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4.0 out of 5 stars flawed but interesting
This book doesn't deserve a total recomendation, but anyone with an interest in Pink Floyd's greatest album will learn something from it. There are quite a few pictures I haven't seen before (and I have seen a lot of Pink Floyd books) but the most unique thing about this book is the way the authors review the demo versions of the songs on The Wall. I haven't come across...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Shoddy and shallow
Differences of opinion in reviewing classic albums is one thing; shoddy research and the kind of errors that indicate someone trying to make a fast buck are another. Basic errors become wearily evident: Why would John Cage not be performed at the Royal opera House - because he didn't write any operas. There wasn't a Pink Floyd song called "Captain Clegg" - it was...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shoddy and shallow, 4 Aug 2004
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This review is from: Pink Floyd's "The Wall": In the Studio,on Stage and on Screen (Paperback)
Differences of opinion in reviewing classic albums is one thing; shoddy research and the kind of errors that indicate someone trying to make a fast buck are another. Basic errors become wearily evident: Why would John Cage not be performed at the Royal opera House - because he didn't write any operas. There wasn't a Pink Floyd song called "Captain Clegg" - it was "Corporal Clegg2. The thematic reprise in The Trial was not from "Another Brick..." - it was from "Hey You". Elgar never wrote a "New World" Symphony nor was his music used in the Hovis advert - Dvorak did, and it was. You might think this is petty griping, but when we even get a picture of Waters with Snowy White and the rest of the "surrogate band" captioned as "Gilmour and Waters sharing the vocal", I suspected the writers just did not care. Shame on them for producing such crud, but how embarrassing to do so just at a time when Nick Mason's long-awaited reflections on life with the Floyd are due out.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Shoddy Book About A Great Concept, 20 May 2004
This review is from: Pink Floyd's "The Wall": In the Studio,on Stage and on Screen (Paperback)
It's 25 years since the LP of 'The Wall' was released and I suppose we can expect a number of retrospective releases about this most remarkable of rock ventures. For those not in the know, 'The Wall' came into being as a simultaneous LP, live event and movie. Each part interlocked with the other to tell Roger Water's deeply personal story of how the music industry preys on the weaknesses of those who work in it, reducing them to 'comfortably numb' recluses, cut off from their friends, families and feelings. To some it was overblown, to others it spoke great truths, either way it was a monumental undertaking that defined the end of the 1970's and showed that punk didn't have all the answers.
This book, comes nowhere near explaining the complexity, impact and creativity that the original concept had. It's a shoddy little thing, with a thrown-together feel using cheap photos and re-hashed journalism.
There's a great book to be written about 'The Wall' and its lasting cultural impact (e.g. the Scissor Sisters), but this isn't it.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars flawed but interesting, 4 Oct 2004
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This review is from: Pink Floyd's "The Wall": In the Studio,on Stage and on Screen (Paperback)
This book doesn't deserve a total recomendation, but anyone with an interest in Pink Floyd's greatest album will learn something from it. There are quite a few pictures I haven't seen before (and I have seen a lot of Pink Floyd books) but the most unique thing about this book is the way the authors review the demo versions of the songs on The Wall. I haven't come across this anywhere else at all, and it was the highlight for me. Will this material ever be officially released? Who knows, but you get a track by track feel for the music from this book and some of it is quite surprising. Nick Mason's autobiography will probably blow all other Floyd books out of the water, but I found this a useful companion to my favourite Pink Floyd record. It's worth taking a look just for the pictures.
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