Roger Waters Shares New Album The Lockdown Sessions On Streaming Services
Roger Waters‘ new album, The Lockdown Sessions is now available on all streaming platforms.
Waters has confirmed the album’s songs were recorded and filmed at home during the Covid-19 lockdown between 2020 and 2021.
Waters and Gus Seyffert produced the record. The five seminal tracks are from Waters’ time with Pink Floyd and his solo career.
The tracks “Mother” and “Vera” are from Pink Floyd’s 1979 album The Wall. “Two Suns In The Sunset” and “The Gunner’s Dream” are from Waters final Pink Floyd album, The Final Cut, while “The Bravery of Being Out Of Range” is from Waters’ highly acclaimed solo album, Amused To Death.
The Lockdown Sessions also features Waters’ new version of the classic Pink Floyd song “Comfortably Numb.”
“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.”
Sean Evans produced and directed the videos shot by Kate Izor.
“Our Us and Them Tour lasted three years,” Waters said about the origin of the project. “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,” he continued. “For me it was Friday, March 13th 2020. Lockdown! So much for the ‘Encores’ project. Unless …”
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