E03 REWIND Pink Floyd's "The Wall"
Dad-rock at its finest, Pink Floyd shocked the world with this beautiful concept album that got backed up with a movie.
The extremely popular rock opera from Pink Floyd made it's debut it 1979 and became one of the most well known concept albums of all time. Throughout the two discs Roger Waters tells the story of a fucked up musician experiencing flashbacks of his childhood. Pink (the musician) lost his father at an early age to the war and was raised by his mother. Over the years Pink built up walls, seperating himself from the rest of the world with the help of drugs. Finally there is a collapse of this wall and a type of rebirth occurs in Pink's life courtesy to the berating of his peers and the compassion of his mother. The Wall is a hell of a journey from start to finish, filled with some of the best lyricism, images, and musical talent as well as arguably the most beautiful guitar solo on "Comfortably Numb".
It's hard to recommend any single song from this album as it is one that needs to be taken in in full. The hits like "Another Brick In The Wall Pt. II" and "Comfortably Numb" really stand out as amazing singles from The Wall with the super catchy chorus in both. "The Trial" is another track that stands out, but for different reasons. It is meant to be very theatrical and works well on stage and in the film that evidently leads up to the tearing down of the wall at the end of the song. Definitely worth checking out, and holy shit was it wild to see that live. I think my favourite track in terms of the concept of the album has to be "In The Flesh" with the heavy hint towards Pink believing he is a fascist dictator getting those he believes are "undesirables" up against the wall, ending with the audience chanting Pink! Floyd! in the album version and Hammer! in the film version.
The Wall never failed in impressing anyone that wanted to experience it. It is just full of wild imagery and wonderful story telling that I can't imagine a world where this album doesn't get the recognition it deserves. Roger Waters just released a new album this month titled Is This The Life We Really Want? that everyone should check out as well.