Roger Waters: Money, demo (1972)

 |   |  <1 min read

Roger Waters: Money, demo (1972)

One of the most interesting aspects of popular music reissues is when an expanded edition of a classic album (or artist) offers working drawings of songs which became -- usually much embellished or in some later form -- massive hits.

Back in the Eighties Pete Townshend of the Who began offering his double-vinyl home demo albums under the banner Scoop, the Beatles' Anthology had some fascinating rough drafts and . . . Pink Floyd belatedly came to the party in 2011.

Although known for scrupulously polishing material for albums and being rather over-protective of their image, for the last gasp reissue programe Why Pink Floyd? they included extra material in the expensive for-completist-fans box sets.

First out of the gate was the Dark Side of the Moon Immersion Edition, and included in it was this unpolished item. Roger Water sitting at home working out Money on an acoustic guitar.

Here is how the hit began.

The question is, if you were the producer or even in the band would you have said, "Wow Roger, let's really do something with that" or might you have said, "Sounds a bit on the dull side mate, I can't hear anything in it"? 

For more oddities, one-offs or songs with an interesting backstory use the RSS feed for daily updates, and check the massive back-catalogue at From the Vaults.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   From the Vaults articles index

Jimi Hendrix and Curtis Knight: Hush Now (1965)

Jimi Hendrix and Curtis Knight: Hush Now (1965)

It's well known that Jimi Hendrix didn't have much business sense, but he sure knew how to play guitar. This track -- one of about 60 recorded with the little known singer/guitarist Curtis Knight... > Read more

Japan: Don't Rain on My Parade (1978)

Japan: Don't Rain on My Parade (1978)

Way back before singer David Sylvian came over all Eno, European and arty. And before bassist Mick Karn (who died in January 2011), drummer Steve Jansen and keyboard player Richard Barbieri (now in... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Various: The Best of Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour (Chrome Dreams)

Various: The Best of Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour (Chrome Dreams)

Elsewhere readers would be familiar with Bob Dylan's extensive website (he's got another new album in April) and his radio programme  and will have doubtless noted the many Dylan... > Read more

ONE WE MISSED: Various Artists; One Love, The Very Best of Aotearoa Reggae (Sony)

ONE WE MISSED: Various Artists; One Love, The Very Best of Aotearoa Reggae (Sony)

Released a few weeks back, this highly inclusive, 34-song double disc got repeat play in the car stereo because it isn't always our default position of "barbecue reggae" (although there's... > Read more