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In the Flesh Live
     

In the Flesh Live

3.3 8
by Roger Waters
 

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As the self-professed torchbearer for the spirit of Pink Floyd, the band's deposed cofounder has been tireless in his tinkering with their legacy, retrofitting it with personal touches and furthering it in his subsequent solo work. On this two-disc live set, Waters concentrates on material from the Floyd's most commercially viable period,

Overview

As the self-professed torchbearer for the spirit of Pink Floyd, the band's deposed cofounder has been tireless in his tinkering with their legacy, retrofitting it with personal touches and furthering it in his subsequent solo work. On this two-disc live set, Waters concentrates on material from the Floyd's most commercially viable period, spanning, roughly, Dark Side of the Moon to The Wall. Does he add anything relevant to the much-heard songs in the process? Well, yes and no. Although the basic structures of etched-in-the-consciousness songs such as "Another Brick in the Wall" and "Comfortably Numb" remain essentially unchanged, the scope of Waters's new arrangements -- which include multiple guitars and massed vocals -- are considerably wider than even the cinematic sounds of the originals. In the Flesh doesn't merely trot out radio staples, however. Less obvious pieces such as "Dogs" and the Saucerful of Secrets stunner "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" (which makes the most of the interplay between Waters and fellow string-slingers Snowy White and Andy Fairweather-Low) add senses of surprise and portent. The second disc starts to drag a bit when Waters slogs through a series of songs from his Amused to Death album, but when those give way to resolute versions of "Brain Damage" and "Eclipse," the heady mood returns in a big way.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Roger Waters' tours of the U.S. during the summers of 1999 and 2000 were a pleasant surprise, since the reclusive rocker had not toured since 1987. In his liner notes to this two-CD set drawn from those performances, Waters does not shy away from discussing his antipathy to big concert venues. But he makes a distinction between stadiums and arenas, and he also notes that he found himself becoming more comfortable in the role of a frontman. This more personable Roger Waters isn't what comes across on the album, but the closer relationship he perceives to his audience is nevertheless palpable. As the man who wrote Pink Floyd's lyrics, he is far more concerned with their meaning than his old bandmates, and his singing is emphasized without robbing the music of its magisterial power. In fact, with a band boasting several guitarists to make up for the lack of David Gilmour, Waters effectively re-creates the sound of his Pink Floyd work, which dominates the set list. The album contains only five selections out of 24 from Waters' solo albums: one track from The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking and four from Amused to Death, with Radio K.A.O.S. left out completely. He does not choose the most obvious solo material, but he makes his selections work, especially "Perfect Sense (Pts. I & 2)" and "It's a Miracle," from Amused to Death. A new song, "Each Small Candle," finds him still obsessed with world problems, but seemingly more optimistic. Waters had seemed to allow his anger about Pink Floyd's continuance without him to keep him from claiming his own part of their legacy. His 1999-2000 touring changed that, and In the Flesh Live makes the point for those who couldn't get to the shows.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/05/2000
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998523524
catalogNumber:
85235
Rank:
56933

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roger Waters   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Band
Andy Fairweather Low   Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Band
Snowy White   Guitar,Band
P.P. Arnold   Vocals,Band
Graham Broad   Drums,Band
Jon Carin   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Band,Lap Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Percussion
Katie Kissoon   Vocals,Band
Susannah Melvoin   Vocals
Andy Wallace   Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Band
Doyle Bramhall   Guitar,Vocals,Band
Katie Kisson   Vocals

Technical Credits

Roger Waters   Composer,Liner Notes
Nick Mason   Composer
Richard Wright   Composer
Jon Carin   Programming
Guy Charbonneau   Engineer
David Gilmour   Composer
James Guthrie   Producer,Engineer
Charlie Bouis   Engineer
Chris Hudson   Cover Design
Ted Barela   Engineer
Ian Charbonneau   Engineer

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In the Flesh Live 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
AlwaysTrue More than 1 year ago
BOYCOTT ANYTHING BY ROGER WATERS. HE'S AN ANTI-SEMITE WHO IS BOYCOTTING ISRAEL. FIGHT BIGOTRY. Anyone who sides with Waters should go live in a Muslim country like Afghanistan or even the Palestinian territories - the darling of Waters' - where Christians are being murdered and churches burned. And Mr. Waters should lead the way. Join the Boyles in Afghanistan, prisoners since they were arrested for the crime of hiking in Afghanistan. But the main reason to boycott any music projects by Waters is that his music sucks. It was David Gilmour who was the musical genius of Pink Floyd. Plus, Waters can't sing to save his life anymore.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Again Roger Waters writes a powerfull new song, one candle. If you could hear someones soul, this is it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not picky, I love the CD, Especially "Perfect Sense" Part 1
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album could very well be seen as a celebration album containing many classic Floyd tunes and a new song by Waters ''Each Small Candle''. The music is nicely arranged and contains a variety of songs from early Pink Floyd such as ''Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun'' to later works by Waters such as ''Its a Miracle''. Roger Waters as long as he's been around still manages to bring his fans through a musical journey unlike anyother.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great sequence of music in a very different order, the guitar players are almost as good as gilmour himself, the greatest part was the transition from get your filthy hands off my desert to south hampton dock. so beautifully played.
Guest More than 1 year ago
please remember that what we look for in a SACD review is the surround sound, the remastering of the CD not the review of the original music or what you think of pink floyd music!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album was a technological oddity that disappointed me. As both a Pink Floyd fan (anything made after Waters left, I ignored) and a Roger Waters fan i was disappointed yet again when Waters' band butchered EVERY Floyd song they attempted to perform. They hit every one of Waters songs from his solo career right on the money (no pun intended), but failed in every other aspect with needless and random guitar solos and a butchered version of "Dogs" that included TERRIBLE vocals.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago