A Momentary Lapse of Reason

1987 studio album by Pink Floyd

A Momentary Lapse of Reason is the thirteenth studio album by Pink Floyd, the band's first release after the departure of Roger Waters from the band in 1985. The album reached #3 on both the U.S. and UK charts. It was released in the UK and the rest of Europe on EMI and on Columbia Records for the rest of the world.

A Momentary Lapse of Reason
Studio album by
Released8 September 1987 (UK)
9 September 1987 (US)
RecordedOctober 1986–May 1987
GenreProgressive rock
LabelEMI (UK)
Columbia (US)
ProducerBob Ezrin and David Gilmour
Pink Floyd chronology
The Final Cut
A Momentary Lapse of Reason The Division Bell

Quotes change

On the Momentary Lapse of Reason album, Nick's belief in himself was pretty well gone, and Rick's belief in himself was totally gone. And they weren't up to making a record, to be quite honest about it... Roger's very good at belittling people, and I think over the years he managed to convince Rick completely that he was useless and more or less convinced Nick of the same thing.

— David Gilmour, Rock Compact Disc magazine, September 1992

A Momentary Lapse of Reason had a couple of really nice tunes on it that, had I still been in the band, those chord sequences and melodies would have been made it onto a record that I was involved in. But conceptually and lyrically, it's just rubbish, partly because it's not true.

— Roger Waters, CDNOW.com, 1999

Track listing change

All lead vocals performed by David Gilmour except where noted.

  1. "Signs of Life" (instrumental, spoken word by Nick Mason) (David Gilmour, Bob Ezrin) – 4:24
  2. "Learning to Fly" (Gilmour, Anthony Moore, Ezrin, Jon Carin) – 4:53
  3. "The Dogs of War" (Gilmour, Moore) – 6:05
  4. "One Slip" (Gilmour, Phil Manzanera) – 5:10
  5. "On the Turning Away" (Gilmour, Moore) – 5:42
  6. "Yet Another Movie" (Gilmour, Patrick Leonard) / "Round and Around" (Gilmour) – 7:28
  7. "A New Machine (Part 1)" (Gilmour) – 1:46
  8. "Terminal Frost" (Gilmour) – 6:17
  9. "A New Machine (Part 2)" (Gilmour) – 0:38
  10. "Sorrow" (Gilmour) – 8:46

Personnel change

Pink Floyd
Additional musicians
  • Andrew Jackson – sound effects
  • Mastering Lab – mastering
  • Precision Lacquer – mastering
  • Phil Taylor – technical and musical instrument supervision

References change