by Greg Allard

Pink Floyd, who is one of only seven musical artists to have sold more than 250 million records worldwide, is set to release their first album in 20 years this October entitled The Endless River.

River is reportedly to be spawned from 1994 instrumental sessions, done around the time of their last LP Division Bell, and originally meant to be a side project called The Big Spliff, which drummer Nick Mason mentioned in his book “Inside Out.”

Polly Samson, wife of Floyd guitarist David Gilmour and one of the post-Roger Waters lyricists for the band, leaked out the following information about the new album over Twitter two days ago:

“Btw, Pink Floyd album out in October is called ‘The Endless River.’ Based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright’s swansong and very beautiful.”

Wright, who was the keyboardist for the band, and sung “Us and Them” on their Dark Side of the Moon LP, died of cancer at the age of 65 in 2008, ending any chance of a reunion of the post-Syd Barret lineup of Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and himself. Wright had left the group in 1979 briefly after fighting with Waters over the direction of the band. Waters then left the band for good (except for a 2005 reunion show) following their 1983 LP The Final Cut.

Durga McBroom-Hudson, who has done backing-vocal work with the band in the ’80s and ’90s, confirmed via her Facebook page that an album of new material will indeed come out this fall:

“The recording did start during ‘The Division Bell’ sessions (and yes, it was the side project originally titled ‘The Big Spliff’ that Nick Mason spoke about),” she said. “Which is why there are Richard Wright tracks on it. But David and Nick have gone in and done a lot more since then. It was originally to be a completely instrumental recording, but I came in last December and sang on a few tracks. David then expanded on my backing vocals and has done a lead on at least one of them. That’s the song you see being worked on in the photo.”

This piece, which was played before the 1994 concerts but not included on the Division Bell album, is rumored to be included in some form on the new album:

No word yet on whether Roger Waters, who was the driving force behind The Wall, will be included in some way on the new release.

Either way, the new album will be a big piece of happiness for the millions of Pink Floyd fans around the globe.

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