Pink Floyd Records is releasing a 25th anniversary edition of ‘The Division Bell’, the band’s
1994 multi-million selling album that included the Grammy Award winning track Marooned
(Best Rock Instrumental Performance). Set for release on June 7th , this 25th anniversary
edition will be available on translucent blue vinyl (echoing the original limited blue vinyl
release in 1994).
‘The Division Bell’ was the last studio album to be recorded by the band: David Gilmour,
Nick Mason and Richard Wright. The album debuted at No 1 in the UK, the USA, Australia
and New Zealand, staying at the top of the US charts for 4 weeks; it also went to No 1 in six
other countries and, to date, has reached total album sales of over 12 million. The album
was recorded by the band at Astoria and Britannia Row Studios with the majority of the lyrics
being written by Polly Samson and David Gilmour.
David Gilmour said at the time: “The three of us went into Britannia Row studios, and
improvised for two weeks. Playing together and starting from scratch was interesting and
exciting, it kick-started the album and the process was very good, it was collaborative and
felt more cohesive.”
‘The Division Bell’ contains 11 tracks including A Great Day For Freedom, Keep Talking
(featuring a sampled Stephen Hawking), High Hopes, and Pink Floyd’s only Grammy-
awarded track, the instrumental ‘Marooned’. A video for Marooned was made for the 20th
Anniversary Immersion release of the album and has now had almost 25 million views. The
highly acclaimed video, directed by Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis, was shot on location in
Chernobyl and also includes incredible footage from space taken by NASA. The author
Douglas Adams suggested the title, based on a line of Polly Samson’s lyrics from ‘High
Hopes’, referring to the parliamentary bell used to alert politicians to return to the House.