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Encyclopedia > The Final Cut (album)
The Final Cut
Studio album by Pink Floyd
Released March 21, 1983 (UK)
April 2, 1983 (US)
Recorded July - December 1982, in various studios
Genre Art rock
Hard rock
Progressive rock
Length 43:27 (original album)
46:40 (2004 re-issue)
Label Harvest, EMI (UK)
Columbia, Capitol (US)
Producer Roger Waters, James Guthrie and Michael Kamen
Professional reviews
Pink Floyd chronology
A Collection of Great Dance Songs
(1981)
The Final Cut
(1983)
Works
(1983)

The Final Cut is a rock album by Pink Floyd recorded at several studios in the UK from July to December 1982. It is the final Pink Floyd studio album to feature Roger Waters. None of the songs have ever been performed live by the band, though some have been performed live by Waters during solo tours. The album is dominantly Roger Waters (similar to The Wall, but even more so). Waters' dominance on the album is most clearly seen on the back cover, which reads "The Final Cut: A Requiem for the Post-War Dream - by Roger Waters, performed by Pink Floyd". Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A studio album is a collection of previously unreleased, studio-recorded tracks by a recording artist. ... Pink Floyd are an English rock band that earned recognition for their psychedelic rock music, and, as they evolved, for their avant-garde progressive rock music. ... March 21 is the 80th day of the year (81st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 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Contents

History

The LP was released by Harvest/EMI in the UK on March 21, 1983, then on Columbia Records in the US on April 2. The Final Cut reached #1 on the UK album charts and peaked at #6 in the US on the Billboard album charts. The Final Cut went Gold and Platinum in the US with a million copies in sales and then Double Platinum on January 31, 1997. It was the lowest selling Pink Floyd studio album in the US since Meddle (released in 1971). A gramophone record, (also phonograph record - often simply record) is an analog sound recording medium: a flat disc rotating at a constant angular velocity, with inscribed spiral grooves in which a stylus or needle rides. ... March 21 is the 80th day of the year (81st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... is the 92nd day of the year (93rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with RIAA certification. ... is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... Alternate cover U.S./Canadian releases cover Meddle is an album by English progressive rock band Pink Floyd. ...


The album was noted for having been recorded using what was called "Holophonics" - a process for enhancing the aural three-dimensional 'feel' of the recording. It was also claimed that this process could not be duplicated through subsequent recordings, i.e., copying to tape cassette.[citation needed] Holophonics is a form of binaural sound recording using a dummy head arrangement which is best heard on headphones. ...


Originally scheduled as the film soundtrack for the band's movie The Wall, it evolved into a new anti-war concept album. The album cover states: "A Requiem for the Post War Dream by Roger Waters, performed by Pink Floyd" - it was written solely by Waters and is the last Floyd album with him on board. The Final Cut is also the only Pink Floyd album on which Richard Wright does not appear, as he was fired during the recording of The Wall. It has only one David Gilmour lead vocal (on "Not Now John"), and only features David Gilmour's distinctive guitar work on several of the songs, with Waters himself playing some of the guitar parts. The overall sound is much like a Roger Waters solo album, but the mood of every song is very dark. Waters offered to release it as a solo effort, but Gilmour requested it to be a Pink Floyd record due to the pressure of the recording company wanting a Pink Floyd album and not a Roger Waters album. However, in his book Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd, Nick Mason claims that Roger never offered to release it as his solo record. Waters dominated the recording sessions, furthering the tension that already existed between him, Gilmour, and Nick Mason, and even employed renowned session drummer Andy Newmark on "Two Suns in the Sunset." In 1985, Waters left the band. Gilmour and Mason (along with Wright as a session player) later put out A Momentary Lapse of Reason in 1987 and continued to tour and record as a threesome. Pink Floyd The Wall is a 1982 film by British director Alan Parker based on the 1979 Pink Floyd album The Wall. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... George Roger Waters (born September 6, 1943) is an English rock musician; singer, guitarist, bassist, songwriter, and composer. ... Richard William Rick Wright (born July 28, 1943 in Hatch End, London, England) is a self-taught pianist and keyboardist best known for his long career with Pink Floyd. ... David Jon Gilmour CBE (born March 6, 1946 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire) is an English guitarist, singer, and songwriter best known as a member of the band Pink Floyd. ... Nicholas Berkeley Nick Mason (born January 27, 1944 in Birmingham, England) is the drummer for Pink Floyd. ... Alternate cover US remaster cover A Momentary Lapse of Reason is Pink Floyds 1987 album, the bands first release after the official departure of Roger Waters from the band in 1985. ...


The Final Cut was also the only Pink Floyd album not to have a concert tour in support of the album as the band unofficially split up in January of 1983 as Roger Waters dove head first into the recording of The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking and David Gilmour recorded his solo album About Face. The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking is an album by British musician Roger Waters. ... About Face is the second solo album of the Pink Floyd guitarist, David Gilmour, released in March 1984. ...


"Not Now John" was released as a single with "fuck all that" from the choruses overdubbed as "stuff all that" (the lyrics on the sleeve of the 7" single contain that phrase "stop all that"), backed by an extended version of "The Hero's Return" as a B-side, featuring an additional verse. Les Paul, a pioneer of multi-track recording. ... The Heros Return is a song from Pink Floyds 1983 album, The Final Cut. ... In recorded music, the terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 7 inch vinyl records on which singles have been released since the 1950s. ...


Track listing

On the original release

Side A:

  1. "The Post War Dream" – 3:02
  2. "Your Possible Pasts" – 4:22
  3. "One of the Few" – 1:12
  4. "The Hero's Return" – 2:56
  5. "The Gunner's Dream" – 5:07
  6. "Paranoid Eyes" – 3:40

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  1. "Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Desert" – 1:19
  2. "The Fletcher Memorial Home" – 4:11
  3. "Southampton Dock" – 2:13
  4. "The Final Cut" – 4:46
  5. "Not Now John" – 5:01
  6. "Two Suns in the Sunset" – 5:14

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On the 2004 re-release

  1. "The Post War Dream" – 3:00
  2. "Your Possible Pasts" – 4:26
  3. "One of the Few" – 1:11
  4. "When the Tigers Broke Free" – 3:16
  5. "The Hero's Return" – 2:43
  6. "The Gunner's Dream" – 5:18
  7. "Paranoid Eyes" – 3:41
  8. "Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Desert" – 1:17
  9. "The Fletcher Memorial Home" – 4:12
  10. "Southampton Dock" – 2:10
  11. "The Final Cut" – 4:45
  12. "Not Now John" – 4:56
  13. "Two Suns in the Sunset" – 5:23

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  • All lead vocals performed by Roger Waters unless otherwise stated.

George Roger Waters (born September 6, 1943) is an English rock musician; singer, guitarist, bassist, songwriter, and composer. ...

Credits

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  • James Guthrie; Remastering producer, engineer, remastering on 2004 re-issue
  • Andrew Jackson - Engineer
  • Willie Christie - Photography
  • Doug Sax; mastering on original album and Remastering on 1994 and 1997 re-issues

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Film

Pink Floyd released a 19-minute The Final Cut (e.p.) video, essentially four music videos in a continuous sequence, directed by Willie Christie, who was Waters's brother-in-law. The running order was "The Gunner's Dream", "The Final Cut", "Not Now John", and "The Fletcher Memorial Home". The film is now available on the band's web site. English actor Alex McAvoy, who played the teacher in the film version of "The Wall", had a prominent role in the video EP. Roger Waters appears (though all but his mouth is sillhouetted) as a patient singing the lyrics to a psychologist on the grounds of the Fletcher Memorial Home. Pink Floyd released a 19-minute video EP in 1983 for The Final Cut, essentially four music videos in a continuous sequence, directed by Willie Christie, who was Waterss brother-in-law. ... The Gunners Dream is a song from Pink Floyds 1983 album The Final Cut. ... The Final Cut (song) is a song off of Pink Floyds 1983s album The Final Cut. ... Not Now John is a song from Pink Floyds 1983 album, The Final Cut. ... The Fletcher Memorial Home is a song by British rock band Pink Floyd. ...


Concept

The album has three overlapping storylines:

  • The second is the story of the mental plight of a World War II veteran and teacher (Tracks 2-4, 5 , 6). The tracks then feature him dealing with memories of the war (Your Possible Pasts, The Gunner's Dream), taking out his problems on schoolchildren (One of the Few, The Hero's Return), and lamenting his life (Paranoid Eyes). The abusive teacher is also mentioned in The Wall, viewed as "one of the bricks" by its main character, Pink (see also, The Happiest Days of Our Lives)
  • The final is a story of a depressed man (who might be Pink after he tore down the wall) who either tries to block himself to the real world or kill himself, but is stopped. Track 10, "The Final Cut," was intended to fit in with Pink Floyd's previous album and rock opera, The Wall. The person singing in The Final Cut is highly reminiscent of the depressive, schizophrenic Pink from The Wall, although Waters does sing most of the album in that same vocal style. The first verse of the song ends with "And if you make it past the shotguns in the hall, dial the combination, open the priesthole, and if I'm in I'll tell you what's behind the wall", with the words "what's behind the wall" having been overdubbed with a loud shotgun sound and some shouting.

With the nuclear annihilation ending the album, it could be argued that Pink's unclear fate after the end of The Wall also becomes clear in the end of this album. Combatants Argentina United Kingdom Commanders President Leopoldo Galtieri Vice-Admiral Juan Lombardo Brigadier-General Ernesto Crespo Brigade-General Mario Menéndez Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Admiral Sir John Fieldhouse Rear-Admiral John “Sandy” Woodward Major-General Jeremy Moore Casualties 649 killed 1,068 wounded 11,313 taken prisoner 75 fixed... Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, PC (born October 13, 1925), former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, in office from 1979 to 1990. ... Ian Richard Kyle Paisley MP MLA (born 6 April 1926) is the current First Minister of Northern Ireland. ... Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981 – 1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967 – 1975). ...   (August 16, 1913 – March 9, 1992) (Hebrew: מְנַחֵם בְּגִין) was a Polish-Jewish head of the Zionist underground group the Irgun, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and the first Likud Prime Minister of Israel. ... The Fletcher Memorial Home is a song by British rock band Pink Floyd. ... sdvsgvsvsv This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... Dedication (Lat. ... // Anzio is a city and resort on the coast of the Lazio region of Italy, about 33 miles south of Rome. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... An ideal is a principle or value that one actively pursues as a goal. ... Nuclear Holocaust is the concept of the eradication of the human race through the means of Nuclear warfare. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... The Happiest Days Of Our Lives is a song on Pink Floyds album, The Wall. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Annihilation is defined as total destruction or complete obliteration of an object;[1] having its root in the Latin nihil (nothing). ...


Analysis and Reception

Easily Pink Floyd's most political album, the record is an essentially socialist critique of the current world order, featuring Waters' commentary on topics like globalization, the Falklands War, and nuclear holocaust. The narrator of the majority of the album, whom we can implicitly identify with the abusive teacher on the previous album's "The Happiest Days of Our Lives," is a survivor of war who appears to be suffering from untreated post-traumatic stress disorder, a problem common with many war veterans. In "The Fletcher Memorial Home," he speaks of rounding up a bunch of then-current world leaders, placing them in an old folks' home where they can appear to each other on closed-circuit television (which is "the only connection they feel"), and applying the Nazis' Final Solution to them. "The Gunner's Dream" most explicitly espouses Waters' view of an ideal world: free of war, a place in which "everyone has recourse to the law / And no-one kills the children anymore." "Not Now John" and, to a lesser extent, "Paranoid Eyes" analyze the current world order and finds it to be a place of nearly unbearable stress and bravado, wherein the common man, unable to achieve his dreams, is forced to turn to alcohol in an unsuccessful attempt to numb the pain. The title track is arguably the most personal Pink Floyd song ever written and one of the few pieces in their catalogue that could be construed as a love song, and can be considered this album's "Comfortably Numb", although it is worth noting that it was originally written for The Wall. The album ends on a pessimistic note, with the nuclear holocaust of "Two Suns in the Sunset" annihilating the hopes expressed in "The Gunner's Dream" (Waters makes this explicit by singing, "You have no recourse to the law anymore"). Politics is the process by which decisions are made within groups. ... Socialism is a social and economic system (or the political philosophy advocating such a system) in which the economic means of production are owned and controlled collectively by the people. ... A KFC franchise in Kuwait. ... Combatants Argentina United Kingdom Commanders President Leopoldo Galtieri Vice-Admiral Juan Lombardo Brigadier-General Ernesto Crespo Brigade-General Mario Menéndez Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Admiral Sir John Fieldhouse Rear-Admiral John “Sandy” Woodward Major-General Jeremy Moore Casualties 649 killed 1,068 wounded 11,313 taken prisoner 75 fixed... Nuclear Holocaust is the concept of the eradication of the human race through the means of Nuclear warfare. ... Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a term for certain severe psychological consequences of exposure to, or confrontation with, stressful events that the person experiences as highly traumatic. ... National Socialism redirects here. ... In a February 26, 1942, letter to German diplomat Martin Luther, Reinhard Heydrich follows up on the Wannsee Conference by asking Luther for administrative assistance in the implementation of the Endlösung der Judenfrage (Final Solution of the Jewish Question). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Love songs are songs about love, a subset of songs that deal with intimacy. ... The Wall Disc Two track listing Bring the Boys Back Home (5) Comfortably Numb (6) The Show Must Go On (7) Comfortably Numb is a song by the British progressive rock band Pink Floyd, which was released on the 1979 double album The Wall. ...


Reception to the album was mixed. Rolling Stone gave the album five stars out of a possible five at its release, calling it "art-rock's crowning masterpiece" and declaring that "Not since Bob Dylan's 'Masters of War' twenty years ago has a popular artist unleashed upon the world political order a moral contempt so corrosively convincing, or a life-loving hatred so bracing and brilliantly sustained." However, the album failed to appear on its Best Albums of the Eighties list at the end of the decade. The readers of Pink Floyd's official fan magazine also famously voted it as Pink Floyd's worst album, even as the editors voted it their best. The album was considered a commercial disappointment, "only" selling three million copies. This article is about the music magazine. ... Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman, May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, author, musician, and poet who has been a major figure in popular music for five decades. ... Masters Of War is a song by Bob Dylan, written in 1963 and released on the album The Freewheelin Bob Dylan. ...


Cover

The cover was designed by Roger Waters. It features a Remembrance Day poppy and four World War II medal ribbons (from left): Wreaths of artificial poppies used as a symbol of remembrance Remembrance Day (United Kingdom, Australia, Canada), also known as Poppy Day (South Africa and Malta), and Armistice Day (United States, New Zealand, France, and many other Commonwealth countries; and the original name of the day internationally) is a day to... A wild field of poppies, West Azarbaijan Province, Iran A poppy is any of a number of showy flowers, born one per stem, belonging to the poppy family. ...

  • 1939-1945 Star, for at least 6 months service between 1939 and 1945,
  • Africa Star, for service in the North African Campaign,
  • Defence Medal, for 3 years service,
  • Distinguished Flying Cross, for acts of courage, valour or devotion to duty while flying.

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The back cover depicted a man stabbed in the back carrying a film canister.


The picture labels on the vinyl copies depicted roses in a poppy field on side one (this artwork was also featured on the 1997 Columbia remaster and the 2004 remaster. This is the picture label on the 1997 Columbia remastered CD copies). Side two depicted a man that was stabbed in the back (from the back cover) now laying face forward dead with a dog standing (this artwork was also featured on the 1997 Columbia remaster and the 2004 remaster booklets. This is the picture label on the 1994 EMI Europe remaster and 2004 Capitol/EMI remastered CD copies)


Reissues

In 1986, the album was released on CD. A digitally remastered CD was released in 1994 in Europe on EMI and in 1997 for the rest of the world on Columbia using an up to date remastering job. A remastered and repackaged CD was released on March 19, 2004 in Europe on EMI and May 4, 2004 in the U.S. on Capitol Records to commemorate the album's 21st anniversary. The track "When the Tigers Broke Free", previously only available on Echoes, was added albeit in a slightly remixed form to the versions found on the movie version of The Wall and Echoes. A Compact Disc or CD is an optical disc used to store digital data, originally developed for storing digital audio. ... CD may stand for: Compact Disc Canadian Forces Decoration Cash Dispenser (at least used in Japan) CD LPMud Driver Centrum-Demokraterne (Centre Democrats of Denmark) Certificate of Deposit České Dráhy (Czech Railways) Chad (NATO country code) Chalmers Datorförening (computer club of the Chalmers University of Technology) a 1960s... is the 78th day of the year (79th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 124th day of the year (125th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... When the Tigers Broke Free is a song by Roger Waters describing the death of his father, Eric Fletcher Waters, in World War II. The song was written specifically for the 1982 movie version of Pink Floyds album The Wall and first released as a 7 single on July... Alternate uses: Echoes (disambiguation) Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd is a compilation album by Pink Floyd. ... Alternate uses: Echoes (disambiguation) Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd is a compilation album by Pink Floyd. ...


Quotes

It's very very good, but it's not personally how I would see a Pink Floyd record going. The sound quality is very good, it's very very well recorded, and the string arrangements and orchestral stuff are very well done, but it's not me. Consequently, I was arguing about how to make the record, at the beginning and it was being counterproductive.

—David Gilmour, in a May 1983 interview

The Final Cut was absolutely misery to make, although I listened to it of late and I rather like a lot of it. But I don't like my singing on it. You can hear the mad tension running through it all. If you're trying to express something and being prevented from doing it because you're so uptight...It was a horrible time. We were all fighting like cats and dogs. We were finally realising—or accepting, if you like—that there was no band. It was really being thrust upon us that we were not a band and had not been in accord for a long time. Not since 1975, when we made "Wish You Were Here". Even then there were big disagreements about content and how to put the record together [...] It sold three million copies, which wasn't a lot for the Pink Floyd. And as a consequence, Dave Gilmour went on record as saying, "There you go: I knew he was doing it wrong all along." But it's absolutely ridiculous to judge a record solely on sales. If you're going to use sales as the sole criterion, it makes Grease a better record than Graceland. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Grease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture was released in 1978 alongside the release of the musical film of the same name (see 1978 in music). ... Graceland is an album released in 1986 by Paul Simon. ...

—Roger Waters, June 1987, to Chris Salewicz

Well, this has been my beef for years, I mean always has been one of my beefs about what we do is that the balance has to be maintained. I've said it hundreds of times, ad nauseam I've said it—it's the balance between the words and the music I think is a very important thing and that's what I think we lost very much on The Final Cut.

—David Gilmour, Australian Radio, February 1988

The Final Cut was the lowest point in our Pink Floyd career for me, personally. I started off trying to do my best on that record... I had tried to point out to Roger that some of the tracks he wanted to put on it were tracks we had rejected off The Wall album because we didn't like them, you know. Roger just thought I was interfering... he'd got to a sort of megalomaniac stage where he could not tolerate anyone else having any real say in what was going on. We did fight horribly throughout that whole period.

— David Gilmour recalls himself about the album during the early 1990s

Film trivia

During the end of "The Fletcher Memorial Home", the main character's newspaper includes the headline "Your Son's Head in a Box". This is most likely a reference to "Run Like Hell" from Pink Floyd's previous album, The Wall.


In the movie, Roger Waters is paying a visit to a psychiatrist at the "Fletcher Memorial Home". One quick shot shows the psychiatrist diploma, revealing that his name is "A. Parker-Marshall". Alan Parker and Alan Marshall were, respectively, the film director and producer of the "The Wall" movie. Waters fought considerably during the production of the film, trying to put his vision across, and has been quoted many times in saying that he disliked the final product. Other criticism towards the movie can be found both in the lyrics of "Not Now John" and the back-cover photo of the stabbed soldier holding the film canister. Alan Parker on the set of Pink Floyd The Wall Sir Alan Parker (born February 14, 1944) is a British film director, producer, writer, and actor. ... Alan Marshall (2 May 1902--21 January 1984) born in Noorat, Australia) was an Australian writer, story teller and social documentor, was . ... Not Now John is a song from Pink Floyds 1983 album, The Final Cut. ...


Singles

  • "Not Now John (edited)"/"The Hero's Return (Parts I and II)" - Columbia 38-03905; released May 3, 1983

is the 123rd day of the year (124th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ...

Charts

Album - Billboard (North America) Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ...

Year Chart Position
1983 Pop Albums 6

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1983 "Not Now John" Mainstream Rock Tracks 7
1983 "Your Possible Pasts" Mainstream Rock Tracks 8
1983 "The Hero's Return" Mainstream Rock Tracks 31

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Some albums are timeless, and some are so steeped in their decade that in a hundred years' time you would be able to pinpoint exactly when they were recorded.
The Final Cut - first released in 1983 - is in the latter category.
The Final Cut was a collection of songs written by Waters for The Wall but rejected by the band.
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Pink Floyd's The Final Cut was significant in the fact that it was produced by the individual members of Pink Floyd recording their particular parts separately; apart from their colleagues.
As a consequence, The Final Cut really was the "final cut" for the Pink Floyd of old and this final album with Waters' sounds hollow and broken.
The Final Cut was released under the name Pink Floyd, in the bands opinion and the fans take on the whole ordeal, it should have been released as one of Roger Waters solo projects.
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