Pink Floyd - A Momentary Lapse of Reason (Half-Speed Mastered 2xLP Vinyl)

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A Momentary Lapse of Reason is the thirteenth studio album by the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd, released in the UK on 7 September 1987 by EMI and the following day in the US on Columbia. It was recorded primarily on guitarist David Gilmour's converted houseboat, Astoria.

A Momentary Lapse of Reason was the first Pink Floyd album recorded without founding member Roger Waters, who departed in 1985. The production was marred by legal fights over the rights to the Pink Floyd name, which were not resolved until several months after release. It also saw the return of keyboardist and founding member Richard Wright, who had resigned from the band under pressure from Waters during the recording of The Wall (1979).

Unlike most earlier Pink Floyd records, A Momentary Lapse of Reason is not a concept album. It includes writing contributions from outside songwriters, following Gilmour's decision to include material once intended for his third solo album. The album was promoted with a successful world tour and with three singles: the double A-side "Learning to Fly" / "Terminal Frost", "On the Turning Away", and "One Slip".

A Momentary Lapse of Reason received mixed reviews; some critics praised the production and instrumentation but criticised Gilmour's writing, and it was derided by Waters. It reached number three in the UK and US, and outsold Pink Floyd's previous album The Final Cut (1983).

Gatefold sleeve + 24-page booklet.
Made in Germany.

Pink Floyd
A Momentary Lapse Of Reason
Remixed & Updated
2-LP Vinyl
Remixed in 2019 from the original master tapes
Heavyweight 180 gram pressing
20-page booklet

Half-speed master
Cut at 45 rpm
for enhanced audio quality
PFRLP37 01902979208


This album frequently gets a bad rap from critics (though it seems well-enough appreciated here on rym -- kudos, folks!), which has always puzzled me. Could it be that they were all just pissed off that David Gilmour and Nick Mason continued the Pink Floyd name without Roger Waters, and were therefore determined to dislike the outcome? Whatever. This album is better than the previous Floyd album, the Waters-driven The Final Cut. So there.

Lapse of Reason is pretty heavy, dark stuff -- though it is Pink Floyd, after all, so what else is new? Well, the sheer loudness and crunchiness of most of the tracks here, for one thing. There's only one ostensibly 'cheerful' song, 'Learning to Fly', but even that has distinctly ominous overtones. The rest of the album is all about disasters or horrors of one variety or another, from the personal ('One Slip') to the global ('On the Turning Away'). Don't listen to this album when you're down.

Apparently lots of people find 'The Dogs of War' pretty much unlistenable. So I'd just like to say: what the hell is wrong with you? This is a great song.

The two instrumentals are perhaps the best parts of the album. The opener, 'Signs of Life', is typical Floyd: it starts with some subtle sound effects -- in this case the slow slapping of oars on water -- and builds from there. (They would do even better on The Division Bell's 'Cluster One', though.) And my favorite track is 'Terminal Frost'. I don't know what Gilmour had in mind here, but the track always makes me think of the closing sections of Jon Krakauer's book Into Thin Air, in which mountaineer Rob Hall is dying alone near the Everest summit while his friends talk to him by radio but are powerless to help. Of course, that's clearly not the stimulus for the song, because the book came a decade later than the album. But that's my association. (And if you think that makes 'Terminal Frost' sound dire, well, wait 'til you get to 'Sorrow'. Somebody's having a really bad day there.)

In short: cool album. Very worthwhile. Nice build-up to the utterly mind-blowing Division Bell.

By: Caggyair.


A1 Signs Of Life - Written-By – Bob Ezrin, David Gilmour - 4:24
A2 Learning To Fly- Written-By – Anthony Moore, Bob Ezrin, David Gilmour, Jon Carin - 4:52
A3 The Dogs Of War - Written-By – Anthony Moore, David Gilmour - 6:10
B1 One Slip - Written-By – David Gilmour, Phil Manzanera -5:05
B2 On The Turning Away - Written-By – Anthony Moore, David Gilmour - 5:42
C1 Yet Another Movie - Written-By – David Gilmour, Pat Leonard* - 6:14
C2 Round And Around -Written-By – David Gilmour - 1:13
C3 A New Machine (Part 1) -Written-By – David Gilmour -1:46
C4 Terminal Frost - Written-By – David Gilmour - 6:17
C5 A New Machine (Part 2) - Written-By – David Gilmour -0:38
D1 Sorrow - Written-By – David Gilmour - 8:47

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Pink Floyd (1987) Ltd.
Licensed To – Parlophone Records Ltd.
Copyright © – Pink Floyd (1987) Ltd.
Record Company – Warner Music Group
Pressed By – Optimal Media GmbH – BK28540
Mastered At – Metropolis Studios
Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone – Tom Scott
Art Direction [2021] – Aubrey Powell, Peter Curzon
Art Direction [Original Album Cover Design] – Storm Thorgerson
Artwork – Mekon (2)
Backing Vocals – Carmen Twillie, Darlene Koldenhoven, Donnie Gerrard*, Phyllis St. James
Bass Guitar, Chapman Stick – Tony Levin
Cover [Front Cover Concept] – Nexus (38), Storm Thorgerson
Design [2021] – Peter Curzon
Drums [Electric & Acoustic Drums], Effects [Sound Effects] – Nick Mason
Edited By [Additional Editing By] – Devin Workman
Engineer [Assisted By] – Robert (Ringo) Hrycyna*
Engineer [Original Recording Engineered By] – Andy Jackson
Guitar – Michael Landau
Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards, Sequencer – David Gilmour
Illustration – Ellis Nadler
Keyboards – Jon Carin
Keyboards, Percussion, Sequencer – Bob Ezrin
Mastered By [Audio Mastering] – Andy Jackson
Mastered By [Vinyl Mastering] – Stuart Hawkes
Organ [Hammond Organ] – Bill Payne
Percussion – Steve Forman
Photography – Robert Dowling
Piano, Vocals, Synthesizer [Kurzweil], Organ [Hammond Organ] – Richard Wright
Producer – Bob Ezrin, David Gilmour
Remix [Assisted By] – Damon Iddins
Remix [Remixed By] – Andy Jackson, David Gilmour
Research [Still Photo Research] – Tracey Kraft
Saxophone – John Helliwell
Synthesizer – Pat Leonard*
Tenor Saxophone – Scott Page
Gatefold sleeve + 24-page booklet.
Made in Germany.

Pink Floyd
A Momentary Lapse Of Reason
Remixed & Updated
2-LP Vinyl
Remixed in 2019 from the original master tapes
Heavyweight 180 gram pressing
20-page booklet

Half-speed master
Cut at 45 rpm
for enhanced audio quality
PFRLP37 01902979208
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Barcode (Text): 0 190295 079208
Barcode (Scanned): 0190295079208
Matrix / Runout (Side A, 1I mirrored): BK28540-01 A1 Stu. 0190295079208 1I
Matrix / Runout (Side B, 1- mirrored): BK28540-01 B1 1- 0190295079208
Matrix / Runout (Side C, 1II mirrored): BK28540-02 C1 0190295079208 1II
Matrix / Runout (Side D, 2IT mirrored): BK28540-02 D1 0190295079208 2IT