Covering the band's earliest recordings right up until before 'The Dark Side of The Moon' and featuring hours of unheard material, the prized collector's item will be out on November 11th.
Pink Floyd have announced the release of a massive box set offering hardcore fans an in-depth retrospective of the band’s early career, a 27-disc set covering the years from their formation until 1972.
Billed by the band’s official website as a “comprehensive” collection that includes “much unreleased material” on top of a complete collection of everything already in the public domain, The Early Years 1965-1972 will be available from November 11th, at a price of $700.
According to a press release announcing the box set, it will afford hard-bitten collectors the opportunity “to hear the evolution of the band and witness their part in cultural revolutions from their earliest recordings and studio sessions to the years prior to the release of The Dark Side of the Moon.”
Broken down into 27 CDs and DVDs/Blu-Rays, it will contain seven hours of previously unheard live audio, plus more than 15 hours of video footage. It promises to be a veritable treasure for Floyd fans, as it contains material such as the oft-bootlegged Syd Barrett-era songs ‘Vegetable Man’ and ‘Scream Thy Last Scream’.
Furthermore, it will also contain what hardcore fans have tended to refer to as “the Floyd holy grail” – eight session tracks recorded for filmmaker John Latham in October 1967 which ended up being unused for a short film called Speak. To fans’ knowledge, these have never been available, even through bootlegs.
Most of the set will be divided into six volumes for separate release in 2017, although a seventh set will be kept as an exclusive for purchasers of the complete box set only. For those not willing to pony up such a huge amount, highlights from the collection will be condensed into a 2xCD compilation.