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Amused to Death Hybrid SACD, Import

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, Import
  • Label: Analogue Prod.
  • ASIN: B00F4TKLEW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 208 customer reviews
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(2-LP set) For his third solo album, Roger Waters, former bassist/singer/songwriter and founding member of Pink Floyd, takes listeners on a journey through his mind as he examines how human society has been affected through mass media and particularly television. This complex concept album takes its title from a book by author Neil Postman that also explores and alerts us to the dangers of the ways the media shapes our lives. In the title track, aliens arrive on Earth after the extinction of humans - finding merely skeletons gathered around TV sets. The alien anthropologists run every imaginable test to try and determine the reason for this "sad demise." Their conclusion? "This species has amused itself to death. Talk about a blockbuster: This is it. A very limited double LP originally released more than 20 years ago, Amused To Death is reborn on 200-gram double LP from Analogue Productions. Amused to Death was mixed by Pink Floyd's producer/engineer James Guthrie. Doug Sax and Guthrie are working together to master the vinyl, to be pressed to perfection by Quality Record Pressings!Amused To Death was originally mixed using QSound, a virtual surround sound, enhancing the spatial feel of the music along with the various sound effects sprinkled throughout the album. The Analogue Productions' reissue will faithfully preserve this three-dimensional experience.

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Amused to Death is perfectly titled; it conveys its maker's mordant humor and underlying pessimism. Roger Waters's third solo album allowed a faint but perceptible return to the sound of his estranged former band, Pink Floyd. There are moments here ("What God Wants," "Three Wishes") that recall nothing so much as the densely textured sound of Animals and The Wall. And like those works, this is a concept album--the concept (as ever with Waters) being the crappy nature of modern life. Fair enough, but as usual, his satire is blunt and the targets of his scorn obvious. Former Eagle Don Henley duets on "Watching TV," while Jeff Beck contributes taut, lyrical solos to a number of tracks, notably "It's a Miracle." Waters's voice, however, remains the same: a weary whisper, positively dripping with contempt. --Andrew McGuire --This text refers to the LP Record edition.


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Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Excellent album by Mr. Waters. Defiantly his best solo work outside of the "When The Wind Blows" soundtrack. The 5.1 mix on the Blu ray is outstanding be it only in PCM not DTS-HD or Dolby True HD. I had not heard this album in years and forgot how good it was but the 5.1 mix brings you into the music in a whole new way. I would rank this as one of the best 5.1 Blu rays out there and the price is incredible. $18.99 for the CD/ Blu ray is a steal. Now we have a new David Gilmour album coming out in 5.1 in September, fantastic. Now if they would only put out Meddle and The Wall in 5.1 we would be getting somewhere and let's be honest Pink Floyd music solo or as a band is made for the 5.1 experience.
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Great album but very poor quality vinyl. As with most picture discs, this one has waaaay too much surface noise, clicks and pops. Quiet moments in the music not listenable due to the noise.

I sent this back and I'm getting the cheaper 200 gm version.

Edit---It is some time later and I now have the 200 gm audiophile replacement of this album. It is no comparison. It sounds amazing with no pops or clicks. As expected the picture disc is a pure collectors only album for those who aren't interested in playing it...strangely enough.
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Brilliant Blu-ray 5.1 surround. Add this to your surround sound collection of discs. As many other reviewers have suggested, this album may not be for everyone. If you're a Pink Floyd fan - get it. Speaking primarily on the blu-ray quality - it is a solid hit. 5/5. Excellent seperation. Best listened to alone, with the lights dim. Some may consider it a 'depressing album'. I do not. If you really listen to the lyrics, Mr Waters is not too bloody far off on his statements. Shocking at times. Definitely worth a listen. Pick it up and enjoy.
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Format: LP Record Verified Purchase
My fav Roger Waters album has been maticulously mastered for vinyl- outstanding! What a great engaging album Waters produced. Mastered from the Original Analog Master Tapes by Pink Floyd Producer/Engineer James Guthrie & Doug Sax

200g 2LP-Set Pressed by Quality Record Pressings
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Incredible follow up to The Wall in a sumptuous remastered reissue. If you loved the Wall, you should love Amused to Death. It almost feels like a sequel and the packaging, including the blu-ray with a 5.1 surround mix and uncompressed stereo mixes of the original are the reason to get this edition.
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Roger Waters solo music, just like David Gilmour's music goes right into my Pink Floyd collection. Relating to Pink Floyd, solos and tributes, as a Floyd fan we have no choice but to obtain all related music. This research becomes a fun hobby and I am finding new songs that I have never heard. To give you another direction, currently I have discovered a past Band called "The Tee Set" and this was found because of Syd Barrett belonging to this Band. I mention this only to offer some help as I can't tell you much more about this album "Amused To Death". I do enjoy this album and it's a must have. Absolutely 5 stars here. Thank you for taking a moment to read this review.
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This album is amazing and I have been a fan since it came out in 92 when I was 18-years old. This was my first exposure to Waters solo work and I rushed out to buy Radio KAOS and The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking, little did I know this would be all we’d get from him. When I started collecting vinyl 10-years later finding his other albums, even When the Wind Blows, on vinyl was easy, but this one remained elusive. Like a lot of albums released in the 90s, the original vinyl release has demanded a stupid price on the used market that I refused to pay – finally; however, I am able to own this, thanks to this great reissue.
Waters best work that easily eclipses the post Water’s Pink Floyd albums. Released in an area when over produced concept albums had gone out of style, it didn’t make any waves — I knew no one that enjoyed it like I did, even massive Pink Floyd fan friends. Made too late or too early, as we are more amused now than ever, this album didn’t get the accolades it deserved.
My only gripe is the cost – it should be about half the price (Nick Cave’s Murder Ballads reissue was only $25), but I was not going to miss out on this again.
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Format: Audio CD
I remember first hearing this 11 years ago, and being so pleased at how good this album was- and at how good Roger Waters' material still could be.
OK, this is not everyone's cup of tea. Certainly the reaction of some critics was less than effusive. 'Yet another doom laden LP' was a typical comment. And although I'm glad he's doing what he's doing, sometimes I do wish he'd lighten up a bit every now and then. The good news, though, is that this set contains some great songs, and has the feel of a Pink Floyd concept album without being a pale copy. Waters' love of the blues is comes through here (he was always responsibile for the bluesier part of the Floyd repertoire), especially since he has Jeff Beck play some amazing lead guitar. As usual, the songs are linked by an almost cinematic soundtrack of background sound. The first part has more concise rock songs, the highlights being 'What God Wants Part 1", 'Perfect Sense Part 2', and 'The Bravery of Being Out of Range'. Then we have 'What God Wants Part 3', which still sends shivers down my spine, especially that Beck guitar solo, followed by Waters yelling 'Christ it's freezing outside, the veteran cried". It also starts off with the same piano 'ping!' that started off Floyd classic 'Echoes', before Waters sings "Don't be afraid/It's only business"- a not-at-all subtle dig at his former collegues, but then Waters has never been known for his subtlety. Towards the end, the songd get longer, more droning and more atmospheric- Floyd fans will probably like it, those insisting on concise, to-the-point songs will not.
Waters does have a tendancy to put things on his albums that are there to advance the 'concept' of the album, which are too wordy and add too little of musical value.
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