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The second post-Roger Waters Pink Floyd album is less forced and more of a group effort than A Momentary Lapse of Reason -- keyboard player Rick Wright is back to full bandmember status and has co-writing credits on five of the 11 songs, even getting lead vocals on "Wearing the Inside Out." Some of David Gilmour's lyrics co-written by Polly Samson and Nick Laird-Clowes of the Dream Academy might be directed at Waters, notably "Lost for Words" and "A Great Day for Freedom," with its references to "the wall" coming down, although the more specific subject is the Berlin Wall and the fall of Communism. In any case, there is a vindictive, accusatory tone to songs such as "What Do You Want From Me" and "Poles Apart," and ...
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The second post-Roger Waters Pink Floyd album is less forced and more of a group effort than A Momentary Lapse of Reason -- keyboard player Rick Wright is back to full bandmember status and has co-writing credits on five of the 11 songs, even getting lead vocals on "Wearing the Inside Out." Some of David Gilmour's lyrics co-written by Polly Samson and Nick Laird-Clowes of the Dream Academy might be directed at Waters, notably "Lost for Words" and "A Great Day for Freedom," with its references to "the wall" coming down, although the more specific subject is the Berlin Wall and the fall of Communism. In any case, there is a vindictive, accusatory tone to songs such as "What Do You Want From Me" and "Poles Apart," and the overarching theme, from the album title to the graphics to the "I-you" pronouns in most of the lyrics, has to do with dichotomies and distinctions, with "I" always having the upper hand. Musically, Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Wright have largely turned the clock back to the pre-Dark Side of the Moon Floyd, with slow tempos, sustained keyboard chords, and guitar solos with a lot of echo. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi
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  • Release Date: 4/5/1994
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646420027
  • Catalog Number: 64200

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cluster One (5:58)
  2. 2 What Do You Want from Me (4:21)
  3. 3 Poles Apart (7:04)
  4. 4 Marooned (5:28)
  5. 5 A Great Day for Freedom (4:18)
  6. 6 Wearing the Inside Out (6:49)
  7. 7 Take It Back (6:12)
  8. 8 Coming Back to Life (6:19)
  9. 9 Keep Talking (6:11)
  10. 10 Lost for Words (5:15)
  11. 11 High Hopes (8:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pink Floyd Primary Artist
Nick Mason Percussion, Drums
Tim Renwick Guitar
Richard Wright Keyboards, Vocals
Sam Brown Background Vocals
Jon Carin Keyboards
Bob Ezrin Percussion, Keyboards
David Gilmour Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Carol Kenyon Background Vocals
Durga McBroom Background Vocals
Dick Parry Tenor Saxophone
Guy Pratt Bass
Jackie Sheridan Background Vocals
Gary Wallis Percussion
Rebecca Leigh-White Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Michael Kamen Arranger, Orchestration
Richard Wright Composer
Jon Carin Programming
Bob Ezrin Producer
David Gilmour Composer, Programming, Producer
Keith Grant Engineer
James Guthrie Mastering
Andrew Jackson Engineer
Stephen McLaughlin Engineer
Anthony Moore Composer
Doug Sax Mastering
John Robertson Contributor, Sculpture
Gary Wallis Programming
Storm Thorgerson Cover Design
Ian Wright Artwork
G. William Forgey Sound Effects
Edward Sheamur Orchestration
Aden Hynes Sculpture
Polly Samson Composer
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  • Posted December 28, 2010

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    The End of A Legacy....so far....

    " Is this Charlie?" * Unintelligible reply * * phone hangs up * " Oh great..." It is with these few words that the Mind Alteringly brilliant Legacy of Pink Floyd comes to an end. Ever since the late 60's Pink Floyd has produced good Music one of the few bands you can buy an Album from merely because " It's Pink Floyd" but in 1994, the Legacy came to a grinding halt,but dont worry they went out with a Bang. This album is incredible, let me just say I actually liked " A Momentary Lapse of Reason" but despite this " The Division Bell" is way, way, better. To me, Lapse was a basic Rock album it lacked many of the intricacies Pink Floyd is known for and to be honest though some shined, didn't have many good lyrics( " A New Machine Part 1" comes to mind...) but for what it was was a great ride, and a good ol' Rock album. However this album is still much better. Division Bell in all forms sounds like a sequel to "Lapse" it's bigger, more ambitious, and more powerful, the perfect sequel to make it as clear as I can IMHO this album is darn close to being on par with the best of the Roger Water's period and belongs up with "The Wall" and it's ilk. This album differed from Lapse in that Richard Wright( RIP) and Nick Mason contributed more to it, and David Gilmour's girlfriend at the time helped a lot with lyrics resulting in( suprise! suprise!) better lyrics! The album as a whole centers on the Theme of Communication Breakdown expressed throughout it by the Lyrics, Music, and even the Song Titles. Many people will tell you this album is all about Roger Waters leaving the band this is an incredibly errouneous statement while some lyrics we're clearly written with Waters in mind a lot of them clearly we're not. Fans will turn music into what they wish for instance in the song " A Great Day For Freedom" the line " On the day the wall came down.." fans intepret this as an epilogue to the Wall despite the fact that the lyrics clearly refer to the Berlin Wall and the booklet artwork shows clippings of newspaper with the same, David Gilmour even is qouted as saying " A Great Day For Freedom" had nothing to do with Roger or his Wall" but fans will think what fans want. I dont want to reveal much about the songs for fear of spoiling it but they're great, we also get to hear Rick sing for the first time since "Moon" I think my favorite song would have to be " Lost For Words" which is about the futility of Anger. The most moving song however would have to be " High Hopes" the last Floyd song ever made we're Gilmour talks about his youth and about( what I believe) to be the reason why Pink Floyd ceased to exist " Our Weary eyes still stray to the Horizon, though down this road we've been so many times" The spoken words at the end are between Steve O'Rourke the band's manager and Gilmour's stepson Charlie, Steve realizing this might be the band's last album called to plead to be on it Charlie however hung up, emphasizing even more the theme of Communication breakdown. At the end one cannot help but think, upon the Legacy of Floyd and it's apparent( they're talented you never know....) end but one thing is for certain, make a connection before the right one walks out the door, and the endless river, forever and ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Division Bell

    This cd is soothing and fun to listen to. I remember a lot of the tracks from my youth and it brings up memories from my childhood. Not all the songs are appropriate for children as it is adult material.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bring the Floyd Back Home

    Pink Floyd had done it again, without Roger Waters, hit it big, and at #1 on the charts. This album will never be the same without Roger, but is a multi-colored release. It shimmers with beauty. My only criticism(s) is/are that some of the songs don't strike a cord with me. "Keep Talking", "Wearing the Inside Out", and "Take it Back" are some of the biggest bits of rubbish I've heard out of this group. All the ones I haven't mentioned off of this album are just superb. Their last number 1. Tremendous effort (with the exception of P.U.L.S.E., since it went #1, but that's a live album).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    surprisingly good

    this was my third pink floyd cd, after dark side of the moon and wish you were here. it was only 8 dollars... anyway i actually found many relationships with those other 2. Gilmour's voice, in my opinion, is unpleasant, and a couple of the tracks get to sound like U2, andi dont' like U2. But the crying of guitar and beautiful imagry is very obviously noticed in The Division Bell

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the bells are ringing

    i brought this cd when it first came out on april 5th/1994 and 10 years later i still belive its one of pink floyds best works. the music and laryics are amazing great tracks and richard wrights lead on wearing the inside out verry moving. a great day for freedom also is a verry touching and incredable song.also take it back a good upbeat song plus the other tracks are also incredible. also when the last track is done playing there will be a bit of blank space then when it gets to like 8,18 you will hear witch sounds like one of the band members grandkids but i could be mistaking. will either way this album rocks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    David Gilmour's fourth solo album?

    Judging by my subject title, that would presume 'A Momentary Lapse of Reason' to be David Gilmour's third solo album - that album and 'The Divison Bell' so happen to have the group name Pink Floyd in the credits. The debate of 'is Pink Floyd really Pink Floyd without Roger Waters?' is long past us now - David, Nick and Rick won, Roger lost that battle. When both 'AMLoR' and 'DB' came out, I bought them, being a Pink Floyd fan. I knew that Roger left the group in 1985 and read interviews where he deemed the group 'a spent force', that he felt that now that he left, the group was over. David felt otherwise and when the smoke cleared, what would've been Gilmour's third solo album became a 1987 Pink Floyd album, and a major success (after the Final Cut, it was a completely different direction). In 1994, the Waters-less Floyd did it again and the results were better than 'AMLoR' -- it was good to hear Rick Wright sing again (if you like songs such as "Stay", "See Saw" and "Summer 68", you will just adore "Wearing the Inside Out"). Besides that song, the rest of 'Division Bell' does sound, as does 'AMLoR', much like a very slickly polished David Gilmour album, which can be a wonderful thing, especially if you enjoy his first album and 'About Face'. "What Do You Want From Me?" does sound like top-drawer Floyd, classic Gilmour guitar and amazing production. If you have no other Pink Floyd, start with 'Wish You Were Here' and 'Dark Side of the Moon' first, then 'The Wall', maybe then move on to either DB or AMLoR (if you're not inclined for earlier effots like 'Meddle' or 'Saucerful of Secrets')

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My Favorite Album of all Time

    I bought this cd the day it was released in '94.I was furious that the best cuts on the album were hardly if ever played on the radio.It is for the most part an album to relax to.The fact that Marooned was rock instrumental of the year in 1994 speaks volumes about David Gilmour's uncanny ability to make a guitar cry and sometimes the listener.I've rarely shared this album with anyone that did'nt really like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    adam, 17 year retro alternative metal kinda guy

    It's a bit more straight than ur ova Floyd albums, with good but simple rock ballads ''Take It Back'', ''Cmin Bak To Life'', but u still get the epic Floyd feel with songs like ''High Hopes'', ''Great Day 4 Freedom'' and the kool arrangements, and although Waters was a good lyricist his vocals are not missed and Gilmour is a strong vocalist who always carried Floyd songs off better...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    It's easy to give a five star rating, but there hast to be just cause. I think this album deserves it. From the simple but impacting opening of cluster one to the wailing guitar solo in high hopes (which seems to be the title track). The more you listen to this the more you appreciate it. At first the tracks all seem to be similar, but as you listen to it more, you realize what each song means. Many people have mentioned high hopes and coming back to life as some of their favorites, but I think that my absolute favorite is marooned. It is in my opinion the best guitar solo ever. The song itself is pretty much a guitar solo. I am surprised it hasn't been mentioned more. Cluster one is also incredible. The keyboard is amazing and the simplicity of the song is what makes it work. The guitar playing throughout the album is well done, though it does seem to be similar and too consistant. The lyrics are somewhat empty in some cases, but other times impacting. Overall, if you're a typical Pink Floyd fan who only likes DSOTM or The Wall, this may not suit you. Its a big change from both those albums. Also, if you are one of those people who think that Roger Waters was the only talent in the band you are mistaken. It seems that Roger all to often provided lyrics about war and self sorrow of his fathers death. This is not just based on the lyrics of the Wall, but also his solo album (i.e., Amused to Death - Which is actually a good album). However, I do like Waters but feel that throughout the career of Pink Floyd, Gilmour's creative genious has been underappreciated.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    excellant album!

    david gilmour has done a outstanding job maintaining pink floyd.this album sounds very much like the typical 70s pink floyd.trust me folks,you'll love this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Division Bell

    this is a verry well creatidpink floyd album. david glimoursvolcals and gutair volcals areincredible the whole band dida awesome job on this cd. andhering richard wright singinglead volcal on wereing the insideout wasverry outstanding. and also his keyboard playing isallways getting better and betterplus the first time i herd it i was like this is a great cdthat pink floyd put out. and when i herd the song a great dayfor freedom for the first timei was touced by the music andlaryics so much i allmost hadtears in my eyes that is a beautiful and verry well puttoghter song. plus everything elese is rocken and on the hittake it back you can deffitlyhear nick mason jamming on hisdrum kit. this album is greatand should get a verry highreward

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wish Roger Was Here

    Pink Floyd definately misses Roger Waters. Whilst this is certainly a great improvement on Momentary Lapse, I still feel that the band lacks Waters' lyrics and vocals. To add insult to injury, half of the lyrics are designed to slag off Waters. Overall, whilst this is still a good album, it lacks the utter brilliance that earlier Waters directed albums contain - though there are some good guitar solos from Gilmour, and its good to here that Rick Wright's input has increased. In fact, this album contains some of the best Floyd tracks not written by either Barrett or Waters, but simply pretending to be a genius just isn't good enough, and ultimately Gilmour hasn't got the immeasurable creative ability of his rival.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Great Album

    It's simple. This album has lots of great songs with great lead guitar work by David Gilmor. It has to be one of their best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Division Bell

    a great album this is trulypinkfloyd at there best. the songs are well creatid . the tracks that are my faviortes arewhat do you want from me.a great day for freedom witchdavid gilmoour tells the storyabout the berlin wall beingtorn down.the music and wordstothis song are beautiful. alsothers wearning the inside outsung well by the volcals ofrichard wright. the theres take it back and keep talkng andhigh hopes . these are the songs i like the best but the whole cdis great. this is one you have to add to your pinkfloyd collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Divided decision

    A good album, which proves David Gilmour has more than the average rock star vioce. The album is at times inconsistent and a bit slow with the first couple tracks, but latter ones like 'A Great Day For Freedom', 'Take It Back', 'Coming Back To Life', and 'High Hopes' are excellent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Definitely one to own

    David Gilmour has an incredible voice and it shows (once again) on this album. The Division Bell is soothing, invigorating, and surreal. Each time you listen you hear the music from a different angle. It is one of my favorites from Pink Floyd, and definitely a title you should own whether you are a fan of Floyd or not.

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