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A Momentary Lapse Of Reason Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (March 3 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • ASIN: B000002C1W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 240 customer reviews
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1. Signs Of Life
2. Learning To Fly
3. The Dogs Of War
4. One Slip
5. On The Turning Away
6. Yet Another Movie (6a Round And Around)
7. A New Machine (Part 1)
8. Terminal Frost
9. A New Machine (Part 2)
10. Sorrow

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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 McCulley

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Format: Audio CD
The album indeed has an an 80's sound, but this is certainly not the 80's of "Safety Dance". A Momentary Lapse of Reason represents the best of that decade's possibilities--yes, the sound is "harder" than you might find before or after, but I greatly prefer this slightly edgier sound to the feel of current pop music. Although thematically not as unified as its predecessors, there is a definite flow in the mood of the album, from a guardedly optimistic beginning to a hopeless, bitter end. The sound clips are well placed to augment the running themes. Probably the best example of that is in "Yet Another Movie", one of the album's greatest stars, where clips from Casablanca set the scene for a world that seems to be entering into a second Holocaust--this time a nuclear one.
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.
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By A Customer on May 6 1999
Format: Audio CD
Ok, first of all let me say that this was my first Pink Floyd album, so I may be a bit jaded. However, I want to add my 2 cents on the Pink Floyd with Roger Waters vs. w/o Roger. First, ask yourself this: What two Pink Floyd albums are alike? My answer is NONE! Each is different and unique and should be viewed separately without comparison to other albums.
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!
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In 1985 Roger Waters decided he wanted to break from his contract with Pink Floyd manager Steve O' Rourke and forge ahead with his own solo career. He asked David Gilmour to back him on this, promising him he would give him the name Pink Floyd to use as he wished (not that it was his to give), threatening legal action otherwise--a threat he would soon follow through with. Like many people, Gilmour wasn't too keen on being threatened , so naturally he turned down Waters and went off to make a new Floyd record. The result is an album of great songs, rather than an album with a full blown concept. In fact it pretty much falls in step behind pre-Dark Side work in that way and seems to have satisfied most fans of the old Floyd who were getting really fed up with Roger's bleak view of the world (why is it our society tends to put more importance and relevance on pain and suffering than it does on peace and love?) So naturally when Gilmour wrote an album filled with his views on new beginnings with a positive slant (Leaning to Fly); the unholy concept of wishing for a little peace in the world (On the Turning Away); and the dreamlike observations of a certain band member adrift in his own world of gloom and doom (Yet Another Movie), people dismissed the work as being pointless. For many people apparently the point to life is to complain and to get pleasure from hearing others complain. If that's what is important to you, and not great music laced with poetic observations rather than straight forward venom flung at your ears unceasingly, then by all means avoid this record.
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A Momentary Lapse of Reason seems to have a fair amount of infamy among diehard Pink Floyd fans. I can't argue with that; I don't own Dark Side, The Wall or Meddle and I lack the comparative perspective or the sense of what Roger Waters brought to the group. I like this album solely on the basis of what it is by itself - not in comparison to earlier or later works.
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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