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Pink Floyd, 'The Endless River'

5. Pink Floyd, 'The Endless River'

Just about the last thing anybody expected this year was a new Pink Floyd record. It had been 20 years since they quietly ended the band after touring in support of The Division Bell, and the death of keyboardist Richard Wright in 2008 seemed to end any chance of further activity. But as the 20th anniversary of The Division Bell approached, the group began rooting through the many hours of outtakes from the disc. They realized they left a lot of astounding material in the vault, and it would be a proper tribute to Wright to resurrect the material. 

"Roger [Waters] and I always made so much noise on the records and in the press that Rick tends to get slightly forgotten," Gilmour told Rolling Stone. "But he was just as vital as anyone else in this thing. He created a whole sonic landscape in all the things we do. That is something you cannot reproduce anywhere else.”

To complete The Endless River, the group lifted Wright's keyboard parts from the 1994 sessions and overdubbed new guitar and bass on top of it, adding vocals only to "Louder Than Words," the final song on the album. Gilmour says it marks the end of the band. "I'm really enjoying my life and my music," he says. "There's no room for Pink Floyd. The thought of doing any more causes me to break out in a cold sweat.”

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