Posted: 03/11 @ 11:03 pmGiveaway: Win a Copy of Pink Floyd’s The Wall Immersion Box Set
A depressing yet ultimately triumphant fable of alienation and fascism, The Wall marked the end of Pink Floyd as the ’60s and ’70s knew it. Now the band’s second-best-selling record has been remastered and released in two deluxe packages, and you could win a copy.
The seven-disc The Wall Immersion Box Set ($120 retail) features excerpts from Roger Waters and David Gilmour’s demos, plus previously unheard recordings of “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 1,” a DVD containing the documentary Behind The Wall and more. The four-disc The Wall Experience Version ($28) downsizes that bounty to the original double album, plus 35 demo tracks.
The reissues are the final entry in EMI’s yearlong “Why Pink Floyd?” campaign, a crate-digging experiment in repurposed content and finally released ephemera. That initiative began in earnest last September with the six-disc reissue of the band’s 1973 masterwork Dark Side of the Moon, and continued in November with a five-disc Immersion box of the legendary quartet’s meditative 1975 follow-up, Wish You Were Here.
Whatever Gilmour originally thought of it, The Wall is Pink Floyd’s second-best-selling effort after Dark Side of the Moon. Despite the turmoil, The Wall‘s construction was a mostly pleasant affair. Sorta.
“A lot of recording for The Wall was actually very … well, I won’t say easy, but there weren’t a lot of particular problems,” Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason told Wired.com last September. “We started out working together quite well, but the breakdown occurred later in the summer.”
Subsequently stunning theatrical live concerts featuring a 40-foot onstage wall, arresting multimedia from artist Gerald Scarfe and mind-blowing performances of immortal tracks like “Comfortably Numb” and “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2? reset performance expectations worldwide, and eventually paved the way for Waters’ continuing The Wall shows, currently under way in South America.
Win a Copy of The Wall
Wired is giving away one seven-disc The Wall Immersion box set and two Experience editions. Your mission? “Run Like Hell” to the comments section and let us know why The Wall is much more than Waters’ “whinge,” as Gilmour once described it. Entries from U.S.-based contestants only (sorry!) must be received by 12:01 a.m. Pacific on March 9, 2012.
Note: If you do not have an e-mail address or Twitter handle associated with your Disqus login, you must include contact information in your comment to be eligible. Any winner who does not respond to Wired’s notification within 72 hours will forfeit the prize.