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Pink Floyd


Psychedelic/Space Rock

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3 stars In the early to mid eighties, when their album "The Wall" was a hit, and everything in this band was then more related to Roger Waters's dark vision of things and to his ego, I really was not interested to listen to this band anymore. I don't like "The Wall" as an album, but the film of the same name was better, but not one that I could want to watch to several times again. When the album "The Final Cut" was released in 1983, and I knew that Rick Wright was not in the band anymore, I even cared less about the new albums that the band could release with Waters. For me, the best period of the band with Waters in the line-up was from 1968 to 1973 (from their albums "A Saucerful of Secrets" to "The Dark Side of the Moon"). Their "Wish You Were Here" album from 1975 is also good, but from there the band was really having a lot of internal problems which were reflected in the content and in the quality of their albums.

By late 1987, I first listened to their "Learning to Fly" single in a FM Radio Station in my city, and I liked it. The radio station announcer said that Waters was not in the band anymore, and that Wright was again in the band (but it was not very known then that it was with him only playing as a musician under salary! A thing that by 1994 changed with him again being a full time member of the band). So, I then became interested to listen to this band again. I bought their then new album ("A Momentary Lapse of Reason") in 1988, and while I liked it then, now I can say that it was not one of their best albums, but it was better and more interesting than any album they released between 1977 and 1983, in their last years with Waters. A time when he dominated the songwriting and almost everything in the band.

By 1986-1987, with Waters finally out of the band since late 1985, David Gilmour and Nick Mason were trying to play again as PINK FLOYD without Waters. They recorded their "A Momenary Lapse of Reason" album and it was released in September 1987, with them (and Wright too) facing a very diificult time for some months due to legal problems with Waters about the use of the name of the band. Finally, an agreement with Waters was reached, and they had a lot of success with the album. They maybe became more successful then than in their last years with Waters in the band.

For their "A Momentary Lapse of Reason" album, Gilmour and Mason had to employ several session musicians to record the album, and Gilmour, who was the main songwriter then, collaborated with other musicians in the songwriting of some songs. "One Slip" was a song written by Gilmour with ROXY MUSIC's guitarist Phil Manzanera (who doesn't appear playing in the album or in this song), and this song was released in the Side "A" of this single. It is a good song, more related in some ways to the Pop Rock sound of the mid to late eighties, updating the sound of the band for those times, but at the same time this song also has "the Pink Floyd sound" influences, more in Gilmour's terms. It also has some electronic drums playing, some programmed sequencers, both things being very typical of that time. The "A Momentary Lapse of Reason" title of the album was taken from the chorus of this song's lyrics. I like more the live version of this song which was recorded in 1988, playing it with a lot of energy. This live version of this song appears in their "Delicate Sound of Thunder" video from 1989. in this studio version, the song has a very good stick bass solo played by Tony Levin, while in the live version Guy Pratt also plays a very good bass guitar solo using some pedal sound effects to make it sound like Levinīs stick bass.

In the Side "B" of this single, there is the studio version of "Terminal Frost", also taken from their 1987 album. An instrumental musical piece with some heavy playing and with saxes played by Scott Page and by SUPERTRAMP's John Helliwell. There is also a live version from "The Dogs of War", recorded at The Omni, in Atlanta, in November 1987, during one of their early concerts of the tour, with the band having five female backing singers instead of three (as in the remaining tour dates). This song has very good lyrics and it is a heavy Blues influenced song with a sax solo by Page and lead guitar parts by Gilmour. The concerts at The Omni were filmed professionally and some parts of them were used for promotional purposes. One of the songs released on video for promotional use from these concerts was "The Dogs of War", with the band sounding good, but with their playing still not being very good as in later tour dates from the same tour. With the passing of time the new line-up of the band obviously gained more in confidence and experience together and played better in concert.

Guillermo | 3/5 |


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