Pink Floyd to Reissue ‘The Final Cut’ and ‘Momentary Lapse of Reason’ on Vinyl
Pink Floyd are returning to their '80s-era output for a pair of new vinyl reissues. The Final Cut and A Momentary Lapse of Reason, originally issued in 1983 and 1987, respectively, have been remastered in advance of their arrival on Jan. 20.
Neither project has been available on vinyl for more than two decades. Their release concludes a sweeping reissue campaign that saw Pink Floyd release new 180-gram remasters of every studio album. As with those earlier records, The Final Cut and A Momentary Lapse of Reason have been mastered from the original analog studio tapes and paired with faithfully reproduced album artwork.
Each album represents a strikingly different creative vision. The Final Cut – which focused on the Falklands War and England's Margaret Thatcher-led era – emerged as a de facto Roger Waters solo album, featuring musical contributions by David Gilmour and Nick Mason. A Momentary Lapse of Reason, meanwhile, functioned as a Gilmour effort – with additional help from Mason, a variety of studio aces and returning co-founder Richard Wright. By then, Waters had left for a solo career.
Longtime graphic artist Storm Thorgerson was back on board for Momentary Lapse's cover art, while Waters handled the artwork duties himself on The Final Cut.
These two upcoming reissues cap a busy period for collectors. Pink Floyd's other recent offerings include The Early Years 1965-1972, a comprehensive 27-disc box set that featured unreleased Syd Barrett-era tracks, BBC Radio Sessions, remixes, outtakes and alternative versions.
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