By Brian Ives
This week saw the release of Pink Floyd‘s The Endless River, which has been billed as the band’s final statement. The album, as previously reported, is taken from outtakes from the band’s most recent studio album, 1994’s The Division Bell, which featured the lineup of guitarist/singer David Gilmour, drummer Nick Mason and the late Richard Wright on keyboards and vocals (but not Roger Waters, as Waters recently reminded the world).
Gilmour and Mason (Wright succumbed to cancer in 2008) made the album by taking the unfinished material from the ’90s and adding new parts to it.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Gilmour — the band’s ad hoc leader — said that the thought of doing another Floyd project “makes me break out in a cold sweat,” and that there’s “no room for Pink Floyd.”
But in an interview with Billboard, the band’s other member — Mason — said that there may still be unreleased music in Floyd’s vaults that may see the light of day at some point, although he admitted that if that happens, it would be a record label driven project.
In 2011, Floyd’s discography was relaunched, including deluxe reissues of 1973’s Dark Side of the Moon, 1975’s Wish You Were Here and 1979’s The Wall, but not the other album from that era, 1977’s Animals. Mason told Billboard that Animals is an album that the band might revisit at some point.
“I know both Roger [Waters] and David have at times mentioned they’d like to have a remix of Animals, which technically is perhaps one of our less well-recorded records,” he said. “I think we’d just probably clean up some of the tapes and just sort of review it and see whether it can be enhanced. And if one was doing that, one might have a look at whether there’s anything else to be done on it. But no one’s got that down on their work schedule at the moment.”
Mason also mentioned that he’s been working on a Pink Floyd video archival project, but there are lots of eras that lack footage.
“Our problem is we go back so far to the point where no one recorded things; maybe there’s some Super 8 stuff and a few early television appearances and things like that, which are fun,” he said. “The biggest problem is when we were touring in the ’70s, we never filmed or recorded the show, which would have been really nice now to have a look at those original Dark Side shows. So there’s a funny old mix of stuff, but I think there’s enough to do something really entertaining, eventually, when there’s time to work on it.”
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