June 12, 2004

The Final Cut remastered: a tiger in your tank

It was 21 years ago and Pink Floyd released their final album that meant something. Chief composer and bass player Roger Waters wrote his requiem for the post-war dream. It still sounds dark, but a lot better than it used too.

This 2004 remaster is nicely updated for the digital age. Since Pink Floyd used vinyl to its fullest, the volumes varied wildly, and, as compact disc technology was barely examined when The Final Cut was first issued, there was huge room for improvement via normalization and the reduction of tape noise. This version also adds "When the Tigers Broke Free", a leftover from The Wall used to open the film.

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