|Wall In Progress 1978-1979 - Front Cover|
|Catalogue No.||HC 016|
|Total Time :||73.27|
(from the release notes)
|Complete demo Tracks Of "The Wall" Album Recorded at The Floyd's Britannia Row Studios (Sept, Dec 1978 & Late 1979) &
Super Bear Studio (april-Aug 1979) in France
Collectors Music Review on the web has this excellent narrative of the evolution of the recording of The Wall and the differences in the tracks presented on this disc:
The decade between 1969 and 1979 was the time when many bands were producing rock operas and concept albums, pushing the boundaries of rock into a cohesive narrative structure. The Who’s "Tommy", although it wasn’t the first rock opera, was the first one that attained any popular success.
Pink Floyd’s "The Wall" is probably the final time any group attained much artistic and commercial success in the genre.
Both Tommy and The Wall are concerned with one’s reaction to trauma in one form or another with the latter piece of work serving as a reflection of the decade of dinosaur arena rock.
The process of recording the masterpiece took more than a year and included at least six different studios in four countries.
The earliest work was in London at Britannia Row Studios before the band moved to the south of France for the summer of 1979 when working at Super Bear and Miraval Studios. Final recording and mixing took place in Los Angeles in the autumn of 1979 before the album’s release on November 28th in the U.K.
Roger Waters produced an initial demo after the Animals tour in September 1977, finished it in January 1978 and presented it to the group in the summer. The original cassette demo is titled Bricks In The Wall (it still exists although no copy has ever circulated) and a cursory search will reveal track listings of it appear on the web.
The initial sessions with the band occurred at Britannia Row Studio in London between September to December 1978 and the band produced a first
demo which was completed by January 9th, 1979.
The sound quality is very good to excellent and all of the songs are before their final form.
This production begins right with the crashing power chords of "In The Flesh?" (called "The Show" on the demo).
"Thin Ice." - Most of the lyrics are the same with the difference in the middle, where Waters sings :
"The Happiest Days Of Our Lives" has the same vocal melody as the final version but lacks the drums, the choir, and the lyrics are in the third person singular instead of plural.
"Another Brick In The Wall, part 2" (called "Another Brick In The Wall: Education") has almost the same lyrics (except for "We don’t need no crowd control / Your dark sarcasm in the class room"), but is the same musical arrangement as "Another Brick In The Wall, part 1."
"Mother" has some alterations in the lyrics but the musical arrangement is very close to the final version found on The Wall.
"Goodbye Blue Sky" also has an arrangement close to the final version, but the first verse is simply repeated twice.
"Empty Spaces" again has the same musical arrangement with slight alterations in the lyrics.
"Young Lust" included on this disc is purely instrumental and sounds much more disco than the final issued mix.
On the final version of "One Of My Turns" Canadian actress Trudy Young voices the part of the groupie, but Waters does it himself on this demo through what sounds like a pinched nose. The dialogue is similar, an admiration for the hotel room, but includes variations like; "Wow, look at that piano! Can I just sit here for a while and take it in?"
"What Shall We Do Now?" (still called "Backs To The Wall" at this point) wasn’t included on the final album but was in the set list in
live performance and the film. The beginning of the track is the same as "Empty Spaces" on the LP where Waters sings
"How shall we fill the final places / How shall we complete the wall?" The song ends with "with our backs to the wall" repeated many times
before segueing into "Another Brick In The Wall, part 3."
"Goodbye Cruel World" has the same gentle arrangement with slight difference in the second verse where Waters sings
"Vera" contains identical lyrics and the same acoustic guitar melody, but the keyboards are not yet finished.
"Bring The Boys Back Home" is simply Waters singing the lyrics to an electric guitar melody.
"Is There Anybody Out There, part 2" is a spooky little number with lyrics that would later be incorporated into "Hey You," including:
"Is There Anybody Out There, part 3" is a mellow bluesy with "is there anyone out there?" repeated several times broken by Waters singing "Do you sometimes get lonely at night / You’re out there tonight" rapidly.
This is followed directly by an early version of "Comfortably Numb", which was still called "The Doctor" at this point.
There is a guitar solo that isn’t nearly as effective as the final one (which was from about five different recorded versions edited together)
"Hey You" is remarkably similar to the final version with only slight changes in the lyrics.
"It’s Never Too Late" ("The Show Must Go On") begins with footsteps in a brick corridor and the familiar "Oooo Ma, Oooo Pa."
The reprise of "In The Flesh" has lyrics that contain very small variations from the final version.
"Run Like Hell" is only in an instrumental form on the demo.
"Waiting For The Worms" has the same lyrics and the identical bullhorn speech which is used for the final version.
And "Trial By Puppet" ("The Trial") is simply Roger Waters singing the words accompanied by Bob Ezrin on the piano.
The final orchestral arrangement wouldn’t be recorded until much later.
|1||In The Flesh ?||3:20|
|2||The Thin Ice||2:36|
|3||Another Brick In The Wall Part 1||3:28|
|4||The Happiest Days Of Our Lives||1:48|
|5||Another Brick In The Wall Part 2||1:43|
|7||Goodbye Blue Sky||2:05|
|8||Empty Spaces Part 1||1:50|
|10||One Of My Turns||2:26|
|11||Don't Leave Me Now||3:54|
|12||Empty Spaces Part 2||0:50|
|13||What Shall We Do Now||1:31|
|14||Another Brick In The Wall Part 3||1:25|
|15||Goodbye Cruel World||0:59|
|16||Is There Anybody Out There Part 1||0:52|
|18||Bring The Boys Back Home||0:41|
|19||Is There Anybody Out There Part 2||1:19|
|20||Is There Anybody Out There Part 3||2:01|
|23||The Show Must Go On||2:05|
|24||In The Flesh||4:31|
|25||Run Like Hell||4:58|
|26||Waiting For The Worms||3:47|
|29||Outside The Wall||1:18|