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The Wall is a 1979 album by the British rock band Pink FloydThe Wall is the best selling double album of all time[1with a worldwide sales of 30 million copies. [2[3]

The album is a rock opera. Live performances were grand scale with comprehensive theatrical effects. The rock opera is built around the character Pink and largely based on Waters ' personal life. Pink struggles from early on with life. The loss of his father in a war ("Another Brick in the Wall (Part 1)"), abuse by teachers ("The Happiest Days of Our Lives"), education through an overprotective mother ("Mother"), and leaving by his wife ("Don't Leave Me Now"). All this contributed to Pink's mental isolation from society, figuratively to be addressed as "The Wall".

The title was inspired by an incident which took place during the In the fleshtour to promote the album Animals in 1977. Roger Waters spat in the face of a fan. While offering his apologies to the public, he said that he wanted a wall between him and the audience stood. During live performances of the album was also actually use a cardboard wall between the audience and the band.

The Wall is also the title of a music Alan Parker's 1982 film, based on the music of this album.

In 2009, Roger Waters announced that he is going to make a world tour, to The Wall to perform live. The tour started In the autumn in the US and Canada. He crossed the ocean in early 2011 for a series of concerts in Europe. Netherlands has been done on 8, 9 and 11 april, in the Gelredome (Arnhem). In 2013 he again gave a series of shows with The Wall, which was done to Netherlands again, this time in the Amsterdam ArenA.

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[hide]*1 Another Brick in the Wall

Another Brick in the Wall[Edit]Edit

The single "Another Brick in the Wall part 2"[4is seen years later still as classic.

The album[Edit]Edit

The album was received by fans and critics as one of Pink Floyds best albums (along with The Dark Side of The Moon and Wish You Were Here). The album is known as a rock-classic and the songs have inspired many contemporary rock musicians.

Tracks[Edit]Edit

Plate 1[Edit]Edit

Side 1:

  1. "In the Flesh?"-3: 16
  2. "The Thin Ice" – 2: 27
  3. "Another Brick in the Wall (part I)" – 3: 21 [4]
    • Lead Vocals: Roger Waters
  1. "The Happiest Days of Our Lives" – 1: 46
    • Lead Vocals: Roger Waters
  2. "Another Brick in the Wall (part II)"-4: 00 [4]
    • Vocals: David Gilmour, Roger Waters and the Islington Green School Choir
  1. "Mother"-5: 32
    • Vocals: David Gilmour and Roger Waters

Side 2:

  1. "Goodbye Blue Sky"-2: 45
    • Vocals: David Gilmour
  2. "Empty Spaces" – 2: 10
    • Lead Vocals: Roger Waters
  3. "Young Lust" – 3: 25
    • Vocals: David Gilmour
  4. "One of My Turns" – 3: 35
    • Lead Vocals: Roger Waters
  5. "Don't Leave Me Now"-4: 16
    • Lead vocals: Roger Waters and David Gilmour
  6. "Another Brick in the Wall (part III)" – 1: 48
    • Lead Vocals: Roger Waters
  7. "Goodbye Cruel World"-0: 48
    • Lead Vocals: Roger Waters

Plate 2[Edit]Edit

Side 1:

  1. "Hey You"-4: 40
    • Vocals: David Gilmour and Roger Waters
  2. "Is There Anybody Out There?"-2: 44
    • Lead Vocals: Roger Waters
  3. "Nobody Home" – 3: 26
    • Lead Vocals: Roger Waters
  4. "Vera"-1: 35
    • Lead Vocals: Roger Waters
  5. "Bring the Boys Back Home" – 1: 21
    • Lead Vocals: Roger Waters
  6. "Comfortably Numb" – 6: 24
    • Vocals: David Gilmour and Roger Waters

Side 2:

  1. "The Show Must Go On"-1: 36
    • Vocals: David Gilmour
  2. "In the Flesh"-4: 13
    • Lead Vocals: Roger Waters
  3. "Run Like Hell"-4: 19
    • Lead Vocals: Roger Waters
  4. "Waiting for the Worms" – 4: 04
    • Vocals: David Gilmour and Roger Waters
  5. "Stop" – 0: 30
    • Lead Vocals: Roger Waters
  6. "The Trial"(co-written with Bob Ezrin)-5: 13
    • Lead Vocals: Roger Waters
  7. "Outside the Wall"-1: 41
    • Lead Vocals: Roger Waters

Sales Figures[Edit]Edit

Country Certification # copies sold Last certification Note
Argentina Platinum 200,000 +[5] 23 August 1999
Australia 11 × Platinum 770,000 +[6]
Canada 2 × Diamond 2, 000, 000 + 31 August 1995[7]
Europe 11 × Platinum 11, 040, 000 + [8]
France Diamond 1, 000, 000 [9]
Germany 4 × Platinum [10] 2, 000, 000 1994[11]
Greece 100,000 [12]
United Kingdom Platinum 300,000
United States (Nielsen Soundscan) 5, 381, 000 +[13][14] February 16, 2008 Nielsen keeps sales figures at since 1 March 1991
United StatesRIAA 23 × Platinum 11, 500, 000 + 29 January 1999[15] 8 × Platinum on 28 May 1991

Trivia[Edit]Edit

  • In the background of "Is There Anybody Out There?" is an excerpt from the Pink Floyd song "Echoes" to hear.

Chart Positions[Edit]Edit

Dutch Album Top 100[Edit]Edit

Chart positions: (Week 1 to 20) 08-12-1979 to 26-04-1980

Chart positions: (Week 21 to 30) 04-08-1990 to 06-10-1990 Chart positions: (Week 31-33) 03-03-2012-17-03-2012 Chart positions: (Week 34) 14/04/2012

Week: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Position: 29 4 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 7 7 18 18 26 35 40
Week: 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34
Position: 50 from 44 28 20 15 17 23 29 38 63 71 from 15 38 93 from 89 from

Flemish Ultratop 200 Albums[Edit]Edit

Chart positions: (Week 1 to 3) 29-07-2006-12-08-2006

Chart positions: (Week 4 through 5) 03-03-2012-10-03-2012 Chart positions: (Week 6 to 7) 19-05-2012-26-05-2012 Chart positions: (Week 8 t/m) 09-06-2012-

Week: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Position: 90 87 85 from 54 44 from 196 107 from 175 178
Predecessor:

The Police - Regatta de blanc

Number-one album in the Dutch Album Top 100

5 January 29 February 1980 - 1980 8 weeks

Successor:

Jon & Vangelis - Short stories

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