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Drummer Nick Mason Talks Pink Floyd’s Upcoming Reissues

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Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason is spilling the beans on the band’s upcoming reissues and deluxe releases, which are set to begin rolling out this fall.

“Some of the very early demo stuff from ’66 is extraordinary,’ Mason tells Rolling Stone magazine, “primarily because of [late singer] Syd [Barrett], hearing him so crystal clear, the way he was playing, and bringing back memories of that first year, when I first met him.”

As previously reported, the reissue campaign, dubbed ‘Why Pink Floyd…?,’ will include remastered editions of all 14 of the band’s studio albums, as well as super-deluxe versions of ‘Dark Side of the Moon,’ ‘Wish You Were Here’ and ‘The Wall.’ In addition, a single-disc greatest-hits album will also be available.

Mason says the band’s decision to offer these releases comes in response to the digital age of music. “There is a slight sense that we are coming to the end of the period where people will buy the physical record with all the packaging and the information and so on,” explains Mason to Reuters. “I think it’s really important to try and have a last go at that, because if we do end up just downloading everything from now on it would be a shame if there wasn’t on record all that good artwork and the things that went with it.”

Mason and David Gilmour joined Roger Waters onstage for a mini-Floyd reunion during the latter’s concert Thursday night in London. Click here for a recap of the show.

Watch Nick Mason, David Gilmour and Roger Waters Performing ‘Outside the Wall’

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