Terminal Frost

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"Terminal Frost"
Single by Pink Floyd
from the album A Momentary Lapse of Reason
A-side "Learning to Fly"
Released 14 September 1987
Recorded 1987
Genre Progressive rock, instrumental rock
Length 6:17 (album version)
6:01 (single edit)
Label EMI (UK)
Columbia (US)
Songwriter(s) David Gilmour
Pink Floyd singles chronology
"Not Now John"
"Learning to Fly" / "Terminal Frost"
"On the Turning Away"

"Terminal Frost" is an instrumental from Pink Floyd's 1987 album, A Momentary Lapse of Reason.[1][2]


The saxophones are played by Tom Scott and John Helliwell, the latter best known for his work with Supertramp. The track is bookended by "A New Machine (Part 1)" and "A New Machine (Part 2)" which creates a mini-suite on the album. The sequence of "A New Machine (Part 1) - Terminal Frost - A New Machine (Part 2)" were the only tracks from the album which were not performed at every show of the 1987-89 tours, frequently being dropped. David Gilmour has said that "Terminal Frost" is the oldest piece on the album, having been written many years before.


Additional musicians:


  1. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2004). The Great Rock Discography (7th ed.). Edinburgh: Canongate Books. p. 1177. ISBN 1-84195-551-5.
  2. ^ Mabbett, Andy (1995). The Complete Guide to the Music of Pink Floyd. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-4301-X.

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