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Pink Floyd announce Record Store Day 2018 release

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To mark Record Store Day next month, Pink Floyd are releasing a Mono remaster of their debut album ‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn’.

Remastered from the original 1967 mono mix by James Guthrie, Joel Plante and Bernie Grundman, the limited-edition release is available on premium 12” 180-gram black vinyl, and comes paired with an exclusive poster (540 x 388mm on art paper), as well as a foil blocked outer wallet.

The card envelope, which features a psychedelic design including a gold embossed version of the graphic by Syd Barrett which also features on the reverse of the original mono LP, was created by Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis with Peter Curzon.

Available exclusively for Record Store Day, fans can buy ‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn’ at select independent outlets on Saturday 21st April. Head to the official website for more info. 

The album is the latest release from Pink Floyd Records, which recently celebrated global sales of over 1million vinyl LPs since it was launched in June 2016.

The only Pink Floyd record made under the late-great Syd Barrett’s leadership, ‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn’ features two songs – ‘Astronomy Domine’ and ‘Interstellar Overdrive’ – that regularly featured on Pink Floyd’s set lists over the decades.

The record’s original artwork of Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Richard Wright and Nick Mason captured through a prism lens was created by photographer Vic Singh.  

The same prism lens, which The Beatles’ George Harrison gave to Singh, is on display at The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains at Rome’s MACRO museum. You can read Planet Rock’s review of the exhibition at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum last year, right here.

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