First thoughts

Pink Floyd’s The Endless River is released in some parts of the world today, you lucky so-and-so’s, so here’s a little white space for you to fill by adding your thoughts on hearing it all the way through for the very first time, if you would be so kind as to share them.

For the rest of us, willing the hours away until it becomes available on Monday and Tuesday of next week, feel free to share your coping mechanisms for managing impatience. Don’t suppress your emotions or suffer in silence; let go of frustration, bid farewell to any anxious feelings you have, calm your mind and use your time positively instead. May this blog, for this weekend only, be your journal.

Seriously, we’ve waited twenty years for this album, don’t forget, so you know you have the strength to hang on just a wee bit longer.

Have a lovely weekend, all. Happy listening.

259 comments

  1. Heather

    Watched the ‘short’ Jools Holland coverage on Tuesday with the video…..looks like it could be a handkerchief job sob…..beautiful though.

    David is also featured on Absolute Classic Rock radio station this Sunday 9th at 8pm.

    Have a good weekend…..be patient we’re nearly there!

    Best wishes
    Heather

    • FEd

      Thanks for that, Heather. I hope you enjoy it.

      For those who missed David’s appearance on Later… with Jools Holland, it’s on again tonight – BBC2, 11.50pm (UK) – and will be an extended version this time.

      Tuesday’s shorter show is available on iPlayer.

    • Brian H

      Have now listened to ‘Endless River’ many times since receiving my pre ordered copy. What can I say? It’s ‘great’. I cannot remember my car journey of 3 hours to work, the M25 was a forgotten blur.

      Favorite track – ‘Surfacing’.

      WHAT’S NEXT? CAN’T WAIT.

    • Karen Tweet

      It is wonderful!!! It says things to us that only the soul can understand. Words cannot describe. It underlines the magic and holiness of this experience called “life”. It excites the senses while at the same time comforting the soul.

      Well done…well done!!! The world will remember for ever and ever.

  2. strat24

    I just want to say thank you to david and nick for this album that delights fans around the world and lovers of good music.

    pink floyd for ever.

  3. Emilio

    I’m listening to The Endless River, and I’m in tears, just wanted to share with you all. How great was Rick, how much I love all our five guys, they really made history.

    David, thank you for the emotional guitar mood, from the heart, it will remain forever. No other words to describe this moment. Out of the blue again.

    Love.

    Ciao, Emilio

    • Gabrielle, Washington State

      Hi Emilio, 🙂

      It’s so nice to see your comment. It makes me think back to the origins of this endless river that we’re happily sailing upon.

      Peace and love always!
      Gabrielle

  4. Jules

    I’ve turned my amp to 11 and put on Division Bell to get myself in the mood. C’mon Monday! This will be the first new Pink Floyd album to be released since I became a fan 15 years ago. It’s gonna be a special day!

  5. Pavlov

    Enjoy everyone — wee bit jealous. Despite a preorder, I will have to wait for delivery until next Wednesday (unless the delivery ‘gods’ smile fondly upon me). “All good things …”

    • FEd

      I remember receiving one of Michael Moore’s DVDs – probably Fahrenheit 9/11 – on a Saturday when it wasn’t released until the following Monday, so they can smile fondly when they want to.

    • Amedeo

      I’ve also received preordered music on the day it was released, where other times it was a few days later.

      Depending where you preordered it from, you might be able to download an MP3 copy the same day. I know Amazon does that.

      In any case, I’m also looking forward to Monday, which hardly ever happens.

      Cheers.

      • FEd

        Depending where you preordered it from, you might be able to download an MP3 copy the same day. I know Amazon does that.

        Good point, I’d forgotten about that.

    • Pavlov

      Amazon and yes, it’ll be available digitally but I want the whole package in my ‘grubby’ little hands and then go home with it and shut everything and everyone out. 🙂

  6. Paul Sexton

    The Division Bell is my #1 album..to have more of it is worth waiting for…but, PLEASE HURRY UP!!! 🙂

  7. kamilmnch1

    Cześć, kiedy wybierzesz się w trasę koncertową? Pamiętaj o fanach w Polsce 🙂

    To jest Wasza pierwsza płyta, którą mogłem po raz pierwszy przesłuchać z innymi. Wcześniejsze odsłuchiwałem lata po wydaniu.

    Czuję się wyjątkowo odsłuchując i wzruszając się!

    Dziękuję!

  8. Taki

    Thanks to modern media I could listen to TER using Spotify last night and on the way to work this morning. Came back home and found the exquisite CD+BR package with an excellent booklet (that deserves its name, by the way).

    The waiting was worth it and I only can say a big thank you to all involved, alive or not.

    Cheers

    Taki

  9. Taki

    Addendum: the Blu-ray Disc’s videos are a treat. How nice to see the birth of some great tunes back in the nineties …

  10. Poit

    Well, that’s it then, the last Pink Floyd work…

    I’ve just had my first full listen through, currently on my second, and thought I’d post some impressions. I’ll dispense with a song-by-song review, and offer an overall impression, as I think that’s more appropriate given the nature of it.

    I guess I should preface my own initial impressions by saying that, after countless discussions with other Floyd fans over the years, I’m acutely aware that different folk listen to and enjoy the Floyd for many different reasons. This probably isn’t for every Floyd fan out there but, I’m pleased to say, it IS for me!

    For me the beauty of Floyd was putting a set of head-phones on and letting my imagination go places, an emotional journey, and Endless River achieves that for me in spades. In fact after one listen I’d say that Endless River is much more of a headphone journey than Animals, The Wall, Final Cut, Division Bell or Momentary Lapse were…this is much more like the emotive trip that the old epics (Shine On or Echoes) evoked.

    The very nature of the album…worked up fragments and ideas…means that no single idea is lingered on very long, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I enjoy the feeling of almost being in a dream inside Pink’s head…ideas shuffling in and out almost randomly (but quite elegantly) as only dreams do. And Pink doesn’t have his dead father, nasty animals, or cruel teachers in his subconscious mind tonight.

    More importantly, there are some incredibly moving musical moments, flashes of the brilliance I love about Floyd, and I find myself constantly engaged in what is happening. At times moving, at times interesting and even risky, but always exquisitely executed.

    And so to the absence of Roger. I was personally quite critical (including on this very blog) of this release when it was announced owing to the absence of Roger on what is the last effort. Having listened to it, I now get it. Maybe not everyone will, but I do. It’s a tribute to the musical atmospherics of Floyd, and a very effective one. It doesn’t need words and, in fact, the very absence of them invokes Water’s past contributions to the band (perhaps inadvertently I’ll grant, but lots of Floyd’s impact was inadvertent).

    I really wasn’t expecting to listen to this and think “I could see myself sticking this on for pleasure”…in fact my hopes weren’t particularly high at all…but I’m very pleasantly surprised. For me it’s a fitting end to the Floyd catalogue….and it’ll be listened to with headphones on for pleasure many times I have no doubt.

  11. Taki

    Addendum II: couldn’t resist to jam along Nervana. 🙂 Cool riff and a heluva fun to play it…

  12. Simon J

    A good song, Anisina is very good in my opinion. Allons-Y is a Ruffin gonna have to learn to!

    Happy Days,
    Simon J

  13. ash

    I hope the following “description” of the jumpiness isn’t in really bad taste. :))

    (I also hope my reputation is not sullied and people don’t think I’m really a nervous wreck!)

    ash (hanging on in quiet desperation. . .)

  14. ash

    The waiting is made worse by coming here and reading about who’s got it and how psyched all the rest of us are . . . .

  15. Davie

    Awaiting multiple versions patiently. Can’t wait! I’ve resisted all samples/teasers/song reveals so far, so it will be completely fresh the first time I listen!

  16. Ian Pearson

    Looking forward to hearing album. Different world of course now than 20 years ago. There was no build up of anticipation on the internet like there is today. So I am imagining how it was then.

    Ian

  17. Ernest

    The Endless River …capturing the sound of Pink Floyd. Very nice indeed! Not a new album from an extant band, but an echo from the past, or a last, warm group hug.

    Pink Floyd, thank you for publishing and finishing this album.

  18. hoss

    I am so looking forward to this.

    Do not make the chat enough as I am so busy. I miss the chat with the regulars.

    I am so stoked for this.

  19. Alex

    I’ve been listening to The Endless River the whole weekend and cannot stop it. It’s phenomenal.

    Well done Mr. Floyd. The only bad thing with it is that there would be no tour.

  20. Paul Collins-Smith

    Received the vinyl version this morning, played it and as it finished the Remembrance Day ceremony was just coming to an end on TV, both emotionally powerful for differing reasons. A must-get album, forget the trash about recycled music, this is original classic Floyd from musical geniuses.

  21. Michèle

    Have not got it yet, but this morning, Classic 21 played what they called ‘The Endless River – Side 1’ and later ‘The Endless River – Side 3’ and… Wow! Loved it.

    Reminds me a bit of the music David played on ‘Fractals: The Colours Of Infinity’ and also sometimes ‘La Carrera Panamericana’.

    Anyway, un somptueux testament, an epic and beautiful farewell.

  22. Claus Pedersen

    Thank you so much for sharing TER with all of us. It is a great relief to my ears, to hear something new from you after 20 years. It just leaves me with a bittersweet and nostalgic feeling to know, that this will be the last we hear from you guys. Thank you……

    PS: got it Saturday, even though the release is today (Monday) in DK.

  23. ash

    It’s 10.45 and mine isn’t here yet. . . .chewing nails. . .typing nervous gibberish. . .gonna do the vacuuming . . . take my mind off it and the house will be clean as well!

    ash

  24. JulieD

    Well, I can say that I was very excited about it all and planned to buy the album on its release day the old school way i.e. the record store…

    But on Friday, I had 20 separate offers from various people of a ‘free listen of the entire album’ which they already downloaded. I declined all offers. And as a matter of protest…I am now not buying the said album. At this moment in time anyway……

    • JulieD

      I think my recent motorbike accident knocked some kind of stupid into me….. I bought the album today and will get back to you on this… When I heard ‘Things Left Unsaid’, it had me in tears…the emotion was conveyed really well in this track….

      Stupid in that I did not buy the album on it’s release date…that is what I get for landing on top of my head….thank god for helmets.

  25. ash

    Still nothing. 🙁

    To anyone buying vinyl by post, not just The Endless River, does it come safely, undamaged? Bent or warped or anything?

    I’ve never done it. I want a copy of The Endless River on vinyl too but wonder if it’s safer to buy from a record shop (there’s still one I can get to in Birmingham)?

    ash

    • Andrew

      Ash,

      If you buy from a reputable source then you should have no problem getting vinyl by post. Most will ship in a reinforced cardboard package. But supporting your local record shop (if you have one) is always a good idea.

      Thanks.
      Andrew

    • ash

      Thank you Andrew, yes, I think I will get it from the record shop for that very reason 🙂 (but also because I can’t stand the thought of it going through the machines and conveyor belts or being thrown about by staff, those old feelings of protecting my LPs have come flooding back. . . I’ll probably have nightmares now. . . )

      ash

    • Andrew

      Ash,

      About 6 months ago I finally tracked down a copy of Richard Wright’s Wet Dreams. It arrived to my home by post without any damage. However, when I went to play it, I discovered my record player was no longer functioning. So I have yet to listen to this masterpiece as I have not located a repair option or a suitable replacement for the player.

      Thanks.
      Andrew

  26. Stefan-Cornelius Neudecker

    #TheEndlessRiver is really the 20 years long waiting worth! And indeed a divine farewell record!

    The Endless River‬ is a gigantic and divine new record and ‪is really getting better and better every time I am listening to it! Thanx a lot!

  27. Ripper

    As Louie Walsh would say,

    “I like it.”

    I’m reasonably happy with it. It is like Division Bell-meets-Metallic Spheres. My only real qualm with this piece is that I would have loved to have heard a few more guitar solos.

    My fav 3 tracks (subject to change after a few more listens) are Allons-y, Louder Than Words and Nervana.

    All in all, bravo! I’m due to see a Floyd cover band at the end of the month, wonder if they will chuck in a few tracks from this new piece. 🙂

    • ripper

      I am really loving “Sum” today. Bravo. This album is rapidly growing on me.

      Yes sum has it all in my opinion. Excellent.

  28. Rui Monteiro

    I think it’s like Ummagumma meeting The Division Bell, for a jam session. It’s instrumental but hearing more than once you realize that there is a center idea from the beginning to the end … like the old Prog Rock albums.

    Thank you.

  29. ash

    I expect mine will come tomorrow . . .

    ash (peeping through fingers in case anyone says too much)

  30. Andrew

    While it is exciting to get new Floyd music I am quite surprised at how much patience I have in obtaining it. I have not preordered it and I have not planned a trip to go to my local shop to pick it up.

    Eventually it will come but I am not running around like a whirling dervish trying to track it down. And part of the reason is because I am so pleased with the back catalog. The second part is that in this day in age (see the last blog topic) it is all so obtainable that you really never need to worry about will I get it or will it sell out.

    Ace Frehley released a new album back in August. Two weeks later you could get the same new release, sealed, new on eBay for $5. Go figure.

    Thanks.
    Andrew

  31. Tim_c

    Well well well.

    It’s every bit as good as I hoped it might be. It will stand, and improve with, a lot of airings but here is a first thought.

    As a ‘Dark Side” sort of a chap, my reservations about the AMLoR and the TDB were that they were a collection of songs, themed sort-of, but sometimes a bit laboured and lumbering … just a little uninspired or perhaps a little too motivated by “the need to get an album out” …

    TER suffers from none of that – it’s a beautifully made mood piece which has somehow acquired a concept and inspiration of it’s own … reflection on what “this thing that we do” is, whether it be making music, living together, loving and losing, reflecting on a life well lived, finding comfort and satisfaction on closure and reconciliation….

    As such it fits brilliantly into, and draws a wonderful line under, the Floyd Cannon. It’s an album for how WE are now. And it confirms that David’s mojo and guitar sound are very much with us … this next solo album and, oh please, the “Old Man’s” tour is going to blow our tiny little minds …

  32. mikeT

    ‘Lo All, FEd.

    Went and bought from HMV shop. Friendly staff, but got a little confused when bombarded with questions at the till, like “have you bought everything you came for, sir?” Well I thought, but no, I just smiled at the girl and nodded “Yep, thanks.”

    I resisted the initial temptation to open CD/BR packaging in the car and waited till early evening to do the thing! It’s an amazing unmistakable polished goosebump-maker. My only problem is my headphone cable won’t reach the ceiling.

    Thanks to all for TER. Happy ears everyone.

    P.S. Big pat on back for FED eh.

  33. martin_d

    The First Listen: No Expectations!

    When you expect very little from something it can be so rewarding to listen without expectation and be astonishingly uplifted and refreshed at what is heard.

    This piece of music resonates through to the core of the soul, it is masterful. It is timeless.

    The Endless River is pure joy. Fragments of past triumphs weave effortlessly with previously unheard musical tableaux.

    Hearing Richard Wright play so elegantly and so tastefully is wonderful.

    The production is flawless. David, Nick and co have left us with a ‘gem’ of an album.

    For the first time in many years I was able to listen to a new, complete album without feeling the need to pause the sounds, for some light relief.

    Well done to all concerned with ‘The Endless River’. It is quite simply wonderful. And another glorious celebration of ‘Pink Floyd’s contribution to the world of music.

    Viva The ‘Floyd’ – Still ‘Pink’.

  34. Joe VD

    It’s just excellent. Far surpassed my expectations. I love it from start to finish.

    FEd, it would be nice if those that purchased the deluxe edition had access to mp3s of the bonus tracks somehow. Too late now, but I want to have these in the car, not just my Blu-ray player. If I buy the thing again on iTunes, then I get them there, but I already spent $30 on the deluxe, don’t wish to spend another $20 to get the mp3s.

    All in all, a happy fan here.

  35. Michèle

    So I went today to my local music store (better support them than order from Amazon, I think) and bought the CD and DVD. What beautiful packaging too, I like the black and white photos in the booklet, very classy and of course I love the whole album, incredibly powerful, but also so subtle and atmospheric.

    In my humble opinion, David and Richard were the musical geniuses of Pink Floyd (sorry, Nick and Roger 😉 ) – David says ‘goodbye’ to Pink Floyd in such an elegant way. Very moving.

    My favourite track is ‘It’s What We Do’. Je me dis que Richard ne pouvait rêver meilleur hommage…

  36. KenF

    It’s rather good….

    Absorbing
    Beautiful
    Cohesive
    Discerning
    Effusive
    Floydian
    Grandeur
    Holistic
    Impeccable
    Justifiable
    Kaleidoscopic
    Languorous
    Mesmerising
    Nocturne
    Overwhelming
    Pervasive
    Quintessential
    Rapturous
    Sublime
    Transcendental
    Universal
    Valedictory
    Wrightful
    eXemplary
    Yearning
    Zeitgeist

    Trippy
    Heady
    Escapism

    Exhilarating
    Nuances
    Dreamily
    Languish
    Endless
    Sonic
    Serenity

    Rousing
    Irreplaceable
    Values
    Extolling
    Richard

  37. frank

    Just finished listening to side 3, saving 4 and DVD for later.

    There are so many connections from the past, this album is so soothing, flowing along like a river and I feel as if I’m waving from the shore. Very Gilmouresque solos and Eno-ish, if I might add. Richard is the catalyst on this album for David, yet again for the last time. Sigh!!! Bravo Nick (Ummagumma, LOL) and David.

  38. Jason Mullins

    The last album of Pink Floyd and all you can up with is B-sides and outtakes? On An Island was way better. Shame on you.

    • Pavlov

      On An Island was a solo album, not a Pink Floyd album so comparing the two doesn’t have any credibility …

      Not that I’d expect anything less from you, to be honest.

      Hear, hear Taki!

    • Rai

      When something is unissued, there are no A or B sides. And neither are these outtakes. A CD can only hold so much music, and choices must be made. Doesn’t mean the rest of the stuff that didn’t make it to the CD is of lower quality.

    • Damian Cunningham

      Go and buy some Showaddywaddy then.

      Go and troll elsewhere, keyboard warrior.

  39. Pete -Coventry

    I was just picking up a birthday present for Mrs Pete of Coventry and overheard this young-ish couple going on about the new Pink Floyd record and how amazing it was, etc. It did make me smile.

    Then I remembered that mine is still in the post. Oh well, I suppose someone on this planet has to be the last to hear it.

    • ash

      I still haven’t got mine either. 🙁 I’ve got e-mails from them saying they’ve had problems:

      “Thank you for pre-ordering the new Pink Floyd album The Endless River. We have been notified by our warehouse that some of the orders placed for the new album will be delayed due to issues with packing and shipping. All remaining orders are expected to be dispatched today and should arrive with customers by the end of the week. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.”

      The end of the week . . . .ggggggaaaaarrrrrrhhhhh. . . . where’s my Canesten?

      ash 🙂

  40. Erssie

    Thank you for allowing The Endless River to be available to listen on Spotify Premium. This has prompted me to go and buy MP3 versions for my Amazon Cloud Player, even though I own so much PF stuff on vinyl and cassette, and my partner does too. Goes to show that sometimes sharing these things more freely can increase sales and revenue rather than encourage piracy.

    Really enjoyed The Endless River yesterday and found it the perfect mood to de-stress and reflect on my past turbulent 20 years so goodness knows how it has affected you David, listening to sessions recorded back then when you were getting to know your Muse.

  41. Ripper

    The more I listen the more I like. 🙂

    Anisina and Skins are really great tracks.

    Speaking of which, I have a question – who does the wind instrument parts on Anisina? Is it David or Dick, or both, or…?

    Cheers.

    • FEd

      Speaking of which, I have a question – who does the wind instrument parts on Anisina? Is it David or Dick, or both, or…?

      According to the liner notes, Gilad Atzmon plays tenor saxophone and clarinet on that one.

    • ripper

      Thanks Fed, my hard copy hasn’t arrived yet, so I’m a booklet short of a party at the minute!

  42. Amedeo

    I very much like the new record. It’s everything I expected and more. I’m sure that with a few more listens, I’ll just love it.

    Part of me wishes I hadn’t read reviews on it, I guess that comes from just dying to know anything about it, but there was some negative stuff written (as always), and I was thinking oh no…

    Bull **it, this album is excellent. It’s everything I signed up for when I became a Floyd fan at a very young age and my idols never cease to disappoint me.

    I know all people are different and have different views, but what I can’t understand is if people liked the back catalogue, then how can they criticize this new stuff. Just baffles me. It’s all there…that sound!!

    Thank you again David, Nick and Rick.

    • Amedeo

      Absolutely, along with similarities from A Saucerful of Secrets, Wish You Were Here, The Wall, etc. I also like outtakes from what had become Cluster One from TDB.

      They really did sum up all those years of Music and then some.

    • Amedeo

      Funny, when you said you hear Animals, I can’t help thinking of one or two people who have posted over the years, like the person who posted earlier with the colorful language.

  43. George Maciver

    Woo, there’s the postman. Wonder if he has my new Floyd CD? Yep, there’s the Amazon packaging. I have a new Floyd double album. The first time I heard Floyd was when I was 16. Now I’m 56 and I’m still in love with their music. How many times have I tried to find another another band like Pink Floyd? They don’t exist, and I seriously doubt now if there will ever be another Pink Floyd.

    Who can forget such timeless moments such as David’s rhythm on Pigs, Nick’s intro to Time, Rick’s intro to Sheep, David’s solo on Comfortably Numb, Rick and David playing off each other on Marooned, or the entire band playing together to pull off Shine On You Crazy Diamond? I wonder if this new album will be just as timeless as the others? Okay, we’re taking the afternoon off, the headphones are going on and the world will just have to wait for a few hours.

    Well, it’s time. I’ve sorted my day out and taken care of everything. The headphones are on and it’s time to embark. When was the last time I had a brand new Pink Floyd album to listen to? I wonder if the experience will be like Dark Side of the Moon, Wish you were Here and Animals? Here we go. Amazing.

    David and Rick were so good together. They brought out the magic in each other which neither of them could do by themselves. That’s been unsaid for too long.

    Ah, there’s Nick introducing the drama. Good old reliable, brilliant genius, big hearted Nick, who never played for himself, who was always there for the band and always knew how to pull the music together. And so the magic starts. It’s been too long. It’s what I wish they did more often.

    I have a dream that one day David will produce an instrumental double album of his Pink Floyd guitar work…

  44. Michael Kelly

    A few comments after a first listening:

    1. I can’t believe Nervana did not find its way onto the album proper. That’s as good of a track as anything else in the Floyd catalog.

    2. I love it when I have extraordinarily high expectations for a track, and then that track actually exceeds my expectations. Autumn ’68 did just that.

    3. I also love it when I have low expectations for a track and that track winds up being one of the better tracks. I’m talking about Skins here. (That’s what I get for reading reviews before listening I suppose.)

    4. Even after watching all the video on the Blu-Ray, I still haven’t quite pinpointed exactly when the ’80’s style mullet got cut off or determined how much of its disappearance is Polly’s influence.

    5. It’s obvious that you either have to love Pink Floyd and/or love music for music’s sake to enjoy this album. If you don’t, you’re going to be cranky like about half of the online reviewers of this album. This is NOT Dark Side of the Moon, but it is an excellent album of music.

  45. Michèle

    Today, Remembrance Day…

    As a tribute to the fallen of all sides in the First World War, I’m playing just now one of my favourites, the beautiful ‘Anisina’, ‘in memory of’ the 580,000 soldiers who lost their lives on the battlefields of northern France (among the 10 million soldiers and 7 million civilians who died during WW1), whose names are engraved on the Ring of Memory, inaugurated today at Notre Dame de Lorette.

    ‘Unlike other First World War war memorials, the Ring of Memory seeks to unite former enemies, paying tribute to fallen soldiers from every country involved in the five-year conflict. The names of British and German soldiers who once looked at each other across No Man’s Land are united.’

    • FEd

      Thank you. I think that’s incredibly powerful and moving.

      With so much, once again, being said and written angrily and bitterly about poppies and the glorification of war (much of which, quite frankly, pisses me off), all that matters at this time of year should be remembering that millions of people – of different nationalities, races, faiths and political leanings – lost their lives between 1914 and 1918, and millions more have lost their lives in conflict since. No matter who or what they fought for, no matter who put them in that terrible position of killing or being killed, no matter who was right and who was wrong, just for now all that should matter to anyone is that they died, all too often in the most horrible ways and conditions imaginable, leaving loved ones without fathers, sons, and so on. We should never forget that.

      In the words of John Maxwell Edmonds:

      When you go home,
      Tell them of us and say:
      For their tomorrow,
      We gave our today.

  46. Tim-c

    No matter who or what they fought for, no matter who put them in that terrible position of killing or being killed, no matter who was right and who was wrong, just for now all that should matter to anyone is that they died, all too often in the most horrible ways and conditions imaginable, leaving loved ones without fathers, sons, and so on. We should never forget that.

    Absolutely right Fed. People who think that remembrance and symbolic poppies glorify war are, by trying to make a point, completely missing the point.

    I’m regretting already not having got myself down to the Tower to bear witness to that spectacular and moving installation …

    • FEd

      Thanks, Tim.

      I’ve slightly mixed feelings about the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation, only because I think they’ve done it too soon, because it would surely be more appropriate to mark the end of the war rather than the start, but it’s certainly a sight to behold. If it makes people, the young in particular, fully appreciate the tremendous scale of loss, that can only be a positive thing.

      It will also raise a lot of money for service charities now that each of the 888,246 ceramic poppies has been sold at, I think, £25 a pop.

    • Tim_c

      If you haven’t already done so, I heartily recommend watching the ‘Culture Show’ – The Great War – An Elegy (available on iPlayer). Written by Simon Ermitage [as fine a poet as we have produced], it tells a series of stories that inspire a poem … it’s powerful stuff.

    • KenF

      I’m proud to admit that I’m one of those who has purchased one of the 888,246 ceramic poppies. You’re correct with the price FEd.

      Not sure when exactly it will arrive, was advised it could be as late as early 2015. I ordered mine at the end of August (Order Number: 350853) I believe some kind of booklet will be included with the poppy, so I’ll wait and see what prevails.

      Thanks for the A to Z acknowledgement Tim.

  47. George Maciver

    Well, I’ll always remember 11/11/2014 for sure. After listening to the album I thought it might be interesting to listen to Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, and The Division Bell before listening to The Endless River a second time, and something quite unexpected happened.

    Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, and Animals have always been my three favourite albums. Sometimes Wish You Were Here was my favourite, sometimes it was Dark Side of the Moon, sometimes it was Animals. Tonight, surprisingly, The Division Bell hit my No 1 spot. Then, while I was listening to The Endless River a second time and knew it would grow to eventually be my favourite, I realised it hasn’t been about the albums, it’s been about the journey.

    Is it really over? Somehow I feel it isn’t. The future will certainly be different, but it’s not over.

  48. Ian Pearson

    Couple of points.

    First re poppies death and war. Battles can be fought in peace time and suffering doesn’t always result in death and yet when it comes it’s a blessing.

    Second: THE album is a great full stop and reflection on a band’s life. As with all lives it’s appreciated more if you have lived through experiences of a lifetime, whether short or long.

    Ian

  49. Starbird

    Dave, you did a gig at The Boston Tea Party in 1970 – setting up in almost complete darkness. Roger loomed up out of the black, homing in on the glow from my cigarette. Can I get a light? I could barely see him, but he leaned forward and lit his smoke off mine.

    You guys have been a part of my life ever since.

    Thank You…

  50. Thomas O'Connell

    I really love this box set of The Endless River and I really love it.

    Thomas

  51. Howard Bayliss

    Dear All,

    I admit that I was sceptical about this from the beginning. Twenty year old tapes not good enough to be looked at till now. Then I saw Julie Skaggs’ review and nodded with agreement with everything she said and I hadn’t even heard it yet.

    So now that I have heard it what do I think?

    Sorry everyone but it’s hugely disappointing and Julie’s comments are more relevant now after listening. These are snippets of past glories carefully crafted to milk our tear ducts to the limit. It is a recording to give us what we think we need when thinking last PF album ever. I know there will be angry reactions to my comments and I am sorry to make them. I really did want to fall in love with it but I just can’t.

    There are a couple of interesting bits but they don’t last long enough to evolve or say anything. The Louder than Words song which I had not heard previously is rather embarrassing. With all due respect to Polly and David, the lyrics wouldn’t pass muster on anything pre 1980 Floyd. This would have been a good time to call Roger but I know there is too much animosity to overcome for that.

    As for tributes to Rick Wright, there can be no better ones than his Wet Dream solo LP which came out in the late seventies and wonderful songs like Stay from Obscured by Clouds which he co-wrote with Roger. Music that really showcase his talents.

    The best song on TER by far is Nervana which appears as a bonus track. I have not heard David stretch out like this since “The Gold It’s in the..” The man can rock with style when he wants to and with Rick and Nick driving the primal rhythm this song takes the album to a new level if only briefly. I was very sorry to hear it fade away as it sounds as if it continued for a while longer.

    So there it is such as it is. Let the denying begin over my comments but deep in your heart you know I am right. Sentimentality be damned.

    Cheers, Howard

    • FEd

      Howard, you bugger, putting me in an awkward situation before I’ve even had lunch. But thank you for being honest.

      For the record, personally, I’d much rather read reviews – however critical they may be – from people who genuinely care for Pink Floyd than people in the music press who obviously don’t and are paid to listen to an advance copy and be as spiteful as they like, often because they are pandering to a certain audience in search of a pat on the head. So before anyone questions or criticises me, that’s why I include the link when, obviously, I wouldn’t usually. If someone can take the time to express their honest opinion, I can certainly take the time to consider it.

      Thanks for sharing it.

    • ripper

      Hi Howard,

      I would just like to say that from hearing interviews of David on the radio and TV the impression I got was that he cannot create the Floyd sound without our fallen hero Richard. So in effect his hands were tied when putting the record together, sure he could have enlisted say Jon Carin in to help with linking up keyboard arrangements, but this would invalidate the authenticity of the Pink Floyd sound in my opinion and I feel this may be how David feels about the record. I do think going by the Jools Holland interview that he was indeed nervous at how this would go down with the fanbase, this was however the final ‘echoes’ of ‘that sound’ we all know and love. There is no more, this is all that could be done. And with that in mind I feel that this package we have ended up with is not too shabby.

      I agree probably on the word diss. Poetic license I suppose, keeping it modern perhaps. “Piss off” would have slotted in nicely as an alternative, but is a little more crude than diss!

    • Andrew

      Howard,

      I think you’ve nailed why I still don’t have this release and why I am not rushing out to get it either. It’s because of the legacy of the previous material and not wanting to be disappointed with this one.

      It’s also why I have no interest in seeing bands like the Rolling Stones or The Who again. I saw both of them multiple times years ago and while I am sure that each will still put on a good show, it just won’t be as good as some of the previous ones that I saw. I saw The Police about a dozen times in their hey day back in the early 80s and I saw them once on the reunion tour. The reunion show was good but they just didn’t capture that same energy and angst like back in the 80s.

      And while I give little credibility to critic reviews because the fact is that is just someone’s opinion, I did wonder the same thing that one critic mentioned. He essentially said that if you spent the time to cull through all that material, couldn’t you have spent just a bit more time and write some lyrics? I certainly like instrumental pieces but part of the Floyd experience is also the thought provoking lyrics. And I’m sorry but I agree with Howard, lyrics written by Polly is not Floyd and from the lyrics I read, they sound quite trite.

      While it is being said this is the end for any PF recordings, I still shudder when I read that they listened to over 20 hours of recordings and culled out these 53 minutes. So does this open the door that some special extended box set will be released in 20 years with additional outtakes? Remember, TER are essentially outtakes anyway. Are you going to release additional outtakes of outtakes?

      Or heaven forbid that things go the way they did after Hendrix passed and all those awful recordings were released in the early 1970s just to ride out a few more bucks on his name. Hopefully the PF estate will not allow this to happen because the reality is that some stuff done in the studio really needs to stay in the studio.

      We can just look at the Zeppelin reissues. While some of the outtakes are intriguing, they just will not replace the original recordings. It’s just a novelty to soak more money from your wallet. I’ve never heard anyone say that an outtake was better than the original. It is not what the legacy is built on and it is certainly not what will win over new fans.

      If you want to win over a new fan base, then do what Queen is doing. Brian May is genius by touring with Adam Lambert. Nothing will ever replace Freddie Mercury but Adam does put on a good show and Queen has introduced their music to an entire new generation by employing Adam. I went to see Brian May but I was very surprised by how many around me were there because of Adam.

      I’m sure my wallet will eventually part with the cash to purchase TER. And hopefully I will be pleasantly surprised.

      Thanks.
      Andrew

    • Tim_c

      Howard,

      I’m by no means a cheerleader for all that is recent Floyd, but deep down I don’t agree with you … for all the limitations inherit in the exercise, I’m finding that the whole taken together is as coherent a statement of the musical essence of the band as I have heard …

      I’m actually finding myself singing along to ‘Louder than Words’ much more than I thought – it’s rather catchy and I don’t find the lyrics embarrassing at all … although the irony of quibbling about the lyrics to “Louder than Words’ ought not be to lost on any of us.

      Of course there are other tributes and moments we can prefer … this doesn’t erase the back catalogue but I think it’s far more than a bookend.

    • Pavlov

      I thought Julie’s review was absolutely outstanding — well-written and poignant. It doesn’t resonate with me though but I can see how it would with some/many.

    • FEd

      While it is being said this is the end for any PF recordings, I still shudder when I read that they listened to over 20 hours of recordings and culled out these 53 minutes. So does this open the door that some special extended box set will be released in 20 years with additional outtakes? Remember, TER are essentially outtakes anyway. Are you going to release additional outtakes of outtakes?

      You never know. Nick Mason has had plenty to say about the Floyd archives lately, I noticed.

      Pink Floyd: More Unreleased Music May Be Coming

    • Andrew

      FEd,

      Reading that article (More Unreleased Music May Be Coming) Mason seems to be talking visual releases as opposed to audio, though the Animals project would probably include some outtakes.

      For me, the visual stuff would be far more appealing. That is a bit different to see vintage concert footage, TV appearances, etc. Pompeii is a prime example.

      A documentary type release could be interesting as well. Similar to what was done with Making of the Dark Side of the Moon.

      Going back to Queen for a second, if you search YouTube you can find a segment of Brian May sitting at a mixing board and talking about as well as demonstrating what went into the recording of Bohemian Rhapsody. It’s a bit technical but still fascinating.

      Thanks.

      Andrew

      • FEd

        For me, the visual stuff would be far more appealing. That is a bit different to see vintage concert footage, TV appearances, etc. Pompeii is a prime example.

        The Pompeii DVD was a treat.

  52. ripper

    Today I would like to talk about the track Surfacing –

    It just so happens that Poles Apart is probably my favourite Division Bell track. I believe this is a part of that track. Am I right??? What’s my prize??

    It is a fabulous piece by the way!!

    • Rai

      The one thing I’ve learned about Pink Floyd over the decades is that – for me at least – the first few listens usually elicit a sort of “Yawn! So what’s new?” response. Maybe that’s true of most other cherished musical acts and moments. We all hold unshakeable memories of past musical glories (and our youthful life-events that went with them), and nothing is ever going to take their place.

      And yet, paradoxically, many somehow still expect to be provided more-or-less copies of the same thing with any new releases. So when you mention new Pink Floyd music, Echoes, Dark Side, The Wall, The Division Bell etc. rise up to await their clones.

      The Endless River has not failed to take me off the beaten path. The first few times it seemed nothing more than idle noodling, reheated leftovers. Sweet sounding ambient music. But I’ve been a Floydian for too long to fall for that Jedi mind trick. I persevered with listening to it. And as I expected, small parts of what seemed initially a flat surface began to quite stealthily rise up and plant their hooks into me.

      The process has been rapid once the first hook was planted. Today, just two days later, the record is playing non-stop on my stereo, and will be so for the foreseeable future. All the hooks are out, and in. Now they are just getting deeper by the minute. I don’t know whether Philae managed to harpoon itself to the comet, but The Endless River is firmly harpooned in place.

      It is quite disappointing to see that so many reviewers, after spending decades with Floyd (or maybe not – it’s just another opportunity for some who were not there to diss “classic rock”), still try to fit this square peg into a round hole. Hasn’t it been obvious that almost from the start, Floyd has kept moving forward? Each of their albums has been a progression from the previous one. Forward movement isn’t always a total success, and there have been some weak moments – Animals stands out for me – but generally, Meddle is not exactly The Dark Side, which is not exactly The Wall, which is not exactly The Division Bell.

      Yet, there is a unity that runs through the music that maybe creates a virtual reality that says, if it ain’t Dark Side/The Wall, it ain’t Floyd.

      And that sonic unity, which I would argue was created largely by the meshing of the sounds David and Rick made, is in full bloom in this album.

      This is quite simply a fabulous addition to the Floyd oeuvre. There are echoes of the past all over the place, yet, like so many of their other works, it is of a timeless place.

      Well, I’ve said my piece. Just a couple of other things.

      Firstly, I find it idiotic that Roger Waters keeps getting referred to as “Pink Floyd’s principal songwriter”. It’s become one of those stock journalistic clichés that gets taken down from a shelf and inserted into any story about the Floyd.

      Don’t get me wrong. I would have loved to have seen Roger play on this album, especially if it IS going to be the last one. And I hope it does happen one day – David, Nick and Roger get together for a month or so, set aside their personal issues, put down three CDs’ worth of transcendent material, and then go their separate ways.

      But from what I know, Roger was the principal LYRIC WRITER for the group. In terms of being the main COMPOSER, that only holds true for The Wall, Animals and The Final Cut. He was a major creative force, but David’s compositions, which included many of the best-loved chunks of Meddle, Dark Side, Wish You Were Here, Obscured By Clouds and even The Wall, where Comfortably Numb is probably the strongest moment, have been upfront and centre in the Floyd body of work.

      And of course A Momentary Lapse and Division Bell are all David.

      Finally, what a fitting send-off for Rick. This could all have been thrown together as some kind of Rick Wright posthumous solo album tribute. Instead, what David and Nick have delivered is the equivalent of full military honours for their fallen comrade. It’s just fitting that Rick now has a certified Pink Floyd album where he is front and centre instead of being the perennial George Harrison of the band.

    • Pavlov

      …although the irony of quibbling about the lyrics to “Louder than Words’ ought not be to lost on any of us.

      Ditto!

    • JulieD

      Rai said:

      And as I expected, small parts of what seemed initially a flat surface began to quite stealthily rise up and plant their hooks into me.

      Fantastic words those….I like that.

    • KenF

      Rai,

      Thanks for such an astute summary of The Endless River and it’s place in the Pink Floyd catalogue. I agree totally, when you say:

      There are echoes of the past all over the place, yet, like so many of their other works, it is of a timeless place.

      There are discreet, subliminal nuances which constantly surface on each piece on TER, which echo back to myriad tracks from PATGOD right through to TBD (I could also identify some of Rick’s playing to his own Broken China album).

      And as such, the lyrics by Polly are far from trite, on the contrary, they perfectly encapsulate and summarise The Endless River we have all sailed along, since this thing that they do, got under our skin and hooked us to a lifetime of unfurling, pulsating devotion.

  53. george

    After two listens I love it. I think it’s more classical, like a sonata broken into four movements it’s ambient but heavier.

    Most of all it is a tribute to a great keyboardist (Richard) and tells another story of Pink Floyd other than the one Roger has beaten to death.

    George

  54. Pavlov

    Well, mine hasn’t arrived yet and not being able to stretch the allocation of patience I was dealt (or is it an acquired thing?), downloaded it from Amazon (a nice little “autorip” bonus). After searching, cursing and fiddling a bit, there it was and we downloaded and copied to my mobile device. Didn’t want to do it but I really wanted (and needed) to listen to it. The hour being late, I only heard Things Left Unsaid so the overall ‘experience’ was lost on me.

    I have subsequently listened to it 3 times from beginning to end and now is a good time to admit that I am not the most eloquent of music critics. In fact, I’m not a music critic at all … I FEEL music and it either goes with my grain or doesn’t.

    And, for the most part, it goes with my grain (I just wish the bits that do would last longer) with the exception of a few tracks (Allons-y 1 and 2 come to mind) not quite having ‘grown’ on me. Like Howard, I enjoyed Nervana but found it “jerked” me out of my Blade Runner-like dreamy, contemplative mood — I know it’s a bonus track but from my perspective, it didn’t fit in to the overall album and shouldn’t have been there at all (just my opinion). Perhaps when my package finally arrives and I can study the liner notes, there will be an explanation (not that one is needed, mind you).

    For me personally, it is a ‘soundscape’ with elements taken from a body of work that spans decades. I found it somewhat mournful, packed with nostalgia, a smattering of regret and a dose of hope.

  55. Howard Bayliss

    Howard, you bugger, putting me in an awkward situation before I’ve even had lunch. But thank you for being honest.

    Hope lunch was still palatable Fed. 🙂

    Cheers, Howard

  56. ash

    It’s here! It’s just arrived!

    The bloke who delivered it turned out to also be a Pink Floyd fan, he was going to town to get a copy. He said it’d be No. 1 for a while, 92000 copies pre-ordered!

    It’s beautiful looking. . . I don’t want to peel the film off the box!

    ash 🙂

  57. Pavlov

    From @the_blog tweet:

    “Synchronised listening in the chatroom later.”

    You can do that?

  58. Kimberley

    After just two listening sessions, I have got to say this is tremendous. Well done to all involved.

    My description of this endeavour as a whole is that it is really one piece, rather them disparate tracks. Rather like a Breughels painting is obviously one canvass, but one can spend much time looking at the different areas of the canvass and discover details and vignettes that add to the whole. Anyways, it’s great. Someone who gets the vinyl must listen to AnisinA backwards and tell me the secret message. I love that track -on first listening, it was my favourite. After second listening, harder to choose amongst all the greatness.

    Only thing that makes me tilt my head like an inquiring puppy, why the last track???

    I (and I know the powers that be wished they had consulted me first) would have kept it totally instrumental. Also, is this song about David and Rick or David and Polly? Not one to judge but the thoughts in the lyrics seemed muddled.

    I would have preferred another version of Sorrow. If Richard had managed to bring a slightly lighter feeling to that song, I would have been very intrigued to hear that. It is possible that does not exist, but I believe a Sorrow-like track would have finished the concept better, being the expert that I am.

    Long and short of it, LOVED it.

    Did anyone read the Rolling Stone article? New Gilmour album and supporting tour…….YAHOO!

    • David Hooks

      Hi Kimberley,

      Louder Than Words was written by Polly about Dave, Nick and Rick. They communicate largely through their music. Their best comes out through what they do, not what they say, or something like that. Neither of the remaining band members are the strongest lyrically by their own admission.

      So no, I don’t think it’s meant to be some airy-fairy love song about David and Polly. 🙂

    • Michael Kelly

      David HAS written lyrics on some of his post-Waters material. Sorrow, Coming Back To Life and Where We Start come to mind, there may be one or two others.

      I am sure if you were to ask him about it he would compare writing those lyrics to Chinese water torture or something along those lines. But I have to say that the lyrics of those songs are among the very best of not just the post-Waters era, but in the entire Floyd/Gilmour catalog. They are sincere and from the heart.

      • FEd

        Hear, hear.

        David is too modest by far at times. That said, if many notable songwriters could play guitar like he can, they probably wouldn’t bother with lyrics half the time. Some things are just louder than words.

        See what I did there? Eh? 😉

    • tim_c

      I think it makes perfect sense to have lyrics on the last track only.

      The album needs a climax and, as this is the END as far as Pink Floyd is concerned, it seems fitting to have a sign-off.

      As to the nature of the lyric, Polly being a writer has left a few directions open to the listener to explore … it’s all about show and not tell.

      The Division Bell was about Communication and, as has been noted previously, ‘Louder than Words’ is the penultimate phrase. Clearly there have been a lot of Words exchanged between the band and this album seeks to return to the musical essence of the Band and rise above all the squabbling – and to recognise that ‘This thing that we do’ (I’m in on it Fed) transcends both argument and more widely language itself.

      In addition David clearly feels uncomfortable with lyric writing and indeed has confessed that he expresses himself emotionally through music in a way that he cannot (but perhaps with regret) should through words (hanging on in silent desperation is indeed the English way). This is therefore both a metaphorical arm around the shoulder from Polly that says he has achieved something better anyway, and also I suspect a reflection on the way this diffidence has been a thread in David’s relationship with her, Rick and others.

      Of course I may be wrong. In any case I think it’s a rather lovely song.

    • David Hooks

      I too happen to think he is decent at writing, don’t get me wrong – they were David’s words I quoted above from just the other day. Roger was the main lyricist in the band all those years ago but I have personally been as big a fan of David’s lyrics to be honest though as a poet – Roger is stronger but in my opinion lacks more invention with his music. I’m more a fan of ‘music’ rather than ‘lyrics’ anyway – one of the reasons I love this new album.

      For instance one of my favourite songs I never tire of hearing and has the same magic as the first time I heard it is ‘On the Turning Away’. Lyrically simple you could say with a strong message, but musically brilliant. The guitar is just fantastic – especially from the live tour.

    • ash

      Fed said,

      That said, if many notable songwriters could play guitar like he can, they probably wouldn’t bother with lyrics half the time. Some things are just louder than words.

      I was thinking about the new Band Aid recording and who would Geldof ask to perform? I was dreaming David could just play his guitar for his lines (not that he doesn’t have a beautiful voice!), that would give the song something fresh this time around, not just a choir and a few soloists.

      My train of thought was David makes his guitar sing. Then I realised what I’d said to myself.

      ash 🙂

  59. David Hooks

    Hi all,

    Not commented on here for quite some time now but felt I had to contribute to this thread. Having pre-ordered said Album for delivery on Monday and having listened a few times now, I can say that I am not disappointed. If you can be bothered to read my boring synopsis I’ll bash on in the hope it may tempt some that have not taken the plunge to do it. Though I hadn’t done a lot of ‘due-diligence’ over the new album, I believed I knew enough about the band and the music to have an idea what was coming after hearing the news of an imminent release off Polly’s twitter feed.

    I knew this wasn’t by and large brand new material so guessed much of this would be session stuff. And so it has proved, yet that’s what I like about it. I love the Division Bell – it’s up there with my favourite albums (not just Floyd), yet there are many outside influences you can wonder ‘which one’s pink?’ I suppose? 🙂 This album is as pure as much of the original material the band has put out in my opinion. I listened to DG on Radio 2 earlier and I think he has kind of backed up that feeling too.

    I’m sure Rick would be pleased with this material – his playing is as prominent as any album I can think of. I love it and although I won’t be singing along to it in the car, it still gets my hair standing on end at times, and that’s no mean feat!

    Looking forward to David’s new Solo material – I have a feeling there may be a surprise in store there also, but we’ll see.

    Take care guys and shine on.

  60. Kimberley

    Thanks Mr. Hooks, would have loved to have been a fly on the wall at their cosy nights by the fire. I wonder if Nick would bring his drum kit?

    • David Hooks

      Haha, I see what you mean. I took it that if they weren’t making music, they’d be cabined up watching TV or something equally boring. The beauty of interpretation – perhaps there are two meanings? Only Polly will know I suspect.

      I do hope you didn’t feel I was being patronising. It wasn’t meant to be. 🙂

  61. Amedeo

    David is too modest by far at times. That said, if many notable songwriters could play guitar like he can, they probably wouldn’t bother with lyrics half the time. Some things are just louder than words.

    FEd, I’ve been thinking the same way. From the first time I heard that title, that’s what I got out of it.

  62. Kimberley

    As stated in the Rolling Stone interview, a supporting tour…!

    Fingers crossed for a Massey Hall or other suitably intimate venue in the TO! 🙂

  63. GianLuca

    My absolute favourite track: Sum.

    I am consuming my internet broadband watching over and over the interviews to David and Nick. 🙂

    I like our David stating with his unique aplomb:

    “I suspect.. this is it.”

  64. Ralph

    I will have to wait just a little bit longer… 13 more days …
    *urges the calendar to hurry up*

  65. John nff

    I like it. I like it a lot!

    I’ve never been one for lyrics anyway. Couldn’t care less about what anybody’s rambling on about in song. I’m just in it for the music and consider the voice as just another musical instrument, so this beautiful album is right up my alley for pure listening pleasure.

    Bought the CD and will now definitely invest in the vinyl version, now that I know.

    • FEd

      I’m afraid I don’t.

      But does David say “this thing we do” in it, by any chance? Because following some synchronised listening to and discussion of The Endless River in the chatroom this afternoon, some of us have started to suspect, from the number of times David has slipped “this thing we do” into interviews lately, that someone’s challenged him to keep saying it and might even be keeping count…

  66. lorraine

    Having spent the last few weeks avoiding hearing clips or tracks before the album came out (and almost succeeding). I finally got to listen to it uninterrupted this evening.

    I love it, it’s the most perfect epilogue.

  67. Damian Cunningham

    Having read through some of the comments, and with a few negative ones included. I have to say I have not had the chance to get the album or listen.

    I am a Floyd fan, love the band with passion, spent my whole week’s wages on a ticket to see The Wall when I was 16 and got stuck down there. Dark Side of the Moon holds such fantastic teenage memories, listening to Wish You Were Here, working in an ice cream kiosk on Blackpool promenade with my brother, and lying in bed at night listening to Animals – magic, magic. It’s hard see my heroes passing. Rick was part of my growing up and adult life. It was tough seeing the band being being torn apart with Roger leaving, and it’s hard to know I’ll never see the spectacle that is a Pink Floyd Gig again, but I was there, I did see them, and there will never be a British band like them ever again.

    So when I see people saying shit about fantastic musicians such as Dave, Nick , Rick, and Roger, I say, what have you given the world? My rant is pointed to a single individual further up the page.

    Mmmmm, saying all that, I couldn’t care less if this final album just had bells ringing, it’s Floyd and an album that was a bonus as it came out of the blue and was unexpected.

    Little rant and comments over.

    Damian.

    • Amedeo

      Damian,

      First drink tonight is in your honor for that nice little rant.

      Cheers,
      Amedeo

    • Rudders in Toronto

      Hi Damian,

      A tad unfair methinks….

      The “single individual further up the page” isn’t shy in offering an opinion which I respect and welcome. Some of us may not want to read such Floyd “antidisestablishmentarianism” but we all have a wonderful catalogue of Floyd music to enjoy, some more than others…

  68. Melissa *_*

    Greetings Fed and friends!

    It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted here. It’s nice to see some old irregulars as well as many new ones.

    I’m not reading anyone’s reviews of the album, have not listened to any snippets (not even one), no interviews…nothing.

    My copy of TER is waiting for me to rescue it at Grimey’s record store tomorrow evening.

    So, my experience with this album is going to require the most perfect setting.

    I’m thinking, build a fire, a glass of wine and I can’t decide…headphones or open air. Any suggestions?

    Melissa *_*

  69. Rai

    What is Floyd’s secret? It’s their ability to touch you where pain and pleasure come together, where you cry from happiness and ecstasy.

  70. Mateja

    So much to read above and so little time.

    Have to say I could not wait to work ended on Wednesday so I could go home and listen the whole album for the first time. It meets my expectations perfectly, maybe because there was so much talking about it and also we were able to listen some parts of it. I mentioned before I was really pleased when I heard the album will be instrumental. The only surprise was that I hear in TER sounds of early 70s if I am not mistaken and also the sounds of many past albums. So in my opinion this is really a good closure.

    Guitar solos are so emotional, real fine art, I like the idea ‘less is more’. And the voice of David in the last song, sound soooooo good when he sing alone “louder than words” on the last part of chorus. I can tell I will be enjoying for months and my boy will say again I’m obsessed. But (huh, why there must be a but) there is no love at first sight as strong as it was with Echoes. It’s logical, there could be only one first love…

    Wish you all so many pleasure while listening TER.

    Mateja

  71. Ester

    My “Endless River” is now in a house in Cambridge, where my daughters live. And I have to wait two weeks. I’m going to Cambridge in the end of November and I’m looķing forward to getting my precious gift.

    I always wonder why the city of Cambridge doesn’t remember Pink Floyd.

    I am an Italian lady and surely I’ll go to one of the next concerts of David with my daughters. In England or/and in Italy. We all love him.

    Shine on!

  72. JulieD

    The Big Listen – review of Pink Floyd’s ‘The Endless River

    I put the CD into my player and am greeted straight away with spine tingling beauty that is ‘Things Left Unsaid’. I am floating on tears and hear a touch of ‘Take It Back’ in this track. A beautiful piece which has me soaring above the clouds and straight into…

    ….‘It’s What We Do’ an alternative ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’ intro which in turn looks towards the end of the ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’ opus. Tears are still flowing and David Gilmour sounds fantastic. His trademark licks cut through the clouds and shine like beams of sun rays and a bit of ‘Sheep’ guitar licks sneak in too.

    ‘Ebb and Flow’ I must confess, I had to listen to twice…it has that mixture of ‘Cluster One’ and ‘Sheep’ piano hints with an ‘Absolutely Curtains’ type of climax with a solar wind…

    …which takes me into ‘Sum’ and a flying saucer journey which resembles ‘Cluster One’. The space ship is descending down with a touch of ‘Astronomy Domine’ and a ‘Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun’ bass line. This track then shoots off into a galactic tangent as if an alien is having a laser battle with Doctor Strange and the track also visits ‘When You’re In’ from ‘Obscured By Clouds’.

    With ‘Skins’ the laser beam battles are still taking place with some fantastic ‘Saucerful of Secrets’ drumming going on by Nick Mason, the unique drum patterns which I adore. I cannot control the goosebump invasion which has taken over me and I love the ambience of this track.

    With ‘Unsung’ David’s guitar weeps in loneliness bringing the listener neatly into…

    ….‘Anisina’ which is like a revisit to ‘Us and Them’ which appeases David’s lonely guitar which, in turn, sings in answer to the saxophone. David’s guitar is very melodoic and ethereal in this track and it is refreshing, yet heartbreaking, to hear Richard Wright playing piano.
    ‘The Lost Art of Conversation’ is a perfect title as no words come to mind except that it is a meditative piece of Zen “nothingness”.

    The same impression with ‘On Noodle Street’ another meditative doodle which has potential of becoming something more.

    ‘Night Light’ is a like dramatic flavour of ‘Take It Back’ with it’s trademark backward guitar track. This would be good for a movie soundtrack.

    ‘Allons-y (1)’ is like an allusion to ‘Run Like Hell’ with a great driving beat. This track would be a great motorway driving song but it is not long enough…

    ‘Autumn ‘68’ oh my word, I am now standing in a cathedral and the clouds open revealing in the light, Richard playing the mighty church organ. And in this light he is playing with the sun shining so bright that the notes lift one into the outer reaches of space…

    …which neatly brings us to ‘Allons-y (2)’. Funny, I thought that Part One was too short. However, a track being divided in two is nothing new in the Pink Floyd formula.

    ‘Talkin’ Hawkin’ has some really lovely drums by Nick Mason with his signature ride cymbal work. It is also wonderful to hear fellow Cambridge man, Stephen Hawking, the world’s biggest brain, adding his voice with the band again. Then the track takes us into an intergalactic tangent with…

    …’Calling’ is rather haunting with it’s tubular, almost Jean Michel Jarre touch with it’s melancholy spaceship wondering aimlessly in space. At the same time, the solar rays seem to push on through the clouds…radiating warmth and adding drama and sadness to the track.

    ‘Eyes to Pearls’ has lovely guitar arpeggios and this track could be something big, but it is not long enough. It also has a flavour of ‘Lucifer Sam’ and includes Nick’s fantastic trademark late 60s drumming like ‘Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun’.

    ‘Surfacing’ reminds me of one of my favourite songs called ‘Poles Apart’. Then an ethereal tangent takes us levitating above the clouds again, with Nick’s almost ‘Dogs’ in style drums and ride cymbal playing. I love that snare, bass drum and ride cymbal combination.

    ‘Louder Than Words’ – with its ‘Cirrus Minor’ nightingale birdsong, ‘Fat Old Sun’ church bells which were also used in ‘High Hopes’ sets us up into a nostalgic mood. The guitar arpeggios remind me of Roger Waters’s ‘Each Small Candle’. This is also signature early ‘70s in flavour like ‘Country Song’ from ‘Zabriskie Point’. I do like this song, it is very retrospective and I already find myself singing along with it’s catchy chorus. I am also air drumming but then David’s guitar drips with emotion which duly interrupts my flow and throws me on the floor into a heap of crying mess.

    Then the mighty ship takes to flight and soars off into the universe………..when I just typed that…last sentence…the realisation of my teachers retiring has upset me greatly. Thank you for your wonderful work….your legacy will live on…you have reached immortality.

    • mikeT

      Best review yet JulieD. Accurate with a laugh. {silently} FEd, I’m sure JulieD is getting mixed up with ELO with references to flying saucers and the like}.

      I’m listening to the album now and “Calling” intros, find myself I wonder what a melancholy spaceship looks like?….Is it purple by any chance?

    • JulieD

      mikeT says:

      FEd, I’m sure JulieD is getting mixed up with ELO with references to flying saucers and the like.

      Absolutely not….lest we forget Pink Floyd’s slogan: “Pink Floyd – Still First In Space.”

      And a melancholy spaceship….is a lonely and sad spaceship….LOL…..my comments were just on my first listen….I wrote down visions and impressions whilst listening at the time. 🙂

      That melancholy spaceship in ‘Calling’ is very sad….it is a dark track….deeply emotive…listening to it again and it brings a feeling of sadness to me……

  73. Heather

    Away earlier in the week so only picked up my CD/DVD yesterday. Carefully unwrapped packaging, slid CD into player, made ourselves comfortable, laid back and enjoyed. Felt almost that it was like one complete piece of music and felt I was being ‘taken’ somewhere then it would gently steer me in another direction. This is music you can completely listen and relax to, soothingly gentle Richard on keyboards as only he could. David’s beautiful guitar playing and Nick a gentle rhythm on drums. Maybe one day Anisina and Nervana (possibly with lyrics) might be included in a DG solo tour (if he wants to and if there is one) but most tracks belong side by side with each other.

    Thank you David and Nick and all who worked with you for bringing this to life and enable us to appreciate what a fantastic player and creator Richard was and is sorely missed by all.

    If The Endless River ends up bookending my Pink Floyd albums then so be it a worthy continuation from The Division Bell and I cannot think of any better music that I would rather listen to.

    Congratulations to all concerned.

    Happy listening and have a good weekend
    Heather

    • FEd

      Funnily enough, we were joking in the chatroom on Thursday that we should have a blog lyric-writing contest to put words to ‘Nervana’.

      Polly would not be allowed to enter under any circumstances, obviously.

  74. Rai

    Just a “what if” kind of observation:

    David has said that Louder Than Words was like an almost complete piece of work to begin with, and I think he implies that’s the reason it lent itself to having vocals.

    What strikes me is that it is also the song on TER that most sounds like something that actually belongs on The Division Bell. While there’s no doubt the whole of TER is from the same sonic palette that David, Nick and Rick created for TDB, TER does largely distinguish itself from TDB – except for Louder Than Words.

    So maybe it would have been a better choice for Louder Than Words to OPEN the new album rather than being the closer. That would have neatly and figuratively closed out TDB before moving on to TER.

    It would also have served nicely as the bridge that links the two albums two decades apart, yet kept them as separate musical entities. A symbolic beginning to TER that is really the ending for TDB.

    In fact, to take it further – and Floyd have done this numerous times in the past – a slightly shorter, slightly different version of Louder Than Words may have served as a better coda for TER.

  75. Gabrielle, Washington State

    Hello FEd and friends, 🙂

    I certainly hope that everyone who has been waiting patiently for their orders of The Endless River have now received them. Oddly enough, I received mine on the 8th of November even though the release date for the US was the 11th (not to mention I’m not exactly on the beaten path). Needless to say, I was very pleasantly surprised when I opened my mailbox!

    I find myself very moved by The Endless River but lacking the ability to eloquently articulate my feelings, so I’ll leave that up to those to whom words come more easily. Nearly all of the above comments would qualify.

    My first Pink Floyd album was Saucerful of Secrets back in 1968. This was the album that made the initial deep impact on me, followed by Ummagumma and Meddle. My one-and-only Pink Floyd concert was October 16, 1971. Those were my formative Pink Floyd years, in a manner of speaking. I mention these things merely because The Endless River has taken me on a journey back to those times, as well as touching on nearly every other album by Pink Floyd over the years. It’s all there, in the music.

    That said, I’ve got to add that the lyrics to Louder Than Words perfectly represent the emotion of the album and the ‘thing’ that was, is and will always be Pink Floyd. Ebb and flow …

    Thanks for letting me share a few of my memories with you. 🙂

    Peace and love always!
    Gabrielle

    PS ~ As I’m putting these words down I’m listening to Richard playing the most beautiful music from Zabriskie Point. So gentle and lovely …

    • Emilio

      Hi Gabrielle, thanks for sharing your memories, I can only imagine that 1971 concert…ciao!

  76. Damian Cunningham

    Just a thought and I’m not sure if this has been thought of already.

    Now that the journey of Pink Floyd is over, but not for Nick I feel. All the band’s equipment and all the photos and the like would make a very popular exhibit somewhere.

    Just a thought.

    Damian

  77. george

    Here is a good review from our local small town newspaper about the new album.

    I think he’s wrong about Louder Than Words, it’s a good song that sums up the record. Other than that I think he got it.

    George

  78. Rich

    Not so much a first thought, than a few thoughts after about ten listens, and after many more regular contributors to this blog have helped us with their views.

    It’s not easy to give a balanced appraisal on anything where you’ve invested so much of yourself into it over so many years. If that sounds pretentious, what I mean is that when you respect something it can be very difficult to be anything other than polarised. This probably explains why many of the reviews in wider media have been either ‘love it’ or ‘hate it’ and not much in-between.

    Nevertheless, as a longtime fan who was born a year before ‘Piper…’ I have to say I really like this album.

    Was it worth waiting 20 years for? Well, it depends what you wanted. Full comparisons with monuments like ‘Dark Side…’ or ‘Wish You Were Here’ are not a useful reference in my opinion, but I don’t feel conned as a good job has been done to manage our expectations. This is a different beast. What we’ve got is 50 minutes of ‘soundscapes’ which act as a reminder of everything that is good about the music of Pink Floyd, but works in itself. Kind of like the ‘long melody’ on side 2 of Abbey Road…

    So why do I like it? There’s many reasons for this, which have been identified earlier in the blog. I’ll contribute one more. My first listen to ‘Louder Than Words’ provoked laughter out loud. There is a major to minor chord change (A to C# minor?) during the last DG solo, with full backing singer and organ ‘effect’. The familiar ‘big noise’ which no other band I know dares to comes close to. 47 years compressed into a second.

    Wow!

  79. frank

    I remember back when, on the final tour, we were asked for fan favourites to be added to the OAI Tour. I pled for Wearing The Inside Out which wasn’t added on the MLOR tour. Now I get bonus tracks of David playing Evrika. The set up lead guitar for Richard’s vocals. I love that song, just as a reminder that I got to see Richard sing it 2 times. The ovations are still so emotional for me as David introduced him both nights at Massey Hall. Brought the house down literally.

  80. Julian

    Well, well, well. Well done lads (Rick, David and Nick). Great. At first I wasn’t sure about it but after several repeat listenings, I think it is a beautiful album, a fitting tribute to Rick and a final swansong for the band that any musician would be proud of.

    I have posted on this blog several times over the past 9 or so years. My first exposure to PF was on the jukebox in “The Tea Bar” in Slough High Street, of all places! A strange song about a chap nicking women’s underwear from the washing line called “Arnold Layne” wafted across the café. It was Rick’s (I hesitate to say, organ) keyboards that struck me and sent a chill down my neck. I was smitten. After that, I was a pain in the arse, taking my well worn copy of “Piper at the Gates of Dawn” to every party and taking off the record player the “Monkeys” and putting my PF album on. I wore them down though.
    I saw them live, first at one of the underground clubs in London, then at a Hyde Park free concert when they did Atom Heart Mother.

    One interesting fact you may all like to know, Dark Side of the Moon has just re-entered the Top 100 album charts, again. I hope I am not becoming ‘unnecessary’, but I suspect that DSOTM will be discussed reverently in 100 years time, in much the same way as the classics are now. Just a personal opinion of course!

    • Pavlov

      I happen to share your opinion about Dark Side of the Moon Julian. It will be a staple in the Music Annals long after us, our children, our grandchildren and their children have blended with the cosmic debris …

  81. IMcK

    I finally got to hear the whole of The Endless River this weekend. It’s taken me five days to track down the deluxe copy of the album in the shops. I couldn’t even order it on-line, due to the inability of BT to sort out broadband access at my new address…..very frustrating!!

    Anyway, I do really like the album, though I’ve only been able to listen to it once. My only minor criticism is that some of the tracks are too short. Just as they start to get interesting, a new track starts. Sometimes the new track doesn’t always sound like it should follow the previous track, though I’m sure that will all make sense after a few more listens.

    I do like the various nods to previous Floyd material and want to say a big thank you to David and Nick for allowing this album to happen.

    Whilst I know that a Pink Floyd tour is not going to happen, it would be a great tribute to Richard if the band could find some way of doing a few concerts at a venue such as the O2, especially as the album has gone straight to number one in the UK album charts. Those 14 nights for charity at Earl’s Court in 1994 seem like a long time ago. 🙁

  82. Michèle

    … the lyrics wouldn’t pass muster on anything pre 1980 Floyd. This would have been a good time to call Roger…

    I certainly like instrumental pieces but part of the Floyd experience is also the thought provoking lyrics. And I’m sorry but … from the lyrics I read, they sound quite trite.

    These two comments just give me the the opportunity to point out that, this blog being about an English musician, most of the people who read it or contribute to it are British or American, therefore can appreciate (or not) the lyrics and certainly can’t imagine there are many, many Floyd fans around the world who don’t understand a single word in English.

    What I want to express is that music speaks (or can speak) to everybody in the world, while words can speak only to those who understand the language or the subtleties of the language.

    Ask an Italian, a German, a Spanish, a Polish, a French, a Japanese, a Chinese, a Brazilian, etc… Floyd fan why they love Pink Floyd?….

    Sorry if what I say doesn’t make sense or if it’s of no interest to most of the bloggers.

    • FEd

      Sorry if what I say doesn’t make sense or if it’s of no interest to most of the bloggers.

      Not at all. In this increasingly English-speaking world of ours, your comment is a welcome reminder.

    • Kimberley

      Well said Michèle, I think we focus on the words because sometimes the words in this group’s songs seems to fit the emotions of the music so very, very well. Also, it is fun to look at different possibilities. Such as the comment from David Hooks about my fire/desire quip. It is possible that this can be opened to more interpretations. Let’s face it, Richard, Nick and David had to have passion to continue to write, publish and tour in the face of some “minor” opposition. Remembering the honour of being at the two Massey Hall concerts, I can say I was privileged to observe first hand the passion and artistry of both Richard and David.

      Rai’s comment about placing this song (Louder than Words) at the beginning or bookending the album with it, is also intriguing. I would love to understand why it was the last song, perhaps because it is the song that logically leads to the future?

      I want to thank the funders of this website and blog (which I believe are David and Polly) for giving me and others who like to discuss different possibilities a forum for discussion. It was a treat to hear the new album and it was even a bigger treat to know there was a place for me to communicate my thoughts and know that there is a community that also hear the soul and possibilities in the music.

      I also admire that all viewpoints are given space. Freedom of speech doesn’t mean just freedom to agree. So thanks to FEd for your work and to the sponsors of this site.

      BTW – was the CD carbon neutral? I didn’t notice any indication on the packaging, but then again my eyesight has trouble in the fight against the ever shrinking size of print (or my arms just are never long enough!). Any indication of how many trees I should plant?

      • FEd

        BTW – was the CD carbon neutral?

        I don’t know the answer to that, unfortunately, but can find out. I was glad to see the book-style chosen, just like On an Island, rather than the traditional plastic case.

    • Andrew

      Oui Michèle.

      You reminded of a recent experience I had. I came across a recording by Mylene Farmer. I can tell you that I really didn’t understand what she was saying but there was still a pleasing effect of the music and her singing. I won’t say that I am now a big fan of her music but I did enjoy listening to some of her songs.

      There was a class I took back in college that says it best: Music – A Universal Living Language.

      Thanks.

      Andrew

  83. Michèle

    Then I saw Julie Skaggs’ review and nodded with agreement with everything she said.

    Sorry, but this review sounds to me like a cold dissection.

    I think that music is about emotion and feeling (cheers, Pavlov), it doesn’t need to be dissected or over-analysed.

    • Howard Bayliss

      I think the whole point about being a “fan” of anything and anyone is to be able to look at your subject and be rapturous or critical. My favourite group in the world are The Beatles but I cant say that I like every single song they did. In my opinion, some are rubbish but that admission does not take away from my love and admiration for the group.

      Similarly for Pink Floyd, I view them in the same light. How many here can say that they can name the studio side of Ummagumma as their favourite or play it with any regularity. I certainly don’t expect David to trot out Seamus in concert anytime soon (acknowledging that there are poor souls who like it). Oh God, did I just give him an idea? Perish the thought.

      The point is that each fan is different and sees their idols in different ways. None and all are right in the end. I will not bash anyone here for loving The Endless River. I can see the considerable appeal to love it and obviously many do by the comments made here and sales around the world.

      What binds us all in the end IS our love for Pink Floyd and there is no harm in expressing that love both pro and con.

      Cheers, Howard

  84. ash

    I’ve only listened to half the album so far. . . I was interrupted then called away and only just got back home.

    I will say that I’ve really liked everything I’ve heard thus far.

    Mel, 🙂

    I listened through the speakers first, I’ll do the same again for several more plays then try headphones because I find I get familiar with the piece first then hear brand new bits through the headphones. Absolute delight to discover something else.

    I’ve tried to skim over other bloggers’ reviews so you won’t influence me. 🙂

    ash

  85. Pavlov

    Hallelujah!!! I have just received my delivery from Amazon. 🙂

    Alas, there are work obligations tonight so I will not be able to indulge …

  86. Dr Phang

    Beautiful, magical, timeless and nostalgic!!!

    A timeless beacon of magical beauty and nostalgia…

    Pink Floyd forever!!!

    My very best wishes to one and all!!!

  87. Rai

    I’m not sure when it came out, but there is an excellent BBC documentary on Floyd that was released sometime after their Live Aid appearance called ‘The Pink Floyd Story: Which One’s Pink?’ I saw it some years ago, and went back to watch it this week because it contains footage of The Division Bell sessions.

    Somehow, watching it again turned up some titbits I missed earlier and which have now come into focus. I think I got a better understanding of why the idea of Roger playing again with the band in any kind of serious way has always been a no-go.

    The footage of the TDB sessions also takes on new meaning and significance with the release of TER.

  88. ripper

    I’d just like to go on the record here and say that I have been playing this album solid since it was released. I am a wall and it is ivy.

  89. Michael Kelly

    Just a random comment: Eyes to Pearls sounds like it could be the music to one of the more difficult levels of The Ultimate DOOM.

  90. Sharon woods

    We went to our favorite bookstore one day before the official US release date: it turns out the guy in music sales is a fellow Pink Floyd admirer but obviously far less rabid fan than me. He fortunately had “The Endless River” boxset on the music shelf and one day early, bless him! He overlooked my twitching and took me right to the only box set in the store!

    It’s sublime!! 🙂 In fact it hasn’t stopped playing! in fact, it’s playing now!

    We played it in town, windows rolled down despite the chill.

    We played it at George Washington’s Bathtub (even a founding father’s got to bathe).

    We play it constantly at home, indoors and out in the garden, and in typical Floyd reverence by candlelight. On Veterans Day, I had a special ceremony with candles and lamplight, with “The Endless River” playing. Within ten minutes, this bizarre, still, quiet, and almost smoky outdoor mist blanketed all the trees, but left the sky clear and full of bright stars.

    Although I feel it’s a loss to childhood that I no longer play music by beanbag chairs and blacklight. 🙁

    It’s such a beautiful homage to all things Floyd. I’m generally partial to instrumental music, and these pieces are so moving. These stellar rockets, planetary objects, auditory satellites, waves and electric skyscapes painted in only the way this band can do. And Rick Wright as Charon the ferryman, Shining on in those gentle but visionary keys. Nick Mason’s abstract art drum solos, dripping at the drumsticks like a Jackson Pollock painting. David Gilmour sending Stratocaster rockets into the stratosphere past the satellites, past planets and stars. It doesn’t get any better.

  91. Damian Cunningham

    Hi Rudders. I don’t think I’ve been unfair at all. There is no room in being downright rude as the individual above was. If you don’t like the music, just say so. And how can he complain about there not being new material from Pink Floyd, as in my mind there is no Pink Floyd without Rick. And I think we were lucky to have this wonderful material left over from 20 years ago and it’s quality material which could not fit on the album.

    Damian

  92. Damian Cunningham

    Nick’s just taken possession of a new motorbike today and went out for an early morning ride, bless him. Hope he’s a safe and that’s from a fellow biker.

    Damian

  93. Suzy Smith

    Thank you for the wonderful journey down “The Endless River”. It was as beautiful as I had hoped.

  94. Rai

    Congrats to David, Nick and Rick (and Roger and Syd too for their part in the band’s history) for the stunning success of The Endless River. No. 1 in 20 countries, and a near-No. 1 in a whole host of others? It’s a remarkable achievement for so many reasons.

    As far as I know, other than The Beatles, no surviving band from that era has achieved that feat in recent times, not even The Rolling Stones. What makes it even more outstanding is that Floyd haven’t been active since the last of The Division Bell concerts two decades ago; that this release was not a pull-out-all-stops effort by a promotional machine before its release; that it was dismissed by so many reviewers as throwaway leftovers.

    No, this is all due to the power of Floyd, a power that remains undiminished by the passage of time and complete inactivity. It used to be said that Floyd had a “cult” following. Except that they turned the whole world into their cult.

    I only wish they had also hit No. 1 in the U.S. – that would have been the icing on the cake – but that’s a minor quibble.

    It’s also interesting that Garth Brooks has once again lost out to the Floyd’s generation. When The Beatles released their Anthology 1 in 1995, Brooks, who was then at the height of his popularity, released his new album Fresh Horses – deliberately, by all accounts – to coincide with Anthology 1.

    Apparently, he was confident he would beat out The Beatles to No. 1 – which would have been quite a historical talking point, if not really an achievement against a long-dormant band. It did not happen that way as the Liverpool lads shrugged off his challenge to go top.

    This time, although Brooks may not have done it deliberately, his new album charted in the same week as TER. And once again, he came out second-best, coming in at No. 4 to Floyd’s No. 3 in the U.S.

  95. laterr

    Fed! 🙂

    I just was going to ask you if you’d develop something like ‘PageDown’ key…

  96. tim_c

    Rick Wright as Charon the ferryman, Shining on in those gentle but visionary keys. Nick Mason’s abstract art drum solos, dripping at the drumsticks like a Jackson Pollock painting. David Gilmour sending Stratocaster rockets into the stratosphere past the satellites, past planets and stars.

    I think you win the review prize, Sharon. I’ll never see Nick’s drumsticks in quite the same way again.

  97. Pete -Coventry

    Hi Fed, I was asked by my local paper for a bit of a story on the new album. I am not in the same league as you are when it comes to writing things but the local paper seems to enjoy what I do. I class my self as an enthusiastic amateur. Still hope you lot out there enjoy it.

    The enduring privacy of Pink Floyd

    Cheers.

    • ash

      Yeah, thank you Pete. 🙂

      I was particularly interested in something you quoted that David had said, part of it was about the three guys playing together way back in the past but they’d forgotten what they did, and when he and Nick played again with Richard’s tapes, it was instantly familiar.

      Instantly familiar. I love that. It sums up exactly what The Endless River sounds like to me and probably all of us.

      I hadn’t seen that interview with David anywhere Pete, thanks for that. 🙂

      ash

  98. Michael Kelly

    For anyone who gets the Palladia cable network, the recent episode of Later…With Jools Holland with the interview with David was on last night, and there will be repeat showings over the weekend.

    Saturday at 6 AM EST
    Sunday at 12 PM EST
    Monday at 8 PM EST

    Those are the ones I know are the correct episode, at least according to my DVR. There is another “Later…” tonight at 6 PM EST but I don’t know if that’s the right episode.

    Anyway, it was great seeing our friend Guy Pratt playing with Bryan Ferry.

  99. ripper

    *Alert wild fantasy disclaimer*

    Les Dawson managed to perform a stand up show with the help of hologram technology. Wouldn’t it be great if Pink Floyd managed one last hurrah in a similar fashion and performed TER live?

    Note to self: lay off the cooking sherry.

    • ash

      I saw (Dweezil) Zappa plays (Frank) Zappa and they used film footage of Frank playing and played along with it. Dweezil is a great guitarist but somehow I didn’t really enjoy their show as much as I’d enjoyed Frank.

      Don’t get me wrong, it was a very good show.

      The only other show I’ve heard of that uses film footage plus live music accompaniment, is an Elvis Presley show. I haven’t seen it.

      Oh just remembered, I saw on TV Natalie Cole and film of her dad, Nat King Cole, singing, I’ve forgotten which song, but I remember thinking that was beautiful and really well done.

      So, given all that and knowing that Floyd (and David) have always been fond of recording “strange” odds and ends of things, birdsong, falling aeroplanes, earth sounds, you all know what I mean, and using them on their records and then on tour play the recordings whilst they perform that song, I don’t see why David and Nick couldn’t play live The Endless River. Or something from it on David’s upcoming tour. (Notice how casually that rolled off my tongue, perfectly disguised my excitement!!!!)

      Don’t know about film of Rick playing during his recorded parts, photographs of him maybe or some other memory David and Nick have of him.

      I think David and Nick could pull it off very tastefully but I’d completely understand if they didn’t want to do anything like that.

      ash 🙂

  100. Bchau

    I especially like the packaging. The booklet style is similar to “On An Island”. The cover material is very soft and nice to touch. Wish all the Pink Floyd albums could be released with this sort of packaging.

  101. ash

    I don’t think I can write a review, I’m not good at that kind of thing however, I’ll try to describe my first thoughts. 🙂

    I love the entire album. It’s Floyd. It’s instantly recognisable as Pink Floyd. I don’t miss voices and lyrics at all on this album. I’ve always loved the music Floyd makes. I loved what Nick did on drums, I think he certainly has a sound all his own.

    I don’t know how to describe which bits of the music made me really sit up and wonder about how extraordinary it was and wonder how he/they did that?

    Any way I try to describe the parts that really get me would be rubbish. I’d rather be able to be in a room with you all whilst we listen and I could leap up and say, “that bit, that bit! Did you hear that?! Wasn’t that amazing?!”

    I wonder if we should form a Pink Floyd listening club and meet once a month or something to play some music and have a good chinwag about it. And a drink of course.

    I’ve listened to the album about five times now. I haven’t played the DVD yet, looking forward to that this evening. 🙂

    No doubt I’ll have more thoughts to share. Sorry I’m not more eloquent in describing what I hear.

    ash

  102. Roger

    It’s been a long time since I was here. Glad to see the old place hasn’t changed.

    TER is set play in an Endless Loop in my workshop. I’m trying to absorb it by osmosis, maybe that’s what they had in mind.

    Recently had confirmation that I used to hire out projectors to them in 67/68. Which is nice.

  103. laterr

    Are the rest of those in the same style (and the same record quality) as first four? Can’t listen to this…

  104. Pete -Coventry

    I am not sure if I read it on here but I saw the comment ‘it just reminds me of meeting up with an old friend’.

    I just think that is a fantastic statement about the album. I hear so many reminders of times past and from all the different eras of Pink Floyd.

    Simply growing on me with each listen.

  105. Michèle

    I hear some voices at the beginning of ‘Things Left Unsaid’… but can’t understand what they say.

    Please, can you – or anyone – help? Who is (are) speaking and what does he (do they) say?

    • Rai

      It’s difficult to make out what is being said, but I’m pretty certain the voices are those of Rick, Nick and David (in that order). I think I recognise Rick’s and David’s voices, so logically, the second voice must be Nick. It sounds like just bits of conversation put through some effects.

    • Michèle

      Thank you.

      I don’t know if it’s a reliable source but I found this on the web:

      “We certainly are underspoken and understanding”

      “But there’s a lot of things unsaid as well”

      “We shout and argue and fight, and work it on out”

      If so, the album ends in the same way as it starts (music and words), just like a circle, another suitable symbol for endlessness…

      OK, it’s probably just me. 😉

    • KenF

      “The sum is greater than the parts” is also mentioned in the opening sequence, I believe.

      Which sounds like Nick speaking, to me…

  106. Rai

    Random things:

    1) I saw TER referred to as “The Waterless River” (as in no Roger “Water(s)”) on some online place. Thought it was funny.

    2) Talking about Roger, I’ve been watching lots of old Floyd-related videos since TER came out, and rediscovered this gem from The Making of The Dark Side of The Moon. The video opens with Roger declaring:
    “The Dark Side of The Moon was an expression of political, philosophical, humanitarian empathy that was desperate to get out.” Right. And the music was great too!

    3) The more I listen to TER, the more I believe that this is a true gem in the Pink Floyd body of work. It is a marvellous piece of music which I suspect will eventually be recognised as some of their best work.

    I also think that in an “alternate” Pink Floyd history, this is more or less the album that would have been released after Wish You Were Here. It most closely resembles what would have been the logical musical development after that album instead of the direction-changing Animals.

    4) How does David make his guitar note wail continuously like a sad, lonely soul on Things Left Unsaid? Gets you right in the heart.

  107. Tom B - Dublin

    Where is it? I pre-ordered in early October, but no sign yet. An e-mail at the weekend assured me it was despatched, but wait, it said it may take 4 to 10 days for delivery, that’s working days mind you! Grant it, I do live on an island off the west coast of Europe, but come on we can land a vessel on a comet nowadays. Where is this piece of joy being shipped from?, I ask…….answers on a postcard please…

    Glad to hear most are enjoying the new sounds, I guess I’ll have to keep waiting for the text to say ‘your parcel has arrived’ before I can uncork the nice bottle of red I purchased especially for the occasion, (had to replace it twice already), it’s not the river that’s endless, it’s the waiting.

    Take care,

    Tom B – Dublin

    • Tom B - Dublin

      Hi FEd,

      I bought it on-line October 2nd from CD wow or wowhd as they are now. Not too much wow factor if you ask me, I believe they ship from Jersey?? Anyway I can’t complain too much, the reason I bought it on line is because it was such good value, the deluxe package was the price the single CD is retailing at in most stores. I think they may have got their pricing wrong, I don’t think the price was there later in the day. So I must accept the pain that goes with a bargain I guess. But sure it won’t be long now, and neither will Christmas!!

      Just to balance this, I have used that site before and generally have had a positive experience.

      Take care.

      Tom B

      • FEd

        I’ve used them myself, although not for a few years now. (Where is the time going?)

        I hope you get it soon.

    • laterr

      Don’t drink too much please Tom! I can send you my copy of that CD if you wish. For free of course.

  108. Howard Bayliss

    I have heard Nick Mason mentioning a few times over the past few months that both Roger and David have thought about remixing Animals. That would be fantastic indeed. Maybe a 5.1 mix too. I can only dream.

    Cheers, Howard

    P.S. Sorry about the brief diversion away from TER. You may resume the regularly scheduled broadcast. 🙂

  109. Pavlov

    On this Thanksgiving day in the US, I wanted to take a moment to wish all my fellow American bloggers a safe and healthy Thanksgiving.

    It is also a moment of introspection for me – a reminder of how very grateful I am for family, friends, health, happiness and the joy of music.

    I am especially grateful to FEd for this Blog and of course to David and Polly, without whom, it might not exist in the format it does. I am grateful to my fellow bloggers who make me laugh, cry (in a good way) and challenge some of the notions I have held with all the comments, to say nothing of all the wonderful music we all share. Lastly, and by no means least, I am so, so grateful for the Chatroom – it is reflective of a diverse group of people who share everything from A to Z and led by a Host with the patience of a Saint!

    I think all the ‘things left unsaid’ have been ‘spoken’ for much ‘louder than words’.

  110. ash

    I came across this article Fed. Pink Floyd gets three mentions!!

    I’m loving Sum right now. Who plays that incredible, beautiful, haunting high note that sounds like an eagle calling then swooping down through lower notes? Is that Richard or David? I think I’ve heard it again on Unsung.

    The more I hear the album, the more I’m loving it.

    ash 🙂

    • FEd

      We’ll have another ‘synchronised listen’ in the chatroom tomorrow, if you can make it – from 2pm (UK).

  111. Michèle

    Oh, just wanted to say, I must be an idiot, I had never noticed that we can increase the size of the comment form, no need to scroll up and down – which I have done for years – to re-read what we have written before posting.

    Silly me.

    Et merci. Very handy.

    • ash

      That’s nothing, I put the DVD into the CD player when I first got my copy of The Endless River, and wondered why it wouldn’t play. 😀

      ash

    • Tim_c

      Ooh yes … I am also no longer an idiot. Most of my posts show only too well the fact that I couldn’t see what I had already written …

  112. Tim_c

    Hey Fed,

    232 posts and counting … glory days …. hope you don’t have any plans for 2015.

  113. Damian Cunningham

    Just to let peeps know, Procol Harum will be performing live this Friday on BBC radio at about 8pm with the BBC Philharmonic.

    Should be great.

    Damian.

  114. Damian Cunningham

    Thanks Fed for letting me know Pink Floyd were on BBC4. A few lumps in the throat moments and plenty of hairs on the back of my neck and goose bump moments. And I have watched this before but still a magical experience.

    Kind regards
    Damian

  115. frank

    19 countries so far at last count as #1 album including Hungary? My word, my native land and I have never been there yet. So close many times. Canada has been my home roost.

    TER is so ominously Floyd it gets billings everywhere and yet remains anonymous in the public eye. That is why I have been a silent fan from day one. They don’t need fanfare.

  116. Damian Cunningham

    Still some folk having a chip about The Endless River. I just don’t understand anyone who says they are a fan criticising this album. There was no Pink Floyd without Richard, how else could a Pink Floyd album be written without him?

    Oh wait, yes there was a magnitude of work left over from 20 years ago and guess what – a lot of contribution in there from Richard. Hey presto, a Pink Floyd album for the fans and in memory of Richard.

    Damian.

  117. Drew M.

    Indifferent about it… Try these on your quest:

    Weapon of Choice – Fatboy Slim
    Sex Type Thing – Stone Temple Pilots
    Hello Time Bomb – Matthew Good Band
    Summer Nights – Grease soundtrack
    Polly – Nirvana
    and aussiefloyd’s 2012 Comfortably Numb… tissue anyone?

    Hope I helped… The endless river is wicket, but the album sucks… give us something we can use!!

  118. Drew M.

    Oh by the way, ‘You Spin Me Right Round’ is another sensational song deserving of that playlist.

    Take care now.

  119. Heather

    Listened to a lovely interview with David yesterday on BBC Radio 6 with Tom Robinson. There was a different take on David’s career including working with Kate Bush, Ben Watts, and The Orb/ Metallic Spheres also more of the not so regularly played tracks were featured including MLOR and the beautiful Fat Old Sun from Gdansk, any time David wants to play that one live we would love to hear it.

    It did get us thinking though with Atom Heart Mother No 1 in 1970 through Wish You Were Here, The Final Cut, Division Bell, P.U.L.S.E, On an Island and now Endless River, David has had No 1 albums over almost 5 and a half decades consecutively…that’s a pretty good and amazing achievement and just goes to show what a fantastic high quality of the music created.

    Thanks David and as Tom Robinson said, here’s to the next 40 years!!!!

    Best wishes.

    From Heather

    • Tim_c

      I also enjoyed the interview but with one exception – the Fat Old Sun played (from Gdansk) had a butchered, botched and lobotomised guitar solo edit – my goodness, talk about missing the point …

      I have expressed my view to Mr Robinson and expect him to be standing in a corner as penance.

  120. Suzy Smith

    Hello FEd and fellow bloggers:

    I was able to purchase the DVD/CD box set. A rare gift for myself and I could not ask for a better gift.

    The packaging itself is well done. The book is nicely arranged.

    I really appreciate the picture of David and Nick. I am thinking it was taken on the deck of the beloved Astoria.

    The music is exquisite! Beautifully haunting. I am having an extreme difficult time picking a favorite song as it blends into one seamlessly floating journey. I do enjoy the “Talkin’ Hawkin'” song. I wonder if the band met him when his voice was used on this and on a previous song. It would be fascinating to meet him. I am sure all involved would enjoy a good conversation.

    I will be listening to this masterpiece and the previous masterpieces of David/Pink Floyd as long as I am allowed to grace this planet.

    I always play David/Pink Floyd CD’s on long road trips (and, of course, at home). Now I have a new one to enjoy. I want to go to my favorite place by the water and listen to this CD. Usually when I am in nature I listen to the music of the surroundings. But this will harmonize with the sound of the water.
    This is a thoughtful tribute to honor Richard (I am sure he would be happy with what was done). And a beautiful farewell the the best band on the planet! It would have caused extreme heartache to accept no more Pink Floyd masterpieces but David saved us from agony and despair.

    I am looking forward to more music by David. I am sure it will be excellent and thoughtful as well. A creative soul just keeps creating. Fortunate for us.

    Thank you for the beautiful gift. It is cherished.

    Take Care, Suzy

    • IMcK

      I don’t know if the band have met Stephen Hawking, but I did see him leaving that infamous cancelled Pink Floyd concert with the rest of the audience at Earls Court in 1994, after a section of the seating had collapsed. I’ve no idea if he made it back to the replacement concert 5 days later but I’m pleased to say that me and my wife did…..because it was superb….and we need more of them!!!

    • laterr

      I would love to know what was their first thought when that had happened. Even more the second thought maybe. Does anybody know if it possible to read about it anywhere, please?

  121. Tom B - Dublin

    Hi FEd,

    just thought I’d let you know, the package arrived safely and in one piece yesterday.

    I thought long and hard before opening the plastic wrapping. Eventually I carefully opened it, saved the sticker thingy as I’m sure a lot of the people visiting this blog did. But I couldn’t bring myself to listen to it last night. I popped the CD into the car and listened on the way home from work today. I’ll have to wait to later to enjoy a full listen with the glass of red and the cover/booklet in my hands. I think this is one for the headphones!

    Congrats to all. Oh and a happy anniversary to all on the site.

    Best regards,
    Tom B

  122. Piero

    It’s still very hard to find the right words, but “Anisina” is the best possible tribute to Richard. It’s so complete, emotional and the title speaks itself… it’s bliss. Eh, David…

    Since I’ve listened to the album only in mp3 “quality” next week I’ll go to a good store here in Amsterdam and I will give a listen to the vinyl, I must remember to take my tissues with me, though…

    I’ve just had my wifi installed in the house and I’ll write my thoughts more often than I do here. 🙂

    Now I will peacefully read all the previous comments. I’m curious.

    Have a great weekend everybody.

    Love,
    Piero

    • laterr

      Since I’ve listened to the album only in mp3 “quality” next week I’ll go to a good store here in Amsterdam and I will give a listen to the vinyl, I must remember to take my tissues with me, though…

      And if you remember to take your ear phones (the worse the better) with you also, you then could have a chance to compare not only the quality of different “formats”, but also the sound of one record throw both ear-and head phones. And if you’d be so kind to tell me if there’s any difference there really …I’m not sure if they have a plughole for your earphones though…

  123. Damian Cunningham

    Forgot to mention. Bryan Ferry was on BBC Radio 2 a few weeks ago. He was asked if he could have been in any other band which would he choose, he said Pink Floyd.

    Damian

  124. Damian Cunningham

    Pink Floyd on now BBC4 – Top of the Pops 79. Blimey, was that 35 years ago.

    Damian

  125. Howard Bayliss

    Listened to a lovely interview with David yesterday on BBC Radio 6 with Tom Robinson

    Is this the same Tom that did, “Sing if you are glad to be gay?”

    Cheers, Howard