Wall: Live in Berlin

The Wall: Live in Berlin

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by Roger Waters
     
 

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Nobody really expected the Berlin Wall to come down in 1989, and so suddenly. Roger Waters especially, because he had once made a promise never to perform The Wall again after the 1980 tour until the bricks fell in Berlin. But they did, and Waters had no intention to renege on his promise. The Wall became a star-studded…  See more details below

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Nobody really expected the Berlin Wall to come down in 1989, and so suddenly. Roger Waters especially, because he had once made a promise never to perform The Wall again after the 1980 tour until the bricks fell in Berlin. But they did, and Waters had no intention to renege on his promise. The Wall became a star-studded megaconcert to benefit the Memorial Fund for Disaster Relief, with larger bricks, bigger inflatable puppets, and a larger audience than any of the original Pink Floyd shows. There was always a contradiction in performing such a personal work in a stadium setting, but here it becomes especially acute when opening up the vocal tasks to a variety of artists. Bryan Adams is actually an astute choice for the cock rock swagger of "Young Lust," but Cyndi Lauper ruins the spare funk of "Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2" with over-enthusiastic yelping. And you'll definitely want to skip Jerry Hall's reading of the background dialog before "One of My Turns" ("Oh my gawd, what a fabulous room! Are all these your guitars?" -- a piece known word for word by every Floyd fan out there), as she seems unaware that a microphone can be used for amplification. By running through the album track by track, a lot of the effect of the live versions wears thin, as it invites constant comparison to the studio album. But the trial scene is handled well, with Albert Finney, Tim Curry, Marianne Faithfull, Thomas Dolby, and Ute Lemper taking on the characters in Waters' psychological drama. It's fun, a nice document, but only makes you want to return to the original album.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/20/1990
Label:
Mercury
UPC:
0042284661126
catalogNumber:
846611

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. In the Flesh  -  Scorpions
  2. The Thin Ice  - Ute Lemper
  3. Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 1
  4. The Happiest Days of Our Lives  - John Joyce
  5. Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2  - Cyndi Lauper
  6. Mother
  7. Goodbye Blue Sky  - Joni Mitchell
  8. Empty Spaces
  9. Young Lust
  10. Oh My God-What a Fabulous Room  - Jerry Hall
  11. One of My Turns
  12. Don't Leave Me Now
  13. Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2
  14. Goodbye Cruel World

Disc 2

  1. Hey You  - Paul Carrack
  2. Is There Anybody out There?
  3. Nobody Home
  4. Vera
  5. Bring the Boys Back Home
  6. Comfortably Numb  - Van Morrison
  7. In the Flesh
  8. Run Like Hell
  9. Stop
  10. The Trial
  11. Tide Is Turning (After Live Aid)  -  Company

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roger Waters   Primary Artist,Vocals,Track Performer
Band   Track Performer
Paul Carrack   Vocals,Track Performer
Tim Curry   Voices
Thomas Dolby   Vocals
Marianne Faithfull   Voices
Cyndi Lauper   Vocals,Track Performer
Joni Mitchell   Vocals,Track Performer
Scorpions   Track Performer
Michael Kamen   Conductor
James Galway   Flute
Ute Lemper   Vocals,Track Performer
Rick Danko   Background Vocals
Andy Fairweather Low   Bass,Guitar
Snowy White   Guitar,Vocals,Classical Guitar
Joe Chemay   Vocals,Background Vocals
Company   Track Performer
Graham Broad   Drums
Joe Chamay   Background Vocals
Rick DiFonzo   Guitar,Vocals,Classical Guitar
East Berlin Radio Choir   Choir, Chorus
East Berlin Radio Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
James Farber   Background Vocals
Stan Farber   Vocals,Track Performer
Albert Finney   Voices
Nick Glennie-Smith   Keyboards
Jim Haas   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Jerry Hall   Vocals,Track Performer
Levon Helm   Background Vocals
Garth Hudson   Accordion,Saxophone
Jon Joyce   Background Vocals
Paddy Moloney   Vocals
Military Orchestra of the Soviet Army   Performing Ensemble
Van Morrison   Vocals,Track Performer
Sinéad O'Connor   Vocals,Track Performer
Peter Wood   Keyboards,Vocals
John Joyce   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Company   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Hooters   Contributor
Roger Waters   Producer
Michael Kamen   Orchestration
Mark Fisher   Art Direction
Nick Griffiths   Producer
Nigel Jopson   Engineer
Steve McGlaughlin   Orchestration
Hans Deiter Baum   Principal
Tony Hollingsworth   Producer,Casting
Dietrich Knothe   Principal
Mark Norton   Art Direction
Wiktor Afanesjew   Principal

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