Pink Floyd has released a new version of “A Great Day for Freedom” from 1994. The updated version will be included as the b-side on physical copies of “Hey Hey Rise Up,” the group’s new single and first new music in 28 years, which was released in April. “Using A Great Day for Freedom as the B-side of the new Pink Floyd single, ‘Hey Hey Rise Up’ seemed obvious and timely,” stated a message accompanying the video for the new version. “And David [Gilmour] has long desired to record a simpler, more straightforward rendition of the song.”
The description also stated that the audio was taken from Pulse live album rehearsals and featured “the original drums and bass by Nick [Mason] and David.” On the updated track, Gilmour added “new piano, Prophet 5 synthesizer, and Hammond [organ].” Below is the updated version of “A Great Day for Freedom.” “A Great Day for Freedom” was originally released on the band’s 1994 album The Division Bell and was inspired by the fall of the Berlin Wall.
“There was a wonderful moment of optimism when the Berlin Wall fell – the liberation of Eastern Europe from the socialist system’s non-democratic side,” Gilmour told Guitar World in 1994. “However, their current situation does not appear to be much better. Again, I am quite pessimistic about everything. I sort of hope and wish, but I tend to believe that history moves much more slowly than we believe. I believe that genuine change takes a very, very long time.”
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