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 twenty years. Pink Floyd’s release concludes a sweeping reissue campaign that saw the band launch new 180-gram remasters of each studio album. As with these 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.
Every album represents a strikingly totally different creative vision. The Final Cut – which focused on the Falklands War and England’s Margaret Thatcher-led period – emerged as a de facto Waters solo album, that includes musical contributions by Gilmour and Mason. A Momentary Lapse of Reason, in the meantime, functioned as a David Gilmour effort – with additional help from Nick Mason, a variety of studio aces and returning co-founder RWright. By then, Roger Waters had left for a solo career.
Longtime graphic artist Storm Thorgerson was back on board for Momentary Lapse‘s cover artwork, whereas Waters handled the artwork duties himself on The Final Cut.
These 2 upcoming reissues cap a busy period for collectors. The band’s other recent offerings include The Early Years 1965-1972, a complete 27-disc box set that featured unreleased Syd Barrett-era tracks, BBC Radio Periods, remixes, outtakes and alternative versions.
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