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Radio K.A.O.S. Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (13 Jan. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B00006JS4Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,536 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Radio Waves
  2. Who Needs Information
  3. Me Or Him
  4. The Powers That Be
  5. Sunset Strip
  6. Home
  7. Four Minutes
  8. The Tide Is Turning (After Live Aid)

Product Description

ROGER WATERS Radio K.A.O.S (1987 UK 8-track CD the second solo album the ex-Pink Floyd founding member; lyric booklet picture sleeve)

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Format: Audio CD
This is one of those CD's that seems to find its way into my CD player at least once a month - and I've owned it for many many years.
This is a concept album in that all of the songs within contribute to a single unified vision: that of a late-80's anti-Thatcher, ludditic, and apocolyptic tale stemming from an actual 1984 news story in which a Welsh taxi driver was killed by a concrete block dropped from an overpass by striking coal miners.
In Radio Kaos, this story is told from the perspective of Billy, a wheelchair bound young adult whose twin brother, Benny, is mistakenly arrested and sent to jail for the concrete block incident. Billy, however, has an astounding ability - he can hear radio waves in his head. He is subsequently sent to live with his uncle and learns to communicate using his radio-wave enabled mind and a cellphone. Using his new-found "voice" he befriends an LA based DJ and they converse. It's these converstations that lead to Billies final oeuvre: a faked nuclear apocolypse (a la "War Games"). When the hour of destruction passes and the world realises that there was no nuclear war, a new "tide" of understanding turns in which - we are left to presume - the great nations lay down arms, learn to harness the power of technology, stop hunting whales, and so on and so on...
Listening to this CD in 2004, the story seems far less relevant. We have seemingly escaped The Bomb, the miners strike is over, Thatcher-Reagan are now distant memories, and Britain is a wealthier place. However, for a thirtysomething like myself, this album survives as a snapshot of the world that was mid-late 1980s Britain.
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By Gizzark Henry VINE VOICE on 30 Mar. 2006
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Roger Waters' solo work has never had the ubiquity that his Pink Floyd albums have. You can often see why; his political ranting and pretention reaching an often intolerable on a regular basis, it was unlikely to win many new fans looking for another Dark Side Of The Moon. However, his solo albums - particularly Radio KAOS, even forsaken by its creator in recent years - remain underrated.
It is - as usual - a concept album, and an odd one at that. A crippled, disabled Welsh youth moves to LA and discovers he can hear computers in his head. Figuring out how to control them, he creates an imitation apocalypse, before revealing his little joke to the world. Confusing and bemusing, it's not exactly pop music.
However, a lot of the songs on this album are brilliant. 'The Powers That Be,' featuring the glorious voice of Paul Carrack, is one of the best moments as he duels with the backing singers. 'Who Needs Information?' has a divine bridge melody, and the euphoric rush of opener 'Radio Waves,' eighties-sounding though it is, is only equalled by closer (and possibly defining moment of his solo career) 'The Tide Is Turning (After Live Aid).' Ironically enough he was apparently forced into writing this song to give the album a happy ending.
All in all, while the production doesn't really suit the album and the concept's pretty bizarre, this underrated LP is one which Floydians should certainly give a look after exhausting the Pink Floyd back catalogue.
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Not Roger Waters best solo work but still contains enough intelligent thoughtful lyrics, his trademark in or out of Pink Floyd, to make Radio KAOS well worth a listen. Sadly, the writing of decent lyrics that have something to say seems to be becoming a lost art.
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The name of the taxi driver killed by a 46lb concrete block and a 65lb concrete post that Roger Waters sings about was DAVID WILKIE.
At the time he was a father of three with a fourth baby born soon after his death. Killed by two 21yr old men trying to stop him from taking a local miner to work during the bitter Miners Strike of 1984-5. The 2 men were sentenced to Life imprisonment but on appeal only served 5 years.
However fascile our endearing you find Radio KAOS, I defy anyone to condemn Waters' knack for confronting hard and uncomfortable storylines leaving the listener with a more enlightened view on the subject.
I remember owning this on vinyl and playing it regularly. Although I feel in some areas it doesn't have a patch against some of Floyd's work, I believe it's sublime and unequalled in others.
6/10
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By A Customer on 17 April 2000
Format: Audio CD
RADIO KAOS, not one of my favourite albums but still worth listening to, if you've not heard it already. Concentrated around a story about a cripple who can communicate through radio-waves Waters filters his disdain at a host of political issues through the passages of the music. Complimentary to this, there are various references to the narrative, to the albums character Billy, and Billy's communications with a subversive radio station, called KAOS. Billy, lacks the same depth as Pink did in The Wall Video, and the album seems somewhat 80's influenced. Yet, this is still a good album, with The Tide is Turning a gem in comparison to some of the other material. I believe Roger even used his own two children on this album, for texture in one of the songs. (background sounds) Dedicated 'to all those who find themselves at the violent end of monetarism', I would say this is a reasonable album with the occasional hint that it could have been far better, and would still recommend it despite its lack of flair that his other albums contain. For other RW albums, check out Amazon. (see also the When the Wind Blows soundtrack which contains music by Waters with the Bleeding Heart band and other artists)
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