When the Wind Blows

When the Wind Blows

by Roger Waters
     
 

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Raymond Briggs' animated tale about an elderly British couple living out their last days after the bomb has dropped spawned this hit-and-miss soundtrack, with contributions from Squeeze, David Bowie, Genesis, and a lengthy coda from Roger Waters and the Bleeding Heart Band. Bowie's "When the Wind Blows" and Genesis' "The Brazilian" seem to carry the most flow

Overview

Raymond Briggs' animated tale about an elderly British couple living out their last days after the bomb has dropped spawned this hit-and-miss soundtrack, with contributions from Squeeze, David Bowie, Genesis, and a lengthy coda from Roger Waters and the Bleeding Heart Band. Bowie's "When the Wind Blows" and Genesis' "The Brazilian" seem to carry the most flow musically, and the ten-part medley from Waters and his studio team has its moments, but for the most part it drags and sputters with boggy instrumental staleness. Only "Folded Flags" seems to associate with the movie's cold war theme the best, and some relatively smooth saxophone playing from Mel Collins helps to resuscitate things a wee bit. Dialogue from both characters is woven between each song, enhancing their naïve outlook and their false hope for the "powers that be." Hugh Cornwell's "Facts and Figures" and Paul Hardcastle's "The Shuffle" are short on amiability and come off as poorly manufactured, weakened by run-of-the-mill '80s rhythms. When the Wind Blows tries hard to bind ties with the actual movie, which is splendid in itself, but aside from a few effective tracks, the soundtrack remains quite pedestrian.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/30/1998
Label:
Emi Europe Generic
UPC:
0077778670629
catalogNumber:
786706
Rank:
12200

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roger Waters   Primary Artist
Paul Carrack   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Jools Holland   Keyboards
David Dundas   Track Performer
Graham Broad   Drums
Mel Collins   Saxophone
Chris Difford   Vocals
Nick Glennie-Smith   Keyboards
Matt Irving   Keyboards,Track Performer
Freddie "Steady" Krc   Drums
Gilson Lavis   Drums
Glenn Tilbrook   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Clare Torry   Vocals
Keith Wilkinson   Bass Guitar
Hugh Cornwell   Guitar,Vocals
Jay Stapley   Electric Guitar
Erdal Kizilcay   Track Performer
John H.R. Mills   Vocals
Johnny Gordon   Bass
James Francais Russell   Track Performer
Peggy Ashcroft   Vocals
John William Gordon   Bass

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Composer,Producer
Genesis   Contributor
Paul Hardcastle   Producer,Engineer
Squeeze   Contributor
Roger Waters   Composer,Producer,Contributor
Nick Griffiths   Producer,Engineer
Peter Hammond   Producer
Erdal Kizilgay   Contributor
Hugh Padgham   Producer,Engineer
Ian Ritchie   Producer
Glenn Tilbrook   Producer,Horn Arrangements
Hugh Cornwell   Composer,Producer
John Linwood   Programming,Producer
Erdal Kizilcay   Composer
David Richards   Producer
John Coates   Producer
Iain Harvey   Executive Producer
Jimmy T. Murakami   Director

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