Pink Floyd were formed in London 57 years ago and although three important members of the band – David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Roger Waters – are still making music, it seems very unlikely that we will see them play together again. The nearest thing might be Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets, a crack band of musicians led by the great drummer himself, who are playing songs from the Floyd’s first great iteration. They were due to play the Brighton Dome last year but the show has now been postponed until April 2022.
Until then, of course, there are always the records and what a back catalogue it is! From the Syd Barrett-era Piper at the Gates of Dawn to the world-conquering Dark Side of the Moon to the elegiac Division Bell, original vinyl copies of their records have always been in demand.
The Record Album has just acquired a number of these titles and we now have a bin with at least one copy of just about every one. Among the highlights are a first pressing of Saucerful of Secrets and lovely copies of their early film soundtracks but pride of place must go to four versions of Dark Side of the Moon. It’s rare indeed to find these complete with their two posters and two sets of stickers and one of ours is a first pressing with the blue triangle on the label.
If you’re a fan or a collector, you should come and see these as soon as you can. The Record Album is open Wednesday to Saturday, from 10am to 6pm, or you can always telephone to make an appointment outside these hours on 01273 323853.