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THE WALL LIVE IN BERLIN

Roger Waters

 

Crossover Prog

3.10 | 52 ratings

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Guillermo
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2 stars I don`t have none of the officially released commercial versions of this concert video, but I recorded it from the TV when it was broadcasted in my country by a Mexican TV company (in two parts, two saturday nights, in late 1990). One day some years ago I was in a record shop, and I saw that in their TV screens the employees of the shop were playing this concert in the VHS or Laser Disc format. I watched this video in the screens of the record store for some minutes, and I saw several clear differences in the editing and in the camera angles between the official video version and the TV broadcast version. I have to say again that I don`t like the original "The Wall" album very much and that I prefer the Alan Parker`s movie of "The Wall". So, I watched the TV broadcast with some curiosity and at the same time I recorded it. Some versions of these songs are good, but one can hear clear differences in the musicians` performances. One really misses David Gilmour`s guitar solos and vocals, or Nick Mason`s drums and Rick Wright`s keyboards. Roger Waters`band is good, playing the songs with a lot of "professional attitude", but... it is not the same without Pink Floyd. Maybe the best songs are the songs on which Roger Waters sings the lead vocals, particularly "Nobody Home" (a very good version sung with a lot of feeling) and "Run Lke Hell". He is also a good "actor" too, doing gestures. The guest lead singers did the best job they could, some with good performances (Bryan Adams, Cindy Lauper, Van Morrison), and others with less good results (particularly Joni Mitchell and Sinnead O`Connor, who seem to really be "out of the style" for the songs, like doing it only for Waters`kind invitation). "The Tide is Turning" is a song from Waters`"Radio KAOS" album which was played more as an Encore after the performance of "The Wall" was finished. This version of "The Wall" is more for Roger Waters` fans and collectors, and also maybe for some Pink Floyd`s fans who like to listen and to see the contributions of famous stars to the Post-Pink Floyd`s "in concert performance" of this work. But I recognize the lot of efforts that Waters put in this show. It was a very good planned show, and he was successful in this purpose. The stage design was very good.
Guillermo | 2/5 |

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