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Roger Waters


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3.60 | 164 ratings

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4 stars I just bought this CD 3 weeks ago. I was actually not interested to buy this CD as I think that I've got the DVD, why bother owning the CD? If I want to listen to the music only, I just need to turn my screen off. That's it. But no no no no .. I'm curious to buy the CD. So, I bought it. And .. I found it interesting to enjoy the cd after having seen them on screen.

All songs performed in this CD are excellent. It represents the creative works of ROGER WATERS with and without his Floyd friends. I come to a conclusion that with ROGER WATERS, Pink Floyd 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.

My utmost, top of mind favorite track of this live CD is of course DOGS (eighth track of CD 1). 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!!!

Don't get me wrong. 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".

As far as CD 2 concern, my top favorites are "It's A Miracle" and "Each Small Candle" (the new song by Roger Waters). Again, I don't want to demean other tracks as all of them are excellent as well.

What is the conclusion? Well, as you have seen my rating, this double CD is worth owning it. I never regret to purchase this CD even though I have the DVD format. Enjoying a live CD is giving 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 curiousity reaches the top, then I play the DVD to check it out. For me, having this 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. Gatot Widayanto - Indonesia.

Gatot | 4/5 |


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