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Pink Floyd / The Dark Side of the Moon 50th anniversary box set editions
The front cover to the 50th anniversary box set

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

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 new 50th anniversary deluxe box of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon (click to enlarge)

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.

The vinyl LP of The Dark Side of the Moon: Live at Wembley 1974 is available separately (click image to enlarge)

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. Be sure to rate the new box set in the SDE Reader Rating box at the top of this page!

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Box set Contents summarised

CD1 – THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

Remastered 2023 by James Guthrie

in gatefold sleeve with 12-page booklet

CD2 – THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

LIVE AT WEMBLEY EMPIRE POOL, LONDON, 1974

Mixed by Andy Jackson

in gatefold sleeve with 12-page booklet

LP1 – THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

Remastered original studio album

in gatefold, with original posters and stickers

LP2 – THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

LIVE AT WEMBLEY EMPIRE POOL, LONDON, 1974

in gatefold, with 2 posters

BLU-RAY 1 (AUDIO)

Original album 5.1 and high-resolution remastered stereo mixes,

in dedicated wallet:

1. 5.1 Surround Mix – 24bit/96kHz Uncompressed

2. Stereo Mix – 24bit/192kHz Uncompressed

3. 5.1 Surround Mix – dts-HD MA

4. Stereo Mix – dts-HD MA

BLU-RAY 2 (AUDIO)

Original album Atmos and high-resolution remastered stereo mixes,

in dedicated wallet:

1. Dolby Atmos Mix

2. Stereo Mix – 24-bit/192kHz Uncompressed

3. Stereo Mix – dts-HD MA

DVD (AUDIO)

Original album 5.1 and remastered stereo mixes,

in dedicated wallet:

1. 5.1 Surround Mix – Dolby Digital @448 kbps

2. 5.1 Surround Mix – Dolby Digital @640 kbps

3. Stereo Mix (LPCM) – 24-bit/48 kHz Uncompressed

160-PAGE THAMES & HUDSON HARDBACK BOOK

withrare black and white photographs from the 1972 – 1975 tours of the UK and the USA taken by

Jill Furmanovsky, Peter Christopherson, Aubrey Powell, Storm Thorgerson

76-PAGE MUSIC BOOK

of original album

MEMORABILIA:

REPLICAS OF 2×7” SINGLES

in Harvest bags:

7″ Single 1 Money/Any Colour You Like

7″ Single 2 Us And Them/Time

REPLICA OF EMI PAMPHLET AND INVITE TO THE PREVIEW OF THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON AT THE LONDON PLANETARIUM ON 27TH FEBRUARY 1973

Studio album recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, between May 1972 and January 1973. Produced by Pink Floyd. Engineer Alan Parsons. Assistant Peter James. Mixing supervised by Chris Thomas.

Remastered by James Guthrie and Joel Plante at das boot recording. 5.1 and Atmos mixes by James Guthrie.

Live At Wembley Empire Pool, London, 1974

recorded at the Empire Pool, Wembley, London, November 1974

Engineers: Brian Humphries with Phill Brown.

Audio Mixing by Andy Jackson, assisted by Damon Iddins. Mastered by Andy Jackson at Tube Mastering.

Creative Director 2023: Aubrey Powell/Hipgnosis

Design and Art Direction: Peter Curzon/StormStudios

50th Anniversary Concept and Design: Pentagram

Tracklisting

The Dark Side of the Moon: Live at Wembley 1974 Pink Floyd /

    • Side A
      1. Speak To Me (Live at Wembley 1974) [2023 Master]
      2. Breathe (In The Air) [Live at Wembley 1974] [2023 Master]
      3. On The Run (Live at Wembley 1974) [2023 Master]
      4. Time (Live at Wembley 1974) [2023 Master]
      5. The Great Gig In The Sky (Live at Wembley 1974) [2023 Master
    • Side B
      1. Money (Live at Wembley 1974) [2023 Master]
      2. Us And Them (Live at Wembley 1974) [2023 Master]
      3. Any Colour You Like (Live at Wembley 1974) [2023 Master]
      4. Brain Damage (Live at Wembley 1974) [2023 Master]
      5. Eclipse (Live at Wembley 1974) [2023 Master]

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