“The Final Cut” came at a pivotal time for Pink Floyd. Though it was the band’s 12th album, it was the follow up to the wildly successful musical epic “The Wall.” It would also be the last studio album to feature founding member Roger Waters. Released in 1983, “The Final Cut” was another concept album for the band set against the backdrop of war. Though it failed to live up to the sky-high expectation set with its predecessor, the record remains another brilliant piece of prog rock from one of the genre’s best. It’s been decades since the record was last put out on vinyl, but Legacy Records is re-releasing remastered versions of “The Final Cut” and it’s follow up, “A Momentary Lapse of Reason” on 180-gram vinyl.
Much like “The Final Cut,” “A Momentary Lapse of Reason” faced just as much scrutiny. This time it was because this was the first record without Waters, up until that point the band’s primary songwriter, and their first record after a four-year-gap. Much of the music here was initially intended for David Gilmore’s solo record, so it’s not as cohesive as many of the earlier Pink Floyd albums. That doesn’t mean it lacks some great songs; in fact, “Learning to Fly” and “The Dogs of War” are some of the band’s best in years. Both records still sound great more than three decades after their first introduction.