Pink Floyd – The Endless River (2014) [Deluxe Edition]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 65:06 minutes | 1,29 GB | Genre: Rock
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The Endless River has as its starting point the music that came from the 1993 Division Bell sessions, when David Gilmour, Rick Wright and Nick Mason played freely together at Britannia Row and Astoria studios. This was the first time they had done so since the ‘Wish You Were Here’ sessions in the seventies. Those sessions resulted in The Division Bell, the band’s last studio album.
In 2013 David Gilmour and Nick Mason revisited the music from those sessions and decided that the tracks should be made available as part of the Pink Floyd repertoire. It would be the last time the three of them would be heard together. The band have spent the last year recording and upgrading the music, using the advantages of modern studio technology to create The Endless River.
The Endless River is a tribute to Rick Wright, whose keyboards are at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound. It is a mainly instrumental album with one song, ‘Louder Than Words’, (with new lyrics by novelist Polly Samson), arranged across four sides and produced by David Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, Youth and Andy Jackson.
‘Louder Than Words’ is performed by Pink Floyd. Taken from David Gilmour, Rick Wright and Nick Mason’s 1993 Division Bell sessions it has new lyrics by writer and Division Bell lyricist Polly Samson.
David Gilmour said: “The music for Louder Than Words is from those final sessions, the three of us playing together on the houseboat Astoria with Rick’s idiosyncratic keyboards reminding me now that you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. At the start of the album I asked Polly [Samson] to write the lyrics. She felt that what I played her didn’t need words, that hearing us play was more interesting. In the end she wrote just this one, which expresses, beautifully I think, the way the three of us, me, Nick and Rick have something when we play together, that has a magic that is louder than words”.
David Gilmour sang about an endless river on “High Hopes,” the last song on what appeared to be the last Pink Floyd album, 1994’s Division Bell. Twenty years later, the same phrase became the title of The Endless River, an album designed as Pink Floyd’s last. Assembled largely from Division Bell outtakes initially intended as an ambient project dubbed The Big Spliff, the record was sculpted into shape in 2014 by Gilmour, Youth, Andy Jackson, and Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera by adding guitar and Nick Mason’s drums to original tapes that were laden with keyboards from the late Rick Wright. He’s not the only missing member of Floyd, of course. Roger Waters is absent, as is the long-gone Syd Barrett, but their ghosts are present throughout the primarily instrumental The Endless River. Mortality is on the mind of the two remaining Floyds, mentioned obliquely in “Louder Than Words,” the only song with lyrics here, but felt through allusions to all their possible pasts. A song unfurls with washes of synth pulled from “Welcome to the Machine,” the four sides are structured like an ongoing amorphous suite à la “Shine on You Crazy Diamond,” snippets of Atom Heart Mother slide against guitars that beat to the rhythm from “Run Like Hell,” creating an impression of a band in a state of repose: they’re not indulging in their past so much as reflecting on it, watching a tide of memories repeatedly roll in and out. Although very little about The Endless River is risky by design — it is one of the most popular bands of the 20th century returning to slowly pulsating aural waves that characterized their biggest albums — the very shift away from vocals realigns the band with not only Wish You Were Here (which this often resembles) but their pre-Dark Side records for Harvest, undercutting the arena-pleasing aspirations of the Gilmour-led reunion while underscoring how Pink Floyd always were an arty band at their core. Instrumentals are also a savvy solution to the trouble of working with uncompleted tapes — it’s easier to turn them into an ever-shifting suite than to graft on melodies — but the comforting sway of swelling synthesizers and the soaring Gilmour guitar are sometimes unexpectedly moving. Gilmour and Mason know this is their farewell, so they’re saying goodbye not with a major statement but with a soft, bittersweet elegy that functions as a canny coda to their career.
01 – Side 1, Pt. 1: Things Left Unsaid
02 – Side 1, Pt. 2: It’s What We Do
03 – Side 1, Pt. 3: Ebb And Flow
04 – Side 2, Pt. 1: Sum
05 – Side 2, Pt. 2: Skins
06 – Side 2, Pt. 3: Unsung
07 – Side 2, Pt. 4: Anisina
08 – Side 3, Pt. 1: The Lost Art Of Conversation
09 – Side 3, Pt. 2: On Noodle Street
10 – Side 3, Pt. 3: Night Light
11 – Side 3, Pt. 4: Allons-y (1)
12 – Side 3, Pt. 5: Autumn ’68
13 – Side 3, Pt. 6: Allons-y (2)
14 – Side 3, Pt. 7: Talkin’ Hawkin’
15 – Side 4, Pt. 1: Calling
16 – Side 4, Pt. 2: Eyes To Pearls
17 – Side 4, Pt. 3: Surfacing
18 – Side 4, Pt. 4: Louder Than Words
19 – TBS9 [Deluxe Edition Bonus Track]20 – TBS14 [Deluxe Edition Bonus Track]21 – Nervana [Deluxe Edition Bonus Track]
Produced by David Gilmour. Engineered by Andy Jackson & Damon Iddins.
David Gilmour – guitars, vocals, keyboards, bass guitar
Nick Mason – drums, percussion
Richard Wright – Hammond organ, piano, keyboards, synthesiser, pipe organ
Guy Pratt – bass guitar
Bob Ezrin – bass guitar
Jon Carin – keyboards
Damon Iddins – keyboards
Gilad Atzmon – tenor saxophone, clarinet
Chantal Leverton – viola
Victoria Lyon – violin
Helen Nash – cello
Honor Watson – violin
Durga McBroom – backing vocals
Louise Marshal – backing vocals
Sarah Brown – backing vocals
Stephen Hawking – voice samples