Monday, July 18, 2022

Pink Floyd announce Animals reissue

Pink Floyd will release a reissue of their 1977 album classic, “Animals”, on September 16.

The band’s tenth studio album was recorded at the group's Britannia Row Studios in London throughout 1976 and early 1977, and was produced by the band themselves. The project reached No. 3 on the US Billboard 200 and No. 2 in their native UK.

“Animals” is a concept album, focusing on the social-political conditions of mid-1970s Britain, and was a change from the style of the band's earlier work. The album was developed from a collection of unrelated songs into a concept which describes the apparent social and moral decay of society, likening the human condition to that of animals.

Taking inspiration from George Orwell's “Animal Farm”, the album depicts the different classes of people as animals with pigs being at the top of the social chain, dropping down to the sheep as the mindless herd following what they are told, with dogs as the business bosses getting fat on the money and power they hold over the other.

“Animals 2018 Remix” will be released on CD, LP (with gatefold artwork), Blu-ray, SACD and Deluxe Gatefold formats. The Deluxe Gatefold version includes LP, CD, audio Blu-ray, audio DVD and a 32-page book. The Blu-ray and DVD audio include the 2018 remix in Stereo, 5.1 Surround (both by James Guthrie) and the original 1977 Stereo mix. A 32-page booklet features rarely seen behind the scenes photographs of the album sleeve shoot along with live images and memorabilia, while the album artwork has been reimagined for the 2022 release.

The individual versions will be available on September 16 with the Deluxe version available from October 7; this is the first time the album will have been available on 5.1 Surround Sound.

Stream the original 1977 version of “Pigs (Three Different Ones)” below.

Inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1996 and the UK Music Hall Of Fame in 2005, Pink Floyd released their final album, “The Endless River”, in 2014.

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