Sunday, 1 May 2011

Classic Album 1 - Pink Floyd "The Wall"

The other day, I was bemoaning the often repeated 
opinion that there are very few, complete albums, 
new or vintage, that merit the adjective 'classic'.

The Beatles' "Revolver" is surely deserved of classic status,
with nary a drop of musical filler in its to-the-brim brew.

The Rolling Stones' "Beggars Banquet" answered all 
post - "...Satanic Majesties..." requests for more fruits 
from their rock, rhythm and blues and country roots.

The Band's sophomore album is generally regarded as 
another complete, musical thought, with song after
song that speak of, and to, old myths and truths,
played as one by the five Band members.

Van Morrison's Astral Weeks is a timeless journey of 
both musical and spiritual discovery, with more soul
per song than just about any album, before or since.

For us proggers, certainly Yes' Close To The Edge
pretty well confirmed the theory, postulated at the
time of their previous release, Fragile, that Yes 
was the greatest prog rock ensemble ever.

But the LP I'm featuring for this inaugural posting 
of a complete, Classic Album is none of the above.

Ladies and gentlemen, would you please hoist 
your flutes, shot glasses, bottles, pints and 
mugs in a toast to the undeniable, dark 
genius that is Roger Waters, and his 
and his band's 'everlast-erpiece', 
The Wall.

I could offer up and let you sample a few, gossipy tidbits,
gleaned directly from the mouth of The Wall's producer, 
Toronto's Bob Ezrin, since I had occasion on two occasions 
to speak to Bob about his legendary involvement (read: 
battle) with the unyielding control freak, also known as 
Pink Floyd's main composer, lyricist, bassist 
and mastermind, George Roger Waters.

But I'd rather shut the fuck up and let you experience 
Pink Floyd's final, epic release of the 70s: "The Wall".

Here it is, in its entirety, contained on one, 
hour-and-a-half long Youtube video post,
following a couple of my OTHER fave
walls - all of which are hidden in plain
sight, within the city limits of Rome.

Mozz the Elder

1 comment:

  1. Self-psycho-analysis by Roger. The last great Floyd album, filled with amazing pieces of music. Roger's DVD entitled "In The Flesh Live" features a number of tunes from The Wall. Doyle Bramhall II and Snowy White provide feverish guitar solos; Comfortably Numb being the high light!

    Anyone looking for a twisted spin-off of The Wall might want to check out "Rebuild the Wall" by Luther Wright & the Wrongs