The Epic 2017 Project #217: 170805
Pink Floyd – A delicate sound of thunder (1988)
For the final Jemtunes ‘Epic’ outing into Pink Floyd’s album back catalogue, we conclude with Delicate Sound of Thunder. It’s a double live album recorded over five nights at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, New York in August 1988 and mixed at Abbey Road Studios in September 1988. It was released two months later on 22 November 1988, through EMI Records in the United Kingdom and Columbia Records in the United States.
Released as a double LP, double cassette, and a double CD, each format containing a slightly different track listing, it includes many works from A Momentary Lapse of Reason as well as tracks from older Pink Floyd albums.
The Epic 2017 Project #216: 170804
Pink Floyd – A momentary lapse of reason (1987)
A Momentary Lapse of Reason was the thirteenth studio album from Pink Floyd, released in the UK and US in September 1987, on the labels EMI and Columbia. It followed guitarist David Gilmour’s decision to include material recorded for his third solo album on a new Pink Floyd album with drummer Nick Mason and keyboardist Richard Wright. Although for legal reasons Wright could not be re-admitted to the band, Wright and Mason helped Gilmour craft what became the first Pink Floyd album since the December 1985 departure of bass guitarist, singer, and primary songwriter Roger Waters.
A Momentary Lapse of Reason was recorded primarily on Gilmour’s converted houseboat, Astoria. Its production was marked by an ongoing legal dispute with Waters as to who owned the rights to Pink Floyd’s name, an issue resolved several months after the album was released. Unlike many of Pink Floyd’s studio albums, A Momentary Lapse of Reason has no central theme and is instead a collection of songs written by Gilmour, sometimes with outside songwriters.
Though it received mixed reviews and was derided by Waters, A Momentary Lapse of Reason outsold Pink Floyd’s previous album The Final Cut , and was supported by a successful world tour. In the US, it has been certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA.
The Epic 2017 Project #213: 170801
Pink Floyd – The Final Cut (1983)
Pink Floyd released their 12th studio album on 21 March 1983. It went out on Harvest in the UK and on Columbia in the US on 2 April. It was Pink Floyd’s last studio album to include founding member, bass guitarist and songwriter Roger Waters, and their only album on which he alone is credited for writing and composition. It was also the only Pink Floyd album that does not feature keyboardist Richard Wright. Waters originally planned The Final Cut as a soundtrack album for the 1982 film Pink Floyd – The Wall. With the onset of the Falklands War, he rewrote it as a concept album, exploring what he considered the betrayal of his father, who died serving in the Second World War. Waters sings most of the lyrics; lead guitarist David Gilmour provides lead vocals on only one track. The packaging, also designed by Waters, reflects the album’s war theme.
Recorded in eight British studios from July to December 1982, with an accompanying short film released in the same year, production of The Final Cut was dominated by interpersonal conflict. Although it reached the top of the UK Albums Chart, the album received mixed reviews. Waters left the band in 1985, and The Final Cut thus remains the last Pink Floyd studio album he worked on.
The Epic 2017 Project #212: 170731
Pink Floyd – Atom heart Mother (1970)
The fifth studio album was released by Harvest on 2 October 1970 in the UK, and by Capitol on 10 October 1970 in the US. It was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, England, and was the band’s first album to reach number 1 in the UK, while it reached number 55 in the US, eventually going gold there. A remastered CD was released in 1994 in the UK and the United States, and again in 2011. Ron Geesin, who had already influenced and collaborated with Roger Waters, contributed to the title track and received a then-rare outside songwriting credit.
The cover was designed by Hipgnosis, and was the first one to not feature the band’s name on the cover, or contain any photographs of the band anywhere. This was a trend that would continue on subsequent covers throughout the 1970s and beyond.
Although it was commercially successful on release, the band, particularly Waters and David Gilmour, have expressed several negative opinions of the album in more recent years. Nevertheless, it remained popular enough for Gilmour to perform the title track with Geesin in 2008
The Epic 2017 Project #210: 170729
Pink Floyd – Meddle (1971)
Meddle was Pink Floyd’s sixth studio album, released on 31 October 1971 by Harvest Records. It was produced between the band’s touring commitments, from January to August 1971. It was recorded at a series of locations around London, including Abbey Road Studios and Morgan Studios.
With no material to work with and no clear idea of the album’s direction, the group devised a series of novel experiments which eventually inspired the album’s signature track, “Echoes”. Although many of the band’s later albums would be unified by a central theme with lyrics written mainly by Roger Waters, Meddle was a group effort with lyrical contributions from each member, and is considered a transitional album between the Syd Barrett-influenced group of the late 1960s and the emerging Pink Floyd. The cover according to creator, Storm Thorgerson, depicts an ear under water.
Meddle was well received by music critics upon its release. However, despite being commercially successful in the United Kingdom, lacklustre publicity on the part of their United States-based label led to poor sales there upon initial release.
The Epic 2017 Project #209: 170728
Pink Floyd – The Division Bell (1994)
Pinks Floyd’s 14th studio album was released on 28 March 1994 by EMI Records in the United Kingdom and on 4 April by Columbia Records in the United States. The music was written mostly by guitarist and singer David Gilmour and keyboardist Rick Wright, and features Wright’s first lead vocal on a Pink Floyd album since The Dark Side of the Moon (1973). Gilmour’s new wife, Polly Samson, co-wrote many of the lyrics, which deal with themes of communication. Recording took place in locations including the band’s Britannia Row Studios, and Gilmour’s houseboat, Astoria. The production team included Pink Floyd stalwarts such as producer Bob Ezrin, engineer Andy Jackson and saxophonist Dick Parry.
The Division Bell reached number one in the UK and the US but received mixed reviews. It was followed by a tour of the US and Europe. It was certified double platinum in the US the year it was released, and triple platinum in 1999. Unused material from the Division Bell sessions became part of Pink Floyd’s next and final album, The Endless River (2014).
The Epic 2017 Project #208: 170727
Pink Floyd – The endless river (2014)
The Endless River is the fifteenth and final studio album from Pink Floyd. It was released on 7 November 2014 in Friday-release countries and on 10 November elsewhere by Parlophone Records in the United Kingdom and by Columbia Records in the United States. It was the third Pink Floyd album led by guitarist and singer David Gilmour following Roger Waters’ departure in 1985 and the first following the death of keyboardist Rick Wright in 2008, who appears posthumously.
The Endless River consists almost entirely of instrumental and ambient music based on material Pink Floyd wrote, recorded and produced with Wright during sessions for their previous album The Division Bell (1994) (featured in Epic #209 tomorrow). New material was recorded in 2013 and 2014 aboard Gilmour’s Astoria boat studio and in Medina Studios in Hove, England. It was produced by Gilmour, Youth, Andy Jackson and Phil Manzanera. The cover art concept is by Ahmed Emad Eldin, with final artwork by Stylorouge and creative direction by Aubrey Powell.
The Endless River was promoted with the single “Louder than Words” and artwork installations in cities including London, New York, Paris, Berlin, and Milan. It became the most pre-ordered album of all time on Amazon UK, and debuted at number one in several countries. The vinyl edition was the fastest-selling UK vinyl release since 1997.