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Is There Anybody out There? The Wall: Live 1980-1981 Import, Best of, Live


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  • 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)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By guitar expert101 on July 8 2004
Format: Audio CD
the wall live figures in my list of top live cd's of all time along with frampton comes alive and pulse from floyd.get this cd today and have a party!!!!!.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By snow blind100 on July 8 2004
Format: Audio CD
live music cant get any better than this compilation.this double cd features almost all my favourite songs like hey you,run like hell,comfortably numb.you should own this terrific compilation if you like good rock music.very highly recommended.
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This set really shows how good Floyd was live. Gilmour is one of the most underrated rock guitarists, I feel, but on this he really shreds it, on par with Clapton or Jimmy Page. His style is much more understated, though, so don't expect fireworks.
That said, my one complaint is that this isn't from a single show. They picked the best takes from the shows in LA, New York, London and Dortmund and pieced together a complete Wall. To me, this is artistically dishonest. Having heard most of the Wall performances, I know they could have easily released, say, 2/27/80 or 2/28/80 and still had release-worthy performances. For me, knowing it wasn't all one show kind of ruins it, but it still is an excellent document of one of, if not THE best live band ever.
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This cd changed my mind about the wall and made me like it alot more it is all played perfectly and usually with some really creative instrumental additions to the studio. I rate the regular wall a 4 but this cd is a 5 because its much more emotional, songs like The Thin Ice,Mother,One of my Turns, Vera and many more all have a much stronger force to them.I would much rather have this if i could only have one but you need both. Happiest days of our life is the low point of this cd but its not a bad version its great its just the lyrics aren't as insane sounding and not as much of a hook for Another Brick Pt.2 which is performed wonderfully as is Pt.1. David Gilmour plays unbelievably throughout. Run Like Hell is probably the most outstanding along with Hey You ,Comfartably Numb and Young Lust.Mostly Daves works stand out to me but don't forget about Roger Waters He is who makes Run Like Hell complete along with many many many of his original peices. I'm not sure but I think the CD gives all the credit to Roger for producing it even though Dave gave a huge effort along with Rick Wright and Nick Mason (during the years they toured the wall Roger Waters had became an egomaniac and wanted compelte control of the bands direction and actually kicked out Nick and Rick, they did play most of the songs on here impressively)His contribution to the album was undeniably brilliant nonetheless Also this is the only post ummagumma live cd featuring all post syd barret days members so it is a must have for any kind of listener.The only other live cds that i enjoy this much is Led Zeppelin's-How The West Was Won or maybe P.U.L.S.E. or One More From The Road
5 STARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bud Sturguess on Aug. 29 2002
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Pink Floyd's 1979 smash hit "The Wall" has already gone down in music history as one of the most popular albums of all time. The innovative rock-opera told the story of an isolated rock star, and judging from Floyd's visually striking arena concerts since "Dark Side Of the Moon," it was obvious that the tour for "The Wall" would be equally innovative. The proof of this came as bassist/songwriter Roger Waters placed his granduresque vision on the stage, building an actual wall between the band and the audience, expressing the noncommunication that comes from a life of stardom, adding huge inflatable characters, animated projections, and much more.
However, it's the surreal music of "The Wall" which ultimately supports the purpose of all these visual presentations, which doesn't make the lack of a DVD or home video too much of a disappointment (though it would have been a great compliment for the rest of the album). Nonetheless, "Is There Anybody Out There: The Wall, Live" is the supreme document of all the glory of the theatrical rock presentation. Though some consider it to be just another double live album that Pink Floyd tends to release during their no-studio-recording hiatuses (and they may be right), "Is There Anybody Out There" separates itself from other live sets "Delicate Sound of Thunder" and "Pulse" in that it actually has a point. The music within, recorded 1980-81 during the Earls Court performances, "The Wall Live" is a clear, atmospheric live recording, yet still packing the sterile punch of the studio album. Many of the songs, like 'The Show Must Go On' and 'Empty Spaces' contain additional or alternate lyrics, while some songs didn't appear on the studio album at all, like 'What Shall We Do Now?' and the instrumental 'The Last Few Bricks.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laon on March 7 2003
Format: Audio CD
If you believe _The Wall_ was a work of genius, then all you need to know about this live recording is that it's slightly better than the original studio release, but not amazingly so. There are two new tracks, but they only add more lyrics without adding more music. So if you already own the original studio release on CD, this version is not different enough to be worth buying as well.
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.
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