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Is There Anybody out There? The Wall: Live 1980-1981 Import, Best of, Live
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Exactly what was Pink Floyd's The Wall? Rock opera? Concept album? Performance art? Mere entertainment? While the truth may lie in a combination of all of the above, during the band's tour of 1980-81, The Wall was a bona fide spectacle. More than anything, Is There Anybody Out There? captures the volume, the bombast, and the grandeur of these famed performances with remarkable accuracy. Meticulously recorded, these concerts are astonishingly faithful to the band's studio versions and flow out of the speakers with practiced authority and absolutely fantastic sound. That said, there are few new revelations to be gained from hearing The Wall live that can't be gleaned from the studio version. Some moments do have an additional spark, however. "Run Like Hell" is launched with blistering intensity, and the first notes of "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 1" will surely raise a shiver. The release also includes two tracks ("What Shall We Do Now," "The Last Few Bricks") left off the original release due to space constraints. Essential for Floyd fanatics as well as those wishing to hear just how terrific a live concert can sound. --S. Duda --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.Read more ›
For now let's ignore the packaging which, while incredible, gives only tiny samples of what the show actually looked like. If the video footage exists it should be released.
Let's concentrate on the music. By now everybody should know the history of "The Wall". Spawned from Roger Waters' hatred of arena rock and the spitting incident in Canada during the "Animals" tour, this album became as much of a milestone as "Dark Side Of The Moon". Waters attempted this live, but the motley collection of celebrity guest stars never quite caught it. The problem was that, as much as Roger insists that "he" was Pink Floyd, the guitar sound of David Gilmour was just as big a part of the overall band sound. And this is highlighted on this album. Hailed by Gilmour himself as the best song he ever wrote, "Comfortably Numb" is the showcase. The studio version of the solo was incredible. This version is totally awesome. I can't even begin to imagine him playing this, bathed in the glare of a spotlight, standing on top of "The Wall".
The venom of some of Roger's lyrics is way more apparent live, and the original sting of the playing and performance is heightened in the live setting. That the band were actually falling apart at the time due to the old favorite "musical and personal differences" makes the fact that this album is so good a testimony to the undoubted talents of Messrs Waters, Gilmour, Mason and Wright.
OK, there isn't too much that's different to the studio version.Read more ›
I also have the greatest mum and grandma. Together with my dad they provided this version to me, also. (I pitched in a little, too.) Love this to bits.
This deluxe-version is the definitve one from the live choices, as the hardcovered book is a wonderful read filled with great stories, nice pictures and scetches.
My only gripe is the storage of the CDs, as they are in the books covers and are in danger to move and slide out in their own time if kept there. Instantly I moved the discs in standard jewel cases, so minor gripe, minor problem, solved.
I suggest that you do the same with your copy for full protection.
The sound is crystal clear and crisp. The additional songs (not found on the studioalbum) were to me the main reason to want this. But the enrgy put in all of the performances is just as good one. Great! :o)
If you want only one version of Pink Floyd's masterpiece 'The Wall', make sure it's the live/deluxe one. You won't be sorry, I assure you.
Listen at night with dim lights and an sharp mind.
Now, if only there was a DVD too, I'd love to SEE 'The Wall' performed live too. I wasn't even born when they toured back in the '80s, but according to the LIVE 8 -performance it was surely wonderful.
Roger, David, are you listening? Please give us the DVD (or if you haven't got the material, do a new tour and film that one!), that would be perfection and purely heavenly!
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I just bought and received a copy of this music. Perfect, just perfect. You must own a copy of this Wall. Nice to hear Live with Waters and Gilmour.Published on Feb. 4 2010 by John Kelly
is there anybody there is one of the best live albums from floyd after the excellent pulse where there do a classic rendition of the dark side of the moon. Read morePublished on July 12 2004 by snow blind100
When I heard this I couldn't believe my ears : YIKES!!!!This is really BAD BAD music, very BAD and UNINSPIRED. Read morePublished on July 12 2004
While I don't rate this CD as high as 'The Wall' itself, it is always a treat to hear great studio productions taken on the road successfully. Read morePublished on July 10 2004
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!!!!!.Published on July 8 2004 by guitar expert101
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. Read morePublished on July 8 2004 by snow blind100
Pink Floyd's Is There Anybody Out There?: The Wall Live was released in April of 2000. The album was released to commemorate the 20th anniversary of The Wall. Read morePublished on June 28 2004 by Terrence J Reardon
Honestly, "Is There Anybody Out There?" really pales in comparison to the studio version of "The Wall". Read morePublished on May 28 2004 by Jamie Von B
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. Read morePublished on April 29 2004 by Scott in Cleveland