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Roger Waters - The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking [Columbia FC 39290] (04-30-1984)

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Roger Waters


The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking

Released: 04-30-1984
Label: Columbia
Catalog: FC 39290
Genre: Rock, Progressive Rock
NOTE: Reissue, censored album cover

T R A C K L I S T:
01-4:30 AM (Apparently They Were Travelling Abroad)
02-4:33 AM (Running Shoes)
03-4:37 AM (Arabs With Knives And West German Skies)
04-4:39 AM (For The First Time Today, Part 2)
05-4:41 AM (Sexual Revolution)
06-4:47 AM (The Remains Of Our Love)
07-4:50 AM (Go Fishing)
08-4:56 AM (For The First Time Today, Part 1)
09-4:58 AM (Dunroamin, Duncarin, Dunlivin)
10-5:01 AM (The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking - Part 10)
11-5:06 AM (Every Strangers Eyes)
12-5:11 AM (The Moment Of Clarity)
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The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking is the first solo album by Roger Waters; it was released in 1984, the year before Waters announced his departure from Pink Floyd. The album was certified gold in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America in April 1995.

The concept, as envisioned by Waters in 1977, rotated around a man's scattered thoughts during a road trip through California, focusing on his midlife crisis, and how he dreams of committing adultery with a hitchhiker he picks up along the way. Along the way he also faces other fears and paranoia, with all of these things taking place in real time in the early morning hours of 04:30:18 am to 05:12 am on an unspecified day.

In July 1978, Waters played some of the music demos of what he had pieced together, but he also played parts of another album he was preparing titled Bricks in the Wall to the rest of his bandmates in the group Pink Floyd. After a long debate, they decided that they preferred the concept of Bricks in the Wall instead, even though their manager at the time, Steve O'Rourke, thought that Pros and Cons was a better-sounding concept, and David Gilmour calling Pros and Cons stronger musically.

Well, the idea for the album came concurrently with the idea for The Wall - the basis of the idea. I wrote both pieces at roughly the same time. And in fact, I made demo tapes of them both, and in fact presented both demo tapes to the rest of the Floyd, and said ''Look, I'm going to do one of these as a solo project and we'll do one as a band album, and you can choose.'' So, this was the one that was left over. Um...I mean, it's developed an awful lot since then, I think. -Roger Waters

Bricks in the Wall, retitled The Wall, became the next Pink Floyd album in 1979, and Waters shelved Pros and Cons. In early 1983, Waters undertook the shelved project himself. The album was recorded in three different studios between February and December 1983 in London, the Olympic Studios, Eel Pie Studios and in Waters' own Billiard Room, the studio where his demos were constructed. The album features musical conductor Michael Kamen, the vocal talents of actor Jack Palance, saxophonist David Sanborn and rock and blues guitarist Eric Clapton.

Track 7, 4.50 am (Go Fishing) includes the same refrain as ''The Fletcher Memorial Home'' from Pink Floyd's The Final Cut uses for the line: ''The Fletcher Memorial Home for incurable tyrants and kings''. This song also includes one of the car sounds and the slightly changed chorus melody from that album's ''Your Possible Pasts''.

As the original album was released in 1984 on the traditional two-sided vinyl LP and cassette formats, in keeping with Waters' concept there are a few seconds missing between sides one and two, allowing the listener to flip the record (or turn the cassette), thus keeping the second half starting at exactly 4:50 am as planned. When the album was released on CD a few years later however, this short gap was lost due to continuous play, throwing the time back a couple of seconds. Also, the times for ''4:37 am (Arabs With Knives and West German Skies)'' and ''4:47 am (The Remains of Our Love)'' on the first side are incorrect: the songs begin a couple of seconds earlier than indicated, as they start during the seconds of ''4:36 AM'' and ''4:46 AM'', respectively.

Gerald Scarfe, who had created the album artwork and some animation for Pink Floyd's The Wall album, created all the graphics and animation for the Pros and Cons album. Its cover prompted controversy for featuring a rear-view nude photograph of model and softcore pornography actress Linzi Drew. Although it was originally released with the nudity intact, subsequent editions distributed by Columbia Records censored Drew's buttocks with a black box.

'Roger's a very different sort of person [i.e. different from Eric Clapton or David Gilmour, described as easygoing]. I have tremendous respect for him. He's a very clever man, but he is very serious. When Eric and I toured with him, he wanted everything exactly the same as the record, which, unfortunately, kind of took the fun out of performing.' -Tim Renwick, guitar player

A film based on the concept was proposed, and in 1987 a press release for the Radio K.A.O.S. album claimed a film adaptation of Pros and Cons... had been completed, though nothing has been heard of it since. The screenplay was written by BBC/Radio Times Drama Award winner Pete Ward, who used excerpts from Waters' songs/lyrics from 1967 to 1987 as background to his award-winning play, Yesterday's Triumph, exploring the 20-year relationship of two close friends - one who attempts to fake mental illness to be with the other, who is an institutionalized 'catastrophic schizophrenic'. Ward was commissioned to expand the plot and characters in The Pros and Cons around the album's 42-minute real-time dream sequence based on Waters' own dreams.

A film was made in 1984 and 1985 which combined Gerald Scarfe's animations and Nicolas Roeg's live-action footage with Slit-scan photography created by Peter Truckel at The Moving Picture Company. Also directed by Nicolas Roeg the film was projected on a backdrop behind the stage as the band played. Three promotional videos were also directed by Roeg. ''The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking'' features snippets of the live action material from the screen films interspersed with footage of ''Shane'' and other cowboy films. ''Sexual Revolution'' also featured screen film material interspersed with footage Waters singing the song and playing his bass. ''Every Stranger's Eyes'' is identical to the screen projection, except for the fact that footage of Waters is also interspersed here. []

Roger Waters - Radio K.A.O.S. [Columbia FC 40795] (15 June 1987)

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Roger Waters


Radio K.A.O.S.

Released: 15 June 1987
Label: Columbia
Catalog: FC 40795
Genre: Rock
Note: Small tear on front cover

Matrix / Runout (Side A):

Matrix / Runout (Side B):
BL-40795-2A G A15
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Radio Waves
02 Who Needs Information
03 Me Or Him
04 The Powers That Be
05 Sunset Strip
06 Home
07 Four Minutes
08 The Tide Is Turning (After Live Aid)
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Radio K.A.O.S. is the second solo studio album by English rock musician and former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters. Released on 15 June 1987 in the United Kingdom and June 16 in the United States, it was Waters' first solo album after his formal split from Pink Floyd in 1985. Like his previous and future studio albums and many works of his during his time with Pink Floyd, the album is a concept album based on a number of key topical subjects of the late 1980s, including monetarism and its effect on citizens, popular culture of the time, and the events and consequences of the Cold War. It also makes criticisms of Margaret Thatcher's government, much like Pink Floyd's The Final Cut, another album conceived by Waters.

The album follows Billy, a mentally and physically disabled man from Wales, forced to live with his uncle David in Los Angeles after his brother Benny was sent to prison after an act intended to support striking coal miners results in the death of a taxi driver, following his dismissal from his mining job due to "market forces." The album explores Billy's mind and view on the world through an on-air conversation between him and Jim, a disc jockey at a local fictitious radio station named Radio KAOS. []

Roger Waters - Is This The Life We Really Want? [Columbia 88985 43649 1] (2017)

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Is This The Life We Really Want?

Released: 2017
Label: Columbia
Catalog: 88985 43649 1
Genre: Progressive Rock
Note: This album was unsealed to make this transfer - only played once

T R A C K L I S T:
01 When We Were Young
02 Deja Vu
03 The Last Refugee
04 Picture That
05 Broken Bones
06 Is This The Life We Really Want?
07 Bird In A Gale
08 The Most Beautiful Girl
09 Smell The Roses
10 Wait For Her
11 Oceans Apart
12 A Part Of Me Died
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Is This the Life We Really Want? (stylised as is this the life we really want?) is the fifth studio album by English rock musician and former Pink Floyd bassist and vocalist Roger Waters, released on 2 June 2017 by Columbia Records. It is his first solo album in nearly 25 years since Amused to Death (1992), as well as his first studio album in 12 years since Ca Ira (2005). On 20 April, the single ''Smell the Roses'' was released.

The album was recorded at various times between 2010 and 2017. The song ''Deja Vu'' was debuted live in 2014 under the title ''Lay Down Jerusalem (If I Had Been God)''. The song ''Broken Bones'' was debuted live in 2015 under the title ''Safe and Sound''. Cover

The cover was banned in Italy (not the work itself) because it was considered plagiarism of the work of Emilio Isgro whose signature work involves ''erasing''.

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 73, based on 15 reviews, indicating ''generally favorable reviews''. Rolling Stone said: ''The music is quintessential post-Dark Side Of The Moon Floyd, but channeled by offspring: Producer Nigel Godrich brings prog-rock grandeur, multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Wilson microdose psychedelia, Lucius alt-R&B backing vocals.'' Drowned in Sound said the album is ''a long, sprawling epic that stretches out for its slightly-padded running time, but one so full of ideas and intricacies that it's an easy album to get sucked into.'' Consequence of Sound said the album ''is easily the most accessible of Waters' solo work - a distillation in many regards of the anti-fascist, anti-imperialist, anti-greed messages he's been broadcasting since Pink Floyd.'' Pitchfork said the album's ''myriad sonic references to his work with Pink Floyd suggest that Waters is comfortable with his past. The more you accept how much his past reflects in his present, the more receptive you'll be to this album's charms.'' []

Roger Waters' Biography

George Roger Waters (born 6 September 1943) is an English singer, songwriter, bassist, and composer. In 1965, he co-founded the progressive rock band Pink Floyd with drummer Nick Mason, keyboardist Rick Wright, and guitarist, singer, and songwriter Syd Barrett. Waters initially served as the group's bassist, but following the departure of Barrett in 1968, he also became their lyricist, co-lead vocalist, and conceptual leader.

Pink Floyd achieved international success with the concept albums The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, and The Wall. By the early 1980s, they had become one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful groups in the history of popular music; by 2013, they had sold more than 250 million albums worldwide. Amid creative differences, Waters left in 1985 and began a legal dispute with the remaining members over their use of the band's name and material. They settled out of court in 1987, and nearly eighteen years passed before he performed with them again.

Waters' solo work includes the studio albums The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, Radio K.A.O.S., Amused to Death, and Is This the Life We Really Want?. 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. As a member of Pink Floyd, he was inducted into the U.S. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. In the same year he released Ca 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 2017, the tour is the highest-grossing of all time by a solo artist. []
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