Amused to Death Hybrid SACD, Import
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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.
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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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.
200g 2LP-Set Pressed by Quality Record Pressings
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.
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.Read more ›
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Kinda sorry I bought it. Roger Waters rambling to music. It worked great for some of the songs in The Wall. but not a whole cd of it. Should have stayed with Pink Roger. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bob
Interesting album I missed the first time around. Great quality and outstanding surround mix. Roger Waters being Roger Waters on this one, very moody. Impressive sound.Published 7 months ago by tbready
Very good music , love Roger Waters.
Quality of pressing is so so. I would expect more from 200 grams record
Side A , first song have static noises that I could not... Read more