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James Guthrie Mastered His Original Stereo Mix For SACD!
This Hybrid SACD is playable on ALL CD Players!
Talk about a blockbuster: This is it. A very limited double LP originally
released more than 20 years ago, Amused To Death is reborn as Stereo Hybrid SACD
and on 200-gram double LP(APLP468761) from Analogue Productions. Amused to
Death was mixed by Pink Floyd's producer/engineer James Guthrie, and now, using
those same analog tapes, he's mastered the album for SACD.
A beautiful album conceptually, lyrically, and musically
For his third solo album, Roger Waters, former bassist/singer/songwriter and
founding member of Pink Floyd, takes listeners on a journey through his mind
as he examines how human society has been affected through mass media and
particularly television. This complex concept album takes its title from a book
by author Neil Postman that also explores and alerts us to the dangers of the
ways the media shapes our lives. In the title track, aliens arrive on Earth
after the extinction of humans - finding merely skeletons gathered around TV
sets. The alien anthropologists run every imaginable test to try and determine
the reason for this "sad demise." Their conclusion? "This species has amused
itself to death."
Visually, the concept is depicted by a cover shot of a gorilla watching
television — "just flipping channels, looking for something that interests
him," Waters says. Like many of us today.
Q magazine describes Amused To Death as sounding more like a Pink Floyd album
than any other Waters solo effort to date. It is the brother of The Wall,
perhaps even the distant cousin of Dark Side Of The Moon, which should
delight fans of those albums.
This edition is cut from the analog master tapes. James
Guthrie has mastered his original stereo mix for SACD.
Amused To Death was originally mixed using QSound, a virtual surround sound,
enhancing the spatial feel of the music along with the various sound effects
sprinkled throughout the album. The Analogue Productions' reissue faithfully
preserves this three-dimensional experience.
Pink Floyd chose Analogue Productions to handle the exclusive distribution of
the monumental 2012 SACD reissue of Wish You Were Here; today it remains one of
the best sellers in the 25 year history of Analogue Productions. The 5.1
surround mix by James Guthrie was so critically well-received, reviewers were
effusive in their praise. Expect nothing less with the reissue of Amused To
The best post "Wall" Floyd-related album to date!
Amused To Death is beautifully recorded, lavish in depth and rich in sound.
The 14 tracks flow into each other, meaning the album is best consumed whole. To
shuffle tracks is to read random pages from a multi-page essay in no particular
order. Waters tackles subjects as varied as capitalism, war, religion, American
fast food, television, film director Stanley Kubrick and Broadway composer
Andrew Lloyd Weber.
Waters enlists some striking studio partnerships: Don Henley joins him on
vocals for "Watching TV," the National Philharmonic Orchestra leaps in
for "Too Much Rope," and Rita Coolidge pops up during the title track.
Waters also recruited for musical support legendary guitarist Jeff Beck.
The quality of production by Waters, Nick Griffiths and Patrick Leonard is
Amused To Death is cinema for the ears. Food for the brain. It's an album that
Waters says, "literally unfolds with repeated play. The more you listen, the
more you see."
• Stereo SACD
• This Hybrid SACD is playable on ALL CD Players!
• Mastered by James Guthrie
• Mastered from original analog tapes
Roger Waters, vocals, bass, guitar
Jeff Beck, guitar (1,2,10-14)
Randy Jackson, bass (2,9)
Don Henley, vocals (11)
Rita Coolidge, vocals (14)
Plus many more!
1. The Ballad of Bill Hubbard
2. What God Wants, Part I
3. Perfect Sense, Part I
4. Perfect Sense, Part II
5. The Bravery of Being Out of Range
6. Late Home Tonight, Part I
7. Late Home Tonight, Part II
8. Too Much Rope
9. What God Wants, Part II
10. What God Wants, Part III
11. Watching TV (featuring Don Henley)
12. Three Wishes
13. It's A Miracle
14. Amused To Death (feat. Rita Coolidge)