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Friday, 25 October 2019
Uncut December 2019 - Pink Floyd feature

The new issue of the UK's Uncut Magazine (cover date December 2019) has just gone on sale, is available now in all good stores and available online worldwide, and has a large feature on Pink Floyd, with a number of new interviews with key personnel, as the band gets ready to release The Later Years box set, and 2LP/1CD highlights sets.

In the feature, Uncut's Tom Pinnock talks to David Gilmour, Nick Mason, creative director Aubrey 'Po' Powell and long-time engineer Andy Jackson about regrouping following Waters' departure in December 1985. "By 1984, Roger had very obviously decided that enough was enough for him," Gilmour said, "and I hadn't decided that enough was enough for me. So I imagine I thought, 'Yes, we'll go back to doing [Floyd].'"

"David was very determined not to be told that he can't do it any more," explained Andy Jackson. "In some ways you could interpret Roger saying, 'There is no more Pink Floyd' as [from David's point of view], 'Well, you can't tell me that…' He had the desire to carry on as a band, so he had to make that work really. We were trying to make something that sounded very much of the time, which means of course that as time progresses it ends up sounding dated. As Bob Ezrin was prone to do, at the start of the [Momentary Lapse Of Reason] album he came in with a stack of CDs and said, 'This is what's happening now.' In '86, digital was very much at the forefront. [Dire Straits'] Brothers In Arms had just come out and that had a very particular sound, and that was one bar Bob said we should be aiming for."

Nick Mason: "We sort of laid everything on it. There was a sense of trepidation over what it would be like without Roger, so we slightly over-egged the pudding in terms of lots of session players. Some of it's overproduced, far too much stuff on it…"

"I thought it didn't really sound like a Pink Floyd record," said bassist Guy Pratt, who joined the band in 1987 for their live work, "but it was a very good record. It's very of its time – Floyd were suited to '80s bombast."

Most of you will be aware that the box set includes a remixed and updated version of the AMLOR album. By returning to some of Richard Wright's keyboard parts and recording new drum tracks with Nick Mason, producers David Gilmour and Bob Ezrin are said to have restored the creative balance between the three Pink Floyd members. The release of the One Slip remix today has caused quite a buzz in the Floyd community, as the work undertaken on it seems to have paid handsome dividends. We're even more eager to hear the rest of the album now!

If you can't find the December 2019 issue of Uncut at your local UK store, order online now. The issue comes with Bob Dylan on the cover and an exclusive unreleased Dylan track on the free, cover mounted CD. Elsewhere in the issue, there's Robert Smith, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Prince, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Jeff Lynne, Booker T, Tindersticks and much more...

 
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