Roger Waters performed Pink Floyd’s The Wall in Berlin in July of 1990, eight months after the fall of the Berlin Wall. To help promote the massive concert, Columbia Records released a promotional CD entitled The Wall – Berlin ’90. This extremely rare disc is highly cherished by Roger/Pink Floyd fans, primarily for two reasons:
1) It contains a new studio recording of “Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)” by Roger Waters & The Bleeding Heart Band. This version has never been released elsewhere.
2) It also contains the original 7″ version of Pink Floyd’s “When The Tigers Broke Free,” a new song that was included in the 1982 theatrical version of The Wall. “When The Tigers Broke Free” has subsequently been released on the Echoes compilation and on a remaster of 1983’s The Final Cut, but this promo CD is the only place you can find the original 7″ mix.
I had the pleasure of seeing Roger Waters perform The Wall while in London on my honeymoon in May of 2011 (thanks, honey!). I think Roger played five shows in a row at the O2 that week, and our show was on Wednesday the 11th. On the 12th, this happened:
Yeah, I am still pretty pissed off…
Roger Waters: The Wall – Berlin ’90
Promotional CD From Columbia Records, 1990
1. Roger Waters & The Bleeding Heart Band: “Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)” (Waters)
Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)
2. Pink Floyd: “Hey You” (Waters)
Originally released on the album The Wall, 1979
3. Pink Floyd: “When The Tigers Broke Free” (Waters)
Originally released on the 7″ single When The Tigers Broke Free, 1982
4. Pink Floyd: “The Gunner’s Dream” (Waters)
Originally released on the album The Final Cut, 1983
5. Roger Waters: “5:06 A.M. (Every Stranger’s Eyes)” (Waters)
Originally released on the album The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking, 1984
5:06 AM (Every Strangers Eyes)
6. Roger Waters: “The Tide Is Turning (After Live Aid)” (Waters)
Originally released on the album Radio K.A.O.S., 1987
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Pink Floyd: “Money” [1981 Version] (Waters)
From the album A Collection Of Great Dance Songs
Columbia Records, 1981
Roger Waters: “Radio Waves” [Single Version] (Waters)
From the 12″ single Radio Waves
Columbia Records, 1987
Vinyl rip courtesy of the Analog Kid
Dude! How can you mention this and not mention one of the possible reasons for it happening? Did you forget the radio interview with Redbeard on Q102, probably during the “Radio Chaos” tour, although my memory on that detail might be off. Redbeard was pestering him about playing old Floyd stuff, annoyed Roger with a question about performing “The Wall. He gave a snarky answer about playing it in Berlin at the site of The Wall when it came down, which seemed highly unlikely at the time, given that sumva bitch Reagan was in office (“They say he’s a good man. . . “) I remember listening to the show live on the worldwide radio broadcast in my room at the youth hostel I ran with Gola for suburban runaways and refugees.
I think I heard that too, because I remember Roger being on “Rockline” at that time. But that was 1987, our first year as roomies. We always listened to BC and Rockline every Monday! I remember U2 playing acoustic country songs as the Dalton Brothers– damn I wish I still had that cassette!!!
Somewhere I still have a cassette with the Redbeard interview. Although it has been baking and freezing for about 7 years in a shed with all my other relics of the past. So I doubt it’s very playable.
Funny– all of this 1987 talk made me think about Melissa, and I just saw on Facebook that it’s her birthday today. 🙂
Thanks for sharing. I need me some Water’s cynical gloom and doom right now. The day I accidentally stepped on and shattered my 45 of “When The Tigers Broke Free” in a hungover daze after waking up in a college room littered with beer cans and vinyl records after some epic drunken listening party is forever etched in my mind as one of the saddest of my musical life.
Have you figured out how to download the songs I post yet? I don’t advertise it because I don’t want David Geffen throwing my ass in jail… 🙂
Whenever I hear “The Gunner’s Dream” it now reminds me of Curtis’ funeral.
Goodbye Max, goodbye ma, after the service when your walking slowly to the car. And the silver of her hair shines in the cold November air, you hear the tolling bell and touch the silk in your lapel. And as the teardrops rise to greet the comfort of the band, you take her frail hand and hold on to the dream.
So it was February, not November, but the cold damp weather seemed very British.
Still holding on.