|Classic 1985 broadcast recording from the first solo Roger Waters tour
Format: CD / Cat No: GOSS029 / Released: 28/07/2017
Track Listing: CD 1: 1. Welcome To The Machine (8:30) / 2. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (9:55) / 3. Money (8:10) / 4. If (4:01) / 5. Wish You Were Here (6:44) / 6. Pigs On The Wing (Part I) (1:38) / 7. Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Desert (0:46) / 8. Southampton Dock (2:13) / 9. The Gunner's Dream (6:57) / 10. In The Flesh (5:03) / 11. Nobody Home (4:47) / 12. Have A Cigar (5:46) / 13. Another Brick In The Wall (Part I) (2:44) / 14. The Happiest Days Of Our Lives (1:55) / 15. Another Brick In The Wall (Part II) (5:06) / CD 2: 1. 4:30 AM (Apparently They Were Travelling Abroad) (3:15) / 2. 4:33 AM (Running Shoes) (4:21) / 3. 4:37 AM (Arabs With Knives And West German Skies) (3:24) / 4. 4:39 AM (For The First Time Today, Part 2) (3:17) / 5. 4:41 AM (Sexual Revolution) (5:57) / 6. 4:47 AM (The Remains Of Our Love) (3:44) / 7. 4:50 AM (Go Fishing) (7:18) / 8. 4:56 AM (For The First Time Today, Part 1) (1:33) / 9. 4:58 AM (Dunroamin, Duncarin, Dunlivin) (3:04) / 10. 5:01 AM (The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking, Part 10) (5:55) / 11. 5:06 AM (Every Stranger's Eyes) (5:29) / 12. 5:11 AM (The Moment Of Clarity) (1:38) / 13. Band Introduction (3:06) / 14. Brain Damage (3:46) / 15. Eclipse (3:00)
More information: Classic 1985 broadcast recording from the first solo Roger Waters tour.
By 1984, the classic Pink Floyd line-up was all but finished. Despite reaching No. 1 on the charts, the previous year’s The Final Cut had been met with mixed reviews, and many fans saw it as a Roger Waters solo album in all but name. Having unofficially left the group, Waters took the opportunity to resurrect a previous project, The Pros & Cons Of Hitch Hiking.
Featuring some of the finest session players of the day, including Ray Cooper, Andy Newmark, David Sanborn, Raphael Ravenscroft and Andy Bown, as well as Eric Clapton, Jack Palance and The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Waters released the album as his debut solo effort on 30th April 1984. The new album garnered moderate success, reaching No. 13 in the UK and 31 in the US.
Waters, with Clapton in tow, hit the road to support the album just three months later. However, the tour was plagued by poor ticket sales, and some performances at larger venues had to be cancelled. Waters started over in March 1985 in the US, playing smaller locations, and these shows were met with a much greater degree of success. This two disc collection, the subject of an FM radio broadcast synced across the country, was recorded on 28th March at the Radio City Music Hall in New York. Featuring a host of Floyd classics as well as the new record in its entirety, this double CD set goes to show that Waters was just as much an exceptional performer, showman and musician when out on his own as he ever was with his old band.