Pink Floyd’s 1987 album “A Momentary Lapse of Reason” was updated and remixed back in 2019 by David Gilmour and Andy Jackson for The Later Years Box Set. On that update they returned to some of Richard Wright’s original keyboard parts and by re-recording drum tracks with Nick Mason. Through this process producers David Gilmour and Bob Ezrin have successfully restored the creative balance between the three Pink Floyd members.
Now, at the end of 2021, a Deluxe CD/Blu-ray box set has been released focusing on the album A Momentary Lapse of Reason which includes bonus material and the 2019 5.1 surround sound mix. The set also contains a 40-page booklet and envelope containing 6 exclusive stickers designed by Peter Curzon from StormStudios. Plus, take note that the front cover now features an alternative photograph from the original album cover photoshoot.
The CD contains the complete album, while the Blu-ray contains high resolution audio of the complete album in both stereo PCM 96kHz / 24-bit and 5.1 DTS Master Audio 96kHz / 24-bit plus 5.1 PCM 96kHz / 24-bit audio. Bonus material on the Blu-ray includes stereo PCM, 48kHz / 24-bit music videos, an alternate version of Learning To Fly, plus a 1987 concert screen films in stereo PCM, 96kHz / 24-bit. Also, the disc features a documentary and a couple of songs recorded live in Atlanta during 1987.
Hopefully I can get back to completing a full review of this release, but in short, as one would expect from mixing engineer Andy Jackson and the legacy of Pink Floyd in the quad space, the 5.1 surround mixes are immersive. Actually, I found the use of the back channels to be pretty heavy and leaning towards the rear channels. What is really odd to me is the focus on the live material versus the actual album material based on how the Blu-ray menu system is structured. So, don’t miss the album when playing the Blu-ray, as it seemingly focuses on the Concert material.
Released October 29, 2021.
CD + Blu-ray box set featuring 96kHz / 24-bit 5.1 DTS Master Audio and LPCM surround, plus 2.0 stereo 96kHz / 24-bit LPCM mixes. Also available in the Early Years Box Set. On CD, Vinyl, and streaming..
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Wesley is a lifelong music enthusiast. He started his career in the recording industry in New York City as an audio engineer, producer, and studio manager. Subsequently he toured across America as a guitarist with the short-lived band Land's Crossing. After many years in the technology sector and amassing a substantial vinyl and CD collection, he delved into immersive audio and created Hi-Res Edition to share with other listeners about the sound quality and discrete mixes available on many formats. He recently upgraded his system to 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos and continues to seek out and share about the best sounding releases.