Immerse Yourself Into Pink Floyd's The Wall
Roger Waters is still touring solo with The Wall, building it brick by brick and then knocking it down nightly, and if you haven't had an opportunity to experience this absolute requirement of rock history, the next best thing available is to get your wormy little hands on the Pink Floyd: The Wall Immersion Box Set, available February 28.
Bands like Radiohead, Muse and even Gorillaz and Nine Inch Nails owe a tremendous debt to Pink Floyd (whose lineup was comprised of Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright), who arguably blazed the widest swath out there in the progressive/psychedelic rock genre and one-upped The Who's Tommy with their own take on the Rock Opera.
Released in November of 1979, The Wall shot Pink Floyd to the top of the charts on the strength of the first single, Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2). Already riding high on the phenomenal success of 1973's Dark Side of the Moon and their follow-up albums Wish You Were Here and Animals, Floyd catapulted to legendary status with The Wall and its stark themes of isolation, abandonment, war and fascism. The seminal album sold more than 11 million copies and remains one of the best-selling recordings of all time.
The new Immersion set contains 7 discs, including the remastered version of The Wall, digitally remastered recordings of the classic Wall concert captured in 1980-81, and a DVD featuring performance footage, the Brick in the Wall music video, an interview with influential The Wall artist Gerald Scarfe and Behind the Wall, an in-depth documentary about The Wall tour.
But for true fans of the British band, the real reason to get ahold of this Immersion set (one of several Immersion sets issued by the bands for select albums) is to hear the original demos; two complete discs containing such classics as Run Like Hell, Young Lust and Mother in their developing form, sung solo by Waters and also with the rest of the band. To finally track the evolution of The Wall as a work-in-progress is a treat worth waiting three decades for.
Other nuggets available in the Pink Floyd: The Wall Immersion Box Set include reproductions of various memorabilia, including replicas of the original The Wall tour ticket and backstage pass; prints/cards of stage drawings; Floyd coasters; and a brick-patterned scarf with The Wall crossed-hammers logos for those cold, dreary winter days.