The Later Years 1987 – 2019
The post-Roger years examined, remixed – a few rarities…well, in fact this “Sampler” is just a taste of it. The actual “box-set” is still a couple of weeks away; the sequel – if you like – to The Early Years – 1965-1972 (an embarrassment of riches that I’m still working through).
I do, however, have a soft-spot for when Gilmour took over; mostly because diehard purists give me the shits. And besides, I love A Momentary Lapse of Reason – sometimes it’s my all-time favourite Floyd album. And, whisper it, I guess…but I prefer Delicate Sound of Thunder to P*U*L*S*E (even though I lined up for hours to get a copy of Pulse as soon as it went on sale).
These days my geeking out over Floyd is well in check. But I’ve still been hanging out to hear what they’ve collected up as part of The Later Years.
This double-album sampler is, to me, about as necessary as when they released an alleged “Best Of” on double CD. You don’t really need it. You’re not going to play it over and again. It’s probably a waste of your money, and your time.
But there are things on here that are interesting. And – dammit! – I do want to hear the 2019 remix of the Momentary Lapse album – with teasers here via the ‘new’ versions of One Slip, Sorrow and On The Turning Away. But you know what, I am okay with those ‘cheesy synths’. I like the original version – no problem to me that it’s stuck in the 1980s. I am too, arguably. The album deserves to be anyway, that’s when it was made.
The biggest problem I’ve always had with the post-Roger version of Floyd is the fucking lyrics (which is precisely the biggest problem I have with the Roger-Version too, by the way).
And though a Tour Rehearsal version of Lost for Words from 1994 does sound better than the studio version from Division Bell you can’t do a thing to fix that awful closer, “but they tell me to please go fuck myself/You know you just can’t win”.
There are Delicate Sound remixes too – Us and Them sounding gorgeous and Run Like Hell with an extra dose of potency perhaps. But these are things you are instructed to look out for as much as anything. You have good-enough versions already and even though the Knebworth versions of Wish You Were Here and Shine On were great they weren’t in any way markedly different, so really no need.
It’s collecting for the sake of it. Which is what box-sets make us do.
And the standout of the Gilmour years – at least as represented here – is Sorrow. And I’m just fine with the versions I already have.
But now I want to hear more and more even though I know I really don’t need to. Fuckers!
You know you just can’t win.
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