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Amused to Death

Amused to Death

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by Roger Waters

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War is Roger Waters' great muse, the impetus for so much of his work, including the semi-autobiographical 1979 opus The Wall. The Final Cut, his last album with Pink Floyd, functioned as an explicit sequel to The Wall, but 1992's Amused to Death acts as something of a coda, a work where Waters revisits his obsessions -- both musical and


War is Roger Waters' great muse, the impetus for so much of his work, including the semi-autobiographical 1979 opus The Wall. The Final Cut, his last album with Pink Floyd, functioned as an explicit sequel to The Wall, but 1992's Amused to Death acts as something of a coda, a work where Waters revisits his obsessions -- both musical and lyrical -- and ties them together with the masterful touch of a mature artist. Certainly, Waters' narrative of a society filtering all manners of ugliness through a television screen isn't as sci-fi silly as that of its immediate predecessor Radio K.A.O.S., but a greater point in its favor is that it's a richer affair than that stiff, synthesized relic of the late '80s. Working with Patrick Leonard -- a veteran collaborator of Madonna's who also dabbled with the latter-day David Gilmour-led Pink Floyd -- Waters gives Amused to Death forward momentum, an aspect conspicuously absent from the still, meditative The Final Cut and Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking, both of which seemed to be comprised of song poems. The tunes on Amused aren't quite hooky or melodic but they do have structure, as does the production by Waters, Leonard, and Nick Griffiths. The tapestry of found sounds, choirs, televisions, washes of organ, lonely acoustic guitars, and blues leads by Jeff Beck does recall Floyd at their '70s peak, but Amused to Death sounds grander and more expansive; it's a creature of the CD age, using up every one of its available 72 minutes. At this length, it's a mere ten minutes shorter than The Wall, and although it can sometimes feel indulgent, it never feels excessive. Unlike the other two Waters solo albums -- or The Final Cut, which is a Waters project masquerading as a Floyd album -- Amused to Death feels cohesive and complete as an anti-war rock opera. If it winds up being Waters' last original rock album, so be it: it is a masterpiece in the sense that it brings together all of his obsessions in one grand, but not unwieldy, package.

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Performance Credits

Roger Waters   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar
Jeff Beck   Guitar
Rita Coolidge   Vocals
Don Henley   Vocals
Michael Kamen   Conductor
John Patitucci   Bass,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Upright Bass
Andy Fairweather Low   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar
Geoff Whitehorn   Guitar
Marv Albert   Voices
P.P. Arnold   Vocals
Kenneth Bowen   Conductor
Graham Broad   Percussion,Drums
John "Rabbit" Bundrick   Organ,Hammond Organ
Doreen Chanter   Vocals,Background Vocals
B.J. Cole   Steel Guitar
Luis Conte   Percussion
N'Dea Davenport   Vocals,Background Vocals
Rick DiFonzo   Guitar
John Dupree   Conductor
Denny Fongheiser   Drums
Linsey Fiddmont   Vocals
Lynn Fiddmont   Background Vocals
Charles Fleischer   Voices
Bruce Gaitsch   Acoustic Guitar
Jim Haas   Background Vocals
Natalie Jackson   Vocals,Background Vocals
James Johnson   Bass
Jon Joyce   Vocals,Background Vocals
Katie Kisoon   Background Vocals
Katie Kissoon   Vocals
Stan Laurel   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jessica Leonard   Voices,screams
Jordan Leonard   Voices,screams
Patrick Leonard   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Voices
Steve Lukather   Guitar
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
John Pierce   Bass
Tim Pierce   Bass,Guitar,Choir, Chorus
Alf Razzell   Vocals
Steve Sidwell   Cornet
Guo Yi   Dulcimer,Bass,Lute,Oboe,Zhen
Randy Jackson   Bass
Alf Razzelli   Vocals
Brian Macleod   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Roger Waters   Producer
Michael Kamen   Arranger
National Philharmonic Orchestra   Contributor
Jerry Jordan   Engineer
Haydn Bendall   Engineer
John Dupree   Arranger,String Arrangements
Nick Griffiths   Producer,Engineer
Patrick Leonard   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
McLaugh   Engineer
London Welsh Chorale   Contributor
Mark Burdett   Art Direction
Paul M. Martin   Art Direction
Stephen McLaughlan   Engineer

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Amused to Death 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
amused to death is one of the best solo albums ever made by roger waters. the music and words are verryincredaible/ the whole cd is great from the first track to the last/and the track watching tv a duet witheagles member and solo artist don henley gives a verry awesome touch to the album/.will waters may be hitting the big 60 soon. but he shows that he can still make great music and is still going strong
Guest More than 1 year ago
Roger Waters has proven that he is indeed a true artist. I describe the sound as the lunatic from 'The Wall' singing along with the girls from 'Dark Side of the Moon' to the music of 'Division Bell'--and yes, I know that Waters wasn't with Pink Floyd when that album was released. The climax, I believe, is 'Too Much Rope,' where Waters declares that the human species has abused their freedom. Like Syd Barrett, Waters uses his music not as an end in itself, but as a vehicle for a deeper feeling. He breaks expected and commercial boundaries to express his concern for humanity, and though I cynically disagree with him, I love his ideas, and specifically, this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
first of all i just wanna say that this cd rocks.amused to death is one of roger waters best cds.if you dont have it ya gotta get it/second/on live 8 it was great to see roger perfom with pink floyd for the first time in years. will they may not tour but at least waters and the rest of floyd have forgive and foget and moved on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i still remember when this cd hit the stores for the 1st time in august of 1992 / and hearing the 1st single what god wants pt 1 that verry well blew my mind off the ground then i went out and brought the cd and gave it a listen all the way threw and was even more blown away. every song on this cd is a verry well written masterpiece waters has ways of comming up with great music and laryics/the tracks what god wants the bravey of being out of range/and the duet with don henley watching tv are amoung the tracks witch are on this awesome cd/ put out allmost 11 years ago and is still one of roger waters wonderful creations/
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album may be one of the most ''complete'' albums ever recorded. Jeff Beck´s guitarplaying is amongst the best I´ve ever heard, and adds to the already awesome atmosphere. The lyrics are extremely well written, and carry out a message that if we don´t change our ways of life, we will become ''amused to death''. A must have in your cd-collection, no matter what music you normally fancy. This record has something for everyone, and it´s hard not to get touched by it.