Pink Floyd announce massive 27-disc collection covering 1965 to 1972
Pink Floyd have announced The Early Years – 1965-1972, a 27-disc boxed set that includes unreleased demos, TV appearances, and live footage from the classic rock band’s formative years. Set for a November 11 release, the collection consists of seven “individual book-style packages” containing a total of 12 hours of audio and 15 hours of video.
Though Pink Floyd achieved global fame with 1973’s The Dark Side of the Moon, 1975’s Wish You Were Here, and 1979’s The Wall, the period that precedes it — documented in The Early Years — is perhaps as important. This collection captures the band’s origins as pioneers of blues-infused psychedelic rock, as well as the brief but influential tenure of troubled frontman Syd Barrett.
The first of the set’s seven parts is Cambridge St/ation, spanning material from 1965 to 1967 — including previously unreleased tracks such as “Vegetable Man” and “In the Beechwoods” along with a 1967 Stockholm concert — and Barrett’s period with the band. Germin/ation covers 1968 and the singles that immediately followed Barrett’s departure from Pink Floyd, while Dramatis/ation tackles 1969 and the conceptual live production the band devised before releasing their studio album Ummagumma.
Devi/ation takes material from 1970 like the band’s contributions to Michelangelo Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point and their first BBC performance. The demos for 1971’s Meddle, and its seminal 20-minute track “Echoes” — considered a valuable precursor to Dark Side by many — are contained on Reverber/ation. And the 1972 portion of the set, Obfusc/ation, contains video performances from the group’s spooky, essential concert captured on Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii.
Select highlights from the boxed set will be collected on the two-disc compilation Cre/ation, which will also be available digitally. The Early Years – 1965-1972 is currently available for pre-order for just shy of $500.