Projection - A Pink Floyd(?) Timeline

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  1. ChargedSpaceStation Well-Known Member

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    I still need to finish this timeline and maybe the 'So You Think You Can Tell...' one.
    Anyway, I think on move to Brazil with a famous band here, Os Mutantes (Some people here may already heard about). That would be quite different!
     
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    Thank you very much!
     
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    What parts does Shine On You Crazy Diamond consist of in this TL?
     
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    Parts 4 to 7

    Parts 1 to 3 are "Four Notes" while 8 and 9 are "The Farewell March" in WYWH
     
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    Wonderful! I like to know these things when I make playlists for these albums! Finally, about the Davids - who would sing what parts on Shine On and Golden Years? Also, how come Rick sings Wyatt's Sea Song on WYWH and Rick doesn't sing anything on this LP? Love all the work you're doing, glad to see your updating your old unfinished TL's.
     
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    Wright felt that his vocals were fine to The Sea Song but not to Little Red Robin Hood Hit the Road. He did some work on backing/supporting vocals in the song, but not too much relevant to be credited as the lead role.
    Shine On You Crazy Diamond starts with Gilmour on this verse, "Remember when you were young/[...]", then the chorus is sung by Gilmour and Bowie, and then switches to Bowie on "You were caught in the crossfire/[...]", and then switches back to Gilmour.
    In Golden Years, Bowie and Gilmour are switching in each stanza.
     
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  7. Threadmarks: "Heroes"

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    "HEROES"

    "Heroes" is the tenth studio album by the British rock band, Projection. The album was released in 14 October 1977 in the United Kingdom and Europe by Harvest Records and in the United States by Columbia Records. Produced by Tony Visconti, "Heroes" represents a new era for the group, the so-called Berlin Trilogy along with Rainbow Takeaway and Ashes to Ashes. As the previous covers, this one was also made by Hipgnosis.

    After passing through hard times during the Wish You Were Here/Shine On You Crazy Diamond sessions, David Bowie and Robert Wyatt conciliated and both suggested to move the group, to another place. In first place, the band moved to Switzerland in January 1977, and then France, staying for two weeks before finally establish themselves in West Berlin. But, before they start the recording sessions for the new album, Roger Waters and Nick Mason, with The Echoes Crew, decided to tour promoting Animals, leaving Projection, along with Iggy Pop, Marc Bolan, Brian Eno, and producer Tony Visconti. In West Berlin, and the West Germany, the members started to get in touch with the local music culture, such as the Krautrock, electronic, and ambient music, mostly influenced by bands as Tangerine Dream. During the stay, it was also recorded at the same time: David Bowie's A New Career in a New Town and Lodger, Kevin Ayers's double album A View from the Mountain and Super Salesman, and Robert Wyatt's Rock Bottom.

    In favour of promote the album, Columbia Records marketed "Heroes" with the slogan "There's Old Wave. There's New Wave. And there's Projection...". The title track, became a worldwide hit, topping in UK Single Charts and Billboard Hot Rock Songs, peaking in number 3 in Billboard Hot 100, building a big hype to the album. With the release, "Heroes" put Projection back in the game by topping UK Album Charts and Billboard 200, and also the West German and French charts. Two months later, Columbia released Richard Wright's Holiday and then, Gilmour's So Far Away, assuring the success of the album by also being successful. It was their first album to be released in Eastern Europe, a conquest by Robert Wyatt, who negotiated the release.

    In a mostly focused electronic-oriented sound, backed to the progressive rock roots of David Gilmour/Richard Wright/Robert Wyatt songs, influenced by the minimalist West German music, with incorporated rock/pop elements, and less funky and groovier music, Projection reaches a new era which would prevail until 1980, when they've released their last album recorded in Berlin, Ashes to Ashes. The album remains as Projection's second best-selling album, and acclaimed by the critics at the time. Melody Maker and NME named it "Album of the Year", surpassing Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, Sex Pistols' Never Mind the Bollocks, and Roger Waters's Animals. It is ranked in #89 in Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

    Richard Wright said that the album later influenced in the instrumental of his solo album, Broken China, and claimed as his favourite album. David Bowie said that the album was innovative to himself, and Robert Wyatt admired the work done on the album, saying that he did not felt like that since the sessions of Religious Experience. David Gilmour and Kevin Ayers are inclined to like the album.

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    PROJECTION - "HEROES" (October/1977)
    Genre: Experimental, progressive rock, jazz fusion, art pop
    Total: 47:25
    Produced by: Tony Visconti and Robert Wyatt
    UK Album Charts: #1
    Billboard 200: #1

    Side A - 23:39
    1.
    "Mediterranean C" (Richard Wright, Brian Eno) - 3:52
    2. "The Beauty and the Beast" (David Bowie) - 3:32
    3. "Star" (Kevin Ayers) - 4:18
    4. "So Far Away" (David Gilmour) - 5:50
    5. "Holiday" (Wright, Bowie) - 6:11
    6. "Hat Song" (Ayers) - 1:18

    Side B - 23:46
    7.
    "Summer Elegy" (Wright) - 4:53
    8. "Sons of the Silence Age" (Bowie) - 3:15
    9. "Everyone Knows the Song" (Ayers) - 2:33
    10. "Blackout" (Bowie) - 3:50
    11. "I Can't Breathe Anymore" (Gilmour) - 3:04
    12. ""Heroes"" (Bowie, Wright, Eno) - 6:07​


    Personnel
    Projection
    David Bowie -
    lead vocals [2, 5, 8, 10, 12], backing vocals, choir [6], acoustic guitar, keyboards
    Kevin Ayers - lead vocals [3, 6, 9], backing vocals, electric guitar, bass guitar
    Richard Wright - lead vocals [5, 7-8], backing vocals, choir [6], piano, keyboards, electric piano, Hammond organ, Oberheim synthesizer
    David Gilmour - lead vocals [4, 11-12], backing vocals, choir [6], lead guitar, lap steel guitar, EMS Synthi AKS, tape effects, additional bass
    Robert Wyatt - backing vocals, choir [6], adapted drums, percussion, piano, producer

    Additional personnel
    Carlos Alomar -
    guitar, choir [6]
    Brian Eno - synthesizers, keyboards, guitar treatments, choir [6]
    Robert Fripp - lead guitar, choir [6]
    Colin Thurston - engineer, choir [6]
    Snowy White - solo guitar
    Reg Isidore - percussion
    Tony Visconti - producer, percussion, choir [6]
     
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  8. Threadmarks: Rainbow Takeaway

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    RAINBOW TAKEAWAY

    Rainbow Takeaway is the eleventh studio album of the British rock band Projection. It was released in 18 November 1978 in the United Kingdom and Europe by Harvest Records while it was released in the United States and the World by Columbia Records. Also produced by Tony Visconti, Rainbow Takeaway is the second album of the Berlin Trilogy, between "Heroes" and Ashes to Ashes; while closes the 70's of Projection.

    After the unexpected hit which "Heroes" was, Projection started their World Tour, passing through new places, such as in the Warsaw Pact countries, in the cities of East Berlin and Leningrad, for the first time, and also in Hong Kong. With a successful tour, the group got back in the studios in West Berlin to record the follow-up to "Heroes". Initially conceived as 'The Mediterranean' (because the first song to be recorded was Rick Wright's piece, Mediterranean C), the group decided to change to Kevin's Rainbow Takeaway. This time, the group hired producer Bob Ezrin to help them in the new work, who mainly helped David and Rick Wright, while Anthony Moore helped Kevin Ayers, and Tony Visconti helped Bowie. The band recorded the album at the same time of Brian Eno's Ambient 1: Music for Airports, which features a participation of Robert Wyatt.

    With a slightly less promoting campaign, and betting in the hype of "Heroes", Columbia Records and Projection released Short and Sweet as the single, making it a moderate success by peaking in number 3 in Billboard Hot Rock Songs, and number 26 in Hot 100. Although it has been a moderate success, Rainbow Takeaway peaked in number 2 in the UK Album Charts while peaked in number 3 in Billboard 200, and it was received with positive reviews. Then, The Secret Life of Arabia and Pink's Song were released, with The Secret Life of Arabia being more successful.

    The album still proceeds with the electronic rock/pop mechanics of the last album, although diminished. The album focus in the emergent world music and better arrangements. It is claimed as underrated by the cult following which grew on the album. Kevin Ayers praises the record, while other members do simple comments about it. Richard Wright liked to compose and record his tracks.

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    PROJECTION - RAINBOW TAKEAWAY (November/1978)
    Genre: Progressive rock, jazz fusion, world music, experimental
    Total: 48:19
    Produced by: Tony Visconti, Anthony Moore and Bob Ezrin
    UK Album Charts: #2
    Billboard 200: #3

    Side A - 23:37
    1.
    "Blaming It All On Love" (Kevin Ayers) - 3:00
    2. "Against the Odds" (Richard Wright, Juliette Wright) - 3:57
    3. "Waltz For You" (Ayers) - 5:22
    4. "Move On" (David Bowie) - 3:16
    5. "Rainbow Takeaway" (Ayers) - 3:50
    6. "Waves" (Wright, Brian Eno) - 4:19

    Side B - 24:42
    7.
    "Short and Sweet" (David Gilmour, Roy Harper) - 5:30
    8. "The Secret Life of Arabia" (Bowie) - 3:46
    9. "No Way" (Gilmour, Bowie) - 5:32
    10. "Pink's Song" (Wright) - 3:28
    11. "Blue" (Ayers) - 6:26​

    Personnel
    Projection
    David Bowie - lead vocals [4, 8-9], backing vocals, acoustic guitar, keyboards
    Kevin Ayers - lead vocals [1, 3, 5, 11], backing vocals, electric guitar, bass guitar
    Richard Wright - lead vocals [2, 10], backing vocals, piano, keyboards, electric piano, Hammond organ, Oberheim synthesizer
    David Gilmour - lead vocals [7, 9], backing vocals, lead guitar, lap steel guitar
    Robert Wyatt - backing vocals, adapted drums, percussion, piano

    Additional personnel
    Carlos Alomar - guitar
    Brian Eno - synthesizers, keyboards, guitar treatments
    Colin Thurston - engineer
    Snowy White - solo guitar
    Reg Isidore - percussion
    Tony Visconti - producer, percussion
    David Bedford - orchestral arrangements
     
  9. Threadmarks: Ashes to Ashes

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    ASHES TO ASHES

    Ashes to Ashes is the twelfth studio album by the British rock band Projection. The album was released in 12 September 1980 by the EMI Records in the United Kingdom and in the Rest of the world by Columbia Records. It is considered the last album of the Berlin Trilogy, although the album was also recorded in the United Kingdom. The album was produced by Tony Visconti, Bob Ezrin, and Nick Mason.

    After two successful albums during the renaissance of the band, as said by David Gilmour, during the recording sessions, Projection decided to leave Berlin behind and move back to the United Kingdom. At the Britannia Row, Projection recorded most of the parts, with Gilmour, Richard Wright and Kevin Ayers in London with Nick Mason and Bob Ezrin, while Robert Wyatt, David Bowie stayed in Berlin with Brian Eno and Tony Visconti. "The scheme was almost the same as Rainbow Takeaway, with everyone recording in groups, but then Robert, Bowie and Tony came to London to stay, since they've finished to record with Brian Eno.", Gilmour.

    The album was widely promoted by Columbia, with the release of Projection's first hit in the 80's, the title track, Ashes to Ashes. The album itself topped Billboard 200 for a week after falling out, while peaked in number 3 in the UK Album Charts. It was a wide commercial success in Spain and Portugal, making it the second best-selling album there, only behind of The Blue. That's What You Get and Cry From the Street were also released as singles but both failed to reach the charts, making Ashes to Ashes the most successful hit in the 80's until Learning to Fly.

    With mostly positive critics, Ashes to Ashes is the return of Projection to a rock-based sound after flirting with electronic and art music of West German artists, Iggy Pop, Brian Eno, and Marc Bolan's music. One song was credited to Robert Wyatt, Hot River, with Carla Bley and Nick Mason. Although it wasn't released as single, the song made a great success. Ashes to Ashes is Gilmour's favourite album of Berlin Trilogy.

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    PROJECTION - ASHES TO ASHES (September/1980)
    Genre: Progressive rock, new wave, blues rock, art rock
    Total: 45:44
    Produced by: Tony Visconti, Bob Ezrin and Nick Mason

    Side A - 23:02
    1.
    "Mad Yannis Dance" (Richard Wright) - 3:19
    2. "Fashion" (David Bowie) - 4:49
    3. "Cry from the Street" (David Gilmour, Eric Stuart) - 5:13
    4. "That's What You Get" (Kevin Ayers) - 3:16
    5. "Up The Hill Backwards" (Bowie) - 3:15
    6. "Where do the Stars End" (Ayers) - 3:03

    Side B - 22:42
    7.
    "Mihalis" (Gilmour) - 5:46
    8. "Cat Cruise" (Wright) - 5:14
    9. "Ashes to Ashes" (Bowie) - 4:25
    10. "I'm So Tired" (Ayers) - 2:36
    11. "Hot River" (Robert Wyatt, Carla Bley, Nick Mason) - 5:16
    Personnel
    Projection
    David Bowie - lead vocals [2, 5, 9], backing vocals, keyboards, saxophone
    David Gilmour - lead vocals [3], backing vocals, lead guitar, lap steel guitar
    Kevin Ayers - lead vocals [4, 6, 10], backing vocals, electric guitar, bass guitar
    Richard Wright - backing vocals, piano, keyboards, Hammond organ
    Robert Wyatt - lead vocals [11], backing vocals, adapted drums, percussion

    Additional personnel
    George Murray - bass guitar
    Carlos Alomar - guitars
    Chuck Hammer - guitar synthesizer
    Robert Fripp - electric guitar
    Andy Clark - synthesizer
    Roy Bittan - piano
    Tony Visconti - acoustic guitar, backing vocals, producer
    Nick Mason - drums, percussion, producer
    Karen Kraft - lead vocals [11], backing vocals
    Bob Ezrin - piano, producer
     
  10. Threadmarks: About Face

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    ABOUT FACE

    About Face is the thirteenth studio album by the British rock band Projection. It was released on 7 June 1983 by EMI Records in the United Kingdom and Columbia Records in the United States. Produced by Bob Ezrin, Dave Harris and Tim Palmer, the album is considered a step of the band in dance music and a detachment of the rock-oriented sound to a more accessible music, such as Synthpop and Dance music in general, among other bands such as Yes (90125), and Genesis (self-titled album).

    Following the period of the Ashes to Ashes tour, shared with Roger Waters playing his major conceptual piece, The Wall, the group was invited by the Queen to add backing vocals in a song for Hot Space, then-called Feel Like. The sessions of the song evolved to a jam session that would become Under Pressure, with the first version released in Hot Space, while Projection would re-record the song with Freddie Mercury for About Face. The album is also the first one with the songwriting collaboration of Kevin Ayers with Ollie Halsall, though Ollie collaborated in other songs with Ayers, and Richard Wright with former Fashion member Dave Harris.

    The album was announced with the release of the lead single by David Bowie, Let's Dance, backed by Kevin Ayers's Money, Money, Money, a groundbreaking hit which was received with confusion by the critics, but well-received by the public of the group. Gilmour's All Lovers are Deranged was released a week later, with good appraise, and then, Kevin's Animals were finally released. With the release, About Face was better received than the previous album, although initially, some reviewers called Projection's record a sell out, but over time, the critics acclaimed the production of About Face, being suitable to the change of style the group was experiencing. The album topped Billboard 200 and peaked in number 2 in UK Album Charts.

    "Knowing that About Face wasn't mainly a rock-oriented music, it is a good record anyways. It has its charm.", David Gilmour. Bowie and Ayers called the album revolutionary upon the abrupt change from the previous album to About Face. Robert Wyatt avoids to comment about the album while Richard Wright said that it was his restart as a songwriter, with his collaborator, Dave Harris.

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    PROJECTION - ABOUT FACE (June/1983)
    Genre: Art rock, new wave, post-disco, synthpop
    Total: 49:13
    Produced by: Bob Ezrin, Dave Harris, Tim Palmer

    Side A - 25:20
    1.
    "Let's Dance" (David Bowie) - 7:37
    2. "Cuts Like a Diamond" (Richard Wright-Dave Harris) - 5:36
    3. "All Lovers Are Deranged" (David Gilmour) - 3:14
    4. "The Howlin' Man" (Kevin Ayers) - 4:07
    5. "Modern Love" (Bowie) - 4:46

    Side B - 23:53
    6.
    "Animals (Do As You're Told)" (Ayers) - 4:25
    7. "Voices" (Wright-Harris) - 6:21
    8. "Gimme a Little Bit" (Ayers, Ollie Halsall) - 3:50
    9. "Let's Get Metaphysical" (Gilmour, Wright) - 4:09
    10. "Under Pressure" (Projection & Queen) - 4:08
    Personnel
    Projection
    David Bowie -
    lead vocals [1, 5, 10], backing vocals, horn arrangements, synthesizer
    Kevin Ayers - lead vocals [4, 6, 8], backing vocals, bass guitar
    Richard Wright - lead vocals [2, 7], backing vocals, piano, keyboards, Fairlight CMI
    David Gilmour - lead vocals [3], backing vocals, lead guitar, bass guitar
    Robert Wyatt - backing vocals, adapted drums, percussion, piano, bass

    Additional personnel
    Ollie Halsall
    - electric guitar, lead vocals [8], backing vocals
    Lady June - lead vocals [8], backing vocals
    Freddie Mercury - lead vocals [10], handclaps, finger snaps
    Dave Harris - backing vocals, electric guitar, keyboards, producer
    Bob Ezrin - piano, producer
    Michael Kamen - orchestral arrangements
    Tim Palmer - engineer, producer
    Jeff Porcaro - drums, percussion
     
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  11. Threadmarks: The Blue

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    THE BLUE

    The Blue (sometimes called The Blue Album) is the fourteenth studio album, a double album, by the British rock band Projection. Released in 30 March 1985 in the United Kingdom by EMI Records, and in the United States by Columbia Records, the album follows the horde of pop-oriented albums of Projection, being rated as the most eclectic album of the group to date, involving new wave to hard rock sets. It was produced by Bob Ezrin, Dave Harris and Tim Palmer.

    After the release, About Face had the shortest tour of promotion since Shine On You Crazy Diamond, lasting for six months, three in Europe and three in United States/Canada each. In 1984, the group returned to England and passed the entire year producing the album. During the same time, most of the members released their solo records, with David Gilmour releasing Hope, David Bowie releasing Tonight, Kevin Ayers with Diamond Jack and Queen of Pain, and Robert Wyatt with Old Rottenhat. Most of the solo works derives from the recording sessions of The Blue. "We were into a White Album feelings, recording a lot of written songs, but still we had nothing to do with it. But record everything was a lot exhaustive, since everyone has played in each other's albums.", David Bowie.

    Announced in late 1984, the album was released earlier to critics and reviewers, who received the album's premises as ambitious, eclectic, being noticed the heavy use of synthesizers. With the exception of Robert Wyatt, each member released a single, starting with Gilmour's Blue Light, his best effort until then, David Bowie's Blue Jean, Kevin Ayers's Fool After Midnight, and Richard Wright's How Do You Do It?. As the album was released, it was received with mixed reviews, but with a big success. The album topped in the US Billboard 200 and UK Album Charts.

    Among the critics, it was traced similarities between Projection's The Blue and The Beatles' White Album. One of them was the reviewers calling the album as 'four solo albums in one', and at the time, it was speculated that Projection was breaking up soon (as Beatles did two years after the White Album). Instead, the group entered in a hiatus for six months, with sporadic appearances together, such as the Rock in Rio festival and the Live 8. In August 1985, Projection's World Tour began, and instead of promoting The Blue, the group preferred to play a mixed setlist. In later years, Gilmour and Bowie expressed their dissatisfaction with the album.

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    PROJECTION - THE BLUE (March/1985)
    Genre: Art rock, new wave, synthpop, dance music, experimental, hard rock
    Total: 80:15
    Produced by: Bob Ezrin, Dave Harris, Tim Palmer

    Disc One - 40:40
    Side A - 21:45
    1.
    "Until We Sleep" (David Gilmour) - 5:15
    2. "Blue Jean" (David Bowie) - 3:11
    3. "Blue Light" (Gilmour) - 4:35
    4. "Eyes of a Gypsy" (Richard Wright-Dave Harris) - 4:19
    5. "Never My Baby" (Kevin Ayers, Ollie Halsall) - 4:25

    Side B - 18:55
    6.
    "Strange Rhythm" (Wright, Harris, Bowie) - 6:36
    7. "Age to Self" (Robert Wyatt) - 2:50
    8. "Too Old to Die Young" (Ayers) - 5:54
    9. "Out of the Blue" (Gilmour) - 3:35

    Disc Two - 39:35
    Side C - 19:38
    10.
    "Confusion" (Wright-Harris) - 4:17
    11. "Loving the Alien" (Bowie) - 7:11
    12. "How Do You Do It" (Wright-Harris) - 4:45
    13. "Fool After Midnight" (Ayers) - 3:29

    Side D - 19:57
    14.
    "Tumble and Twirl" (Bowie) - 5:00
    15. "Alliance" (Wyatt) - 4:24
    16. "Seems We Were Dreaming" (Wright-Harris) - 4:57
    17. "Near the End" (Gilmour) - 5:36
    Personnel
    Projection
    Richard Wright -
    lead vocals [4, 6, 10, 12, 16], backing vocals, piano, keyboards, Fairlight CMI
    David Gilmour - lead vocals [1, 3, 9, 17], backing vocals, lead guitar, bass guitar, Fairlight CMI
    David Bowie - lead vocals [2, 6, 11, 14], backing vocals, synthesizer, guitar
    Kevin Ayers - lead vocals [5, 8, 13], backing vocals, electric guitar, Fairlight CMI, bass guitar
    Robert Wyatt - lead vocals [7, 15], backing vocals, adapted drums, percussion, piano, bass

    Additional personnel
    Carlos Alomar -
    electric guitar
    Derek Bramble - guitar, guitar synthesizer, bass guitar, synthesiser, backing vocals
    Ollie Halsall - electric guitar, backing vocals
    Steve Winwood - Hammond organ
    Dave Harris - backing vocals, electric guitar, keyboards, producer
    Bob Ezrin - producer, orchestral arrangement
    Michael Kamen - orchestral arrangements
    Tim Palmer - engineer, producer
    Jeff Porcaro - drums, percussion
     
  12. Threadmarks: A Momentary Lapse of Reason

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    A MOMENTARY LAPSE OF REASON

    A Momentary Lapse of Reason is the fifteenth studio album, double album, by the British rock band Projection. The album was released in 6 September 1987 by EMI Records in the United Kingdom, Canada and Europe, and by Columbia Records in the United States and the Rest of the World. Produced by Bob Ezrin and Anthony Moore, A Momentary Lapse of Reason is considered a transition album from the dance-oriented music to a new experimental period of the band, which would develop to The Division Bell.

    With the exception of sporadic appearances in Rock in Rio (a South American leg), and the Live 8 concert, including a Pink Floyd Sound reunion, 1985 to Projection was a time to mostly rest, until August when the band decided to tour with a selection of songs by the members, without promoting The Blue. The Tour, called Projection World Tour, finished almost a year later, when Projection needed to release a new album. In 1985, David Gilmour bought a houseboat, adapting it into a recording studio called Astoria, where the majority of the album was recorded together with Britannia Row. "It was a brilliant idea of Dave, honestly, I loved that place.", David Bowie. The album is the last album with the songwriting collaboration of Richard Wright and Dave Harris, with Harris following a successful solo career, and Wright continuing with Projection.

    In almost three years, Projection announced A Momentary Lapse of Reason with the lead single Flying Start, featuring Mike Oldfield. The song was also part of Mike Oldfield's album, Islands. The single was a small hit in the United Kingdom but afforded success in West Germany and France. Learning to Fly was Projection's most successful hit since Ashes to Ashes, surpassing Bowie's Let's Dance. The album reached number 3 in Billboard 200 and topped in the UK Album Charts.

    The album received generally good reviews, such as that it was far better organized than the previous album. After the album, Kevin Ayers left Projection until 1992 when the group reunited to record The Division Bell. Following the release, the band launched the A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour, without Kevin, becoming their most successful tour in history, surpassing future tours, such as The Division Bell Tour (1993/96) and Reunion Tour (2004/07).

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    PROJECTION - A MOMENTARY LAPSE OF REASON (September/1987)
    Genre: Progressive rock, art rock, synthpop, experimental, folk rock
    Total: 93:27
    Produced by: Bob Ezrin, Anthony Moore

    Disc One - 47:37
    Side A - 21:57
    1.
    "Sorrow" (David Gilmour) - 8:48
    2. "Day-In, Day-Out" (David Bowie) - 4:38
    3. "Flying Start" (Kevin Ayers, Mike Oldfield) - 3:38
    4. "Learning to Fly" (Gilmour, Anthony Moore, Bob Ezrin, Jon Carin) - 4:53

    Side B - 25:40
    5.
    "One Slip" (Gilmour, Phil Manzanera) - 5:10
    6. "The British Road" (Robert Wyatt) - 6:23
    7. "Budget Tours" (Ayers, Ollie Halsall) - 8:08
    8. "On the Turning Away" (Gilmour, Moore) - 5:42

    Disc Two - 45:50
    Side C - 23:08
    9.
    "By Touching" (Wright/Harris) - 5:39
    10. "Time Will Crawl" (Bowie) - 4:18
    11. "Gharbzadegi" (Wyatt) - 7:54
    12. "Another Rolling Stone" (Ayers, Marvin Siau) - 5:17

    Side D - 22:42
    13.
    "Caribbean Way" (Ayers, Halsall) - 2:12¹
    14. "Yet Another Movie/Round and Around" (Gilmour, Patrick Leonard) - 7:28
    15. "That's What We Did (Today)" (Ayers, Wyatt, Halsall) - 3:44
    16. "Private Person" (Wright, Harris, Bowie) - 3:36
    17. "Am I Really Marcel?" (Kevin Ayers) - 5:59
    Personnel
    Projection
    Kevin Ayers - lead vocals [3, 7, 12-13, 15, 17], backing vocals, electric guitar, bass guitar, harmonica
    David Gilmour - lead vocals [1, 4-5, 8, 14], backing vocals, lead guitar, bass guitar, sequencers
    David Bowie - lead vocals [2, 10, 16], guitar, Mellotron, Moog synthesizer, harmonica, tambourine
    Richard Wright - lead vocals [4, 9, 16], backing vocals, piano, Kurzweil, Hammond organ, Fairlight CMI
    Robert Wyatt - lead vocals [6, 11, 15], backing vocals, adapted drums, percussion, piano, bass

    Additional personnel
    Ollie Halsall -
    guitar, keyboards, drums, bass, backing vocals
    Dave Harris - backing vocals, electric guitar, keyboards, producer
    Carlos Alomar - guitar, guitar synthesizer, tambourine, backing vocals
    Peter Frampton - lead guitar
    Bob Ezrin - keyboards, percussion, sequencers
    Tony Levin - bass guitar, Chapman Stick
    Jim Keltner - drums
    Jon Carin - keyboards
    Tom Scott - alto saxophone, soprano saxophone
    Scott Page - tenor saxophone
    Andrew Jackson - engineering, mixing
    Anthony Moore - producer
    [1] Budget Tours (Part Two)
     
  13. Threadmarks: The Division Bell

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    THE DIVISION BELL

    The Division Bell is the sixteenth studio album by the British rock band Projection. The album was released in 8 November 1993 in the United Kingdom by EMI Records and in 15 November 1993 in the United States, Canada and the Rest of the World by Columbia Records. The Division Bell was produced by Bob Ezrin, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, and Anthony Moore, and starts a short era in the band of a art-oriented music and less dance music, which would influence predominantly in their next and final album, The Unfairground. It was their first production with Roger Waters in 17 years, and with Nick Mason in 13 years.

    Written mostly by David Gilmour, Richard Wright and Robert Wyatt, The Division Bell culminated in the reunion of Projection after a short break-up in 1990. Kevin Ayers accepted to reunite with his old group to record the new project, then called The Big Spliff. During their break, David Bowie formed the Tin Machine, releasing three albums with them, while Kevin Ayers invested on his solo career by releasing his best-selling album, Another Saturday Night. The rest of the members decided to take care of their personal lives, mainly David Gilmour and his romance with the novelist Polly Samson, who would write most of the lyrics for the album with a partnership with her fiancé, Gilmour.

    The album was announced with a big promotion by Columbia and EMI Records, announcing the return of Projection to the music. The lead single, Buddha of Suburbia, inspired by Hanif Kureishi's book with the same name, and used in the TV Special, became a worldwide hit by topping Billboard Hot 100 and UK Singles Charts, with the same as High Hopes, released three weeks later, peaking in number 3 in UK Singles Charts, topping Billboard Hot Rock Mainstream Songs, and peaking in number 7 in Hot 100, with Keep Talking in the B-side. Kevin's Something In-Between was released as single, successful in Europe, but a minor hit in the United States. The Division Bell ended up topping almost every chart, such as in Billboard 200, UK Album Charts, and being a hit in Germany, France, and Australia.

    Focused on create a different project from their previous albums, Projection decided to revisit the inspiration similar to the Berlin Era, by recording new songs inspired by Ambient music, Krautrock, and Electronic music, mixed with the Progressive rock acts from Life on Mars to Shine on You Crazy Diamond. With the success, The Division Bell ended up becoming one of Projection's best-selling albums, indicated as Album of the Year by NME, and receiving a Grammy for Best Arrangement, and was received with mostly positive reviews by the critics, as it was received by the fans.

    Not successful as the previous one, Projection started the The Division Bell Tour, promoting the album, and then, released a live album, called PULSE, with the highlights of the tour. Richard Wright said he felt that The Division Bell was a big push to start to record his solo album, Broken China. David Bowie affirmed that he enjoyed to produce Division Bell, and felt renewed, by then release his solo records after the tour. Robert Wyatt expresses that The Division Bell is his favourite album of the group. The album was dedicated to Ollie Halsall, Kevin Ayers's long-time songwriting partner, who died during the recording sessions.

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    PROJECTION - THE DIVISION BELL (November/1993)
    Genre: Progressive rock, art rock, ambient
    Total: 86:08
    Produced by: Bob Ezrin, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, and Anthony Moore

    Disc One - 39:37
    Side A - 18:09
    1.
    "Catholic Architecture" (Robert Wyatt) - 5:10
    2. "Poles Apart" (David Gilmour, Polly Samson, Nick Laird-Clowes) - 5:49
    3. "Feeling This Way" (Kevin Ayers) - 2:42
    4. "Buddha of Suburbia" (David Bowie) - 4:28

    Side B - 21:28
    5.
    "Marooned" (Gilmour, Richard Wright) - 4:08
    6. "Something In-Between" (Ayers) - 3:16
    7. "Strangers When We Meet" (Bowie) - 4:58
    8. "Dondestan" (Wyatt) - 4:49
    9. "A Great Day for Freedom" (Gilmour, Samson) - 4:17

    Disc Two - 46:31
    Side C - 24:12
    10.
    "Black Tie White Noise" (Bowie) - 4:52
    11. "Wearing the Inside Out" (Wright, Moore) - 6:49
    12. "Take It Back" (Gilmour, Samson, Laird-Clowes, Bob Ezrin) - 6:12
    13. "Coming Back to Life" (Gilmour) - 6:19

    Side D - 22:19
    14.
    "I Don't Depend on You" (Ayers) - 3:36
    15. "Keep Talking" (Gilmour, Wright, Bowie) - 6:10
    16. "Worship" (Wyatt, Gilmour, Wright) - 4:50
    17. "High Hopes" (Gilmour, Samson) - 7:43
    Personnel
    Projection
    David Gilmour - lead vocals [2, 9, 12-13, 15, 17], backing vocals, lead guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, programming, talk box
    David Bowie - lead vocals [4, 7, 10, 15, 17], backing vocals, acoustic guitar, saxophone
    Robert Wyatt - lead vocals [1, 8, 16], backing vocals, drums, percussion, piano, synthesizer
    Kevin Ayers - lead vocals [3, 6, 14], backing vocals, electric guitar, bass guitar
    Richard Wright - lead vocals [11], backing vocals, piano, Kurzweil, Hammond organ, programming

    Additional personnel
    Ollie Halsall -
    acoustic guitar, vibraphone
    Mike Oldfield - electric guitar
    Kevin Armstrong - electric guitar
    Anthony Moore - synthesizer, keyboards, producer
    Roger Waters - bass guitar, producer
    Nick Mason - percussion, producer
    Bob Ezrin - producer
    Gavin Harrison - drums
    Andrew Jackson - engineering
    Michael Kamen - orchestral arrangements
    Stephen Hawking - vocal samples [15]
    Dick Parry - tenor saxophone
    Jon Carin - programming, piano, additional keyboards
    Guy Pratt - bass guitar
    Michael Reisman - harp, tubular bells, string arrangement
    Nile Rodgers - electric guitar
    Erdal Kızılçay - bass guitar
     
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    THE UNFAIRGROUND

    The Unfairground is the seventeenth and final studio album by the British rock band Projection. The album was released digitally in 26 November 2007 by the independent labels LO-MAX and ISO Records, being released in 1 December by EMI Records in the United Kingdom, Australia & New Zealand and Europe, and by Columbia Records in the United States and the Rest of the World. Produced by Brian Eno and Nick Mason, it was defined by David Gilmour as a 21st century Projection album, being recorded at the Astoria, Abbey Road Studios, and Britannia Row Studios.

    With the end of The Division Bell Tour, Projection decided to break-up again. Most of Projection members focused on their solo career, with Richard Wright releasing his solo album, Broken China in 1998, as did Robert Wyatt with Schleep. Kevin Ayers and David Bowie released multiple studio albums before the reunion. The first concert was at the Robert Wyatt's Meltdown after David Gilmour's solo presentation. The band announced their tour in December 2003, starting in 2004 in North America, proceeding to Latin America, South Africa, Asia and Oceania, Europe, and then, United Kingdom. In early 2006, Projection started to record their seventeenth album in the Astoria, with songs which were written by all of them to solo projects.

    Announced by Projection and LO-MAX, The Unfairground caught a surprised public, with big expectations in their next record. The first promotional single was David Bowie's Never Get Old received with positive reviews reaching top 5 in Billboard Hot 100 and number 2 in Hot Rock Mainstream Songs. In the United Kingdom was a moderate hit by reaching number 8. A week later, Louder Than Words, their lead and final single, was a major hit in Europe, but moderate in the US, reaching number 10 in Billboard Alternative Songs. With the release, The Unfairground topped the UK Album Charts and peaked in number 3 in Billboard 200.

    After the release, The Unfairground didn't have a promotional tour, although the band promoted the album during the following days of the Reunion Tour. After the end of the tour, the band finally broke up for good, with a few reunions, such as in the Concert for Syd, Live Earth, and a concert in 2010 raising funds to the victims of the Haiti earthquake. In 2008, the keyboardist Richard Wright passed away, leaving his album unreleased, and in 2013, Kevin Ayers passed away in his house in France. In 2014 there was a try to record a final album with the remaining members, David Gilmour, David Bowie and Robert Wyatt, but due to the conditions of Bowie's health, recorded takes of the planned album were used on Gilmour's Rattle That Lock and Bowie's Blackstar. Bowie passed away in 2016.

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    PROJECTION - THE UNFAIRGROUND (November/2007)
    Genre: Post-progressive, ambient, art rock
    Total: 65:39
    Produced by: Brian Eno, Nick Mason

    Track listing
    1.
    "Unfairground" (Kevin Ayers) - 3:51
    2. "Allons-y" (David Gilmour, Richard Wright, Brian Eno) - 13:45
    a) "The Lost Art of Conversation" (Wright, Eno)
    b) "On Noodle Street" (Gilmour, Wright)
    c) "Night Light" (Gilmour, Wright, Eno)
    d) "Allons-y (I)" (Gilmour)
    e) "Autumn '68" (Wright)
    f) "Allons-y (II)" (Gilmour)
    g) "Talkin' Hawkin'" (Gilmour, Wright, Eno)

    3. "Smile" (David Gilmour, Polly Samson) - 4:03
    4. "Fly" (David Bowie) - 4:10
    5. "Cold Shoulder" (Kevin Ayers) - 3:08
    6. "A Beautiful Peace" (Robert Wyatt, Eno) - 2:27
    7. "Never Get Old" (Bowie) - 4:25
    8. "Just as You Are" (Wyatt, Alfreda Benge) - 4:21
    9. "Baby Come Home" (Ayers) - 2:36
    10. "A Pocketful of Stones" (Gilmour, Samson) - 6:17
    11. "Louder Than Words" (Gilmour, Samson, Wright, Bowie) - 6:37
    12. "Where We Start" (Gilmour, Samson) - 6:45
    13. "Walk on Water" (Ayers) - 3:14
    Personnel
    Projection
    Kevin Ayers - lead vocals [1, 5, 9, 13], backing vocals, electric guitar, bass guitar
    David Gilmour - lead vocals [3, 10, 11, 12], backing vocals, lead guitar, Hammond organ, percussion, bass guitar, piano
    David Bowie - lead vocals [4, 7, 11], backing vocals, electric guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, saxophone, stylophone, percussion
    Richard Wright - lead vocals [11], backing vocals, Hammond organ, piano, Kurzweil piano, Rhodes piano, Farfisa organ, Royal Albert Hall Organ, synthesizer
    Robert Wyatt - lead vocals [6, 8], backing vocals, piano, keyboards, trumpet, cornet, pocket trumpet, enotron

    Additional personnel
    Bob Ezrin - bass guitar
    Durga McBroom - backing vocals
    Louise Marshal - backing vocals
    Sarah Brown - backing vocals
    Escala:
    Chantal Leverton - viola
    Victoria Lyon - violin
    Helen Nash - cello
    Honor Watson - violin​
    Polly Samson - backing vocals
    Leszek Możdżer - piano
    Illan Eshkeri - programming
    Willie Wilson - drums, percussion
    Chris Thomas - keyboards
    Zbigniew Preisner - orchestral arrangement
    Carlos Alomar - electric guitar
    Phil Manzanera - electric guitar
    Hugh Hopper - bass guitar
    Bridget St. John - backing vocals
    Dave Sinclair - piano
    Nick Mason - drums, producer
    Brian Eno - keyboards, effects, enotron, producer
     
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    2006-Present: The End of the Show
    Final Break-up

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    David Bowie and David Gilmour during the rehearsals at Royal Albert Hall, 2007, performing at the Concert for Syd.
    In 2006, the known Crazy Diamond, Syd Barrett, died in Cambridge, due to complications of a cancer. In 2007, after their last concert at the Royal Albert Hall, Projection finally dissolved for good, with a few appearances, such as the Live Earth, and the Concert For Syd, which appeared with a lot of indie artists and friends, such as Roger Waters, Bob Klose, Nick Mason, the members of Soft Machine and Caravan. In that night, the Pink Floyd Sound and Soft Machine reunited for the last time paying tributes to Syd. In 2008, David Bowie concentrated in release other solo albums, such as Reality and The Next Day, David Gilmour released On an Island, Kevin Ayers released Brainstorm, and Robert Wyatt finally released his Comicopera. Meanwhile, Richard Wright was producing his instrumental solo record.

    "In particular, 2006, 2007 and 2008 were really strange years. The pauses on the activities of the band were frequent, so after the end of the tour, we wanted to finally break-up and leave the legacy of Projection there, available to the people. Syd and Wright deaths were equally tragic to me, since they were friends, but Wright ended up making me feel a few times worse, like... we formed the band, and we were members until the end, we've seen each others until recently, and see the news that he passed away was a blow to me, y'know."
    - David Bowie, 2009.
    Tomorrow brings another town

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    Richard Wright.

    David Gilmour and Richard Wright were scheduled to appear in September, 29th in Jools Holland program at BBC Two to perform Remember a Day. But after all, the keyboardist has passed away at home of cancer, in September 15th, aging 65. At the time, he was recording his solo composition, but it was left untouched, until the release of All The Years box set in 2017. The pieces were reunited and finished, being called The Endless River. In 2008, Gilmour and Bowie reunited to present Remember a Day as a tribute to Rick Wright in Jools Holland program. In 2009, Nick Mason published his book, Inside Out: A Personal History in the Music World.

    In 2010, without Richard Wright, Projection reunites for the last time in a TV concert under the acronym of Gilmour, Ayers, Bowie and Wyatt (GABW), without using the proper name. The group played a set of six songs to raise funds for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti, Life on Mars?, Wish You Were Here, "Heroes", High Hopes, Louder Than Words, and Am I Really Marcel?. Roger Waters also appeared with his backing band, The Bleeding Hearts Band, playing Another Brick in the Wall, Comfortably Numb, Radio Waves, Flickering Flame, and The Tide is Turning.

    In 2012, at the O2 Arena, Gilmour, Bowie and Ayers performed in songs of The Wall with Roger Waters on his tour, The Wall Live. It would be the last performance of any Projection member together. In 2013, the bassist Kevin Ayers died in his sleep in France. In a private funeral, appeared friends of the Canterbury scene, Projection members, and family. One year later, Gilmour decided to the remaining members of Projection, David Bowie and Robert Wyatt, to record a final album for Projection.

    Good initiative, but it didn't work

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    David Gilmour in Porto Alegre, Brazil, during the Rattle That Lock Tour, 2016.
    The trio, plus Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Jon Carin and Guy Pratt, entered the Astoria to record a few songs and instrumental pieces to record. "It was a stable month, to be honest, we were slowly proceeding with the record.", remembers Gilmour. The sessions lasted for three months, until they tried to record sporadicly, until, in early 2015, the group decided to cancel the planned album.

    "I remember the day that David Bowie came to the studio and told us about the diagnosis that he had liver cancer. The studio never was the same after the news. We had some bad feelings about that thing, and plus the stressful situations we were passing through, I've decided to desist from the final album, and Dave with Bowie followed my decision, so both took the parts that we've already recorded to use on their solo projects. I didn't have any project in mind so I returned home."
    - Robert Wyatt
    David Gilmour recorded and released his solo album in late 2015, called Rattle That Lock, with contributions of former Projection members David Bowie and Robert Wyatt. The album was produced by his long-time friends, Nick Mason and Roger Waters. As David Bowie, released his album on his birthday, Blackstar, three days before his death, and produced by Tony Visconti, and with also Mason and Waters. The album featured contributions of Gilmour.

    Recently...

    Recently, Roger Waters released his ninth solo album, called Is This The Life We Really Want?, another successful album by the veteran singer-songwriter. The former drummer Robert Wyatt integrated his supporting band to the Us + Them Tour, embarking in controversial themes with critics to American president Donald Trump, and a troubled passage in Brazil, since both criticized the far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro.

    "It is a great tour, absolutely. It was a honour of Robert Wyatt to participate of the tour, since I talk mostly with him about politics, as always. Since the earlier times in Projection we both were engaged with politics, just to see our material. But Wyatt it's a bit radical than me, affiliated to the Communist Party, *laughs*. Anyway, we are doing great, now we are starting the European leg of the tour, busy with rehearsals and a lot of things. Hope you all come to watch us at the Us + Them Tour!"
    - Roger Waters, 2018.
    As for the former guitarist David Gilmour, he's living a quite recluse life after the Rattle That Lock Tour. The release of the live album, Return to Pompeii, was successful, with a world premiere in 10 September 2017. There are rumours of a next album being completed with a lot of material unreleased of Rattle That Lock is coming.
     
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    But you know, it's only a show...

    Anyways, thank you all who read and liked the timeline! I'm really sorry about my sudden disappearance before the Wish You Were Here tours and about my lost of interest. Still, glad that you liked the Jet-Propelled Soft Machine on Wikia, and I hope that you can join me in the next timelines (a bit less ambitious than this one), in the beautiful universe that are the alternate histories about music.

    Currently, I'm rewriting the So You Think You Can Tell... timeline, about a different Pink Floyd after an earlier departure of Roger Waters in 1978, right after the In the Flesh tour, hope you can join me in this timeline! And soon, I'll start to write a timeline focused in Os Mutantes, a Brazilian band that is very famous... in Brazil, and very known by people outside (such as Kurt Cobain, David Byrne, and Sean Lennon). Hope you like it, and once again, thank you all for reading this timeline!

    And also, I need to thank flippikat, Loulou and Auran to help me on contributing (such as the timeline, songs and covers) to the Projection timeline!
     
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  19. danmartin73 Well-Known Member

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    That was incredible! The albums are all really good listens, almost to the point where they seem real. Again, thank you for doing this timeline, it was really interesting, a little bittersweet towards the end, but it was so beliveable. I can't wait to see what you decide to do with the So You Think TL. Your writing is truly magical.
     
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    I really did enjoy this, thank you so much!
     
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