The legendary Jethro Tull co-founder, multi-instrumentalist and singer Ian Anderson talked with Classic Rock Review about Roger Waters‘ decision to re-record in a different way the classic Pink Floyd album “Dark Side of The Moon” released in 1973, which is one of the best-selling albums of all time.
The musician gave credit to Waters for being brave enough to try to add something to what is almost perfect for millions of fans worldwide.
Ian Anderson give his opinion on Roger Waters remaking “Dark Side of The Moon”
“Well, I’m sure there’s a bit of both, really. But I would certainly give Roger Waters the credit, artistically, to be doing it because he thought he was going to bring something new to what is already a well-attended and popular party that was in a part of the great history of rock music.
“So I’m sure that he wouldn’t be doing it only because of somehow getting back at former band members and coining in all the dosh for himself this time…,” Ian Anderson said.
Waters changed the lyrics and the arrangement of the songs. He already released version for “Money” and “Time”. The entire album will be released next October 6 and it doesn’t have his ex-bandmates Richard Wright (Dead in 2008), David Gilmour and Nick Mason.
The original version of “Dark Side of The Moon” is one of the best-selling albums of all time. It sold an estimated amount of more than 45 million copies worldwide.
Roger Waters talked about the album in an official statement, saying:
“When we recorded the stripped down songs for the Lockdown Sessions, the 50th anniversary of the release of Dark Side of The Moon was looming on the horizon. It occured to me that The Dark Side of The Moon could well be suitable candidate for a similar re-working, partly as a tribute to the original work.
“But also to re-address the political and emotional message of the whole album. I discussed it with Gus and Sean and when we’d stopped giggling and shouting ‘You must be fucking mad’ at one another we decided to take it on.”
“It’s turned out really great and I’m excited for everyone to hear it. It’s not a replacement for the original which, obviously, is irreplaceable. But it is a way for the seventy nine yaer old man to look back across the intervening fifty years into the eyes of the twenty nine year old an say, to quote a poem of mine about my father ‘We did our best, we kept his trust, our Dad would have been proud of us’. And also it is a way for me to honor an recording that Nick and Rick and Dave & I have every right to be very proud of.” Roger Waters said in an statement.