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Pink Floyd's 'The Division Bell' Comes as a "Minor Should Shrug" to Fans, Roger Waters and David Gilmour Need to Collaborate

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Jul 14, 2014 11:11 AM EDT

Coming from the mountaintop to the ears of devoted fans of any stripe, Pink Floyd is set to release a new album The Endless River, a Frankenstein album composed of earlier sessions from 1994's The Division Bell.

While Bell went to number one on first release in 1994, it hasn't been accepted into the canon of greater Floyd fandom. Instead, most are weary to even call it an "album" from the band at all.

Roger Waters, who walked out during a string of bad sessions for 1983's The Final Cut, assumed the band went on to follow suit, but they reunited for a one more album under the same name.

Thus, it really is a case of mistaken identity for the group who, otherwise, defined a significant moment of music history (Dark Side of the Moon claimed number one at Billboard's "Top LPs & Tapes" and sat on the boards for 741 weeks after that).

Winery Dogs drummer, and formerly Dream Theater, Mike Portnoy posted on Facebook (courtesy of Loudwire), "What's this about a new 'Pink Floyd' album? Last I checked, [Roger] Waters is no longer in the band and [Richard] Wright and [Syd] Barrett are dead ... If these are leftovers from 'The Division Bell' sessions, then just put 'em up on a ['The Division Bell'] special edition release! It's disrespectful to Roger and everything he built for all those years! Just do a solo album, Dave [Gilmour]..."

Bear in mind, the album could take off as others have before, but the release comes mildly received by anyone who listens to the band. But can you truly accept it without an original lineup?

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