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LIVE 1987 BROADCAST RECORDING FROM EX-FLOYD MAN
The driving force behind some of the best-selling and critically-acclaimed records in history, by 1987 Rogers Waters had long since parted ways with his Pink Floyd cohorts.
Having left the group on acrimonious terms - not helped by the controversies surrounding The Final Cut album and the ongoing court battles over the Pink Floyd name - Waters had by this juncture put out two solo albums, The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking (1984) and Radio K.A.O.S. (1987), in addition to having contributed to the score of animated film When The Wind Blows in 1986.
In similar vein as his previous jaunts, Roger Waters’ Radio K.A.O.S. Tour was an extravagant and ambitious affair. Backed by The Bleeding Heart Band – who he’d worked alongside since When the Wind Blows - the shows boasted live projections, quadraphonic sound, circular screens and even a telephone box that would allow audience members to direct questions to Waters himself.
However, in contrast to his previous outings, Roger chose not to play his new album in its entirety, instead electing to intersperse his recent songs with Pink Floyd classics, albeit mostly ones on which he held the sole writing credit.
These were stylistically upgraded: keyboardist Paul Carrick sang David Gilmour’s parts in a blue-eyed soul style, Andy Fairweather-Low added several funk bass parts, ‘Welcome to the Machine’ included a saxophone solo and more emphasis was given to female backing singers.
The results of all this can now be heard majestically, and in exceptional audio quality, on this CD.
Captured at the Colisée de Québec in Canada on 7th November 1987, and broadcast simultaneously over FM radio, Roger Waters here proves that despite his difficulties, his reputation as one of the finest performers in progressive rock remained unchallenged.