Additional personnel: Snowy White, Andy Roberts (guitar); Peter Woods (keyboards); Andy Brown (bass); Willie Wilson (drums); John Joyce, Stan Farber, Jim Haas, Joe Chemay (background vocals).
Includes liner notes by Gerald Scarfe, Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Jonathan Park, Mark Fisher, James Guthrie, David Gilmore, Richard Wright.
In releasing this two-CD live album of Pink Floyd's elaborate production, both the Roger Waters and David Gilmour-led camps almost atone for the bitter back-biting fans have endured throughout the '80s and '90s. As delivered by Waters, Gilmour, Nick Mason, Richard Wright and a smattering of back-up musicians, these renditions are a reminder of how tight this Floyd line-up could be.
Among THE WALL's major themes are the character's mixed feelings over sex as revealed by "Young Lust," an overprotective mom and the hazards thereof in "Mother," and the decision of the musician's label to drug him up to perform in "Comfortably Numb." Two welcome but ephemeral songs cut from the original studio album, "What Shall We Do Now?" and "The Last Few Bricks" are also included in this release of Waters' sprawling concept. Complimenting the crystalline acoustics of this classic performance is packaging including 64 pages of artwork and photos from the original shows, with liner notes by all four Floyd members, art director Gerald Scarfe, and the show's stage designers.
What the critics say...
Q (6/00, p.128) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...What's truly amazing is how music this deep and uncomprimising sold so well. Water's...portentous instrumentation and use of repeated motifs was almost classical in conception and execution..."
CMJ (5/1/00, p.25) - "...Delivers the audio spectacle of the performance in its entirety, while also featuring 'What Shall We Do Now?,' which was included in 'The Wall's film version only, and 'The Last Few Bricks' which had not been released previously in any form.
Mojo (Publisher) (5/00, pp.104-5) - "...For sheer balls, these live performances, seamlessly woven together, knock the stuffing out of the somewhat antiseptic original studio recording..."
- Master Of Ceremonies
- In The Flesh?
- Thin Ice, The
- Another Brick In The Wall (Part 1)
- Happiest Days Of Our Lives, The
- Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)
- Goodbye Blue Sky
- Empty Spaces
- What Shall We Do Now?
- Young Lust
- One Of My Turns
- Don't Leave Me Now
- Another Brick In The Wall (Part 3)
- Last Few Bricks, The
- Goodbye Cruel World
- Hey You
- Is There Anybody Out There?
- Nobody Home
- Bring The Boys Back Home
- Comfortably Numb
- Show Must Go On, The
- Master Of Ceremonies
- In The Flesh
- Run Like Hell
- Waiting For The Worms
- Trial, The
- Outside The Wall
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