The Long-awaited Reissue Of Pink Floyd’s Animals Is Set For Release
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Pink Floyd have finally announced the release date for their much anticipated reissue of their classic 1977 LP Animals.
Animals 2018 Remix on Deluxe Gatefold, CD, LP, Blu-ray and SACD versions will be available on September 16 with the Deluxe version available on October 7. All of which comes with a 28-page booklet.
The deluxe limited-edition set includes CD, LP, audio Blu-ray, audio DVD and a 32-page book featuring behind-the-scenes photos. The Blu-ray and DVD audio, includes the original 1977 stereo mix, the 2018 remix in stereo and for the first time, the album will be available in 5.1 Surround Sound.
Although, the new mixes were created four years ago by James Guthrie, who has worked with Pink Floyd since 1978, the release has been delayed due to conflicts among the bandmates. Roger Waters revealed last year that they have different views over the liner notes, before agreeing to have none at all. While, Nick Mason noted in 2018 that archivists were having trouble finding enough material to complete the set.
Originally, Animals is the tenth studio album by Pink Floyd, released in January 1977. It was recorded by the lineup of David Gilmour, Mason, Waters and Richard Wright at the band’s Britannia Row Studios in London throughout 1976 and early 1977, and was produced by the band themselves. The successful LP peaked at number 2 in the UK and number 3 in the US, and is considered as one of their best works.
Even the iconic album artwork that shows an inflatable pig floating between two chimneys of the Battersea Power Station, has been reimagined for the reissue designed by Aubrey “Po” Powell of Hipgnosis. She said in a press release:
“With the original 1977 album cover being such an iconic piece of stand-alone art, I had the chance to update it, which was a rather daunting task. But Hipgnosis took the opportunity to re-photograph the image to reflect a changing world, and by using modern digital coloring techniques, I kept Pink Floyd’s rather bleak message of moral decay using the Orwellian themes of animals, the pig Algie, faithful to the message of the album.”