Broken China

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Broken China
Studio album by
Released7 October 1996 (UK)
25 March 1997 (US)
RecordedStudio Harmonie, France; Whitfield Street Studios, London; RAK Studios and The Astoria[1]
LabelEMI (UK)
Guardian Records (US)
ProducerRichard Wright
Anthony Moore
Laurie Latham (co-producer)
Richard Wright chronology
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Broken China is the second and final solo album by Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright.[3]


The album is a four-part concept album based on Wright's then-wife Mildred's battle with depression,[4] and is very much like a classic Pink Floyd concept album in its structure and overall feel.[citation needed] 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 studio in France. Broken China was only Wright's second solo record after 1978's Wet Dream and the last before his death in September 2008.

Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour played on "Breakthrough", but the approach for the song was changed later on, and Gilmour's performance was not used on the finished release. On the DVD David Gilmour in Concert, a guest appearance is made by Wright, who sings "Breakthrough" accompanied by Gilmour and his band.

The packaging has artwork by Pink Floyd's regular designer, Storm Thorgerson, and Peter Curzon.[5]

Track listing[edit]

1."Breaking Water"Richard Wright, Anthony Moore2:28
2."Night of a Thousand Furry Toys"Wright, Moore4:22
3."Hidden Fear"Wright, Gerry Gordon3:28
5."Unfair Ground"Wright2:21
7."Woman of Custom"Moore3:44
9."Black Cloud"Wright3:19
10."Far from the Harbour Wall"Wright, Moore6:19
12."Reaching for the Rail"Wright, Moore6:30
13."Blue Room in Venice"Wright, Gordon2:47
14."Sweet July"Wright4:13
15."Along the Shoreline"Wright, Moore4:36
16."Breakthrough"Wright, Moore4:19



  • Storm Thorgerson, Peter Curzon - sleeve design
  • Tony May - photography
  • Jason Reddy - computer
  • Julien Mils, Finlay Cowan - artwork


  1. ^ "Rick Wright – Broken China (1996, CD)".
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Broken China, Richard Wright, Prog Archives.
  4. ^ Doskoch, Peter (1 March 1997). "When Pink Turns to Blue". Psychology Today. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  5. ^ Broken China, The Pink Floyd Hyperbase, Denmark.

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