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The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking

Roger WatersAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1984
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000025ZF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,025 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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With Eric Clapton's valuable assistance, Waters takes the concept album to new heights on this 1984 masterpiece, his first LP after leaving Pink Floyd. Each of the 12 songs represents a scene of a surreal dream (nightmare?), and Waters brilliantly captures the pendulum of emotions. Periods of serenity and clarity accompany frenzied and distorted passages of chaos and moments of great irony and humor. Along the journey, Waters confronts murderous Arabs in Germany, a steamy sexual liaison, mundane family life, bikers, truckers, housewives, and strangers. He sucks you into his vision by blurring the lines between what's real and what's part of the dream. Meanwhile, his use of recurring themes gives the work cohesion. As the mood shifts, Clapton's guitar perfectly accents Waters's story, whether with fiery electric explosions or delicate acoustic touches. -- Marc Greilsamer

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134 of 142 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This shouldn't have worked so well.... (but it did!) March 10, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I expect that everyone who's listened to this album, or is a fan of Roger Waters, is at least somewhat familiar with the music of Pink Floyd. Therefore, most of them compare "Pros and Cons" to Waters masterworks like "Final Cut" and "The Wall." I won't. I'm just going to write this for the music lover who's been directed to this page by a "best of" list of friend's recommendation.
Most importantly, "Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking" is a concept album in the ultimate sense. This means that it is not actually twelve different tracks that go together -- it means that the entire album is really one long track, telling one story. It includes a multitude of sound effects and imbedded dialogue to enhance the narrative. Many musical chords are used repeatedly in various parts of the album to reinforce the cohesiveness. It is virtually impossible to appreciate "Pros and Cons" without sitting down and listening to it all the way through at least a dozen times. Like all of Roger Waters' work, he requires his listener to put as much thought into the album as he did.
Minor problems do crop up. For instance, it's a godsend that the lyrics are included with the album, as well as the dialogue, because some of it is quite difficult to understand with no outside reference. Then there's the usual problem with Waters work: if you don't pay full attention, you WILL NOT "GET IT." I can't put it any more clearly. Waters demands your full participation. Also, some portions of the music don't run quite as deep as the lyrics. This makes the album as a whole seem shallower than it really is.... And sometimes, if you're not in a patient mood, some parts seems to drag on.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I just cowered in the corner April 28, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I consider the work of Roger Waters to be quite personal. I only listen to Waters when I'm alone. Most everyone I know just doesn't get his music. It actually requires you to listen to it get a feel of what he's going after, not just singing an overplayed chorus of the pop song of the day. Pro's and Con's, Roger's first solo album after leaving Pink Floyd, is filled with emotion. Whether it's a flailing guitar passage by Eric Clapton, or a haunting vocal sung by Roger, this album never seems to grow old. The plot remains interesting throughout as you follow Roger through a series of alternating dreams and reality. "Sexual Revolution" and "Every Stranger's Eyes" stand out as my favorite tracks. This is a true concept album. "I recognize myself, in every strangers eyes."
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgot how good a lyricist Roger Waters is February 3, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I first listened to this album back in high school as I crammed for final exams. Having been a Pink Floyd fan even back then, I found Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking a departure from much of the work that came before but still a thought-provoking hallucinagenic tale accented by Eric Clapton's excellent guitar work. "Running Shoes", "Sexual Revolution", and "Every Stranger's Eyes" were highlights for me but I only understood the emotional content album on a superficial level

Its now 20 years later. I've been through college, graduate school, a postdoc, a failed marriage, and assorted highs and lows that come with the human condition. But when I recently found my old tape of Pros and Cons and played it, I no longer heard it with the ears of a 17 year old kid worried about grades, getting into college, and getting into the my then girlfriend's pants. I heard it with the ears of a cynical 37 years old bloke with alimony to pay, a ghastly mortgage, and a stomach ulcer. Now I understand the emotional content of Pros and Cons and it has gotten regular play on my iPod since then.

BTW, in "The Wall" film, Bob Geldof's character "Pink" recites the lyrics to "Moment of Clarity" as he wallows in drug-induced psychosis within a bathroom stall. Moment of Clarity, indeed.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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Sometimes a piece of work is so esoteric and eccentric that it defies categorization and comprehension. When Pros was first released in 1984, reviewers and listeners who like their rock music straight balked at having to deal with an album that was nothing like they had ever heard before. Well, almost never heard before. A year before Pros was released, Roger Waters, then still the primary force behind Pink Floyd, had created The Final Cut.

Together both albums occupy a singular place in music, and represent a totally new kind of approach to rock - one that struggled against the linear limitations of the form and strove to express a range and complexity of ideas and emotions within the confines of a 40 minute LP.

The Final Cut, essentially a lament to continuing war 50 years after the end of WWII, remains the more accessible of the two. Pros is far more personal, a seemingly disparate and unsettling journey into the depths of human consciousness and sub-consciousness. The album follows a sequence of dreams and nightmares a man, clearly Roger Waters himself, has in the course of one night. In a deft touch that helps make this point, every song has a time prefix to show the time the man has the dream.

This concept serves as an excellent vehicle for Waters to create what he himself has said is his only album about only sex. But it is sex in its deepest and fullest sense, and Pros explores the fears, fantasies, and challenges of middle age: from dreaming about seducing bright-eyed young hitchhikers, to divorce, loneliness, depression and, somewhat strangely for Waters, the redeeming power of love.

Apparently Waters wrote this album about the same time as The Wall and presented both ideas to the rest of Pink Floyd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A riveting listen from ex-Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters.
Published 20 days ago by Judy M Manzano-Lara
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Bad But I Like It Anyway
Musically "The Pros & Cons of Hitch Hiking" is sh**, with the exception of the brilliant title track which doesn't really seem to fit in with the rest of the album. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JS(hi21931)
4.0 out of 5 stars AKA The Wall pt 3.
The Wall was a masterpiece. And though Gilmore scoffed at it, "The Final Cut" was a masterpiece as well. I go back to The Final Cut probably most among Pink Floyd albums. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Green Manalishi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome Album. We have been listening to this for over a month now.
Published 2 months ago by Mary Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars In truck stops and hamburger joints
You don't have to be a fan of Pink Floyd or Roger Waters to go on this road trip with him. With Eric Clapton playing lead guitar and Waters story telling ability this album has to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chris M.
3.0 out of 5 stars overcoming crapton
Eric Clapton's noodling on this album is truly awful (a day of studio work in a heroin haze maybe?) and Roger Waters' screaming quickly gets old without David Gilmour's soaring... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Royce P. Grubic
1.0 out of 5 stars Waters Is The Weak Link In Pink Floyd
I haven't heard a decent musical project by Waters since he either left Pink Floyd or they bounced him (I believe it was the latter). Read more
Published 4 months ago by Iam Uno
5.0 out of 5 stars As Classic As Classic Floyd.
I really don't get the reviewers who say they love Pink Floyd but not Roger Waters' The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking. Maybe they only love pre-1977 Pink Floyd?? Read more
Published 5 months ago by Strummer71
5.0 out of 5 stars I think my wife hates this album...
I do enjoy the longer, more introspective reviews of many musical releases, but I'm going to keep this one short. Read more
Published 9 months ago by WalkingPoint
3.0 out of 5 stars Roger Water Fans, Please Forgive Me
I am a HUGE Pink Floyd fan, have always been partial towards Roger over David.... period! I love everything PF, all the way down to Atom Heart Mother. Read more
Published 9 months ago by ItsDave
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