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Final Cut [Original recording remastered]

Pink FloydAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (May 4, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B0001KZM3O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (489 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,222 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Post War Dream
2. Your Possible Pasts
3. One Of The Few
4. When The Tigers Broke Free
5. The Hero's Return
6. The Gunner's Dream
7. Paranoid Eyes
8. Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Desert
9. The Fletcher Memorial Home
10. Southampton Dock
11. The Final Cut
12. Not Now John
13. Two Suns In The Sunset

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Original Release Date: May 4, 2004 Track Listing: 1. The Post War Dream 2. Your Possible Pasts 3. One Of The Few 4. When The Tigers Broke Free 5. The Hero's Return 6. The Gunner's Dream 7. Paranoid Eyes 8. Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Desert 9. The Fletcher Memorial Home 10. Southampton Dock 11. The Final Cut 12. Not Now John 13. Two Suns In The Sunset

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88 of 97 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unfairly criticized. July 11, 2005
Format:Audio CD
An album with a perhaps somewhat-undeserved reputation, Pink Floyd's "The Final Cut" is listed on the back cover as "A Requiem for the Post-War Dream by Roger Waters, performed by Pink Floyd". This is probably the most accurate way to look at the record, it is a Roger Waters album, with David Gilmour and Nick Mason part of the backing band (keyboardist Richard Wright had been ejected from the band and even Mason's contributions were limited, with a percussionist added and another drummer on the closing track).

The album, like all the Floyd records prior, follows a concept-- intermingling reflections on the then-current world political climate (notably Thatcher's attack on the Falkland Islands) with the story of a soldier coming back from war to find the world quite changed (evidentally parts of this were originally written for "The Wall" to provide backstory for the teacher, who was also a veteran like the protagonist's father). Several themes are reprised a couple times throughout the album, most notably the "what have we done" vocal, which reappears sung or hummed (per suggestion of Nick Mason) throughout the record.

The result is a dense, lyrically-driven album that, like "The Wall" before it, largely abandons the open structures found on previous Floyd records. With Waters firmly in control and pushing his lyrical message, Gilmour's guitar is largely restrained and there's little of the openness and expansive structures of the previous albums.
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223 of 254 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give It a Chance February 23, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The 12th studio album that was done by Pink Floyd is also the most polarizing one - it is one that is either loved or hated.

I remember when I first got into Floyd; I was absolutely mesmerized by the whole package - lyrics, sound effects, guitar solos, the whole 9 yards. Of course, I consider myself a firm Gilmour man and don't get me wrong - Dave is still my all-time favorite guitarist. However, the more I listened to the Roger dominated albums like "Animals", "The Wall", and "The Final Cut" compared to what came out after this album, it is no contest to me - Roger was TRULY Pink Floyd. Yea, Gilmour is the better musician and the better singer, but he can't write songs like Roger can and he definitely does not have the creative vision of a Waters.

People are right in that "The Final Cut" is essentially more of a solo album for Roger than an actual Floyd album but what about "A Momentary Lapse of Reason"? That album didn't even have Rick Wright or Waters and Nick Mason appears on only half that album - so, if "The Final Cut" is indeed Roger's first solo album, then AMLOR is Gilmour's 3rd solo album. The point of mentioning this is to simply say that Roger Waters is not the only person in Floyd who tried to pass off a solo album as a "Floyd album" - so it gets tiresome to read when people complain about that with "The Final Cut" but never mention the next "Floyd album".

The point is that no one truly knows what was going on with Roger at that time in his life - the dude was having some serious issues, but he was still able to put together some amazing stuff. Sure the lack of guitar solos is disappointing, but when they do appear in songs like "The Post War Dream", "The Fletcher Memorial Home", and "Not Now John", they are simply outstanding.
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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Singular and revealing, both of Waters and yourself October 12, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The Final Cut is one of those works that reveals as much about the listener as the composer.

The album is first and foremost an intellectual and emotional journey full of angst, fear, sarcasm, and despair, and how one reacts to it is based more on one's internal makeup than one's musical ear.

The album's songs are intense and laconic, and framed by an elegant but sparse musical structure that relies more on subtle details than lush melodies to communicate the eccentric concept at the heart of the album - that the dreams of peace and tranquility people had after the end of WWII have been torn apart by the continuing greed, ambition and paranoia of world leaders.

Waters feels a sense of personal betrayal at the fraying of what he calls "the post-war dream" because he father died creating it by fighting in WWII, the war meant to end all wars. So this is a very intimate album in the Leonard Cohen style, and one that makes unapologetic and unnervingly frank revelations of the Waters' personal and political life.

Some people say that with the other members of Pink Floyd relegated to being sessions musicians on this album, there was no one to foil sone of Waters' more eclectic tastes when The Final Cut was recorded. But I think the absence of the others, who lack Waters' inner drive and vision, allowed Waters to create a truly distinctive work that will stand alone in the annals of rock (with perhaps only his solo album, the Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking, for company).

That Waters sewed The Final Cut together with songs left over from The Wall speaks to how creative (but troubled) he was between 1978, when he began working on The Wall and Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking, and 1983, when The Final Cut was released.
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5.0 out of 5 stars There's a kid who had a big imagination....and let's his sentences...
Probably one of the saddest albums ever put to wax. The album is a set of songs about WWII and Roger Waters coming to grips with the reality of his father's death in the "War... Read more
Published 21 days ago by RasD
5.0 out of 5 stars Staggeringly Under-rated CLASSIC Floyd
I am a huge Pink Floyd fan and had about all of there stuff except for this one for some unknown reason. I bought a used copy of this on vinyl the other day and gave it a spin. Read more
Published 1 month ago by White Chicken
5.0 out of 5 stars Pink Floyd
Greatness awaits for you all that is needed is you. What ever you are a fan of you will not be disappointed. The product and the sender are one in the same so happy shopping.
Published 1 month ago by sharon strickland
4.0 out of 5 stars It's like a sequel to The Wall
The Final Cut is similar to the music in The Wall. Very enjoyable but not a new direction for Pink Floyd
Published 2 months ago by Holy cow
2.0 out of 5 stars It's both too much and not enough...
The record is just too slow and morbidly somber for me to take in one listen. It's worth hearing for any serious Pink Floyd fan as I think some the ideas are good and very well... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Earl Nash
1.0 out of 5 stars we dont want remastered
remastered crap

we dont want remastered stuff, all yall do is compress the music to the point that its almost fubar to make it louder, most of the time, and the few... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Flailure
5.0 out of 5 stars The second best Floyd album
If you agree that Pink Floyd without Waters is kind of cool, but is really a sad imitation that is only a part of the original, then you should listen to my review. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sam M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Roger Waters Album
Agree this is more of a Roger Waters album than a Pink Floyd album. Roger is really dominating the band here (which started with Animals and The Wall). Read more
Published 3 months ago by MJH
3.0 out of 5 stars Old for sure
Well it's not that bad. It brings back memories from a way back. They don't write music like this anymore. Like the way Roger Waters has gone.
Published 3 months ago by john73703
3.0 out of 5 stars With A Whimper
There are some decent moments on the album. When Gilmour is allowed to soar (which is not very often) he gives his best. This is a Roger Waters album, no doubt. Read more
Published 4 months ago by T. McCool
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The Final Cut underated? I believe so, how do you feel about the album
yeah, I think fletcher memorial could've fit in around the Vera and Bring the Boys Back Home sections very well, and I think The Final Cut might have even sounded good after The Trial. However, overall, I think both albums have an entirely different feeling. The Wall is narcissistic, but it is... Read More
Sep 8, 2007 by Nate Fowler |  See all 10 posts
Best Song Ending
I think Us and Them/Any Colour You Like/Brain Damage/Eclipse is the best ending to a record. Yes, it's long, but damn is it good.
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