Roger Waters The Wall [Original Soundtrack]

Roger Waters The Wall [Original Soundtrack]

by Roger Waters

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Overview

Roger Waters The Wall [Original Soundtrack]

Roger Waters The Wall is the second theatrical film adapted from Pink Floyd's 1979 concept album The Wall, which makes this 2015 soundtrack the fourth official full-length rendition of Roger Waters' rock opera to be released. Surprisingly, Alan Parker's 1982 film never had an accompanying soundtrack -- its one original song, "When the Tigers Broke Free," appeared as a 7" but never made its way into live shows; as it happens, the 1982 film only existed because an attempted concert film fell apart (Is There Anybody Out There?, a 2000 double CD, excavated live recordings from 1980-1981) -- but that movie loomed nearly as large in the legend of The Wall as the original double album, crystallizing it as an anthem of angst. Waters eventually emphasized the opera's origins as the loss of his father in World War II. After the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, Waters launched an all-star benefit show in 1990 (released as The Wall: Live in Berlin), a not unsubtle nod to WWII, and by the time he re-created Floyd's 1980 production as a solo tour in the 2010s, it had become a full-fledged, all-purpose antiwar piece. Most of the shift in message came through visuals and tone -- the only new song on Roger Waters The Wall is "The Ballad of Jean Charles de Menezes," an explicit antiwar tune inserted between "Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2" and "Mother"; it also features "What Shall We Do Now?," excised for length reasons from the original double LP -- because otherwise The Wall remained the same, right down to its analog synth sounds and guitar solos. Occasionally, there might be a bit of a breakdown -- such as a bit of hard, gleaming funk during an extended "Run Like Hell" -- but there are no rearrangements, so Roger Waters The Wall could almost be mistaken for the original if it weren't for Nigel Godrich's precise, open production and Waters' disarming sense of geniality. Sour throughout Floyd and for a long spell afterward, Waters is settled into his skin as an older man, so comfortable he often performed his solo Walls with a smile. A grin can't be seen on this soundtrack but can certainly be felt throughout Roger Waters The Wall and that brings up an interesting point: it's possible to chart Waters' personal growth solely through these four full-length renditions of The Wall, hearing him transform from a dark, twisty rocker pining for isolation into an elder statesman longing to engage the world.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/20/2015
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0888751563827
catalogNumber: 515638
Rank: 6590

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roger Waters   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Snowy White   Guitar
Graham Broad   Drums
Jon Carin   Keyboards
Jon Joyce   Background Vocals
Kipp Lennon   Background Vocals
Mark Lennon   Background Vocals
Pat Lennon   Background Vocals
G.E. Smith   Guitar
Dave Kilminster   Guitar
Harry Waters   Piano,Hammond B3
Robbie Wyckoff   Vocals

Technical Credits

Roger Waters   Composer,Director,Producer
Bob Ezrin   Composer
David Gilmour   Composer
Nigel Godrich   Producer
Gerald Scarfe   Animation
Mike McKnight   Engineer
Kevin "Kap" Kapler   Audio Technician
Tim Myer   Guitar Techician
Ollie Nesham   Engineer
Tyson Clark   Audio Technician
Bob Weibel   System Engineer
Mark Fenwick   Executive Producer,Management
Kyle Miller   Sound Re-Recording
Adam Collins   Audio Technician
Tom "Duds" Ford   Audio Technician
Dan Davies   Audio Technician
Ben Summerhayes   Stage Technician
Beaux Neylon   Engineer
Matt Moser   Audio Technician
Eddy Butler   Drum Technician
Matthew Scoggins   Audio Technician
Stephen Tang   Audio Technician
Sean Evans   Composer,Director
Clare Spencer   Producer
Ronald Bailey   Engineer
Robin Green   Engineer
Adam Scrivener   Re-recording Mixer
Dominick Tavella   Re-recording Mixer
Jacob Ribicoff   Sound Design
Paul Govey   Mixing Coordinator
Craig Kyllonen   Sound Re-Recording
Ethan Leight   Casting
Colin Lyon   Guitar Techician
Martin Sznaider   Engineer
Graham Boswell   Engineer
Henry Fury   Audio Technician

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