Is There Anybody out There? The Wall: Live 1980-1981 [Limited Edition with Book]

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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. This limited-release, deluxe edition comes packaged in a special hardcover book decked out with a flashback-inducing 64 pages of artwork and photos from the original shows.
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Pink Floyd's supporting shows in 1980 and 1981 for Roger Waters' narcissistic, nihilistic epic The Wall are the stuff of rock & roll legend. Throughout the '70s, the band earned the reputation as one of the best live acts in rock & roll -- and not just because they delivered musically, but because they delivered a full-fledged show. They had model planes crashing into the stage, giant inflated pigs hovering around the arena and, of course, astonishing live shows. All of Floyd's showmanship culminated in The Wall, an album that wasn't only a story, it was designed to be a theatrical experience. And that's exactly what Floyd designed, under the direction of Waters and with the assistance of such artisans as animator Gerald Scarfe and stage designers Mark Fisher and Jonathan Park. Waters had a brilliant idea for the show -- an actual wall would be constructed across the stage, and then the band would play behind it, as Scarfe's animations were projected on the wall and giant inflatable puppets danced on stage. Originally, Waters wanted Floyd to perform behind the wall for much of the show, but during the development of the production, it was decided that the wall would be finished at the end of the first act -- in other words, at the end of the first record of the double album-set. The group devised ways to appear during the second half before the wall was torn down at the end -- David Gilmour played his "Comfortably Numb" solo on hydraulics, above the wall, and a hotel room with Waters brooding in a chair appeared during "Nobody Home." Nevertheless, the importance of the group, as such, was diminished. As they readily admitted, it could have been anybody playing behind that wall, and they did augment their lineup with guitarists Snowy White for the 1980 tour and Andy Roberts the 1981 tour, bassist Andy Brown, drummer Willie Wilson, and Peter Woods. At the end, it didn't really matter who was playing, since the entire Wall extravaganza was about the experience. And, from all accounts, it was one hell of an experience -- how could it not be, with actual theatre, film, music, and huge dancing puppets all added to the spectacle of a regular Floyd show? Pink Floyd knew they had something special, something worth preserving, and they intended to do so with a concert film, possibly book-ended with filmed narratives. That plan didn't come to fruition because the footage was botched. How could it not be? Not only were the crew trying to capture a production that was about the theatrical experience, much of the later portion of the show would have been film of a film, as Gerald Scarfe's animations were projected on the cardboard bricks. So, the film mutated into the solemn, scarily sober Alan Parker film that became an '80s cult favorite, while live documentation of The Wall remained the province of bootlegs. Until the 2000 release of Is There Anybody out There?, that is. Skillfully edited together from the handful of Wall shows Floyd performed between 1980 and 1981 much of the recordings reportedly date from shows at Earl's Court in London, the album replicates The Wall live -- which, of course, was a replication of the record, only with visuals. There are two songs not on the record -- "What Shall We Do Now?," a tune pulled from the record at the 11th hour early pressings still listed it on the sleeve, plus "The Last Few Bricks," which was an instrumental at the end of the first act that gave the crew time to finish building the wall -- but they really add no revelations. There are no revelations at all, actually, with the possible exception of the layered harmonies on "Outside the Wall," which makes this coda seem like a full-fledged song. Other than that, there are minor differences, from Gilmour guitar solos to Waters' vocal phrasing, but this plays exactly like the record. There are still the sonic details, spoken word pieces, and found noises, too -- the only difference is that there is some crowd noise, a few intros from the "Master of Ceremonies," and an ever so slightly rougher fidelity. Since the show was so rigidly structured, there was no opportunity for the band to stretch out and jam something they were very good at, apart from a handful of slightly extended endings. All of this means, naturally, that Is There Anybody out There? is The Wall by any other name, and that it isn't for anybody but Floyd fanatics -- the kind that thrill to the little details, the little differences that separate this from the studio album, plus the lavish packaging not just on the limited edition, either; the regular issue has two extensive booklets filled with new interviews by the band and associates. Will this disappoint the less-dedicated listener? Not necessarily, since it is a sharp, professional record -- and anybody that is familiar with The Wall will likely enjoy it as it's playing. The question is, how often will you put the record on? After all, anyone that will purchase Is There Anybody out There? will already have The Wall, and if they want to hear the piece, they'll listen to the studio recording since it is the original, full-realized version of the work. That doesn't really diminish the worth of Is There Anybody out There?, since it is a solid record, but it hardly makes it a necessary album, either. [Is There Anybody out There?
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/18/2000
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646205822
  • Catalog Number: 62058

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 MC:Atomos
  2. 2 In The Flesh?
  3. 3 The Thin Ice
  4. 4 Another Brick In The Wall - Part 1
  5. 5 The Happiest Days Of Our Lives
  6. 6 Another Brick In The Wall - Part 2
  7. 7 Mother
  8. 8 Goodbye Blue Sky
  9. 9 Empty Spaces
  10. 10 What Shall We Do Now?
  11. 11 Young Lust
  12. 12 One Of My Turns
  13. 13 Don't Leave Me Now
  14. 14 Another Brick In The Wall - Part 3
  15. 15 The Last Few Bricks
  16. 16 Goodbye Cruel World
Disc 2
  1. 1 Hey You
  2. 2 Is There Anybody Out There?
  3. 3 Nobody Home
  4. 4 Vera
  5. 5 Bring The Boys Back Home
  6. 6 Comfortably Numb
  7. 7 The Show Must Go On
  8. 8 MC:Atomos
  9. 9 In The Flesh
  10. 10 Run Like Hell
  11. 11 Waiting For The Worms
  12. 12 Stop
  13. 13 The Trial
  14. 14 Outside The Wall
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pink Floyd Primary Artist
Roger Waters Vocals
Andy Bown Bass
Nick Mason Vocals
Snowy White Guitar
Richard Wright Vocals
Joe Chemay Background Vocals
Stan Farber Background Vocals
David Gilmour Vocals
Jim Haas Background Vocals
Peter Woods Keyboards
Willie Wilson Drums
John Joyce Background Vocals
Gary Yudman Master of Ceremonies
Technical Credits
Roger Waters Composer, Director
Rick Hart Engineer
Bob Ezrin Composer
David Gilmour Composer, Musical Director
Greg Walsh Engineer
Gerald Scarfe Art Direction
Seth Goldman Monitor Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Better than The Original

    vocals are better than the original. more harmony. the guitar solos are extended. but the best part is hearing Rodger Waters go crazy on "Run Like Hell." After listening to this, the original Wall mediocer to the brilliance of this album. Recomened for all pink floyd fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    New but no good

    I thought it was not nearly as good as the original ''The Wall''.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    tripping:

    let the music show you the way to freedom............relax ,enjoy!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Big Pink Floyd Fan !!!

    If you like this, you'll love these The R. Waters album ''Pros & Cons of Hitchhiking'' was the alternate idea for ''The Wall'' But the band decided to go through with what we all know as the wall, so Roger recorded the album solo with Eric Clapton on guitar. A VERY GOOD ALBUM

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Superb re-creation of ''The Wall''

    This album is a must have for all Floyd Fans. Roger Waters, Dave Gilmour, and the backup singers' stunning vocals are still great, Rick Wright and Peter Wood's Keyboards are rocking and rolling like the Hammond B-3 and the Arp Synthesizers, Dave Gilmour, Snowy White, and Andy Roberts' guitars are the best, Nick Mason and Willie Wilsons drums are loud, and Roger Waters and Andy Brown's bass guitars are loud enough to be heard. This re-creation of The Wall even has a few bricks added in, like the 2 new songs, ''What Shall We Do Now'' a song featured on ''The Wall'' Movie, and ''The Last Few Bricks'' a medley of tunes performed earlier, it was used to give the builders more time to finish building the wall during the show. And especially them humourous intros to both parts of In The Flesh. Another Brick In The Wall Pts. 1 and 2, Mother, Young Lust, Comfortably Numb, The Show Must Go On, Run Like Hell, The Trial, and Outside The Wall have been extended very much, and also very much better that the original. So basically all I'm trying to say is ''GET THIS ALBUM!!!!''

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent

    The Wall was only performed live 29 times. This superb 2 CD set captures all of the magic of the Floyd at their greatest. They rock hard through the concert - David Gilmour has never sounded better as he jams his way through Young Lust and Comfortably Numb. Roger Watters exhuberance shines throughout his masterpiece. The book has fantastic artwork and some interesting historical trivia, but could have used more in depth commentary from the band. Is there a reunion out there?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worthy Addition For Pink Floyd Fans!

    I found this limited edition 2cd set to be highly enjoyable. The performance is great and a nice change from the studio album. I don't think any of the tracks are better than the studio versions but the performance is still excellent. The sound quality for a twenty year old analog recording is great but a little hissy at times and the drums sound somewhat thin compared to Folyd's Pulse live album. The limited edition comes in the form of a book which has high quality pictures and text which gives the reader pure joy! I would highly advise any serious Pink Floyd fan to buy this album! The limited edition is worth the extra money!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Save your money!!

    Great stuff, but nothing new here. Pretty much same as the original cd. If you don't have the original get this, if you do have it don't bother. Just another remastering (repackaging!!)from Columbia.

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