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Nick Mason hints at 'Early Years' Pink Floyd box

9/11/2013

Although only three "Immersion" Pink Floyd sets have been planned, drummer Nick Mason thinks there's still one more that the band needs to put some effort into. In 2011 and 2012, the band released massive multimedia reissues of their three biggest albums -- 1973's The Dark Side Of The Moon, 1975's Wish You Were Here, and 1979's The Wall.

Although the series was slated to wrap after the three Floyd masterpieces were released, Mason is eying at least one more opportunity to raid the band's legendary vaults, telling Record Collector, "The one I really want to do is the early years. I don't think we can do any of the other albums in the same depth as the three major ones. There are various packages that might be interesting. One is the early years. Take a couple of the early records: Piper (At The Gates Of Dawn), (A) Saucer (Full Of Secrets), Meddle. . . I'm not sure how Ummagumma or Atom Heart Mother would work; well, they'd work, but in terms of our development, those would be the obvious one."

Mason said that the band could also expand the parameters of the "Immersion" sets to focus on some of Floyd's more esoteric recordings: "There are things we can do in the future if people have the appetite for it. We can probably make up a package with the film music we've done, just do a 'Pink Floyd Movie Box' with (Barbet) Schroeder's film More, Zabriske's Point, and also things like The Committee that we did; there's various ways of doing it."

He also touched upon stray tracks that deserve an official release after all these years, saying, "There have been bootlegs. . . some of the other things we should put out officially, which have been bootlegged for years. . . tracks like 'Scream Thy Last Scream,' 'Walk With Me Sydney,' the Broadhurst Gardens songs -- there were four" 'King Bee,' 'Double O Bo,' "Let's Roll Another One,' and 'Butterfly.'"

Nick Mason told us that the band felt that they owed it to longtime fans to give them every bit of what was releasable in the upcoming reissue series: "There still are so many people who are interested not only in the actual record that was turned out, but how it was made and the influence on it and the sort of mistakes along the way -- and in some cases, how it was developed afterwards. And we thought, if we're going to do this, we might as well do it once and for all. Y'know, we will not be repeating this exercises. So we decided to bring everything we possibly could out of the vaults and get on with it."

Mason told us that he's taken a particular interest in the "Immersion" series chronicling the band's work: "I've really become quite enthusiastic about this project. This isn't really a sort of peacekeeping mission after the punch-up after the record company. To be frank, it's really more establishing some ground rules regarding the way the music was treated."


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