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Pros And Cons Of Hitchhiking

Roger Waters Audio CD
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1. 4:30 AM (Apparently They Were Travelling Abroad)
2. 4:33 AM (Running Shoes)
3. 4:37 AM (Arabs With Knives And West German Skies)
4. 4:39 AM (For The First Time Today, Part 2)
5. 4:41 AM (Sexual Revolution)
6. 4:47 AM (The Remains Of Our Love)
7. 4:50 AM (Go Fishing)
8. 4:56 AM (For The First Time Today, Part 1)
9. 4:58 AM (Dunroamin, Duncarin, Dunlivin)
10. 5:01 AM (The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking Part 10)
11. 5:06 AM (Every Strangers Eyes)
12. 5:11 AM (The Moment Of Clarity)

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With Eric Clapton's valuable assistance, Waters takes the concept album to new heights on this 1984 masterpiece, his first LP after leaving Pink Floyd.. Each of the 12 songs represents a scene of a surreal dream (nightmare?) and Waters brilliantly captures the pendulum of emotions. Periods of serenity and clarity accompany frenzied and distorted passages of chaos and moments of great irony and humor. Along the journey, Waters confronts murderous Arabs in Germany, a steamy sexual liaison, mundane family life, bikers, truckers, housewives, and strangers. He sucks you into his vision by blurring the lines between what's real and what's part of the dream. Meanwhile, his use of recurring themes gives the work cohesion. As the mood shifts, Clapton's guitar perfectly accents Waters' story, whether with fiery electric explosions or delicate acoustic touches. -- Marc Greilsamer

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Import only remastered pressing. Sony. 2003.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Out of great respect for Roger Waters, I gave this album a try. Needless to say, much as I love Floyd and Waters, this was the worst album my expectant ears ever had the misfortune to hear. A pre-schooler could concoct more rhythm and melody than what Waters gave us on this solo outing, and I'm positively mystified by all these rave reviews for this album. Talk about resting on your laurels and trying to do the whole thing yourself! "The Wall" wouldn't have been half as good without David Gilmour and Bob Ezrin, and this stinking, vile excuse for an album is the fool-on proof. Sterile to the point of agonizing boredom, with lyrics and a voice so cryptic you want to slap the guy out of his self-possessed sense of being, not once semblance of an original riff, despite Eric Clapton's "invaluable" help, this album goes nowhere at a pace of 1 mile per hour. I don't care how deep, smart, or how good of a lyricist Roger Waters is, if the music ain't somewhat sonically good, what's the point? His entire genius is wasted on empty albums like this. You'd think that after years of great associations and albums.......Oh, forget it. If this is what it takes to be musically cerebral, count me out.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous, Pretentious Un-Music April 20 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
In his Pink Floyd days, Roger Waters's tendencies toward self-pity and self-absorption in his music were at least somewhat muted by David Gilmour's (and various producers') more accessible approach. Left to his own devices, Waters creates a mess of half-finished "songs" with perhaps the worst lead vocals in the history of rock music. Nothing more clearly shows the emptiness of Waters' long-held contention that he "was" Pink Floyd than this absurd, nearly unlistenable effort. If anything, the album sounds like a virtual parody of his former band (complete with self-plagiarism, as Waters lifts the main melody from "In the Flesh" for use here). "The Pros and Cons of Hitch-hiking" is for the terminally pretentious only. As a review at the time of release stated, the album is nothing more or less than hideous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Waters' first post-Floyd effort is a classic June 20 2004
Format:Audio CD
Roger Waters released his second solo album The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking in April of 1984. The album was recorded between February and December of 1983 at Roger's home studio and featured assistance from the legendary Eric Clapton on guitar, the late Michael Kamen on piano and orchestrations, Roxy Music drummer Andy Newmark and jazz great David Sanborn on saxophones. Roger Waters takes the concept album to new heights on this masterpiece. Each of the 12 tracks marks the a scene of a surreal dream (nightmare?). Along the journey, Waters(whom wrote, sang, played bass and rhythm guitar and produced with Michael Kamen) deals with murderous Arabs in Germany(Arabs With Knives and West German Skies), a sexual encounter(Sexual Revolution), mundane family life(The Remains of Our Love and Go Fishing). He also encounters bikers, truckers, housewives, Shane and Yoko Ono(all mentioned in the title cut) and strangers(the album's best cut, Every Stranger's Eyes). The album is balanced with great doses of Slowhand's playing, the late Kamen's orchestrations and Waters' lyrics. To date, this is the only Waters solo album to go Gold in the US and peaked at #31 here in the US. However, notwithstanding sales figures, this album is a great solo disc. Highly recommended!
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By Kurtz25
Format:Audio CD
This album will never leave my collection as long as I live.
I have owned The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking for 10 years now, and consider it the best album to come from the brilliant mind of Roger Waters--surpassing even The Wall and Dark Side of the Moon. The imagery of the lyrics transports you directly into the head of a man dreaming of love, loss, family, sex, and horror. The dream logic which melds one song into the next is smooth and flawless. If you are evaluating this album on a song-by-song basis, you have missed the point. To appreciate the whole picture you have to make time to sit down and listen to it beginning to end--as is the case with most of Waters' works. The lyrics are jarring, haunting, Blakean.
The music is similarly inspired. Even if you don't normally go for Eric Clapton's music, this album features him doing what he does best: slowhand improvisation. This album would be nothing, musically, without him. His guitar work complements and interweaves with the lyrics in the kind of musical partnership that you just don't hear much coming out of a recording studio. The man can speak through a guitar like no one else I know of. He is melodic yet unrestrained, prominent yet subdued. Listening to this album, you find yourself thinking, "wow, this is a great song," and only later, "wow, there's almost nothing happening but the guitar."
I heartily recommend this album to anyone who reveres Roger Waters and anyone who lives for a well-formed concept album from someone who actually has a concept. This CD has a plot and characters you feel you know.
This is an excellent CD for long car trips at night, nights spent sitting on the couch listening to the stereo and sipping scotch, or nights spent tangled in carnal bliss atop sweaty sheets.
Roger Waters' The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking is a true masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roger's best solo album
Right before Roger Waters left Pink Floyd, he released The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking. The album was originally supposed to be a Pink Floyd album, but it got shelved in favor of... Read more
Published on June 5 2008 by Ryan Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
With the Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking, Roger Waters took some of the musical ideas that he has been using since Dark Side (connecting songs together in beautiful ways), but... Read more
Published on July 7 2004 by Ian Joseph Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it
Contrary to what many say, Roger Waters' solo albums are excellent. Check out this dense, intelligent album.
Published on June 14 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Waters is just great
I have always wondered why people keep comparing different albums and try to have a point of reference. Bottom line is if you enjoy Waters/Pink Floyd, this is a must-have album. Read more
Published on May 26 2004 by B. Shojaee
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystic Fish?
No one can tell a story in music like Roger Waters. To him the lyrics are everything, and the music is there to support those lyrics. Read more
Published on May 26 2004 by Russell Diederich
5.0 out of 5 stars Roger's first great post-Floyd solo effort
Roger Waters released his second solo album The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking in April of 1984. The album was recorded between February and December of 1983 at Roger's home studio... Read more
Published on May 14 2004 by Terrence J. Reardon
1.0 out of 5 stars This one's treadin' water
Not as bad as dual stinkers 'Radio Kaos' or 'The Final Cut', but not recommended anyway. And Eric C., you din hep much either. Try a 'Muddy Waters' cd instead, a true arteest.
Published on April 22 2004 by a music fan
4.0 out of 5 stars good stuff
Much better than Radio Kaos, and musically, the Final Cut. Roger takes us back to the wall era Floyd sound. Read more
Published on April 18 2004 by Joshua Alex Dolf
3.0 out of 5 stars Not
I was kind of dissapointed after listening this album. Not bad, but, not able to compete with previous PF albums like The Wall and Final Cut. Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2004 by PeruvianSkies
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Are you kidding me? This is by far the best Roger Water's cd out there, if not 1 of the best albums ever made. Roger made Pink Floyd and his solo work shows it. Great album.
Published on Feb. 5 2004
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