The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking Roger Waters

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Album-Release:
1984

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15.09.2015

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  • 14:30AM (Apparently They Were Travelling Abroad)03:11
  • 24:33AM (Running Shoes)04:04
  • 34:37AM (Arabs With Knives and West German Skies)02:21
  • 44:39AM (For the First Time Today, Pt. 2)02:08
  • 54:41AM (Sexual Revolution)04:50
  • 64:47AM (The Remains of Our Love)03:10
  • 74:50AM (Go Fishing)06:56
  • 84:56AM (For the First Time Today, Pt. 1)01:40
  • 94:58AM (Dunroamin, Duncarin, Dunlivin)03:02
  • 105:01AM (The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, Pt. 10)04:37
  • 115:06AM (Every Strangers Eyes)04:47
  • 125:11AM (The Moment of Clarity)01:27
  • Total Runtime42:13

Info for The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking

Roger Waters's fascinating first solo album, structured around his (predictably odd) dreams, features all the high-concept imagery and musical daring that made his work with Pink Floyd so masterful. On his own for the first time, Waters got a little help from Eric Clapton, who plays guitar on the title track.

„When dissected carefully, The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking becomes a fascinating conceptual voyage into the workings of the human psyche. As an abstract peering into the intricate functions of the subconscious, Waters' first solo album involves numerous dream sequences that both figuratively and symbolically unravel his struggle with marriage, fidelity, commitment, and age at the height of a midlife crisis. While the songs (titled by the times in which Waters experiences each dream) seem to lack in musical fluidity at certain points, they make up for it with ingenious symbolism and his brilliant use of stream of consciousness within a subconscious realm. Outside from the deep but sometimes patchy narrative framework, the music slightly lacks in rhythm or hooks, except for the title track that includes some attractive guitar playing via Eric Clapton. David Sanborn's saxophone is another attribute, adding some life to "Go Fishing" and "The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking." But it's truly the imagery and the visual design of the album that is front and center, since the importance lies in what Waters is trying to get across to the audience, decorated somewhat casually by his singing and the music. With Pink Floyd, the marriage of Waters' concepts and ideas with the talented musicianship of the rest of the band presented a complete masterpiece in both thought and music, while his solo efforts lean more toward the conceptual aspects of his work. With this in mind, The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking continues to showcase Waters' unprecedented knack of addressing his darkest thoughts and conceptions in a most extraordinary fashion.“ (Mike DeGagne, AMG)

Roger Waters, guitar, rhythm guitar, tape effects, lead vocals
Eric Clapton, lead guitar, backing vocals, Roland guitar synthesizer
Ray Cooper, percussion
Andy Newmark, drums, percussion
David Sanborn, saxophone
Michael Kamen, piano
Andy Bown, hammond organ, 12-string guitar
Madeline Bell, backing vocals
Katie Kissoon, backing vocals
Doreen Chanter, backing vocals
Raphael Ravenscroft, horns
Kevin Flanagan, horns
Vic Sullivan, horns
The National Philharmonic Orchestra
Michael Kamen, conductor

Recorded February–December 1983
Recorded, engineered by Andy Jackson
Produced by Roger Waters, Michael Kamen

Digitally remastered


Roger Waters
became a legend of rock music through his seminal creations, The Wall and The Dark Side of the Moon. Waters has sold more than 250 million albums worldwide, including 74.5 million units sold in the United States, and has sold more tickets in the last three years than any other performing artist. He now turns to his latest creation and great passion – his own operatic composition.

In 1965, Waters co-founded the band Pink Floyd with drummer Nick Mason, keyboardist Richard Wright and guitarist, singer and songwriter Syd Barrett. Waters initially served as the group's bassist and co-lead vocalist, but following the departure of Barrett in 1968, he also became their lyricist and conceptual leader. Pink Floyd subsequently achieved international success with the concept albums The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall and The Final Cut. By the early 1980s, they had become one of the most critically acclaimed and best-selling acts in the history of popular music; as of 2013, they have sold more than 250 million albums worldwide.

Waters' solo career has included three studio albums: The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, Radio K.A.O.S. and Amused to Death. In 1990, he staged one of the largest and most extravagant rock concerts in history, The Wall - Live in Berlin, with an official attendance of 200,000. In 1996, he was inducted into the US and the UK Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Pink Floyd. In 2005, he released Ça Ira an opera in three acts translated from Etienne and Nadine Roda-Gils' libretto about the French Revolution. Later that year, he reunited with Pink Floyd bandmates Mason, Wright and David Gilmour for the Live 8 global awareness event; it was the group's first appearance with Waters since 1981. He has toured extensively as a solo act since 1999 and played The Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety for his world tour of 2006-2008. In 2010, he began The Wall Live and in 2011 Gilmour and Mason appeared with him during a performance of the double album in London. As of 2013, the tour is the highest-grossing of all time by a solo artist.

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