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. It helped make up for some of the other gaps.
Overall, it's not too bad. It has its pros, it has its cons. If you have a few spare dollars, it wouldn't hurt to get this. But if you're looking for an excellent Pink Floyd/Roger Waters album to spend your precious money on (if you're poor like me), then you might want to move on from this one.