Roger Waters has now shared his new version of the Pink Floyd classic track “Money.” It comes as an early taster for his upcoming release of an updated entire Dark Side Of The Moon Redux album.
Waters has reworked that whole album and added original music to a double vinyl release later this year on October 6. Although he has shared a sampler of his version of “Us And Them” this year, his sharing of “Money” online is the first chance to hear an entire song he recreated from the new album.
In a statement at Waters’ online store he explains the background of the reworked album and admits that he wanted to ensure he honored the original classic recordings. The idea for the album came from Waters working on his 2022 release of The Lockdown Sessions, a collection of past songs on a stripped-down basis. Waters originally recorded these at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. That work, combined with the upcoming 50th anniversary of Dark Side Of The Moon, prompted the idea of reworking the album completely.
"“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 year old man to look back across the intervening fifty years into the eyes of the twenty nine year old and 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 a recording that Nick and Rick and Dave and I have every right to be very proud of.”"- Roger Waters
Besides Waters, the new album doesn't feature any original Floyd musicians. It does include all the songs from the original album plus a new, yet-to-be-titled Waters composition.
The Dark Side Of The Moon Redux Black Double Vinyl
- Speak To Me
- On The Run
- Great Gig In The Sky
- Us and Them
- Any Colour You Like
- Brain Damage
- An Original Composition
Roger Waters and his versions of ‘Money’
While we will have to wait to hear the whole new album, we can at least share his latest version of “Money” now. Have a listen and see what you think. For me, it's a great version, quite laid back, with slightly growling vocals from Waters that give it quite an atmospheric feel.
Interestingly, a much earlier and different version of “Money” by Waters exists. His demo version of the original album was made available some years ago. It was used by Waters to share his main guitar arrangement and version of the vocals with the rest of the band. They were then all able to develop other aspects of the song, to reach the final version, which was released. The demo is quite low-key and simple by its very purpose, especially compared to the classic album song. It's interesting to be able to compare the demo with Waters’ new reworking.
A new album by Waters is always exciting, a reworked version of the Pink Floyd classic adds even more to that. Perhaps there will be another track or extract made available in advance of the October release.
Stairway to 11 is dedicated to providing news, reviews, and original content covering classic rock, oldies, and old-school music of all genres. This site also serves as a community for like-minded fans to catch up on the latest news and discuss their passion. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.