Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live, 1980-81 Original recording remastered, Live
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The power of songs like "In the Flesh" and "Run like Hell" is increased ten-fold in this concert setting. "Mother" becomes a stirring, emotional epic, reaching heights that were only hinted at on the studio album. The "Another Brick in the Wall Part 1/ Happiest Days of Our Lives " and "Empty Spaces/What Shall We Do Now" medleys achieve new levels of creepiness. And Roger Waters' maniacal spoken introduction to "Run Like Hell" is at once both hilarious and scary.
Much has been made of Roger Water's dominance in the writing and recording of "The Wall." He has even said that it is probably his greatest accomplishment, to which I agree. But, "The Wall" performances would not have been the same without the other members of Pink Floyd. Even with other musicians backing them up, these performances are tight and unified-all four band members, regardless of what they contributed in the studio, shine brightly.
The sound quality is excellent, considering the age of the tapes.Read more ›
I remember every nuance of the show and I still wonder if there is a video of this excellent concert lurking somewhere.
Even though the recording is excellent, it can't touch the sonic/visual bombast that the show was. To see Roger Waters just giving his emotional heart in the performance, the visuals projected on the Wall, and the sonic effects gave the performance a eerie/creepy vibe. Some audience members were actually crying at some portions. And when the wall came down in the end and the band came out spotlighted in a golden glow, it felt like a healing.
Waters and Mason elected to wear earphones. Waters was singing into a wireless microphone (a technological first) that he would stuff into his back pocket when it wasn't in use. Each band member had a supporting musician, so everyone was doubled, even Mick Mason. Plus there were supporting vocalist.
To me, The Wall touched on many layers. The show had all the themes that Waters likes to vent about, losing his father at a young age, confining English upbringing, divorce and unhappiness at seeing people acting like sheep. Waters also touches on war rallies as he withdraws into his internal mental hell.
Let me give you some of the visuals.
When the MC (Cynthia Fox from radio station KLOS) came out and did her shtick, the stage had lots of "technicians" walking around the stage and adjusting equipment. While she was talking, the technicians parted and the group was already on stage ready to go, surprise, surprise. And they cut her off in mid-sentence.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Had the normal jewel case version for years, this pressing has some additional MC dialogue (maybe other things as well, still listening to it). The included book is fantastic. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dave Ingram
Awesome product, very happy with it. Will recommend to any one to buy it.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you're a Pink Floyd fan, you NEED this album. The performance is outstanding, and is probably the best live album they have. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Edward M. Ruiz Jr
Wow! I am super impressed by this year 2000 release of "The Wall" live concerts recorded in year 1980-1981. Pink Floyd v02 was the top of their game . . . . Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ron
I'm not certain why but, when this was first released, I wasn't that crazy about it. After hearing some of it again on the radio recently, I was surprised to find how much better... Read morePublished 7 months ago by KoHoSo
This is an excellent recording of the best live show ever conceived.Published 7 months ago by Daniel Adams