Pink Floyd's “The Division Bell” was first released in 1994 by EMI Records in Europe and by Columbia Records in USA. The album title is a lyric line from the song High Hopes, but titles as Pow Wow and Down to Earth was also discussed. The album went straight to #1 on the album charts in both the UK and USA, but received poor reviews on both sides of the Atlantic.
The album was nominated in the 1995 Brit-Awards but lost to one of UK's great brit-pop artists, Blur and their album “Parklife”.
The Division Bell was first reissued in 2011 on CD as a part of the “Discovery Box” and then again in June 2014 on vinyl as a 20th anniversary deluxe edition.
The original 1. UK press on EMI with the matrix:
8289841 A-1-1- FLOYD-A / 8289841 B-2-1-1 FLOYD-B [TML-M / TML-X] (both stamped and written), sold for $148.43 USD on eBay on the 5th of October 2014, just three months after the 20th anniversary deluxe edition was released.
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⇙ Pink Floyd - The Division Bell 1. UK press and 2014 reissue