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Radio Kaos

Roger WatersAudio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000026BN
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,313 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Things were never the same for rock auteur Roger Waters after he split from Pink Floyd in the early '80s. While Floyd has soldiered on as a dumber, but still popular version of its old self, Waters has seen his own creative vision left mostly unrealized. Like his other solo projects, Radio K.A.O.S. too often falls flat without the hypnotic musical passages he enjoyed with Floyd. Not helping are the album's thin electronic sounds that haven't aged well since its 1987 release. Radio K.A.O.S. tells the quasi-sci-fi tale of a boy "vegetable" who can recieve radio waves in his head. Along the way, Waters attacks Reagan, Thatcher, nuclear war, commercial radio, and all the usual suspects. --Steve Appleford

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite Good April 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I really like this album. I've heard some bad things about it, and, although it's not on par with Roger's Pink Floyd work, or Amused To Death for that matter, it is still quite good. Maybe the reason some people don't like it is because, musically, it isn't what you would expect from Waters. It's really a period piece... it is soooooooooooooooooooooo 80's. However, Roger's instantly recognizable lyrical touch and unifying vision serve to make this album have more of a lasting appeal than it's 80's-sound and Cold War paranoia would normally allow. The vocals on this album are interesting. Everybody knows that Roger is not noted as an outstanding singer, but his vocals on this album are distinctive and inspired, quite unlike, at times, anything he has done before or since. Also, the backing vocalists are used far more effectively here than they were to be on Amused To Death. The music itself is far less guitar-oriented than his other work, it consits mainly of the aforementioned 80's style synths and sounds. Of course there is also no Eric Clapton or Jeff Beck on this album. Despite this, all the songs are interesting, some for musicality, but all for Roger's novel lyrics and dry, caustic delivery. The lyrics, focused as they are, aren't as universal as past Waters efforts, but he still hits home and his wit is ever-present. The album flows together nicely, so there aren't really any standout songs, but all of them are good. A big improvement over Pros and Cons, and a step toward his masterpiece Amused To Death, a recommended album for Waters fans.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Alright, but could use a remaster November 12, 2005
By J. Howe
Format:Audio CD
This album, though a bit dated in its sound, is good. However, like most 80s albums, it suffers from thin production. There is little bass, and everything else is just flat. If this album were remastered, or perhaps even remixed, it could reveal itself to be great. It would also be nice to have the tracks that were deleted from the album for reasons of time (LP limitations - which was really stupid in 1987, but that's the record industry for you) restored. These include Molly's Song, Going to Live in L.A., and Get Back to Radio (all of which were released as b-sides).

So how about it, Powers That Be? Bring on a remaster!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Radio KAOS - Roger Waters creates a masterpiece! September 8, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Radio KAOS is absolutely one of the finest pieces of music ever - period! Roger Waters, the brains, heart and soul of Pink Floyd, travels musical light years in this masterpiece. His sharp wit, tasty vocals and monumental song writing skills are at their absolute peak here. The first song starts out with radio legend Jim Ladd reprising his KMET role, and then the music kicks in. From that instant until the Morse code ending of "The Tide is Turning . . ." I was absolutely mesmerized. Buy it, listen to it, feel it - this is truly immaculate music.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT MEMORIES! May 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
a few here have said it's very 80's, well thats when it was done, and dont think the theme of this album is taken very lightly, the miners strike still opens raw wounds of Thatchers Britain, I suppose you had to live through it to go through the emotions of this amazing album,I am not going to pick the album apart track by track, just surf the net get all the info about the strike (not the official stuff of the government, its lies) but the true real life stuff by real people ,then go through this albums lyrics, then it becomes something of a different animal.... and believe me the have and have nots are still here today, nothing has changed, just rubbish pop music that does not touch on real life here like this music does...... Why do you think this guy got slated so much in the press etc... coz the truth hurts and he came to close to it.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An old favorite, but only in context January 6, 2006
Format:Audio CD
In my attempts to write reviews for Amazon, I have increasingly found myself trying to make concerted attempts to offer an opinion as unbiased as possible by my nostalgic feelings for the given album. In some cases, this is very difficult, and using this standpoint makes me wary of reviewing albums that were influential in my youth. I fear that many of my favorite albums by Rush, Yes, Tears for Fears, and Marillion may never see reviews because of my biased viewpoint. However, this afternoon I was quite randomly inspired to briefly discuss why "Radio K.A.O.S.," despite its status as a possibly flawed project, is one of my favorite Roger Waters recordings.

In short, it is the singular Roger Waters solo album that sonically distances itself from Pink Floyd's generally identifiable aesthetic. I am particularly referring to the sound that Waters refined on "The Wall." While "Radio K.A.O.S." still exhibits the conceptual rock-opera high-mindedness that exemplified his post-"Animals" work, it is indelibly marked by the recording practices of popular late `80s production. This serves to distance Waters' work on "Radio K.A.O.S." from his traditional role as an artist borne of the late `60s and early `70s, perhaps to the chagrin of his longtime fans.

In addition, it is also the only recording by Waters in which he does not try to recast the roles of his fellow musicians in Floyd with hired guns. Admittedly, Eric Clapton was great on "The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking" and Jeff Beck is incomprehensibly expressive on "Amused to Death," it seems to me that their inclusion on these recordings is a deliberate attempt to recreate Floyd (particularly Gilmour's voice) with admittedly talented but ultimately hired musicians. "Radio K.A.O.S." is conspicuously naked of such references.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Respectable, but plagiarized, though ultimately a failure
"Radio KAOS" should perhaps be criticized for plagiarizing its radio show theme from "The Who Sell Out" and much of it's storyline from the film "War Games". Read more
Published 23 hours ago by JS(hi21931)
4.0 out of 5 stars Out of print
Great to find such lost & forgotten items- this vhs is a nice companion to the RADIO KAOS album. Only 20 mins though- includes various insights into the albums story & other unique... Read more
Published 2 months ago by One KING
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album I missed when it came out
It's fun to go back and look at Roger waters earlier works. This one is very dated by the themes of the time but the music is timeless.
Published 3 months ago by Heirloom Coffee LLC
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny politics. Great music.
On an emotional level Waters music is appropriate for modern times. For those who have toiled and suffered under the indifferences of capitalism, at least once or twice, knows then... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Traxler
4.0 out of 5 stars Must be something wrong with me because I like this album
I've read so many negative things about this album but I love it. It may not be a classic Pink Floyd album but I really enjoy listening to it. It took some time. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michael L
5.0 out of 5 stars classic Roger Waters
A younger listener might not appreciate this work as it seams dated but this is classic Waters. It is so easy to see the difference between Roger and Gilmour's combination in Pink... Read more
Published 6 months ago by william s hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I bought this as a gift for my son. He said it was very good. He loves all music by Roger Waters.
Published 8 months ago by Janie LaCurts
1.0 out of 5 stars like Rogers Waters? save you money, horrible!
Wow, I had bought this when it was furst leased snd hated it. Forgot why so, being a waters fan decided to try it again 18yrs later. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Joel B. Ley
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, simply amazing
Best Album EVER! From start to finish, this is an album that I sometimes put on after a hard day to just escape and relax. Read more
Published 10 months ago by ERA
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. P.E.R.I.O.D.
I was just reading the reviews and agree with much of what I read. All but the negative stuff that is. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Brian K Bemis
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