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  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Harvest
  • ASIN: B0000252F6
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Roger Waters - Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking - Cd

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[10]...In July 1977 Roger played his 'pros & cons' music demos to the rest of the Pink Floyd band at the same time he played some other concept idea he had called 'Brick in the wall' after a long debate they all decided that they preferred to go with the 'Brick in the wall' idea & the rest is history!...Even so David Gilmour called 'Pros & Cons' stronger musically..I like the concept of this album a man's scattered thoughts during a road trip in a dream focussing on his mid-life crisis, it would have been interesting to hear the outcome under a cohesive & contented Pink Floyd...

The subject matter is a breath of fresh air & lyrically very good but musically chaotic with lyrics almost narrated in places & shouting in others. Although technically great guitar work by Eric Clapton I found his guitar pitched too high & uncomfortable listening. On the whole I found it a difficult album to settle in to..When this album was released in April 1984 the three remaining members of Pink Floyd had not been officially disbanded. Roger was still contracted to Steve O'Rourke PF's manager. In order to terminate the deal he needed David Gilmour & Nick Mason to agree to disband..Which they would not..To get around this Roger simply decided to leave the group officially..So in December 1985 he officially left...
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I can't understand why there's been negative reviews on this site because this album is superb.

If you're a fan of the Final Cut & The Wall (my two favourite Floyd albums) then you'll really enjoy listening to this album.

The Pros & Cons of Hitch Hiking was recommended to me by a friend and looking at reviews i very nearly didn't buy it, don't make that mistake!
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As a devout Floyd/Waters fan, I'm fed up with so called music critics constant dismissal of this album as nothing but a failed attempt at recreating `The Dark Side Of The Moon' or `The Wall'. They have so missed the point. Roger does not need to recreate passed successes as he's a very rich man who lets face it does not need to work again, he continues to do so because he is a creative genius with a gift of story telling through his music. This album needs to be listened to over and over again, I'm still discovering something new 23 years later!

Pros shares lyrical and musical themes to The Wall its true as Waters wrote and demoed the piece for the Floyd as far back as 1979, Gilmour has since commented that it "was more of the same" as 'The Final Cut' with critics claiming there were a "lack of tunes" which I find hard to believe. There is a running theme throughout the piece, the same melody recurs on five of it's twelve tracks. Waters vocals have always come under fire, so what, he hasn't got the best voice but it is perfect for the music he writes, the shrieking and manic wails have always enhanced his more torturous of songs, The Final Cut's `The Gunners Dream', The Wall's `Nobody Home' and Pro's 'Arabs With Knives'.

With the 'Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking' Roger Waters takes the concept album to new heights on his 1984 masterpiece, his first album after leaving Pink Floyd. The songs represent scenes of a bizarre dream or nightmare, whichever way you want to visualise it. Waters brilliantly captures the strange and surreal experience of drifting in and out of a dream with periods of tranquillity and lucidity, accompanied by hysterical and warped passages of confusion, moments of satire and humour.
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Despite the fact that I bought this album on release back in the 80's I still listen to this again and again as it remains as fresh and exciting now as it did then.

Without doubt this remains Waters' best piece as a 'solo' artist. It's lively, witty, dark and soulful; the music rolls along from light touches to rock anthem. Perhaps the inclusion of Clapton's guitar lends something and the result is a great work in the style of Floyd but with Waters' sense of 'operatic show'.

If you like Pink Floyd or Eric Clapton buy this; if you enjoy a real album that weaves interesting lyrics with strong guitar and melody then buy this. If you like Take That - don't. Enjoy.
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I almost forgot this album, but glad I got it again, this really shows who drove Pink Floyd in the later 70s and early 80s, it is a true continuation of the themes, this is "Outside the Wall" a walk through the mind of a paranoid schizophrenic.
This is so well written and performed it is a must have for all Pink Floyd fans, I had it on vinyl and listened to it when I was in a certain mood after 'The Wall' just to really exorcize the feelings, it generally meant stay away, now I can listen to it and enjoy the music, which is well played and clever I know this album is not for everyone but everyone should listen to it once just to get an insight into a warped and cracked mind, before criticizing those who are disabled because of it. I know many just will not get it but I do and I love it
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The pros and cons oh hitch-hiking was originally given mixed reviews, with alot of focus on the lack of any discernable melody through the album.
However, as a singular piece of work the music has stood the test of time and doesn't sound dated; something that Radio Kaos has suffered from somewhat.
With regards to the tracks themselves, personally I think Every Strangers Eyes is one of Roger's finest tracks but it really is the kind of album that you have to listen to in totality where the sum of the parts is perhaps greater than the individual tracks.
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