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BBC and EMI to release rare Coldplay, Pink Floyd tracks

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BBC Worldwide and EMI Music have confirmed a deal which gives the label access to a massive archive of previously-unreleased and some unseen TV and radio recordings. Material from EMI acts including Coldplay, Pink Floyd and David Bowie will be released in multiple formats while the entire archive will eventually be made available online.

Highlights include Cracked Actor - a behind-the-scenes look at David Bowie's 1974 Diamond Dogs tour, a 1967 John Peel session with Pink Floyd and a paired-down version of Coldplay's Shiver. Queen, Paul McCartney, Kylie Minogue and Lily Allen are also part of EMI's long list of acts.

Unfortunately, BBC footage of The Beatles is covered by an existing agreement and is the only exception to the deal.

Tom Porter worked on MusicRadar from its mid-2007 launch date to 2011, covering a range of music and music making topics, across features, gear news, reviews, interviews and more. A regular NAMM-goer back in the day, Tom now resides permanently in Los Angeles, where he's doing rather well at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB).