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IN THE FLESH (DVD)

Roger Waters

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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. In the Flesh (4:41)
2. The Happiest Days Of Our Lives (1:34)
3. Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2 (5:53)
4. Mother (5:37)
5. Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Desert (0:56)
6. Southampton Dock (2:15)
7. Pigs On The Wing, Part 1 (1:18)
8. Dogs (16:26)
9. Welcome To The Machine (6:57)
10. Wish You Were Here (4:54)
11. Shine on You Crazy Diamond, Pts. 1-8 (14:42)
12. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (7:15)
13. Breathe (In The Air) (3:22)
14. Time (6:24)
15. Money (6:11)
16. Pros and Cons Of Hitch Hiking Part 11 -Every Stranger's Eyes (5:19)
17. Perfect Sense, Pt. 1-2 (7:26)
18. The Bravery of Being Out of Range (5:05)
19. It's a Miracle (8:12)
20. Amused to Death (9:24)
21. Brain Damage (4:07)
22. Eclipse (It's A Miracle) (2:18)
23. Comfortably Numb (8:10)
24. Each Small Candle (9:08)

Total Time: 147:34
Special DVD video features include:
30 Minute Behind The Scenes Documentary, Band Biographies, Still Photographs, Lyrics, Interactive Menus, Instant Chapter Access To Songs

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Line-up / Musicians

- Roger Waters / vocals, guitar & bass
- Doyle Bramhall II / guitar, vocals
- Graham Broad / drums
- Jon Carin / keyboards, Lap Steel, programming, guitar, vocals
- Andy Fairweather Low / guitar and vocals
- Katie Kissoon / vocals
- Susannah Melvoin / vocals
- P. P. Arnold / vocals
- Andy Wallace / Hammond, keyboards
- Snowy White / guitar

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4.31
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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(58%)
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Review by Gatot
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5 stars When I purchased Roger Waters' The Wall Live in Berlin laser disc couple years ago, I thought it was my best experience seeing Roger Waters live. It was NOT when later I watched "In The Flesh" DVD. Both are excellent, but I prefer "In The Flesh" as it's performed better even though not as spectacular as The Wall. I still remember vividly the first time I spun In the Flesh DVD at the first time I was stunned and hooked on the couch seeing him and his band played great songs of Pink Floyd and his solo wonderfully. Whenever I needed to take off the couch for some "liquidity break" (getting water in or out from my body) I always press "Pause" from my DVD player as I did not want to miss any second watching and listening to their gig! It's an awesome show with great songs.

All songs performed in this DVD are excellent. They represent the creative works of ROGER WATERS during his tenure with Pink Floyd and after he left the band. I come to a conclusion that with ROGER WATERS, Pink Floyd had reached their peak performance. This has been proven that after WATERS leaving the band the musical quality of Floyd has deteriorated a bit. Even though they're not bad at all. But, I'd rather listen to Floyd with Waters than without him. Even the underrated "The Final Cut" album which was considered as WATERS personal album, I still find it much better than any other Floyd without Waters albums. IMHO. Sorry, actually I have tried to make an objective opinion but it ends up with an ego-distorted view. I understand if you disagree with my view.

My most favorite track of this live DVD is of course "Dogs". I like this song even in the original studio album "Animals". But when it is performed live, it is much better. It's really wonderful performance. This song is performed similar to studio track but it has more "soul" and more dynamic. I am amazed with the performance of John Carin as lead vocals and acoustic guitar at the beginning. The solo guitar by "Doyle Bramhall II" is wonderful! I never knew him before but I'm amazed with his left-handed guitar playing. He looks like Jimi Hendrix but he plays like David Gilmour. "And when you lose control. You reap the harvest you have sown ." wow!!! Such a wonderful song performed excellently by the band here!!! Oh my God .. what a great performance!

I also like other tracks like "Southampton Dock" (uuughh .. I love it!), "Welcome To The Machine" (even though I don't like the drum beat played here; it ruins the musical nuance of its original album. And also the female backing vocals. It should be "deleted". It bothers the song, "Wish You Were Here", "Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1- 8)", "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun".

When the band performs "It's A Miracle" from "Amused to a Death" solo album, I was totally tuned in with the nuance. So beautiful nuance that the band has created for this track. "Each Small Candle" - the new song by Roger Waters is also an excellent one. I turn my amplifier volume louder with this track being played on screen.

This DVD is worth owning. Highly recommended. Rating: 5- out of 5 (some flaws with backing vocals). I also own the CD version of this show. I never regret to purchase this CD even though I have the DVD format. Enjoying a live CD gives me a sense of much appreciation on the music as I have to imagine who's playing what during the passage of the performance. My detail observation about the music is better when I don't see the screen. When my curiosity reaches the top, then I play the DVD to check it out. For me, having this DVD and CD is similar to having Peter Gabriel's "Secret World Tour": even though I have the LD/DVD, I still enjoy listening the CD. Decision is yours. If you are Pink Floyd fans, you must GET THE DVD! Keep on proggin' .!!!

Progressively yours,

GW

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Posted Sunday, April 24, 2005

Review by Cluster One
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3 stars Whereas I am a diehard FLOYD fan I have to disagree with the previous reviewer of this "In The Flesh" DVD. This ROGER WATERS concert is quite good, but far from a masterpiece.

Taken from the June 27th, 2000 Portland, Oregon concert of the "In The Flesh" Tour by ROGER WATERS this live show has over 170 minutes of wonderful FLOYD and WATERS solo music. About 2/3 of the music is from the FLOYD era, and about 1/3 of the music from WATERS' various solo projects. Also included is 'Each Small Candle' a rarity solo piece only played on this tour, it's nothing special, but of note to collectors and afficianados.

As for the visual performance itself, WATERS voice at times shows his age, but the man generally appears to be having a good time. Though the entire band/ensemble consists of ten members, the focus is naturally, usually on WATERS, except for during various guitar or keyboards solos, when the camera focuses on the likes of SNOWY WHITE, DOYLE BRAMHALL or JON CARIN.The middle-aged crowd in attendance that evening are enjoying themselves, albeit ever so politely. Definitely no "Animals"-like teenaged enthusiasm here.

The highlight of the show is undoubtedly the full 17 minute performance of 'Dogs'. JON CARIN does a marvelous job singing not only GILMOUR's part of the song, but also playing the acoustic guitar parts and even pitching in some keyboard work (what CARIN is known for). In an 'hommage' to the famous painting of Dogs Playing Poker, ROGER WATERS and his other bandmates enjoy a few drinks and play a round of cards, while CARIN blasts his way through the middle instrumental part of the song.

A bonus 15 minute documentary included on the DVD entitled "Gearing Up" shows WATERS behind-the-scenes in a casual and (almost) human mood. But do not get any ideas, it's the same ol' Rog, still meticulous, and ever-controlling. The 'back-up' Bleeding Hearts Band still revere and bend to his every whim. This is after all, ROGER WATERS they are playing with...

All in all, a decent performance, but by no means visually stunning. (Unlike FLOYD's "The Division Bell" Tour documented in "P*U*L*S*E") For Floyd fans maybe this concert ranks a little higher, but for the average prog fan this warrants 3/5 stars. And there is no real need to own BOTH the DVD and the 2-CD version of this same concert. One or the other will do fine for the amount of times you'll listen/watch it.

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Review by erik neuteboom
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5 stars I have always felt conflicting feelings about Roger Waters. He send Syd Barrett away, I hated him for that but later it turned out to be a brave and unevitable decision. He wrote and arranged the splendid The Wall story but his complains about non-communication and psychopatic behaviour seemed projection because in those days he acted almost like a frustrated dictator! When Roger Waters left Pink Floyd and the post-Waters Pink Floyd reached an acclaimed status Roger Waters made a fool out of himself by demanding that Pink Floyd had to call it a day because there should not be a Pink Floyd without Roger Waters. Fortunately Roger Waters went to a shrink and a few years of psycho-therapy did him very well. One of the results is this excellent DVD, featuring a relaxed, inspired and crafty Roger Waters, supported by wonderful musicians, from the Syd Barrett-lookalike Doyle Bramhall II and the versatile Andy Fairweather Low to the great guitarplayer Snowy White and the gorguous singer Katie Kissoon! The best momenbts on this captivating and compelling DVD are "Dogs" (impressive key-role from multi-instrumentalist Jon Carin), "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun" (mindblowing distorted guitarsolo by Snowy White and great psychedelic projections) and "Comfortably Numb" (moving build-up from the duo- guitar-solo by Snowy White and Doyle Bramhall II on a kind of catwalk, goose bumps!!). If you want to enjoy the best from Pink Floyd and Roger Waters solo, this DVD is yours! MORE THAN ESSENTIAL!!!!

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Review by memowakeman
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4 stars Roger Waters with his In the Flesh Tour.

I had the luck to see him ( with his band of course ) in his visit to Mexico, as a part of this tour, and i was amazed, it was one of the best concerts i have ever seen, and when i see this DVD, i immediately remember that concert, is not exactly the track list, but is quite similar, also the images and performances, so since the first time is watched it, i fell in love, in fact i have both, this DVD and the CD.

Here we can watch some of their most known solo songs, and some greeat Floyd`s songs, so if you are not so familiarized with his solo works, keep your head up, and enjoy his Floyd`s performances , and dig some of his efforts. The musicians are friends of him, and also from Floyd, Jon Carin was a Pink Floyd constant member in their tours when Waters left the band, here Carin is in my opinion after Waters the musician in who i put my attention, keyboardist, guitarist, and singer in Dogs, great! Also, Snowy White who has collaborated with Ricahrd Wright among others, and a strange left handed guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, makes their own style and sound in this DVD.

Im not gonna do a song by song review, because there are over 20 , so my review would be big, but im going to mention some of them, and im going to talk about "4 parts of the concert" The first part of the concert is totally reminiscent to "The Wall" - "Final Cut" period, with 7 songs, the opening track of course is "In the Flesh", all the songs with emotion , nice guitar solos (Another Brick in the Wall), so fans of later "complete Floyd" can be happy with this first part, but the best part (IMO) is coming.

The second part starts with Pigs on the Wing, so you can imagine that flying pig as a background, the audience was crazy, after this , the best performance for me, "Dogs" it is really great, John Carin singing the first part and Doyle Bramhall the second and Roger the third part, it is a magnific performance, in the middle of the song, when you listen to dogs barking and there are no vocals, some of the members left their instrumments, and sit comfortably to take a card game, curious dont?, musically is great, Floyd fans could be please with songs like this. Songs from "Wish You Were Here" arranged different ( ala Waters) make their appereance after Dogs, another nice and pleasure moment.

The third part is exciting, a heart beating, so you can imagine, and yes, Breath in the Air, Great! at last some Darkside, this is one of the most special moments, (you can see the audience), Time and Money were also played, after this Darkside break, Roger back with some of his solo efforts, starting with Pros and Cons Of Hitch Hiking, and some of his best solo album "Amused to Death", all of them with his particular sound and lyrics, very emotional, some a bit deppressive but great, i love "Perfect Sense", when we can watch the great work of the female singers, it is one of my favorite songs.

The Fourth part starts again with Darkside tunes, this time reminding of Syd Barrett with "Brain Damage" and "Eclipse", and after these couple of songs, the crazy and marvelous "Comfortably Numb" with his thousands of guitar solos, all well done, if you got bored, with this you will wake up immediately, and the final song was then another Waters solo song, i think in that momebt was a new song, another great song with his particular sound "Each Small Candle", great!, is also great when the audience light on their lighters.

(Things that i dont like so much "Set the Controls" and "Welcome to the Machine")

This is the concert, about 2 and a half hours of great music. In this DVD you can also watch members short biographies, a 30 minute docummentary and the lyrics at the moment of the concert. So i think it is a very nice and complete DVD, highly recommended to all of you. Not sure if it deserves 5 stars, i dont think so, but 4 is perfect because it could be a great addition to any prog fan.

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Posted Sunday, May 07, 2006

Review by Cygnus X-2
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4 stars Roger Waters decided to tour in 2002 despite not having any new album or really any new material to play. Despite that, though, he toured with a colorful cast of musicians at his side and ultimately came out on top musically. As you would expect, most of his set contains classic Pink Floyd numbers spanning most eras of the group (natrually neglecting the albums he wasn't on). For this tour, he enlisted a cohesive and talented group of cohorts to help him trudge through the classic material as well as his own solo material (which is more or less hit and miss). Amongst the musicians chosen, two Floyd veterans were featured, one being Snowy White, who played guitar with Floyd during the Animals and Wall tours, and Jon Carin, who played with Floyd on A Momentary Lapse of Reason, the Division Bell, and the subsequent PULSE tour. All in all, Roger shows with this release that he doesn't need Gilmour, Mason, or Wright to pull off the classics in a most fitting and rewarding fashion.

Naturally, Waters plays mostly Pink Floyd songs on this video. In fact, fifteen of the twenty four songs on this video are Pink Floyd songs. On the set itself he goes about playing the songs together according to album. He opens with songs from The Wall. In the Flesh, Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2, and Mother are the songs played here. Now, the songs themselves are played brilliantly, but they also sound great as well. The audio on this video is stellar and you really get a nice warm sound from watching this. Next comes two shorter songs from The Final Cut, Get Your Filthy Hands off My Desert and Southampton Dock (both featuring Waters on acoustic guitar). Pretty faithful renditions and nothing to really write home about. Next comes two songs from Animals, Pigs on the Wing part 1 and Dogs. Dogs is a real treat to watch, because during the synthesizer/drum interlude. The rest of the band actually take off their instruments and sit at a table and play cards! Very humorous to watch indeed. The Wish You Were Here stuff is also really well done, with some great soloing from Snowy White during Shine On You Crazy Diamond, and a nice rearrangement of Welcome to the Machine to accomodate to all the instruments.

After that comes Set the Controls to the Heart of the Sun, which has a nice modulated solo from Snowy White and some creative saxophone work (I forget the sax players name at this moment in time, though). Next comes work from The Dark Side of the Moon, with some creative arrangements of Breath, Time, and Money. Pretty faithful to the studio renditions and nothing really out of the ordinary. After the Dark Side material finally comes some Waters solo material. He seems to have chosen the best songs from two of his solo albums, although only one song from The Pros of Cons of Hitchhiking appears and the rest is dominated by Amused to Death. The best of these are The Bravery of Being out of Range, which has the rockiest feel of any Waters song I've heard, and It's a Miracle, which has a great solo interlude from Snowy White. Brain Damage/Eclipse and Comfortably Numb end the regular portion of the concert, with Numb being of particular interest because of the dueling guitar solos between Brahmall and White. Each Small Candle ends the concert, it's a bit of a harrowing, melodic tune, that takes cues from quieter Waters pieces and is a bit of a rarity these days.

In the end, the In the Flesh tour musically is brilliant. Visually, there isn't much going on, though, especially when put into comparison with PULSE. Another complaint of mine is that Brahmall isn't the strongest of singers, and he appears to be the most arrogant member of the band, one can see when he plays the solos in Dogs and Comfortably Numb a little faster than they should be and he doesn't retain that emotion that Gilmour so had. Other than that, though, this is a great video that no fan of Floyd should go without. I should say , though, that I wouldn't recommend owning both the 2 CD version and this version of the concert because odds are you'll want to watch it more often. 4/5.

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Posted Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Review by Easy Livin
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4 stars Rites of passage

Let me get the cynicism out of the way early on (unlike Roger who has made a career of it!), as this is an excellent DVD. This is Waters Rites of passage, he is reclaiming his Pink Floyd heritage, he is finally shrugging his shoulders and adopting an if you can't beat them join them philosophy.

"In the flesh" is by and large a rendition of Pink Floyd classics. Yes, space is found for a couple of Waters solo albums, in particular a lengthy extract from "Amused to death" (but notably nothing from "Radio Kaos"), but it the Floydian classics which dominate the performance. The concert, recorded in Portland, Oregon, USA in 2000 took place during the infamous Pink Floyd cold war. There is of course no sign whatsoever of any of the band members other than Waters. While Roger was the writer or co- writer of the material, his contribution to the original performances was largely confined to bass and vocals. He therefore gathers together 6 supremely talented musicians and three female backing vocalists to form what is effectively a top of the range tribute band. This in turn give the performance an air of clinical perfection, indeed it is "comfortably numb". Little room is found for improvisation or interpretation, the renditions are note-perfect and entirely faithful. In the credits, Waters even lists himself alphabetically, appearing second to last.

As I said, I wanted to get that cynicism out of the way early on, as this is a wonderful statement by Waters. He selects songs from each album and batches them together. Starting with "The wall", which contributes four songs, we visit "The final cut", "Animals", Wish you were here", "Ummagumma", "Dark side of the moon", "..hitchhiking", and "Amused..". The performances are powerful, and despite what I said earlier, sometime emotional. The under-recognised journeyman Snowy White adds some fine Gilmour like guitar, sharing lead guitar duties with Doyle Bramhall and Andy Fairweather-Lowe. The latter does a reasonable mini-me behind Waters on occasions, his neat grey suit giving him the appearance of the tour bank manager.

Waters own contribution to the performance is somewhat understated, being mostly confined to bass and most but by no means all of the lead vocals. For example, during the opening sequence to "Time", he plays out the ticking clock on his bass, leaving the songs defining bass sequence to the keyboards.

Vocally, Waters sensibly relies heavily on the talents of his band, special mention being warranted for PP Arnold (looking younger than ever), Susannah Melvoin, and the wonderful Katie Kissoon. It is just a pity Roger did not allow "Time" to continue into "Great gig in the sky" where any of the trio could have stolen the show.

The set climaxes predictably but effectively with a return to the "Dark side.." then "Comfortably numb". The closing track, "Each small candle" is a strange choice, as it had not previously appeared on an album. Indeed, on the bonus documentary, Fairweather-Lowe mischievously observes that "as if things were not complicated enough, he (Waters) throws in a new song".

In all, the performance lasts for a little under two and a half hours, incorporating some 24 songs. The light show and visual effects are to Pink Floyd standards. The DVD offers 5.1 surround sound and some nice extras, only the packaging is rather perfunctory.

In all, an excellent experience, this tribute band should go far.

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Posted Friday, October 06, 2006

Review by Chris S
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5 stars This is a great DVD for the collection. When Pink Floyd were from a perception point of view still " BIG BAND" material without Waters, the man himself went out and delivered an ' In The Flesh' tour which exposed his new found ease with live shows, live engagements and a rekindling on the soul of his music. Roger Waters was now vulnerable to his fans, and we loved it. Welcome back Pink! He is backed by an exceptional line up, the irreplaceable Andy Fairweather-Low, Doyle Bramhall II and the ubiquitous Snowy White. The music is just awesome especially ' Dogs', and ' It's A Miracle' from the excellent ATD album. Not many DVD's get the maximum vote but this one deserves it.Five stars is not even negotiable.

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Posted Saturday, January 27, 2007

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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3 stars This show starts out great with a segment from The Wall consisting of In The Flesh, The Happiest Days Of Our Lives, Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2 and Mother. The segment from The Final Cut that follows is a bit weaker, but since The Final Cut is very much a Roger Waters album these songs fit in very well. After this comes perhaps the show highlight in Pigs On The Wing Part 1/Dogs being performed in its entirety with Jon Carin playing the leading role; Carin plays both keyboards and guitar and does most of the lead vocals. Welcome To The Machine also works quite well in the set.

Had the show continued like this till the end it would have been a great show. But the rest of the show is considerably weaker than the first part. Wish You Were Here, Shine On Your Crazy Diamond and The Dark Side Of The Moon-tracks all sound far inferior compared to the David Gilmour-led bands (the Pink Floyd of the 90's and Gilmour's solo band) as can be heard on the superior PULSE and Remember That Night DVD's (both highly recommended). While hearing these Roger Waters versions of these same songs, I really miss David Gilmour's distinctive vocals and guitar sound.

The material from Waters' solo albums is not up to par with the Pink Floyd classics, but at least these songs fit Waters style much better than some of the Floyd songs. I think this show could have been much better if Waters had concentrated even more on the albums from the Roger Waters-era; Animals, The Wall and The Final Cut, as well as his solo albums and not played as many songs of those that the Gilmour- led bands also play.

Overall, I would say this is a very good show, but not essential for anyone except Roger Waters fans.

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Posted Sunday, November 30, 2008

Review by thehallway
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4 stars A great show, and shamefully for die-hard followers of the Gilmour camp, better than his version of Pink Floyd.

Waters had the advantage when planning this show of having no other band members to squabble with over the set list. And as people have rightly pointed out, he based his choices on personal taste and entertainment value, as opposed to popularity and "fulfilling the needs of fans", like Gilmour. Sure 'Money' and 'Another Brick...' are present, but not in their usual places (as encores for example) and without such humdrum execution. Waters also includes some greatly underplayed tracks: 'Dogs' is here (rejoice!), 'Set the Controls...' (great jam with additional sax), 'Southampton Dock' (not amazing but different), the list goes on. These are much better inclusions than say, the obligatory 50% of 'Momentary Lapse...' that's on 'Pulse', where most of such songs sound the same.

This concert is well played by various musicians, which are effectively varied in age, experience and virtuosity, making for a much more interesting show with different people soloing in every subsequent song. Waters himself is doing well with the singing, and on the bass (okay, he's no Chris Squire, but if he was, it would distort the more lyrical leanings of these songs). And there's also a wealth of his solo material here, which I don't really dig that much but given that it is a ROGER WATERS concert I can hardly complain. I tend to just watch all the Floyd songs and then stop it (on their own, these still last a good hour and a half).

Well worth the effort, but too long unless you're a Waters fanatic. 4 stars.

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Posted Monday, April 26, 2010

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
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4 stars Waters' best performance captured is a visual and aural feast.

"In The Flesh Live" is an album I stumbled across some months ago in a bargain bin and I enjoyed the Roger Waters version of Pink Floyd songs after hearing Gilmour's versions for so many years. It was a delight to discover the album was available on DVD so I watched this knowing all the songs well but being able to experience them all over again in a visual format. The DVD is very well edited, it doesn't flash onto scenes but lingers on the band so you can enjoy the performances, concentrating on all members of the band as well as Waters. He doesn't come across as a megalomaniac but rather a generous performer giving each member a chance to shine.

It begins with Waters on acoustic practicing in the green room prior to his stage entrance. The first song generates instant 'The Wall' atmosphere with the wall scene and Gerald Scarfe's illustrations beamed onto a massive curtain and chilling red lighting. We see Waters raise the hammer fists up and the audience copies the action. He takes on the persona of the deranged Pink decked out all in black and his entourage of performers fill the stage particularly noteable are the 3 beautiful women in black dresses. Water's voice is raspy and cold but he sounds great, the classic Pink Floyd sound is heard once again.

"Thank you, good evening, welcome", he addresses the crowd after the infamous Another Brick in the Wall Pt 2. Immediately he launches into acoustic classic Mother. The crowd roars when he sings, "Mother, do you think they'll like the song?" The crowd are really hanging onto every phrase cheering when he asks "should I trust the government", among others. The women that chime in on the chorus lifts the atmosphere considerably. The lead break is excellent, it is not Gilmour but still rings out well in the packed auditorium. The set, by the way, has a table and lamps, television, radios with other props, like Pink's apartment.

The next song is a rarely heard live treatment of Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Desert. A minimalist set piece with just Waters on acoustic and some mid white lighting. It is followed promptly by Southampton Dock.

When the Animals cover projects on the wall the roar of the crowd is heard, and the atmosphere darkens when we hear Dogs, a classic PF track. Waters doesn't need to sing the high verses as he leaves that to the guitarist, Jon Carin. The much celebrated lead break is well executed by the left handed, hippy looking young guy playing a bright red axe, Doyle Bramhall II, dressed in black with psychedelic patterns on the legs, and a weird looking toothy necklace. The keyboardist, Andy Wallace, is excellent too, I will add, on this track. The back projection is the moon and the city as seen on the front cover of the album and DVD. The twin lead break is fantastic, as good as I have heard it live. The band members sit down after a while, and enjoy a drink, acting out a scene from Animals it appears. They begin to play cards, Poker, I believe, as a weird phased keyboard solo is heard. Soon they stand again as the acoustic section begins to complete the lengthy 16 minute epic. Waters sings, "I'm a little bit confused, sometimes it seems like I am just being used", and we believe him. Even the dog barking effects are there, on this definitive highlight.

The crowd give a standing ovation and then Welcome to the Machine begins to pulse out its stark rhythms. Waters sounds great on this and the atmosphere is dark and foreboding, helped by effects, ethereal female vocals, and keyboard swells. On the back projection curtain is the image of a robotic machine icon in a circle, reminding one of PF's patented circular visual screen. I simply adore the keyboards on this classic. The way the band members stand rock solid as they play this lends it considerable power, especially the 3 ladies in black dresses. At the end the ladies wave tambourines to add to the music.

The intro is heard that all fans know and then we have the enigmatic Wish You Were Here, and I couldn't help but miss Gilmour on this, but it was still a nice addition to the set list. Waters sounds fine, with his more pained version of the classic. The stage fills with dry ice mist and a blue light washes over all. The lead solo by Doyle is different to what we may be used to but it's a good interpretation, with true variations especially the ending.

Another epic follows with Shine On You Crazy Diamond pts 1-8 clocking about 15 minutes. The set list is incredible at this point in the show. As soon as the 4 note guitar echoing strum starts, the crowd are in raptures. The ambient keyboards signify that they are about to hear a quintessential PF classic. We see lots of crowd shots as the stage is darkened with psychedelic blobs, akin to the Syd Barrett era. The lead guitar solos on this are varied and Doyle really gives it everything, it is ear candy for certain. We see projected images of Syd which is a potent and reverent touch. The twin lead guitars soar on this, and there is a true majesty with the female vocalists raising their hands high as they belt out the signature tune, "Shine on you crazy diamond". The keyboards are excellent, extremely ambient passages wash over the music. The slide lap Steel guitar is played virtuoso style by Carin, in fact all musicians contribute to one of the all time best performances of this legendary song.

After a standing ovation the band set course for early PF psych prog with Set The Controls for the Heart of the Sun, another rarely heard live track these days. The weird song is accompanied by early Floyd era images. The camera lingers on the whole stage and we notice the 3 ladies are in prayer mode during the track. This song really brings an ominous darker atmosphere, helped by Syd's flamboyant acts on the back projection slides, especially the scarecrow shot in the corn fields. The sax playing is phenomenal on this song, and Snowy White lifts the roof with his guitar solo; a masterpiece, perhaps the best version of this song.

A heartbeat is heard and everyone alive knows that the DSOTM set list is about to begin. From the penultimate album comes Breathe, Time, Money, and then later there is Brain Damage and Eclipse, though I missed The Great Gig in the Sky. During Breathe there are many harmonies from the band members, sounding decidedly different, though delightfully so. The performances of these well known classics are mesmerising. Time features the wonderful intro bass solo as the prism appears on the wall with rainbow effects, generating a decent cheer from the crowd. The iconic images look amazing looming over the band. The drum solo is very well executed. Waters sounds pretty good on the verses. The choruses are surprisingly close to Gilmour's style. The lead solo is sensational too, so no complaints from me.

Money, the crowd pleaser, follows and I was looking forward to seeing this after hearing the incredible version on CD. The song is sung well by Doyle and there is a lengthy instrumental with many varied guitarists all sounding fabulous. The sax solo is up to par with the best of them, and overall this is a definitive highlight of the set.

The concert falls down for me when Waters indulges in material from his solo career. I had avoided his solo albums as a strategic move. If these tracks are anything to go by I think that was a good decision. Occasionally the solo stuff reaches some resonance as a good song, but it's all so poppy, although I am a bit of a fan of 'The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking Part II' which was in reality rather a bland album, apart from the eye candy saucy cover.

The band do good versions of these solo album tracks, especially those from "Amused to Death". We see the truck on the screen and some other weird images to add to the atmosphere. The "2001" sound bites of Hal's chilling death speech on Perfect Sense pts 1 and 2 are lovely, working well with the music. The female vocalists are soulful and powerful on this track. The crowd join in on the chorus "It all makes perfect sense", and it is an uplifting moment in the concert. Waters revels in the atmosphere as the crowd scream out in adoration. What a moment in the concert! This one gives me the chills.

The Bravery of being Out of Range follows, another one I am unfamiliar with but it sounds great here. Waters dons electric guitar on this, he is joined vocally by the powerful voices of the ladies in black. It's A Miracle and Amused To Death follow, both highlights of the solo career albums. For a moment in the intro of It's a Miracle it sounds like the creepy careful With that Axe Eugene, but it soon settles into a piano driven ambient piece. It is rather beautiful piano at that, and Water's has a charged emotional timbre in the voice, bringing the mood down admirably. There are even voice overs and a man running around with a torch.

These are slow songs and even the ladies take a seat during these, waiting patiently for their cue. Amused To Death is Waters and the ladies singing emotional verses about life and it's painful experiences. It is an important song from the album of the same name, though very sleepy, drifting music, and Waters obviously sees it as an essential part of the concert. It is kind of a breakaway for me though from the heart pounding moments of the early set list.

I can endure these songs as I have rarely heard them but it was nice to get back to the Pink Floyd material to close the show with DSOTM finale, so well received here, and Comfortably Numb. The latter track is always a show stopper due to the incredible melodies and the amazing lead soloing. In this case the lead solos are as good as I have heard. Snowy White and Doyle practically duel each other with their axes, and there are no winners really, as both are incredible. Waters sounds great, closer to the original version that more recent PF concerts. The arrogance of the guitarist, Doyle, shines through but they are both amazing musicians and this is one of the best performances of this song without Gilmour.

Each Small Candle ends it on a mini epic, a strange choice, (my wife thought they were seriously singing "eat small cattle"). The crowd raise their lighters right on cue, creating their own special effect, a dazzling, sparkling atmosphere. Waters enjoys it and when the band bow they know this has been one hell of an experience, never to be repeated.

Overall this is an outstanding concert primarily because of the terrific set list, the visuals are appropriate and not overbearing, and the camera work lingers on the band enough to enjoy the concert rather than flashing all over the place to try and create manufactured excitement. The DVD is something that all Pink Floyd fans should really enjoy, perhaps the best DVD of Roger Waters thus far. I am just so glad it was captured on film as it really is an incredible concert experience.

Special features are band bios, a feel good documentary and lyrics, plus a photo gallery, bringing the running time to almost 3 hours. It is definitely worth 4 stars for the sheer excellence of the material and the production value is A1 quality.

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Posted Saturday, February 12, 2011

Review by octopus-4
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5 stars It's true that some Pink Floyd's song are not the same without Gilmour's guitar: thinking to a different guitarist and a different solo on Comfortably Numb, for example, is very hard for me, but the lineup of this DVD is incredibly good and also Comfortably Numb is played well enough.

The guitarists are two: a young rock man named Doyle Bramhall II who is a real surprise for me and and old chap like the bluesman Snowy White, already in the live show of The Wall as counter figure of Gilmour and already guitarist on Richard Wright's Wet Dream.

Unexpectedly there's also Jon Carin at the keyboards. He played in the "other side of Pink Floyd" since A Momentary Leapse of Reason and in the following tours.

Waters is in a great shape. His performance is energetic and even the most theatrical parts are lighter than usual. At a certain moment he and three other instrumentists are sitting at a table playing cards and drinking wine like old pensioned men while the rest of the band is playing an instrumental part.

What about the songs...regardless if you like Waters' stuff since The Final Cut or not, the material is reinterpreted and is effectively a flashback in the story of this controversial artist.

We start with the A side of The Wall followed by a short excerpt from The Final Cut, then we are deeply in the story of Pink Floyd.

One of the best versions ever of Dogs, the whole Shine On You Crazy Diamond on which the two guitarists are able to let us forget Sir David, then songs from Pros and Cons of Hith- Hiking, Radio KAOS and Amused to Death with the insertion of songs from Dark Side of the Moon here and there.

In total, excluding the extra contents, we are speaking of about 2 hours and half of great music and a performance that's globally above the average.

Any Pink Floyd fan, even those who hate Waters must have this DVD. It can help the detractors to look at Roger Waters with a different eye. 4.5 stars rounded to 5 for the very good quality of recording and filming.

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Posted Monday, June 06, 2011

Review by Matti
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5 stars This DVD has already gained some warm reviews, but I'll add to it by saying that this is one of my favourite concert DVD's ever. It's percentually much more about the classic PINK FLOYD music than WATERS solo stuff which should please any Floyd fan. However I appreciate also the solo compositions featured here. Mostly they are from the great album Amused to Death (1992) which is usually considered the best Floyd-related solo album. The best tracks of it have a wonderful atmosphere and also visually they are deeply moving here, for example the starry night backing 'It's a Miracle', or the searchlight shooting in the dark at the start of 'Amused to Death', or video clip of the war veteran (whose voice is heard on the albums's beginning and ending).

The camera focuses on the band most of the time, occasionally the concert is coloured by some drama. The wide background wall is being used effectively even though videos are not as gorgeous as with the other camp... As for Roger himself, I have a growing sympathy towards him as the "real" "Pink" - that is, it's him that captures the emotional impact of Pink Floyd music most effectively. Gilmour's Floyd may have fancier backing videos, (not always so great, e.g. the world leaders on 'Brain Damage' - which detail I had to correct here as I thought it was here instead of P.U.L.S.E.) but they are notably more clinical as performers. And Roger only gets more charming while growing older. Well, the Barrett-lookalike guitarist is chewing gum continuosly and he looks a bit nervous, but the playing of the whole band is fine.

The playing list is very balanced and delicious, not too much of The Wall for example. And yes, 'Dogs' really is the ultimate highlight. Hats off to Jon Carin doing the lion's share on that track. 'Mother' is nicely intimate. See Roger's face at the line "mother should I trust the government?"! 'Set the Control for the Heart of the Sun' is a jewel from the 60's. Final Cut (1982) may not be among the best Pink Floyd albums (more like a Waters solo work actually), but still it's nicer to hear songs from it than Gilmour-led Floyd's Momentary Lapse of Reason, (1987) which is another reason I hold this DVD dearer than P.U.L.S.E.

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4 stars Very good DVD. With some shadows, but the good things here are really good. Waters divides the show in a Pink Floyd section for one side, and his solo projects for the other, putting the focus in Amused to death, cos it was its tour. He did not play anything from Radio Kaos, unless in the DVD. ... (read more)

Report this review (#1118518) | Posted by genbanks | Thursday, January 23, 2014 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Roger Waters' in the flesh live is a very interesting concert DVD. Not at all essential, but certainly very entertaining and fun. With a great line of musicians (all more than capable musicians) and a varied set list (ranging from the classic Floyd era, all the way to Roger's more recent solo mate ... (read more)

Report this review (#136034) | Posted by Shakespeare | Monday, September 03, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars A masterpiece of Progressive DVD The sound quality and picture quality are top level. The Gutarists are fantastic. Snowy White is certainly one of the most tastefull guitarists and Doyle Bramhall II is very strong. ... (read more)

Report this review (#99394) | Posted by | Saturday, November 18, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Very nice concert indeed. I like the concept of one time performance as well. I t gives you the real feeling you are there. Not amazing pyrotechnics and lighting, but the music is good. I still feel that David Gilmour is not there, though. The man invented Pink Floyd guitar sound and there is ... (read more)

Report this review (#86770) | Posted by | Saturday, August 12, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Roger Waters was the Mastermind Behind Pink Floyd live in concert. The concert includes all the old Pink Floyd claccics such as "Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2", "Mother", "Breath (In The Air)", "Wish You Were Here", "Time" and "Money". The Backing Singers are amazing (espically On "Mother" ... (read more)

Report this review (#82533) | Posted by Ciaran K. | Monday, July 03, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars An absolute blast. When I borrowed this DVD from my uncle the first time, I wasn't expecting much. I don't know why. All the great songs are here. Yet as soon as the concert started I was blown away, and I was blown away for the whole 2 and a half hours. Every song in this concert is amazing, ... (read more)

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