The Endless River is Pink Floyd’s tribute to band’s demised keyboardist Rick Wright.
British progressive rock band Pink Floyd has announced its new studio album The Endless River after a gap of two decades. The album, to be released on November 11, 2014, is the band’s tribute to keyboardist Rick Wright who had passed away in 2008.
The Endless River is a compilation of the music that guitarist David Gilmour, drummer Nick Mason and Wright made during a 1993 session that resulted in the 1994 album The Division Bell, the band’s last album. The new album comprises mostly instrumental tracks, with just one song.
Counted as among the most iconic rock bands in the history of all music, Pink Floyd has had tremendous success and fan support since the late 1960s, when they were still a part of the underground music scene. At the time, members who formed the band were lead vocalist and guitarist Syd Barrett, Mason, Wright and bassist and co-lead vocalist Roger Waters.
Syd Barrett, considered the driving force behind Pink Floyd’s roaring success, left the band in 1968 due to what is believed as drug-induced mental illness, turned a recluse and died in 2006. Waters left the group in the 1980s to pursue his solo career, coming out with three studio albums The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, Radio K.A.O.S. and Amused to Death.
Gilmour and Mason are one of the three surviving members of the band that are still working under the Pink Floyd name.
The band’s 1970s releases Wish You Were Here, Comfortably Numb and The Wall have been the some of the most widely heard and influential songs, mostly because of the heightened mix of soft and heavy rock with philosophical lyrics and trailblazing electronic sounds. Pink Floyd’s concerts have been wildly reckoned for their psychedelic light shows and exquisite album art.
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