A Momentary Lapse of Reason

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A Momentary Lapse of Reason
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A Momentary Lapse of Reason
LP by Pink Floyd
Released September 7 1987 (UK) September 8 1987 (US)
Recorded 1987
Genre Rock
Length 51 min 14 sec
Record label EMI Records (UK) Columbia Records (US)
Producers Bob Ezrin and David Gilmour
Professional reviews
RollingStone review 2½/5 link (http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/cd/review.asp?aid=19759&cf=)
Pink Floyd Chronology
The Final Cut
A Momentary Lapse of Reason
Delicate Sound of Thunder

Pink Floyd's album A Momentary Lapse of Reason was their first album since 1983 and followed the departure of Roger Waters in 1985. With the help of the singles "Learning to Fly" and "On the Turning Away", the album reached #3 on both the US and UK charts. The album was released in the UK and Europe on EMI. A re-mastered CD was released in 1997 for the world outside Europe.


Track listing

  1. "Signs of Life" (Gilmour/Ezrin) - 4:24
  2. "Learning to Fly" (Gilmour/Moore/Ezrin/Carin) - 4:53
  3. "The Dogs of War" (Gilmour/Moore) - 6:05
  4. "One Slip" (Gilmour/Manzanera) - 5:10
  5. "On the Turning Away" (Gilmour/Moore) - 5:42
  6. "Yet Another Movie" (Gilmour/Leonard) - 6:18
  7. "Round and Around" (Gilmour) - 1:10
  8. "A New Machine (Part 1)" (Gilmour) - 1:46
  9. "Terminal Frost" (Gilmour) - 6:17
  10. "A New Machine (Part 2)" (Gilmour) - 0:38
  11. "Sorrow" (Gilmour) - 8:46



After 1983's The Final Cut, band members went their separate ways until 1987, when Gilmour attempted to revive the band with Nick Mason. A bitter legal dispute with Roger Waters (who left the band in 1985) ensued, but Gilmour and Mason achieved the legal right to release an album as Pink Floyd (Waters, however, gained the rights to some traditional Pink Floyd imagery, including almost all of The Wall). Richard Wright re-joined the duo during the recording sessions of this album, but only as a salaried session musician.

This album has often been criticized for having less substance than Roger Waters-era Pink Floyd. Waters described it as "A pretty fair forgery".


"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
"I must say, that under the circumstances, it's a superb title for a so-called Pink Floyd record."
- Roger Waters - Penthouse Magazine, September 1988


  • "Learning to Fly(edit)"/"Terminal Frost" - Columbia 38-07363; released September 15, 1987
  • "On the Turning Away"/"Run Like Hell(Live)" - Columbia 38-07660; released November 24, 1987



Year Chart Position
1987 The Billboard 200 3
1987 Billboard CD Charts 1


Year Single Chart Position
1987 "Learning to Fly" Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
1987 "Learning to Fly" Billboard Hot 100 70
1987 "On the Turning Away" Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
1988 "The Dogs of War" Mainstream Rock Tracks 10
1988 "One Slip" Mainstream Rock Tracks 5

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