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Animals Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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MP3 Music, September 27, 2011
|Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, April 25, 2000||
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For an opener, Pigs on the Wing (Part 1) is a rather fitting start. It's short, cynically romantic, and simple; just an acoustic guitar with vocals with an animal metaphor from the get-go.
Then comes Animals' most notable track, the seventeen minute 'Dogs.' Seventeen minutes is a rather long time on one subject, but in Pink Floyd style they make it count, with plenty of David Gilmour's wonderful guitar solos. For those who view rock and roll as guitar solo heaven, Gilmour is your god. Also add to the combination the lyrical genius that is Roger Waters. His imagery with the album-long metaphor of animals to humans is striking and fantastic. The dog in this song is a greedy businessman, who is always first to pick up stray meat, first to make a kill, etc. My favorite line is 'You have to keep trusted by the people that you lie to, so that when they turn their backs on you, you'll get the chance to put the knife in.' Even more incredible imagery fills the song as the lyrics describe the painful, lonely death of the dog, specifically from cancer.
Next on the album is 'Pigs (Three Different Ones).' Roger Waters' lyrics describe pigs as the overweight, overpowered authority of the 'farm.Read more ›
So....the big question is the sound quality. I owned the original CD pressing of this album, the 1992 box set version, the 1996 remaster, and now this version. My overall opinion is that there have been discernible improvements with every release, and this time is definitely no exception. The closest parallel I can think of is the Beatles' 2009 remaster campaign. This album, like those, seems to have a deeper sound, with more resolution around the bass end. The drums have a nice, throaty sound (most evident in the verse of "Pigs"), and I can definitely hear the bass line better now (and this is even more noticable on "Dark Side of the Moon," as an aside). During the acoustic portion of "Dogs," I swear I can hear the clicking of Gilmour's pick on the guitar strings. And the last verse of "Dogs" packs a bigger punch than on any version I can remember.
But with Pink Floyd, the silent parts are almost important as the notes they play, and it's here where I can really hear something different going on.Read more ›
In many instances, "Animals" is fairly stripped-down, with Gilmour's soothing voice completely missing, and Richard Wright contributing absolutely nothing, thus nixing past creative keyboard elements. The possessive Waters writes all lyrics, and the concept of "Animals" is entirely his. In his harshest manner, Waters rips apart late-1970s society through the use of three types of animals: dogs, the materialistic and glib "yuppies" of a decade later, concerned only with wealth, good times, power and their own well-being; "Pigs" are no less flattering, high-positioned and self-righteous, they preach and dispense their high-minded, moralist views from atop the world's ranks; "Sheep" are the aimless and docile masses who get used and abused by the more powerful Dogs and Pigs in society.Read more ›
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If you're a Pink Floyd fan...you don't need to hear me ramble on like some vander-drone....this is pure Pink Floyd...one of my favorites. ha-ha...charade you are....Published 1 month ago by Jay McKenney
This doesn't need a review. One of the best Pink Floyd CD's there is. Everyone knows that. If you are unfamiliar with Pink Floyd and are considering buying this as a gift for... Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Baisden
What really needs to be said about this--- Its Pink Floyd--- enough saidPublished 1 month ago by JK
Classic Pink Floyd! Excellent recording, sounds great, plenty of detail and image. Kick back and enjoy!Published 3 months ago by Russ Carnes
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|Pink Floyd. Baking a cake.||
I agree. In interviews around the time of Dark Side, Gilmour stated that the music had become just background noise while the main focus was on the lyrics. Although I'm a lyrical fanatic, if the music doesn't flow and carry the song well, it's not much of a song then. (Not to say that the music... Read More
Oct 16, 2007 by Vish | See all 5 posts
|what i want from roger waters||
That's not Gilmour. I believe that is Snowy White.
Nov 1, 2011 by Spiderbucket | See all 2 posts