This week, on December 13 2019, the new Pink Floyd Box Set “The Later Years 1987 – 2019″, long-awaited by fans, is coming onto the market.
The Later Years” is an 18-disc set containing musical material by David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright – after the departure of Roger Waters – since 1987 (5 CDs, 6 Blu-Rays, 5 DVDs and 2 singles plus an exclusive photo book and various memorabilia). The period includes three studio albums: “A Momentary Lapse of Reason”, “The Division Bell” and “The Endless River” as well as two live albums: “Delicate Sound of Thunder” and “Pulse”. Included are more than 13 hours of unreleased audio and video material, including the concerts in Venice in 1989 and Knebworth in 1990, and an elaborately reworked, newly edited version of the Delicate Sound of Thunder film by Aubrey Powell.
Aubrey Powell/Hipgnosis as Creative Director is responsible for the overall design of the box and tells BROWSE GALLERY how the box cover and the single “Lost for Words” were created in collaboration with other creative minds.
A surrealistic HIPGNOSIS image for the cover of the box set
When David Gilmour and Aubrey Powell were discussing the Later Years Box for Pink Floyd, they decided that a return to a more surreal hipgnosis cover image would work best, Aubrey Powell recalls:
“The design for Pink Floyd – The Early Years had been very dry and and a graphic based on the original Pink Floyd touring van of 1966 which was black with a white diagonal stripe. So I set about compiling a list of people I wanted to work with. At the top of my list was Michael Johnson from the Johnson Banks studio. He came up with an interesting concept and with some input from me we decided on a young woman walking a desert road near Joshua Tree in California. As she passed the street lights at the side of the road they would seem to curve and turn in an unusual manner. It’s partly Sci Fi and partly about power. The power to change the normal into the abnormal by a simple twist of fate. The power of Pink Floyd. Rupert Truman who photographs many pictures for me these days did the photography and I designed the box set with the help of art director Peter Curzon.
Lost for Words – New Pink Floyd Album Cover Art by Aubrey Powell
Pink Floyd, Lost For Words, Single Cover, Photo Design Aubrey Powell, Hipgnosis 2019, © Pink Floyd Ltd
The Best Of The Later Years
Pink Floyd, The Later Years 1987 – 2019, Album Cover Photo Design Aubrey Powell, Hipgnosis © Pink Floyd Ltd
A detailed description of the various elements of the Pink Floyd Later Years box set content is published in the Pulse & Spirit blog.
A great source for more background information on the creative process involved in developing the artistic design of the box set and various elements it contains is The Lost Art of Conversation: A Pink Floyd Podcast (Episode 3: Artwork), in which David Gilmour and Aubrey Powell talk about how the different ideas were developed.
A selection of the great album cover art and photo designs by Aubrey Powell and Storm Thorgerson for Pink Floyd and many other rock legends can be found in the HIPGNOSIS Artist-Portfolios or in Album Cover Art section of the BROWSE GALLERY Shop.