Pink Floyd have released a new version of their 1994 song “A Great Day for Freedom”.
The updated render will serve as the B-side to physical copies of “Hey Hey Rise Up”, the band’s new single – and the first new music in 28 years – which was released in April.
“Using A Great Day for Freedom as the B-side to Pink Floyd’s new single, ‘Hey Hey Rise Up’ seemed like an obvious and appropriate choice,” noted a message accompanying the video for the new release. “And David [Gilmour] has, for some time, wanted to record a simpler, more straightforward version of the song.
The description further stated that the audio was from the band’s rehearsals. Impulse live album and featured “Nick’s original drums and bass [Mason] and David. Gilmour also provided “a new piano, a Prophet 5 synthesizer and Hammond [organ]” on the updated track.
Listen to the new version of “A Great Day for Freedom” below.
Originally released on the band’s album in 1994 The dividing bell“A Great Day for Freedom” was inspired by the fall of the Berlin Wall.
“There was a wonderful moment of optimism when the wall came down – the liberation of Eastern Europe from the undemocratic side of the socialist system,” Gilmour explained to guitar world in ’94. “But what they have now doesn’t look much better. Again, I’m pretty pessimistic about all of this. I wish and live in hope, but I tend to think that history moves at a much slower pace than we think. I feel like real change takes a long, long time.
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