A deluxe reissue of Pink Floydalbum from 1977 animals has been in the works for a while, with new mixes of James Guthrie’s album being completed in 2018, including the album’s first-ever 5.1 Surround Sound mix. Between the pandemic and the constant bickering between Roger Waters and David Gilmour, it took a while for it to actually happen. They finally announced today that it will be out in several editions via Sony on September 16th.
The Deluxe Gatefold version includes the 2018 remix on LP, CD, audio Blu-ray, and audio DVD, along with a 32-page book. The Blu-ray and DVD feature the 2018 remix in Stereo, 5.1 Surround, as well as the original 1977 stereo mix. The 32-page booklet features “rarely seen behind-the-scenes photos of the album cover recording, along with live footage and memorabilia.”
The album’s iconic artwork has also been redesigned for this release by Hipgnosis’ Aubry “Po” Powell, who says, “Because the original 1977 album cover was such an iconic piece of art in its own right, I had the chance to see it at which was quite a daunting task, but Hipgnosis took the opportunity to re-shoot the image to represent a changing world, and by using modern digital coloring techniques I kept the rather bleak message of moral decay from Pink Floyd using the Orwellian themes of animals, the pig ‘Algie’, true to the album’s message.” View the artwork below.
There is also a standard double LP vinyl edition, a standard CD edition and a Blu-ray edition. View the packaging of the deluxe edition below. Pre-order the Deluxe Box Set and standard vinyl and CD editions now, and you can also buy a variety of other Pink Floyd vinyls.
One of the points of contention was that Roger Waters wanted cover slips of Mark Blake in the package, but said Gilmour felt “they shouldn’t be included in the cover slips because he wanted Pink Floyd to remain enigmatic.” Waters published them on his website last year.
Roger Waters kicks off his This is Not a Drill Tour next week.
ANIMALS 2018 REMIX TRACK LISTS:
Deluxe limited edition 4-disc pack.
180 gram black heavyweight vinyl
32 page booklet
all housed in a book style hardcover cover
1 LP Vinyl
1LP 180gram Black Heavyweight Vinyl
28 page booklet
gatefold vinyl cover
CD in card gatefold sleeve in CD format
Booklet of 28 pages.
Special Blu-Ray gatefold card sleeve
Booklet of 16 pages
BLU-RAY – AUDIO MIXTURES
2018 Remix – Stereo: 24-bit/192kHz uncompressed, dts-HD MA
2018 Remix – 5.1 Surround: 24-bit/96kHz uncompressed, dts-HD MA
1977 original stereo: 24-bit/192kHz uncompressed, dts-HD MA
DVD – AUDIO MIXTURES
2018 Remix: 5.1 Surround Mix (Dolby Digital @ 640 kbps, 448 kbps), Stereo (LPCM 24-bit/48 kHz uncompressed),
1977 original stereo mix: (24-bit/48 kHz uncompressed)
Bound book pack with 28 page book,
in slip case. Includes:
2018 NEW STEREO MIX (High Resolution DSD)
2018 NEW 5.1 SURROUND MIX (High Resolution DSD)
2018 NEW STEREO MIX (Standard CD)
1977 original stereo mix by Brian Humphries
Assistant Engineer: Peter James
Mixed at Britannia Row
2018 Remix: 5.1 Surround and Stereo Mixing by James Guthrie
Assistant Engineer: Joel Plante