Pandemic re-recordings from Roger Waters updating Pink Floyd classics, more!
Roger Waters' The Lockdown Sessions is a six-track LP updating various Pink Floyd classics as well as the Pink Floyd alum's solo material.
Three of these re-recordings are from Pink Floyd's The Wall, two are from the last Floyd album with Waters — 1983's The Final Cut and one track ("The Bravery of Being Out of Range") is from Waters' 1992 solo album Amused to Death. Waters recorded the material for the album during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Our Us and Them Tour lasted three years," Waters said in a news release. "At every gig, we did an encore after the main show closed with 'Comfortably Numb,' the encore was always 'Mother.' I can't remember why I decided to start doing other songs. Anyway, at some point after the end of the tour, I started thinking, 'It could make an interesting album, all those encores.'
"Then, I'm in England doing the Ginger Baker tribute gig one Tuesday night at the Hammersmith Odeon with Eric Clapton and the following Saturday marching from the Australian Embassy to Parliament Square to make a speech in support of Julian Assange — when bugger me, COVID. … For me, it was Friday, March 13, 2020. Lockdown! So much for the 'Encores' project. Unless …"
Three of The Lockdown Session's six songs — "Mother," "Vera" and "Comfortably Numb 2022" — were originally released on Pink Floyd's 1979 double album The Wall. "I pitched ("Comfortably Numb') a whole step down, in A Minor, to make it darker and arranged it with no solos," Waters previously explained, "except over the outro chord sequence, where there is a heartrendingly beautiful female vocal solo from Shanay Johnson, one of our new singers."