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    It struck me the other day that weíve just past the 30th (!) anniversary of Amused To Death. ATD is easily in my top 10 albums of all time and IMO is the crowning achievement of any of the members of PF post 1983. I was lucky enough to see Roger twice on the 1999 In The Flesh tour and also once on the 2000 leg. The highlight for me was the ATD mini-set near the end of the show. Although Roger has broken out songs from ATD in subsequent tours, I donít think anything has topped the emotion of the Itís A Miracle > Amused To Death finale in 1999-2002.


    Things I wish I knew more about:
    • Which songs developed first? I think itís probably Bravery and Perfect Sense but Iíd love to hear any more information here.
    • What songs were worked on in the Bahamas during late 1987 for Radio KAOS 2? I believe at least part of the song Amused To Death was born here?
    • The uptempo Itís A Miracle with Flea on bass.


    I'd love to hear everyone else's opinions about ATD?

    Some random performances that I want to highlight:

    Have always enjoyed the early version of Bravery that Roger rehearsed at Berlin in 1990:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5qaTpl3teE


    WGW1 debuting in Seville a year before ATD was released:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMHxYakjmws


    The first show of the In Flesh 2000 leg in Tampa where Roger played 6 tracks from ATD in one set!

    http://yeeshkul.com/forum/showthread...4413#post84413


    The shows at end of the In The Flesh run where Roger was joined by Jeff Beck and did WGW1 > WGW3 for the only time

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zln9v2MrB1g


    And finally the terrific stripped back version of ATD from the Newport Folk Festival in 2015:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGgx-wtHZNw


    Happy 30th Amused To Death!

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    Wow, somehow it had escaped my notice that Beck appeared on this tour and that there was a performance of WGW pt. 3, easily my favorite song on the album. Is there an audio recording of this with better sound?

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    Quote Originally Posted by keleven View Post
    Wow, somehow it had escaped my notice that Beck appeared on this tour and that there was a performance of WGW pt. 3, easily my favorite song on the album. Is there an audio recording of this with better sound?
    He didn’t, this is Waters guesting in on a Jeff Beck show.

    Incidentally, Gilmour made a guest appearance with Beck a few years later, where they performed Hi Ho Silver Lining. Waters has also mentioned that Beck was one of the guitarists they considered for replacing Syd but they were too nervous to approach him.

    Thanks for the links CanadaMike, nice to revisit them all. ATD opinion: easily the best of the solo albums. Thirty years later and doesn’t seem dated, either musically or lyrically.
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    Why on earth did Roger remix the album? The new Bravery lost its punch. Why why why?!?!

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    Seeing Roger 5 times on the 1999 tour was very nice, seeing parts of ATD in Milwaukee was great..
    I do like the new artwork.



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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveTheRave View Post
    Why on earth did Roger remix the album? The new Bravery lost its punch. Why why why?!?!
    I Agree !!

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    I found the remix to be of value if only for a restored version of Perfect Sense with the HAL lines from 2001.

    Agree that Bravery 1992 is much better overall. I'm not even sure if Guthrie did much remixing to anything other than those two songs TBH. If there is I haven't spotted it.

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