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Learning to Fly (An Alternate Pink Floyd)

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Learning to Fly

Original LP Cover.

Studio album by Pink Floyd
Released 7 September 1987
Recorded October 1986 – May 1987
Genre Progressive rock
Length 50:40
Label EMI
Producer Pink Floyd, Bob Ezrin
Pink Floyd chronology
The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking
Learning to Fly
The Division Bell

Learning to Fly is the fourteenth studio album by the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd, released in the UK and US in September 1987.

Learning to Fly was recorded primarily on Gilmour's converted houseboat, Astoria.

Its production was marked by an ongoing legal dispute with Waters as to who owned the rights to Pink Floyd's name, an issue resolved several months after the album was released.



Release & Reception

Track listing

Side One

No. Title Music Lead vocals Length
1. "Signs of Life" Gilmour, Ezrin Instrumental


2. "Learning to Fly" Gilmour, Ezrin, Moore, Carin Gilmour, Wright 4:53
3. "The Dogs of War" Gilmour, Wright Gilmour, Wright 6:05
4. "One Slip" Gilmour, Manzanera, Wright Gilmour 5:10
5. "On The Turning Away" Gilmour, Moore Gilmour 5:42
Total Length: 26:14

Side Two

No. Title Music Lead vocals Length
1. "Yet Another Movie" Gilmour, Leonard Gilmour


2. "Quick Conversation" Wright Wright 2:14
3. "A New Machine" Gilmour Gilmour, Wright 2:24
4. "The Clock" Wright Wright 5:09
5. "Sorrow" Gilmour Gilmour, Wright, Mason 8:28
Total Length: 24:26


Pink Floyd

  • David Gilmour - vocals, guitars, sequencers
  • Nick Mason - drums, sound effects, voices in "Signs of Life", co-lead vocals in "Sorrow"
  • Richard Wright - piano; vocals; Kurzweil; Hammond organ

Additional musicians

  • Tom Scott – alto saxophone; soprano saxophone
  • Tony Levin - bass guitar
  • Scott Page – tenor saxophone
  • Carmine Appice – drums
  • Patrick Leonard – synthesizers
  • Bill Payne – Hammond organ
  • Michael Landau – guitar
  • John Helliwell – saxophone

Chart positions


Chart (1987) Position
UK Albums Chart 1
US Billboard 200 2
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 16
Norwegian Albums Chart 1
Swiss Albums Chart 1


Year Single Chart Position
1987 "Learning to Fly" UK Singles Chart 1
1988 "The Clock" UK Singles Chart 24
1989 "On The Turning Away" US Billboard Hot 100 29

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