A Momentary Lapse of Reason

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A Momentary Lapse of Reason
Studio album by Pink Floyd
Released8 September 1987 (UK)
9 September 1987 (US)
RecordedOctober 1986–May 1987
GenreProgressive rock, heavy metal
Length51:14
LabelEMI (UK)
Columbia (US)
ProducerBob Ezrin and David Gilmour
Pink Floyd chronology
The Final Cut
(1983)The Final Cut1983
A Momentary Lapse of Reason
(1987)
The Division Bell
(1994)The Division Bell1994

A Momentary Lapse of Reason is the thirteenth studio album by Pink Floyd, the band's first release after the departure of Roger Waters from the band in 1985. The album reached #3 on both the U.S. and UK charts. It was released in the UK and the rest of Europe on EMI and on Columbia Records for the rest of the world.

Quotes[change | change source]

On the Momentary Lapse of Reason album, Nick's belief in himself was pretty well gone, and Rick's belief in himself was totally gone. And they weren't up to making a record, to be quite honest about it... Roger's very good at belittling people, and I think over the years he managed to convince Rick completely that he was useless and more or less convinced Nick of the same thing.

— David Gilmour, Rock Compact Disc magazine, September 1992

A Momentary Lapse of Reason had a couple of really nice tunes on it that, had I still been in the band, those chord sequences and melodies would have been made it onto a record that I was involved in. But conceptually and lyrically, it's just rubbish, partly because it's not true.

— Roger Waters, CDNOW.com, 1999

Track listing[change | change source]

All lead vocals performed by David Gilmour except where noted.

  1. "Signs of Life" (instrumental, spoken word by Nick Mason) (David Gilmour, Bob Ezrin) – 4:24
  2. "Learning to Fly" (Gilmour, Anthony Moore, Ezrin, Jon Carin) – 4:53
  3. "The Dogs of War" (Gilmour, Moore) – 6:05
  4. "One Slip" (Gilmour, Phil Manzanera) – 5:10
  5. "On the Turning Away" (Gilmour, Moore) – 5:42
  6. "Yet Another Movie" (Gilmour, Patrick Leonard) / "Round and Around" (Gilmour) – 7:28
  7. "A New Machine (Part 1)" (Gilmour) – 1:46
  8. "Terminal Frost" (Gilmour) – 6:17
  9. "A New Machine (Part 2)" (Gilmour) – 0:38
  10. "Sorrow" (Gilmour) – 8:46

Personnel[change | change source]

Pink Floyd
Additional musicians
Production
  • Andrew Jackson – sound effects
  • Mastering Lab – mastering
  • Precision Lacquer – mastering
  • Phil Taylor – technical and musical instrument supervision