Why Paul McCartney Didn’t Make The Cut On Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of The Moon’


Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon has sold more than 15 million copies since its release back in 1973. Since the album was recorded at Abbey Road Studios, there are several ties to the Beatles but Paul McCartney was removed from the final cut.

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Originally, the album was meant to represent the pressure of life as a musician. But eventually, the material on the album was broadened to issues about money, armed conflict, death, and madness. The album made the band incredibly wealthy and also spent an incredible 937 weeks on the Billboard 200.

So why did Paul McCartney get removed from the album?

Paul McCartney Didn’t Make The Final Cut

Paul McCartney | Photo Rock and Roll Garage

According to Rolling Stone, “Paul McCartney’s contributions to the album were deleted – but the Beatles made a surprise appearance on the record.” In an effort to tie the songs together, Roger Waters came up with the idea to record other interviews with performers and Abbey Road staffers.

Some of the questions were about nothing at all, like favorite food or color, while others went in depth about madness or death. Some of the interviews were eventually threaded as snippets into the final cut.

When it came to Paul McCartney, however, Waters said the interview “useless.”

“Eclipse” Meets “Ticket To Ride…”

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At the time, former Beatle Paul McCartney was finishing up Red Rose Speedway at Abbey Road for his follow-up band, Wings. Waters basically said that McCartney was trying too hard to perform rather than to be real.

“[McCartney] was the only person who found it necessary to perform, which was useless, of course,” Waters told biographer John Harris. “I thought it was really interesting that he would do that. He was trying to be funny, which wasn’t what we wanted at all.”

But if you listen to the album again, the song “Eclipse” still features an instrumental version of the Beatles’ “Ticket to Ride” at the end. According to legend, the song was playing in the background of the studio.

When Abbey Road doorman Gerry O’Driscoll said, “There is no dark side of the moon, really. Matter of fact, it’s all dark. The only thing that makes it look light is the sun,” the song played behind him.

Did you know this little piece of trivia about Pink Floyd’s album?