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Pink Floyd releases new album recorded 20 years ago

Pink Floyd is releasing a new album entitled "Endless River," and it is set to be out by October, according to MSN.com on Wednesday. The news of the new album has been met with a tide of excitement and questions from fans. Given the wide variety of styles encompassed by Pink Floyd over the years, the possibilities for this album might seem endless. However, the main body of work to be released was originally recorded in 1994 at the time that their last album, "Division Bell," was produced. These cuts were recorded with the potential title of "The Big Spliff."

The studio work was done in 1994 but not released.
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Fans are so eager to know whether the new album will prompt at least a promotional tour if not a reunion tour. The interest was so frantic that it prompted one back-up singer to ask people to stop asking her to talk to David Gilmour about touring and reconciling with the group founder, Roger Waters. Sadly for the throngs of Pink Floyd fans, there will not be a reunion or a tour. The last reunion was in 2005.

The news of the new release was announced on Twitter by the wife of David Gilmour, Polly Samson, according to the Christian Science Monitor. She referred to the album as “Richard Wright’s swansong.” It will contain never-before songs recorded by the late keyboardist before his death in 2008. Fans recall his unique organ style as iconic, taking the historic instrument to places other than church sanctuaries and baseball stadiums.

Although there may be some added vocals, the album is expected to be the same genre of instrumental music as was contained in “Division Bell.” A 20th anniversary edition of “Division Bell” is being marketed separately from “The Endless River.” The new material being released brings quite an unexpected excitement to the anniversary of this memorable recording session.