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Hey EMI, we don't need all these accessories. IMMERSION - The Wall,
This review is from: The Wall [Immersion Edition] (Audio CD)IMMERSION version review & EXPERIENCE lower down the page.The Wall [Experience Edition]
THE SOUND QUALITY OF THE 2011 REMASTER IS AN INCREDIBLE IMPROVEMENT OVER THE 1992/1994 ISSUE. So do treat yourself to a new copy to go along side your vinyl, aad cd, Shine On/1994 remaster. For me OBSCURED BY CLOUDS and THE WALL benefited most from the new up-grade, (I treated myself to Meddle upto The Wall only, as I am more than happy with the 1994 remasters for everything else).
O.M.G., I have given this, THE most important LP in my life, 2 Stars. The Wall is where I discovered "proper" music for the first time back in 1980. Even got front row on the 21/07/1990 with what could have been a million people behind me.
So what do you get for your money:
CD 1 & 2 The Wall digitally remastered by James Guthrie, 2011
CD 3 & 4 Is There Anybody Out There: The Wall Live (digitally remastered in 2011 by James Guthrie)
CD 5 & 6 The Wall album demos (previously unreleased) approx 2 hours. (Don't get excited by "The Doctor", if you are expecting a stunning Gilmour solo, forget it. If want more excellent Gilmour check out: 1. PAUL McCARTNEY - NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS. 2. BRYAN FERRY - IS YOUR LOVE STRONG ENOUGH 12" 3. BERLIN - PINK & VELVET (probably all on YouTube).
DISC 7 - DVD, AUDIO VISUAL
Another Brick In The Wall pt2 promotional video - restored in 2011
Behind The Wall documentary
Gerald Scarfe Interview
Short filmed extract of Earls Court concert featuring animation
44 page 27cm x 27cm booklet designed by Storm Thorgerson
Exclusive photo book
27cm x 27cm Exclusive Storm Thorgerson Art Print
5 x Collectors Cards by Storm Thorgerson
Replica of The Wall Tour Ticket
Replica of The Wall Backstage Pass
Prints/Cards of Mark Fisher's stage drawings
3 x white marbles with design of bricks
9 x Coasters (unique to this box) featuring early Storm Thorgerson design sketches
Okay, that's what you get for your money, all housed in a box. Personally, I think the front cover is awful. I am sure more care could have gone into Gerald Scarfe's wonderful drawings.
Of course, most of us have "The Wall" and have already bought the cd version 1) analog 2)1994 remaster or 1992 Shine On and again in one of several formats of "Is There Anybody Out There?"
Most of the DVD is repeats found elsewhere.
So moving onto THE DEMOS. Excellent quality and interesting. However, that said I will not (I think) be playing these 2 dics a great deal. I have never really cared for the "Demo" tracks on any cd by any artist. Anyway, that's my own view.
An absolute 50 Star album which should have been (in my opinion) seperated into 4 individual releases now only gets 2 Stars for the whole package.
NEW UPDATED COMMENT (30th Nov 2012 (Happy 33rd birthday to "The Wall") and that is just to say that with careful searching on download sites it is possible to find "The Wall - live", it is "Is there anybody out there?" superb sound dubbed over the full length, poor quality filmed concert, Earl's Court. It is a fine attempt using the available footage by those who made it. Yes the sync is slightly out at times but until EMI, Floyd can be bothered to put this out god bless the bootleggers. If you are interested then I can only point you in the right direction to find it for yourself as it is an illegal, naughty product... shocking! And have you got Gerald Scarfe's superb book, "The Making of The Wall".The Making of Pink Floyd The Wall I reviewed the hardback version but it's now in paperback version to.
ANOTHER NEW UPDATE ON THE WALL. Jan 2013.
EXPERIENCE review:The Wall [Experience Edition] NEW TO THE FLOYD - YOU WILL NEED 1. DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, 2. WISH YOU WERE HERE, 3. ANIMALS & 4. THE WALL, those four just for starters (avoid wasting your money on "ONE FOOT IN THE DOOR".
With HMV closing I found the EXPERIENCE edition for £12. Bought it and I have to admit that it is A LOVELY PACKAGE - with only minimal flaws in my opinion to the artwork: those being instead of 4 hammers on the inner quad gatefold (how 70's Prog Rock is that - and of course what is The Wall, only the ultimate in prog rock albums)... so instead of 4 pages of hammers, why not use the original lp label designs and instead of The Wife & Teacher use the 2 different labels from the single's b side, "One of my turns", one without the window and one with the window. The lyric booklet has the scale 1:1, (compared to the original lp) print of Gerald Scarfe's handwritten lyrics. Empty Spaces lyrics are included, but gone are "What shall we do now?" The booklet also feature as a center spread the original gatefold inner sleeve. As miniature replicas go this is special, because generally I don't like them, much prefer the 12" vinyls but I like this.
ONE FINAL NOTE:
With so many of us asking about a 5.1 mix and none about, if you have a 5.1 system and your amp can separate stereo audio in to Left, Right and Rear (mono) have you tried that. Strangely though, my system seems to prefer 70's prog (Rush's 2112, Genesis and EMI artists, FLOYD & Queen in particular).
ONE VERY FINAL NOTE:
Don't get excited by the demo, "The Doctor", if you are expecting a stunning Gilmour solo, forget it. If want more excellent Gilmour check out: 1. PAUL McCARTNEY - NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS. 2. BRYAN FERRY - IS YOUR LOVE STRONG ENOUGH 12" 3. BERLIN - PINK & VELVET (probably all on YouTube).