Being 13 years old, 1986/1987, I was just getting to know Pink Floyd thanks to a grandnephew copying them on compact cassette for me. 'The Piper at the Gates of Dawn' and 'A Saucerful of Secrets' ('A Nice Pair'), 'The Dark Side of the Moon', 'The Final Cut'...
Those were among the first I heard, without really knowing who the members were. Getting to know psychedelic, imaginative music. Getting lost in a audio theatre. It felt like a revolution in my head. Music as drugs! Never been the same since...
Listening 'The Final Cut' on my Walkman, inside my parents's yaught while sailing. Over the waves going up and down, which is a fairground attraction on its own. Combined with the for me underrated Holophonics surround sound simulation, the album felt very personal to me. As if it was really speaking to me.
Somehow, I heard 'The Final Cut' before 'The Wall'. The chronology was a happy mess.
What did I know about Pink Floyd members. And why should I care?
I'm perfectly fine with this album being Waters's 'The Madcap Laughs'/'Barrett' (Syd Barrett) or 'Berlin' (Lou Reed).
Now knowing the background stories and rumours, I think Gilmour can't escape from delivering his very best work on this album!
After questionable actual contributions to 'The Wall' , Wright is absent on this album.
Whoever is his substitute, as once Gilmour replacing Barrett, I think there's very beautiful keyboard work.
Wright became the new Barrett, when it came to being druggy and unreliable.
No one of Pink Floyd is to blame for that. And, as if it was some karma, Wright got replaced like Barrett got replaced.
Waters, Gilmour and Mason agreed that Wright became unreliable. Like they once, including Wright, agreed about Barrett being unreliable.
Wishing Wright would be on this album is like wishing Barrett would have remained a member.
Is Waters really to blame for being too ambitious for members who get lost in themselves, unable to just turn up and work?
Pink Floyd without Barrett. Pink Floyd without Wright...
I guess a Waters-Gilmour-Mason reunion would make most Pink Floyd fans gasp and spontaneously combust.
Is 'The Final Cut' a Waters solo album? Should I really care?
If it is, it's his very best to me.
Could 'Music From the Body' (1970) be a Pink Floyd album?
And does it really matter?
BTW. Forget the horrible, later album release with an edited 'When the Tigers Broke Free' forced into the tracklist.
What a way to include a bonus track!