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The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking
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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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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.
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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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 morePublished on July 7 2004 by Ian Joseph Phillips
Contrary to what many say, Roger Waters' solo albums are excellent. Check out this dense, intelligent album.Published on June 14 2004
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... Read more
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 morePublished on May 26 2004 by B. Shojaee
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 afl