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All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
Amused to Death is a solid album both conceptually and musically, showcasing Waters as an artist who, like his work with Pink Floyd, conveys his thoughts and ideals with pinpoint accuracy so that they are engraved within his audience's mind. With this album, Waters touches heavily on the dangers of capitalism, the insensitivity of the human race, the ridiculousness of war, and the onslaught of mindless entertainment that encroaches on mankind on a day-to-day basis. Fitting all these aspects into 14 songs is a task in itself, but accomplishing this task alongside music that is forceful and appealing is extremely difficult, and still Waters succeeds in doing this throughout ...
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All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
Amused to Death is a solid album both conceptually and musically, showcasing Waters as an artist who, like his work with Pink Floyd, conveys his thoughts and ideals with pinpoint accuracy so that they are engraved within his audience's mind. With this album, Waters touches heavily on the dangers of capitalism, the insensitivity of the human race, the ridiculousness of war, and the onslaught of mindless entertainment that encroaches on mankind on a day-to-day basis. Fitting all these aspects into 14 songs is a task in itself, but accomplishing this task alongside music that is forceful and appealing is extremely difficult, and still Waters succeeds in doing this throughout the duration of the album. "The Ballad of Bill Hubbard" is a moving spoken intro from Alf Razzell, a former member of Britain's Royal Fusiliers. A stab at the false sense of security that lies within religion is dealt with on the powerful "What God Wants, Pt. 1," and the cowardice of the world's leaders is addressed in "The Bravery of Being Out of Range," one of the albums most blatant tracks. Guest guitarist Jeff Beck rises to the occasion on a number of songs here, and both Rita Coolidge and Don Henley fill in behind and beside Waters on a couple of the longer tunes. Ending with the title track, a song that sums up the whole of the album with it's subtle yet hard-hitting demeanor, Waters proves that he can still reveal his conceptual ideas with pristine clarity, only on Amused to Death, the music is as equally entertaining and effective.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/1/1992
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074644712728
  • Catalog Number: 47127

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roger Waters Primary Artist, 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, 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, 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
Marv Albert Contributor
Haydn Bendall Engineer
John Dupree Arranger, String Arrangements
Charles Fleischer Contributor
Nick Griffiths Producer, Engineer
Jessica Leonard Contributor
Jordan Leonard Contributor
Patrick Leonard Arranger, Programming, Producer, Contributor, Vocal Arrangements
McLaugh Engineer
Doug Sax Mastering
London Welsh Chorale Contributor
Mark Burdett Art Direction
Paul M. Martin Art Direction
Ron Lewter Mastering
Stephen McLaughlan Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    get amused

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    amused and amazing

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the greatest amusment of all time

    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/

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing atmosphere, message and guitarplaying...

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    true art from the creator of The Wall

    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.

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