Exposé Online banner

Pink Floyd — Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live
(Columbia C2K 62058, 1981/2002, 2CD)

by Jim Chokey, Published 2002-04-01

Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live Cover art

At long last, a legitimate live release of Pink Floyd’s The Wall is available! The band played this magnum opus in full a mere 29 times, in only four cities. Even bootlegs of it are rare. An entire performance is reconstructed on this 2-CD set from several London shows— and thanks to outstanding engineering work, the sound is impeccable. The arrangements here closely mirror those on the studio album (including voices and sound effects) although “Another Brick in the Wall, Part II” and “Young Lust” are extended to give David Gilmour some longer solos and to allow Richard Wright to show off his Hammond playing. Also included here are “What Shall We Do Now?” (from the film version of The Wall, but absent from the studio album) and “The Last Few Bricks,” an instrumental medley of major themes from the first half of the show. (The closing number, “Outside the Wall,” is also rearranged a bit, with a choir added.) All four band members are in top form here, with Wright’s keyboards and Waters’ bass lines sounding even better than on the studio version. This release also includes two 28-page booklets containing notes from each of the band members, the art designer, the stage engineer, and the sound engineer, not to mention dozens of full-color photographs of the puppets, animations, stage constructions, and other aspects of the visual spectacle. This is one of the most historically important releases of 2000 — and one that Floyd fans will find essential.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 24, 2002 releases, 1981 recordings

Related artist(s): David Gilmour, Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, Nick Mason

Latest news

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Ensemble Nimbus - Key Figures – Amazing when a new label takes off so well. Ad Perpetuam Memoriam has given the world both the powerful Kultivator and the hilarious Myrbein, both relatively unknown Swedish groups of high quality....  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues