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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 discography


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

2.90 | 94 ratings
Music From The Body (with Ron Geesin)*
1970
3.01 | 269 ratings
The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking
1984
2.92 | 197 ratings
Radio K.A.O.S.
1987
3.95 | 383 ratings
Amused To Death
1992
3.49 | 86 ratings
Ça Ira
2005
5.00 | 1 ratings
Is this the Life we Really Want?
2017

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

2.17 | 97 ratings
The Wall - Live in Berlin
1990
3.58 | 130 ratings
In the Flesh - Live
2000
3.75 | 19 ratings
The Wall (The Soundtrack From A Film by Roger Waters and Sean Evans)
2015

ROGER WATERS Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.12 | 61 ratings
The Wall Live in Berlin
1990
2.72 | 10 ratings
What God Wants, Part I (VHS)
1992
4.29 | 130 ratings
In The Flesh (DVD)
2001
4.23 | 24 ratings
The Wall (A Film by Roger Waters and Sean Evans)
2015

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

2.56 | 43 ratings
Flickering Flame - The Solo Years 1
2002
3.52 | 12 ratings
The Roger Waters Collection (7CD + DVD)
2011

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

4.00 | 2 ratings
Every Strangers Eyes
1984
1.00 | 1 ratings
The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking
1984
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Tide Is Turning (After Live Aid)
1987
3.00 | 1 ratings
Who Needs Information
1987
3.00 | 1 ratings
Sunset Strip
1987
2.13 | 15 ratings
Radio Waves (EP)
1987
2.29 | 5 ratings
The Wall - Berlin '90 - Commemorative EP
1990
4.33 | 6 ratings
What God Wants, Part I
1992
3.83 | 6 ratings
The Bravery Of Being Out Of Range
1992
4.50 | 4 ratings
Three Wishes
1992
3.19 | 29 ratings
To Kill the Child / Leaving Beirut
2004
3.75 | 4 ratings
Hello (I Love You)
2007
2.00 | 1 ratings
We Shall Overcome
2010
4.14 | 7 ratings
Smell the Roses
2017

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 In the Flesh - Live by WATERS, ROGER album cover Live, 2000
3.58 | 130 ratings

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In the Flesh - Live
Roger Waters Crossover Prog

Review by Walkscore

4 stars Each Small Candle....

This is the opportunity to hear live versions of songs from 'The Final Cut', as well as from his from his solos albums, including 'Amused to Death'. Indeed, the most interesting songs here are those from that album, including "Perfect Sense", "It's a Miracle" and "Amused to Death", both of which far surpass those on the studio album, although I wanted most to hear "What God Wants" (but alas, it is not in this set). This live album is also notable for the new song "Each Small Candle", which is pretty good although not quite in the same league as his best (of which "Every Strangers Eyes" is among - a great song, and well done here). Of the Floyd material here, the Dark Side stuff suffers from a lack of Gilmour. The Wall material does better, but one still misses Gilmour's guitar and voice on "Comfortably Numb" and also on "Dogs". I am not sure those two should have been included here. Both "Welcome to the Machine" and "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" are great though, with a jazzed-up production, leading to some excellent solos (very similar arrangements to his Pros and Cons of Hitchkinging tour with Eric Clapton). However, the real old-Floyd gem here, quite unexpectedly, is "Shine On you Crazy Diamond". Despite no Wright or Gilmour, or Mason, the piece does very well. Part of the reason is the excellent sound quality, which allows for the quiet parts, especially the bell-like guitar notes near the begining, to really shine. In fact, the sound quality makes even the more lacklustre tunes (like "Breath") pretty decent (and thankfully those are brief). So, while on the surface this might not seem like a compelling set, after multiple listens I find it quite musical and a great addition to the Floyd/Waters catalogue. It reaches excellence most of the time, but is not essential. I give it a straight 8.0 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to (low) 4 PA stars.

 The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking by WATERS, ROGER album cover Studio Album, 1984
3.01 | 269 ratings

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The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking
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Review by Walkscore

4 stars Excellent concept album, despite the single.

This album does not get the due it deserves. It is very progressive, a direct descendant of Floyd's concept albums, running together as one single piece, with Eric Clapton on lead guitar. It is highly intellectual, saying something new and interesting about the human condition. The only drawback is the single that was released from it, the title track, which is definitely on the cheesy side (as is the cover!). But the rest of the album is highly musical, and parts border on brilliant. The album depicts an hour in the life of the main character ("Reg") starting at 4:30am, part-sleep and part-awake as he dreams/nightmares, and reflects on his life with his current partner and what could have been (and what might have transpired) with previous partners. The main character has dreams that begin great but often turn into nightmares, at which point he awakens, reflects, and then falls back asleep. This pattern of dreaming and reflecting, as well as the more real-life-pattern of changing partners over time (that Waters and other members of Floyd found themselves in at the time), Waters metaphorically likens to 'hitch-hiking', and in one of the dreams the main character finds himself hitch-hiking a couple of times. The album deals with the fear of losing loved ones, of being spurned, of not being true to one-self and one's dreams, of following a dream that turns into a nightmare, and of finding that one's dreams and motivations are fundamentally opposed to those of others. But it is also an album of redemption, and about realizing one's blessings, about 'waking up' to find that while humanity is scarred and unpredictable, it is a humanity that is open to everyone warts and all, and that we need each other. There are some great songs on this album. The opener and the track that follows ("Running Shoes") are wonderful, with blistering sax solo. "Sexual Revolution" is one of the highlights, with a fantastic guitar solo from Clapton. "Go Fishing" is beautiful and emotive, while "Every Stranger's Eyes" is one of Waters' best songs. It all ties together perfectly, except for the title track, which while I can listen to it is the only song I have an inclination to skip. Unfortunately, that is often the only song people heard from this otherwise excellent album. I give it 8.8 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to high 4 PA stars.

 The Wall (A Film by Roger Waters and Sean Evans) by WATERS, ROGER album cover DVD/Video, 2015
4.23 | 24 ratings

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The Wall (A Film by Roger Waters and Sean Evans)
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Review by uribreitman

4 stars After Alan Parker's film and the Berlin political show, what can Roger Waters do to excite us, Pink Floyd veterans? well, it seems that quite a bit. First, the visual presentation is absolutely stunning: Waters uses cutting-edge 3D projection techonology to transform the huge wall into a virtual reality platform. The projections are utterly captivating, moving around the stage like it was real, making our eyes wonder if it's real or some kind of trickerry. It's a sight to behold. Waters uses every magic in his vault to include modern political references, satire and social commentary. This is the main reason to get the blu-ray edition (don't settle for DVD, it's not good enough, sorry).

So it's a huge show and it's visually very satisfying. In the musical department, there's not much room to improve, really. OK, the audio quality is much betterh than Berlin or the 80s, easily. But although the mix if fine and the performance of Dave Kilminister and Snowy White is superb, it doesn't really innovate. Roger's vocal performance has deteriorated because of his age, so most of the time he's using playback, which is a sad sight to see.

The live footage wasn't good enough for Rog, apparntly, so he's added a sad and gloomy documentary, which sometimes interrupts the show and makes us wish it won't. Honestly, the docu parts should have been dumped into the "EXTRAS" section of the product. Too many graves, too many dull moments, too many "Sad old Roger" talking about war like a really old man.

So if you're considering getting the blu-ray version, enjoy the stage spectacle but don't expect to be thrilled with the docu bits, thrown here in there to make stuff more "serious-looking". The Wall show in its 2010-2013 version was really a fine audio-visual production, but it has been slightly marred by Roger's car trip around Western Europe, looking for dead people in the grass.

 The Wall (A Film by Roger Waters and Sean Evans) by WATERS, ROGER album cover DVD/Video, 2015
4.23 | 24 ratings

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The Wall (A Film by Roger Waters and Sean Evans)
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Review by rdtprog
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4 stars This concert film is not only appealing because of the music of "The Wall" presented by Roger Waters and his band, but because of the story behind the stage. The story reveals the anti-war message and the movie offer to the viewer other surroundings than the actual stage. But don't worry, we have the complete show here. The fact that it was not only a concert made me appreciate more the music of "The Wall" which has never been my favorite Pink Floyd album. The visuals are spectacular in this super production with the big wall, the lights mainly in the red color and the projections on the screen. The musicians are almost out of the picture, except Roger. The surround "atmospheric" sound place you in the show. And on top of that, you can watch this in plenty of languages choices with the subtitles, while this is more important in the extras with the documentary. In the extras, you can see David Gilmour played "Comfortably Numb" on top of the wall. My favorite parts of the show are the atmospheric songs outside the typical rock songs of the "Another Brick in The Wall" suite. The story behind the concept of "The Wall" is beyond the simple anti-war message, but is also based on the concept of alienation that humans fear in their lives in general. The idea of Roger Waters to dedicated this show to the people who have died in the war is really touching considering the fact that his father and grandfather died in this situation so that his universal message of peace has a personal resonance on him. Recommended not only to music listeners, but also those who enjoy a good musical movie.
 The Wall (The Soundtrack From A Film by Roger Waters and Sean Evans) by WATERS, ROGER album cover Live, 2015
3.75 | 19 ratings

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The Wall (The Soundtrack From A Film by Roger Waters and Sean Evans)
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Review by Shad

3 stars Well, I believe that The Wall is one of the greatest and grandest music works of the XX century, but I doubt I would have fallen in love with it had this been the original. It is abrasive and to my ears is not as captivating or monolithic or smooth as it was captured on another live show Is There Anybody Out There - The Wall Live 1980-81. I don't like new sound effects, keyboard and guitar tones which are used and additions to the original. I think that the show itself is fantastic and I enjoyed the movie, but since this review is about the soundtrack only three stars.
 Amused To Death by WATERS, ROGER album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.95 | 383 ratings

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Amused To Death
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Review by SteveG

4 stars Will the real genius behind Pink Floyd please stand up?

That, in a nutshell, was one of the main points that the warring factions between the two Pink Floyd camps were fighting over in the late eighties and early nineties. This madness also carried over to the fans of the Gilmour led Floyd and the fans of the self exiled Roger Waters.

This hero worship mixed with brand loyalty really deprived Waters and Floyd fans of more objective views of their output, which I, being not being a particular fan of either, hope to place in a more objective context. (No artistic view can be totally devoid of subjectivism, but this is probably as close as one can get.)

Let's recap. The Gilmour led Floyd by the time of this album's release produced two soulless and forgettable albums in A Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell . Water's, up this juncture, produced the stiffly awkward Pros And Cons of Hitchhiking and the chaotic Radio KAOS.

The score so far: zero/zero.

Then, low and behold, Waters produced this memorable offering from 1992 called Amused To Death. Teamed up ace guitarist Jeff Beck and keyboard player/arranger/producer Patrick Leonard, Waters returns with an album that sports some of the best work offered by any current or post Floyd member since the Wall in 1979.

Unfortunately, the loose concept of Amused to Death is again Water's main political concern: a world run amok with war and violence. A theme heard many times before by Mr. Waters, but at least it's a coherent theme this time around.

The first five songs on this album, The Ballad Of Bill Hubbard, What God Wants part 1, Perfect Sense parts 1 and 2, and The Bravery Of Being Out of Range are absolutely killer. Great melodic hooks, wonderful lead and backing vocals from Katie Kissoon and Doreen Chanter, and some absolutely fantastic lead guitar work from Beck. These songs simply rock.

By the time we get to songs 6 and 7, Late Home Tonight parts 1 and 2, respectively, Water's switches over to a softer ballad approach with Michael Kamen supplying a moving string arrangement that forgoes the his typical Floyd scores that evoke confusion and nightmare and support Water's heart felt vocals with an equally heartfelt orchestral score that is effective, but never overpowering.

Where Waters, and Amused to Death start going south is with the following songs that bracket a welcome reprise of What God Wants parts 2 and 3, that sport overlong verbiage and crawl at a musical snail's pace: Too Much Rope, Watching TV (completely overlong and dragging), Three Wishes and It's A Miracle would probably have been better tolerated if Water's ended the album with a song that was either climatic, dramatic or cathartic. Unfortunately, the album's title track is none of those things. There is nothing on the scale of Eclipse, The Trail, or Rick Wright's ethereal closing to Shine On part 2 here. Just another 'anti war/silly human race' song as a recap.

It's always hard not to think that the old Floyd that once contained Waters would have made this album a 5 star classic. However, the hard fact is that Roger Waters, for all his creative talent as evidenced here, is not and was not Pink Floyd, as also evidenced here, and the best rating this album can garner from me is 4 stars, rounded off from 3.5. It's the best Roger could do solo, that being well off his former band's high watermarks. However, it's still light years ahead of his former Pink Floyd associate's eighties and nineties output.

 The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking by WATERS, ROGER album cover Studio Album, 1984
3.01 | 269 ratings

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The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking
Roger Waters Crossover Prog

Review by SteveG

3 stars The pros and cons of hitchhiking yourself away from Pink Floyd.

Trying to disentangle Roger Water's first real solo album from the entire 'He abandoned Pink Floyd' soap opera of the mid eighties is difficult to do. Even 30+ years later. Yes, it's been that long.

For those who don't know the background to this album, the concept was initially offered to Floyd to record along with the concept of the Wall. The band rejected the former, and the rest is history, as they say. So after the big split, Roger walked away with this concept of an album under his arm, and went to work. Enlisted were guitar god Eric Clapton, keyboard player and arranger Michael Kamen, along with David Sanborn on sax.

The vibe of this album is blues based so the inclusion of Clapton probably seemed like a good idea to Water's at the time, and he does help. But it's Sanborn that really gets the album to swing at times. And of course, there are the female background singers oohing in the choruses.

What this album documents is what Water's once contributed to the sound of Pink Floyd, especially on the albums Animals and The Wall, and The Final Cut, obviously. The songs on this album are far from mediocre. But unlike songs like Mother, from the Wall, they simply lack the musical gravitas that co visionary and co musical director David Gilmour gave to them. And there's nothing here to rival the punch of Pigs, the majestic flights of fancy of Comfortably Numb (co wriiten with Gilmour), or the dark abyss brought into the light on Hey You. What we do get is Water's 'Hey Laddie' persona that only goes so far in being entertaining and, more importantly, musically satisfying.

If listening to The Final Cut was akin to listening to The Wall deprived of coherent song structure, then listening to The Pros And Cons Of Hitchhiking is akin to listening to The Wall deprived of it's musical highlights.

So, is it possible to disentangle Roger Water's solo output from that of Pink Floyd 30+ years later? No.

Water's is one part of an equation where the sum was greater than the parts. That's all. Nothing more. Nothing less. That is what The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking documents, for all times. If you don't believe that, than I suggest you listen to David Gilmour's solo albums and see what part of the equation he's equal to or remiss at.

Water's would go on to redeem himself eventually with the excellent Amused To Death album in 1992.

It would be the closest he would get to being whole. But still only close.

3 stars for an album that still has many pros and cons 30+ years later, and could never have been any better than it was.

 The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking by WATERS, ROGER album cover Studio Album, 1984
3.01 | 269 ratings

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The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking
Roger Waters Crossover Prog

Review by Tristan Zaba

4 stars Really 3.5

I actually love this album so much. Judged objectively, I can't say it's musically amazing like some of his other works, but the crazily convoluted concept makes for just as effective lyrics (which is really why we listen to Roger).

Before I get into the review I'll give everyone some background info. Most people know that after the fiasco that was the 1977 In The Flesh tour, Pink Floyd took some time off to recharge their creative batteries. Roger Waters went back home and made some really angsty demos in his shed that eventually became the wall. What a lot of people don't know is that he actually recorded all the demos for this album as well. When he came back to show everything to his band mates, he gave them the option to do one or the other, and whatever they didn't choose would be his first solo album.

And so Roger Waters did The Wall, The Final Cut, and took off to make this. You can hear exactly what he wants this album to be from the get-go; something to upstage The Wall (which it doesn't). It has more sound effects, more crazy screaming, a pretty interesting concept, and just generally a hell of a lot crammed into one album (lyrically at least).

Conceptually the album takes place inside dreams within dreams (think inception, but without a plot), going steadily deeper and deeper inside Reg's (the protagonist) psyche to show his deepest emotional weaknesses and fears. If you take a minute to think about going on a journey through Roger Waters' subconscious, you'll understand why this album is so f$%king weird. Furthermore, just like The Wall, The Final Cut, and Amused To Death, it's going to take you a while to interpret the lyrics and understand what you're listening to.

And so I leave only the music to be discussed, which is where this album suffers. I personally think that the delivery is impeccable and could not have been done better. However, the music itself doesn't have enough variance to be as strong as The Final Cut (which is what it comes closest to). In bits with heavy, confusing narrative, its seems as though Roger opts to keep it purposefully repetitive in order to not distract the listener too much from the lyrics. That being said, it does sometimes work. There are even short glimmers that reach the heights of The Wall.

Hopefully that makes you want to listen to the album, because I personally think it deserves more ears than it has. It's also the first Roger Waters album to be really humorous, and the only Roger Waters album ever to have a happy ending.

 Music From The Body (with Ron Geesin)* by WATERS, ROGER album cover Studio Album, 1970
2.90 | 94 ratings

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

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.

 In The Flesh (DVD) by WATERS, ROGER album cover DVD/Video, 2001
4.29 | 130 ratings

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In The Flesh (DVD)
Roger Waters Crossover Prog

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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