Roger Waters Set Date Release For “Dark Side Of The Moon Redux”
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Pink Floyd’s co-founder and former singer Roger Waters is set to release a reinterpretation of the band’s classic 1973 album dubbed The Dark Side of the Moon Redux.
The record with its vinyl edition will feature a new 13-minute original composition inspired by the Dark Side rerecording process and will be released on Oct. 6. Upon announcing the upcoming album, Waters said:
“I’m immensely proud of what we have created, a work that can sit proudly alongside the original, hand-in-hand across a half-century of time.”
“The original Dark Side of the Moon feels in some ways like the lament of an elder being on the human condition.
“But Dave [Gilmour], Rick [Wright], Nick [Mason] and I were so young when we made it, and when you look at the world around us, clearly the message hasn’t stuck. That’s why I started to consider what the wisdom of an 80-year-old could bring to a re-imagined version.”
Earlier this year, Waters talked about the project with The Telegraph. He knew that many people would question him for rerecording a timeless album. The rocker stated:
“I wrote The Dark Side of the Moon. Let’s get rid of all this ‘we’ crap!
“Of course, we were a band, there were four of us, we all contributed – but it’s my project and I wrote it. So … blah!”
While most recently, Waters explained on Facebook:
“It’s not a replacement for the original, which, obviously, is irreplaceable.
“But it is a way for the 79-year-old man to look back across the intervening 50 years into the eyes of the 29-year[-old] and say, to quote a poem of mine about my father, ‘We did our best, we kept his trust, our dad would have been proud of us.’ And also it is a way for me to honor a recording that Nick and Rick and Dave and I have every right to be very proud of.”
Mason was sent a copy of the re-imagined album and was impressed with Waters’ new version of The Dark Side of the Moon. The drummer admitted:
“I [wrote] to [Waters] and said, ‘Annoyingly, it’s absolutely brilliant!’ It was and is.
“It’s not anything that would be a spoiler for the original at all, it’s an interesting add-on to the thing.”
Roger Waters, ‘The Dark Side of the Moon Redux’ Track Listing
1. “Speak to Me”
3. “On the Run”
5. “Great Gig in the Sky”
7. “Us and Them”
8. “Any Colour You’d Like”
9. “Brain Damage”
11. An Original Composition