Back Against the Wall

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
One of the most popular, and analyzed, rock albums ever is undoubtedly Pink Floyd's 1979 sprawling masterpiece The Wall. Although the definitive version remains the aforementioned studio album, there has also been a 1982 movie starring a pre-Live Aid Bob Geldof, and two separate live albums -- one by Roger Waters in 1990 The Wall: Live in Berlin, 1990 and the other a delayed release of Pink Floyd performances from the early '80s 2000s Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall: Live 1980-1981. So you think that would be the last we heard from The Wall, right? Think again. A multitude of classic rockers/prog rockers have united to cover The Wall in its entirety, under the title ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
One of the most popular, and analyzed, rock albums ever is undoubtedly Pink Floyd's 1979 sprawling masterpiece The Wall. Although the definitive version remains the aforementioned studio album, there has also been a 1982 movie starring a pre-Live Aid Bob Geldof, and two separate live albums -- one by Roger Waters in 1990 The Wall: Live in Berlin, 1990 and the other a delayed release of Pink Floyd performances from the early '80s 2000s Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall: Live 1980-1981. So you think that would be the last we heard from The Wall, right? Think again. A multitude of classic rockers/prog rockers have united to cover The Wall in its entirety, under the title Back Against the Wall. Led by producer Billy Sherwood, a rotating case of musicians was assembled to make anyone with a well-worn copy of Tales of Topographic Oceans drool with excitement -- Yes' Rick Wakeman, Chris Squire, Alan White, and Geoffrey Downes; King Crimson's Adrian Belew, Tony Levin, and John Wetton; Styx's Tommy Shaw; ELP's Keith Emerson, and Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, among countless others. Interestingly though, it can be argued that The Wall was Pink Floyd's least "progressive" album, as the group focused on tight song structures -- obviously inspired by the then burgeoning new wave and punk movements. The performances are expectedly spot-on and it's quite impressive how they re-created all the sound effects/spoken word bits so precisely, and stick very close to the originals -- except for a Chris Squire-led take of "Comfortably Numb," which adds a few extra bits. With an ever-increasing overabundance of versions of The Wall to choose from, you've got to wonder if Back Against the Wall was necessary at all.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2005
  • Label: Cleopatra
  • UPC: 741157153521
  • Catalog Number: 1535
  • Sales rank: 115,102

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 In the Flesh? (3:19)
  2. 2 The Thin Ice (2:29)
  3. 3 Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 1 (3:14)
  4. 4 Goodbye Blue Sky (1:43)
  5. 5 The Happiest Days of Our Lives (4:02)
  6. 6 Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2 (5:58)
  7. 7 Mother (2:44)
  8. 8 Empty Spaces (2:08)
  9. 9 Young Lust (4:18)
  10. 10 One of My Turns (3:35)
  11. 11 Don't Leave Me Now (4:08)
  12. 12 Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 3 (1:39)
  13. 13 Goodbye Cruel World (1:00)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Hey You (4:43)
  2. 2 Is There Anybody Out There? (2:39)
  3. 3 Nobody Home (3:11)
  4. 4 Vera (1:22)
  5. 5 Bring the Boys Back Home (1:04)
  6. 6 Comfortably Numb (6:51)
  7. 7 The Show Must Go On (1:39)
  8. 8 In the Flesh (4:19)
  9. 9 Run Like Hell (5:09)
  10. 10 Waiting for the Worms (3:59)
  11. 11 Stop (0:33)
  12. 12 The Trial (5:19)
  13. 13 Outside the Wall (1:46)
  14. 14 Isn't This Where We Came In?
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pink Floyd Primary Artist
Rick Wakeman Piano
Ian Anderson Flute, Vocals
Adrian Belew Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Steve Howe Acoustic Guitar
Ronnie Montrose Guitar
Steve Morse Guitar
Chris Squire Bass, Vocals
John Wetton Bass, Vocals
Dweezil Zappa Guitar
Keith Emerson Organ, Keyboards
Tommy Shaw Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
Fee Waybill Vocals
Elliot Easton Guitar
Malcolm McDowell Vocals
Aynsley Dunbar Drums
Gregg Bissonette Drums
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Geoffrey Downes Keyboards
Larry Fast Keyboards
Tony Franklin Bass
John Giblin Bass
Gary Green Guitar, Electric Guitar
Tony Kaye Keyboards
Bob Kulick Electric Guitar
Tony Levin Bass, Stick
Alex Ligertwood Background Vocals
Steve Lukather Guitar, Vocals
Del Palmer Bass
Steve Porcaro Keyboards
Mike Porcaro Bass
Jay Schellen Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals, Snare Drums
Billy Sherwood Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Orchestral Keyboards
Jim Ladd Narrator
Michael Sherwood Vocals, Background Vocals
Jordan Berliant Acoustic Guitar
Robby Krieger Guitar
Technical Credits
Eric Jordan Engineer
Bob Kulick Producer
Ken Latchney Engineer
Billy Sherwood Producer, Engineer
Jim Ladd Contributor
Kris Solem Mastering
Giovanni Rodríguez Art Direction
Rob Aubrey Engineer
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