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Toronto 2010 [no label, 2CD]
Live at the Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; September 18, 2010. Very good audience recording.
When Roger Waters took The Wall on the road this year, it was a special event. The Wall may be different without Dave Gilmour’s blistering guitar but the show must go on. At this point of the Waters-Gilmour breakup/partnership, it’s doubtful if anyone was hoping that Waters would fall flat on his face doing The Wall. Fans are only too happy that Waters is still playing The Wall - this being the 30th anniversary of the show’s debut in Toronto.
This is what Bryan Borzykowski reported in metronews.ca: “It was the mind-blowing visuals that really struck me. Waters used the wall as a giant screen to display bizarre animations and photos and the more the wall got built up the more ambitious the displays got. It felt like I was watching a movie directed by a Las Vegas veteran (I mean that in the best possible way).
“I’ve seen epic shows before. There was Pink Floyd’s brilliant light show on the Division Bell tour; U2’s flying lemon during PopMart; Madonna’s always over-the-top spectacle; but this was different… This took the best parts of those performances - minus Madge’s scantily clad dancers - and took it to James Cameron-like extravagance.”
The Wall is generally seen as how a young man distances himself from the world. In the tour notes, Waters said: “I started to think that maybe there is something in the story of The Wall, which is about this one guy… that could be seen as an allegory for the way nations behave towards one another, or religions behave towards one another.”
Perhaps Hazel Sheffield of the UK Telegraph has a point when she noted: “If tonight’s audience is representative, the anniversary tour is for reliving prog rock’s most ambitious avenue with die-hard fans, rather than for any possible notion of repackaging Floyd for a new generation.”
But as Waters told Rolling Stone magazine: “You can’t ask people to go to the circus and just have fleas in the middle - you’ve got to have elephants and tigers.” The Wall was meant to be a spectacle - otherwise might as well play it as a acoustic set - and so it is.
Thanks to Many (nerdlogger)/mayromlo for taping the show, touching it up and sharing it on the net.
Lineage: Audio Technica SP-CMC-8 (mounted on baseball cap) > Zoom H4N 24/96 w/ Auto Level and Mic input w/ Limit2 > Adobe Soundbooth (Secret Nerdsauce Effect, Downsample to 16/44 Wav) > Audacity Export to Flac > Flac (Level 8, 16-bit, 44.1-Khz)
And keep a lookout for Roger Waters at the United Center, Chicago, September 20, 2010.
Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.
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Track 101. In the Flesh (7.6MB)
Track 102. The Thin Ice (4.2MB)
Track 103. Another Brick in the Wall Part 1 (7.6MB)
Track 104. The Happiest Days of our Lives (1.8MB)
Track 105. Another Brick in the Wall Part 2 (12.3MB)
Track 106. Mother (12.5MB)
Track 107. Goodbye Blue Sky (5.9MB)
Track 108. Empty Spaces (6.9MB)
Track 109. Young Lust (8.9MB)
Track 110. One of My Turns (5.8MB)
Track 111. Don’t Leave Me Now (6.2MB)
Track 112. Another Brick in the Wall Part 3 (8.4MB)
Track 113. Goodbye Cruel World (1.5MB)
Track 201. Hey You (8.6MB)
Track 202. Is There Anybody Out There? (4.1MB)
Track 203. Nobody Home (5.4MB)
Track 204. Vera (2.0MB)
Track 205. Bring the Boys Back Home (3.5MB)
Track 206. Comfortably Numb (12.4MB)
Track 207. The Show Must Go On (3.9MB)
Track 208. In The Flesh (7.5MB)
Track 209. Run Like Hell (11.5MB)
Track 210. Waiting for the Worms (6.2MB)
Track 211. Stop (843k)
Track 212. The Trial (11.2MB)
Track 213. Outside the Wall (8.2MB)
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