Roger Waters has aired some behind-the-scenes drama around a long-delayed Pink Floyd archival project.
In a new post on his website on May 31 - one he claims was spurred by his inability to share communication through Pink Floyd's official channels - the band's former bassist discussed the eventual release of new stereo and 5.1 surround mixes of the band's 1977 album Animals. "These mixes have languished unreleased because of a dispute over some sleeve notes that Mark Blake has written for this new release," Waters declared. "Gilmour has vetoed the release of the album unless these liner notes are removed. He does not dispute the veracity of the history described in Mark’s notes, but he wants that history to remain secret. This is a small part of an ongoing campaign by the Gilmour/Samson camp to claim more credit for Dave on the work he did in Pink Floyd, 1967-1985, than is his due.”
Waters says the project will go forward without Blake's notes - but hilariously, he has included their full text on his site. (He is correct: they do not seem to historically inaccurate.)
He also shares a brief excerpt of a new project he's taken up in lockdown: his memoirs. In keeping with the theme of the Animals news, the selection discusses an interview Gilmour did with David Fricke in 1982. Waters takes exception to some "gobbledygook" his bandmate shared about the creation of the sound effects on "Money," off Floyd's 1973 blockbuster The Dark Side of the Moon. "Unless he was hiding under the fucking chair," Waters writes, "DG wasn’t there when I made that SFX tape loop for 'Money' in the studio I shared with my wife Judy at the bottom of our garden at 187, New North Road, Islington, next door to the North Pole Pub where I used to play darts!"
A release date for either project has not been set.