Broken China

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Broken China
Studio album by Richard Wright
Released 26 November 1996 (UK)
25 March 1997 (US)
Recorded Early 1996 (Studio Harmonie, France)
Genre Progressive rock, psychedelic rock, ambient
Length 59:34
Label EMI (UK)
Guardian Records (US)
Producer Richard Wright
Anthony Moore
Laurie Latham (co-producer)
Richard Wright chronology
(with Zee)
Broken China
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Broken China is a progressive rock solo album by Pink Floyd keyboard player Richard Wright.[2] It was his second and final album.


The album is a four-part concept album which documents Wright's then-wife Mildred's battle with depression, and is very much like a classic Pink Floyd concept album in its structure and overall feel. Two songs, "Reaching for the Rail" and "Breakthrough" feature Sinéad O'Connor on lead vocals, with Wright singing elsewhere. The album was recorded in Wright's personal studio in France. Broken China was only Wright's second solo record after 1978's Wet Dream and the last to be released before his death in September 2008.

Wright asked fellow Pink Floyd bandmate David Gilmour to perform on the album, to which Gilmour agreed to play one track. However, the approach for the song was changed later on, and Gilmour's performance was not used on the finished album.

On the DVD David Gilmour in Concert, a guest appearance is made by Wright, who sings "Breakthrough" accompanied by David Gilmour and his band.

The packaging has artwork by Pink Floyd's regular designer, Storm Thorgerson, and Peter Curzon.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Breaking Water" Richard Wright, Anthony Moore 2:28
2. "Night of a Thousand Furry Toys" Wright, Moore 4:22
3. "Hidden Fear" Wright, Gerry Gordon 3:28
4. "Runaway" Moore 4:00
5. "Unfair Ground" Wright 2:21
6. "Satellite" Wright 4:06
7. "Woman of Custom" Moore 3:44
8. "Interlude" Wright 1:16
9. "Black Cloud" Wright 3:19
10. "Far from the Harbour Wall" Wright, Moore 6:19
11. "Drowning" Wright 1:38
12. "Reaching for the Rail" Wright, Moore 6:30
13. "Blue Room in Venice" Wright, Gordon 2:47
14. "Sweet July" Wright 4:13
15. "Along the Shoreline" Wright, Moore 4:36
16. "Breakthrough" Wright, Moore 4:19

Remix singles[edit]

Instrumental remix tracks from the "Broken China" (UK promo by The Orb)[edit]

  1. "Night of a Thousand Furry Toys" (Inverted Gravy Mix, an Instrumental remix by William Orbit with Matt Ducasse.) – 8:31
  2. "Runaway" (Anthony Moore) (R. Wright's lemonade mix) – 7:04
  3. "Runaway" (Anthony Moore) (Leggit Dub) – 7:01

"Runaway" (remixes by The Orb)[edit]

Extended "Runaway" remixes, almost the double in length, exist and can be found on two "The Orb Remix Project" compilations:[citation needed]

  1. "Runaway" (Anthony Moore) (R. Wrights Leggit Mix) — 13:42 on "Auntie Aubrey's Excursions Beyond The Call Of Duty Part 2" — Ultra Records 2001 (USA).
  2. "Runaway" (Anthony Moore) (Leggit Dub) — 13:38 on "Auntie Aubrey's Excursions Beyond The Call Of Duty Part 2" — Deviant Records 2002 (UK).

Both remixes are the same, due to copyrights reasons these compilations have different tracks on the UK and USA versions.[citation needed] "Runaway" appears on both.




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