A Momentary Lapse Of Reason Original recording remastered
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|7. A New Machine (Part 1)|
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Japanese Limited LP Replica Sleeve Edition of the Original Album Release from 1987.
Though many predicted that Roger Waters's acrimonious split with the band after 1983's aptly named Final Cut would ultimately spell the end of Pink Floyd, the remaining band members confounded pundits by extending their status as classic rock's most ponderous dinosaurs into the 1990s and beyond. And if the title was a gentle jab at Waters after a years-long legal struggle over the Floyd moniker, the music was all too familiar; some would say even formulaic. And lest anyone doubted that the absence of Waters's dour soul would lighten things up a bit, guitarist and post facto leader Dave Gilmour gamely took on the Mantle of Conscience for topics ranging from the cold war ("The Dogs of War") to yuppie self-indulgence ("On the Turning Away"). And if this album sometimes evokes an uncomfortable feeling of a band on autopilot, it's one that can still turn out the likes of the anthemic "Learning to Fly" on cruise control. --Jerry McCulleySee all Product Description
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Despite what some say, I have a personal theory that there is in fact a loose theme on A Momentary Lapse of Reason. Judging from some of his output on his solo album About Face, Mr. Gilmour (the main lyricist) seems to have been quite concerned with the situation of the Cold War. It seems to me that the album, when you put it all together, has possibly got a nuclear-destruction scenario. Even the title A Momentary Lapse of Reason reminds me of the old description of what would happen if someone did push the nuclear button: MAD--Mutual Assured Destruction. Another clue may be in the instrumental "Terminal Frost": its title suggests nuclear winter, and the sound clip in it: "Never, ever again..." evokes for me the fear of a second Holocaust--for which a worldwide nuclear cataclysm would certainly qualify.
To me, all of the songs on this album have a place--even the much maligned "A New Machine" songs.Read more ›
Now then, let's look at Momentary Lapse. Learning to Fly is a great song, though a bit over played on the radio. Dogs of War has been voted among Pink Floyd fans as the worst Pink Floyd song. Well, it's one of my favorites, so phtphtpthpthp to the rest of you. I like it for the lyrics and the sax solo. On the Turning Away is battling with Wish You Were Here as my all time favorite Pink Floyd song. The absolutely beautiful attitude calms even the most savage beast.
My main point is, yes it's different. But that doesn't mean it's bad. Perhaps not as good as other albums but definately worthy of at least 4 stars. (I gave it 5 for nostalgia purposes.) If you are unable to view an album by itself, I pity you because you are missing a great album!
There are a few tracks I dislike, or at least don't pay much attention to. I would agree with others that Dogs of War isn't very interesting. A New Machine is just plain weird. But those are the only ones I rate short of excellent.
One Slip is a breathtaking and versatile piece with inspired lyrics. Terminal Frost is quite simply my favorite instrumental - ever. It is amazing and powerful. Another Movie and Sorrow are both excellent and deeply thoughtful. On the Turning Away and Learning to Fly are both quite good as well - worthy of their hit status.
I recommend this album to anyone - fan of Pink Floyd or not. It has some excellent tracks on it, regardless of whether it sounds like prior entries by the group.
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Great album as everything they did. It is a Gilmore album as all later stuff was. But I like the sound they have recorded into this.Published 15 months ago by brian edward kirton
Received within 3 days, Fantastic. Already enjoying it, thanks very muchPublished 16 months ago by G LAST
Classic Pink Floyd. I have loved them since the beginning and it is great to have more from this great band.Published 19 months ago by Kathy Smith