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  • Audio CD (Dec 9 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0012GMUI6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,597 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Adams on June 5 2008
Format: Audio CD
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 The Wall. 5 years later, Roger releases it under his own name.

How to describe the music and lyrics. It sounds much like The Final Cut but more "rocking" if you should say. Roger's lyrics are usually very deep and meaningful, but the lyrics to this album can be read like a book. I'll try to explain the plot of the album:

There's a man who is dreaming about driving around country with two hitch hikers in the back seat. As he keeps driving he keeps having sexual fantasies about the female passenger. He then awakens and his wife threatens to leave him. He then suggests that to save their marriage they move to his wife's native land, but she soon cheats on him and the man leaves her for good and he then goes out on his own again. He get's picked up by a trucker and tells his story about his marriage and the trucker feels sorry for them. They then stop at a truck stop and there is a waitress there who is kind to him and he then begins to feel better about himself. After that he wakes up to see that it was all a dream, and then he looks over at his wife and tells her that he loves her.

There's more to the story than that, but I tried my best at explaining it. It's a very bizarre album to say the least, but if you appreciate Roger Waters like I do you'll realise the masterpiece this album truly is. Eric Clapton plays guitar aswell to add to it! I usually give a run down of the songs but it's hard to explain them, you'll have to hear it for yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terrence J Reardon on 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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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. This can be heard throughout the "The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking" as Waters' voice take precedence over everything else. This album was originally brought before Pink Floyd with another project to vote upon which to do. They picked "The Wall" instead, which was probably a smart choice. Although not quite Floyd quality, the album is actually surprising good, although it was outranked by David Gilmour's "About Face", which probably added to the strain on their relationship.
I won't even pretend to understand the story Waters' is trying to tell on this album, but I assume it follows some Hunter S. Thompson vision of wacked-out reality through dreams. What I do understand is that Waters' pulled out the stops to make this album successful by hiring Eric Clapton to handle the guitar work, and David Sanborn for sax. It is without doubt that Clapton carried this album further into mainstream acceptance than merit alone. Likewise, when Waters' allows Clapton free rein, the songs are good. "Running Shoes" rocks heavily, and "For the First Time Today, Part 2" (the first one) Clapton plays with a bluesy feel, which carries into "Sexual Revolution". The title track is the highlight of the album.
Although this album pales compared to Waters' "Radio K.A.O.S." it is still better than his other studio albums. Clapton has some great licks throughout the album, and Waters' has some great lyrics in here as well. Waters' ability to compose music around his story is amazing, and none can match his talent. I may not understand the story, and the music alone may not be overly noteworthy, but when combined it is a formula that works. A must have for Floyd fans.
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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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