Back Against the Wall: A Tribute to Pink Floyd

Back Against the Wall: A Tribute to Pink Floyd


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One of the most popular, and analyzed, rock albums ever is undoubtedly Pink Floyd's 1979 sprawling masterpiece The Wall. Although the definitive version remains the aforementioned studio album, there has also been a 1982 movie (starring a pre-Live Aid Bob Geldof), and two separate live albums -- one by Roger Waters in 1990 (The Wall: Live in Berlin, 1990) and the other a delayed release of Pink Floyd performances from the early '80s (2000s Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall: Live 1980-1981). So you think that would be the last we heard from The Wall, right? Think again. A multitude of classic rockers/prog rockers have united to cover The Wall in its entirety, under the title Back Against the Wall. Led by producer Billy Sherwood, a rotating case of musicians was assembled to make anyone with a well-worn copy of Tales of Topographic Oceans drool with excitement -- Yes' Rick Wakeman, Chris Squire, Alan White, and Geoffrey Downes; King Crimson's Adrian Belew, Tony Levin, and John Wetton; Styx's Tommy Shaw; ELP's Keith Emerson, and Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, among countless others. Interestingly though, it can be argued that The Wall was Pink Floyd's least "progressive" album, as the group focused on tight song structures -- obviously inspired by the then burgeoning new wave and punk movements. The performances are expectedly spot-on (and it's quite impressive how they re-created all the sound effects/spoken word bits so precisely), and stick very close to the originals -- except for a Chris Squire-led take of "Comfortably Numb," which adds a few extra bits. With an ever-increasing overabundance of versions of The Wall to choose from, you've got to wonder if Back Against the Wall was necessary at all.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/13/2005
Label: Cleopatra
UPC: 0741157153521
catalogNumber: 1535
Rank: 73284

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rick Wakeman   Piano
Ian Anderson   Flute,Vocals
Adrian Belew   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Steve Howe   Acoustic Guitar
Ronnie Montrose   Guitar
Steve Morse   Guitar
Chris Squire   Bass,Vocals
John Wetton   Bass,Vocals
Dweezil Zappa   Guitar
Keith Emerson   Organ,Keyboards
Tommy Shaw   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Fee Waybill   Vocals
Elliot Easton   Guitar
Malcolm McDowell   Vocals
Aynsley Dunbar   Drums
Gregg Bissonette   Drums
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Geoffrey Downes   Keyboards
Larry Fast   Keyboards
Tony Franklin   Bass
John Giblin   Bass
Gary Green   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Tony Kaye   Keyboards
Bob Kulick   Electric Guitar
Tony Levin   Bass,Stick
Alex Ligertwood   Background Vocals
Steve Lukather   Guitar,Vocals
Del Palmer   Bass
Steve Porcaro   Keyboards
Mike Porcaro   Bass
Jay Schellen   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Snare Drums
Billy Sherwood   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Orchestral Keyboards
Jim Ladd   Narrator
Michael Sherwood   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jordan Berliant   Acoustic Guitar
Robby Krieger   Guitar

Technical Credits

Eric Jordan   Engineer
Bob Kulick   Producer
Ken Latchney   Engineer
Billy Sherwood   Producer,Engineer
Jim Ladd   Contributor
Giovanni Rodríguez   Art Direction
Rob Aubrey   Engineer

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