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

2020-03-24
Bill Rieflin RIP – The sad news reaches us today of Bill Rieflin's death. Rieflin was best known as a drummer in bands ranging from post-punk to industrial to indie-rock to progressive rock, including work with The Blackouts, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Land, and King Crimson. Rieflin had been battling cancer for several years, and succumbed to it on March 24. He was 59. » Read more

2020-03-17
Cruise to the Edge and Seaprog 2020 Festivals Postponed – The worldwide outbreak of the novel coronavirus has started to produce casualties in the music world, and festivals are not immune. We've had word that both the Cruise to the Edge (originally slated for March 27 - April 1) and Seaprog (originally June 5-7) have been postponed to later dates, with those dates to be announced. » Read more

2020-03-06
McCoy Typer RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of one of the most influential pianists in the history of jazz, McCoy Tyner. His tenure with John Coltrane in the early 60s includes some of the most treasured recordings of the era, including My Favorite Things and A Love Supreme. After leaving Coltrane's group, he had a long and successful solo career. He was 81. » Read more

2020-02-18
Jon Christensen RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76. » Read more

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Il Berlione - Il Berlione – No, this is not another lost 70s Italian reissue, but instead a powerful new Japanese quintet featureing guitar, bass, saxes, keys, and drums. Their sound could best be described as a Canterbury / RIO...  (1993) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues