Roger's best album

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Your favorite album?

The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking
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Radio K.A.O.S.
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33%
Amused to Death
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25%
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Roger's best album

Post by The Silver Lining » Thu Oct 23, 2014 1:40 pm

What's your favorite Roger Waters solo album?

My favorite is The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking. Amused to Death is a close second, but I think it has too many quiet parts that really slow the album down. Additionally, any album that's over 50-55 minutes in length has to be extremely good in order to keep the listener's attention all the way through.

Pros and Cons does that. It also has its quiet parts, but those are actually part of the whole experience. Go Fishing! is probably my favorite song of the Roger Waters catalog. The saxophone, guitar solos and amazing vocals are all combined so perfectly. I could listen to it a hundred times back-to-back without getting tired of it.
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Post by Artisan » Thu Oct 23, 2014 1:45 pm

I actually saw Pros and Cons for five bucks in a bookstore recently, but didn't actually have the cash to pick it up. Which begs the question, why was I in a bookstore looking for CDs?

I'm tempted to say The Final Cut :P Technically, it is a Waters album... fine, all right. Guess I'd better listen to some new tunes.

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Post by Dyolf » Thu Oct 23, 2014 1:47 pm

I went with Radio K.A.O.S. because it has just too many Welsh references for me not to love it :mrgreen:
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Post by quicksilver » Thu Oct 23, 2014 2:05 pm

Pros and Cons is my favorite by far. Its really the only Roger solo record that I frequently listen to anymore. It has a great balance between the lyrics and music that love. I often wonder what this record would've sounded like had the boys decided to move ahead with this concept rather than The Wall .
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Re: Roger's best album

Post by The Silver Lining » Thu Oct 23, 2014 2:19 pm

Artisan wrote:I actually saw Pros and Cons for five bucks in a bookstore recently, but didn't actually have the cash to pick it up. Which begs the question, why was I in a bookstore looking for CDs?

I'm tempted to say The Final Cut :P Technically, it is a Waters album... fine, all right. Guess I'd better listen to some new tunes.

Haha, oh you!

The Final Cut isn't a solo album. Michael Kamen and Andy Bown played very prominent roles on it! :lol:
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Post by Alec Taylor » Thu Oct 23, 2014 7:10 pm

The only one I've heard is Radio KAOS, so perhaps I'm not qualified to vote on this poll just yet... :lol:
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Post by quicksilver » Thu Oct 23, 2014 9:29 pm

I need to listen to both Radio KAOS and Amused to Death and re-evaluate my opinion. Other than a few songs that pop up on pandora, I really haven't listened to those records straight through in easily 15 years.
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Post by The Silver Lining » Mon Nov 03, 2014 12:37 pm

I think Radio KAOS is a bit dull, now that I've listened to it again. Too many quiet moments that seem to make little sense.
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Post by Dyolf » Mon Nov 03, 2014 12:49 pm

To be honest, all Roger's albums are looooooong overdue a remaster. I'd buy them again.
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Post by The Silver Lining » Tue Nov 04, 2014 7:43 am

Dyolf wrote:To be honest, all Roger's albums are looooooong overdue a remaster. I'd buy them again.


That's quite true, but I think they're not really popular enough for anyone to bother.

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Post by JeffX » Fri Nov 07, 2014 9:52 pm

I don't remember the last time I listened to Radio KAOS. I'd have to say Amused to Death.
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Post by DeepSubmergeRMM » Sat Nov 08, 2014 5:59 am

Radio KAOS is one of my all-time favorite albums. Roger goes on record to say that he "fucked it all up" by making it sound too 80's and it is admittedly very cheesy, but I think he's too hard on himself. It's a nice diversion from his dreary writings of Pros and Cons and The Final Cut. "Who Needs Information" and "The Tide is Turning" are amazing.

I would probably like Amused to Death better if it wasn't so slow in some parts. Great concept, nonetheless.

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Post by The Silver Lining » Sat Nov 08, 2014 12:07 pm

I have listened to Radio KAOS a few more times, and I have to say it's really growing on me.
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Post by quicksilver » Sun Nov 09, 2014 1:48 am

DeepSubmergeRMM wrote:Radio KAOS is one of my all-time favorite albums. Roger goes on record to say that he "fucked it all up" by making it sound too 80's and it is admittedly very cheesy, but I think he's too hard on himself. It's a nice diversion from his dreary writings of Pros and Cons and The Final Cut. "Who Needs Information" and "The Tide is Turning" are amazing.

I would probably like Amused to Death better if it wasn't so slow in some parts. Great concept, nonetheless.

Here's the thing:

It was recorded in the 80's, so it will sound like the 80's........right?

The 80's were filled with over produced records. He recorded it the way he wanted to and felt at the time. I remember when it came out, hell, I even saw the live show and it was great.
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Post by Alec Taylor » Mon Dec 08, 2014 11:56 pm

I've just given Radio K.A.O.S. a listen for the first time in years, and I have to say that I rather enjoyed it. I plan on giving his other two albums a listen if this forsaken internet will quit stuttering and get back to streaming.
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Post by JeffX » Tue Dec 16, 2014 3:38 pm

I actually just put on Radio KAOS yesterday and really enjoyed it.
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Post by FrowningBanana » Sun Dec 28, 2014 7:15 pm

No love for Music From the Body..? Oh well..

But out of these choices, yeah, Pros and Cons. I really emjoy it sometimes. Only a couple tracks off of KAOS are any good at all and Amused to Death grew on me slightly but it still drags. I really like Ca Ira though.
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Post by Alec Taylor » Sun Dec 28, 2014 10:52 pm

Well, I finally gave all three of Roger's solo albums a listen. I pretty much find Pros and Cons and Amused to Death in the same light as The Final Cut, but I love the daylights out of Radio KAOS.
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Post by FrowningBanana » Tue Dec 30, 2014 1:06 am

What's so appealing about KAOS? I really don't understand it whatsoever.
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Post by Alec Taylor » Tue Dec 30, 2014 2:54 am

I don't really know, but I just love it. Pretty much every song since "Live Aid" is a song I enjoy. I especially love the "Home / Four Minutes" section of the album. "Four Minutes" is so soundtrackish, as it should be for that moment of the album.
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Post by DeepSubmergeRMM » Tue Dec 30, 2014 6:22 am

FrowningBanana wrote:What's so appealing about KAOS? I really don't understand it whatsoever.
I can't speak for others, but for me personally, it's much more enjoyable to listen to than Final Cut, Pros and Cons or Amused to Death because the writing is going all dreary on us.

Those albums are all great and Roger is no doubt one of the best lyricists ever but sometimes... hearing him go on about what he thinks is wrong with society can get tiring and overbearing. Radio KAOS deals with his classic concerns of the British proletarian, the bullshit of the Right and a fear of nuclear war without having to give us lyrics like "if you give a species too much rope they'll fuck it all up" :cry:

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Post by Straw » Fri Feb 13, 2015 7:05 am

I voted on this one a while ago (for the Pros and Cons), but since then I'd say Amused to Death has become my favourite. Its not even close anymore.

I also kind of enjoy Ca Ira (for what its worth as an opera piece (I don't even like Bohemian Rhapsody for that matter)), but I have to say Radio KAOS is mostly a load of bollocks, bar the Tide is Turning.

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Post by JeffX » Sat Feb 14, 2015 12:44 pm

I like the concept and the lyrics from KAOS. I didn't at first, but it's taken years for me to finally get into that album.
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Post by Alec Taylor » Sat Feb 14, 2015 4:49 pm

A couple of the middle songs drag, but I think it kicks off with the delightful "Radio Waves" and really hits a great climax at "Home / Four Minutes". "Four Minutes" is especially tense, and everything is orchestrated and played out with the most efficient use of time I've ever seen. Not a single second wasted.
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Post by Straw » Sun Feb 15, 2015 1:30 am

From someone who didn't really like The Final Cut, KAOS just doesn't do it for me. Its just so... bland. I think Roger always gets too carried away with the concept and often isn't concerned enough about the music. However, like The Final Cut, KAOS does have one or two songs that sound very nice, but also like The Final Cut (or even The Wall for that matter) just don't work on their own.

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