Last June, Roger Waters – former bassist and lead songwriter for Pink Floyd – made headlines when he publicly attacked former bandmate David Gilmour for allegedly vetoing the release of an upcoming edition. remastered from Pink Floyd’s 1977 album, Animals.
Gilmour, Waters said, would not let the release of the new edition of Animals occur down to its liner notes – which were written by Mark Blake and centered (opens in a new tab) primarily about Waters’ vision for the album and the band’s direction at the time – were removed. Waters subsequently agreed to the alleged provision, but only after posting (opens in a new tab) the liner notes on its own website.
Now that the public contests seem to be over, Pink Floyd has finally detailed the Animals remaster.
Led by James Guthrie, the “2018 remix” edition of Animals will be released in CD, LP, Blu-ray, SACD and Deluxe Gatefold formats.
The Deluxe Gatefold Edition of the album includes the LP, CD, Blu-ray and DVD, plus a 32-page book with live footage and behind-the-scenes photos from the set of the album cover. album, while the Blu-ray and DVD feature remixes it in stereo and 5.1 surround sound. The Blu-ray and DVD also include the original stereo mix from the 1977 LP.
Sandwiched between two of Pink Floyd’s most successful and enduring works – 1975 wish you were Here and 1979 The wall – Animals was notable for its austere themes of societal decline and harsher sound, which fit with the punk rock that was in vogue at the time of its release.
Curiously, Animals 2018 Remix also features a reimagining of the original LP’s iconic cover art, created by Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell, a longtime creative partner of the late Pink Floyd Associate Artist Storm Thorgerson.
You can see the reimagined cover below and pre-order Animals 2018 Remix through the Pink Floyd website (opens in a new tab). Individual versions of the album will be available from September 16, with the Deluxe Edition releasing on October 7.
It’s the band’s biggest activity since they – barring Waters – stunned the music world by resurfacing with a new song, Hey hey get up, in April. Recorded in support of the people of Ukraine, the song features Gilmour, Nick Mason, longtime Floyd bassist Guy Pratt and keyboardist Nitin Sawhney, as well as vocals from Andriy Khlyvnyuk of Ukrainian band BoomBox.