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New Pink Floyd album planned for October release

Charlotte Observer staff
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    FILE - An Aug. 13, 2008, file photo is of former Pink Floyd band member David Gilmour in London. Police say a 53-year-old man who went to a Minnesota hospital for treatment on April 20, 2013, is accused of pretending to be singer-guitarist David Gilmour _ and racking up as much as $100,000 in unpaid medical bills. Authorities say the man didn't have health insurance, was treated and released, but not before signing an autograph. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)
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    Polly Samson, David Gilmour poses at Sir Salman Rushdie Book Launch Party at the The Collection on Friday September 14, 2012 in London. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)

Pink Floyd is releasing a new album in October, "The Endless River," David Gilmour's wife, Polly Samson, posted on Twitter Saturday.

Samson added that the new album is "based on 1994 sessions" for the album "The Division Bell."

Consequence of Sound reported that singer Durga McBroom-Hudson said Saturday that the recordings for this album began during sessions for "The Division Bell," the last album that the band released.

McBroom-Hudson, who toured with the band in the 1980s and '90s, said "The Endless River" would contain all new songs.

"The recording did start during The Division Bell sessions (and yes, it was the side project originally titled 'The Big Spliff' that [Pink Floyd drummer] Nick Mason spoke about),” she explained on her Facebook page. “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.”

Samson's tweet added that the album would be "Rick Wright's swansong and very beautiful." Wright died of cancer in 2008.

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