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The Final Cut

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Product details

  • Audio CD (10 Oct. 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000024ZLX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,437 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

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

Product Description

Product Description

PINK FLOYD The Final Cut (1994 UK 12-track digitally remastered CD issue of their 1983 album the twelfth studio album and the only album that does not feature keyboardist Richard Wright includes the single Not Now John comes with a picture/ lyric booklet inlay CDEMD1070)

Originally planned as a kind of soundtrack from The Wall, The Final Cut was to have featured versions of tracks recorded for the film and rejected material from the album sessions. Instead, it effectively turned into the first Roger Waters solo project and is sub-titled "A Requiem For The Post-War Dream, by Roger Waters, performed by Pink Floyd". In fact, David Gilmore and Nick Mason only made small contributions to the album, and it is reputed that Gilmore and Waters, for some time not the best of friends, never spent time simultaneously in the studio. Keyboardist Rick Wright had already been dismissed by Waters shortly after the recording of The Wall and much of the album was put together using session musicians and under Waters's sole direction. As a concept album, it is in fact much more coherent than The Wall, focusing its rage and bitterness upon the destruction of the post-war consensus on peace, the welfare state and international co-operation by short-sighted and self-serving world leaders. Additionally, it explores the havoc wrought upon individuals by war and how scarring experiences, if unacknowledged through pride and fear, can cut a person off from the rest of humanity. The Final Cut is an altogether underrated release. Although necessarily gloomy, it is extremely powerful, has good songs, biting lyrics and excellent production, with trademark sound effects used very effectively. On "Not Now John" in particular, it appears as if every one of the 64 recording tracks was being used for a different sound. However, like any album that deals with political events, certain references now sound somewhat dated. --James Swift

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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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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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This is a superb album which is musically intelligent, original and contains touching and emotional lyrics by Waters. I'm a little confused why so many claim it is not really a Floyd album. OK Richard Wright was sacked but seemingly he contributed little for years and Nick Mason was always predominately just a drummer with the band a la Ringo anyhow. The session musicians used compliment the high production and style of the record. I'm also sure that Gilmour played a bigger part in this record than is acknowledged: a bit like Lennon and McCartney, he seemed able to contain many of Waters excesses. The 'final' Floyd record with Waters fits entirely with so much of his groups previous work since Syd left: especially Dark Side, Wish You Were Here, Animals and the Wall. It is again introspective, sentimental, depressing and cynical in large parts, yet also original and musically adept. Floyd were so unique for many reasons including their use of covers as public art, diverse instruments, clever songs, etc.

As well as the poetic lyrics this CD also contains great songs and innovative ambient effects. This record is still relevant because many of the political messages that dominate about unemployment and war have not dated but become more relevant if anything. We still have millions on the dole and new wars are almost an annual event. Its just a pity that Waters and Gilmour can't make up their differences and perhaps produce one last great record.
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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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