The Wall (1979)
|Artist: Pink Floyd|
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Pink Floyd: David Gilmour (vocals, guitar); Richard Wright (vocals, keyboards); Roger Waters (vocals, bass); Nick Mason (drums).|
|Additional personnel: Bruce Johnston, Toni Tenille, Joe Chemay, John Joyce, Stan Farber, Jim Haas, Islington Green School (background vocals).|
|Producers: Bob Ezrin, David Gilmour, Roger Waters.|
|Recorded at Superbear Studios, Miravel, France; Producer's Workshop, Los Angeles, California; CBS Studios, New York, New York between April and November 1979.|
|Digitally remastered by Doug Sax (The Mastering Lab, Los Angeles, California).|
|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).|
|Audio Remasterer: James Guthrie .|
|Recording information: CBS, NY (04/1979-11/1979); Hiperbear, France (04/1979-11/1979); Producers Workshop, Los Angeles, CA (04/1979-11/1979).|
|Unknown Contributor Role: Richard Wright .|
|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
Associated Artists and Works
|Release Date : 10/01/1994|
|Original Release Date : 1979|
|Catalog ID : CDEMD 1071|
|Label : Capitol|
|Number of Discs : 2|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00724383124329|
- Ranked #87 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "...Hypnotic in its indulgence....Rock-star hubris has never been more electrifying..."
- Included in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums Ever"
- Included in CMJ's list of "Top 25 College Radio Albums of All Time"
- Ranked #1 in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1980".
BioFor 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.
Customer Reviews of The Wall
A really great CD for any collection3/12/2007
Back in 1979 Pink Floyd released this Album and had two shows in the United States to promote it. One was in New York City and the other show was in Los Angeles. Both shows sold out with in minutes. I bought this album when they were still albums. I owned a cassette player and I wanted to transfer this to cassette tape, the current “other” media since the 8-track tapes were on their way out. I had been a Pink Floyd fan since the mid 70’s so I was a follower. To copy this onto cassette, I had a friend do it for me but he didn’t know who Pink Floyd was or hadn’t ever listened to them prior. He copied it and gave me back the album and the cassettes and told me that he now liked Pink Floyd. Any review can make someone think one way or the other but you really have to be your own judge when it comes to this kind of music. It is true, you really do get what you pay for.
Anybody still out there?9/1/2004
Take a psychotic Sigmund Freud, a cannabalistic Carl Jung, and throw in a bunch of twisted nightmares. What does that concoction yield? Pink Floyd's masterpiece The Wall. Still considered one of the best rock albums to date (right next to Led Zeppelin and The Rolling stones), it is a timeless work of gargantuan proportions. There will never be a rock group that will EVER replicate the sonic thunder, and subtle attacks on the psyche that "The Wall" continues to propogate even today. Truly, one of the best albums of all-time, and, one of the best rock groups that came from jolly old England. I give it a 10-plus.
Excellent...but not their best5/4/2003
Great album! One of, but not their best however. I've read that Roger Waters was the only band member that wanted to record this, so the other 3 memebers weren't that "into" it. David Gilmour does call his guitar solo during "Comfortably Numb" the "greatest piece of music I've ever written,". A must have album for any Pink Floyd fan...I just wouldn't make it my first. Go for "Dark Side of the Moon" or "Wish You Were Here".
The Most Relaxing, Mood Changing Album Ever4/21/2002
I have found that with this album that a persons whole atttude can change as you listen to it.. I have come in from a really bad day at work, thrown in this album an in a matter of minutes my Mood has changed to a more relaxed one. Roger Waters is one of the greatest song writers of our time. I think if he had been around during the Mozart Era he would surely have been right up there with him. I recommend this album to one and all. Then take it home and put it in your CD player, fill your tub with bath oils and your favorite Lady or Man and just kick back and enjoy the experience.
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