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1990 Wall Live In Berlin [Live]

Roger Waters Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. In The Flesh - Scorpions
2. The Thin Ice - Ute Lemper/Roger Waters
3. Another Brick In The Wall (Pt. 1) - Roger Waters
4. The Happiest Days Of Our Lives - Joe Chemay/John Joyce/Stan Farber/Jim Haas/Roger Waters
5. Another Brick In The Wall (Pt. 2) - Cyndi Lauper
6. Mother - Sinead O' Conner & The Band
7. Goodbye Blue Sky - Joni Mitchell
8. Empty Spaces - Bryan Adams/Roger Waters
9. Young Lust - Bryan Adams
10. One Of My Turns - Roger Waters
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Disc: 2
1. Hey You - Paul Carrack
2. Is There Anybody Out There ? - Rundfunk Orchestra And Choir
3. Nobody Home - Roger Waters
4. Vera - Roger Waters/Rundfunk Orchestra And Choir
5. Bring The Boys Back Home - Rundfunk Orchestra/Military Orchestra Of The Soviet Army
6. Comfortably Numb - Van Morrison/Roger Waters & The Band
7. In The Flesh - Roger Waters/The Bleeding Heart Band/Rundfunk Orchestra & Choir/The Military Orchestra Of The Soviet
8. Run Like Hell - Roger Waters/The Bleeding Heart Band/Rundfunk Orchestra & Choir/The Military Orchestra Of The Soviet
9. Waiting for the Worms
10. Stop
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Roger Waters staged this all-star revival of his Pink Floyd grand opus 11 years after the Floyd original and 7 years after The Final Cut, his last work with the band. It's a curious artifact of its time, as evidenced by the presence of the Hooters. Enlisting a mish-mashed cast of turn-of-the-decade stars, ranging from the Scorpions to Bryan Adams to Joni Mitchell, Waters attempts to give his production a new relevance. And, of course, where timeliness is concerned, there was some other business involving a wall going on in Berlin 'round about then. But aside from scattered highlights from the likes of Van Morrison (whose commanding "Comfortably Numb" makes one long to hear more from the Van the Man in a rock setting) and Sinead O'Connor ("Mother" is yet another example of her estimable interpretive powers), this Wall isn't so imposing as its studio predecessor. --Steven Stolder

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3.0 out of 5 stars Magic is Gone July 14 2004
Format:Audio CD
Like McCartney without Lennon, Waters without Gilmour suffers the same fate and this album is no exception. The Wall:Live in Berlin, while a carnival of 80's rockers and political drama, more than anything else makes us long for the magical synergy of Roger Waters and David Gilmour. What we are left with on this album (as well as the two post-Waters Floyd albums) is a hapless failure that results when one of these two brilliant musicians and songwriters is missing from the equation.
There are brilliant moments on this set. Brian Adams is thrilling on Young Lust and Joni Mitchell is quite good on Goodbye Blue Sky. Paul Carrack gets a pass on Hey You, but his vocals are uninspiring compared to Gilmour's. Sadly, it is the disappointments that speak the loudest on this set. Van Morrison's vocals on Comfortably Numb literally could not have been any worse. He is so bad that it almost ruins the entire album. He sounds drunk and bloated and can barely even stay in the right key. Cindy Lauper's inclusion on Another Brick in the Wall Part 2 did not help much either.
What else can you say about a celebrity reenactment of Pink Floyd's swansong? I am sure this was a magical concert to witness. But in the end, it is the Waters-Gilmour Floyd that will be remembered.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but nothing special Oct. 22 2003
By Didd
Format:Audio CD
When I borrowed this CD from a friend, I was very excited to hear Roger Waters play The Wall in its entirety live, plus guest stars like Van Morrison, The Band, Sinead O' Conner, and Cyndi Lauper, raising my anticipations even more.
Overall, the CD wasn't a complete disappointment. The first thing I noticed is that the instrumental equalization wasn't as great as I had hoped. The drums seem to overpower the guitar, and being a guitarist myself, it was a bit irritating. I do not think that the guitar level was quite there; it wasn't as audible as I would've liked.
Also, one thing that has really griped me about this album are the vocals. Having guest stars perform is a good idea, but I think that the choice of who-sings-what-songs was done poorly. "Happiest Days of Our Lives" really builds up the drama, but once you hear Cyndi Lauper singing "We don't need no education," the mood is killed. No offense to Lauper, she's a good singer, she just wasn't right for the song. Also, Gilmour's vocal part during "Comfortably Numb" was replaced with the voices of a few men singing. In my personal opinion, it just doesn't quite make the cut.
Now don't get me wrong here, there are plenty of things I like that Waters did. For instance, he elongated "Empty Spaces" a couple minutes longer and added a guitar solo, which I think was done wonderfully. Second, "Another Brink in the Wall Pt. 2" was also elongated, featuring two guitar solos (by two different guitarists) and a solo by a keyboardist, which doesn't really do anything for me, but it doesn't detract from the song. Unfortunately I don't know who they were by name. And lastly, I like the performance of "The Tide is Turning" at the end, it's a nice touch.
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There have been a lot of criticisms of the 1990 Berlin performance, but they all miss the point. The 1990 Wall concert was a social commentary, and was a part of the historical backdrop. Moreover, it was never intended to be experienced only by the ears. For Floyd purists, the original studio tracks that were laid down cannot be surpassed. If one simply listens to the 1990 performance you will come away disappointed in many respects. If, however, you watch the concert (BTW, it is playing on DirecTV this month, Aug 2003) and THEN listen to the audio tracks with the memory of the visuals, you will have a much greater appreciation of the event. Cyndi Lauper, for example, has been panned by every reviewer here. I think the energy she brought to the performance was exactly what was called for and is a credit to Waters for selecting her. I hate Sinead O'Connor but her performance here was brilliant, as was Joni Mitchell. I do think Van Morrison's performance was the low point of the concert but was not sufficiently bad to detract from the overall effect. The Wall concert in Berlin is one of my favorites, and I grew up listening to Waters & Gilmours sublime perfection in the studio. My recommendation? SEE the concert first. Once you do, you'll want this soundtrack in your audio library, and it won't get old no matter how often you listen to it. If you have both a good sound system as well as video, this is one you'll watch over and over, and like a fine wine it will age well.
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his was the concert that made me like "The Wall" - (I'd give the video 6 stars!) - - sure it's over the top but that's the nature of the beast - it beats all the other 1980's "mega concerts" of assembled musical celebrities into a tin hat by having BOTH a message AND material that related to the matter in hand (the fall of the Berlin Wall).
Pink Floyd were regularly lambasted for achieving acoustic excellence at the cost of presence. This album goes a long way to redressing that. It contains cameo performances from acts that normally I would detest (Bryan Adams version of "Empty Spaces" is miles better than the studio album version, and Sinead O'Connor and Cyndi Lauper don't feature on my playlist apart from this album). Joni Mitchell's "Goodbye Blue Sky" is positively scary and my high spot. Anyway it was live, one-off, the sound system failed briefly (not on the CD) and the sound engineers performed acoustic miracles. So it may lack the precision of the Pink Floyd double album but it has the sense of occasion and presence in buckets. You can hear the entire audience offer to take a bath with Jerry Hall. Over 10 years on I still listen to it a lot (you can't really watch videos while working!). I still see the images (great pig!). Obviously the DVD version is going to be a serious temptation ...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Tear down The Wall!!! PLEASE!!!
This version of The Wall shows without a doubt that the reason the orignal album is so good is because of the band that played ie Pink Floyd. Read more
Published on Dec 18 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars More than a musical event.....
Those who rate this 1 or 2 stars are correct and those who rate it 5 stars are correct. If you think that this was just another live performance of Pink Floyd's "The... Read more
Published on Sept. 4 2002 by D. Payne
2.0 out of 5 stars not too great
i could go on forever about how much this album isn't as good as the studio version, but i will just say that
a : if you want it live, is there anybody out there? Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD BUT NOT "ROGER"QUALITY
i do have this on VHS,i can honestly that this is not ROGERS best work.don't get me wrong roger is good,but,I was disapointed that the other groups that participated,i wish roger... Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2002 by "tredfern01"
4.0 out of 5 stars A different interpretation
I'm sure I'm in an incredibly small minority here, but I find this version preferable to the Pink Floyd original. Read more
Published on July 30 2001 by J. Carroll
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice, BUT...
I only saw this show on television, and I must say the production was wonderful. It was a spectacular event, extremely well done. But frankly, I see no reason to buy this on CD. Read more
Published on June 26 2001 by Itamar Katz
3.0 out of 5 stars Point Missed, I think
I was at the concert. I think most of the reviewers here have missed the point, but the trouble is that, unless you were at the concert too, you are also likely to miss the point,... Read more
Published on May 28 2001 by Speck
4.0 out of 5 stars As I remember it.....
I was there at the concert so I have a slightly different take on the CD than most. It wasn't about the music or who sung what song. Read more
Published on May 3 2001 by Curtis R. Puckett
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just another brick in The Wall
There's just no end to the cleverness of the mind of Roger Waters. A concert such as this was only fitting after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2001 by Aaron Bock
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