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Pink Floyd – The Later Years 1987-2019 box set

Well, this is one that many have been waiting for. With the release of The Early Years, things looked inevitable and logical for The Later Years to happen, although as with anything, nothing is certain until it happens! Many people have questioned why the Floyd have missed The Middle Years, although one could argue that broadly speaking, much of that ground has been covered by the Immersion sets. There’s also a certain inevitability that there was a lot less material that the band could call on – the beginnings of the band saw them appear on countless TV and radio stations, something that dried up as time went on. They were also a band who in the later years would keep working on an idea through to fruition, rather than have endless abandoned ideas and early versions. We’ve covered the contents elsewhere; suffice it to say, with over 13 hours of unreleased audio and audiovisual material, there’s plenty of new stuff to explore, along with material which has been readdressed and given a 2019 polish. First impressions as you face the box are very strong. A fine job has been done with the presentation of this set – the box and the inner housing reek of quality. Easing the front lid to the side (it is attached, so opens like a very large book) reveals the first of the contents: the three reproduction tour programmes (1987-88, 1989 and 1994) along with a lyric book, all banded together. Under that is the large format, hardback covered photo book which covers the era in question, then there is the memorabilia pouch, which is in something akin to a vinyl album sleeve. In here are repro posters, tickets, passes, and the two 7 vinyl singles – one with Lost For Words (PULSE tour rehearsal edit) and the other, Arnold Layne recorded at the Barrett tribute held at London’s Barbican in 2007. Once these have all been removed, you are down to the final layer – the hardback covered CD/Credits Book which houses the five CDs in the set (numbered 1-5), the six Blu-rays (6-11) and five DVDs (12-16) all housed in individually designed cardboard sleeves. Each of the discs in cardboard sleeves sits in thin plastic sleeves, to protect them from any damage when sliding them in or out of the card. A nice, simple touch but could make a difference in the long term.

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Glasgow Warriors winger Tommy Seymour has announced he is retiring from Scotland duty. The Nashville-born 31-year-old has made 52 appearances for his country, scoring 20 tries between 2013 and 2019. 👋🏻 pic.twitter.com/dsMncCLBTm — Tommy Seymour (@tommy_seymour14) December 11, 2019 In April 2017 Seymour was named as one of two Scottish players selected for the initial British…

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Pink Floyd: Delicate Sound of Thunder 2019 Screening – New York City

For many years, fans have been clamouring for a DVD release of Delicate Sound of Thunder. It (finally) arrives on December 13th, in full re-master glory, and boasting improvements that honour its previously under-appreciated legacy. New York City got a sneak-peek of this new version last night (December 4th) at the historic Village East Cinema, as did Chicago and San Francisco, in a trio of one night only, private screenings. It is a well-known fact that when David Gilmour re-launched Pink Floyd with 1987’s A Momentary Lapse of Reason, its promotional tour kick-off was riddled with uncertainties, insecurity, and self-doubt – but ended in record-breaking success. This entire story arc was captured at its bookends in two films: early performances in Atlanta, just a few weeks into the tour, were filmed and would eventually be bootlegged as the Calhoun Tapes; latter performances, recorded at Nassau Coliseum just a few months before the tour ended, landed an official release in the form of Delicate Sound of Thunder. Delicate Sound of Thunder captures a band in top form, rejuvenated, confident, and financially viable. The contrast between the original edit and the new edit of this official release is largely rooted in a spectacular balance between detail and panorama.