PINK FLOYD – ” The Dark Side Of The Moon ” 50th Anniversary Box Set

Posted: January 19, 2023 in MUSIC

In March, Pink Floyd will release a new deluxe box set to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their classic 1973 album “The Dark Side of the Moon”.

The album has been newly remastered for this release and the deluxe box set includes both a CD and a gatefold vinyl version. A brand new Dolby Atmos Mix is included, along with the original 5.1 and the hi-res stereo, however these are spread across two blu-rays and a DVD which is an odd thing to do (The Beatles ditched DVDs for spatial audio five years ago and all this content would comfortably fit on one single blu-ray). The Quad mix (included in the 2011 Immersion box) does not feature and the unreleased tracks from that 12-year-old collection (the 1972 ‘Early Mix’ of the album and the extra audio tracks such as demos and the ‘The Hard Way’ from Household Objects) are also not part of this new package.

The “Live at Wembley Empire Pool” show (from November 1974) has been newly remastered and is made available on vinyl for the first time. The 50th anniversary deluxe box includes this live performance on vinyl and CD and both of those elements are available separately, with artwork featuring an original 1973 line-drawn cover by George Hardie. Fans in Britain would be well advised to ‘lock in’ to Amazon UK’s current vinyl pre-order price of £19 for the “Live at Wembley 1974” vinyl!

The new box also includes two replica seven-inch singles (‘Money’/’Any Colour You Like’ and ‘Us And Them’/’Time’) which brings the total number of audio discs to nine (two CDs, two vinyl LPs, two blu-rays, two seven-inch singles and a DVD). There’s no video content at all.

In terms of other ‘stuff’, there’s the 160-page book curated by photographer Jill Furmanovsky and art-directed by Hipgnosis co-founder Aubrey Powell, but this is available separately for just £30.

The box set also includes a music book of the album, and a replica ‘EMI pamphlet’ and invite to the February 1973 preview which was staged at the London Planetarium. The vinyl record comes with the original posters and stickers and the “Live at Wembley 1974” album also comes with a two posters.

There does not appear to be any standalone reissues of the 2023 remaster of “The Dark Side of the Moon”, so the three physical formats for this 50th anniversary campaign are: deluxe box set, vinyl LP of Live at Wembley 1974 and CD of Live at Wembley 1974. Unlike with “Animals”, they are not making the spatial audio available separately, so buying the box set is the only way to get the Atmos mix, physically.

“The Dark Side of the Moon” 50th Anniversary box, the “Live at Wembley 1974” release and the 160-page book will all be released on 24 March 2023. 

New box set triples the price of the Immersion edition • Includes Dolby Atmos Mix • Live at Wembley 1974 on vinyl for the first time

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