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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Roger Waters - The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking (1984)

The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking is a 1984 concept album and the first solo album by English musician Roger Waters. The album was certified gold in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America in April 1995. The concept, as envisioned by Waters in 1977, rotates around a man's thinking during a midlife crisis and how he dreams of committing adultery (among facing other fears and other things), all taking place in real time from the early morning hours of 04:30:18 AM to 05:12 AM. In 1978, Waters played music demos of this album and parts of another album he was preparing titled The Wall to the rest of his bandmates in Pink Floyd, who (after a long debate) decided that they preferred The Wall instead, even though their manager at the time, Steve O'Rourke, thought that Pros and Cons was a better-sounding concept.The Wall became the next Pink Floyd album, and in 1983, following his split from the band, Waters undertook the shelved Pros and Cons project himself. The album was recorded in three different studios between February and December 1983 in London, the Olympic Studios, Eel Pie Studios and in Waters' own Billiard Room, the studio where his demos were constructed. Several people appeared on the album, including musical conductor Michael Kamen, the vocal talents of actor Jack Palance, saxophonist David Sanborn and rock and blues guitarist Eric Clapton. - Wikipedia 

Roger Waters – Bass Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Vocals 
Eric Clapton – Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals, Roland Guitar Synthesizer 
Ray Cooper – Percussion 
Andy Newmark – Drums, Percussion 
David Sanborn – Saxophone 
Michael Kamen – Piano 
Andy Bown – Hammond Organ, 12-String Guitar 
Madeline Bell, Katie Kissoon, Doreen Chanter – Backing Vocals 

1. 4:30 AM (Apparently They Were Travelling Abroad) (3:12)
2. 4:33 AM (Running Shoes) (4:08)
3. 4:37 AM (Arabs with Knives and West German Skies) (2:17)
4. 4:39 AM (For the First Time Today, Part 2) (2:02)
5. 4:41 AM (Sexual Revolution) (4:49)
6. 4:47 AM (The Remains of Our Love) (3:09)
7. 4:50 AM (Go Fishing) (6:59)
8. 4:56 AM (For the First Time Today, Part I) (1:38)
9. 4:58 AM (Dunroamin, Duncarin, Dunlivin) (3:03)
10. 5:01 AM (The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, Part X) (4:36)
11. 5:06 AM (Every Stranger's Eyes) (4:48)
12. 5:11 AM (The Moment of Clarity) (1:28)

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