Pink Floyd: David Gilmour (vocals, guitar); Richard Wright (vocals, keyboards); Roger Waters (vocals, bass); Nick Mason (drums).
Additional personnel: Bruce Johnston, Toni Tenille, Joe Chemay, John Joyce, Stan Farber, Jim Haas, Islington Green School (background vocals).
Producers: Bob Ezrin, David Gilmour, Roger Waters.
Recorded at Superbear Studios, Miravel, France; Producer's Workshop, Los Angeles, California; CBS Studios, New York, New York between April and November 1979.
Digitally remastered by Doug Sax (The Mastering Lab, Los Angeles, California).
Personnel: David Gilmour (vocals, guitar, baritone guitar, Clavinet, synthesizer, bass guitar, sequencer); Roger Waters (vocals, guitar, bass guitar); Richard Wright (piano, Clavinet, organ, synthesizer); Nick Mason (drums, percussion).
Recording information: CBS, New York (04/1979-11/1979); Producers Workshop, Los Angeles (04/1979-11/1979); Studio Miraval, France (04/1979-11/1979); Super Bear Studios (04/1979-11/1979).
The Wall was Roger Waters' crowning accomplishment in Pink Floyd. It documented the rise and fall of a rock star (named Pink Floyd), based on Waters' own experiences and the tendencies he'd observed in people around him. By then, the bassist had firm control of the group's direction, working mostly alongside David Gilmour and bringing in producer Bob Ezrin as an outside collaborator. Drummer Nick Mason was barely involved, while keyboardist Rick Wright seemed to be completely out of the picture. Still, The Wall was a mighty, sprawling affair, featuring 26 songs with vocals: nearly as many as all previous Floyd albums combined. The story revolves around the fictional Pink Floyd's isolation behind a psychological wall. The wall grows as various parts of his life spin out of control, and he grows incapable of dealing with his neuroses. The album opens by welcoming the unwitting listener to Floyd's show ("In the Flesh?"), then turns back to childhood memories of his father's death in World War II ("An...