PINK FLOYD To Release “Interstellar Overdrive” 12” Single For Record Store Day 2017

March 21, 2017, 9 months ago

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PINK FLOYD To Release “Interstellar Overdrive” 12” Single For Record Store Day 2017

To celebrate Record Store Day 2017 (Saturday, April 22nd), Pink Floyd will be releasing the highly collectible 12” single, “Interstellar Overdrive”.

The mono single will be a one-sided 12” 180-gram black vinyl and will play at 33 1/3 RPM. The single will come with a fold-out poster and an A6 postcard featuring a classic image of the band taken whilst they were recording their debut single, “Arnold Layne”.

Written and performed by Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Richard Wright and Nick Mason, “Interstellar Overdrive” is an unheard recording from 1966, running at a hefty 14’57 minutes long. The original recording was done at the Thomson studio in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire on November 31st, 1966, before the band were signed to EMI. A different, shorter version of the track appears on the band’s debut album, The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn.

The images for the single artwork are taken from the band’s gig at UFO at the Blarney Club, London on January 13th, 1967. The short-lived UFO Club was the scene of the band’s early, pioneering psychedelic shows that saw Pink Floyd establish their position in the UK music scene.

A limited run of the single will also be available to buy at the Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains Exhibition at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum from May 13th.

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains opened on May 13th and runs for 20 weeks at Victoria And Albert Museum in London, England. Purchase tickets here. A video trailer can be found below.

The first international retrospective of one of the world’s most iconic and influential bands. Experience a spectacular and unparalleled audio-visual journey through Pink Floyd's unique and extraordinary worlds, chronicling the music, design and staging of the band, from their debut in the 1960s through to the present day.

Daily: 10 AM - 5:30 PM
Last ticketed entry: 4:15 PM

Friday: 10 AM - 9:30 PM
Last ticketed entry: 8:15 PM

Tickets cost £20 – £24 (varying weekday and weekend prices apply)

Presented by the V&A, Pink Floyd and Iconic Entertainment Studios. More details at this location.

San Francisco Art Exchange LLC (SFAE) has been selected to exclusively represent the most valuable collection of rock and roll artwork ever to be offered for sale: eleven original paintings created and hand-selected by famed English artist Gerald Scarfe, from Pink Floyd’s 1982 masterpiece The Wall. A major exhibition will be held in July with Scarfe in attendance at the invitation-only premiere to be held at SFAE’s gallery (458 Geary St, San Francisco, CA). Details to be announced.

The paintings being offered have been carefully selected by Scarfe as his most important works, and include several of the most famous images in rock history due to their association with The Wall. Among the paintings are the true definitive originals for iconic artworks such as The Scream (pictured above), Wife With Flaming Hair, Giant Judge and Hammers, The Mother, Education For What? No Jobs!, The Wife's Shadow, One Of The Frightened Ones, The Gross Inflatable Pig, Comfortably Numb, and The Teacher, as well as the massive original storyboard created for the film which incorporates 50 original renderings.

To view available artworks, including in-depth descriptions and histories, click here.

Epic in scale and steeped in rock history, these original works of art are marquis collectibles for major individual, corporate, and institutional collectors. Due to the extensive distribution of the imagery via album, live-performances, music-videos, and the film (along with the accompanying publicity), the artwork offered is among the most instantly recognizable and significant in pop culture.

One of the paintings available for purchase, Giant Judge and Hammers, will be prominently on display in London beginning May 13th as part of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s eagerly anticipated The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, the first international retrospective of one of the worlds’ most ground-breaking and influential bands. This exhibition is expected to become one of the most successful on record.

The Wall album topped Billboard charts for 15 weeks, and in 1999 was certified 23 x Platinum. It remains one of the best-selling albums of all time, selling over 19 million copies between 1979 and 1990 in the US alone. The film was critically acclaimed when it was released in 1982 and won BAFTAs for Best Original Song and Best Sound. Scarfe developed the film's entire visual environment before the project began and his characters became a mixture of live-action and animated imagery, all of which played an integral role in the surreal narrative.

(Above: Judge With Marching Hammers)

 

Gerald Scarfe is one of the world's most famous political cartoonists and caricaturists whose work has been seen in The Sunday Times and The New Yorker for decades. His artworks reside in the following permanent collections, among others: Tate Gallery, National Portrait Gallery and The Parliamentary Art Collection in London, as well as the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

San Francisco Art Exchange is the sole gallery authorized to sell these paintings. San Francisco Art Exchange is known worldwide for record-breaking sales of album cover related artwork, and has represented such revered artworks as the originals for Abbey Road, Meet The Beatles, Rubber Soul, Imagine, Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Ummagumma, Animals, Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, The Best Of The Doors, Candy-O, and many, many more.

For sales and inquiries, please contact San Francisco Art Exchange, sales@sfae.com, or call 415-441-8840. More information at www.sfae.com.

(Photo - Alamy)

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