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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Roger Waters constructed The Wall, a narcissistic, double-album rock opera about an emotionally crippled rock star who spits on an audience member daring to cheer during an acoustic song. Given its origins, it's little wonder that The Wall paints such an unsympathetic portrait of the rock star, cleverly named "Pink," who blames everyone -- particularly women -- for his neuroses. Such lyrical and thematic shortcomings may have been forgivable if the album had a killer batch of songs, but Waters took his operatic inclinations to heart, constructing the album as a series of fragments that are held together by larger numbers like "Comfortably Numb" and "Hey You." ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Roger Waters constructed The Wall, a narcissistic, double-album rock opera about an emotionally crippled rock star who spits on an audience member daring to cheer during an acoustic song. Given its origins, it's little wonder that The Wall paints such an unsympathetic portrait of the rock star, cleverly named "Pink," who blames everyone -- particularly women -- for his neuroses. Such lyrical and thematic shortcomings may have been forgivable if the album had a killer batch of songs, but Waters took his operatic inclinations to heart, constructing the album as a series of fragments that are held together by larger numbers like "Comfortably Numb" and "Hey You." Generally, the fully developed songs are among the finest of Pink Floyd's later work, but The Wall is primarily a triumph of production: its seamless surface, blending melodic fragments and sound effects, makes the musical shortcomings and questionable lyrics easy to ignore. But if The Wall is examined in depth, it falls apart, since it doesn't offer enough great songs to support its ambition, and its self-serving message and shiny production seem like relics of the late-'70s Me Generation. EMI's Experience Edition of The Wall offers a new remaster of the original album and adds a third disc of a "Work in Progress," a selection of 27 demos also featured on the much larger Immersion Edition reissue of the album. Apart from an opening "Prelude Vera Lynn," all the solo Roger Waters demos have been left behind -- they're as an effective enticement for investing in the Immersion Edition as all the extra visual and printed material -- leaving this as a bunch of relatively rough full-band run-throughs, divided into three separate Programmes tracing the evolution of the album. The first Programme, running 13 tracks, is quite subdued and slow, a clear outgrowth from the moody malevolence of Animals. "Another Brick in the Wall" has its melody but not its riff, a signal of how this earliest draft downplayed muscle and melodrama, elements that creep into the picture during Programme 2 with the addition of "In the Flesh?" and David Gilmour's pulsating eighth notes on "Another Brick in the Wall." All these elements begin to coalesce on Programme 3, as the production gets further definition via spoken word, effects, and fuller arrangements, along with the addition of "Comfortably Numb," here presented under its early version, "The Doctor." Along the way, abandoned songs are aired and it's evident that their themes were folded into other songs -- "Teacher, Teacher" went into "Another Brick in the Wall, Pt 2," "Sexual Revolution" covered the same ground as "Young Lust," "Backs to the Wall" went into "In the Flesh" -- and there are other slight differences to be heard, usually in the form of lyrics. Nothing here quite seems like a radical departure from the finished album -- nothing is embryonic, where only the barest outline can be detected; Waters had a sturdy structure for the songs at the very beginning -- but hearing this evolution in microcosm is fascinating: few albums are ever as lavishly and carefully produced as The Wall, and by going through this "Work in Progress," it becomes clear just how much labor Floyd and producer Bob Ezrin exerted on the finished album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/28/2012
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 603497914852
  • Catalog Number: 791485
  • Sales rank: 12,079

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 In the Flesh? (3:20)
  2. 2 The Thin Ice (2:26)
  3. 3 Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 1 (3:11)
  4. 4 The Happiest Days of Our Lives (1:50)
  5. 5 Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2 (3:58)
  6. 6 Mother (5:34)
  7. 7 Goodbye Blue Sky (2:47)
  8. 8 Empty Spaces (2:07)
  9. 9 Young Lust (3:29)
  10. 10 One of My Turns (3:36)
  11. 11 Don't Leave Me Now (4:15)
  12. 12 Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 3 (1:14)
  13. 13 Goodbye Cruel World (1:17)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Hey You (4:40)
  2. 2 Is There Anybody Out There? (2:41)
  3. 3 Nobody Home (3:22)
  4. 4 Vera (1:33)
  5. 5 Bring the Boys Back Home (1:27)
  6. 6 Comfortably Numb (6:22)
  7. 7 The Show Must Go On (1:36)
  8. 8 In the Flesh (4:15)
  9. 9 Run Like Hell (4:23)
  10. 10 Waiting for the Worms (3:57)
  11. 11 Stop (0:30)
  12. 12 The Trial (5:18)
  13. 13 Outside the Wall (1:46)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Prelude (Vera Lynn) (0:57)
  2. 2 Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 1 (4:48)
  3. 3 The Thin Ice (3:31)
  4. 4 Goodbye Blue Sky (2:22)
  5. 5 Teacher, Teacher (2:50)
  6. 6 Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2 (1:31)
  7. 7 Empty Spaces (1:53)
  8. 8 Young Lust (4:26)
  9. 9 Mother (4:38)
  10. 10 Don't Leave Me Now (4:34)
  11. 11 Sexual Revolution (5:00)
  12. 12 Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 3 (1:25)
  13. 13 Goodbye Cruel World (1:13)
  14. 14 In the Flesh? (3:25)
  15. 15 The Thin Ice (2:35)
  16. 16 Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 1 (3:41)
  17. 17 The Happiest Days of Our Lives (1:44)
  18. 18 Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2 (1:57)
  19. 19 Mother (4:33)
  20. 20 One of My Turns (2:29)
  21. 21 Don't Leave Me Now (4:04)
  22. 22 Empty Spaces (0:51)
  23. 23 Backs to the Wall (1:33)
  24. 24 Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 3 (1:22)
  25. 25 Goodbye Cruel World (1:05)
  26. 26 The Doctor (Comfortably Numb) (3:15)
  27. 27 Run Like Hell (3:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pink Floyd Primary Artist
Toni Tennille Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Bruce Johnston Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Joe Chemay Background Vocals
Stan Farber Background Vocals
Jim Haas Background Vocals
Islington Green School Background Vocals
John Joyce Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Roger Waters Composer, Producer, Sleeve Design
Michael Kamen Orchestration
Rick Hart Engineer
Brian Christian Engineer
Bob Ezrin Composer, Producer, Orchestration
David Gilmour Composer, Producer
Nick Griffiths Engineer
James Guthrie Producer, Engineer, Mastering
John McClure Engineer
Patrice Quef Engineer
Gerald Scarfe Sleeve Design
Joel Plante Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    The Wall ( Experience Edition ) - Pink Floyd

    I just started listening to Pink Floyd, so I decided to finally buy this CD. It is amazing, this is definately something to give a listen to. My favorite tracks are: Young Lust, Don't Leave Me Now ( It's discordant and mildly depressing but i love it), Hey You, Comfortably Numb, and Vera. As for B&Ns part in delivery my CD soft cover came a bit bent because of delivery. Keep in mind that the CD case is soft when buying, if that matters.

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