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The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking

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  • Audio CD (Dec 9 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0012GMUI6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 103 customer reviews
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Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2008.

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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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Right before Roger Waters left Pink Floyd, he released The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking. The album was originally supposed to be a Pink Floyd album, but it got shelved in favor of The Wall. 5 years later, Roger releases it under his own name.

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.
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Roger Waters released his second solo album The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking in April of 1984. The album was recorded between February and December of 1983 at Roger's home studio and featured assistance from the legendary Eric Clapton on guitar, the late Michael Kamen on piano and orchestrations, Roxy Music drummer Andy Newmark and jazz great David Sanborn on saxophones. Roger Waters takes the concept album to new heights on this masterpiece. Each of the 12 tracks marks the a scene of a surreal dream (nightmare?). Along the journey, Waters(whom wrote, sang, played bass and rhythm guitar and produced with Michael Kamen) deals with murderous Arabs in Germany(Arabs With Knives and West German Skies), a sexual encounter(Sexual Revolution), mundane family life(The Remains of Our Love and Go Fishing). He also encounters bikers, truckers, housewives, Shane and Yoko Ono(all mentioned in the title cut) and strangers(the album's best cut, Every Stranger's Eyes). The album is balanced with great doses of Slowhand's playing, the late Kamen's orchestrations and Waters' lyrics. To date, this is the only Waters solo album to go Gold in the US and peaked at #31 here in the US. However, notwithstanding sales figures, this album is a great solo disc. Highly recommended!
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Pink Floyd's music always worked best because of the contributions of both Roger Waters and Dave Gilmour. Waters had the genius for writing lyrics and Gilmour could make brilliant music to bring them to life. Individually they still make good albums, but not quite as great as they could together. I'd have to say Roger has done a better job as a solo artist; he's known where to draw the line and bring in other musicians to help. In this case he picked some of the best: Eric Clapton, David Sanborn and Michael Kamen among others.
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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This album is a cohesive masterpiece of Roger Water's more disturbing memories, dreams, and reflections. Granted, this is NOT dinner and dancing music! It is potent stuff, some of which you will find disturbing if you're expecting the more melodic Floydian sound of The Wall or Dark Side. The album was reportedly written at the same time Waters wrote The Wall, which the band chose to do instead of this one. I believe that like The Wall, it is mainly autobiographical. My favorite cut of this album is "Every Stranger's Eyes," but the entire CD is moving and powerful from beginning to end, including the sounds connecting each song. Only Roger Waters can write music and lyrics that will take you on such an emotional journey into the shadows and depths, and make the listener feel it all so powerfully. Realize though, that this is more angst and haunting feelings than the kind of music enjoyed in "Money" or even "Comfortably Numb" - it lacks the harmonies and melodic touches often attributed to Gilmour's influence - but I heartily recommend it for any Floyd or Waters fan. From quiet, tender and vulnerable feelings to sudden, angst-ridden strains, the music delivers with huge emotional impact. Pop fans will hate it. First listen should be alone, undisturbed. Second listen will have you hooked.
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