It was 32 years ago to the day that Pink Floyd released their thirteenth album A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987). 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. While Wright could not be re-admitted to the band for legal reasons since being fired by Roger Waters in 1980, with Mason he helped craft what became the first Pink Floyd album since the departure of bass guitarist, singer, and primary songwriter Waters in December 1985. The record morphed into the first Pink Floyd record since the essentially Waters solo project The Final Cut (1983). An unbearable law suit over who owned the actual name “Pink Floyd” ensured, headed up by a scorned Waters, which is now commonly acknowledged as an unreasonable move by a man and his out of control ego.
Pink Floyd have now announced an immense new box set called The Later Years, a multi-media release that celebrates the band’s post-1987 output. The period generated record sales of over 40 million worldwide and included three studio albums: ‘A Momentary Lapse of Reason’, ‘The Division Bell’ and ‘The Endless River’ as well as two live albums: ‘Delicate Sound of Thunder’ and ‘Pulse’. With additional production from David Gilmour and Andy Jackson, over 13 hours of unreleased audio and audiovisual material, including the sought-after 1989 Venice and 1990 Knebworth concerts.
The full 16-disc deluxe release includes a new version of 1987’s A Momentary Lapse of Reason that features newly recorded drum tracks from Nick Mason.
Revisit The 25 Greatest Worst Albums of All Time where A Momentary Lapse of Reason comes in at No.21.