Why are people speculating that Roger Waters may be involved, however? Below, listen to what may or may not be a chunk of “The Big Spliff.”
By Blurt Staff
Always release info on a Friday afternoon – even better, when it’s during a holiday weekend – if you don’t want the media to go into a frenzy. Not that THAT is stopping any of us… As Consequence of Sound is reporting, in the wake of this week’s super-duper deluxe reissue of The Division Bell, a new Pink Floyd album will/might drop this fall. Guitarist David Gilmore’s wife Polly Samson revealed, on Twitter, that it’s to be called The Endless River and comprises ’94 sessions featuring Richard Wright.
Tweeted Sampson, “Btw Pink Floyd album out in October is called “The Endless River”. Based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright’s swansong and very beautiful.”
CoS further reports, regarding the photo above:
Singer Durga McBroom-Hudson, who toured with Pink Floyd throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, revealed further details on her Facebook page. “The recording did start during The Division Bell sessions (and yes, it was the side project originally titled ‘The Big Spliff’ that [Pink Floyd drummer] Nick Mason spoke about). Which is why there are Richard Wright tracks on it. But David and Nick have gone in and done a lot more since then. It was originally to be a completely instrumental recording, but I came in last December and sang on a few tracks. David then expanded on my backing vocals and has done a lead on at least one of them. That’s the song you see being worked on in the photo.”
With the news breaking, Pink Floyd fan site Floydian Slip subsequently got in touch with Pink Floyd recording engineer Andy Jackson, who confirmed the news:
“It is the extrapolation of the ‘Big Spliff,’” he explains, “a bunch of jams from ‘The Div(ision) Bell” sessions that have had new overdubs done in the last year or so.” Jackson tell us the new album wasn’t supposed to be announced yet, “but there was a leak and a newspaper here is going to publish about it tomorrow.”
And no, before you ask, there’s not a chance in hell that Roger Waters is involved.