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Roger Waters


Crossover Prog

2.37 | 134 ratings

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4 stars Great to have such a different version of this album.

Bringing in a number of 80s-era celebrities to sing on various tracks, this live concert gives a different new feel to The Wall. While this is not as good as the Floyd live version from 1981 ('Is There Anybody Out There'), it is a welcome addition to both the Waters and Floyd catalogues. Waters had said he would only perform The Wall again if the Berlin Wall came down, and so when it did, he moved to stage this one-off concert. This is really a global effort, with the concert in Berlin, and numerous musicians and singers from all over the world (including The Military Orchestra of the Soviet Army playing, miraculously, on 'Bring the Boys Back Home' etc). Among the various guests, the Scorpions play In the Flesh, Joni Mitchell sings Goodbye Blue Sky, Ute Lemper sings on On the Thin Ice, Cindy Lauper sings on Another Brick in the Wall, Bryan Adams sings Young Lust, Sinead O'Connor sings on Mother, and The Band sing on a number of the tunes. It is like a tribute album, but with Roger Waters still there directly everything. Instead of 'Outside the Wall', Waters instead substitutes "The Tide is Turning" from his Radio Kaos album, with multiple guests all together on that one. All in all, great performances, and very feel-good, if perhaps a little celebrity navel-gazing. It is a bit difficult to rate this one, given its unique status, but also the fact there are even better versions of this live out there. On balance, I would suggest 8.4 out of 10 on my 10-piont scale, which translates to 4 PA stars.

Walkscore | 4/5 |


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