Pink Floyd will once again reissue their first album without Roger Waters, 1987's A Momentary Lapse of Reason.
Remixed and updated for 2019'sThe Later Years box set, it is now being released as a standalone album on vinyl, CD, DVD, Blu-ray and digital with stereo and 5.1 mixes.
In addition, for the first time, the album will be presented in 360 Reality Audio, a new immersive music experience that closely mimics the omni-directional soundscape of live musical performance. It will also be released in Dolby Audio and UHD, all of these will continue with other Pink Floyd releases.
When A Momentary Lapse of Reason was updated in 2019, producers David Gilmour and Bob Ezrin dug out some of Richard Wright's original keyboard takes and re-recorded new drum tracks with Nick Mason.
Gilmour says, "Some years after we had recorded the album, we came to the conclusion that we should update it to make it more timeless, featuring more of the traditional instruments that we liked and that we were more used to playing. This was something we thought it would benefit from. We also looked for and found some previously unused keyboard parts of Rick’s which helped us to come up with a new vibe, a new feeling for the album.”
And Nick Mason adds, "Initially it seemed a bit odd to start re-assembling a record after 35-odd years, but the public’s appetite for alternate views of the same work has undoubtedly increased immeasurably over time...
"I enjoyed re-recording drum tracks with unlimited studio time. Momentary Lapse had been recorded under considerable stress and time constraints, and indeed some of the final mixing was done at the same time as rehearsals for the forthcoming tour. It was also nice to have an opportunity to enhance some of Rick’s work.”
Wright died in 2008.
The remixed and updated A Momentary Lapse of Reason, set for release on October 29th, features a new album cover using an alternative beds photo from the original cover shoot, and they put together a new video for the album's lead track, "Learning to Fly."