Roger Waters Has Re-recorded “Dark Side of the Moon” Without Pink Floyd
Written by Logan Phillips on February 9, 2023
If you were hoping to see a Pink Floyd reunion in the near future, you are out of luck. In recent days there has been a lot of drama between Pink Floyd members David Gilmour and Roger Waters. but one of the most controversial things to have come out is that Roger Waters has rerecorded “Dark Side of the Moon.” Without the rest of the band.
“I wrote The Dark Side of the Moon. Let’s get rid of all this ‘we’ crap!” Waters declared during an interview with The Telegraph. “Of course, we were a band, there were four of us, and we all contributed – but it’s my project and I wrote it. So… blah!”
On “Dark Side of the Moon,” Waters is credited with writing the album’s lyrics, composing three of the tracks, and co-writing two others.
In The Telegraph interview he had nothing good to say about his former bandmates, saying that the other members couldn’t create a single thing of quality. “Well, Nick Mason never pretended. But David Gilmour and Rick Wright? They can’t write songs, they’ve nothing to say. They are not artists!”
Dark Side of the moon continues to be considered one of the most popular albums ever and with the album’s 50th anniversary coming this year. Waters decided it was a good time to rerecord.
The Telegraph writer Tristram Fane Saunders was given a preview of the album and reported that “parts are very good indeed.” “‘Time,’ that’s a young man’s lament for mortality, sounds terrific with his old man’s timbre,” he noted. “‘Breathe’ is wonderfully reimagined as a slow, acoustic groove. A country-tinged ‘Money’ could be a late Johnny Cash cut, with Waters growling charismatically at the very bottom of his register.”
But from all the good feedback, one creative change that seems a bit puzzling is Waters’ decision to do spoken-word poetry over the instrumental tracks. Waters insisted that “the new concept is meant to reflect on the meaning of the work, to bring out the heart and soul of the album,” he added, “musically and spiritually.”
A release date for the updated version of The Dark Side of the Moon has not yet been officially announced, though The Telegraph suggested it would come out sometime in May.