MusicPro (UK) Group News - 12th March 2012

Pink Floyd's Nick Mason On 'The Wall' Re-Releases!

Nick Mason - Pink Floyd

After the recent release of the 'Immersion' and 'Experience' editions of 'The Wall' album, which made previously unavailable demo recordings available for the first time, Pink Floyd are again being asked about the classic album and the recording process, as well as the old chestnut, the still stormy relationship between Dave Gilmour and Roger Waters.

Drummer Nick Mason commented on the recent releases and said, "It’s sort of nostalgia in a way, because you forget how crude the initial idea might be, but how the initial idea is absolutely carried on through the entire process. It’s a skeleton that turns into a human figure. All you need is one pass to hear it, and you go, ‘Oh yeah, I remember that.’ It just immediately takes you back to the occasion you were working on it, a particular moment in the studio or whatever."

Mason believes that making the demo recordings available to the public shed new light on 'The Wall' album which has been analyzed and critiqued ever since it's release in 1979 and said, "Watching something being constructed, whether you’re passing a building site or whether you’re watching an artist at work, is fascinating, and I think that’s the enjoyment. Sometimes you can hear elements in the original demo that you wouldn’t recognize unless you’d had them pointed out, so that you do get greater depth because you’ve seen the foundations of the piece."

Mason also said that the friction between Gilmour and Waters hadn't gone away, but was now manageable, commenting, "I think the sort of issues that engaged Roger and Dave in particular, and their differences in how they wanted to work or how they worked with each other and whether Roger feels sort of stultified by working in a band situation, they don’t just melt away. That is how it is now, and it doesn’t just revert to, ‘OK, we’ll be the Monkees again, going about having a great time together and waving our floppy hair about.’ But it's civilized."

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