The 25th Anniversary of Pink Floyd’s “A Momentary Lapse Of Reason” is featured on In The Studio.
The radio series gets the story this week behind one of Rock’s most contentious and public rights disputes, and one of the biggest comebacks in music history.
Amidst some of the most successful and celebrated albums of the 70s, creative and personal tensions had been building until Pink Floyd disintegrated during the making of 1982’s “The Final Cut.”
By 1985, the only musical output from any of the members of Pink Floyd had come in the form of solo albums, and in December of that year Roger Waters, who created the concepts and the lyrics to such quintessential rock masterpieces as “The Dark Side Of The Moon,” “Wish You Were Here” and “The Wall,” would announce his departure, triggering a noisy two year legal battle for the rights to Pink Floyd.
In the end, a David Gilmour-fronted Floyd would emerge producing “A Momentary Lapse Of Reason” in September of 1987.
Critical response was surprisingly lukewarm, but a sold out stadium tour and two # 1 rock singles with “Learning To Fly” and “On The Turning Away” proved that, as far as the worthiness of a Waters-less Pink Floyd, the fans had the only vote that matters.
Gilmour and Floyd drummer Nick Mason join host Redbeard to tell the story behind the project.
“Lurching into the future bearing the mantle of Pink Floyd without Roger in 1987 was a tough one, as anyone can imagine,” explains Gilmour. “You’re right to say that I was confident at the end and happy. Anyone would be happy and confident in the end when our moving forward and doing what we did, making the album, doing the tour, was justified.”
Pink Floyd’s “A Momentary Lapse Of Reason” on In The Studio is available to stream now here.
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