Now that Roger Waters has released his new concert film of The Wall, filmed on the former Pink Floyd singer-songwriter’s recent world tour, he is putting out an accompanying soundtrack album. Between 2010 and 2013, the singer performed the 1979 double-album, home to “Comfortably Numb” and “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2),” live more than 200 times. Like the film, the soundtrack, titled Roger Waters The Wall and due out on November 20th, contains recordings from around the world and will be available digitally and as either a two-CD or three-LP set.
Waters performed the album for approximately 4.5 million people during the course of the tour with help from an 11-person backing group. Singer Robbie Wyckoff handled the vocal parts that Floyd’s David Gilmour sang on the original record, while the guitars were handled by Dave Kilminster, former SNL bandleader G.E. Smith and Snowy White, the last of whom performed on Floyd’s original The Wall tour. Waters’ son Harry performed Hammond organ and piano on the tour.
Frequent Radiohead collaborator Nigel Godrich, who provided music production and mixing for the film, produced the album.
The soundtrack will run longer than the original Wall album, which spanned only two LPs, as it includes two songs removed from the original release — “Last Few Bricks” and “What Shall We Do Now?” — which Floyd had added back in for live performances. This version of The Wall also includes “The Ballad of Jean Charles de Menezes,” which Waters incorporated into his performances of the album beginning in 2011 in tribute to a 27-year-old Brazilian man that London police killed thinking, wrongly, that he was a terrorist.
The soundtrack marks the third time The Wall has been released as a live album. In 1990, Waters released The Wall: Live in Berlin, which he’d recorded and filmed less than a year after the Berlin Wall fell with a star-studded cast, including Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Marianne Faithfull, the Band, Sinéad O’Connor, Cyndi Lauper and Tim Curry, among others. A decade later, Pink Floyd released Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live 1980-81, which contains recordings of Waters’ final tour as a member of the band.
Waters told Rolling Stone that the meaning behind The Wall hadn’t changed for him over the years. “The context changes, but the story remains the same,” he said. “If people see this movie, what I hope is that that they may look at one another and go, ‘You know what? We are a community, and we are many. There are a lot of us.'”
Roger Waters The Wall Track List
1. “In the Flesh?”
2. “The Thin Ice”
3. “Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. “1”
4. “The Happiest Days of Our Lives”
5. “Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. “2”
6. “The Ballad of Jean Charles de Menezes”
8. “Goodbye Blue Sky”
9. “Empty Spaces”
10. “What Shall We Do Now?”
11. “Young Lust”
12. “One of My Turns”
13. “Don’t Leave Me Now”
14. “Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. “3”
15. “Last Few Bricks”
16. “Goodbye Cruel World”
1. “Hey You”
2. “Is There Anybody Out There?”
3. “Nobody Home”
5. “Bring the Boys Back Home”
6. “Comfortably Numb”
7. “The Show Must Go On”
8. “In the Flesh”
9. “Run Like Hell”
10. “Waiting for the Worms”
12. “The Trial”
13. “Outside the Wall”