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WATERS ROGER THE WALL - LIVE IN BERLIN (2CD)

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Roger Waters staged this all-star revival of his Pink Floyd grand opus 11 years after the Floyd original and 7 years after The Final Cut, his last work with the band. It's a curious artifact of its time, as evidenced by the presence of the Hooters. Enlisting a mish-mashed cast of turn-of-the-decade stars, ranging from the Scorpions to Bryan Adams to Joni Mitchell, Waters attempts to give his production a new relevance. And, of course, where timeliness is concerned, there was some other business involving a wall going on in Berlin 'round about then. But aside from scattered highlights from the likes of Van Morrison (whose commanding "Comfortably Numb" makes one long to hear more from the Van the Man in a rock setting) and Sinead O'Connor ("Mother" is yet another example of her estimable interpretive powers), this Wall isn't so imposing as its studio predecessor. --Steven Stolder

Disc: 1
1. In The Flesh - Scorpions
2. The Thin Ice - Ute Lemper/Roger Waters
3. Another Brick In The Wall (Pt. 1) - Roger Waters
4. The Happiest Days Of Our Lives - Joe Chemay/John Joyce/Stan Farber/Jim Haas/Roger Waters
5. Another Brick In The Wall (Pt. 2) - Cyndi Lauper
6. Mother - Sinead O' Conner & The Band
7. Goodbye Blue Sky - Joni Mitchell
8. Empty Spaces - Bryan Adams/Roger Waters
9. Young Lust - Bryan Adams
10. One Of My Turns - Roger Waters
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Disc: 2
1. Hey You - Paul Carrack
2. Is There Anybody Out There ? - Rundfunk Orchestra And Choir
3. Nobody Home - Roger Waters
4. Vera - Roger Waters/Rundfunk Orchestra And Choir
5. Bring The Boys Back Home - Rundfunk Orchestra/Military Orchestra Of The Soviet Army
6. Comfortably Numb - Van Morrison/Roger Waters & The Band
7. In The Flesh - Roger Waters/The Bleeding Heart Band/Rundfunk Orchestra & Choir/The Military Orchestra Of The Soviet
8. Run Like Hell - Roger Waters/The Bleeding Heart Band/Rundfunk Orchestra & Choir/The Military Orchestra Of The Soviet
9. Waiting for the Worms
10. Stop
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 1, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: December 1, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001FYU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,671 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Eduardo Ceballos (eceballos@mindspring.com) on October 9, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Undoubtedly this by far one of the biggest live musical extravaganzas of all time. Waters and his band truly explode every single musical derivation and extension of every song in the album to the extreme. Bryan Adams delivers as well as Van Morrison in "Comfortably Numb." Michael Kamen arrangements and choral and orchestra conducting is more than superb. Perhaps, for me the greatest asset of this album is that it proves by far the artistical magic of the Wall and gives us at the end, instead of a sad conclusion, a hope-charged and powerful message in Roger Water's "The Tide is Turning." Surely, that song after hearing the whole CD will give you the extra-satisfaction you need to be happy to add this disc to your collection. Please WATCH THE VIDEO of the concert. If you watch the actual concert on video you will definetely want to feel like one of the hundreds of thousands Berliners who witnessed the concert, and the joy of hearing the album's will exponentially grow in you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By doctor_beth #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I remember being so excited when Roger Water broadcast his The Wall: Live in Berlin during the summer of 1990 that I taped it off the radio; of course, this double CD set is a vast improvement. For those looking for the original sound of Pink Floyd's The Wall, you won't find it here--obviously, that album is a peerless classic. However, the Roger Waters version is great in its own right, and I think that fans of his style will definitely find plenty to like in this set.

Several songs on this album seem almost perfectly matched to their cover performers, including Bryan Adams with "Young Lust" and the Joni Mitchell version of "Goodbye Blue Sky." On a few tracks, however, I really missed Gilmour's soulful voice, especially "Mother" and "Hey You." But with Waters himself still doing lead on several of the songs (who else could sing "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 1?"), this album captures enough flavor of the original to make it worthwhile. It will probably appeal more to fans of Waters than to Gilmour's followers, but I'd recommend it as a valuable addition to any Pink Floyd collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Todd and In Charge VINE VOICE on September 5, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I agree with those who find some of the guest stars to be a bit dated (Bryan Adams, The Hooters) but can you argue with their performances?

To me, not having heard some of these songs since the heady days of high school, this is a revelation. Kudos especially to Garth Hudson, of The Band, who delivers a great sax and accordian solo. Joni sounds amazing, Van The Man rocks it, and while I can do without Jerry Hall, in context it really doesn't sound too bad.

But the songwriting, and arrangements, sound as great as ever.

If you like the original, you really should pick this up for a second look at these timeless classics.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 17, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I don't know how anyone can possibly not like this album. Perhaps the only reason i can see is the fact that they are to rapped up in their picture perfect versions of the wall by the original Pink Floyd Wall. A live performance such as this is not about playing that ablum exactly as it appeared on Record, it is about re-exploring it, bringing it to new levels. Sometimes these changes are for the best, and sometimes they are for the worst. In this case, they were definitely for the best. This is an album that gets better after every song, and is even more incredible when viewed on video. Some of the great aspects of it are the orchestral masterpiece heard at the end of Aother Brick in the Wall II, the INCREDIBLE display of a band that played for Vera Lynn and Bring The Boys Back Home. That (the "Bleeding Heart Band") was made up of the combined forces of the Rudfunk Orchestra and the Combined Military Orchestra of the Soviet Army, and most of all THE TIDE IS TURNING. This song was a complete masterpiece, perhaps not in its original form, but in this form it is ellevated to new heights of power. A truly amazing album, and although a good time is not guaranteed for all (as some people feel that it has to be exactly as it appeared on the record) , this is an incredible album, an incredible experience.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P. T. Mcdonald on August 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
There have been a lot of criticisms of the 1990 Berlin performance, but they all miss the point. The 1990 Wall concert was a social commentary, and was a part of the historical backdrop. Moreover, it was never intended to be experienced only by the ears. For Floyd purists, the original studio tracks that were laid down cannot be surpassed. If one simply listens to the 1990 performance you will come away disappointed in many respects. If, however, you watch the concert (BTW, it is playing on DirecTV this month, Aug 2003) and THEN listen to the audio tracks with the memory of the visuals, you will have a much greater appreciation of the event. Cyndi Lauper, for example, has been panned by every reviewer here. I think the energy she brought to the performance was exactly what was called for and is a credit to Waters for selecting her. I hate Sinead O'Connor but her performance here was brilliant, as was Joni Mitchell. I do think Van Morrison's performance was the low point of the concert but was not sufficiently bad to detract from the overall effect. The Wall concert in Berlin is one of my favorites, and I grew up listening to Waters & Gilmours sublime perfection in the studio. My recommendation? SEE the concert first. Once you do, you'll want this soundtrack in your audio library, and it won't get old no matter how often you listen to it. If you have both a good sound system as well as video, this is one you'll watch over and over, and like a fine wine it will age well.
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