Best Pink Floyd Box Sets

Pink Floyd Box Sets

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Pink Floyd has released some pretty impressive box set recently. The band just released a 28 disk box set entitled The Early Years that is simply breathtaking. Throughout the years, the band has released a multitude of box sets to keep Pink Floyd Fans happy. There is nothing better than new music, but if you cant have that, than box sets of rare, unreleased and live cuts are the next best thing.  In 1965, Pink Floyd began their recording career with members, Roger Waters on bass and vocals, Syd Barrett on guitar and lead vocals, Nick Mason on drums,  and Richard Wright on keyboards. Since those early days in the mid nineteen sixties, the begun has easily become one of the most inspirational and important bands in rock and roll history. Beginning in 1967 with The Piper at the Gates of Dawn LP  and ending in 2014 with the release of The Endless River LP, the band has released fifteen studio albums. However, not all original members have appeared on all the LPs. Syd Barrett was replaced by David Gilmour in 1968 and Roger Waters split with the band in 1983 after The Final Cut LP.

What we have learned from the history of box sets is that after only a few years most of them become out of print. Thanks to sites like Amazon.com and eBay, there are always opportunities to purchase the ones that got away. Our article will take a look at what we believe are the Best Pink Floyd Box sets  in and out of print.

Pink Floyd Shine On Box Set 

Hands down, one of our favorite Pink Floyd Box Sets. This one has been our of print for a long time but is still available from third party sellers on Amazon and eBay. It was a simply a breathtaking box set produced with beautiful artwork and design. The Hard Bound Book included with the box set includes a great deal of information behind the making of the 9 CDs included in the set. The CDs lined up so their edges presented fans with the classic Pink Floyd Dark Side Of The Moon Logo. The set contained seven original  Pink Floyd albums and a disk of early Pink Floyd singles from the 1960’s

    • A Saucerful of Secrets
    • Meddle
    • The Dark Side of the Moon
    • Wish You Were Here
    • Animals
    • The Wall 2 CD Set
    • A Momentary Lapse of Reason
    • The Early Singles

Pink Floyd The Early Years

This is the largest and most expensive Pink Floyd Box Set the record companies have ever released. It’s also very expensive. However, if you can pull it off, its quite extraordinary.

The following is Amazon’s description of the contents.

‘The Early Years 1965 1972’ is a comprehensive 28-disc box set that sees Pink Floyd delve into their vast music archive to produce a deluxe package that includes 7 individual book-style volumes, featuring much previously unreleased material. The Early Years box set contains unreleased tracks, BBC Radio Sessions, remixes, outtakes, and alternative versions over an incredible 11 hours, 45 mins of audio (made up of 130+ tracks), live and TV performance in over 14 hours of audio-visual material. The content includes over 20 unreleased songs, more than 7 hours of previously unreleased live audio, and over 5 hours of rare concert footage, along with 5 meticulously produced 7″ singles in replica sleeves, collectible memorabilia, feature films and new sound mixes. Previously unreleased tracks include 1967’s ‘Vegetable Man’ and ‘In The Beechwoods’, which have been mixed for the first time, specially for this release. ‘The Early Years 1965-1972’ will give collectors the opportunity to hear the evolution of the band and witness their part in cultural revolutions from their earliest recordings and studio sessions to the years prior to the release of ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’, one of the biggest selling albums of all time. From the single ‘Arnold Layne’ to the 20-minute epic ‘Echoes’, fans will see the invention of psychedelic progressive rock via an insightful collection that explores the Pink Floyd story from the time Roger Waters, Richard Wright, Nick Mason and Syd Barrett met at London’s Regent Street Polytechnic, through to Syd’s departure and David Gilmour joining to form the iconic lineup.

40+ items of archival memorabilia including: posters, flyers, tour programs, tickets, press advertisements, & much more.

This set includes: 11 CDs, 8 Blu-ray Discs, 9 DVDs, 5 seven-inch vinyl singles, collectible memorabilia, & more.

7 inch Singles:
1. Side A: Arnold Layne Side B: Candy And A Currant Bun
2. Side A: See Emily Play Side B: The Scarecrow
3. Side A: Apples And Oranges Side B: Paintbox
4. Side A: It Would Be So Nice Side B: Julia Dream
5. Side A: Point Me At The Sky Side B: Careful With That Axe, Eugene

Pink Floyd fans ordering ‘The Early Years 1965 – 1972’ will get an extra piece of the band’s history. The box-set will now also include a supplementary disc featuring the band’s seminal Live At Pompeii concert as a 2016 audio mix. The 6 tracks totaling over 67 minutes include live versions of ‘Careful With That Axe, Eugene’, ‘Set the Controls For The Heart Of The Sun’, ‘One of These Days’, ‘A Saucerful Of Secrets’, ‘Echoes’ and an alternative take of ‘Careful With That Axe, Eugene’.

Live at Pompeii has never been available as an audio only CD so this is a real first for fans.

Discovery Box set, Original recording remastered, Limited Edition

This great Pink Floyd Box set contains the entire catalog of Pink Floyd Studio albums on CD with the exception of The Endless River. Priced far less than the Early Years box set, this is a great set that is as complete as it gets targeting their recorded studio work.

All 14 original Studio albums have now been painstakingly digitally remastered by James Guthrie (co-producer of The Wall), and are reissued with newly crafted packaging and booklets created by the band’s long-time artwork collaborator Storm Thorgerson.

‘Discovery’ albums are designed as an introduction to the artist, with all booklets including full album lyrics.  All 14 newly remastered Discovery studio albums are now available as a boxset collection that also includes an exclusive 60-page artwork booklet designed by Storm Thorgerson.

Contains the following 14 remastered studio Discovery albums:

The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

A Saucerful Of Secrets

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Ummagumma  

Atom Heart Mother

Meddle  

Obscured By Clouds 

The Dark Side Of The Moon  

Wish You Were Here 

Animals 

The Wall

The Final Cut

A Momentary Lapse Of Reason

The Division Bell

Pink Floyd Pulse

It may be a stretch to call a box set that only contains one CD a “Box Set,” however the original issues of this great live album did come packaged in a hard box shell. The early issues also contained a flashing light bulb that ran on a triple A battery.  These 24 recordings stem for the Division Bell tour. Its also the cheapest Pink Floyd Box Set we have listed here. Well worth it, especially if you can find one that still contains the pulsating light bulb.

Wish You Were Here – Immersion Box set

Pink Floyd has released many deluxe version of their classic album catalog. The Wish You Were Here Immersion box sets is one of their best issues of the classic Wish You Were Here Album.

Immersion Editions present the complete artistic experience.  Lavishly packaged in a sturdy 29cm square box, the sets contain remastered, previously unreleased and audio-visual material, plus much additional content – reproduced memorabilia, brand new graphics, art prints, collectors’ items, lavish booklets and more.

The Immersion version features the classic Studio album digitally remastered and presented as a limited edition high quality boxset featuring rare and unreleased audio and video material, plus a new 40 page oversized perfect-bound booklet, a book of original photographs edited by Jill Furmanovsky, exclusive merchandise and facsimile collectables.

DISC 1 

Wish You Were Here digitally remastered by James Guthrie, 2011

DISC 2     

Shine On You Crazy Diamond (parts 1-6) live at Wembley November 1974 (2011 mix and previously unreleased)

Raving & Drooling live at Wembley November 1974 (2011 mix and previously unreleased)

You’ve Got To Be Crazy live at Wembley November 1974 (2011 mix and previously unreleased)

Wine Glasses from the unreleased ‘Household Objects’ project

Have A Cigar alternative version (previously unreleased)

Wish You Were Here featuring Stephane Grappelli (previously unreleased)

 

DISC 3 – DVD1, ALL AUDIO:

-Wish You Were Here,  James Guthrie 2009 5.1 Surround Mix (previously unreleased) in standard resolution audio at 448 kbps

-Wish You Were Here,  James Guthrie 2009 5.1 Surround Mix (previously unreleased) in high resolution audio at 640 kbps

-Wish You Were Here, Original Mix (1975) LPCM stereo

-Wish You Were Here, Quad Mix (previously released only on vinyl LP/8 track tape) in standard resolution audio at 448 kbps

-Wish You Were Here, Quad Mix (previously released only on vinyl LP/8 track tape) in high resolution audio at 640 kbps

DISC 4 – DVD 2, AUDIO VISUAL:

-AUDIO VISUAL: Concert Screen Films:

                Shine On You Crazy Diamond Intro

                Shine On You Crazy Diamond

-AUDIO VISUAL: Welcome To The Machine animated clip

-AUDIO VISUAL: Storm Thorgerson short film

Concert Screen Films play in stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound

 

DISC 5 – BLURAY:

-AUDIO: Wish You Were Here, James Guthrie 2009 5.1 Surround Mix (previously unreleased) high resolution audio at 96 kHz/24-bit

-AUDIO: Wish You Were Here, Original stereo mix (1975) mastered in high resolution audio at 96 kHz/24-bit

– AUDIO VISUAL: Concert Screen films:

                Shine On You Crazy Diamond Intro

                Shine On You Crazy Diamond

-AUDIO VISUAL: Welcome To The Machine animated clip

– AUDIO VISUAL: Storm Thorgerson short film

40 page 27cm x 27cm booklet designed by Storm Thorgerson

Exclusive photo book edited by Jill Furmanovsky

27cm x 27cm Exclusive Storm Thorgerson Art Print

5 x Collectors’ Cards featuring art and comments by Storm Thorgerson

Replica of Wish You Were Here Tour Ticket

Replica of Wish You Were Here Backstage Pass

Scarf

3 x Clear marbles

9 x Coasters (unique to this box) featuring early Storm Thorgerson design sketches

12 page credits booklet

 

The Dark Side Of The Moon – Immersion Box Set

The most interesting version of Dark Side Of The Moon ever released. The Immersion box set series were fabulous , yet expensive. However, well worth the money for Pink Floyd Fans.

Immersion Editions present the complete artistic experience.  Lavishly packaged in a sturdy 29cm square box, the sets contain remastered, previously unreleased and audio-visual material, plus much additional content – reproduced memorabilia, brand new graphics, art prints, collectors’ items, lavish booklets and more.

Originally released in 1973, The Dark Side of The Moon became Pink Floyd’s first number 1 album in the US, remaining on the chart for 741 weeks between 1973 and 1988. One of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed albums of all time The Dark Side of The Moon also introduced The iconic album cover artwork by Hipgnosis featuring  a prism representing the band’s stage lighting, the record’s lyrics, and the request for a ‘simple and bold’ design. The Immersion version features the classic Studio album digitally remastered and presented as a limited edition high quality boxset featuring 6 discs of rare and unreleased audio and video material, plus a new 40 page oversized perfect-bound booklet, a book of original photographs edited by Jill Furmanovsky, exclusive merchandise and facsimile collectables.

 

DISC 1

The Dark Side Of The Moon digitally remastered by James Guthrie 2011

DISC 2 

The Dark Side Of The Moon performed live at Wembley in 1974 (2011 Mix and previously unreleased)

DISC 3 – DVD 1, ALL AUDIO:

– The Dark Side Of The Moon, James Guthrie 2003 5.1 Surround Mix (previously released only on SACD) in standard resolution audio at 448 kbps

– The Dark Side Of The Moon, James Guthrie 2003 5.1 Surround Mix (previously released only on SACD) in high resolution audio at 640 kbps

– The Dark Side Of The Moon, LPCM Stereo mix (as disc 1)

– The Dark Side Of The Moon, Alan Parsons Quad Mix (previously released only on vinyl LP/8 track tape in 1973) in standard resolution audio at 448 kbps

– The Dark Side Of The Moon, Alan Parsons Quad Mix (previously released only on vinyl LP/8 track tape in 1973) in high resolution audio at 640 kbps

 

DISC 4 – DVD 2, ALL AUDIO VISUAL:         

-Live In Brighton 1972:

Careful With That Axe, Eugene (previously unreleased on DVD)

Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (previously unreleased on DVD)

-The Dark Side Of The Moon, 2003 documentary (25 min EPK)

-Concert Screen Films (60 min total):

                British Tour 1974

                French Tour 1974

                North American Tour 1975

 

Screen films play in stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound        

               

DISC 5 – BLURAY, AUDIO+AUDIO VISUAL            

-AUDIO: The Dark Side Of The Moon, James Guthrie 2003 5.1 Surround Mix (previously released only on SACD) in high resolution audio at 96 kHz/24-bit

-AUDIO: The Dark Side Of The Moon, Original stereo mix (1973) mastered in high resolution audio at 96 kHz/24-bit

-AUDIO VISUAL: Live In Brighton 1972:

Careful With That Axe, Eugene (previously unreleased on DVD/BluRay)

Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (previously unreleased on DVD/BluRay)

-AUDIO VISUAL: The Dark Side Of The Moon, 2003 documentary (EPK)

-AUDIO VISUAL: Concert Screen Films (5.1 Surround Mix):

                British Tour 1974

                French Tour 1974

                North American Tour 1975          

-AUDIO VISUAL: Concert Screen Films (High Resolution Stereo Mix):

                British Tour 1974

                French Tour 1974

                North American Tour 1975          

 

DISC 6  – CD3:

-The Dark Side Of The Moon 1972 Early Album Mix engineered by Alan Parsons (previously unreleased)

– The Hard Way (from ‘Household Objects’ project)

– Us And Them, Richard Wright Demo (previously unreleased)

– The Travel Sequence, live from Brighton June 1972 (previously unreleased)

– The Mortality Sequence, live from Brighton June 1972 (previously unreleased)

– Any Colour You Like, live from Brighton June 1972 (previously unreleased)

– The Travel Sequence, studio recording 1972 (previously unreleased)

– Money, Roger Waters’ demo (previously unreleased)

 

40 page 27cm x 27cm booklet designed by Storm Thorgerson

Exclusive photo book edited by Jill Furmanovsky

27cm x 27cm Exclusive Storm Thorgerson Art Print

5 x Collectors’ Cards featuring art and comments by Storm Thorgerson

Replica of The Dark Side Of The Moon Tour Ticket

Replica of The Dark Side Of The Moon Backstage Pass

Scarf

3 x Black marbles

9 x Coasters (unique to this box) featuring early Storm Thorgerson design sketches

12 page credits booklet

Is There Anybody Out There? / The Wall Live Pink Floyd 1980-81 (Deluxe Limited Edition)

A great priced live Pink Floyd Box Set. And still in print. 2 CDs and a beautiful book makes this the perfect live album representation of The Wall Album.





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