Pink Floyd: The Endless River
Album Review (Deluxe Edition)
By Rob Watts
There’s been a lot of debate over Pink Floyd releasing unfinished snippets from their 1994 album The Division Bell as their swan song. Many have said it’s a disservice to loyal fans, others have claimed it’s a way of milking music buyers once more before the band finally sails into the sunset…or the endless river.
Nearly into their fiftieth year as a band (no matter which lineup era was your favorite), Pink Floyd have nothing left to prove. They have scaled all the heights that most bands could only hope to achieve. Every musician would love to claim to have recorded Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, The Wall, and perhaps even Animals and Meddle. The band members of Pink Floyd could have lived comfortably for the rest of their lives on the royalties from the release of the single Money alone. So I have to disagree when I hear people claiming that the Gilmore-led Pink Floyd are simply cashing in.
The Endless River is essentially a tribute to the late Rick Wright, Keyboardist for the band and founding member. Wright was a major key element to Pink Floyd’s sound and success. Often overlooked, Wright provided the band with all the amazing ethereal and sonic sounds throughout their career. One only needs to listen to Dark Side of the Moon to get the gist of his importance. Many pieces of Wright’s work were left behind after the completion of the band’s 1994 release The Division Bell. Basically, David Gilmore and Nick Mason gathered up the remaining pieces left behind and strung them together to create a final farewell, to both Wright and the fans.
If you’re a fan of the band’s instrumentation, then you’ll really enjoy The Endless River. The album is broken into four pieces (or sides.) The final track, Louder Than Words, is the only song with vocals (Gilmore.)
The Deluxe version of the album is beautifully housed in a box, including a Casebound book full of photos, Postcards and a Blu-ray Disc featuring the album tracks, bonus tracks and six video clips featuring various stages of recording, from The Division Bell to The Endless River.
A highly enjoyable listening experience and if you love Pink Floyd, there’s no reason you wouldn’t love this.