1987 Pink Floyd – A Momentary Lapse Of Reason

A Momentary Lapse Of Reason is the thirteenth studio album by the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd, released in the UK on 7 September 1987 by EMI and the following day in the US on Columbia. It was recorded primarily on guitarist David Gilmour’s converted houseboat, Astoria.

A Momentary Lapse of Reason was the first Pink Floyd album recorded without founding member Roger Waters, who departed in 1985. The production was marred by legal fights over the rights to the Pink Floyd name, which were not resolved until several months after release. It also saw the return of keyboardist and founding member Richard Wright, who was fired from the band by Waters during the recording of The Wall (1979).

Unlike most earlier Pink Floyd records, A Momentary Lapse of Reason is not a concept album. It includes writing contributions from outside songwriters, following Gilmour’s decision to include material once intended for his third solo album. The album was promoted with three singles: the double A-side “Learning to Fly” / “Terminal Frost”, “On the Turning Away”, and “One Slip”.

A Momentary Lapse of Reason received mixed reviews; some critics praised the production and instrumentation but criticised Gilmour’s writing, and it was derided by Waters. It was nonetheless a commercial comeback for the band, reaching number three in the UK and US, and outsold Pink Floyd’s previous album The Final Cut (1983). The album was supported by a highly successful world tour between 1987 and 1989, including free performance on a barge floating on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy.


1  Signs Of Life (Bob Ezrin; David Gilmour) 04:24
2  Learning To Fly (Anthony Moore; Bob Ezrin; David Gilmour; Jon Carin) 04:52
3  The Dogs Of War (Anthony Moore; David Gilmour) 06:05
One Slip (David Gilmour; Phil Manzanera) 05:10
On The Turning Away (Anthony Moore; David Gilmour) 05:42
6  Yet Another Movie/Round And Around (David Gilmour; Patrick Leonard) 07:27
7  A New Machine (Part 1) (David Gilmour) 01:46
8  Terminal Frost (David Gilmour) 06:16
9  A New Machine (Part 2) (David Gilmour) 00:38
10  Sorrow (David Gilmour) 08:46


BassTony Levin
Chapman StickTony Levin
DrumsCarmine Appice
DrumsJim Keltner
DrumsNick Mason
Electronic DrumsNick Mason
GuitarDavid Gilmour
GuitarMike Landau
Acoustic GuitarDavid Gilmour
Electric PianoRichard Wright
Hammond OrganRichard Wright
Hammond OrganBill Payne
KeyboardsBob Ezrin
KeyboardsJon Carin
KeyboardsDavid Gilmour
PianoRichard Wright
SynthesizerPatrick Leonard
SaxTom Scott
SaxScott Page
SaxJohn Helliwell
PercussionBob Ezrin
PercussionNick Mason
PercussionSteve Forman
Background VocalsRichard Wright
Background VocalsCarmen Twillie
Background VocalsDarlene Koldenhoven
Background VocalsDonny Gerrard
Background VocalsPhyllis St. James
VocalsDavid Gilmour

Liner Notes

Producer – Bob Ezrin, David Gilmour
Effects (Spherical Sound) – Ken Caillat, Sarah Bruce, Tom Jones
Effects (Additional Sound Effects) – Andy Jackson
Engineer (Mixing, Recording) – Andy Jackson
Engineer (Mixing, Recording Assistant) – Robert Hrycyna, Jeff Demorris, Marc Desisto, Stan Katayama
Engineer (Spherical Sound) – Ken Caillat, Sarah Bruce, Tom Jones
Mixed By (Additional Remixing) – James Guthrie (Track 6, 10)
Technician – Phil Taylor

Art Direction – Storm Thorgerson
Artwork – Mekon
Design – Nexus, Storm Thorgerson
Graphic Design – Andrew Ellis, Icon
Photography – Robert Dowling, Robert Mort

Mastered At Precision Mastering
Mastered At The Mastering Lab
Recorded At Astoria
Recorded At Britannia Row Studios
Recorded At A&M Studios
Recorded At Can-Am Recorders
Recorded At The Village Recorder
Recorded At Mayfair Studios
Recorded At Audio International Studios
Recorded By Le Mobile
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