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  • Mini-Disc
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B0000025SD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)

1. Post War Dream
2. Your Possible Pasts
3. One of the Few
4. Hero's Return
5. Gunners Dream
6. Paranoid Eyes
7. Get Your Filthy Hands off My Desert
8. Fletcher Memorial Home
9. Southampton Dock
10. Final Cut
11. Not Now John
12. Two Suns in the Sunset

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Dec. 2003
Format: Audio CD
As big a music fan as I am, there are very few albums which would move me to write a review.
By the time I first purchased The Final Cut when it was first released, I already owned the entire back catalogue including all the solo stuff by all the members.
I was seventeen at the time and spent hours and hours listening to albums through my headphones. From the first time I played the album I was utterly transfixed by the compositional brilliance of all involved. Although Roger dominates every aspect of all he touches, David Gilmours contribution - brief as it is - is wonderfully judged.
The production is faultless, from the strained and bitter screams to the barely audile whispers that encircle your head to the beautifully interspersed sound effects; every moment on the album is achingly involving.
Many reviews comment on the "gloomy" and "negative" nature of the album. I've always viewed this as a work of enormous naked passion which ultimately tells of his terrible loss. As sad as it is, it is also a thing of great beauty.
One last word: there exists somewhere a video of four tracks from the album with Roger singing whilst hidden in shadow. Utterly brilliant. I only ever viewed it once but i can still remember the tingle that crept down my back. Wonderful.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Jan. 2001
Format: Audio CD
If you are able to skip, the somewhat dated juxtaposition of the main subject matter (The Falklands Conflict), coupled with the then, well publicised frictions within the band itself, this album is an excellent album by any standards, but the vast majority do feel (along with the facts of history),that "The Final Cut" was not the final Pink Floyd album with Roger Waters, but a complete solo effort by Roger Waters. To understand this album better, it is an advantage to understand the situation surrounding Pink Floyd at the time of recording. The conflict within the band itself, regarding this album, was near breaking point. The sacking of keyboard wizard and original member, Richard Wright (which was instigated by Roger Waters during the recording of "The Wall", by holding the master tapes to ransom!),was still very fresh in the memory, thus coupled with Dave Gilmour and Nick Mason protesting that this was not a Pink Floyd album, in the truest sense,but a blatant ego trip by Roger Waters, which was resulting in an album of songs, that were deemed too inferior for "The Wall". The input of Gilmour and Mason, was very limited, due to Waters insistance on using session musicians. This explains the lack of collaberation on the album, alas "Not Now John" was the only co written song. Roger Waters also demanded that David Gilmour was removed from the production credits, thus creating the straw that broke the camel's back, between Waters and Gilmour.
With all this in mind, it was a complete miracle, that anything of quality (or anything at all) was released after the world dominating "The Wall".
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Paracelsus1966 on 16 Sept. 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This has always been one of my favourite Floyd albums, and I'm glad this reissue includes the terribly moving 'When the Tigers Broke Free' (the original single from 1982 said that it was from the forthcoming album The Final Cut, but was never included until this CD reissue).

OK, the band were imploding at the time they recorded it, but I think that has had an added effect on the music, in other words, this is incredibly disillusioned, angry, sad and cynical stuff. With references to the Great Beast Thatcher and the Falklands, shipyards closing and the IRA, this is clearly the work of people (or persons, namely R. Waters) who have lost faith in just about everything.

But this lack of faith is what makes the album incredibly affecting - I would go so far as to say that it is one of the most moving records ever made by a rock band. This is almost as far as it goes. Utter, total contempt for our rotten society, summed up perfectly in The Fletcher Memorial Home, a song which doesn't seem too far removed from Spitting Image or The Comic Strip presents. I particularly like the line 'Did they expect us to treat them with any respect?'

Enough of my fervour. Listen to this and make up your own mind. For me, it's been a landmark these last 25 years. And I think it will continue to be so. Floyd may hate it, but I don't think they realise what a beast - and a wise beast at that - they created with this magnificent album.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By feta boab on 22 Nov. 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
melancholy, powerful and introspective. This isn't one to listen to if you're feeling a bit down.
I came across this album 14 years ago, during my obsessive search for all things Floyd (there was a point where i listened to nothing else for 18 months), and instantly clicked.
Most of the reviews on here (even the negative ones) capture some of the essence of this album. 'harsh in places... but it's truly, truly beautiful!' is a good summary to me of this album.
Yes, given the state of Floyd as a 'group' it is easy to dismiss this as only Waters album - his ego, and determination to define Floyd purely in terms of 'his genius' is undeniably seen here. However, there are blasts of Gilmour which penetrate so deeply into the 'Floyd Soul', that you'll instantly know the difference between this and 'Pros & Cons'.
Also, you will notice is that the 'creative psychedelia' of previous albums is missing. It has a completely different vibe to Dark Side & Wish You Were Here.... but if you are into 'The Wall', then it seems to be a 'logical' extension to Water's frame of mind that started with 'Animals' and finished (musically - listen to Radio K.A.O.S to confirm) with 'Pro's and Cons'.
I don't think that 'When The Tigers Broke Free' belongs on this album. It belonged on 'The Wall' and this, although perhaps conceptually (in Water's mind) is appropriate in 'The Final Cut', watch 'The Wall' film and you'll see where it should be.
Bottom line is that Waters doesn't appear to have reconciled his anger at losing his Dad in WWII.
'I would only recommend it to die hard Pink Floyd or Roger Waters fans' is probably good advice. If you liked 'The Wall',chances are you'll grow to like this. If you're looking for the Floyd magic that Dark Side and Wish You Were Here brought you - avoid.
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