Roger Waters has posted an open letter toPink Floydfans in regards to the liner notes in the upcoming reissue of their 1977 album, Animals.
In part, Gilmour writes: "As I am banned by Dave Gilmour from posting on Pink Floyd's Facebook page with its 30,000,000 subscribers, I am posting this announcement [on my Facebook page] and in full on RogerWaters.com...
"What precipitated this note is that there are new James Guthrie stereo and 5.1 mixes of the Pink Floyd albumAnimals, 1977. These mixes have languished unreleased because of a dispute over some sleeve notes that Mark Blake has written for this new release.
"Gilmour has vetoed the release of the album unless these liner notes are removed. He does not dispute the veracity of the history described in Mark’s notes, but he wants that history to remain secret. This is a small part of an ongoing campaign by the Gilmour and his wife Polly Samson camp to claim more credit for Dave on the work he did in Pink Floyd, 1967-1985, than is his due. Yes he was, and is, a jolly good guitarist and singer. But, he has for the last 35 years told a lot of whopping porky pies about who did what in Pink Floyd when I was still in charge. There’s a lot of "we did this" and "we did that," and "I did this" and "I did that." So, two things:
"(1). I am agreeing to the release of the new Animals remix, with the sleeve notes removed. Good work James Guthrie by the way, and sorry Mark Blake. The final draft of the liner notes was fact checked and agreed as factually correct by me, Nick[Mason] and Gilmour...
"(2). I am in the middle of writing my memoirs and inevitably some of it contains references to some of the content [in question]. For anyone with a faint heart, I suggest you sit down, but anyone who likes a good laugh, sit back and howl! I’m going to sit back and howl along with you."
Waters left Pink Floyd in 1984 and in 1987 he reached at out-of-court settlement which gave control of the band's name to Gilmour.
Still no word on the release date for the remixed version of Animals.