Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall: Live 1980-1981

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First, there were big rock spectacles, then there were huge rock extravaganzas…and then, finally, there was Pink Floyd's THE WALL. This live document, which was recorded over several 1980-81 live performances of the epic sonic journey, may not replicate the dramatic visuals of the show's staging, but it certainly captures the grandiose sweep of the music. And while 20 years -- and countless radio plays of the studio versions of "Another Brick in the Wall" and "Comfortably Numb" -- have elapsed since, there's still something stirring about experiencing the concert performances. This two-disc set also brings fans a pair of songs that didn't make it to the original album....
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
First, there were big rock spectacles, then there were huge rock extravaganzas…and then, finally, there was Pink Floyd's THE WALL. This live document, which was recorded over several 1980-81 live performances of the epic sonic journey, may not replicate the dramatic visuals of the show's staging, but it certainly captures the grandiose sweep of the music. And while 20 years -- and countless radio plays of the studio versions of "Another Brick in the Wall" and "Comfortably Numb" -- have elapsed since, there's still something stirring about experiencing the concert performances. This two-disc set also brings fans a pair of songs that didn't make it to the original album. The furtive "What Shall We Do Now?" was heard briefly in the film version of "The Wall," while the claustrophobic "The Last Few Bricks" originally timed to coincide with the completion of the actual wall that was erected around the band members onstage has never been released in any form. Their inclusion makes IS THERE ANYBODY OUT THERE? a must for any Pink Floyd completist and a remarkable period piece in its own right.
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In releasing this double-length live album of Pink Floyd's elaborate production, both the Roger Waters and David Gilmour-led camps atone for the bitter back-biting fans had endured. As delivered by Waters, Gilmour, Nick Mason, Richard Wright, and a smattering of backup musicians, these renditions are a reminder of how tight this Floyd lineup could be. Among The Wall's major themes are the character's mixed feelings over sex as revealed by "Young Lust," an overprotective mom and the hazards thereof in "Mother," and the decision of the musician's label to drug him up to perform in "Comfortably Numb." Two welcome but ephemeral songs cut from the original studio album, "What Shall We Do Now?" and "The Last Few Bricks" are also included in this release of Waters' sprawling concept.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/18/2000
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646205525
  • Catalog Number: 62055

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pink Floyd Primary Artist
Andy Bown Bass
Snowy White Guitar
Joe Chemay Background Vocals
Stan Farber Background Vocals
Peter Woods Keyboards
Willie Wilson Drums
John Joyce Background Vocals
Gary Yudman Master of Ceremonies
Technical Credits
Roger Waters Composer, Director, Writer
Stiv Bators Sound Crew
Sam Brooks Cover Design
Bob Ezrin Composer
David Gilmour Composer, Musical Director
James Guthrie Producer, Engineer
Andy Quigley Sound Crew
Doug Sax Mastering
Mike Johnson Sound Crew
Storm Thorgerson Cover Design
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Peter Curzon Cover Design
Gerald Scarfe Art Direction
Eric Barnes Sound Crew
Robin Fox Sound Crew
Jerry Wing Sound Crew
Gerry Fradley Sound Crew
Doug Hopkins Engineer
Nick Sedgwick Interviewer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The way live albums should be

    I was extremely impressed with these recordings. The album has a definite live ''effect'' and you can certainly get at least a bit of a taste for what it may have been like to experience the show in person. The version of ''Another Brick In The Wall, Part II'' was especially intriguing as it was a much more upbeat variant with a ''bluesy, loungey'' type feel to it. The bass on ''Young Lust'' (I believe being achieved through a flanger pedal or something similar) made me replay the song several times in a row, it was that interesting.<P> I never saw the band in person and when ''The Wall'' was released I was in high school and not allowed to buy rock albums. Therefore not until college was I able to delve-into Pink Floyd's music and I am still making up for lost time.<P> All in all I rate it as one of my favorites. I consider Pink Floyd without Roger Waters as Led Zeppelin without Jimmy Page, so I consider this album to be the best means to capture the live experience of Pink Floyd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    what a cd.

    this is a verry well livepreformance of pink floyds. the wall.its all good from the first song to the last. and the live version of another brick in the wall pt2. was incrdable. also comftably numb and run like hell a awesome 7 and a half minute version was a awesome treat. u gotta get this cd its awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Better than The Wall original?!?!

    What an awesome album! Maybe even better than the original Wall. The recording is extremely clean, the songs sound just like in the original, only better! Even for people who have never heard the Wall before.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEYOND SUPERB!

    If you liked The Wall as a studio album, I guarantee that you're going to love it live! Some of the songs are slightly longer than on the studio album. You even get to hear the emcee speaking. The package has excellent sound quality ('nuff said) and extravagant artwork (you get a look at the stage, band commentary, cool drawings, etcetera). You have to buy this!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply the best!

    I bought it yesterday and its simply wonderful. I didnt saw the video yet, but i really need to do it. If you haven`t heard it yet let me tell you something: What the heck are you waiting for?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Obviously, obligatory permanent addition to any Floyd collection

    This is the first Pink Floyd live album that really gives a feel of 'being there'--the post-Roger-Waters live sets, Pulse and Delicate Sound of Thunder, sound like studio albums with clapping and wooing pasted on top in comparison. These discs can be listened to start to finish with no snipping evident, and they deliver the honesty of the original shows, minor sound quality warts and all. Fanfare about the 'new songs' here is a bit of an exaggeration, though--'What Shall We Do Now' is in the Wall movie, so most fans are probably already familiar with it, and 'The Last Few Bricks' is just an instrumental medley a la the Overture in Tommy. Several songs in this set are definitive versions however--Comfortably Numb has never been better. The Thin Ice and the Another Brick in the Wall trios sound as if they're being heard for the first time. (Guitar solos in Brick 2 go on and on and on and on.) Run Like Hell and both In the Flesh's exhibit much more raw power than the studio versions, and Outside the Wall is a completely different arrangement courtesy of the tour's miniature male voice choir. The only caveat is that the 'Limited Edition' version may not be worthwhile: the 64 page book includes some interesting photos, but many of the photos, in addition to the gist of Roger Waters' comments in the liner notes, rehash the contents of Waters' 1999 tour program. If you bought the program at the shows, there's no reason not to buy the regular edition of this CD set without the 64-page-book.

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