(Credit: David Gilmour)

Pink Floyd to release huge new box set which includes previously unreleased rarities


Pink Floyd are preparing to release a brand new box set of music which includes a huge amount of previously unreleased rarities.

The box set, entitled The Later Years, looks to celebrate the material that the band released post-1987 and will include live concert footage, unreleased bonus material and new mixes of iconic songs,

The most exciting part, however, is the confirmation that The Later Years will also feature a mind melding collection of over six hours of unreleased material which includes extremely rare tracks.

Due out via Sony on November 29, The Later Years will be made up of a 16-disc combination which is made up of 10 CDs and six Blu-Ray DVDs. While few details of specific performances and songs have been made available, the band did confirm that their 1990 show in Knebworth will be part of the material.

To coincide with that release, the band shared a new video of that performance:

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In other Pink Floyd-related news, Nick Mason, a founding member of the progressive rock band, is to be honoured as ‘Prog God’ at the upcoming 2019 Progressive Music Awards.

Mason, the only Pink Floyd member to have been featured on all 15 of their studio albums, remains the only constant member of the band since they began way back in 1965. 

Now, following the footsteps of previous winners such as Carl Palmer, Peter Gabriel, Jon Anderson and Steve Howe, Mason is due to be honoured as part of glitzy awards evening hosted at London’s Underglobe Theatre in September. 

Speaking about his impending award, Mason said: “I’m all in favour of recognition for drummers – particularly when it’s me – so I’m really delighted to be recognised as Prog God,” while speaking to Prog

He added: “It’s hard to believe that it was over 50 years ago that the music we know as prog rock was born, and it’s still being celebrated, played and developed in the 21st century. Long may it continue!”

While also having writing credits on Pink Floyd hits such as ‘Echoes,’ ‘Time,’ and ‘One of These Days,’ Mason most recently created his new five-piece band Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets in 2018. The band, including the likes of Guy Pratt and Lee Harris, predominantly focused on shining a light on songs taken from Pink Floyd’s 1967-1972 years. 

Mason will officially be honoured as ‘Prog God’ at the 2019 Progressive Music Awards on September 12th.

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