Pink Floyd has set January 20 as the release date for its next two vinyl reissues -- 1983's The Final Cut and 1987's A Momentary Lapse of Reason. Both will be remastered from the original analogue studio tapes and pressed on heavyweight, 180g vinyl, and the original artwork will be reproduced.
The politically minded The Final Cut was Pink Floyd's first without keyboardist Rick Wright, who had been fired by bassist Roger Waters prior to its recording, while Waters was out for A Momentary Lapse of Reason, which was driven by guitarist David Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason, with Wright rejoining for the tour and the subsequent The Division Bell album.
Wright died in 2008, Mason tells us that projects such as the reissues or the recent The Early Years 1965-1972 box set are what keep him, Gilmour and Waters going these days rather than the prospect of any new Pink Floyd music:
"I think the thing that would be difficult is trying to do anything new. But we usually sort of work reasonably in parallel on how to, really how to look after our heritage."
Pink Floyd is doing just that, as well, for The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains exhibit, which is slated to open next May at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.