- Roger Waters will release “The Dark Side of the Moon Redux” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the famous Pink Floyd album.
- The project includes new versions of the songs, keeping the original essence, but with a “more mature and thoughtful” approach, he said.
- The trend of reversing entire albums is advancing.
Roger Waters re-recorded the most famous of Pink Floyd’s albums for its 50th anniversary.
The project, titled “The Dark Side of the Moon Redux,” will go on sale on October 6. The album’s first single, “Money,” a new version of the 1973 song that was the British band’s biggest hit, was released Friday (with video included) on YouTube.
It’s not the same as the Taylor Swift reshoots, as Water says that the new versions do not seek to supplant the previous ones, but to complement them as a “more mature” version.
As for the big question of who will replace former bandmate David Gilmour’s lead vocals and guitar parts, there are hints in the “Money” teaser: Waters sings in a whispery voice, and the guitar solo was replaced with what appears to be a poem set in a boxing ring.
The melody was also transformed: it has more blues and less rock.
Another hint of what the new versions might look like was found in an 11-second instrumental clip of “Breathe” that Waters posted as a teaser.
As part of promoting the album, Waters posted an interview on YouTube in which he talks about the concept and some of the reversal can be heard in the background.
Pink Floyd reversed
In the video interview, Waters He cites the 50th anniversary of “Dark Side” as an opportunity to “reimagine” and “a way to celebrate half a century.”
“I love the original recording, by the way, and I love what Nicky (Mason) did and what Rick (Wright) did and what Dave did on the original recording,” he continues.
“The new recording is more reflective, I think, and is more indicative of what the concept of the record was. It’s a reinterpretation and I hope we can get more out of it than in 1973 when it first came out,” he added.
The album will feature the original 10-song sequence from the album and will include a bonus track that is a new 13-minute original composition inspired by the re-recording.
Waters was part of Sony Music for decades, but the new album is being released on an independent label, SGB Music.
Taylor and a growing trend
The phenomenon of reversing entire albums arose as a response to the problems artists face when they sell the rights to their original music to third parties, which limits their control over their own work.
Record companies acquire the rights to the original recordings, which means that artists lose ownership and control over their songs.
Swift has been dealing with this ever since Scooter Braun acquired her old record label and with it the rights to her first six albums.
This situation led Swift to make the decision to re-record all her previous albums to regain control of her music. The tour that she presents them is revolutionizing all stages.
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