By Christopher Scapelliti
It’s been 20 years since Pink Floyd released their last studio album, 1994’s The Division Bell. To mark the anniversary, the record will be reissued on July 1 as a deluxe box set that includes vinyl records, a Blu-ray disc, and a set of five collector’s art prints.
The Division Bell was Pink Floyd’s second album after the departure of founding bassist Roger Waters in 1985. Though it produced no hits, the record sold more than 12 million units, and one of its tracks, “Marooned,” received a Grammy Award for "Best Rock Instrumental Performance."
Upon its release, The Division Bell debuted at Number One in both the U.K. and U.S., and remained at the top of the U.S. charts for four weeks.
The album was recorded by the band — guitarist David Gilmour, keyboardist Richard Wright, and drummer Nick Mason — with producer Bob Ezrin at Astoria and Britannia Row Studios in England.
"The three of us went into Britannia Row studios and improvised for two weeks," Gilmour said of the recording. "Playing together and starting from scratch was interesting and exciting. It kickstarted the album and the process was very good. It was collaborative and felt more cohesive."
For the album's original — and very limited — vinyl release, some of the tracks were edited down to make them fit on a single disc. The 20th anniversary reissue will present all the tracks at their original full length on two 180-gram vinyl discs housed in a gatefold sleeve designed by Hipgnosis/StormStudios, the English art group responsible for many of Pink Floyd’s album covers.
The box set will also include the single "Take It Back" (edit)/"Astronomy Domine" (Live) on red seven-inch vinyl, “High Hopes” (edit)/"Keep Talking" (edit) on clear seven-inch vinyl, and the complete versions of the latter two tracks on blue 12-inch vinyl.
The package comes with a CD of the 2011 Discovery Edition remaster of the album and a Blu-ray disc that features the album in HD audio along with the previously unreleased 5.1 surround-sound mix by longtime Pink Floyd engineer Andy Jackson. In addition, the Blu-ray disc includes a new video for "Marooned," directed by Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis and filmed in Ukraine during the first week of April 2014.
The 20th anniversary set has a suggested list price of $149.98. A two-album vinyl set will also be available individually for a suggested list price of $46.98.