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The Final Cut [Import]

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Cbs
  • ASIN: B000O3QSHC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

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PINK FLOYD The Final Cut (Scarce 1983 Australian issue of the 12-track LP the last studio album to feature Roger Waters with the bassist on writing artwork and vocal duties. The gatefold picture sleeve and jet black inner have some storage wearwith age yet the vinyl looks barely played SBP237817)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally Draining 2 Dec 2003
By A Customer
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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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece 16 Sep 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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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Floyd’s Underrated Masterpiece 18 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
The title refers to three things. Firstly, the cut to our heart that does the most damage in our lives... or the final cut, which severs our connection with the world around us. Secondly, we have the titular interpretation as a reference to The Wall: the motion picture, and the battles of ego between album composer Roger Waters and the film’s director, Alan Parker. Finally, it is a satirical reference to the fact that this was supposed to have been the last Pink Floyd album released. Making it quite literally, the final cut.
Understandably, this kind of subject matter hardly lends itself to a light and breeze pop record. But then again, would you ever expect such a thing from the Floyd. Here, Waters takes the reigns once more, acting as full composer of all but one of the tracks to create a requiem for the post war dream. This subtitle alludes to the lyrical concerns found within, being one part a dedication by Roger to his father who was killed during World War II, and partly as a political statement about the then still-raging war in the Falklands isles.
The mood is almost always downbeat, depressing, heartbreaking and sad; as Water ruminates on the factors of war and personal tragedy in a combination of piercing screams and spoken word intimacy. Much of the record is narrated by Waters rather than sung, with the exception of a few tracks, which were no doubt earmarked as singles at the time. This does give the record a rather strange freakishness within the chronology of Floyd, but I respect the experiment that Waters was trying to conduct. The backing to these quite reflections, are largely built around Michael Kamen’s gentle piano solos, with later integration by a string quartet, and on a more grandiose note, the Royal philharmonic orchestra.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 28 days ago by ian rutherford
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Classic
This is not an album to listen to if you are feeling at all depressed! Its not an easy listen emotionally and is, in places, bleak. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Neilybags
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
very bad condition
Published 1 month ago by kevin bell
3.0 out of 5 stars In Break Up Mode
A band in serious break-up mode and you can see why by listening to The Final Cut with its ant-war sentiments, something that was becoming an obsession with Roger Waters who... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Peter Steward
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
we have this album on tape but wanted dvd it was just as we expected it to be the price was good and the packaging and delivery great
Published 3 months ago by debbie reynolds
1.0 out of 5 stars Roger's bleeding heart
I'm a huge PF fan, but this is the one album I'd sooner forget. It suffers hugely from the missing Rick Wright and is nothing more than a collection of Roger Waters rants about how... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Abzorba the Greek
5.0 out of 5 stars Roger Waters misery heaven!
Don't expect an album full of Gilmour noodling and radio friendly tunes. This is however a great concept album full of meaningful work by a composer at the height of his powers. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Andrew Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars The last (real) Pink Floyd album.
This album is brilliant in parts but it is all very depressing. A real shame that Roger Walters became such control freak that they had to say goodbye.
Published 7 months ago by Bungie
4.0 out of 5 stars the thing to remember is...........
As with all Floyd stuff, this suffers from being extremely good but what people forget is this album is, essentially, the stuff the rest of the band persuaded Roger to leave off... Read more
Published 8 months ago by rainbow man
3.0 out of 5 stars OK - but a pirate copy
ID3 data tags missing - comes up on Cd player as 'track1, track2 etc...'

so Cd has clearly been burned, so is not a wav/lossless format - very poor.
Published 8 months ago by plinky plonky
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