sábado, 19 de septiembre de 2015

Roger Waters - Amused to death - 1992


El mejor álbum como solista de Roger Waters, en mi opinión (y en la de la crítica, y en la de muchos fans).Amused to Death fue editado en 1992 y Roger no realizó ninguna gira de promoción, de modo que la primera vez que presentó esas canciones en vivo fue para la gira In the Flesh (1999-2002).Quien esto escribe tuvo oportunidad de ver al genial músico y su banda en Buenos Aires en 2002 en el marco de dicha gira, donde efectivamente tocó varias canciones de éste lp.
Pese a la excelencia del trabajo, no fue un éxito comercial pero Waters ha declarado que le tiene un cariño muy especial , y lo considera - y coincidimos básicamente - al mismo nivel que "The Wall" o "The Dark Side of the Moon".
Como siempre Waters desarrolla en unas letras muy elaboradas, sus temas recurrentes, como las críticas a la guerra, la sociedad de consumo, la alienación individual y colectiva, etc.El leit motiv está dado desde la portada original de un mono frente a un televisor, simbolizando así la estupidez humana.
Sonoramente el álbum es cristalino e impecable, se utilizó en él, por primera vez, un sistema de sonido llamado q-sound, y la producción en general es esmeradísima, con un sonido atractivo e impresionante (está a la altura de la imaginería sónica Pink Floyd) que no opaca ni es opacado por las omnipresentes letras de las canciones.Por ello, hay una diferencia y una distancia considerable con los anteriores esfuerzos como solista, donde la palabra domina y aplasta, en mi opinión, el atractivo musical.
Cuenta con la colaboración de grandes músicos como el Toto Steve Lukather y Rita Coolidge, y se destaca nada menos que el excepcional guitarrista Jeff Beck, que brilla en los cortes "The Ballad of Bill Hubbard", "What God Wants", "The Bravery of Being out of Range" y "Three Wishes".

En 2015 el álbum fue remezclado, remasterizado,  siendo relanzado con nuevo arte y un blu-ray con sonido 5.1.

PERSONAL
Roger Waters - voces (todas excepto pista 1), bajo (pistas 2 y 13), sintetizadores (pistas 2 y 4), guitarra (pistas 5, 11 y 14)
Patrick Leonard - teclado (todas excepto 6 y 7), programación de percusión (pista 1), arreglos corales (pistas 2, 9, 10, 11 y 13), voz (pista 4), piano acústico (pistas 11 y 13), órgano Hammond (pista 5), sintetizadores (pistas 5 y 13)
Jeff Beck - guitarra (pistas 1, 2, 10, 11, 12, 13 y 14)
Randy Jackson - bajo (pistas 2 y 9)
Graham Broad - batería (all pistas except 1, 5, 11 y 13), percusión (pistas 6 y 7)
Luis Conte - percusión (todas excepto 2, 5, 9, 11, 13 y 14)
Geoff Whitehorn - guitarra (pistas 2, 8, 10 y 14)
Andy Fairweather Low - guitarra (pistas 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 y 12), voz (pistas 6 y 7)
Tim Pierce - guitarra (pistas 2, 5, 9 y 12)
B.J. Cole - guitarra (pistas 3 y 4)
Steve Lukather - guitarra (pistas 3, 4 y 8)
Rick DiFonso - guitarra (pistas 3 y 4)
Bruce Gaitsch - guitarra (pistas 3 y 4)
James Johnson - bajo (todas las pistas excepto 1, 2, 5, 9 y 11)
Brian Macleod - Caja (pistas 3 y 4), hi-hat (pistas 3 y 4)
John Pierce - bajo (pista 5)
Denny Fongheiser - batería (pista 5)
Steve Sidwell - corneta (pistas 6 y 7)
John Patitucci - bajo (pista 11)
Guo Yi & the Peking Brothers - dulcimer, lute, zhen, oboe, bajo (pista 11)
John "Rabbit" Bundrick - Órgano Hammond (pista 12)
Jeff Porcaro - batería (pista 13)
Marv Albert - voces (pista 4)
Katie Kissoon - voces (pistas 2, 8, 9, 12 y 14)
Doreen Chanter - voces (pistas 2, 8, 9, 12 y 14)
N'Dea Davenport - voces (pista 2)
Natalie Jackson - voces (pistas 2 y 5)
P.P. Arnold - voces (pistas 3 y 4)
Lynn Fiddmont-Linsey - voces (pista 5)
Jessica Leonard - voces (pista 8)
Jordan Leonard - voces (pista 8)
Don Henley - voces (pista 11)
Jon Joyce - voces (pista 13)
Stan Laurel -voces (pista 13)
Jim Haas - voces (pista 13)
Rita Coolidge - voces (pista 14)
Alf Razzell - voces (pistas 1 y 14)





AMUSED TO DEATH - LAS CANCIONES
(Letras desde http://www.rogerwaters.org/atdlyrics.html)

El álbum comienza con THE BALLAD OF BILL HUBBARD, un tema instrumental en el que se escucha la voz del veterano de la Primera Guerra Mundial, Alfred " Raz " Razzell, miembro de los Royal Fusiliers (al igual que el padre de Waters , Eric Fletcher Waters en la Segunda Guerra Mundial ), relatando la búsqueda de compañero William " Bill " Hubbard , a quien está dedicado el álbum, gravemente herido en el campo de batalla.

THE BALLAD OF BILL HUBBARD

THE BALLAD OF BILL HUBBARD
Instrumental
crickets 

(switch channels)
[Alf Razzell:] "Two things that have haunted me most are the days when I
had to collect the paybooks; and when I left Bill Hubbard in
no-man's-land.

"I was picked up and taken into their trench. And I'd no
sooner taken two or three steps down the trench when I heard a
call, 'Hello Razz, I'm glad to see you. This is my second night
here,' and he said 'I'm feeling bad,' and it was Bill Hubbard,
one of the men we'd trained in England, one of the original
battalion. I had a look at his wound, rolled him over; I could
see it was probably a fatal wound. You could imagine what pain
he was in, he was dripping with sweat; and after I'd gone about
three shellholes, traversed that, had it been...had there been a
path or a road I could have done better. He pummelled me, 'Put
me down, put me down, I'd rather die, I'd rather die, put me
down.' I was hoping he would faint. He said 'I can't go any
further, let me die.' I said 'If I leave you here Bill you won't
be found, let's have another go.' He said 'All right then.' And
the same thing happened; he couldn't stand it any more, and I had
to leave him there, in no-man's-land."

(switch channels)

(girl) "I don't mind about the war, that's one of the things I
_like_ to watch, if it's a war going on, 'cause then I know if
our side's winning, if our side's losing..."

(switch channels)

En WHAT GOD WANTS, PART I contrasta las emotivas palabras de Razzell abriendo con el televisor sintonizando y una voz de niño que dice: " I don't mind about the war. That's one of the things I like to watch – if it's a war going on. 'Cos then I know if, um, our side's winning, if our side's losing..."(No me importa acerca de la guerra.Esa es una de las cosas que me gustan ver.Si se trata de una guerra...Porque entonces puedo saber si nuestro lado está ganando o si nuestro lado pierde... ".La voz se interrumpe por un cambio de canal y un mono chillando.

WHAT GOD WANTS, PART I



WHAT GOD WANTS, PART I

What God wants God gets God help us all
What God wants God gets
The kid in the corner looked at the priest
And fingered his pale blue Japanese guitar
The priest said
God wants goodness
God wants light
God wants mayhem
God wants a clean fight
What God wants God gets
Don't look so surprised
It's only dogma
The alien prophet cried
The beetle and the springbok
Took the Bible from its hook
The monkey in the corner
Wrote the lesson in his book
What God wants God gets God help us all
God wants peace
God wants war
God wants famine
God wants chain stores
What God wants God gets
God wants sedition
God wants sex
God wants freedom
God wants semtex
What God wants God gets
Don't look so surprised
I'm only joking
The alien comic cried
The jackass and hyena
Took the feather from its hook
The monkey in the corner
Wrote the joke down in his book
What God wants God gets
God wants boarders
God wants crack
God wants rainfall
God wants wetbacks
What God wants God gets
God wants voodoo
God wants shrines
God wants law
God wants organised crime
God wants crusade
God wants jihad
God wants good
God wants bad
What God wants God gets

A continuación en la canción en dos partes PERFECT SENSE se nos ilustra un mundo en el que las transmisiones en vivo de las guerras son la principal forma de entretenimiento.
La primera parte de la canción comienza con una perorata ininteligible en voz alta , y luego un mensaje grabado al revés en la voz de Waters: "Julia, however, in the light and visions of the issues of Stanley, we changed our minds. We have decided to include a backward message. Stanley, for you, and for all the other book burners."
El mensaje culmina con Waters gritando de la misma forma en que lo hizo al representar el personaje del profesor en The Wall. En la segunda parte, el famoso comentarista deportivo Marv Albert narra una guerra como si fuera un partido de baloncesto .

PERFECT SENSE, PART I , PART II

Part I

The monkey sat on a pile of stones
And stared at the broken bone in his hand
And the stains of a Viennese quartet
Rang out across the land
The monkey looked up at the stars
And thought to himself
Memory is a stranger
History is for fools
And he cleaned his hands
In a pool of holy writing
Turned his back on the garden
And set out for the nearest town
Hold on hold on soldier
When you add it all up
The tears and the marrowbone
There's an ounce of gold
And an ounce of pride in each ledger
And the Germans killed the Jews
And the Jews killed the Arabs
And the Arabs killed the hostages
And that is the news
And is it any wonder
That the monkey's confused
He said Mama Mama
The President's a fool
Why do I have to keep reading
These technical manuals
And the joint chiefs of staff
And the brokers on Wall Street said
Don't make us laugh
You're a smart kid
Time is linear
Memory is a stranger
History is for fools
Man is a tool in the hands
Of the great God Almighty
And they gave him command
Of a nuclear submarine
And sent him back in search of
The Garden of Eden 

Part II

Can't you see
It all makes perfect sense
Expressed in dollars and cents
Pounds shillings and pence
Can't you see
It all makes perfect sense
Little black soul departs in perfect focus
Prime time fodder for the News at Nine
Darling is the child warm in the bed tonight
Hi everybody I'm Marv Albert
And welcome to our telecast
Coming to you live from Memorial Stadium
It's a beautiful day
And today we expect a sensational matchup
But first our global anthem
Can't you see
It all makes perfect sense
Expressed in dollars and cents
Pounds shillings and pence
Can't you see
It all makes perfect sense
And here come the players
As I speak to you now the captain
Has his cross hairs zeroed in on the oil rig
It looks to me like he's going to attack
By the way did you know that a submarine
Captain earns 200,000 dollars a year
Oh that's less tax Marv yeah less tax
Uh thank you Emery you're welcome
Now back to the game he fires one yes
There goes two both fish are running
The rig is going into a prevent defense
Will they make it I don't think so
Can't you see
It all makes perfect sense
Expressed in dollars and cents
Pounds shillings and pence
Can't you see
It all makes perfect sense


THE BRAVERY OF BEING OUT OF RANGE  incluye una referencia a otra canción de Waters, "Sheep" (incluída en el álbum"Animals" de Pink Floyd de 1977), La línea referida es "I've looked over Jordan and I have seen..." Así, entonces ahora canta:"I looked over Jordan and what did I see/Saw a U.S. Marine in a pile of debris". 

THE BRAVERY OF BEING OUT OF RANGE

THE BRAVERY OF BEING OUT OF RANGE

You have a natural tendency
To squeeze off a shot
You're good fun at parties
You wear the right masks
You're old but you still
Like a laugh in the locker room
You can't abide change
You're at home on the range
You opened your suitcase
Behind the old workings
To show off the magnum
You deafened the canyon
A comfort a friend
Only upstaged in the end
By the Uzi machine gun
Does the recoil remind you
Remind you of sex
Old man what the hell you gonna kill next
Old timer who you gonna kill next
I looked over Jordan and what did I see
Saw a U.S. Marine in a pile of debris
I swam in your pools
And lay under your palm trees
I looked in the eyes of the Indian
Who lay on the Federal Building steps
And through the range finder over the hill
I saw the front line boys popping their pills
Sick of the mess they find
On their desert stage
And the bravery of being out of range
Yeah the question is vexed
Old man what the hell you gonna kill next
Old timer who you gonna kill next
Hey bartender over here
Two more shots
And two more beers
Sir turn up the TV sound
The war has started on the ground
Just love those laser guided bombs
They're really great
For righting wrongs
You hit the target
And win the game
From bars 3,000 miles away
3,000 miles away
We play the game
With the bravery of being out of range
We zap and maim
With the bravery of being out of range
We strafe the train
With the bravery of being out of range
We gain terrain
With the bravery of being out of range
With the bravery of being out of range
We play the game
With the bravery of being out of range 

La siguiente recuerda el ataque aéreo estadounidense contra Libia en 1986 desde la perspectiva de dos "esposas normales " y un joven piloto estadounidense de F-111
LATE HOME TONIGHT, PART I

Standing at the window
A farmer's wife in Oxfordshire
Glances at the clock it's nearly time for tea
She doesn't see
The phantom in the hedgerow dip its wings
Doesn't hear the engine sing
But in the cockpit's techno glow
Behind the Ray Ban(R) shine
The kid from Cleveland
In the comfort of routine
Scans his dials and smiles
Secure in the beauty of military life
There is no right or wrong
Only tin cans and cordite and white cliffs
And blue skies and flight flight flight
The beauty of military life
No questions only orders and flight only flight
What a beautiful sight in his wild blue dream
The eternal child leafs through his
War magazine
And his kind Uncle Sam feeds ten trillion in
Change into the total entertainment
Combat video game
And up here in the stands
The fans are goin' wild
The cheerleaders flip
When you wiggle your hip
And we all like the bit when you take
The jeans from the refrigerator and
Then the bad guy gets hit
And were you struck by the satisfying
Way the swimsuit sticks to her skin
Like BB gun days
When knives pierce autumn leaves
But that's okay see the children bleed
It'll look great on the TV
And in Tripoli another ordinary wife
Stares at the dripping her old man hadn't
Time to fix
Too busy mixing politics and rhythm
In the street below 

LATE HOME TONIGHT, PART II

Hark the wire service sing
Clear the satellite link
Check the fax machine
Hold the lead story boys
There's some great pictures coming in
Now the pilot's heartbeat slows
Palms dry out
No questions only orders
And the F-1 glides in nose-up
Through the cloudbase and the
Ground crew cheers as he puts down
His landing gear
Hey boy you're a hero take this cigar
Back home in Cleveland
All the papers and local TV stations
Will be calling your ma
And the farmer's wife
Shoos the cat off the chair
She says sit down my dear
Was the milking all right
Our American friends are late home tonight 

TOO MUCH ROPE

When the sleigh is heavy
And the timber wolves are getting bold
You look at you companions
And test the water of their friendship
With your toe
They significantly edge
Closer to the gold
Each man has his price Bob
And yours was pretty low
History is short the sun is just a minor star
The poor man sells his kidneys
In some colonial bazaar
Que sera sera
Is that your new Ferrari car
Nice but I think I'll wait for the F50
You don't have to be a Jew
To disapprove of murder
Tears burn our eyes
Moslem or Christian Mullah or Pope
Preacher or poet who was it wrote
Give any one species too much rope
And they'll fuck it up
And last night on TV
A Vietnam vet
Takes his beard and his pain
And his alienation twenty years
Back to Asia again
Sees the monsters they made
In formaldehyde floating 'round
Meets a gook on a bike
A good little tyke
A nice enough guy
With the same soldier's eyes
Tears burn my eyes
What does it mean
This tearjerking scene
Beamed into my home
That it moves me so much
Why all the fuss
It's only two humans being
It's only two humans being
Tears burn my eyes
What does it mean
This tender TV
This tearjerking scene
Beamed into my home
You don't have to be a Jew
To disapprove of murder
Tears burn in our eyes
Moslem or Christian Mullah or Pope
Preacher or poet who was it wrote
Give any one species too much rope
And they'll fuck it up 

Al comienzo de WHAT GOD WANTS, PART II , Charles Fleischer (conocido por ser la voz de Roger Rabbit ) interpreta el sermón de un pastor evangelista. 

WHAT GOD WANTS, PART II

Do you believe in a better day
Do you have faith in a golden way
If you do then we must come together this day
Come together as one united
Television audience
Brought together by the sound of my voice
United united financially united socially
United spiritually and all possible ways
Through the power of money
And the power of prayers
What God wants God gets God help us all
God wants dollars
God wants cents
God wants pounds shillings and pence
God wants guilders
God wants Kroner
God wants Swiss francs
God wants French francs
Oui il veut des francs francais
God wants escudos
God wants pesetas
Don't send lira
God don't want small potatoes
God wants small towns
God wants pain
God wants clean up rock campaigns
God wants windows
God wants solutions
God wants TV
God wants contributions
What God wants God gets God help us all
God wants silver
God wants gold
God wants his secret
Never to be told
God wants gigolos
God wants giraffes
God wants politics
God wants a good laugh
What God wants God gets God help us all
God wants friendship
God wants fame
God wants credit
God wants blame
God wants poverty
God wants wealth
God wants insurance
God wants to cover himself
What God wants God gets God help us all 

WHAT GOD WANTS PART III

Don't be afraid it's only business
The alien prophet sighed
The vulture and the magpie took
The cash box from its hook
The monkey in the corner wrote
The figures in his book
Crazed the checkout lady's fingers
Flash across the till
The captain posts
The menu for the day
And in banks across the world
Christians Moslems Hindus Jews
And people of every
Race creed colour tint or hue
Get down on their knees and pray
The raccoon and the groundhog
Neatly make up bags of change
But the monkey in the corner
Well he's slowly drifting out of range
Christ it's freezing inside
The veteran cries
The hyenas break cover
And stream through the meadow
And the fog rolls in
Though his bottle of gin
So he picks up a stone
That looks like a bone
And the bullets fly
And the rivers run dry
And the fat girls sigh
And the network anchor persons lie
And the soldier's alone
In the video zone
But the monkey's not watching
He's slipped out to the kitchen
To pile the dishes
And answer the phone 

WATCHING TV

We were been watching
In Tiananmen Square
Lost my baby there
My yellow rose
In her bloodstained clothes
She was a short order pastry chef
In a Dim Sum dive on the Yangtze tideway
She had shiny hair
She was the daughter of an engineer
Won't you shed a tear
For my yellow rose
My yellow rose
In her bloodstained clothes
She had perfect breasts
She had high hopes
She had almond eyes
She had yellow thighs
She was a student of philosophy
Won't you grieve with me
For my yellow rose
Shed a tear
For her bloodstained clothes
She had shiny hair
She had perfect breasts
She had high hopes
She had almond eyes
She had yellow thighs
She was the daughter of an engineer
So get out your pistols
Get out your stones
Get out your knives
Cut them to the bone
They are the lackeys of the grocer's machine
They built the dark satanic mills
That manufacture hell on earth
They bought the front row seats on Calvary
They are irrelevant to me
But I grieve for my sister
People of China
Do not forget do not forget
The children who died for you
Long live the Republic
Did we do anything after this
I've a feeling we did
We were watching TV
Watching TV
We were watching TV
Watching TV
She wore a white bandanna that said
Freedom now
She thought the Great Wall of China
Would come tumbling down
She was a student
Her father was an engineer
Won't you shed a tear
For my yellow rose
My yellow rose
In her bloodstained clothes
Her grandpa fought old Chiang Kai-shek
That no-good low-down dirty rat
Who used to order his troops
To fire on the women and children
Imagine that imagine that
And in the spring of '48
Mao Tse-tung got quite irate
And he kicked that old dictator Chiang
Out of the state of China
Chiang Kai-shek came down in Formosa
And they armed the island of Quemoy
And the shells were flying across the China Sea
And they turned Formosa into a shoe factory
Called Taiwan
And she is different from Cro-Magnon man
She's different from Anne Boleyn
She is different from the Rosenbergs
And from the unknown Jew
She is different from the unknown Nicaraguan
Half superstar half victim
She's a victor star conceptually new
And she is different from the Dodo
And from the Kankanbono
She is different from the Aztec
And from the Cherokee
She's everybody's sister
She's symbolic of our failure
She's the one in fifty million
Who can help us to be free
Because she died on TV
And I grieve for my sister 


THREE WISHES

Reached back for the bottle
And rubbed against the lamp
Genie came out smiling
Like some Eastern tramp
He said hey boy what's happening
What is going on
You can have three wishes
If you don't take too long
I said well
I wish they were all happy in the Lebanon
Wish somebody'd help me write this song
I wish when I was young
My old man had not been gone
Genie said consider it done
There's something in the air
And you don't know what it is
You see someone through the window
Who you've just learned to miss
And the road leads on to glory but
You've used up your last wish
Your last wish
And you want her to come home
Genie said I'm sorry
But that's the way it goes
Where the hell's the lamp sucker
It's time for me to go
Bye
There's something in the air
And you don't know what it is
You see someone through the window
Who you've just learned to miss
And the road leads on to glory but
You've used up your last wish
Your last wish
And you want her to come home 

IT'S A MIRACLE

Miraculous you call it babe
You ain't seen nothing yet
They've got Pepsi in the Andes
McDonalds in Tibet
Yosemite's been turned into
A golf course for the Japs
The Dead Sea is alive with rap
Between the Tigris and Euphrates
There's a leisure centre now
They've got all kinds of sports
They've got Bermuda shorts
They had sex in Pennsylvania
A Brazilian grew a tree
A doctor in Manhattan
Saved a dying man for free
It's a miracle
Another Miracle
By the grace of God Almighty
And the pressures of the marketplace
The human race has civilized itself
It's a miracle
We've got warehouses of butter
We've got oceans of wine
We've got famine when we need it
Got designer crime
We've got Mercedes
We've got Porsche
Ferrari and Rolls Royce
We've got choice
She said meet me
In the Garden of Gethsemene my dear
The Lord said Peter I can see
Your house from here
An honest family man
Finally reaped what he had sown
A farmer in Ohio has just repaid a loan
It's a miracle
By the grace of God Almighty
And the pressures of the marketplace
The human race has civilized itself
It's a miracle
We cower in our shelters
With our hands over our ears
Lloyd-Webber's awful stuff
Runs for years and years and years
An earthquake hits the theatre
But the operetta lingers
Then the piano lid comes down
And breaks his fucking fingers
It's a miracle 

AMUSED TO DEATH

Doctor Doctor what is wrong with me
This supermarket life is getting long
What is the heart life of a colour TV
What is the shelf life of a teenage queen
Ooh western woman
Ooh western girl
News hound sniffs the air
When Jessica Hahn goes down
He latches on to that symbol
Of detachment
Attracted by the peeling away of feeling
The celebrity of the abused shell the belle
Ooh western woman
Ooh western girl
And the children of Melrose
Strut their stuff
Is absolute zero cold enough
And out in the valley warm and clean
The little ones sit by their TV screens
No thoughts to think
No tears to cry
All sucked dry
Down to the very last breath
Bartender what is wrong with me
Why am I so out of breath
The captain said excuse me ma'am
This species has amused itself to death
Amused itself to death
Amused itself to death
We watched the tragedy unfold
We did as we were told
We bought and sold
It was the greatest show on earth
But then it was over
We ohhed and aahed
We drove our racing cars
We ate our last few jars of caviar
And somewhere out there in the stars
A keen-eyed look-out
Spied a flickering light
Our last hurrah
And when they found our shadows
Grouped around the TV sets
They ran down every lead
They repeated every test
They checked out all the data on their lists
And then the alien anthropologists
Admitted they were still perplexed
But on eliminating every other reason
For our sad demise
They logged the explanation left
This species has amused itself to death
No tears to cry no feelings left
This species has amused itself to death 
(switch channels)

[Alf Razzell:] "Years later, I saw Bill Hubbard's name on the memorial to the missing at Aras. And I...when I saw his name I was absolutely transfixed; it was as though he was now a human being instead of some sort of nightmarish memory of how I had to leave him, all those years ago. And I felt relieved, and ever since then I've felt happier about it, because always before, whenever I thought of him, I said to myself, 'Was there something else that I could have done?' [background: "I'd rather die, I'd rather die..."] And that always sort of worried me. And having seen him, and his name in the register - as you know in the memorials there's a little safe, there's a register in there with every name - and seeing his name and his name on the memorial; it sort of lightened my...heart, if you like."

(woman) "When was it that you saw his name on the memorial?"

"Ah, when I was eighty-seven, that would be a year, ninete...eighty-four, nineteen eighty-four."

(switch channels) crickets

AMUSED TO DEATH FULL ALBUM



jueves, 17 de septiembre de 2015

Alan Parsons Live Project en el Teatro de Verano de Montevideo - 17/09/2005


Hoy se cumplen diez años de un concierto que fue de los más memorables de mi vida.
Todo comenzó cuando mi gran amigo Rafa me regaló el cd de Alan Parsons "A valid path"(2004)...
Bueno, en realidad comenzó mucho antes, cuando conocí a The Alan Parsons Project en aquella infancia rodeado de rock progresivo y muchas músicas interesantes.
Pero cuando tuve en mis manos "A valid path" (ver aqui entrada en el blog), que por supuesto me encantó, y cuando supe que Alan traía su Live Project a Montevideo en su gira por ese álbum, no lo pensé dos veces.
Compré dos entradas y si bien no eran de las más caras fueron de las que para mí tenían la mejor ubicación frente al escenario.Y fuimos...mi señora madre y yo, ya que nuestras respectivas parejas no estaban interesadas como nosotros en aquel espectáculo.Evidentemente ninguno de los dos vamos a poder olvidar aquella noche musicalmente mágica.
El concierto arranca con el tema que abre "A valid path", un instrumental digno del APP de toda la vida, electrónico y étnico, rockero y etéreo en partes iguales; y que en el álbum tiene la guitarra de... David Gilmour.
La voluminosa estampa del jefe Alan Parsons maniobrando con su voz distorsionada frente a un teclado es lo primero que vemos en escena.Luego la percusion ataca resonando en todo el teatro; Godfrey Townshend realiza un trabajo irreprochable en ausencia de David...

RETURN TO TUNGUSKA

Debido a la naturaleza del repertorio heredado del Alan Parsons Project original, en el que cada álbum incluía diferentes vocalistas principales, en escena los músicos del Live Project ejercen de voz líder, según cual fuera la más adecuada para cada canción.Como apunto abajo, todos menos el tecladista invitado se pusieron al micrófono.Y todos, todos lo hicieron genial.
Recuerdo bien cuando entró en escena PJ Olsson.En los primeros instantes fue un shock, porque los mohínes y la presencia escénica parecía chocar con la sobria música "parsoniana".
La sorpresa por lo antedicho duró poco y dió paso inmediatamente a la grata sorpresa de un vocalista impresionante, cálido y agradecido, que elevó a otra dimensión las canciones que lideró, digamos que haciendo más que justicia a las versiones originales de los álbumes de estudio de APP.
Por ejemplo en "Old and wise", originalmente cantada por Colin Blunstone, Olsson brilló intensamente, y fue aplaudido de pie y ovacionado por el público montevideano; quedamos convencidos de que el propio aludido y el jefe Alan también se sorprendieron y agradecieron aquel reconocimiento justo.Olsson, realmente, "conquistó" al público presente, en especial a mi madre...

OLD AND WISE (2012)

TIME (2014)

No estoy seguro de que el orden del "setlist" que pongo al final sea el que realmente corresponde al concierto de Montevideo.Hay algunas canciones como "Don´t answer me" que en esta lista que encontré en internet se sitúa entre las primeras, en cambio recuerdo que la interpretaron ya pasada la mitad de la presentación.Pero mi memoria puede estar fallándome.Lo cierto es que las canciones de dicha lista sí estuvieron presentes, todas y cada una, excepcionalmente interpretadas, y por los felices presentes, emocionalmente evocadas y disfrutadas.
Fue inolvidable.
(Si hubiera estado el ex socio de Alan en el APP, Eric Woolfson, eso ya habría sido...)

PRUEBA DE SONIDO MONTEVIDEO 17/09/2005 "DON´T ANSWER ME"

He aquí el concierto más parecido al que vimos nosotros, que se puede encontrar en la red, aunque la lista de canciones difiere un poco (Aquí abren con "I robot", que faltó sin aviso en Montevideo) :
ALAN PARSONS LIVE IN MADRID 2004



BANDA
Alan Parsons. Teclados, guitarra, voces.
PJ Olsson. Voz.
Steve Murphy.Batería, voz.
John Montagna.Bajo, voz.
Godfrey Townshend.Guitarra, voz, teclados.
John Beck.Teclados.
Nota: El único músico que no ejerció de vocalista fue el tecladista invitado John Beck (de la banda It Bites), que reemplazaba a Manny Focarazzo para las fechas en América Latina de esa gira.


SETLIST 
(Indicando vocalista principal y otras peculiaridades)
01.Return to Tunguska (instrumental)
02.Damned If I Do (PJ Olsson)
03.Don't Answer Me (Alan Parsons) Cierra con el arreglo de piano final de"Let it be" de Beatles.
04.Breakdown/The Raven (Steve Murphy / PJ Olsson)
05.Luciferama (instrumental)
06.What Goes Up...(Steve Murphy / PJ Olsson)
07.Days Are Numbers (The Traveller) (John Montagna)
08.Time (PJ Olsson) Godfrey Townshend pasa de la guitarra a los teclados.
09.Psychobabble (Steve Murphy)
10.I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You (John Montagna)
11.More Lost Without You (PJ Olsson)
12.Can't Take It With You (PJ Olsson)
13.We Play the Game (Alan Parsons / PJ Olsson)
14.Old and Wise (PJ Olsson)
15.Prime Time (Godfrey Townsend)
16.Sirius (instrumental, con intro de "Speak to me" de Pink Floyd)
17.Eye in the Sky (Alan Parsons)
Encore:
18.(The System of) Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether (PJ Olsson)
19.Games People Play (Alan Parsons / PJ Olsson)


martes, 15 de septiembre de 2015

40 Years ago: Pink Floyd released "Wish you were here"

FORTY YEARS AGO, PINK FLOYD RELEASED "WISH YOU WERE HERE"
09.15.2015 /01:23 pm
Posted by Richard Metzger
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Forty years ago this month, Pink Floyd released their Wish You Were Here album.

Wish You Were Here was released on September 12th 1975, and is considered by band members Richard Wright and David Gilmour,to be their favorite Pink Floyd album. The recording of the album seemed to be somewhat of a tortured affair for the band—Roger Waters has said several times that he felt like the group was exhausted, creatively drained and perhaps should have just broken up—but slowly a powerful album came together, inspired by the band’s debt to its tragic founder, Syd Barrett and the album’s lead-off cut, “Shine On You Crazy Diamond.” The story of an unrecognizable Barrett showing up for an impromptu visit at the recording studio as the song was being mixed is a harrowing anecdote indeed. Several present broke down in tears at the sight of their old friend.



Featured in The Story of ‘Wish You Were Here’ are sleeve artist Storm Thorgerson of the legendary Hipgnosis design firm, folk singer Roy Harper who did the sarcastic vocal for “Have A Cigar” (many people assume this is Roger Waters, it’s not), Hollywood stuntman Ronnie Rondell (the “burning man” of the album jacket), backing vocalist Venetta Fields (The Blackberries) and others, including photographer Jill Furmanovsky who documented some of the sessions. Wish You Were Here recording engineer Brian Humphries also reveals some of the secrets of the master tapes at Abbey Road Studios, illustrating how certain sonic elements were constructed [for instance the shimmering “singing” wine glasses sound that opens the record, was reused from the aborted “Household Objects” recording sessions.



In the final cut: If you’re a big Pink Floyd fan, 2011’s The Story of ‘Wish You Were Here’ is worth a watch. I loved it, but then again, I’m one of those Pink Floyd fans who can hear the same damned stories repeated over and over again without ever getting bored of them. In truth, there is not all that much ground covered here that’s not been covered in past Pink Floyd documentaries, but it’s so well done that this is in no way an impediment to enjoying the film. It certainly wasn’t for me.

PINK FLOYD - THE STORY OF WISH YOU WERE HERE - 2012

PINK FLOYD - WISH YOU WERE HERE - 1975  (FULL ALBUM)


domingo, 6 de septiembre de 2015

Genesis - The Video Show - 2004



"The Video Show" ("The Cinema Show: A Video anthology") es un DVD de la banda británica Genesis, conteniendo videos musicales producidos entre 1976 y 1999.
Todos los temas están disponibles en audio surround 5.1
Nota personal: Éste DVD me lo regaló hace unos cuantos años mi hija menor para el día del padre.Éso si que es un REGALO con mayúsculas. ;)
Quise terminar con una nota alta mi serie de entradas diarias sobre recopilatorios, aunque me quedan algunos por ahí.
Por unos días luego de éste experimento intensivo, voy a dejar de publicar entradas.
Un placer haber jugado para ustedes.Los dejo con una de las mejores bandas de la historia.

LAND OF CONFUSION

ROBERY ASSAULT AND BATTERY

NOT ABOUT US

NO SON OF MINE

CONGO

THAT´S ALL




KEEP IT DARK

DUCHESS

MANY TOO MANY


GENESIS
Ray Wilson
Phil Collins
Peter Gabriel
Steve Hackett
Tony Banks
Mike Rutherford

PROGRAMA
"No Son of Mine" (We Can't Dance, October 1991)
Directed by Jim Yukich
"I Can't Dance" (We Can't Dance, December 1991)
Directed by Jim Yukich
"Hold on My Heart" (We Can't Dance, April 1992)
Directed by Jim Yukich
"Jesus He Knows Me" (We Can't Dance, July 1992)
Directed by Jim Yukich
"Tell Me Why" (We Can't Dance, February 1993)
Directed by Jim Yukich
"Invisible Touch" (Invisible Touch, May 1986)
Directed by Jim Yukich
"Throwing It All Away" (Invisible Touch, August 1986)
Directed by Jim Yukich
"Land of Confusion" (Invisible Touch, November 1986)
Directed by Jim Yukich and John Lloyd
"Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" (Invisible Touch, March 1987)
Directed by Jim Yukich
"Anything She Does" (Invisible Touch, June 1986)
Directed by Jim Yukich
"In Too Deep" (Invisible Touch, August 1986)
Directed by Jim Yukich
"That's All" (Genesis, October 1983)
Directed by Jim Yukich
"Mama" (Genesis, August 1983)
Director by Stuart Orme
"Illegal Alien" (Genesis, January 1984)
Director by Stuart Orme
"Home by the Sea/Second Home by the Sea" (Genesis, October 1983)
Directed by Jim Yukich
"Paperlate" (3X3, May 1982)
From Top of the Pops
"Abacab" (Abacab, August 1981)
Director by B. Rymer
"Keep It Dark" (Abacab, October 1981)
Director by Stuart Orme
"No Reply at All" (Abacab, September 1981)
Director by Stuart Orme
"Man on the Corner" (Abacab, March 1982)
Director by Stuart Orme
"Turn It On Again" (Duke, March 1980)
Directed by Stuart Orme
"Duchess" (Duke, May 1980)
Directed by Stuart Orme
"Misunderstanding" (Duke, September 1980)
Directed by Stuart Orme
"Follow You Follow Me" (...And Then There Were Three..., February 1978)
Directed by B. Rymer
"Many Too Many" (...And Then There Were Three..., June 1978)
Directed by Ken O'Neill
"A Trick of the Tail" (A Trick of the Tail, February 1976)
Directed by Bruce Gowers
"Ripples" (A Trick of the Tail, February 1976)
Directed by Bruce Gowers
"Robbery, Assault and Battery" (A Trick of the Tail, February 1976)
Directed by Bruce Gowers
"Congo" (Calling All Stations, September 1997)
Directed by Howard Greenhaigh
"Shipwrecked" (Calling All Stations, December 1997)
Directed by Greg Masuak
"Not About Us" (Calling All Stations, March 1998)
Directed by Mike Kaufman
"The Carpet Crawlers 1999" (The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, April 1975 but re-recording for the compilation Turn It On Again: The Hits, October 1999)

SHIPWRECKED

THE CARPET CRAWLERS 1999



sábado, 5 de septiembre de 2015

First Harvest: The Best of Alphaville 1984-1992


"First Harvest: The Best of Alphaville 1984-1992" contiene los más grandes éxitos conocidos por el público masivo, y algunos de sus mejores temas en términos musicales más allá de las listas de ventas.
Marian Gold era y es un excepcional cantante, una de las mejores voces del pop de los años ochentas y más allá.De la banda hoy sólo queda él mismo junto a músicos nuevos.
Algunos de sus mejores temas se encuentran para mi gusto en el disco "Breathaking blue", pero de él voy a hablar en otra ocasión y por eso he omitido esos temas, algunos de los cuales son mis favoritos.Queda para otra ocasión, prometo.

FOREVER YOUNG

BIG IN JAPAN

SOUNDS LIKE A MELODY

LASSIE COME HOME

JERUSALEM

DANCE WITH ME



TRACKLIST
Big In Japan
Sounds Like A Melody
Sensations
The Mysteries of Love
Lassie Come Home
Jerusalem
Dance With Me
For A Million
A Victory Of Love
The Jet Set
Red Rose
Romeos
Summer Rain
Forever Young
Big In Japan (Culture mix)

CREDITOS
Composed By – Bernhard Lloyd, Frank Mertens (tracks: 1, 2, 9, 10, 14, 15), Marian Gold, Rick Echolette* (tracks: 3 to 8, 11 to 13)
Lyrics By – Bernhard Lloyd (tracks: 3 to 8, 11 to 13), Janey Diamond (tracks: 8), Marian Gold, Rick Echolette* (tracks: 3 to 8, 11 to 13)
Producer – Alphaville (tracks: 4, 8, 12, 13), Andreas Budde (tracks: 1, 2, 14, 15), Colin Pearson (tracks: 1, 2, 9, 10, 14, 15), Klaus Schulze (tracks: 4, 8, 12, 13), Peter Walsh (tracks: 3, 5, 11), Steve Thompson & Michael Barbiero (tracks: 7), Wolfgang Loos (tracks: 1, 2, 6, 9, 10, 14, 15)
Remix – Bernhard Lloyd (tracks: 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10)
Sleeve Notes – Bernhard*, Marian*, Echolette*




BIG IN JAPAN (CULTURE MIX)

viernes, 4 de septiembre de 2015

Devo - The Complete Truth About De-Evolution - 1993/2003

"The Complete Truth About De-Evolution" es el tercer lanzamiento en vídeo de la bana Devo, y está integrado por casi todos los vídeos musicales del período 1976 - 1990.

BEAUTIFUL WORLD

Fue lanzado en formato Laserdisc en 1993, y Rhino Records lo editó en DVD en 2003.Tal es la edición que tengo en mi colección. Entre los clips hay pequeños segmentos de los miembros de la banda con unas máscaras promocionando el hoy obsoleto formato del laserdisc de la marca Pioneer.
No hay que confundir "The Complete Truth About De-Evolution" con "The Truth About De-Evolution". Éste último fue un film corto de Devo realizado en 1976, que incluye los vídeos de "Jocko Homo" y "Secret Agent Man."
De la selección fue removido el  cover  de Jimi Hendrix "Are U Experienced?," debido a una reclamacion de los herederos de Hendrix.
El DVD incluye varias extrasn, como comentarios de Mark Mothersbaugh y Gerald V. Casale, entrevista a Chuck Statler (director de muchos clips de Devo), filmaciones de la banda en sus primeras presentaciones. galería de fotos, etc.Un placer DEVOcional desde el principio hasta el final.

GIRL U WANT

I CAN´T GET NO SATISFACTION
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jadvt7CbH1o

FREEDOM OF CHOICE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVGINIsLnqU

WHIP IT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIEVqFB4WUo

TIME OUT FOR FUN

THROUGH BEING COOL

PEEK A BOO


PROGRAMA
Logos and Titles
Devo Corporate Anthem 1979
In The Beginning Was The End: The Truth About De-Evolution 1975-1978
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction 1975-1978
A word about laserdiscs
Come Back Jonee 1975-1978
The Day My Baby Gave Me A Surprise 1979
Worried Man (From the film Human Highway; opens with footage from Devo's home video release We're All Devo featuring Rod Rooter and his daughter, Donut) 1979
Whip It 1980
Girl U Want 1980
Freedom of Choice 1980
Another word about laserdiscs
Through Being Cool 1981
Love Without Anger 1981
Beautiful World 1981
Time Out For Fun 1982-83
Peek-A-Boo! 1982-83
That's Good 1982-83
More about Laserdiscs
Are U Experienced? (Does not appear on Rhino DVD) 1984
The final word about laserdiscs
Disco Dancer 1988
Post Post-Modern Man 1992
Post Post-Modern Man (Rocky Schenck remix) 1992
Credits
Mongoloid (Bonus feature on Rhino DVD)

POST-POST MODERN MAN




jueves, 3 de septiembre de 2015

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Greatest videos - 2003



Recopilatorio en DVD de los Red Hot Chili Peppers , lanzado conjuntamente con otro similar en CD de audio.Teniendo en cuenta que algunos videos de la banda son absolutamente geniales, me decidí por tener directamente la colección de videoclips. 
Servidor considera que los dos puntos más altos de la banda son los álbumes "One hot minute" y "Californication" (el primero con Dave Navarro y el segundo con John Frusciante como guitarristas respectivos).

OTHERSIDE

CAN´T STOP

GIVE IT AWAY

AROUND THE WORLD

CALIFORNICATION

BY THE WAY

SCAR TISSUE


RHCP
Anthony Kiedis, voz
Flea, bajo
Chad Smith, batería

John Frusciante, guitarra
Dave Navarro, guitarra (*)


PROGRAMA
*Canciones escritas por: Anthony Kiedis (tracks: 2 to 16), Chad Smith (tracks: 2 to 16), Dave Navarro (tracks: 6, 7), Flea (tracks: 2 to 16), John Frusciante (tracks: 2 to 5, 8 to 16), Stevie Wonder (tracks: 1)*
01.Higher Ground
Film Director [Directed By] – Bill Stobaugh (2), Drew Carolan
Film Producer – Steven Brandman
02.Suck My Kiss
Film Director [Directed By] – Gavin Bowden
Film Producer – Sam Aslanian
03.Give It Away
Film Director [Directed By] – Stepahne Sednaoui*
Film Producer – Scott Flor
04.Under The Bridge
Film Director [Directed By] – Gus Van Sant
Film Producer – Bob Jason
05.Soul To Squeeze
Film Director [Directed By] – Kevin Kerslake
Film Producer – Line Postmyr, Tina Silvey
06.Aeroplane
Film Director [Directed By] – Gavin Bowden
Film Producer – Francine Weiner
07.My Friends
Film Director [Directed By] – Gavin Bowden
Film Producer – Eric Barrett
08.Around The World
Film Director [Directed By] – Stepahne Sednaoui*
Film Producer – Stephanie Malkin
09.Scar Tissue
Film Director [Directed By] – Stepahne Sednaoui*
Film Producer – Stephanie Malkin
10.Otherside
Film Director [Directed By] – Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Film Producer – Bart Lipton
11.Californication
Film Director [Directed By] – Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Film Producer – Bart Lipton
12.Road Trippin'
Film Director [Directed By] – Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Film Producer – Bart Lipton
13.By The Way
Film Director [Directed By] – Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Film Producer – Bart Lipton
14.The Zephyr Song
Film Director [Directed By] – Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Film Producer – Bart Lipton
15.Can't Stop
Film Director [Directed By] – Mark Romanek
Film Producer – Lynn Zekanis
16.Universally Speaking
Film Producer, Film Director [Directed By] – Dick Rude

AEROPLANE

ROAD TRIPPIN

miércoles, 2 de septiembre de 2015

David Bowie - Best of Bowie - 2002


Best of Bowie es un álbum de grandes éxitos que abarca la carrera del genio absoluto, total, llamado David Bowie, desde el segundo álbum hasta el 2002; lanzado 35 años después de su primer álbum.
Una versión en dos DVD de éste recopilatorio, que es la que tenemos,contiene 47 videoclips y presentaciones en vivo, y también versiones alternativas como  bonus tracks o "easter eggs".

ASHES TO ASHES

TIME WILL CRAWL

HEROES

LIFE ON MARS?

CAT PEOPLE (PUTTIN OUT FIRE)

DANCING IN THE STREET (CON MICK JAGGER)

ZIGGY STARDUST

DVD 1
"Oh! You Pretty Things" (de Old Grey Whistle Test)
"Queen Bitch" (de Old Grey Whistle Test)
"Five Years" (de Old Grey Whistle Test)
"Starman" (de Top of the Pops)
"John, I'm Only Dancing"
"The Jean Genie"
"Space Oddity"
"Drive-In Saturday" (de Russell Harty Plus Pop)
"Life on Mars?"
"Ziggy Stardust" (de Ziggy Stardust - The Motion Picture)
"Rebel Rebel" (de TopPop)
"Young Americans" (de The Dick Cavett Show)
"Be My Wife"
" "Heroes" "
"Boys Keep Swinging"
"D.J."
"Look Back in Anger"
"Ashes to Ashes"
"Fashion" (single version)
"Wild Is the Wind"
"Let's Dance"
"China Girl"
"Modern Love"
"Cat People (Putting out Fire)" (de Serious Moonlight tour)
"Blue Jean"
"Loving the Alien"
"Dancing in the Street" (con Mick Jagger)
Easter eggs:
"Oh! You Pretty Things" (toma alternativa de Old Grey Whistle Test)
Entrevista con David Bowie por Russell Harty
Anuncio para el entonces próximo DVD Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture
Jazzin' For Blue Jean (video promocional completo para "Blue Jean")
"Blue Jean" (versión alternativa para MTV)

LET´S DANCE

AS THE WORD FALLS DOWN
DVD 2
"Absolute Beginners"
"Underground"
"As the World Falls Down"
"Day-In Day-Out"
"Time Will Crawl"
"Never Let Me Down"
"Fame '90"
"Jump They Say"
"Black Tie White Noise"
"Miracle Goodnight"
"The Buddha of Suburbia"
"The Heart's Filthy Lesson"
"Strangers When We Meet"
"Hallo Spaceboy"
"Little Wonder"
"Dead Man Walking"
"Seven Years in Tibet"
"I'm Afraid of Americans"
"Thursday's Child"
"Survive"
Easter eggs:
"Day-In Day-Out" (extended mix)
"Miracle Goodnight" (remix)
"Seven Years in Tibet" (versión en mandarín)

"Survive" (en vivo en París)


SPACE ODDITY

HALLO SPACEBOY (CON PET SHOP BOYS)