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Back Against the Wall

Tribute to Pink Floyd Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 13, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Cleopatra
  • ASIN: B000AE8GCA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,009 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. In The Flesh? - feat. Adrian Belew, Alan White & Steve Porcaro
2. The Thin Ice - feat. Ian Anderson & Tony Levin
3. Another Brick In The Wall Part 1 - feat. Steve Morse & Billy Sherwood
4. The Happiest Days Of Our Lives - feat. Billy Sherwood & Vinnie Coliauta
5. Another Brick In The Wall Part 2 - feat. Fee Waybill, Ronnie Montrose & Mike Porcaro
6. Mother - feat. John Wetton, Adrian Belew & Alan White
7. Goodbye Blue Sky - feat. Steve Howe & Billy Sherwood
8. Empty Spaces - feat. Billy Sherwood & Robby Krieger
9. Young Lust - feat. Glenn Hughes
10. One Of My Turns - feat. Tommy Shaw
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Hey You - feat. John Wetton, Steve Lukather, Tommy Shaw & Alan White
2. Is There Anybody Out There? - feat. Adrian Belew & Billy Sherwood
3. Nobody Home - feat. Rick Wakeman
4. Vera - feat. Tommy Shaw & Steve Howe
5. Bring The Boys Back Home - feat. Billy Sherwood & Jay Schellen
6. Comfortably Numb - feat. Chris Squire & Alan White
7. The Show Must Go On - feat. Adrian Belew & Vinnie Coliauta
8. In The Flesh - feat. Billy Sherwood, Steve Porcaro & Vinnie Coliauta
9. Run Like Hell - feat. Jason Chefe, Dweezil Zappa & Tony Kaye
10. Waiting For The Worms - feat. Billy Sherwood, Tony Levin & Vinnie Caliauta
See all 14 tracks on this disc

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2 CD's with 23 exclusive tracks that complete this extraordinary and ambitious tribute to one of rock's best loved albums. Produced by Billy Sherwood (ex-Yes) and features Rick Wakeman, Dweezil Zappa Malcolm McDowell and more. Cleopatra. 2005.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back Against the Wall August 3, 2006
Format:Audio CD
O.K., this is faithful to the original, but not as slavishly as other people who have reviewed this say. I just picked this up and am amazed at the subtlety of the playing. The person who reviewed and said that this is a "note for note" reproduction has never seen the sheet music.

The musicians, as has been said before, are amazing. Steve Morse was understatedly brilliant. Ian Anderson was an interesting pick. It's nice to see Gary Green (Gentle Giant) recording again. There are so many, I'm not going to continue naming them. They all bring something interesting to the table.

Is this CD close to the original? Yes. The same? No. Is it a tribute? Absolutely.

If you are a fan of Pink Floyd, or The Wall, and don't want other's interpretations, don't get this. In fact don't get any tribute albums, ever. If you want to hear some of the best musicians around lovingly rework The Wall material, you've come to the right place.

Buy this album, it's very good.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Little Too Faithful... November 2, 2005
Format:Audio CD
It's interesting to read the previous reviews for this album. It is definitely a tribute that will be either loved or hated. I like it but find some tracks a little too faithful to the originals, especially given the caliber of talent gathered for the project. The arrangements, particularly the keyboards and tempos, are too much like the originals.

On the other hand, I really like hearing what some prog rock and classic rock stars do with the vocals. I always found Roger Waters' whisper-to-a-scream vocal style a little over the top (particularly on The Final Cut). I also prefer this tribute to Waters' live "Berlin Wall," recently aired on television.

My favorite tracks on this disc are the ones that vary from the originals (Vera, Young Lust, The Thin Ice). I would very much like to hear what this collection of musicians could do with other classic albums (The Beatles White Album, e.g.), particularly if they checked their hero worship at the door and played around with the songs more and made them their own.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Kenny H
Format:Audio CD
It's interesting to see that there are two totally conflicting reviews on here but a review is just one person's opinion after all and the rules of the game say that we're all permitted to state our opinion. I happen to be a huge fan of the original and was intrigued to see this in the Floyd section at my local Tower store. The caliber of the players involved was enough to make me reach for my wallet - Rick Wakeman, Keith Emerson, Steve Howe, Robby Krieger, the list goes on. These aren't studio musicians looking for that next gig. Yes, (no pun intended) it's a track-by-track "reconstruction of Roger Waters' epic master piece" (as the sticker on the front will tell you.) If you are fan of "The Wall" hopefully you'll be as impressed by what you hear as I was & if you aren't, chances are you probably wont even have read my two cents regarding this CD. I'm just amazed that someone was able to get this many great names together to work on this project. Enjoy the music.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ian Anderson hits ANOTHER one over The Wall. September 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I am a Jethro Tull "completist" so I was obliged to buy this simply because of Ian Anderson's appearance on two tracks. I was not disappointed.

I have been a Pink Floyd fan for 35 years and have nearly all their recordings. I always liked The Wall, but THIS version is, if anything, a bit (dare I say) BETTER than Pink Floyd's original (or the 25th Anniversary reissue).

This has prompted me to also order Roger Water's The Wall (Live in Berlin) on DVD.

If you can, take a listen to "Back Against the Wall" and compare/contrast to the other versions available. I think you will find MUCH to like here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly fitting tribute! September 3, 2007
Format:Audio CD
If you take a landmark recording such as "The Wall", how can you not have a tribute album? It is hard to improve on perfection, but it is really interesting to hear the twists outstanding artists in their own right make on this CD. Artists such as Chris Squire (Yes), Tommy Shaw (Styx), Alex Ligertwood (Santana), Edgar Winter, Mike Baird (Journey), Tony Levin (King Crimson and Peter Gabriel), Ritchie Kotzen (Poison), Jason Scheff (Chicago), Dweezil Zappa, Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen), Tony Kaye (Yes) and Tony Franklin (The Firm), Aynsley Dunbar (Journey), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Elliot Easton (The Cars), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater), Alan White (Yes), Fee Waybill (The Tubes), David Glen Eisley, Doug Pinnick (King's X), Robben Ford, Mike Porcaro (Toto) and Greg Bissonette. Want More ? Billy Sherwood (Yes), Steve Lukather (Toto), Ronnie Montrose, Gary Hoey, Scott Walton, Bruce Kulick (Kiss), Bobby Kimball (Toto), Vinnie Colaiuta (Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention), etc. With this group of incredible artists, how can you go wrong. Some songs are right on target, a few lost a little something in the tranlation, some are truly excellent. This CD is recommended for any Pink Floyd completist.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I never purchase "tribute" albums, but... March 14, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
...this one is different.

Whenever Amazon recommends a 'tribute' album to me, I am usually disappointed. Let's face it, most of the times they don't live up to the originals. When I saw "Back Against the Wall" on Amazon, I gave it a quick listen and immediately bought it when I saw that some of my favorite artists played on it (Wakeman, Howe, Squire, White, Emerson.) I got it yesterday, and have already listened to it 5 times.

Does it sound like Pink Floyd? No. Is it supposed to? No. Pink Floyd has always been one of my favorite bands, but I have grown tired of "The Wall" in recent years. Don't get me wrong, I love the music...it's my own fault for playing the crap out of it for the past 20 years.

"Back Against the Wall" has breathed new life into the songs, and it's almost like a rediscovery of sorts. Billy Sherwood and friends have done an excellent job of putting their own interpretations on this classic album...and the result is a masterpiece.

Is it better than Floyd's version? It doesn't have to be...it's different.

Buy it...you won't be disappointed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Warning... this is a cover...
I fell for it again, I bought a song from Amazon thinking it was the original song, when in fact it was yet another "tribute" song.
Published 7 months ago by Joe Ryia
5.0 out of 5 stars A big problem
I purchased the version with the Original Release Date: September 13, 2005.
DO NOT BUY THIS ONE During the song "Nobody Home", at the 2:19 mark, a screaming guitar... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ottoman
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!!
I recommend this album to any die-hard Pink Floyd fan who loves to hear different versions of their music played by tribute groups. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Len Krakowski
5.0 out of 5 stars I will admit I adore this album.........
Sometimes the lyrics are far more clearly spoken than in the original. It displays a very tangible sense of TRIBUTE to Pink Floyd and it's prime ceator Roger Waters , from some of... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Martin Monier
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THE ORIGINAL PINK FLOYD VERSION. BUT WHEN I SEEN TYHE RONNIE...
MANY PEOPLE CAME TOGETHER FOR THIS MASTER PIECE HISTORIC ALBUM A MUST IF YOU ARE A FLOYD FAN TUBES OR MONTROSE FAN.
Published on April 16, 2012 by NO ONE
5.0 out of 5 stars For those who have The Movie and want something a little different
Back Against THE WALL / A tribute to Pink Floyd (2 CD set): This is Pink Floyd's The Wall, complete, done by other artists. Read more
Published on January 6, 2012 by J. Bynum
3.0 out of 5 stars Also available as 'Rebuilding the Wall'
More recently repackaged and renamed 'Rebuilding the Wall,' a product which also includes the 3 remixes of 'Another Brink in the Wall pt 2' which was a CD-single companion to this... Read more
Published on May 20, 2010 by Andrew C. Allen
3.0 out of 5 stars It seems hard to beat masterpiece
Even having the greatest names in prog-rock available for this project,
former YES man BILLY SHERWOOD couldn't do a much. Read more
Published on February 23, 2009 by music archeolog
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute perfection.
Some say why reinvent the wheel..hell why not when it is this perfect.Any major deviation from the original masterpiece will make most people very upset. Read more
Published on December 17, 2006 by Hudson G TANNIS
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but couldn't reach me
Faithfull singing (and playing), some intelligent takes, some less. I don't think this can bring a new light on Waters' masterpiece - it is not a very subtle reading. Read more
Published on November 4, 2006 by Popov Mihneea
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