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IN THE FLESH (DVD)

Roger Waters

 

Crossover Prog

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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

Gatot | 5/5 |

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