It is a rock opera that explores Pink, a jaded rockstar whose eventual self-imposed isolation from society is symbolized by a wall. The album was a commercial success, topping the US charts for 15 weeks, and reaching number three in the UK. It initially received mixed reviews from critics, many of whom found it overblown and pretentious, but later came to be considered one of the greatest albums of all time. Recording spanned from December to November Producer Bob Ezrin helped to refine the concept and bridge tensions during recording, as the band were struggling with personal and financial issues at the time. The Wall is the last album to feature Pink Floyd as a quartet ; keyboardist Richard Wright was fired by Waters during production, but stayed on as a salaried musician. From to , Pink Floyd performed the full album on a tour that featured elaborate theatrical effects. The Wall is one of the best-known concept albums and was adapted into a feature film of the same name. Some of the outtakes from the recording sessions were used on the group's next album, The Final Cut
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Pink Floyd's The Wall film review – archive, 15 July 1982
So, you think you can tell Meddle from The Division Bell? Pink Floyd may be the only rock band that can credibly be compared to both the Beatles and Spinal Tap. He obsessively collects worldwide sales data. Not sales claims ; sales data. You can read his 51 pages of Pink Floyd sales data here. The upshot: Pink Floyd has sold more albums worldwide than the Beatles. Floyd recorded over a longer period, of course, but both groups have released about the same number of albums, and had about the same span of decades to sell their work to new generations — and in new configurations.
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Thus, as a growing aversion to the sacrificial rockstar he had become, Waters designed to build a wall between him and his audience. In July the band reached a time of financial crisis due to negligent investments. Thus Roger Waters proposed two projects. Unquestionably at the helm of the ship was Roger Waters.
The screenplay was written by Pink Floyd vocalist and bassist Roger Waters. Bob Geldof plays rock star Pink, who, driven into insanity by the death of his father, constructs a physical and emotional wall to protect himself. Like the album, the film is highly metaphorical , and symbolic imagery and sound are present most commonly. The film is mostly driven by music and does not feature much dialogue. The film is best known for its imagery of mental isolation, drug use, war, fascism , dark or disturbing animated sequences, sexual situations, violence and gore.