Amused to Death Roger Waters
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- 1The Ballad of Bill Hubbard04:19
- 2What God Wants, Pt. I06:00
- 3Perfect Sense, Pt. I04:16
- 4Perfect Sense, Pt. II02:51
- 5The Bravery of Being Out of Range04:43
- 6Late Home Tonight, Pt. I04:01
- 7Late Home Tonight, Pt. II02:13
- 8Too Much Rope05:47
- 9What God Wants, Pt. II03:42
- 10What God Wants, Pt. III04:18
- 11Watching TV06:08
- 12Three Wishes06:50
- 13It's a Miracle08:30
- 14Amused to Death09:07
Info for Amused to Death
An unblinking look at an entertainment-obsessed society, 'Amused To Death' addresses issues that have only grown in complexity and urgency over the past two decades. With Amused to Death, Roger Waters sounded the alarm about a society increasingly – and unthinkingly – in thrall to its television screens. Twenty-three years later, Amused to Death speaks to our present moment in ways that could scarcely have been anticipated two decades ago. In 2015, television is just one option in an endless array of distractions available to us anytime, anywhere, courtesy of our laptops, tablets and smartphones. With eyes glued to our screens, the dilemmas and injustices of the real world can easily recede from view.
„Amused to Death is a solid album both conceptually and musically, showcasing Waters as an artist who, like his work with Pink Floyd, conveys his thoughts and ideals with pinpoint accuracy so that they are engraved within his audience's mind. With this album, Waters touches heavily on the dangers of capitalism, the insensitivity of the human race, the ridiculousness of war, and the onslaught of mindless entertainment that encroaches on mankind on a day-to-day basis. Fitting all these aspects into 14 songs is a task in itself, but accomplishing this task alongside music that is forceful and appealing is extremely difficult, and still Waters succeeds in doing this throughout the duration of the album. 'The Ballad of Bill Hubbard' is a moving spoken intro from Alf Razzell, a former member of Britain's Royal Fusiliers. A stab at the false sense of security that lies within religion is dealt with on the powerful 'What God Wants, Pt. 1,' and the cowardice of the world's leaders is addressed in 'The Bravery of Being Out of Range,' one of the albums most blatant tracks. Guest guitarist Jeff Beck rises to the occasion on a number of songs here, and both Rita Coolidge and Don Henley fill in behind and beside Waters on a couple of the longer tunes. Ending with the title track, a song that sums up the whole of the album with it's subtle yet hard-hitting demeanor, Waters proves that he can still reveal his conceptual ideas with pristine clarity, only on Amused to Death, the music is as equally entertaining and effective.“ (Mike DeGagne, AMG)
Roger Waters, vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass
Charlie Fleischer, vocals
Alf Razzell, vocals
P.P. Arnold, vocals
Andy Fairweather-Low, guitar, background vocals
Rick DiFonso, guitar
Bruce Gaitsch, guitar
Tim Pierce, guitar
Geoff Whitehorn, guitar
B.J. Cole, pedal steel
Steve Sidwell, cornet
Patrick Leonard, keyboards, vocals
John 'Rabbit' Brundrick, bass
James Johnson, bass
John Pierce, bass
Randy Jackson, bass
John Patitucci, bass
Graham Broad, drums
Jeff Porcaro, drums
Denny Fongheiser, drums
Luis Conte, percussion
Brian MacLeod, percussion
Katie Kissoon, background vocals
Doreen Chanter, background vocals
N'Dea Davenport, background vocals
Natalie Jackson, background vocals
Lynn Fiddmont-Linsey, background vocals
Jessica Leonard, background vocals
Jordan Leonard, background vocals
Jon Joyce, background vocals
Stan Laurel, background vocals
Jim Haas, background vocals
London Welsh Chorale, background vocals
The National Philharmonic Orchestra
Guo Li & The Peking Brothers
Engineered by Hayden Bendall, Jerry Jordan, Steve Mclaughlan
Produced by Roger Waters, Nick Griffiths, Patrick Leonard
Digitally remastered by James Guthrie
became a legend of rock music through his seminal creations, The Wall and The Dark Side of the Moon. Waters has sold more than 250 million albums worldwide, including 74.5 million units sold in the United States, and has sold more tickets in the last three years than any other performing artist. He now turns to his latest creation and great passion – his own operatic composition.
In 1965, Waters co-founded the band Pink Floyd with drummer Nick Mason, keyboardist Richard Wright and guitarist, singer and songwriter Syd Barrett. Waters initially served as the group's bassist and co-lead vocalist, but following the departure of Barrett in 1968, he also became their lyricist and conceptual leader. Pink Floyd subsequently achieved international success with the concept albums The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall and The Final Cut. By the early 1980s, they had become one of the most critically acclaimed and best-selling acts in the history of popular music; as of 2013, they have sold more than 250 million albums worldwide.
Waters' solo career has included three studio albums: The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, Radio K.A.O.S. and Amused to Death. In 1990, he staged one of the largest and most extravagant rock concerts in history, The Wall - Live in Berlin, with an official attendance of 200,000. In 1996, he was inducted into the US and the UK Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Pink Floyd. In 2005, he released Ça Ira an opera in three acts translated from Etienne and Nadine Roda-Gils' libretto about the French Revolution. Later that year, he reunited with Pink Floyd bandmates Mason, Wright and David Gilmour for the Live 8 global awareness event; it was the group's first appearance with Waters since 1981. He has toured extensively as a solo act since 1999 and played The Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety for his world tour of 2006-2008. In 2010, he began The Wall Live and in 2011 Gilmour and Mason appeared with him during a performance of the double album in London. As of 2013, the tour is the highest-grossing of all time by a solo artist.
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