Pink Floyd - Animals (2018 Remix)

It took several plays before I warmed up to “Animals” back in the day. The polished pop sound had felt very distant from their psychedelic origins and synth laden album Dark Side of the Moon. Years on Animals has become a must have album as fans pushed it to number 2 in England and number 3 in the USA, and like other surround sound enthusiasts, I have been eagerly awaiting the remix of this beloved album. In 2018 collectors were teased with a SACD marketing announcement that failed to arrive, and subsequently we learned of internal disputes between Roger Waters and David Gilmour over the liner notes that held back the release. Now the wait at long last is over, and Pink Floyd’s Animals 2018 Remix will be released on a variety of formats including CD, LP featuring gatefold artwork, and for the high resolution and surround sound audiophiles a Blu-ray and SACD are also available featuring an all-new 5.1 surround mix by James Guthrie, all available on September 16th, 2022. A couple of weeks later, on October 7th, a Deluxe Gatefold version that includes the 180 Gram black heavyweight vinyl LP, CD, audio Blu-ray, an audio DVD and a 32-page book will be released for the immersionists. While the Blu-ray and DVD audio include the same content, the codecs are very different. The Blu-ray includes 192kHz / 24-bit Uncompressed Stereo dts-HD MA, a 5.1 Surround: 96kHz / 24-bit Uncompressed dts-HD MA, and the 1977 Original Stereo mix also presented as 192kHz / 24-bit Uncompressed dts-HD MA. On the other hand, the DVD contains the Stereo remix in 48 kHz / 24-bit Uncompressed LPCM, the 5.1 Surround mix in Dolby Digital @ 640 kbps, 448kbps, and the Original 1977 Stereo mix also as a 48 kHz / 24-bit Uncompressed LPCM codec. In the deluxe box set the 32-page booklet features rarely seen behind the scenes photographs of the original album sleeve shoot along with live images and memorabilia. However, for quadroholics, don’t expect to find a quad nugget buried on these discs, as there was never a quad vinyl release available back in the day.

Long-time fans will recall the album's iconic cover featuring an inflatable pig (known as Algie) floating between two chimneys of London's Battersea Power Station, conceived by Roger Waters, and designed by long-time collaborator Storm Thorgerson of Hipgnosis Studios. When the band toured the music was presented in quadrophonic around the various stadiums with an inflatable pig flying high above the audience.

For this new release, the artwork has been re-designed for the modern era by Storm’s Hipgnosis partner Aubrey 'Po' Powell. Taking new shots of the building as it appeared during some recent conversions, Po experimented with new angles and produce some striking new takes on the classic cover using updated photographs that reflect the ever-changing world. Note that the cover art for the Blu-ray version is a different design compared to the other editions in this release.

Scheduled for release September 16, 2022

 

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Blu-ray with 5.1 surround 96KHz / 24-bit DTS HD Master Audio, new and original stereo mixes in 192kHz / 24-bit DTS HD Master Audio, also available on CD and 180g vinyl, download and streaming.  An exclusive DVD edition is also available as part of a four disc box set.

 

 

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