Album Preview: Pink Floyd – The Endless River

Published by Joe Stadele for TheWayThatHeSings.com; Sept. 22, 2014

“The grass was greener,
The light was brighter,
The taste was sweeter,
The nights of wonder,
With friends surrounded,
The dawn mist glowing,
The water flowing,
The endless river…forever and ever

…and cue euphoric Gilmour guitar solo.  Twenty years have passed since we last heard these final words from “High Hopes,” the closing track off Pink Floyd’s The Division Bell.  While we have received a few glimpses of David Gilmour and friends over the years, none have been as anticipated the announcement of The Endless River (outside of the Live 8 performance in 2005).

On July 5th, 2014, Pink Floyd fans were dumbfounded by a post on Twitter from none other than Polly Samson, the wife of Pink Floyd vocalist/guitarist David Gilmour, stating, “Btw Pink Floyd album out in October is called “The Endless River”. Based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright’s swansong and very beautiful.”

Today it’s official.  Pink Floyd will release The Endless River on November 10, 2014.  The album, including it’s title, were culled from The Division Bell sessions.  Over the past year, David Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason have worked up those initial sessions between the three into The Endless River.   For Pink Floyd romantics, there is [presumably] no trace of Roger Waters to be heard on the album which is dedicated to the very man Waters once fired from the band (before leaving the band himself).  Mason calls Richard Wright’s playing “the heart of the Pink Floyd sound.”

PinkFloyd.com states, “The Endless River is a tribute to Rick Wright, whose keyboards are at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound. It is a mainly instrumental album with one song, ‘Louder Than Words’, (with new lyrics by Polly Samson), arranged across four sides and produced by David Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, Youth and Andy Jackson.”  To read more on the new album an pre-order, click here


Pink Floyd

The Endless River

Pink Floyd's The Endless River Deluxe Set

Photo: Courtesy Pink Floyd

SIDE 1
Things Left Unsaid
It’s What We Do
Ebb and Flow

SIDE 2
Sum
Skins
Unsung
Anisina

SIDE 3
The Lost Art of Conversation
On Noodle Street
Night Light
Allons-y (1)
Autumn ’68
Allons-y (2)
Talkin’ Hawkin’

SIDE 4
Calling
Eyes to Pearls
Surfacing
Louder Than Words

*Note: While it’s not everyday TWTHS covers album announcements, Pink Floyd warrants such coverage.  We’ll be sure to give you our full review come November 10th!

Pink Floyd's The Endless River Banner

Photo: Courtesy Pink Floyd

 

 

 

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