domingo, 9 de agosto de 2015

Roger water reedicion del trabajo Amused to Death


Amused to Death es un álbum unipersonal del bajista y compositor de Pink Floyd Roger Waters. El disco fue editado en 1992 y no fue seguido de una gira, por lo que las primeras representaciones en vivo de estas canciones fueron en la gira In the Flesh (1999-2002). El disco fue un éxito en su crítica y es considerado por muchos como el mejor disco de Roger Waters como solista. El disco trata temas que son naturales en Waters, como las críticas a la guerra y a la sociedad consumista.
Éste explota la idea de un mono contemplando un aparato de televisión y sacando conclusiones a partir de ello, mostrando así la estupidez humana desde un punto de vista irónico. El álbum tiene un sonido claro y letras muy elaboradas, acompañadas por la guitarra de Jeff Beck, que se destaca en "The Ballad of Bill Hubbard", "What God Wants", "The Bravery of Being out of Range" y "Three Wishes". Se destaca en el disco "Amused to Death", "It´s a Miracle" y sobre todo la ópera prima del disco "Perfect Sense". Las ventas no lo acompañaron del todo y el hecho de que no fuese acompañado de una gira se puede explicar por la decepción de las giras anteriores, ya que Waters no era muy conocido fuera de Pink Floyd. Waters tiene un cariño especial por este disco, al que considera al mismo nivel que "The Wall" o "The Dark Side of the Moon" según su comentario emitido en una entrevista concedida a la BBC en el programa HARDTalk del 19/09/2013.
 
 
Roger Waters started working on Amused to Death in 1987 when he first wrote "Perfect Sense". It was several years before the album was released and it is unknown how much the material was changed in the interim. The album's artwork features a monkey watching television in reference to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. The image on the TV is a gigantic eyeball staring at the viewer. According to Waters, the monkey was "a symbol for anyone who's been sitting with his mouth open in front of the network and cable news for the last 10 years." The album's title was inspired by Neil Postman's book Amusing Ourselves to Death  The album is organised loosely around the idea of a monkey randomly switching channels on a television, but explores numerous political and social themes, including critiques of the First Gulf War in "The Bravery of Being Out of Range" and "Perfect Sense".
The first song, "The Ballad of Bill Hubbard", features a sample of World War I veteran Alfred "Raz" Razzell, a member of the Royal Fusiliers (much like Waters' father Eric Fletcher Waters had been in the World War II) who describes his account of finding fellow soldier William "Bill" Hubbard, to whom the album is dedicated, severely wounded on the battlefield. After failed attempts to take him to safety, Razzell is forced to abandon him in no-man's land. This sample is continued at the end of the title track, at the very end of the album, providing a more upbeat coda to the tragic story. The track also features the sound of several animals. The second song, "What God Wants, Part I", follows and contrasts the moving words of Razzell by opening with the TV being tuned instead into an excerpt that sounds like it's taken from a vox pop of a child who says, "I don't mind about the war. That's one of the things I like to watch – if it's a war going on. 'Cos then I know if, um, our side's winning, if our side's losing..." he is then interrupted by the channel change and a burst of ape-chatter.