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dvd & video review

Roger Waters - In the flesh – Live - 2002

Curiously, after my arrival from the trip to Barcelona to see Roger Waters playing live at the Palau Sant Jordi, I found that this DVD –which encapsulates Waters’ American tour in the year 2000- had arrived home, after many delays and rumors on the Internet.

In fact, many of the surprises from the disc as well as from the concerts have been, more or less, spoiled by the exhaustive coverage that the latest tours from the former Pink Floyd member have had on the web – not only the last one but also those done in 2000 and 1999 -. So, having so much information about the different set-lists available it becomes almost impossible not to miss some tracks (in my case, it’d be “What God wants” and the complete version of “Shine on you crazy diamond”).

In the particular case of this DVD we get the same songs we got on the double CD of same name – with a much better sound quality - , in other words, the usual set that Roger Waters used to do around the date of filming this concert: June 27th at the Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Oregon.

With the screen in 16:9 format and Dolby 5.1 sound (there is even a special menu for the correct configuration of the speakers in surround mode) the quality of the performances as well as of the takes is great, crystal clear and full detail. If the "Pulse" video is ever released on DVD (which looks quite likely) this is it’s perfect complement thanks to Water’s choice of darker material not only from Floyd’s catalogue but also from his own career (such us songs from "The Final Cut" and "Animals" but playing nothing from "Radio KAOS").

The lights and the visuals in general are quite effective, Waters had stated in various interviews that he wanted to establish a narration along with the songs and the projections, something he’s achieved. But, the use of certain images (like some of the photographs from the performance of The Wall at Berlin in 1990) makes the set up look a bit cheap. Although Waters is famous for his search of perfection, there a few details that make the recording a bit rougher and more alive than other show recordings, for instance, there is a small mistake on the acoustic guitar at the beginning of “Pings on the wing”.

As of extras, there is a short (25 minutes) documentary that looks at the usual stuff for a show (rehearsals, jokes – specially between Waters and Andy Fairweather Low -, and even economical aspects). It’s been said the this documentary has been one of the causes of these release’s delay. There is also a photo gallery from the tour, biographies for each member of the band (excepting Roger Waters, modesty, I guess) and the possibility of watching on-screen lyrics during the show for those who are easy forgetters or want to take part in a Floydian karaoke.

So, this is a perfect souvenir for those who went to any gig of this tour, and a good chance for those who did not see it, just to know what they’ve missed or even for those who had the Cd and were wondering what the band did during the middle section of “Dogs”. Definitely, a wonderful piece to add to any Pink Floyd’s fan collection. (You knew that it was going to end like this, didn’t you?).

Francisco Roldán - January 2003
rating - Sony music


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