Pink Floyd loads everything into one holiday package

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    <h1>Pink Floyd loads everything into one holiday package</h1><h2>by Steve Morse</h2>New boxed sets are flooding the market for the holidays.
    They're coming from Talking Heads, Jefferson Airplane,
    Hank Williams Jr., the Troggs, Buck Owens, Johnny Cash,
    and many others. But none is a more massive project than
    Pink Floyd's "Shine On", an eight-CD box that you'll
    need a wheelbarrow for transporting home.

    "If you're going to do a boxed set, you might as well do
    it properly," Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour says
    dry-wittedly in a phone interview from London. The set
    contains seven previous Floyd albums, plus a separate
    CD of singles and rare B-sides. It's expected to retail
    at close to [US]$150.

    "The record company thought the price would be too high
    and wanted us to do a smaller box, but we really thought
    this would be an extremely good package for fans," says
    Gilmour. "I took it on myself to find all the original
    masters. There was a lot of crawling through vaults to
    get them. But everything's been remastered and I'm very
    pleased with it. Of course, there are some tracks that
    I still can't abide, but now I can't abide them in fuller
    living stereo."

    Unlike some boxed sets, though, this one is not stocked
    with previously-unreleased tracks. "Everything we could
    possibly use, has already been used," says Gilmour.

    Another sidelight to the box is that it's all been
    approved by former member Roger Waters, who had sued
    several years ago to try to prevent Gilmour and fellow
    Floyd members Richard Wright and Nick Mason from using
    the name. "It's still pretty unpleasant," says Gilmour.
    "But Roger is still a shareholder in Pink Floyd business."

    Meanwhile, Gilmour has returned to his hobbies of "flying
    airplanes and playing with cars a bit." As for the
    prospect of new Floyd music, he says, "Plans are pretty
    loose at the moment. Don't hold your breath. We're
    starting to play around at the moment, but that's just
    the moment. But when we do come back, you can be sure
    it will be another extravaganza. That seems to be the
    only way we know how to do it."

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