No Word on Pink Floyd’s $500 Million Catalog Sale – But There’s a New One Animals 2018 remix.
It was nothing but the sound of crickets as we await updates on Pink Floyd’s $500 million catalog sale. Meanwhile, Warner Music/Sony Music released Pink Floyd’s Animals on deluxe gatefold, CD, LP, Blu-ray and SACD. The individual versions are available now, while the deluxe version will be available from October 7. This is the first time the album will be available in 5.1 surround sound.
Pink Floyd was originally released Animals in January 1977, the band’s tenth studio album. The album peaked at number 2 in the UK and number 3 in the US, considered one of the band’s most important works.
Animals 2018 Remix was released on CD, LP with gatefold cover, Blu-ray, audio DVD, with a 32-page book. The Blu-ray and DVD include the 2018 remix in stereo and 5.1 Surround by James Guthrie and the original 1977 stereo mix. The booklet features rarely seen behind-the-scenes photographs from the album cover photo shoot, as well as live images and memories. The original album artwork was redesigned for the release.
The album’s iconic cover shows an inflatable pig – believed to be known as Algie – floating between two chimneys at Battersea Power Station. The art was designed by Roger Waters and designed by longtime collaborator Storm Thorgerson of Hipgnosis Studios. The new version features the revamped artwork by Storm’s Hipgnosis partner Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell.
“Because the cover of the original 1977 album was such an iconic stand-alone piece of art, I had the chance to update it, which was a rather daunting task,” says Po. “But Hipgnosis took advantage of the opportunity to re-photograph the image to reflect a changing world, and using modern digital coloring techniques I retained Pink Floyd’s rather dark message of moral decadence using the Orwellian themes of animals – the pig, ‘Algie’ – true to the message of the album.
Animals is a concept album that focuses on the socio-political conditions of mid-1970s Britain in which it was conceived. It was a stylistic diversion for the band, developed from a collection of unrelated songs into a concept album that chronicled society’s apparent social and moral decay. Although 1977 was a long time ago, the album’s narrative still resonates today.