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Wall: Live in Berlin, 1990 [Remastered]
     

The Wall: Live in Berlin, 1990 [Remastered]

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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 megaconcert to benefit the

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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 Part Two" 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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/2003
Label:
Mercury
UPC:
0602498079744
catalogNumber:
000075202
Rank:
33423

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Performance Credits

Roger Waters   Primary Artist
Band   Track Performer
Paul Carrack   Track Performer
Tim Curry   Track Performer
Thomas Dolby   Track Performer,Soloist
Marianne Faithfull   Track Performer
Hooters   Track Performer
Cyndi Lauper   Track Performer
Joni Mitchell   Track Performer
Scorpions   Track Performer
Michael Kamen   Conductor
James Galway   Flute,Track Performer,Soloist
Ute Lemper   Track Performer
Rick Danko   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Andy Fairweather Low   Bass,Guitar
Snowy White   Guitar,Classical Guitar,Track Performer,Soloist
Joe Chemay   Background Vocals
Graham Broad   Drums
Rick DiFonzo   Guitar,Classical Guitar,Track Performer,Soloist
Albert Finney   Track Performer
Nick Glennie-Smith   Keyboards
Jim Haas   Background Vocals
Jerry Hall   Track Performer
Levon Helm   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Garth Hudson   Accordion,Saxophone,Track Performer,Soloist
Van Morrison   Track Performer
Sinéad O'Connor   Track Performer
Peter Wood   Keyboards,Track Performer,Soloist
John Joyce   Background Vocals
Tony Hollingsworth   Keyboards
Paddy Maloney   Track Performer
East Berlin Rundfunk Choir And Orchestra   Choir, Chorus,Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Rick Denko   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Jim Farber   Background Vocals
Marching Band Of The Combined Soviet Forces In Germany   Track Performer
Company   Track Performer
Bleeding Heart Band   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Tim Curry   Contributor
Roger Waters   Composer
Peter & the Test Tube Babies   Composer
Bob Ezrin   Composer
Mark Fisher   Art Direction
David Gilmour   Composer
Nick Griffiths   Producer
Paul Hicks   Engineer
Simon Halfon   Cover Design
Tony Hollingsworth   Executive Producer,Casting
East Berlin Rundfunk Choir And Orchestra   Contributor
Rudolf Schenker   Composer
Tony Hollingsworth   Producer

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