Throughout the later half of 2022, Pink Floyd had been teasing fans with videos showcasing The Dark Side of the Moon prism artwork in various forms.As of today, the official announcement has been released with the news of a worldwide release of The Dark Side of the Moon’s 50th anniversary celebration.
With the primary focus of the celebration being a Deluxe Edition boxset that is due for release on March 24, 2023, the same month as the original release back in 1973, there are also scheduled releases of the content in standalone, singular editions in various formats.
The new deluxe box set includes the newly remastered studio album on CD and gatefold vinyl, as well as the original 5.1 mix and remastered stereo versions on Blu-ray and DVD. The set also includes an additional new Blu-ray disc of the Atmos mix, plus a CD and LP of ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon: Live At Wembley Empire Pool, London, 1974’.”
CD1: “The Dark Side of the Moon” (50th Anniversary) 2023 Remaster— James Guthrie has remastered the original studio album, which comes in a gatefold sleeve with a 12-page booklet.
CD2 : “The Dark Side of the Moon” Live at Wembley Empire Pool, London, 1974, mixed by Andy Jackson, in a gatefold sleeve with a 12-page booklet. Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis and Peter Curzon of Storm Studios designed the cover. Original 1973 line drawn cover artwork by George Hardie
LP1: “The Dark Side of the Moon” (50th Anniversary) 2023 Remaster, Remastered Original Studio Album 180G Heavyweight 1LP in Gatefold Sleeve, with Original Posters and Stickers
LP2: “The Dark Side of the Moon” Live at Wembley Empire Pool, London, 1974 (2023 Master) 180G Heavyweight 1 LP in gatefold, with 2 posters featuring designs by Ian Emes and Gerald Scarfe. Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis and Peter Curzon of Storm Studios designed the cover. Original 1973 line-drawn cover artwork by George Hardie
1st Blu-ray: Original Album (AUDIO) 5.1 and high-resolution remastered stereo mixes, 1.5.1 Surround Mix: Uncompressed 24 bit/96 kHz 2. Stereo Mix: 24 bit/192 uncompressed 3. 5.1 Surround Mix (dts-HD MA) 4. Stereo Mix—dts-HD MA
2nd Blu-ray: (Audio) Atmos and high-resolution stereo mixes from the original, newly remastered album 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, 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 Hardcover Book with rare black-and-white photographs from the 1973–74 tours of the UK and the USA taken by Jill Furmanovsky, Peter Christopherson, Aubrey Powell, and Storm Thorgerson
76-Page Music Book The entire original album’s songbook
Replicas Of 2×7″ SINGLES 7″ Single 1 Money/Any Colour You Like 7″ Single 2 Us and Them/Time
Replicas of the pamphlet and an invitation to the preview of The Dark Side of the Moon at the London Planetarium on February 27, 1973.
Stand Alone Versions : As mentioned above, there are also planned standalone releases on the 24th of March; the CD and LP versions.
“The Dark Side Of The Moon: Live At Wembley Empire Pool, London, 1974” will be released separately from the box set.
It was originally recorded in November 1974 as part of the band’s winter tour, and this is the first time it will be available as a stand-alone album, with artwork featuring an original 1973 line-drawn cover by George Hardie.
Book: “The Dark Side of the Moon” by Pink Floyd is a book designed by Pentagram to high specifications. This official book commemorating the band and the album will be a covetable package for the legions of Floyd fans out there – new and old.
This luxurious book is divided into two parts. The first documents the members of the band between 1972 and 1975, during the making of the album, the album release, and throughout the album tours in the UK, US, Europe, and Japan, in 120 candid black-and white photographs by Storm Thorgerson, Jill Furmanovsky, Aubrey Powell, and Peter Christopherson. A review of the October 1972 Wembley gig by Chris Charlesworth, originally published in Melody Maker, provides insight into one of Floyd’s most celebrated performances.
The second part explores in 60 colour images how Hipgnosis and StormStudios’ original prism motif evolved into an array of graphics and homages to the world’s great artists, some of which went on to grace the band’s future projects.