- Audio CD (Jan. 13 2008)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import, Best of, Live
- Label: Toshiba EMI
- ASIN: B000GUK748
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
However it's a marginally better recording. Although the guitarwork is much the same as on the studio set, Gilmour's playing gains an edge from live performance. Also, you can occasionally hear Wright in the mix, which was seldom the case on the studio version. So if you're a fan of _The Wall_ but don't own a copy, this is the recording to get.
This is also vastly better than Roger Waters' all-star version, where he tried to link his concept to the fall of the Berlin Wall. The best that can be said of that project was that it was irrelevant, both musically and politically.
But if you're a Wall sceptic, like me, then the rest of this review is for you. Why are so many Floyd fans _Wall_ sceptics? Three reasons.
The first problem is that _The Wall_is musically very ordinary. That is, there was a time when Pink Floyd sounded like no-one else on earth: the sounds they got from their relatively primitive technology (by today's standards) still seem unearthly, beautiful, new, strange, sometimes scary. And the compositions, especially the longer tracks, were as far from verse-chorus-verse-chorus-repeat-chorus rock as it's possible to go: weird, creative, mind-enhancing stuff. In _The Wall_ Pink Floyd sound like a rock band: a good one, but good in a workmanlike, ordinary way. To put this in perspective, let's take the band Queen. I don't mind Queen, but I don't care about them much, either.Read more ›