Former Pink Floyd bassist/ guitarist Roger Waters has shared liner notes from Pink Floyd’s remastered album “Animals”. Waters also claimed that ex bandmate David Gilmour wanted these notes removed following credit disputes.
“Claim more credit than he is due”
Waters claimed that former vocalist for Pink Floyd, Gilmour wanted the true extent of his artisitic and songwriting contributions buried because according to Waters, Gilmour wanted to “claim more credit…than his is due”.
In a message posted on his wesbite yesterday, Waters said that Gilmour “does not dispute the veracity” of these liner notes which place Waters at the centre of the project’s conception, cover art design and songwriting. He also wrote that Gilmour “wants that history to remain secret”.
“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 Mark Blake has written for this new release”, Waters added.
“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 comes after Waters claimed last year that Gilmour had “banned” him from the Pink Floyd’s social media accounts and wesbite.
They should “just change the name of the band to Spinal Tap, and then everything will be hunky dory”, Waters said in a video that was posted online last year.
“All right, I’m not gonna get all weird and sarcastic, although as you know, that is a direction in which I am known to sometimes lean temperamentally”.
He also added, “About a year ago, I convened a sort of Camp David for the surviving members of Pink Floyd at a hotel at the airport in London, where I proposed all kinds of measures to get past this awful impasse that we have and predicament that we find ourselves in. It bore no fruit, I’m sorry to say”.
Waters has since posted the liner notes. They will not feature on the long delayed remastered release of Pink Floyd’s tenth album.
— Roger Waters ✊ (@rogerwaters) May 31, 2021
Roger Waters has also said that he had been working on writing his memoirs during lockdown.
He promised to also reveal more instances where David Gilmour tried to claim too much credit.
Waters cited an interview given by Gilmour, where he explained how an opening cash register loop was edited together for Pink Floyd’s track “Money”. Waters claimed that Gilmour was not even in the room when the effect was created.
“The full story of what really happened is in my memoirs!”, Waters wrote. “So, I hope that whets your, and David and Polly’s appetites”.
Back in March, David Gilmour ruled out a PF reunion. More on that story here.
In that same month, it was confirmed that Pink Floyd’s live performance at Knebworth in 1990 would be released as a live album. More on that report from Nova here.