• New Pink Floyd album announced!

    Pink Floyd new album

    Pink Floyd has surprised us all and announced a brand new album for release October 2014! The album, titled The Endless River, is said to feature material dating back to the 1993/94 Division Bell sessions featuring David Gilmour, Nick Mason and the late Richard Wright. Few details have been revealed but it seems like we’re in for a treat!

    A confusing tweet from David’s wife, Polly, caused a lot of stir in social media last saturday. The tweet said “Btw Pink Floyd album out in October is called “The Endless River”. Based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright’s swan song and very beautiful.” Whether or not this was a mistake against the will of the record company or a deliberate first step in what I’m sure is a massive marketing campaign is hard to tell (I’m pretty sure it’s the latter) but it didn’t take many hours before the news were all over the net.

    Former Pink Floyd backing singer Durga McBroom tweeted shortly after confirming Polly’s news and even commented on a picture released earlier this year, which everyone thought was from David Gilmour’s forthcoming solo album. It seems that The Endless River will not only be a remix of the old sessions, which are said to be mostly ambient instrumental music, but it will also feature newly recorded music.

    At this point we can only speculate as to how the album is going to be. Some of the material from the 1993/94 has been well known to bootleg collectors but we also know that there’s much more in the vault. I would assume that the majority of the material is from the early sessions featuring Bob Ezrin on bass and David using a slightly different rig than what he used on the main recording sessions. Hopefully, we’ll also get to hear some newly recorded guitars. One piece that’s been mentioned several times is The Big Spliff, which apparently is a larger instrumental suite.

    It’s clear that this is a project mainly driven by Gilmour, with Nick Mason on board. Roger is not mentioned and I would be very surprised if he makes an appearance or has any relation at all. He was not a part of the band at that point and certainly not now. I’m sure many fans would like to see him be included in what might be considered as a Floyd reunion but the management has stressed that there will be no touring.

    It seems like 2014 will be the year of Floyd. March was the 20th anniversary for Division Bell, which was celebrated with a collector’s box set and fort the first time, the complete album on vinyl. The Their Mortal Remains exhibition in Milan will open in September and now we also know that there will be a new album. It’s also been confirmed that David Gilmour is indeed working on a new solo album and that the album will be released sometime early 2015. Possibly in May. More on that as we get more news.

    Of course you’ll get to read all about the gear and tones of The Endless River here on this site as soon as the album is out. In the mean time check out the Division Bell gear guide and read all about what gear David used on the album.

    What are your expectations for the new album? Please feel free to share!

38 Responsesso far.

  1. Fernando says:

    Have you heard anything about David’s new solo album ‘Rattle That Lock’?

  2. Jae says:

    Great news Bjorn. I just saw the new Pink Floyd video for The Endless River yesterday! Dave’s in fine form and his tone is what we all dream about. The shots of Rick playing are heart breaking. He was such a big part of the band, how Roger failed to see that is beyond my understanding. I’m just grateful that Dave undertook this project so we would have this last chance to behold his gift. Thank you Bjorn, for all you do.


    [Yes, it’s nice to both hear and see Rick again :) – Bjorn]

  3. Johan says:

    I am so overjoyed about that I have to say something! When visiting the local Media Markt (Brussels) this afternoon I realised Endless River was on sale! I was convinced the release date was Monday. Anyway, guess if I ran home after picking up the “deluxe” version (with the extras) – LP to come later – and right now listening to it. I simply haven’t managed to get down to a song by song review, but some pieces seem to be more Floyd than anything for many years. I piece like Skins for instance sounds like a modern version of something from More or an updated snippet of a jam where the band tried to come up with a new arrangement for Saucerful of Secrets a la Roger’s Set The Controls or something. It’s a very ambient album, which of course was expected as only one song has lyrics proper. The only negative one can say, is that somehow when through the album you really have the feeling that this is a polite bye from Gilmour and Mason. Rarely have I felt the absence of Wright so much as when watching the video extras. He is sorely missed. And, so will be the greatest British band since the Beatles.

    [Thanks for sharing, Johan! – Bjorn]

  4. DougMcCombs says:

    I listened to full songs on youtube today!!! Totally AWESOME!!! I got the goosebumps!
    My wife put it very well, “After all these years, still nobody compares.”
    Mind you she has never heard Bjorn or Airbag, hehe!
    Thank you, sir!

  5. Pepper Roberts says:

    Hearing anything new from David is truly a Treat for ALL of US I’m sure. It will be so very nice to hear some of the work that Richard had done before His untimely passing. As I get older, it becomes hard to come to the realization that time isn’t forever for any of Us but I only thank GOD ( who or whatever You conceive Him/Her or it to be ) that I’ve lived in a time of the Greatest Music ever. Like Everyone, I sit in Great anticipation for October for the release of ” Endless River “. I’m sure it will be all that We hope. Thank-you Bjorn for Your tireless work on this site. I truly enjoy it. ~Pepper Roberts~ Austin Texas USA

  6. Tobias van de Peer says:

    I think this is exciting news, but i think the reason for Roger’s exclusion is not really personal so much as due to the nature of the project. It’s not like the announcement is “Floyd reform, a massive tour, and a new album created from the ground up that will shatter the world”. It’s quite upfront that its a reworking of some Rick instrumentals from the Division Bell. Whilst it may not be earth shattering I feel it will lead to some enjoyable music… maybe treat it like Dave’s work with the Orb? The paradygm seems to be different from other Floyd albums, having to work market forces etc, and given the nature of the work there just might not be a practical way for Roger to contribute (strum a bit of guitar, play a bit of bass, but the logistics might not be worth it) … a fresh album, a statement, well that would be a different thing. No drama…
    Incidentally, im a working guitarist and always searching for tech tips on working a live rig and recording. So many times, like today, i’m drawn to this site! Cheers Bjorn, this is site not really just for Gilmour fanatics but is very handy for all guitarists across the board! (reviewed the deluxe big muff pi yet? I want to see how that mid switch can kick you in for solos!)

    [Thanks! Haven’t had the chance to try the Deluxe yet… – Bjorn]

  7. Joaco '77 says:

    hello bjorn, i have a kind of an annoying question for you:
    could you make a list of all the Cornish pedals gilmour has used till now?
    just the pedals, not his custom tube board or nothing about that.

    [You’ll find everything in the David Gilmour Gear Guide… but here’s a list (based on official records)
    P1, P2, G2, SS2, ST2. Pete Cornish has also designed a long list of custom units for David. Mainly studio interfaces, DI’s and switchers. – Bjorn]

  8. Pepper Roberts says:

    I’m just as excited as the rest of the world to hear that David is going to release a New LP. I’ve also heard that David Crosby and Graham Nash are ( for free ) lending Their Beautiful harmonies to this LP as well. I could only hope that Jon Carin will be doing the Keyboard work because ( I believe ) that since He worked closely with Richard Wright, only He could do that job. David has many more years of some amazing Guitar work ahead of Him and Guitarist like Myself still have so much that I can learn from His work. Talk about leaving a Mark on this Planet, David Gilmour and the rest of Pink Floyd ( including Roger ) has definitely done that. I have been a fan since 1968 and like Others I’m sure, They have most definitely enriched My Life. ~Pepper Roberts~ Austin Texas … USA

  9. Lee says:

    Hello Bjorn,

    So it seems you will have to face pretty tough competition for your own album… ;-)
    But don’t worry. My girlfriend said to me, that after hearing you at the Warsaw’s venue in may, she will definitely love both records to the very same extent. And they’ll land on the very same top shelf in our collection of the most beloved ones ;-)

    All the best wishes to you.

    [Well, I would never even begin to consider placing my self in the same league as Floyd but thanks a lot for your support! Much appreciated :) – Bjorn]

  10. Pete says:

    The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Who, Van Halen, Yes, Black Sabbath, Metallica, and many more bands. What do they all have in common?
    They all continued to release albums after line up changes.
    Pink Floyd has done it before, as well. They even released albums after Roger left. Why is this such a big deal? The fact is, Rick played a HUGE part in the Pink Floyd sound. Even during his “writer’s block” years. So including Rick’s last recordings, with David’s guitar, and Nick’s drumming, is pretty damn close to what I’m used to. The only element really missing is Roger’s lyrics and unique voice. (Although he doesn’t really sound like Roger of old when he sings now.)
    IMO, this is kind a crazy argument, specifically since they already have released Pink Floyd albums without Roger.

  11. KEITH says:

    Probably because Roger, and Syd started the band, and Nick is the only original member on the album, ( Rick’s posthumous tracks not withstanding.). So of course some will question the exclusion of the founder of “The Tea Set”. Although to me, it’s all about marketing, naming this as a Pink Floyd album, but I understand the reasoning, and the fact that they have every legal right to put the album out as Pink Floyd. I do wish they’d have called it Mason, Wright, and Gilmour, but that’s merely a preference. :)

  12. Warfish says:

    It’s sad how worked up people get over labels and names and who did what when 40 years ago.

    Isn’t it better just to be glad they’ll be new music from the men we all so love, rather than bemoan what “could have been/should have been”.

    New Pink Floyd (mostly Instumental Chillout) Album?

    New David Gilmour Album?

    New Roger Waters Album?

    3-4 hours of new music, new songs, new experiences from our favs. Thats a great thing in my book. Something to be exceptionally happy about, as no matter who you like they’ll be something for you.

    Or better yet, enjoy each for what it’ll be, and you can love it all.

    No matter how it’s sliced, three new albums is better than no new albums.

  13. Robert says:

    And what about Animals – it is intrinsically beautiful, stark and has the so well required and loved balance between the strong and singing guitar, keyboards, atmosphere and lyrics…On An Island is cute, but rather shallow, like a pond with goldfish compared to the depth of the Ocean, Animals that is…The Division Bell on the other hand has its moments, but it is more songs than epic atmosphere and contrasts. Too smooth, not enough hooks and edges. Animals makes me emotionally moved, DB is nice to listen to. But I am really looking forward to the last release now, because somehow I feel that what they discarded from DB as not appropriate for the general publics’ expectation,is maybe one of those really PF things…. .Sorry folks, had to get that one out on Animals, as almost never anyone mentions it…considering, was it not material basically developed before Dark Side and only fine tuned later…tells us something about how good Gilmour and Wright were playing together. Words and Lyrics alone don’t create atmosphere, its the music…listen to Animals, song nr 2 turn up the volume and listen to the break in the middle of song 2, that guitar…goosebumps assured, cheers, Robert

  14. asdf says:

    Geez…Why can’t we just try to enjoy the album without this Roger vs no-Roger hype?

  15. Anderson Rosa says:

    Well, when I heard “On a Island” for the first time (and I confess that in all the others too), I thought: “maybe this should have been the next Pink Floyd album”. We see here perhaps Gilmour at his best shape since WSWH, and it is a memorable album. Maybe a few artists from a band have something so significant in his solo career. I received with joy the idea of ​​a new album from Pink Floyd, and I believe it has been said by someone else above, which is mainly a legacy to Rick. But age comes to all. And I think, maybe it’s time the rest of the band still alive join to produce one last memorable album and then bid farewell to the audience in great style. This is my dream one last album of Pink Floyd, something almost like the end of Startreck VI, where they take leave of fans in a memorable way. And in the end, each goes to his own way. But leaving an even dream alive for all who love Pink Floyd.
    Bjorn, your blog is very good!
    Question: do you not think to release a songbook of Airbag CD’s? The Greatest show on earth is awsome!

    Anderson Rosa, from Brazil.

    [Thanks for your comment! No plans for Airbag songbooks but I plan on having a guitar section up with both Airbag stuff and my upcoming solo album :) – Bjorn]

  16. Joaco '77 says:

    Greetings Bjorn, im sorry to break the mood of this new album, but i’ve got to ask you about pickups. im trying to start getting my gilmour gear. i have a SX stratocaster with stock pickups and i want to upgrade “her” LOL. so i thought in 3 pickup configurations: 1º Fender CS69 (bridge-middle-neck). 2º Dimarzio FS1 (bridge) and CS69 (middle-neck). 3º Seymour duncan SSL5 (bridge) and CS69 (middle-neck). i have in mind to achieve as close as possible the gilmour sounds from like ’73 to like The Wall tour (’80 ’81). so which pickup configuration do you think it will be the most appropriate? 1º, 2º or 3º?
    I’ll very eagerly wait for your reply. Thanks. Joaquin
    Oh and by the way, which one’s pink? LOL. Now seriously, this is my first time commenting on the site, and let me tell you, you have put yourself a trully astonishind gilmour site!

    [Hi Joaco! Thanks for your kind words! The closest to David’s 1973-79 setup would be a full set of 69s. Although the FS1 was used on the Animals tour, DG78 solo album and Wall album. The SSL5 wasn’t installed until The Wall tour. Personally I prefer a 69 neck/mid and SSL5 bridge combo. It works great for all eras. – Bjorn]

  17. Ali says:

    So this album is to The Division Bell what The Final Cut was to The Wall? hmm…

  18. ruodi says:

    It was clear that the Floyd would bring a “new” album out, as they read that Mr. Riis is going to release his debut album soon!

    That is, of course, the same procedure as every decade, James! With the only difference that as of late Mr. Riis now seems to be involved into the everlasting Gilmour/Waters struggle. – Congratulations!

    That´s pretty cool! – May the best man win! (Should perhaps not be too difficult to beat them.) ;-)

    [I’m up for a good game! – Bjorn]

  19. Alex Lepto says:

    The Return of the Publius Enigma?!!?!? Any Thoughts????????

  20. Jonathan Hart says:

    Well now I’m just bummed that there won’t also be a solo Gilmour album coming out around the same time – I had wrongly assumed that Crosby and Nash weren’t making a guest appearance on a Floyd album.

    But honestly, if the songs are based on chord progressions written in part by Rick Wright, would it be fair to release it as just a David Gilmour solo album? Nick Mason’s big contribution to the classic Floyd albums was the pioneering of tape loops and sound effects, and I’d wager those will have their place on the new album as well.

    Roger didn’t write all of the lyrics on a Pink Floyd album until Dark Side of the Moon, and before that, he didn’t write much – which means that on each of the first seven albums, there are only a few Roger Waters songs. Even after that, he rarely sang, and he rarely played bass on the records (I believe Gilmour admitted to playing bass on 60% of their recorded output). Meanwhile I think David’s lap steel appears on something like 73% of Pink Floyd’s recorded output. So no, I have no problem with them calling the new album a Pink Floyd effort.

    Also, with all the speculation of another Pink Floyd tour, I keep hearing comparisons to The Rolling Stones, still touring at their age. What I don’t hear is any debate about who wrote what Rolling Stones song, because there is zero substance there and they are a jukebox.

  21. Marc Forrester says:

    I’m so excited for this! I was only two when the Division Bell was released, so I don’t remember anything about it, but I remember being very excited for On an Island and the resulting tour (still one of the best I’ve seen!). Now, at 21, I shall be able to enjoy a brand spanking new Pink Floyd album, an experience that my dad has known but been unable to share. I can’t wait to get the vinyl and pop it on my record player and listen to the first time with my dad! Love the site, by the way!

  22. Tommy Rose says:

    Jonathan Hart brings up an excellent point….think of Floydists who who say only the Syd era counts as “real” PF? l like their catalog for what it is…..okay, except for “The Final Cut”…lol

  23. Rafael Vantolra says:

    My favorite band since I was 9 years old.
    For me it doesn’t matter if this coming albulm was 20 years ago.
    Its PINK FLOYD!!!!!!
    The music is in there!!!!!!
    I love PINK FLOYD!!!!
    And I cant wait for this album!!!!

  24. Steve says:

    @Jonathon Hart

    Well said. I’d say the real comparison is The Final Cut vs Momentary Lapse of Reason. The first, essentially a RW album, the latter essentially a Gilmour album.

    Roger often has too much to say and the musical vehicle gets clobbered. Lyric-writing is not in Dave’s comfort zone, so not surprisingly her prefers long instrumental wanking songs.

    Roger sees DSOTM as the best album they ever released (not necessarily his favourite) because the lyrics and concept were universally relatable.

    Dave sees WYWH as the best album they ever released because he feels DSOTM was too wordy, and WYWH returned back to a ‘better balance’ where the music was first and lyrics were second.

    My opinion is DSOTM is what it is because it was truly was unique and really spoke out to a lot of people.

    WYWH is what it is (another landmark album) BECAUSE it followed after DSOTM. It the next album had been DSOTM 2, it would have flopped. WYWH was like a relaxing comedown from DOSTM. If WYWH had come BEFORE DOSTHM, wish you were here would have been far less memorable.

  25. David Contesini says:

    Hello Bjorn, are you good? It’s good to write something again here in our amazing gilmourish.com.
    Here in Brazil, we received the announce of the new PF’s work with great excpectations. Despite our will about hearing David, Nick and Rick again with Roger together being frustrated, that’s amazing news.
    Well, this is not about having David & Roger working together again, or the new algum being or not an authentic Floyd’s work. This is more. This is about story being wrote, on our present days, and about all or us having the opportunity of hearing Floyd’s new songs for the first time again (and maybe for the last time).
    So, let’s wait for that!! Could Mr. Gilmour and Mr. Mason do something bad? Well, NO!!!
    Best Regards from Brasil (despite the 7×1 on our bad soccer against the brilliant Germany yesterday, we’re here, hahaha!)

  26. Jae says:

    This is great news Bjorn!
    I hate to get my hopes up, but the thing I missed in all those later Floyd albums were the extended Dave and Richard Jams like those last heard on Wish You Were Here. I have no expectations of Roger making an appearance. Dave seems to be happy with his life as it is, he doesn’t need the stress. For now the waiting is the hardest part.


  27. Matthias says:

    When I heard about this new album, I couldn’t believe it. I am among those who thinks the Division Bell has very nice songs so I’m very excited about that. So many great news for this fall: a new Pink Floyd album and nonetheless, a Bjorn Riis album!!
    Take care,

  28. Kris says:

    This is great news! I heard about the tweet and was waiting to hear what you knew. Definitely exciting times ahead. As long as David tours his forthcoming new album I’ll be a happy boy. Can’t wait to read about any new gear he’s using.

  29. James Whiteley says:

    Well pigs have most certainly flown! I’m hoping for some Cluster One style instrumentals personally, as I love that guitar/piano call and response stuff. I’m interested in what Gilmour has recorded vocals for as well. Possibly a completely new song? I can understand why some people are sceptical over what could be essentially an album of rehashed b-sides, but I loved the Division Bell and hearing Gilmour guitar playing again will no doubt be glorious.

  30. Brad Roller says:

    Hi Bjorn! I was very very surprised. I never expected this at all. I’m curious if David is going to go back to the effects he used on Division Bell, chorus or rotary speakers. There’s a good chance, I think, the yamahas will be used on it since we know he has it out and doing something with it. What you think Bjorn? I guess all I can say is, I have high hopes ;) pun intended!

  31. Jonathan Hart says:

    Now before anyone starts comparing A Momentary Lapse of Reason or The Division Bell to albums like Dark Side of the Moon or Wish You Were Here, why not compare them to their contemporaries, such as Roger Waters’ Radio KAOS and Amused to Death? When I see so many people commenting about how Roger should rejoin the Floyd, I wonder if they would really want to hear a Pink Floyd album about Lebanon or Palestine, laced with ham-fisted metaphors, and sung by a scratchy-voiced man in his late sixties. A Momentary Lapse of Reason is easily my least favorite Floyd effort, and it’s no DSOTM, but it’s a hell of a lot closer than Radio KAOS.

  32. Cem says:

    I was so psyched when I saw the post on facebook! I didn’t get a chance to see any tours or Floyd albums come out because I wasn’t born yet, so it’ really exciting for me. I’m really hoping to see a bit of a return to the 70’s Floyd, as it’s IMO the period they wrote their best music, and I’m also wondering what gear David will use on the new album. Thanks for notifying!

  33. andre says:

    Hello, very good text!!!
    Do you know where can I get the bootlegs from the sessions 93/94??

  34. Jean-François says:

    like I said on a Knopfler forum when I heard these news:

    what does really mean “pink floyd” today ?

    it would have been a real treat if Roger had been involved, and it could have been possible, regarding how his relationship with david has improved during late years.

    But I’m afraid it will be more “only” a Dave album to me (with Nick on drums, and a little stuff from Rick here and there), rather than a “real” floyd album

  35. Gabriel says:

    Hi Bjorn!

    Exciting news, indeed. And the most unexpected, I believe.

    Yesterday morning when I got to work, cup of coffee in hand, and surfing the usual Floyd related sites for David’s new album info… I could not believe what my eyes were reading.

    No Roger an no tour isn’t a surprise, I think that David and Nick are releasing this new album to keep Rick legacy, mostly as a “tribute”.

    Can’t wait for the release, it seems we will get a very Floydish years ahead!


    PS: Totally offtopic, if you (and all your followers) are in a mood for some nice old fashioned country-folky-rock music y totally recommend Marc Ford’s latest album “Holy Ghost”. He’s one of my favourite player and writer, and this new record is really sweet.

    [Thanks for the tip! I’ll check it out :) – Bjorn]

  36. Steve says:

    I know a lot of people felt the post-Waters era is not Pink Floyd, but I would argue it’s a different Pink Floyd, but it’s still the Floyd. So lets put Waters aside and say he’s not required at all for a real PF album.

    So this is based on the TDB sessions, so that means the source material is valid PF. But, a lot of what makes a album truly Pink Floyd is how as a band, and as produces they sift through all the raw material, pick out the winners then transform them during the mixing process.

    Rick may be playing on the raw material, but he’ll have had no final say on the overal album compensation, so imho it’s a stretch to say Dave and Nick producing an album from their 20 year old 2nd-rate material is going to be tough to be Pink Floyd.

    A PF Album without a tour is not new (WSWH) but that material was played live quite a bit none the less.

    The real reason there is no tour I suspect is Dave and Nick won’t go out, just the two of them, and call themselves Pink Floyd. And if you won’t tour under the name, don’t release an album under the name.

    That said, if it sounds like a Pink Floyd album, and not a Gilmour solo album, then history may judge it as the real deal.

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