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Artist: Pink Floyd

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Album: The Endless River *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Things Left Unsaid
2)    It's What We Do
3)    Ebb and Flow
4)    Sum
5)    Skins
6)    Unsung
7)    Anisina
8)    Lost Art of Conversation, The
9)    On Noodle Street
10)    Night Light
11)    Allons-y (1)
12)    Autumn '68
13)    Allons-y (2)
14)    Talkin' Hawkin'
15)    Calling
16)    Eyes to Pearls
17)    Surfacing
18)    Louder Than Words
 



Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Michael Rendall, Eddie Bander, Youth (keyboards, synthesizer, programming).
  • Audio Mixers: Damon Iddins; Andy Jackson .
  • Recording information: Astoria Studio (1993); Britannia Row, Islington (1993); Medina Studio (1993); Olympic Studio (1993).
  • Photographers: Harry Borden; Andy Earl; Jill Furmanovsky; Simon Fowler .
  • David Gilmour sang about an endless river on "High Hopes," the last song on what appeared to be the last Pink Floyd album, 1994's Division Bell. Twenty years later, the same phrase became the title of The Endless River, an album designed as Pink Floyd's last. Assembled largely from Division Bell outtakes initially intended as an ambient project dubbed The Big Spliff, the record was sculpted into shape in 2014 by Gilmour, Youth, Andy Jackson, and Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera by adding guitar and Nick Mason's drums to original tapes that were laden with keyboards from the late Rick Wright. He's not the only missing member of Floyd, of course. Roger Waters is absent, as is the long-gone Syd Barrett, but their ghosts are present throughout the primarily instrumental The Endless River. Mortality is on the mind of the two remaining Floyds, mentioned obliquely in "Louder Than Words," the only song with lyrics here, but felt through allusions to all their possible pasts. A song unfurls with washes of synth pulled from "Welcome to the Machine," the four sides are structured like an ongoing amorphous suite ? la "Shine on You Crazy Diamond," snippets of Atom Heart Mother slide against guitars that beat to the rhythm from "Run Like Hell," creating an impression of a band in a state of repose: they're not indulging in their past so much as reflecting on it, watching a tide of memories repeatedly roll in and out. Although very little about The Endless River is risky by design -- it is one of the most popular bands of the 20th century returning to slowly pulsating aural waves that characterized their biggest albums -- the very shift away from vocals realigns the band with not only Wish You Were Here (which this often resembles) but their pre-Dark Side records for Harvest, undercutting the arena-pleasing aspirations of the Gilmour-led reunion while underscoring how Pink Floyd always were an arty band at their core. Instrumentals are also a savvy solution to the trouble of working with uncompleted tapes -- it's easier to turn them into an ever-shifting suite than to graft on melodies -- but the comforting sway of swelling synthesizers and the soaring Gilmour guitar are sometimes unexpectedly moving. Gilmour and Mason know this is their farewell, so they're saying goodbye not with a major statement but with a soft, bittersweet elegy that functions as a canny coda to their career. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Wright was the steady, binding majesty in the Floyd's explorations. This album is an unexpected, welcome epitaph."

Producer:David Gilmour; Andy Jackson; Phil Manzanera; Youth; Bob Ezrin
Format:CD (0 Disc); Stereo
Country:USA
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:10 November, 2014
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4 of 5 Stars! '

Pink Floyd fans who enjoyed their previous 'The Division Bell', should also enjoy this album - their swan song? The haunting 'Calling', drifting into 'Eyes to Pearls', is worth the price of admission.

 

2 of 5 Stars! '

I love most of Pink Floyds music, but unfortunately this C.D. is not living up to what I had hoped it would be.

 

2 of 5 Stars! '

Although I love Pink Floyd, I find this album really boring :-(

 

5 of 5 Stars! '

I love it

 

5 of 5 Stars! '

Not your typical Pink Floyd but very enjoyable background music.

 

5 of 5 Stars! '

All good

 

5 of 5 Stars! '

I bought this for my husband for Christmas and it is very good, he just loves it!!

 

1 of 5 Stars! '

I just purchased my copy of Endless river from Fishpond. The lovely booklet arrived and listed all 18 tracks, stating 4 sides to disk but to my disgust there are only 2 sides so where are sides 3 and 4 so make sure of what you buy. Its to difficult to return so will now be more careful when purchasing from this site.

 
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