And so - to the latest music news - Pink Floyd (or possibly their label EMI) have just released 3 boxed sets of albums - yes that's right THREE BOXED SETS. Boxed set 1 - Discovery, Boxed set 2 - Experience and box set 3 - Immersion. Each of these boxed sets is designed for a different type of Pink Floyd fan, and each boxed set retails for around £140. Yes, £140!
Now I am a massive Pink Floyd fan and have bought all of their albums, from Piper at the Gates of Dawn to the Division Bell, many of them in two formats (Vinyl and CD) and I'm sure there are many new and interesting variants of their tracks amongst these new boxed sets. However I won't be buying them. You see not so long ago (2006), Pink Floyd launched Pulse, a boxed set, said at the time to be the definitive Pink Floyd boxed set. In 2000 they launched Is There Anybody Out There" a definitive live boxed set collection. How many more ways can they come up with ways to fleece their fans?
Their classic 1973 album "Dark Side of The Moon" contained a track called "Money" which kind of encouraged you to believe that there was much more to life than money and that greed and avarice were bad things, not good ones. In 1975, their other classic album "Wish you Were Here" contained a track entitled "Welcome To The Machine", a track that explained to listeners what happened when bands were sucked in and sucked dry by the music publishing industry. So, Pink Floyd - if you get chance, as you count the ever increasing royalties that drop in through your letterboxes (surely each of you has enough money by now!), contemplate the lyrics to your past hits and
STOP RIPPING OFF YOUR FANS!!