Multi-format release drops September 16
Warner Music and Sony Music have announced the upcoming release of Pink Floyd’s Animals on luxury gatefold, CD, LP, Blu-Ray and SACD. The individual versions will be available on September 16 with the deluxe version available from October 7. This is the first time the album will be available in 5.1 surround sound.
Animals is Pink Floyd’s tenth studio album, originally released in January 1977. It was recorded at the band’s Britannia Row Studios in London throughout 1976 and early 1977, and was produced by the band themselves. The hit album peaked at No. 2 in the UK and No. 3 in the US, and is considered one of the band’s best works. The album was recorded by band members David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Richard Wright.
The deluxe gatefold version includes LP, CD, Blu-ray audio, DVD audio, and a 32-page book. Blu-ray and DVD audio includes the 2018 remix in stereo, 5.1 Surround – both by James Guthrie – and the original 1977 stereo mix. the album, as well as live images and memories. The album cover was redesigned for this release.
Animals is a concept album, focusing on the socio-political conditions of mid-1970s Britain, and was a departure from the style of the band’s earlier work. The album was developed from a collection of unrelated songs with a concept that describes the apparent social and moral decay of society, comparing the human condition to that of animals. Drawing inspiration from George Orwell’s animal farm, the album depicts the different classes of people as animals, with pigs being at the top of the social chain, descending to sheep as a mindless herd depending on what one tells them, with dogs as business leaders. grow with the money and the power they hold over each other. Although it’s been a long time since 1977, the album’s narrative still resonates today as our social and economic circumstances reflect those of the time.
The album’s iconic cover shows an inflatable pig, now known as Algie, floating between two chimneys at Battersea Power Station, designed by Roger Waters and engineered by longtime collaborator Storm Thorgerson of Hipgnosis Studios. For this new release, the artwork has been reimagined for the modern age by Storm’s Hipgnosis partner Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell. Taking new photos of the building as it appeared during recent conversion work, Po experimented with new angles and produced striking new takes on the classic original. Po elaborates, “Because the cover of the original 1977 album was such an iconic stand-alone piece of art, I had the chance to update it, which was a rather daunting task, but Hipgnosis took the opportunity to rephotograph the image to reflect a changing world, and using modern digital coloring techniques I have retained Pink Floyd’s rather somber message of moral decadence using Orwellian themes of animals, the ‘Algie’ pig, faithful to the album message.
- Pigs on the wing (part one)
- Pigs (three different)
- Pigs on the wing (part two)