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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best overview, 15 May 2002
This review is from: Flickering Flame (Audio CD)
Putting together a Roger Waters compilation is even harder than compiling a Pink Floyd one. Most of Water's works need to be heard from start to finish. This explains the token "Every strangers eyes" from The Pros and Cons of Hitchiking. It would be pretty hard to seperate anything else from that CD. So we get three tracks from the god-awfull "Radio Kaos" - an album so uninspired it should be wiped from the slates of time. The 80s sound of the KAOS tracks do not bode well and sat alongside classics such as "Every stranger's eyes" and "perfect sense" really grate.
The Amused to Death selections are a strage choice. "Too Much Rope" and "Three Wishes" are not stand out tracks from that album. "It's A Miracle", "What God Want's P3" and "Amused to Death" are far superior tracks. The compilation chooses the live version of "Perfect Sense" which is really good but one get's the feeling that anything Jeff Beck played on has been avoided. Conspiracy!
So to the "rare" tracks: "Towers of faith" is not hard to find. The "When the Wind blows" OST is available from Amazon at a relatively cheap price. The song itself is very good and sees Waters in fine vocal form. "Folded Flags" - another When the Wind Blows song would also have been a nice addition. The Dylan cover is terrible! The keyboard drums and lacklustre guitar make the track sound like a RW bad idea and would not have slipped through the Floyd's quality control. "Lost Boys Calling" is excrutiating to listen to. It has RW's worst vocals ever. "Flickering flame" stops and starts, but isn't too bad - Jon Carin adds some nice keyboard touches.
Most fans admit that PF's "The Final Cut" was a RW solo album and I think there should have been a few selections from it represented here.
I think that this CD should have perhaps been a rarities only affair or a better overview of existing available material. A few Roger Waters tracks that would have been nice include: "Give Birth to a smile" from The Body OST, "Pigs on the wing" (abridged version live from Hitchiking tour), "Money" (fake live b-side), and the film version of Lost Boys Calling (not the demo!).
If it were to be a proper career overview, I would have added a second disc.
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