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The Endless River is the fifteenth and final studio album by Pink Floyd, released in 2014. Their first album after twenty years and their first double-LP since The Wall nearly 40 years priornote , it is also the first after the death of both Richard Wright and the long-departed founding member Syd Barrett. Most of the album is comprised of instrumentals, with only one song with lead vocals by David Gilmour. Much of the album are essentially out-takes from The Division Bell, and so features Wright posthumously. It was the first album since The Final Cut not to have a supporting tour.

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Like the other latter-day Floyd albums, this album received mixed reviews upon release.

Preceded by The Division Bell.


Tracklist:

Side One

  1. "Things Left Unsaid" (4:26)
  2. "It's What We Do" (6:17)
  3. "Ebb And Flow" (1:55)

Side Two

  1. "Sum" (4:48)
  2. "Skins" (2:37)
  3. "Unsung" (1:07)
  4. "Anisina" (3:16)

Side Three

  1. "The Lost Art Of Conversation" (1:42)
  2. "On Noodle Street" (1:42)
  3. "Night Light" (1:42)
  4. "Allons-y (1)" (1:57)
  5. "Autumn '68" (1:35)
  6. "Allons-y (2)" (1:32)
  7. "Talkin' Hawkin'" (3:29)

Side Four

  1. "Calling" (3:37)
  2. "Eyes To Pearls" (1:51)
  3. "Surfacing" (2:46)
  4. "Louder Than Words" (6:36)


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Bonus Tracks (Deluxe Edition):

  1. "TBS9"
  2. "TBS14"
  3. "Nervana"


Principal Members:

  • David Gilmour - guitar, lead vocals, keyboard, piano, VCS3, bass
  • Nick Mason - drums, percussion, vocals
  • Richard Wright - organ, piano, keyboard, vocals, synthesizer, vibraphone


With world-weary grace, we've taken our places; we could curse it or nurse it or give it a trope...:

  • Bookends: If you listen closely, the very start of "Things Left Unsaid" and the very end of "Louder Than Words" contains these.
  • Call-Back: The album's title is taken from a lyric from the song "High Hopes" from The Division Bell.
    • The song "Louder Than Words" is taken from a lyric from the song "Sorrow" from A Momentary Lapse of Reason.
    • The song "Talkin' Hawkin'" samples from a British Telecom advert, which was also used for "Keep Talking" from The Division Bell.
    • The synth-trumpet lead in "It's What We Do" recalls the Minimoog synth-trumpet lead in the instrumental sections of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond".
  • Epic Rocking: "It's What We Do" (6:17). and "Louder Than Words" (6:36).
  • Fading into the Next Song: As is standard for Pink Floyd, with the only gaps being fade-outs at the end of each side; this is even the case on CD and digital copies.
  • Grand Finale: This album for Pink Floyd as a whole.
  • Gratuitous French: "Allons-Y".
  • Instrumentals: The whole album bar "Louder Than Words".
  • Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: The album comes in four different editions; a CD, a double-LP, and the deluxe edition, which along with the CD contains a extra DVD or Blu-ray Disc of out-takes and videos as well as the album in 5.1 surround sound (the Blu-ray also includes a high-def stereo mix).
  • Loudness War: Averted. The album comes in at DR11, which is an astounding amount of dynamic range for a modern recording.
  • One-Word Title: "Sum", "Skins", "Unsung", "Anisina", "Calling", "Surfacing".
  • Shout-Out: The title of "Autumn '68" to "Summer '68" from Atom Heart Mother.
  • Siamese Twin Songs: Almost the entire album, with the only cutoff points being the gaps between each side. To this extent, the CD release has the entirety of each side sequenced with the songs in such close proximity to one another that the disc seemingly appears to only have four tracks (the songs are still sequenced individually though, meaning you can skip across all 18 tracks at will.
  • Textless Album Cover: Par for the course for Pink Floyd.
  • That's All, Folks!: The last Pink Floyd album.

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