Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon + Wish You Were Here (Immersion Series)

January 01, 1970

(EMI)

 

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In the same fashion that Rhino did
with The Stooges Funhouse and its 7 CD
dissection, EMI have begun an “Immersion” into the rarity of the Pink Floyd
catalog, digging through the pre-digital crates and coming up with the never
issued tunes, odd mixes and live noodling in regard to audio and video, the
re-productions of silly ephemera and fan goodies such as playing cards,
coasters and scarves as well as, in the case of the mega-selling classic Dark Side, legendarily lost “Early Album
Mixes” and “Quad Mixes” previously released only on vinyl LP/8 track tape
(heavy breathless sigh here remembering my stoner past) engineered by Alan
Parsons.

 

In these Immersion boxes, the
epically lonely Dark Side (10 stars
out of 10) and Wish (9 stars) sound
somehow fuller than ever before, lustrous and dense in its 5.1 re-creation.
Along with full live renderings of DSoTM in Wembley (1974) and Brighton (1972), the six
CD kit offers Richard Wright’s eerie demo of “Us And Them” as well as a less
rhythmic but more buoyant demo of the timeworn “Money” from Roger Waters. Yes,
even the big-hit-single sounds fresh in this context. As for Wish the thinness of its original
release is emboldened with a fluid lower end that’s ravishing in this renewed
display of harmony and despair. While Pink’s Syd Barrett tribute “Shine on Your
Crazy Diamond” sounds spookier than ever, a version of the title track
featuring fusion violinist Stephane Grappelli is weirdly rapturous and jammy.

 

Both boxes, too, have delightful highlights from Floyd’s lost experimental Household Objects project planned in the
post-hit-making mode of DSoTM so to
keep in tune with their weirdo beginnings.
Charming.      

 

DOWNLOAD: “Wine
Glasses” “Have a Cigar” “The Hard Way” A.D. AMOROSI

 

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