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Born in Cambridge in 1944, Roger WATERS' musical career took off when he joined the band PINK FLOYD in 1965 along with highschool friend Syd BARRETT. After BARRETT's drug problems got him kicked out of the band, WATERS became the primary creative force, and thanks to such inspirations as his father who died in World War 2 before they could ever meet, his strongly left wing political views, and his ex-bandmate BARRETT, he went on to compose such masterwork concept albums as "Dark Side of the Moon", "Wish You Were Here", "Animals" and "The Wall" during his time with the band. However, by 1983 when the band completed "The Final Cut", he had taken total control, and guitarist David GILMOUR wasn't going to take it. The two began to fight feverishly, eventually resulting in WATERS quitting the band thinking they could never go on without him. They did however, leaving him to his own solo career. Roger's solo music bares striking resemblance to the final few albums he did with PINK FLOYD, in that it is very dark and driven by a concept. Any fans of "The Wall" or "The Final Cut" would do well to give his solo work a listen.

Roger's solo career actually dates back to 1970 when he worked with avant-garde composer Ron Geesin on the soundtrack to the film "The Body". His first real solo album came in 1985 with the brilliant "Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking" though. This is an essencial album for fans of his later work with PINK FLOYD, although some may find it a bit boring and overly personal (it's based on a dream he had, and touches on almost all of his typical themes in his lyrics). In 1987 he contributed music to the film "When the Wind Blows", and also created another concept album in "Radio K.A.O.S.". This is the least essencial of his solo albums, and is really plagued by the horrible 80s sound that was dominating music at the time. That said, it still has some bright spots, and is by no means a weak album. His next solo work didn't come until 1992's "Amused To Death". Many consider this his best, and it is without question his most political album ever. None of these are particularlily accessible, so it couldn't hurt to just go from the beginning and start with "The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking" if interested in his work, though you can't go wrong with "Amused To Death" either (that is, if you agree with his strong political views).

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ROGER WATERS top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.92 | 70 ratings
Music From The Body (with Ron Geesin)*
1970
2.97 | 202 ratings
The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking
1984
2.92 | 151 ratings
Radio K.A.O.S.
1987
3.94 | 287 ratings
Amused To Death
1992
3.55 | 66 ratings
Ça Ira
2005

ROGER WATERS Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.11 | 77 ratings
The Wall - Live in Berlin
1990
3.55 | 108 ratings
In the Flesh - Live
2000

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3.08 | 48 ratings
The Wall Live in Berlin
1990
2.40 | 6 ratings
What God Wants, Part I (VHS)
1992
4.30 | 110 ratings
In The Flesh (DVD)
2001
4.67 | 9 ratings
Live in Argentina
2011

ROGER WATERS Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.49 | 34 ratings
Flickering Flame - The Solo Years 1
2002
3.42 | 10 ratings
The Roger Waters Collection (7CD + DVD)
2011

ROGER WATERS Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.11 | 14 ratings
Radio Waves (EP)
1987
2.22 | 4 ratings
The Wall - Berlin '90 - Commemorative EP
1990
3.14 | 22 ratings
To Kill the Child / Leaving Beirut
2004

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 Music From The Body (with Ron Geesin)* by WATERS, ROGER album cover Studio Album, 1970
2.92 | 70 ratings

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Music From The Body (with Ron Geesin)*
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Review by Finnforest
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4 stars Even Syd would approve...

There are a lot of negative review of this album across the web. What the hells not to like here? This is an excellent album that sounds like a lost title from late 60s Floyd, arguably the most "progressive" period of the band's existence. Certainly their most fun from a psych adventurers' standpoint. For me there is some personal nostalgic bias at play. This album was always in the rotation back when a certain friend and I would wile away endless summer days and night swimming in copious amounts of THC. There is no denying it was magical. Things happened that to this day I cannot comprehend. We are all magical beings until we become inhibited and responsible. Of course most of us grow up at some point. And yet a piece of music like this can transport you back a few clicks with ease and without regret.

This collaboration between Ron (Atom Heart) Geesin and Mr. Waters is an absolute winner. Recorded in the heady days of early 1970 it is a treasure of the first Floyd wave mindset, when they were still capable of having fun and trying weird things with no thought of commercial potential. This album is the product of Ron and Roger striking up a friendship at a dinner party and becoming golf mates. Ron had written much of the music but he needed someone to sing some vocal oriented tracks for his film project. Who better than this weird new friend? Eventually the guy would become a big star and swear off music like this, Ummagumma, and even the glorious Atom Heart Mother. But Roger's opinion of this slice of youthful endeavor is only a sad reflection of himself, not of this music. We, his fans, know better.

Alastair: Did you enjoy working with Roger? Ron: Yes, very much.

Alastair: Would you have liked to have worked more with him? Ron: Yes, I think we were a potentially lethal team.

Alastair: Do you have any thoughts on Roger's music today? Ron: Not much. I can't stand the Bob Dylan-ish American accent, or the meddling in politics. He's got plenty of money coming in, so he should make pure expressionist pieces and not try to conform to some imagined acceptability factor.

-Ron Geesin interview by Alastair McLean

Go Ron! The music of "The Body" is a pure treat for those who love the albums like More, Ummagumma's studio side, and Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast. This has all the avant-garde doodling of Breakfast and craziness of "Several Species of Small Furry Animals" mingling in a puddle, and yet manages much more. Off the wall cello breaks, Italian sounding piano bits, and of course the Floydian feel of Grantchester Meadows Roger. The Roger we knew and loved. The acoustic haze of Roger and the crazy ideas of Geesin will of course appeal to the young "inspired" Floyd fan, but I found this album holds up nicely even for an oldster. There are good melodies on display in some of these tracks. There are clues to the future Roger brilliance to watch for, like when he utters the line "Breathe in the air" on this album's "Breathe." There are the Floyd themselves guesting on a track, and soulful female background singers that will surely remind you of Pros and Cons. There are simple spring songs not unlike Roger's "If" and there is Geesin's love of collage music, stereo panning, and flat-out experimentation. The album is a self-contained afternoon off the rails, when you're drooling for a slab of Pink Floyd moments that never actually happened. Except they did, here.

Far from a throwaway title to be ridiculed by the masses, "music from The Body" is a first class psychedelic gem and a successful smoothie of progressive ideas from two acclaimed musicians in their young hearted days. Don't be cynical. Remember a Day.

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 In The Flesh (DVD) by WATERS, ROGER album cover DVD/Video, 2001
4.30 | 110 ratings

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In The Flesh (DVD)
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Review by genbanks

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. The Pink Floyd section is divided in five parts, The Wall, Final Cut, Animals, Wish you were here and Dark side of the moon. And here there are some lights and shadows.

The Wall: Perfect rendition, superb intro with In the flesh. But the best thing is this version of Mother in which the extraordinary female singer Katie Kissoon sings the Gilmour part. Just perfect and emotive.

Final cut: After the hyper short Filthy hands, he goes to an incredible version of Southampton Dock. A small song that means almost nothing (unless for me) in the original recording, appears here completely transformed in a piece of art with those female voices. Pure emotion and feeling. Every time I listening it gives me the chills.

Animals: Great really, Pigs on the wing and the epic Dog wiht John Carin in the place of Gilmour. He did a decent job. But the best is the guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, just stunning. Great version of Dogs, very powerfull.

Wish you were here: Things start to goes downhill here. Welcome to the machine, really good for me, but Wish you were here, completely ruined by Roger's voice, impossible to replace Dave Gilmour here, unless IMO. Shine on you just good, but sounds cold.

Dark side of the moon: Just the worst, impossible to replace Gilmour on these songs.

After that things get really better with the solo stuff. At first with Every stranger´s eyes from Pros and Cons, in a perfect version of this great track. Then with Amused to death and superb renditions of all this four tracks. Outstands Pefect sense part I, again with Katie Kissoon in a version even better than the original recording. The same I could say about The Miracle.

At the end Brain damage and Eclipse sounds great but Comfortably numb without Gilmour, just almost nothing. As an overall effort is an excellent addition, mainly because Waters goes over the best from the Floyd catalogue. A megalomaniac guy, but I must recognize that he is one of the few that continues playing really old stuff with the same passion, and that's is much to say.

About the DVD production, good sound, the show is a bit dark, with some films, not great thing, but enough to go with this great music. Four stars

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 Amused To Death by WATERS, ROGER album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.94 | 287 ratings

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Review by KyleSchmidlin

4 stars It's got a fairly simple philosophical message, but there's genuine heart burning ? or perhaps, beating tragically feebly ? under the overt cynicism at the top of Roger Waters's Amused to Death.

The way everything is spun out of and related, sometimes wildly tangentially or only in the vaguest universal sense, to the story of Bill Hubbard is a curious artistic move. On the one hand it grounds the album, but on the other hand it grounds it too much. Waters is making incredibly serious statements, particularly with the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy-detached title track. When one is speaking of alien excavators uncovering people frozen in transfixed and absent glares at their televisions after extinction of the species, a soldier's tale ? however heart-wrenching and sincere and powerful that is in its own right ? just doesn't quite seem to do the grandness of the topic justice.

Take a look again at the end of the title track. The way Waters concludes it is almost as if the statement, "This species has amused itself to death," is less important than what follows. What follows is beautiful and tender and very emotionally seizing, but it's a much less grand statement; the only musical excuse to so jarringly conclude the final proper chorus is if a statement of greater emotional weight follows, or a shift in the emotion being experienced, but instead it's just something slightly less sad. Much as I love the song, its lyrics, and its message, it always disappoints me at exactly the moment the final chorus ends.

But, maybe that's the point. Roger Waters never won points for making things easy on his listeners. Even during Pink Floyd's heyday, there is much to question in terms of melody or delivery, but it works because of the emotions it's tied to. And Waters is definitely dismayed that his species is destroying itself ? in his telling, mostly through war, media, and profiteering, which doesn't sound so far off to me. It's an ambitious record that mostly backs itself up, and it's as psychologically heavy as anything Waters has done.

And yet the album does have tremendous heart. The animals taking notes on "What God Wants" are whimsical, charming allegorical flourishes that save this album from being too heavy to bear. Funny moments abound, and the aforementioned Bill Hubbard does provide a nice, if almost entirely unrelated, secondary narrative to follow. I'm not entirely sure who Bill Hubbard was, but a war buddy of his recounts Bill's death, their time serving together, and conversations he had with Bill on subjects of life and philosophy. I actually wish there was more of it on the album; it basically just bookends it. The Bill Hubbard sections are atmospheric, told by one of the most honest voices you'll ever hear, and backed up with quiet guitar passages from Jeff Beck.

Aside from the Bill Hubbard sections and the title track, much of the album is fairly standard Roger Waters fare. This means it isn't standard at all, but if you've listened to The Wall in its entirety or The Final Cut, nothing should really surprise you. Actually, the most surprising song to me, and still my favorite, is What God Wants. Waters is at his most aggressive and determined, spouting off a list of frivolous, dangerous, and important human advents that God ? a figure who's not supposed to be the Abrahamic deity, but might just as well be ? has ordained. It stomps in a manner very similar to Waiting For the Worms, but its far more in your face about it. I'd also say the lyrics are better, and I'm a big fan of Waiting For the Worms. And while there's virtually no lead on Worms, Jeff Beck reigns terror all over What God Wants, screeching and wailing and trilling like he's a guitar god or something.

Other than that, you really have to get to the end of the album before anything else really grabs you. The last four songs really change things up, and if they formed more of the album's basis it's easy to imagine the album having done better. Each is entirely distinct from the others, unlike much of the first ten tracks. Don't get me wrong, there are moments of beauty and poignant stings throughout the other songs, but you sometimes feel lucky when you get to them. The last four songs, though, each present an entirely different musical idea and use distinct instrumentation.

Watching TV is an acoustic ballad following in the vein of some of Pink Floyd's famous acoustic outings, with very simple chords strummed in very simple strokes. It's weird, and the way there's a different number of syllables in every verse will likely throw many listeners off, but it's very charming. It's also very dark, but its dark story is told in such a whimsical way. The point, I guess, is that we watch these historical atrocities ? like the massacre at Tiananmen Square ? on our televisions, from a happy distance. It's programming to us, not real-world killings.

Three Wishes is a big highlight. It probably comes the closest to resembling the kind of thing Pink Floyd might have put on the radio at one point, but like nearly all of the album, its instrumentation is so spare it could never have made it. However, it does have a somewhat standard structure. It's also got great lyrics, an emotional and catchy melody, the record's best guitar solo, and lots of clever use of the bass.

It's a Miracle is good, although Waters sounds perhaps too bitter on this one. It's very dark, and the lyrics are probably the most pessimistic thing he ever wrote (and this is Roger Waters we're talking about). I like it. A lot. The part I like best, though, is when he sings about an earthquake hitting one of Andrew Lloyd Webber's operas. The piano player gets it the worst ? at one point, "The piano lid comes down and breaks his [%*!#]ing fingers." Waters can say "[%*!#]" like few other people I know, and he should be proud of it.

Sadly, it's just far too overstuffed of an album. It's difficult to listen to without hitting the skip button a few times. I can still recommend it, because there's enough good in it to fill an entire album. But there's too much sludgy atmosphere weighing the whole affair down; with more judicious editing, it could've been a minor masterpiece. I know it's difficult to delete one's work, but sometimes even some stuff that might not be necessarily bad has to go in order to let the truly great bits really shine.

(For those interested in numbers, I'd probably call it a 3.5, but with the option to round up or down, I'd round it up).

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 Amused To Death by WATERS, ROGER album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.94 | 287 ratings

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Amused To Death
Roger Waters Crossover Prog

Review by Chicapah
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4 stars I approached this album with a bad attitude some weeks ago. It had only been a few months since I'd first dragged my ears through the messy, confusing swamp that was Pink Floyd's "The Final Cut" which could reasonably be considered Roger Waters' first solo effort. So, not knowing anything about the two "official" all-by-his-lonesome records that preceded this one, I braced myself for disappointment. But I was pleasantly surprised by what I encountered. It's a fine album. Way above average. "Amused to Death" is as impressive as "The Wall" in many ways and I dare say that any Floyd fanatic will approve of what Roger put together. I expected that he would most likely still be the caustic curmudgeon mad genius he's always been lyric-wise but the quality of the music is on a par with the best of his peers. I suspect that Waters was being influenced to some degree by one of my favorites, Peter Gabriel, at the time he composed the material because I detect hints of his fellow Englishman's world beat style popping up often and it enhances the quality of the presentation greatly.

As you may or may not know, how the blatant obscenity of warfare had somehow become yet another form of in-the-comfort-of-one's-own-home entertainment for the masses (with the live telecasts of the Gulf War being the central culprit) is the main topic of discussion throughout the record. In other words, man's inhumanity to man is right up Roger's alley and he unloads line after line of outrage about it from beginning to end. Of course, his poetic tirade didn't stop as-it-happens battlefront coverage from gaining even more widespread acceptance in the 21st century but it did provide him with plenty of inspiration to create a damn good album. Released on 9/7/92, only a year and a half after Desert Storm ended, the conflict was still fresh in everyone's minds and its relevancy helped the disc to not only rack up some decent sales figures but to bring Waters out of the semi-obscure realm he'd existed in since leaving his famous former band.

"The Ballad of Bill Hubbard" raises the curtain with a mysterious, Pink Floyd-like motif creeping in, complete with indecipherable chatter afloat in the background. The tune evolves by pouring itself into an ocean of Patrick Leonard's deep synths buoyed by Jeff Beck's noodling guitar before a light rhythm emerges to guide the music beneath an old bloke's relating of his tragic story about having to leave a wounded fellow soldier behind. If Waters had stayed in that melancholy mode it would've been a major mistake but rude synthetic rips abruptly tear the listener away into an atmospheric setting for "What God Wants, Pt. 1" with a strident female vocal leading the charge. Then drums burst in to provide a strong downbeat for Roger to wail atop but it's the subsequent stunning, provocative guitar work from Beck that elevates the number to the level of greatness. It was at this point I realized that the album had serious potential. After another alarming rip "Perfect Sense, Pt. 1" begins with a subtle pulse, some scattered voices and ominous thunder. Patrick's delicate piano floats in and serves up a delicious musical entrée consisting of a serene melody that fully sates the mind and glides under Waters' and his female companion's singing of politically-infused observations. The two factors present a poignant contrast of the beautiful with the horrid. "Perfect Sense, Pt. 2" follows, dropping down to only Roger and a piano for a while and then sliding into a gospel-tinged aura where he admixes Marv Albert's excited sportscaster-describing-a-fierce-battle spiel with more of his acidic social commentary. "The Bravery of Being Out of Range" is next and it's a doozy. Its slow but heavy-handed drumbeat opens this one up behind penetrating power chords and a growling Hammond B3 organ to provide a sturdy foundation for Waters' sarcastic warbling about the insane absurdities of war.

Little birdies chirp merrily along with an acoustic guitar on "Late Home Tonight, Pt. 1," accompanied by strings and Roger's naked vocal. It eventually builds to include syrupy, elevator-worthy orchestration as he describes scenes of bloodshed and waste. The song suddenly turns tribal and then a loud explosion rattles the room as he segues into "Late Home Tonight, Pt. 2" that features a cosmic drift segment and a nostalgic-sounding horn section. On "Too Much Rope" unidentified angry punching noises precede the entrance of a bluesy Rhodes piano. In this tune Waters fronts a hearty chorale of singers to deliver another round of his frustration and angst. At this point his endless ire starts to get tiresome but the welcome addition of Steve Lukather's stinging guitar licks saves the number in the nick of time. It fades to the sound of a television doing its thing in the distance. "What God Wants, Pt. 2" is a revival of the song's funky vibe and fist-waving theme boosted by another dose of what I'd call "electronically manufactured crowd chants" that are very effective not only here but in other instances where it's employed as a backdrop. Again the music fades down, this time to crickets and a lonesome train's horn. A droning organ arises for the intro to "What God Wants, Pt. 3" wherein Roger's impassioned, strained vocal screams over Leonard's ethereal blanket of synthesizers. The tune then cops a heavy Floyd-ish presence for Jeff Beck to fill with his amazing guitar runs. Subsequently a phone rings loudly and an old man happily sings a barroom ditty from the other end of the line.

But it's the last four songs that made the biggest impact on me. I could be wrong but I suspect that they were formulated prior to or after the rest of the album was assembled because they can easily stand on their own merit outside the context. "Watching TV" starts the way you'd think it would but then a folksy acoustic guitar and a lilting vocal melody distinguishes this track from all that's come before. It's a delightfully satiric look at China's Tiananmen Square rebellion filtered through the tragic death of a young lady and it works from all angles. "Three Wishes" possesses a low key groove that lurks under Waters' breathy voice. It benefits from an intriguing arrangement and a glorious guitar ride from Jeff. "It's a Miracle" utilizes a lazy tempo to efficiently paint the tune with sad tones that surround Roger's mournful, softly biting lament. It meanders a little in the last movement but it wisely avoids becoming maudlin. "Amused to Death" is the closer. A plucked guitar pattern establishes the smooth-sailing mood that rolls alongside Waters' typically droll delivery before it grows larger and more intense in the middle. The old bloke from the first song reenters the stage in its last act and finishes telling his sentimental tale, bringing a sense of closure to the record. Crickets ensue.

One of the other reviewers said that if Roger had included his Pink Floyd mates in the construction of this concept album it may've been a spectacular masterpiece. He may be right but we'll never know because, like bratty spoiled children, they couldn't play together without fighting at that juncture and had to stay in their rooms. Nonetheless, it's apparent that Waters spent a lot of time and energy in creating this disc and his hard work paid many dividends. The overall sound of the record is astounding and the performances of those who contributed their talents to this undertaking, Jeff Beck in particular, are top notch. It's an album that Roger can be proud of and that all Pink Floyd fans can feel confident in purchasing if they haven't already. 3.9 stars.

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 Music From The Body (with Ron Geesin)* by WATERS, ROGER album cover Studio Album, 1970
2.92 | 70 ratings

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Music From The Body (with Ron Geesin)*
Roger Waters Crossover Prog

Review by tdfloyd

1 stars Wow, talk about a letdown. I had known of this record for about 15 years before I stumbled upon "Music from the Body" in a cd store. The anticipation on the way home was huge. Not so much music and plenty of effects from the leader of Pink Floyd and a cowriter on Atom Heart Mother. Most of the music that is here is in short tracks with only one clocking in at more then four minutes. I gets the impression that this could be for a music class and not a proper album A major disappointment probably the worst recording in my collection.

1 star

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 Amused To Death by WATERS, ROGER album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.94 | 287 ratings

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Amused To Death
Roger Waters Crossover Prog

Review by Shad

5 stars The best Roger Waters album and one of the best concept works in rock music history. I believe I got Amused To Death on a cassete the year it was released and I have not got tired of it since. Each song has a strong melody and music is absolutely outstanding. I catch myself humming or singing its songs quite often, with "Perfect Sense Parts I and II" and "Amused to Death" being the favourites. I don't remember who called this album "TV for the ears", but this person nailed it for me for each song draws a vivid picture or story in my brain. The album was underappreciated upon release but time has corrected this. It is sad but its message holds true in the 21st century as it did 20 years ago, but on the other hand it proves the timelessness of the album.

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 Radio K.A.O.S.  by WATERS, ROGER album cover Studio Album, 1987
2.92 | 151 ratings

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Radio K.A.O.S.
Roger Waters Crossover Prog

Review by admireArt

2 stars I suppose it should be daring to try go "main-stream" for people like Roger Waters; in this case; as with others (Roxy Music-"Manifesto", Yes-"Tormento" (I know), ELPs "Love Beach" and a whole list of samples. So not all are successful; rather; the opposite "Radio Chaos" barely rises; above the level; of becoming an obsolete attempt to try to open up the "Radio Waves" . Few songs are notable; the "concept" by the middle of the album fades down to nothingness and silliness. Musically speaking the "pop" it suggests lacks identity and intelligence (any good "non-mainstream"; "Pop" song, requirement) and frankly the humour is "cliched" and forced. If not for the songs: "Home" excellent composition wise, and the emblematic and beautiful "The Tide is Turning", this whole work will really have been obsolete. Can miss these 2 songs!; the rest is; as bad main-stream is; expendable! 2- "Lazy-Work" Stars.

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 The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking by WATERS, ROGER album cover Studio Album, 1984
2.97 | 202 ratings

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The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking
Roger Waters Crossover Prog

Review by admireArt

3 stars Between 3 to 4 stars to be exact. Should prog-people add this work to their collection? It is always fun to listen to the solo efforts of the mastermind/s of "monster groups". Sheer good fun. Usually the progs turn to good old "Rock n' Roll" and why not the "Blues"?... Gabriel did it, Fripp did it (to Punk to be exact!), Hammill also and others did it. So why not Mr. Floyd himself.

Fun, funny, proposing, serious and not, and of course very important, Roger Waters talks about SEX and LOVE (beyond the "Walls' " "love story"?) . Politics and human condition are his recurring topics, so they are part of this story (there is a story, somewhere) but at last!, secondary in this, his first after-Pink record.

When it comes to primal needs a lot of things turn to be secondary, so Roger Waters plays his way through an abstract "Sex/Love Story" with the usual passionate detachment he is well known for. Adding up to that, it is a treat to listen to Waters' concept of "Non-Prog-Rock", in an attempt to be "de-Floydsied" and reconstructed from scratch. It is also a huge "Bonus" to find out how Waters sounds with no other than "God" himself, Eric Clapton, which raunchiness adds up to Waters well based and primary idea of the "Blues" as the place where everyones´s invited, when they feel like it.

So? Should you let this work be in your collection even though it is not a PF "masterpiece" and its greatest moments are as great as those of the Pink?? I had fun with it, ***3.5 PA Stars.

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 Amused To Death by WATERS, ROGER album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.94 | 287 ratings

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Amused To Death
Roger Waters Crossover Prog

Review by admireArt

4 stars I am not a great Pink fan, I must admit!; I am more like a Pink songs fan. The reason is personal and who cares! Even though, I know their discography completely. And opposite to most "Pinkies" I think the "Final Cut" is the only Floyd record that has no "gaps" and its humour is superb. Maybe it is me. But usually they start off amazingly well, but then suddenly, they get stuck somewhere and then (sometimes) blast off again to great climaxes! (this is my humble opinion). To me these "gaps" are usually boring. They happen in the "Moon", they happen in "Wish", less in "Animals", a lot more in the "Wall". (Personal opinion not blasphemy; Floyd fans.) Most guys will tell you "The Cut" is not a Pink Floyd record, The Wall was neither ( the confessed " I hate you!" stories and the mysterious erasing of tapes by Waters himself of course). So, as many composers of music bands do, they have to become either group members or dictators.( e.g.the early Beatles, the later Beatles). It has to do with principles and concessions, there is no turning back!

So long to explain why I wouldn´t give this "Jewel" 5 stars. Yes! Because it has those PF (or should we say RW's?) "gaps". Around the final part of side "A"; (songs 6,7,8 are boring, songs 9- 10 are good, but not 11, my least favorite of them all, to be specific). To me these are "minutes of nothingness". I just want to skip them off to the next part.

GREAT thing is, side "B" the "next part" is the most stripped down beautiful Roger Waters´s music you can imagine. This of course has to with his exceptional composition skills and his own conceptual aestetiques. Also because he has been quiet productive with his solo projects. This is the 3th after-Floyd release.

And as adding insult to injury (to Gilmour, of course, not you listener!), Jeff Beck is the guest guitarist in this album. And what an excellent choice!! He adds up the suitable energy and personal touch needed for this kind of "poetic" project! (In the first after-Floyd solo project, he invited no other than Eric Clapton!). 4 PA stars,**** with some regrets!

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 The Roger Waters Collection (7CD + DVD) by WATERS, ROGER album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2011
3.42 | 10 ratings

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The Roger Waters Collection (7CD + DVD)
Roger Waters Crossover Prog

Review by uduwudu

3 stars Chances are if you are a PF / RW fan you will be interested in this set. While the individual albums are reviewed in detail here on PA I shall address the content of the box set.

There are pros and cons to box sets. The main pro for me was the price, a mere 30 dollars.

I expect box sets to be complete, archival, replica releases gathering up the bits and pieces and place all related extraneous but related material in one place.

This does not really do that at all. We are now onto the cons.

There is no CD / DVD of Music from the Body. This is where that complete package would work for selling this to progressive rock fans. Pros and Cons is not in its gatefold cover, a minor query as the lyrics would be indecipherable in Scarfe's writing on a cover that size.

A CD / DVD of When The Wind Blows continues the omissions.

.Radio KAOS needs / could have the extra tracks either included or on a compilation of singles and EPs ' Flickering Flame 2?

The Wall Live In Berlin would have been another good 2 CD / DVD addition but no sign of it here. No licensing problems so it's absence really makes one wonder who compiled this and what were they hoping to achieve. Waters' biggest hit and something he tours a lot (to date 2013) and it's lack is a serious omission.

Amused To Death has some extra material that could have been included on a compilation DVD and that hoped for compilation CD that might have the maligned but still collectable demos and Knockin' on Heaven's Door included. No sign of any of these.

Ca Ira was originally released as a 2 CD / DVD (making of) set that included the libretto. This is a 2 CD version and no libretto. I shall hang on to my original release.

In The Flesh is the 2 CD and DVD set and for once this archive set gets this inclusion right. No booklet as in the jewel case version. Not serious perhaps details like this that make archive box sets significant and desirable.

3 serious omissions and at least a CD compilation's worth of other material that could have been box set only.

So briefly this is a superficially good box set of (some of) Waters' albums but flawed for the collector who is likely to have already have this material. A compilation CD and DVD of the bits and pieces scattered about is the sort of tempting inclusion for the Waters collector especially with this set. Serious omissions of albums even in the scant form most of this set gives the content is not really acceptable. Unless the record company are trying to appeal to a general pop / rock fan which is unlikely given the rather esoteric (often challenging or difficult) nature of Waters' music.

There is a booklet but it would have been nice to have all the original LP issue material included. I want to give it a high rating (I like Waters' music, PF's and all related really). This is a good listen but collectors will find this wanting in detail and completeness. Next time they may want to check with the audience and fans as to what to include. Then I might have bought it for 200 rather than 30.

3.5 stars rounded down. Get it economically if you like but don't let your heart bleed over not owning what should have been a fabulous and interesting box set.

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