Radio K.A.O.S. Roger Waters

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Album-Release:
1987

HRA-Release:
15.09.2015

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  • 1Radio Waves05:05
  • 2Who Needs Information05:49
  • 3Me or Him05:24
  • 4The Powers That Be04:36
  • 5Sunset Strip04:25
  • 6Home06:39
  • 7Four Minutes03:39
  • 8The Tide Is Turning (After Live Aid)05:44
  • Total Runtime41:21

Info for Radio K.A.O.S.

„Roger Waters' second solo album is yet another conceptual narrative, one that tells the tale of a wheelchair-bound boy who tries to halt the threat of nuclear war through his use of the HAM radio. The story line isn't held together as tightly as his first album, and the whole fable seems a little too far fetched, even when taken lightly. Unlike The Pros and Cons album, the music here overrides the narrative, but not by much, highlighted by the upbeat pop single 'Radio Waves.' The last tune, entitled 'The Tide Is Turning,' is the only other focal point of the album, an honest-sounding ballad that relinquishes a glimmer of hope in an otherwise unpromising world. Waters' anti-war theme is stretched full across the album, but the music itself struggles to capture any attention, bogged down by half-whispers and flat-lined melodies that are only slightly resuscitated from time to time with some trumpet and saxophone. The novelty of Los Angeles disc jockey Jim Ladd wears off quickly, as he was obviously used to add some lightheartedness to the album's pessimistic undertones. Waters' use of imagery and thematic depth are absent from Radio K.A.O.S., leaving his superficial spiel with barely any sustenance, which in turn hinders the moral of the album so that it fails to reach its fruition. While both The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking and Amused to Death convey his talented use of concept, imagination, and lyrical mastery, this album seems to be nothing more than a fictional tale with a blatantly apparent message.“ (Mike DeGagne, AMG)

''Radio K. A.O. S.' is a more sucessful attempt at constructing an art-rock- enhanced narrative. Resolutely unswinging rhythms and mellow voice-overs from archetypal FM DJ Jim Ladd enhance Water's depiction of a wheelchair-bound computer genius: a saintly hacker and phone freak who zaps the nuclear 'Powers That Be'. (Rolling Stone)

Roger Waters, vocals, guitars, bass, shakuhachi, keyboards
Ian Ritchie, piano, keyboards, saxophone, Fairlight, drum programming
Nick Glennie-Smith, keyboards
Jay Stapley, guitars
Mel Collins, saxophones
Matt Irving, Hammond organ
John Lingwood, drums (on 'Powers That Be“)
Andy Fairweather Low, guitars
John Phirkell, trumpet
Peter Thoms, trombone
Graham Broad, percussion, drums
Suzanne Rhatigan, background vocals
Katie Kissoon, background vocals
Doreen Chanter, background vocals
Madeline Bell, background vocals
Steve Langer, background vocals
Vicki Brown, background vocals
Clare Torry, vocals on 'Home' and 'Four Minutes'
Paul Carrack, vocals on 'The Powers That Be'

Recorded October – December 1986 at the Billiard Room, London
Engineered by Chris Sheldon
Produced by Roger Waters, Ian Ritchie, Nick Griffiths

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Roger Waters
became a legend of rock music through his seminal creations, The Wall and The Dark Side of the Moon. Waters has sold more than 250 million albums worldwide, including 74.5 million units sold in the United States, and has sold more tickets in the last three years than any other performing artist. He now turns to his latest creation and great passion – his own operatic composition.

In 1965, Waters co-founded the band Pink Floyd with drummer Nick Mason, keyboardist Richard Wright and guitarist, singer and songwriter Syd Barrett. Waters initially served as the group's bassist and co-lead vocalist, but following the departure of Barrett in 1968, he also became their lyricist and conceptual leader. Pink Floyd subsequently achieved international success with the concept albums The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall and The Final Cut. By the early 1980s, they had become one of the most critically acclaimed and best-selling acts in the history of popular music; as of 2013, they have sold more than 250 million albums worldwide.

Waters' solo career has included three studio albums: The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, Radio K.A.O.S. and Amused to Death. In 1990, he staged one of the largest and most extravagant rock concerts in history, The Wall - Live in Berlin, with an official attendance of 200,000. In 1996, he was inducted into the US and the UK Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Pink Floyd. In 2005, he released Ça Ira an opera in three acts translated from Etienne and Nadine Roda-Gils' libretto about the French Revolution. Later that year, he reunited with Pink Floyd bandmates Mason, Wright and David Gilmour for the Live 8 global awareness event; it was the group's first appearance with Waters since 1981. He has toured extensively as a solo act since 1999 and played The Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety for his world tour of 2006-2008. In 2010, he began The Wall Live and in 2011 Gilmour and Mason appeared with him during a performance of the double album in London. As of 2013, the tour is the highest-grossing of all time by a solo artist.

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