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The Wall (1979)

Artist: Pink Floyd
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Format: CD
Sku: 60402982
UPC: 724383124329
UPC 14: 00724383124329
Release Date: 4/25/2000
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. In The Flesh? ~ Pink Floyd
2. Thin Ice, The ~ Pink Floyd
3. Another Brick In The Wall Part 1 ~ Pink Floyd
4. Happiest Days Of Our Lives, The ~ Pink Floyd
5. Another Brick In The Wall Part 2 ~ Pink Floyd
6. Mother ~ Pink Floyd
7. Goodbye Blue Sky ~ Pink Floyd
8. Empty Spaces ~ Pink Floyd
9. Young Lust ~ Pink Floyd
10. One Of My Turns ~ Pink Floyd
11. Don't Leave Me Now ~ Pink Floyd
12. Another Brick In The Wall Part 3 ~ Pink Floyd
13. Goodbye Cruel World ~ Pink Floyd
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Hey You ~ Pink Floyd
2. Is There Anybody Out There? ~ Pink Floyd
3. Nobody Home ~ Pink Floyd
4. Vera ~ Pink Floyd
5. Bring The Boys Back Home ~ Pink Floyd
6. Comfortably Numb ~ Pink Floyd
7. Show Must Go On, The ~ Pink Floyd
8. In The Flesh ~ Pink Floyd
9. Run Like Hell ~ Pink Floyd
10. Waiting For The Worms ~ Pink Floyd
11. Stop ~ Pink Floyd
12. Trial, The ~ Pink Floyd
13. Outside The Wall ~ Pink Floyd
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Pink Floyd: David Gilmour (vocals, guitar); Richard Wright (vocals, keyboards); Roger Waters (vocals, bass); Nick Mason (drums).
Muze PNote Additional personnel: Bruce Johnston, Toni Tenille, Joe Chemay, John Joyce, Stan Farber, Jim Haas, Islington Green School (background vocals).
Muze PNote Producers: Bob Ezrin, David Gilmour, Roger Waters.
Muze PNote Recorded at Superbear Studios, Miravel, France; Producer's Workshop, Los Angeles, California; CBS Studios, New York, New York between April and November 1979.
Muze PNote Digitally remastered by Doug Sax (The Mastering Lab, Los Angeles, California).
Muze PNote Personnel: David Gilmour, Roger Waters (vocals, guitar); Richard Wright (vocals, keyboards); Islington Green School (vocals, background vocals); Jeff Porcaro, Nick Mason (drums); Jon Joyce , John Joyce, Stan Farber, Toni Tennille, Joe Chemay, Bruce Johnston (background vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Remasterer: James Guthrie .
Muze PNote Recording information: CBS, NY (04/1979-11/1979); Hiperbear, France (04/1979-11/1979); Producers Workshop, Los Angeles, CA (04/1979-11/1979).
Muze PNote Unknown Contributor Role: Richard Wright .
Muze PNote The Wall was Roger Waters' crowning accomplishment in Pink Floyd. It documented the rise and fall of a rock star (named Pink Floyd), based on Waters' own experiences and the tendencies he'd observed in people around him. By then, the bassist had firm control of the group's direction, working mostly alongside David Gilmour and bringing in producer Bob Ezrin as an outside collaborator. Drummer Nick Mason was barely involved, while keyboardist Rick Wright seemed to be completely out of the picture. Still, The Wall was a mighty, sprawling affair, featuring 26 songs with vocals: nearly as many as all previous Floyd albums combined. The story revolves around the fictional Pink Floyd's isolation behind a psychological wall. The wall grows as various parts of his life spin out of control, and he grows incapable of dealing with his neuroses. The album opens by welcoming the unwitting listener to Floyd's show ("In the Flesh?"), then turns back to childhood memories of his father's death in World War II ("Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 1"), his mother's over protectiveness ("Mother"), and his fascination with and fear of sex ("Young Lust"). By the time "Goodbye Cruel World" closes the first disc, the wall is built and Pink is trapped in the midst of a mental breakdown. On disc two, the gentle acoustic phrasings of "Is There Anybody Out There?" and the lilting orchestrations of "Nobody Home" reinforce Floyd's feeling of isolation. When his record company uses drugs to coax him to perform ("Comfortably Numb"), his onstage persona is transformed into a homophobic, race-baiting fascist ("In the Flesh"). In "The Trial," he mentally prosecutes himself, and the wall comes tumbling down. This ambitious concept album was an across-the-board smash, topping the Billboard album chart for 15 weeks in 1980. The single "Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2" was the country's best seller for four weeks. The Wall spawned an elaborate stage show (so elaborate, in fact, that the band was able to bring it to only a few cities) and a full-length film. It also marked the last time Waters and Gilmour would work together as equal partners.

Engineer: James Guthrie; John McClure; Nick Griffiths; Patrice Queff; Rick Hart; Ben Rodgers; Brian Christian

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Bruce Johnston
Muze Guest Artist Toni Tennille

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Ultra Dance 8
Muze Music Compilations Live At Knebworth 1990

Associated Artists and Works

The Reggae Tribute To Pink Floyd ~ Artists, Various
Dire Straits
Dub Side Of The Moon ~ Easy Star All-Stars
Dub Side of the Moon ~ Easy Star All-Stars
Us And Them: Symphonic Pink Floyd ~ London Philharmonic Orchestra
Pickin' On Pink Floyd: A Bluegrass Tribute ~ On, Pickin'
Original Soundtrack
Out Of Phase (Rock)
Out of Phase (Rock)
Phase, Out Of
Phase, Out Of (Rock)
Pickin' On Pink Floyd: A Bluegrass Tribute ~ Pickin' On
Prydz, Eric
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays Hits of Pin ~ Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
The Reggae Tribute To Pink Floyd ~ Various Artists
Back Against The Wall ~ Various Artists
The Piano Tribute to Pink Floyd ~ Various Artists
Vitamin String Quartet

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/01/1994
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1979
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : CDEMD 1071
Music Label Name Label : Capitol
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00724383124329

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.116)
- Ranked #87 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "...Hypnotic in its indulgence....Rock-star hubris has never been more electrifying..."

Q (1/03, p.64)
- Included in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums Ever"

CMJ (1/6/03, p.12)
- Included in CMJ's list of "Top 25 College Radio Albums of All Time"

CMJ (1/5/04, p.6)
- Ranked #1 in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1980".

Billboard 9 of 10
...the title [is] apparently symbolic of the separation between performer and audience. There are other analogies that can be made as to the wall's meaning, yet one thing remains constant and that is Floyd's ability to produce interesting music... As usual, Roger Waters' lyrics are a standout and the playing is tight.

Bio

For Over 30 years, Pink Floyd has been one of rock music's most dominant creative and commercial forces. Formed in London, England in 1965, the band released Dark Side Of The Moon in 1973 and became one of pop music's biggest acts, with the record remaining on Billboard's Top 200 album chart longer than any other release in history. Along with 1979's The Wall, it establishes the band as purveyors of a distinct, complex vision that millions of fans continue to embrace. In 1996, the group was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

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