Roger Waters has shared the redacted liner notes for long-awaited remaster of Pink Floyd‘s unsung masterpiece Animals.
Waters had said in 2018 that a new remastered edition of the progressive rock band’s 1977 album would be released that year, but that did not happen.
“What precipitated this note is that there are new James Guthrie Stereo and 5.1 mixes of the Pink Floyd album Animals, 1977. These mixes have languished unreleased because of a dispute over some sleeve notes that [Floyd biographer] Mark Blake has written for this new release,” Waters wrote on his website. “[David] 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,” the Pink Floyd co-founder added. “Yes he was, and is, a jolly good guitarist and singer. But, he has for the last 35 years told a lot of whopping porky pies about who did what in Pink Floyd when I was still in charge. There’s a lot of ‘we did this’ and ‘we did that,’ and ‘I did this’ and ‘I did that.'”
Waters said he has agreed to the release of the new Animals remix with the sleeve notes removed. He added that the final draft of the liner notes was fact checked and agreed as factually correct by him, Nick Mason and Gilmour.
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