A well-known session musician who has played many albums of the legends like Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson, and Miles Davis since the early ’80s, Michael Landau, was the latest interview guest of Classic Rock’ Henry Yates, and he talked about the feeling of working with all-time greats.
As you may already know, Michael Landau has participated in one of the most legendary albums of Pink Floyd which is ‘A Momentary Lapse of Reason.’ The album was released back on September 7, 1986, and it was recorded on David Gilmour‘s houseboat.
While talking about the recording sessions, Michael Landau admitted that working with Pink Floyd was the best experience he got during his whole carrier. He also shared the story of the time he was invited to record ‘A Momentary Lapse of Reason’ and mentioned the reason why David did not want to record a particular song.
Here’s what Landau stated:
“One that’s always stuck with me was being called for that Pink Floyd record ‘A Momentary Lapse of Reason.’ Because there was a delay part on ‘One Slip’ that I guess David Gilmour just didn’t want to do. In the mid-’80s, Rod Stewart was just a rock ‘n’ roll star.
He’d do a couple of takes, then he’d say, ‘OK, lads, off to the pub.’ Some days we didn’t get a lot done. B.B. King would come in to hear the track, tell a bunch of stories about the old days, then he got in his limo, and off he went.”
He continued by explaining how David Gilmour helped him:
“I was in and out of there pretty quick. David did show me his rig that he had set up for overdubs, I believe it was two Marshall stacks and a few pedals.
I remember it wasn’t over the top loud, just a nice full fat tone. He was very kind, I could tell he really loved playing the guitar.”
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