought to life. The play also ranges over a series of grand themes, which are both thought provoking and laced with Stoppard's characteristic wit and humour. The impressive cast includes Bill Nighy as Dr Antrobus/the Witch Finder, Rufus Sewell as Mr Baggott/Ethics Man, Adrian Scarborough as Fat Man, and Amaka Okafor as Emily.

David Gilmour: "I found the script of Tom's play fascinating; I can't think of a better way to celebrate The Dark Side of The Moon's 40-year anniversary".

Nick Mason: "I love it. If anyone is going to mess with the crown jewel of albums, Tom is a very good choice".

Bill Nighy: "To get a combination of Tom Stoppard and Pink Floyd ... is a massive deal, a marriage made in radio heaven".

The radio play was produced and directed by James Robinson.

Left to right: Rufus Sewell, Iwan Rheon, Sir Tom Stoppard, Amaka Okafor, Bill Nighy.

Photo © Mark Allan/BBC.

23 August 2013

Turn Over to The Darkside

Sir Tom Stoppard, The Dark Side Of The MoonAs previously reported, Monday 26 August is a national holiday in the UK, and on that evening at 10pm GMT BBC Radio 2 will broadcast a brand-new sonic event written by Sir Tom Stoppard, influenced by, and including, The Dark Side Of The Moon. Radio 2 commissioned the work to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the album, and has also engaged with award-winning Aardman Studios, who have produced a three-minute visual trailer for the radio play.

Described as a "philosophical comedy", the play stars actors Bill Nighy, Amaka Okafor, Iwan Rheon, Adrian Scarborough, Peter Marinker, and Rufus Sewell as superhero Ethics Man. Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Front Row, Sir Tom said: "I used a lot of the album, well all of it other than the lyrics, as a kind of underscore. I was picking up emotional cues from the music".

James Robinson, producer of BBC radio drama, said: "The album represents the ultimate immersive listening experience – you put on a pair of headphones, open your ears and travel somewhere else. We thought it would be interesting to see what sort of a journey the album takes Tom Stoppard on. Tom is a huge fan of Pink Floyd and the idea really fired his imagination".

Aardman's three-minute long trailer is a montage of disturbing images of a world seemingly on the verge of collapse, huge ploughs ripping up landscapes and skies filled with warplanes. You can see it on the BBC Website here.

2 July 2013

Bad Day Clip Goes Live

Animator Cliff Port has now made available online his 12-minute animated film Bad Day At The Office, which debuted at the UK's Glastonbury Festival last weekend.

The film is based on the tribulations of the band's lighting director at a 1973 show and features new, tongue in cheek, animation based on an actual recording of Floyd lighting designer Arthur Max grappling with the technical challenge of working with a brand-new follow-spot crew.

Pink Floyd were performing at Detroit's Olympia Stadium in June 1973, and the venue policy was to use only in-house staff, who were more used to covering ice hockey events. The film shows an animated version of Arthur Max having to lick his ad hoc team into shape on the hoof, and is accompanied by a live rendition of Obscured by Clouds.

Directed by Cliff Port and produced by Simone Kay, the film is available to view now on YouTube here.

26 June 2013

Mark Fisher 1947 – 2013

We are sad to announce that stage designer and architect Mark Fisher, OBE, MVO, RDI, died yesterday in London aged 66.

Mark Fisher was born in Warwickshire, England in 1947, and graduated from London's Architectural Association School of Architecture in 1971. Long associated with Pink Floyd, he first met the band in 1966 at a college Christmas party, going on to attend band performances at the UFO club and Notting Hill's All Saints Hall.

He was a Unit Master at the Architectural Association School from 1973 to 1977, then in 1984 he set up the Fisher Park Partnership with Jonathan Park. Dissolving the partnership in 1994, Fisher then set up his own studio, Stufish.

His association with Pink Floyd started in 1977, when he was commissioned to help design inflatables for the US leg of the Animals tour. He went on to design the stage sets for the 1980 live performances of The Wall (with Roger Waters and Gerald Scarfe) and The Division Bell tour in 1994. Mark's particular contributions to the 1980 Wall shows included designs for the Teacher puppet (based on himself) and the dedicated wall builders' hydraulic platforms. For Roger Waters, the Fisher Park partnership designed the stage sets for the tours of The Pros And Cons of Hitchhiking and Radio K.A.O.S., as well as the huge wall across Berlin's Potsdamer Platz for the 1990 staging of The Wall there, while Mark reunited with Roger to help create the successful Wall tours from 2010 to the present.

Mark designed several sets for The Rolling Stones, including those for Steel Wheels (1989), Voodoo Lounge (1994), Bridges to Babylon (1997) and A Bigger Bang (2005). Other live sets included U2's ZooTV (1992), PopMart (1997) and 360° (2009), Madonna's 2012 MDNA Tour, Lady Gaga's Born This Way Ball tour stage, and the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

In 2000 he created the Millennium Dome Show with Peter Gabriel, and designed opening and closing ceremonies for the Olympics (Torino in 2006 as well as Beijing 2008) and the Asian Games of 2010. Designs for theatrical stage sets included Queen's We Will Rock You, and and Viva Elvis by Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas.

17 June 2013

Pink Floyd and David Gilmour back catalogues on Spotify

The entire Pink Floyd and David Gilmour back catalogues are now available on Spotify after fans streamed Wish You Were Here more than one million times in just four days.

14 June 2013

Now They're Here

Pink Floyd have come to Spotify in the form of Wish You Were Here, which is available now to stream for Spotify users worldwide. As soon as one million streams of the song have been achieved, the whole Pink Floyd catalogue will be made available.

This will be audio-only, but will include all the band's studio albums and official live albums.

4 June 2013

1960s Cambridge Music Scene Booklet Now In Print Form To Buy

1960s CambridgeThe folk who edit the informative I-Spy Syd In Cambridge Website have now made their 1960s Cambridge booklet available to buy as a bound hard copy. Warren Dosanjh, Stephen Pyle, Dave Parker and Tony Middleton organise walking tours of Cambridge, highlighting the places and events of Syd Barrett's early life, but their Website i-spysydincambridge.com also features a fascinating indepth study of the 1960s music scene in Cambridge, featuring many photos and running to some 72 pages.

It has now been made available to buy as a hi-res printed version with a ring binding. The booklet was recently updated, and includes added pages on the Dawnbreakers, the Hi-Fi's, the Prowlers, Clive Welham and Johnny Cullum, as well as photos and stories of Cambridge musical artists, including Those Without, Jokers Wild, and many more.

The price is £15.00, which includes posting & packing in the UK only. Cheques should be made out to: 'RCR2' and sent to 14 Greville Road, Cambridge CB1 3QL, accompanied by the name and address of the recipient. Warren Dosanjh advises that it would be helpful for orders to be collected by hand from the above address, if possible.

For countries outside the UK, please contact the site for a price inclusive of posting and packing here.

18 April 2013

Storm Thorgerson 1944 – 2013

Designer and film-maker Storm Thorgerson grew up in Cambridge and was an early friend of Syd Barrett, Roger Waters and David Gilmour, all from Pink Floyd, for whom he designed many album covers, including the iconic sleeve for The Dark Side Of The Moon. The graphic art group Hipgnosis (co-founded by Storm with Aubrey 'Po' Powell) became one of the most famed design and photographic teams in music, with covers for many other internationally successful artists, including Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Wishbone Ash, 10cc, Black Sabbath, Wings, Peter Gabriel, and Yes. After the team went their separate ways, Storm spent some time creating films and documentaries, but always maintained his design work, most recently as founder of StormStudios, which has created memorable images for Muse, Biffy Clyro, and The Steve Miller Band, as well as the graphics for the recent Why Pink Floyd? campaign.

Storm Elvin Thorgerson was born in Potters Bar, Middlesex (now in Hertfordshire) on February 28th 1944. Of Norwegian heritage, he was schooled at Summerhill free school and then Brunswick Primary School in Cambridge. His secondary education was at local grammar school, the Cambridgeshire High School for Boys, alongside Syd Barrett and Roger Waters, who went on to form Pink Floyd.

He studied for a degree at Leicester University from 1963 to 1966, initially in Psychology, but he switched courses, gaining more satisfaction from attaining a BA Honours degree in English and Philosophy. However, his primary interest had always been film, so he progressed to a Masters' Degree course in Film and TV at London's Royal College of Art (1966-69). He had a variety of jobs, including being a temporary porter for British Rail, before founding Hipgnosis with fellow college student 'Po' Powell.

Po, originally from Sussex, had attended school in Ely, Cambridgeshire, and had met Storm in Cambridge, striking up a friendship that led to them sharing a flat in London. The Thorgerson/Powell design company was named Hipgnosis (by juxtaposing 'hip' with the Greek 'gnosis' – to know) and their first commission was for a series of book jackets. In 1968, wanting to break into the world of album covers, which had become much more flamboyant and art-oriented since the psychedelic explosion of 1967, Storm asked his friend David Gilmour, who had recently replaced Syd Barrett as guitarist/singer in Pink Floyd, to help persuade the other members of Pink Floyd that they should use him to do the artwork for their latest album.

The resulting cover for A Saucerful Of Secrets still stands as one of the best examples of British psychedelic cover art. As Q magazine stated, the designers attempted to mirror three "altered states of consciousness" – religion, drugs, and Pink Floyd music. A studio was acquired at 6 Denmark Street in Soho and until 1982 Hipgnosis thrived as one of the best known photography and design companies.

The Pink Floyd connection continued with the covers for the band's subsequent albums, including More, the double album Ummagumma (shot at the house of Storm's then-girlfriend Libby January) and Atom Heart Mother, but Hipgnosis worked with many other artists, including The Pretty Things, Syd Barrett, The Nice, T. Rex, Marvin, Welch & Farrar, The Electric Light Orchestra, Wishbone Ash, the Climax Blues Band, and Renaissance, before the huge success of 1973's The Dark Side Of The Moon and its stark graphic sleeve brought their work to a global audience.

Larger budgets allowed Storm and Po more free rein, and suitably cinematic sleeves were created for clients such as Led Zeppelin (Houses Of The Holy), Genesis (The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway) and 10cc (Deceptive Bends), among many others.

By Storm's own admission, he was never a draughtsman, preferring to work with ideas and concepts, and many of his designs are notable for their surreal elements, placing objects out of their traditional contexts, especially with vast spaces around them, to give them an awkward appearance while highlighting their beauty. Storm has said: "I like photography because it is a reality medium, unlike drawing which is unreal. I like to mess with reality...to bend reality. Some of my works beg the question of is it real or not?"

Acknowledging the influence of Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte, Storm said: "I probably first came across Magritte via my mother, and I think my mother rather indirectly encouraged my interest in art, particularly in painting. Magritte was probably an early interest, I think because he dealt not with technique so much as with ideas, and some of them are quite funny. I like to look, because it makes me smile.

"I think I took away from Magritte a sort of love of oddity, or oddness, or rather, juxtaposition or contrariness. He used to play with the reality, you know, so in a sense I have to set it up as a real thing which has been slightly twisted – that's the contrariness, the oddness. We often stage these things for real and don't do them in a computer because the reality has its own attributes. What you see is what you get."

Another element that set Hipgnosis apart from their contemporaries was their use of English puns to create a pictorial counterpart to an album's title: Wishbone Ash's Live Dates recreated the imagery of an ornately illustrated box of dates; There's The Rub by Wishbone Ash depicted a cricketer, showing evidence of him having shined the cricket ball against his trousers to add spin when bowling; 10cc's Sheet Music showed the four band members holding a giant bedsheet that engulfed the lens; UFO's Force It utilised bathroom imagery, as a pun on the US use of 'faucet' rather than the English 'tap' – and so on.

Hipgnosis weren't afraid to use multiple visual techniques to effect their designs; over the years their sleeves used hyperreal photography, pencil illustration, airbrushing, photo montage, Polaroid manipulation and colour photocopying, while their design for The Dark Side Of The Moon was entirely graphic (with Hipgnosis associate George Hardie). In spite of that, their most celebrated images are still probably the ones using Storm's favoured method of grotesquely oversizing everyday objects like balls of wool, lightbulbs and sculpted heads and then placing them in an otherworldly landscape.

By the early 1980s the studio had diversified into advertising, designing and shooting campaigns for Peugeot, Kronenbourg 1664, Levi Jeans, Volvo, Gillette, Stella Artois, Rank Xerox, and The Beatles. Moving from photo design into moving pictures, Powell, Thorgerson and Peter Christopherson started Green Back Films in 1982, shooting many music videos including Big Log for Robert Plant, Wherever I Lay My Hat for Paul Young, Owner of A Lonely Heart for Yes, and Blue Light for David Gilmour. The trio wrote, produced and directed three feature films: Incident at Channel Q starring Al Corley (Sony), Train of Thought with Yumi Matsutoya (Toshiba EMI), and Now Voyager starring Sir Michael Hordern and Barry Gibb (Universal). Green Back Films closed in 1984, with Storm and Po each striking out on their own, Storm forming successively STd (Storm Thorgerson Design), then StormStudios.

StormStudios' loose group of freelancers currently includes Peter Curzon, Rupert Truman, Daniel Abbott, Lee Baker, Jerry Sweet, Laura Truman, Silvia Ruga, and Charlotte Barnes, some combinations of whom have been working with several newer artists, including Muse. In the foreword to 'Taken By Storm' (2007), a book dedicated to Storm's album art, Muse's Matt Bellamy said: "When we first met it occurred to me that he is one of the most bloody minded and stubborn grumpy sods I have ever met! He speaks his mind and has a stoic disposition, which is bold and a rarity in this fickle industry, but one which garners respect. The pursuit of his own vision, which on occasion bypasses all external input can be difficult for some to handle. However his reasoning, delivered with a mordant, even waspish, wit and a dogged attitude, ensures you come round to his point of view."

Storm explained his approach: "I'm very interested in intentional ambiguity. You know what it is, but not why it is. You might know what it is, but not how it is. There was one particular cover that was very consciously about Magritte. It was a sort of homage. It was Wish You Were Here for Pink Floyd, and we did four pictures, including a man on fire, a man diving into a lake, a veil floating in the air in Norfolk, and the man in a desert who had no features. The one that was on the back cover, which was the man in the desert, is very obviously, and was supposed to be, a Magritte thing. So I think there is a certain Magritte feeling to the cover. It does confound you a bit, because you look at it and think, well, is this real?

"I mean, I am predominantly an image-maker, so I try and come up with images that will suit the music. In the contemporary world, rather than in a gallery, I'm trying to persuade the viewer to look again, to give the album cover a second look, as they will give them in a gallery, so partly you look at it and say, 'Well, that's pretty silly, or strange, or weird – what does it mean?'"

In 2010, the UK's Royal Mail paid tribute to several classic album covers by issuing them on First Class postage stamps. Included in the release was Storm's striking image for Pink Floyd's 1994 album The Division Bell, which featured two massive 9-feet high heads (drawn by Keith Breedon and sculpted by John Robertson) sited in a corn field in front of a distant Ely Cathedral.

Several books have been devoted to surveying Storm Thorgerson's work, spanning the more than four decades that he had been creatively active. He famously never stopped working, and at the time of his death was pursuing various projects, including a documentary on the life and work of Pink Floyd co-founder Syd Barrett.

Speaking of his work in 2012, Storm said: "I think it's always a very difficult thing for commercial artists and designers to pursue, against either circumstance or financial restrictions, that which you believe. So I've been very lucky, really. I was working for the [Pink] Floyd, who couldn't think of anything better to do than to hire me, and fortunately what we did worked, quite early on.

"I always thought, and I still think, that Ummagumma is a great design. I probably shouldn't, as an artist, like my own work (heavens, us artists are supposed to suffer dreadfully), but I quite like it.

"Film school definitely had an effect on my love of landscape. The humour, which I hope is there occasionally, like the cow [on the sleeve of Atom Heart Mother] I think just comes from the background I emerged from."

He died on 18th April, 2013. His family said: "Yes, Storm has died. He passed away, on Thursday 18th April in the afternoon. His ending was peaceful and he was surrounded by family and friends. He had been ill for some time with cancer though he had made a remarkable recovery from his stroke in 2003. He was in his 70th year."

David Gilmour said: "We first met in our early teens. We would gather at Sheep's Green, a spot by the river in Cambridge and Storm would always be there holding forth, making the most noise, bursting with ideas and enthusiasm. Nothing has ever really changed.

"He has been a constant force in my life, both at work and in private, a shoulder to cry on and a great friend.

"The artworks that he created for Pink Floyd from 1968 to the present day have been an inseparable part of our work.

"I will miss him."

Nick Mason said: "Scourge of management, record companies and album sleeve printers; champion of bands, music, great ideas and high, sometimes infuriatingly high, standards.

"Defender of art over commerce at all times, and tireless worker right up to the end. Two days before he passed away, and by then completely exhausted he was still demanding approval for art work and haranguing his loyal assistants.

"Dear friend to all of us, our children, our wives (and the exes), endlessly intellectual and questioning. Breathtakingly late for appointments and meetings, but once there, invaluable for his ideas, humour, and friendship.

"Irreplaceable and unforgettable, but leaving a wonderful legacy of ideas, film, writings and art work, Hipgnosis and Storm have contributed to so many musicians to engineer sums immeasurably greater than their parts."

He is survived by his mother Vanji, his son Bill, his wife Barbie Antonis and her two children Adam and Georgia.

15 April 2013

See Emily Play On Pink Vinyl

Saturday 20th April is this year's Record Store Day, which aims to support small independent record shops. To celebrate this, there will be a limited one-off release via EMI Records of a pink vinyl 7" version of See Emily Play, backed with The Scarecrow, as per its original 1967 release.

It will be available as a Record Store Day exclusive for those stores collaborating in the Record Store Day concept. Packaging will include an EMI house bag, a card insert with Syd's original artwork of a train, plus a facsimile of the original instore poster, with the whole shrinkwrapped round a backer card.

Quantities will be limited to the numbers pre-ordered by the countries involved, which include Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, UK, and the USA. It was mastered for the 2013 release by Pink Floyd associate Andy Jackson of Tube Mastering.

For participating stores, click here.

4 April 2013

40 Years On – The US Returns To The Dark Side

The Dark Side Of The Moon is one of the best-selling albums of all time, but only spent one week at the top of the US Album Charts on its first appearance. Now, 40 years after its release in March 1973, Dark Side has returned to the top, hitting Number One on both the Billboard Catalog Album Chart and the Catalog Digital Album Chart.

The Dark Side Of The Moon made history in the US, racking up 741 weeks in the Billboard Top 200, the longest for any album. When Billboard instituted the Catalog Album Chart in 1991, Dark Side went straight in at Number One, and has remained on the chart ever since.

Recent activity to commemorate the album's 40th anniversary, which included a Twitter campaign to 'turn the moon dark', and a 5.1 playback to media in Studio 3, Abbey Road Studios, where the album was recorded, helped introduce a new public to the album's enduring appeal, which is reflected in its new position.

Other activity surrounding the anniversary has been announced, including the broadcast in the UK of a brand-new Tom Stoppard play on BBC Radio 2. The celebrated playwright's hour-long drama, entitled Dark Side, airs on August 26th, and will incorporate music from the album as part of its "fantastical and psychedelic" story. The cast will include highly-regarded UK actors Bill Nighy and Rufus Sewell.

27 March 2013

Unlock a free mp3 of Money (Roger Waters Demo) with your copy of The Dark Side Of The Moon

If you have purchased any version of The Dark Side Of The Moon on CD or if you purchased the 2011 remaster at iTunes or on vinyl, you can now unlock a free download of Money (Roger Waters Demo) – previously only available in the Immersion Box Set!

To access the bonus area, visit www.pinkfloyd.com/bonus and follow the on-screen instructions.

- If you have a CD copy of the album, insert the disc into your computer for validation, following the on-screen instructions.
- If you have the 2011 remastered iTunes edition of the album, ensure it is in your iTunes library on the computer you use to access the bonus area.
- If you have the 2011 remastered vinyl edition of the album, enter the code on the paper insert included in your vinyl sleeve when prompted.

This same code also allows you to receive a free 320kpbs mp3 digital copy of the album.
This is also accessible at www.pinkfloyd.com/bonus.
IMPORTANT: If you have already redeemed your digital copy of the album with your code, those codes have been reactivated to now access the Dark Side 40 bonus area.

The offer is not accessible on mobile devices and requires an up-to-date java plug-in. Follow the on-screen prompts to update yours. Please contact the customer services team via the 'Help & Info' tab if you have any difficulties accessing the bonus area.

22 March 2013

The Dark Side Of The Moon to be preserved by the US Library Of Congress

Every year since 2000, the US Library of Congress makes a decision to add a further 25 new recordings to its National Recording Registry, a federally funded archive that seeks to preserve songs and sounds that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States". This year, Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon received the highest number of public nominations, so the album is to seal its place in history.

The library said the ground breaking album from 1973 was an example of "brilliant, innovative production in service of the music".

The Los Angeles Times said: "Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon is no longer just the rock album that has logged more weeks than any other on Billboard's national album chart, nor merely the one acid heads favored for syncing up as a twisted soundtrack for The Wizard of Oz".

The Library's selections, which span from 1918 to 1980, also feature recordings that capture the political climate of the period, including Jimmie Davis' You Are My Sunshine (1940) which became Davis' campaign song while running for governor of Louisiana. Other material added this year includes Chubby Checker's 1960s dance hit The Twist and Sounds of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel.

The classical pianist Van Cliburn's Cold War performance when he won the prestigious Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition at the age of 23 was also selected.

5 March 2013

See Emily Day 20th April

Saturday 20th April 2013 is this year's Record Store Day, which aims to support small independent record shops. To celebrate this, there will be a limited one-off release via EMI Records of a pink vinyl 7" version of 'See Emily Play', backed with 'The Scarecrow', as per its original 1967 release.

It will be available as a Record Store Day exclusive for those stores collaborating in the record Store Day concept. Packaging will include an EMI house bag, a card insert with the original Syd Barrett artwork of a train, plus a facsimile of the original instore poster, after which the whole thing is shrinkwrapped.

Quantities will be limited to the numbers pre-ordered by the countries involved, which include Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, UK, and the USA. It was mastered for the 2013 release by Pink Floyd associate Andy Jackson of Tube Mastering.

Please try and support Record Store Day; if you need any further information, click here.

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