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PINK FLOYD - THE WALL
(1979)

Probably Pink Floyd's greatest-ever album, and, for sustained quality, it must be a close call as to being the greatest double album ever made. On first hearing it blew this listener away.

The album contains more songs than you'd expect on a Floyd record, post-Syd Barrett, but the group had shown previously an ability to make a sea change musically.

It was an obvious candidate for a film musical, though superb as Bob Geldof was in the movie, the music wasn't shown to its full effect. This album needs no visual enhancements, as it creates its own movie in the mind's eye.

Even when you think this album begins to lull - as with a track like 'Don't Leave Me Now' - it switches into a gorgeous overdrive. A beautiful melancholia kicks in with the plaintive trilogy of 'Goodbye Cruel World (ending the first CD)', 'Is There Anybody Out There?' and 'Nobody Home'. The latter, I suspect, rightly or wrongly, may have been written with Syd in mind.

The second CD is the stronger part of the album, and 'Comfortably Numb' is a lilting melodic narrative of Pink's brainwashing, containing some of Dave Gilmour's best guitar work. 'In The Flesh' is a meaty rock number, with some doo-wop to boot! Then it gets really menacing, as the fascist Pink starts slagging off and accusing anyone not fitting in with his regimented outlook. Some brave writing here, as things like bigotry and genocide are not ideal subjects for a hit record in the shallow world of rock and pop. 'The Trial' is like something out of 'Oliver!'! Very strange! The trial ends with the wall crumbling to dust, and 'Outside The Wall' is a moving conclusion, and one for all of us bleeding hearts and (wannabe!) artists.

Nowadays, this album's pivotal voice, Roger Waters, does a gig for The Countryside Alliance, and Gilmour picks up a gong from the Queen. Oh, well, let's remember them when they were young, and shone like the sun...

- Paul Rance/booksmusicfilmstv.com.

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'The Wall' Album Track Listing
(All Roger Waters compositions unless otherwise stated)

Side One
In The Flesh?
The Thin Ice
Another Brick In The Wall (Part I)
The Happiest Days Of Our Lives
Another Brick In The Wall (Part II)
Mother


Side Two
Goodbye Blue Sky
Empty Spaces
Young Lust (Waters/Gilmour)
One Of My Turns
Don't Leave Me Now
Another Brick In The Wall (Part III)
Goodbye Cruel World

Side Three
Hey You
Is There Anybody Out There?
Nobody Home
Vera
Bring The Boys Back Home
Comfortably Numb (Gilmour/Waters)

Side Four
The Show Must Go On
In The Flesh
Run Like Hell (Gilmour/Waters)
Waiting For The Worms
Stop
The Trial (Waters/Ezrin)
Outside The Wall

 


THE WALL MOVIE on DVD

Okay, this wasn't as good as the album, but it had its moments. Bob Geldof was surprisingly impressive in his first major movie role, and the Gerald Scarfe cartoons were weird, disturbing, but powerful. Cobbling the music together with everything else didn't quite work though, but it definitely has its moments. - Paul Rance.

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