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The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking
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Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2008.
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.
So then, what is Pros & Cons? A dream set to music, although only Roger would ever make it into an album like this.. we go from picking up hitchhikers on the road to living in the woods in Wyoming to standing by a cliff with Yoko Ono yelling 'jump.' There are moments of fear and moments of sweetness. Roger screams a little too much, but this is a small complaint. And this time we go out on a positive note with "Every Stranger's Eyes" / "Moment of Clarity," one of Roger's most beautiful passages. Listen with an open mind.. realize it's not Pink Floyd, but something different. And be willing to give it a couple listens at first before it sinks in.. you'll be glad you did.
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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 bensh0410
No one can tell a story in music like Roger Waters. To him the lyrics are everything, and the music is there to support those lyrics. Read morePublished on May 26 2004 by Russell Diederich