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The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking

Roger Waters

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When dissected carefully, The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking becomes a fascinating conceptual voyage into the workings of the human psyche. As an abstract peering into the intricate functions of the subconscious, Waters' first solo album involves numerous dream sequences that both figuratively and symbolically unravel his struggle with marriage, fidelity, commitment, and age at the height of a midlife crisis. While the songs (titled by the times in which Waters experiences each dream) seem to lack in musical fluidity at certain points, they make up for it with ingenious symbolism and his brilliant use of stream of consciousness within a subconscious realm. Outside from the deep but sometimes patchy narrative framework, the music slightly lacks in rhythm or hooks, except for the title track that includes some attractive guitar playing via Eric Clapton. David Sanborn's saxophone is another attribute, adding some life to "Go Fishing" and "The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking." But it's truly the imagery and the visual design of the album that is front and center, since the importance lies in what Waters is trying to get across to the audience, decorated somewhat casually by his singing and the music. With Pink Floyd, the marriage of Waters' concepts and ideas with the talented musicianship of the rest of the band presented a complete masterpiece in both thought and music, while his solo efforts lean more toward the conceptual aspects of his work. With this in mind, The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking continues to showcase Waters' unprecedented knack of addressing his darkest thoughts and conceptions in a most extraordinary fashion.
© Mike DeGagne /TiVo

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1
4:30AM (Apparently They Were Travelling Abroad)
00:03:12

Roger Waters, Associated Performer, Bass, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer - Michael Kamen, Arranger, Conductor, Piano, Producer - Madeline Bell, Associated Performer - Andy Jackson, Engineer - Katie Kissoon - Laura Boisan, Assistant Engineer - Doreen Chanter - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer - Mike Reese, Mastering Engineer - Eric Clapton, Guitar - Andy Bown - Ray Cooper, Percussion - Andy Newmark, Drums - Andy Quigley, Associated Performer - Beth Porter, Associated Performer - Cherry Vanilla, Associated Performer - Manning Redwoond, Associated Performer - Ed Bishop, Associated Performer - Jack Palance, Associated Performer - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Associated Performer - David Sanborn, Saxophone - Raphael Ravenscroft, Horn - Kevin Flanagan, Horn - Vic Sullivan, Horn

(P) 1984 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
4:33AM (Running Shoes)
00:04:07

Roger Waters, Associated Performer, Bass, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer - Michael Kamen, Arranger, Conductor, Piano, Producer - Madeline Bell, Associated Performer - Andy Jackson, Engineer - Katie Kissoon - Laura Boisan, Assistant Engineer - Doreen Chanter - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer - Mike Reese, Mastering Engineer - Eric Clapton, Guitar - Andy Bown - Ray Cooper, Percussion - Andy Newmark, Drums - Andy Quigley, Associated Performer - Beth Porter, Associated Performer - Cherry Vanilla, Associated Performer - Manning Redwoond, Associated Performer - Ed Bishop, Associated Performer - Jack Palance, Associated Performer - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Associated Performer - David Sanborn, Saxophone - Raphael Ravenscroft, Horn - Kevin Flanagan, Horn - Vic Sullivan, Horn

(P) 1984 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
4:37AM (Arabs With Knives and West German Skies)
00:02:17

Roger Waters, Associated Performer, Bass, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer - Michael Kamen, Arranger, Conductor, Piano, Producer - Madeline Bell, Associated Performer - Andy Jackson, Engineer - Katie Kissoon - Laura Boisan, Assistant Engineer - Doreen Chanter - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer - Mike Reese, Mastering Engineer - Eric Clapton, Guitar - Andy Bown - Ray Cooper, Percussion - Andy Newmark, Drums - Andy Quigley, Associated Performer - Beth Porter, Associated Performer - Cherry Vanilla, Associated Performer - Manning Redwoond, Associated Performer - Ed Bishop, Associated Performer - Jack Palance, Associated Performer - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Associated Performer - David Sanborn, Saxophone - Raphael Ravenscroft, Horn - Kevin Flanagan, Horn - Vic Sullivan, Horn

(P) 1984 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
4:39AM (For the First Time Today, Pt. 2)
00:02:02

Roger Waters, Associated Performer, Bass, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer - Michael Kamen, Arranger, Conductor, Piano, Producer - Madeline Bell, Associated Performer - Andy Jackson, Engineer - Katie Kissoon - Laura Boisan, Assistant Engineer - Doreen Chanter - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer - Mike Reese, Mastering Engineer - Eric Clapton, Guitar - Andy Bown - Ray Cooper, Percussion - Andy Newmark, Drums - Andy Quigley, Associated Performer - Beth Porter, Associated Performer - Cherry Vanilla, Associated Performer - Manning Redwoond, Associated Performer - Ed Bishop, Associated Performer - Jack Palance, Associated Performer - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Associated Performer - David Sanborn, Saxophone - Raphael Ravenscroft, Horn - Kevin Flanagan, Horn - Vic Sullivan, Horn

(P) 1984 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
4:41AM (Sexual Revolution)
00:04:48

Roger Waters, Associated Performer, Bass, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer - Michael Kamen, Arranger, Conductor, Piano, Producer - Madeline Bell, Associated Performer - Andy Jackson, Engineer - Katie Kissoon - Laura Boisan, Assistant Engineer - Doreen Chanter - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer - Mike Reese, Mastering Engineer - Eric Clapton, Guitar - Andy Bown - Ray Cooper, Percussion - Andy Newmark, Drums - Andy Quigley, Associated Performer - Beth Porter, Associated Performer - Cherry Vanilla, Associated Performer - Manning Redwoond, Associated Performer - Ed Bishop, Associated Performer - Jack Palance, Associated Performer - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Associated Performer - David Sanborn, Saxophone - Raphael Ravenscroft, Horn - Kevin Flanagan, Horn - Vic Sullivan, Horn

(P) 1984 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
4:47AM (The Remains of Our Love)
00:03:09

Roger Waters, Associated Performer, Bass, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer - Michael Kamen, Arranger, Conductor, Piano, Producer - Madeline Bell, Associated Performer - Andy Jackson, Engineer - Katie Kissoon - Laura Boisan, Assistant Engineer - Doreen Chanter - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer - Mike Reese, Mastering Engineer - Eric Clapton, Guitar - Andy Bown - Ray Cooper, Percussion - Andy Newmark, Drums - Andy Quigley, Associated Performer - Beth Porter, Associated Performer - Cherry Vanilla, Associated Performer - Manning Redwoond, Associated Performer - Ed Bishop, Associated Performer - Jack Palance, Associated Performer - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Associated Performer - David Sanborn, Saxophone - Raphael Ravenscroft, Horn - Kevin Flanagan, Horn - Vic Sullivan, Horn

(P) 1984 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
4:50AM (Go Fishing)
00:06:59

Roger Waters, Associated Performer, Bass, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer - Michael Kamen, Arranger, Conductor, Piano, Producer - Madeline Bell, Associated Performer - Andy Jackson, Engineer - Katie Kissoon - Laura Boisan, Assistant Engineer - Doreen Chanter - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer - Mike Reese, Mastering Engineer - Eric Clapton, Guitar - Andy Bown - Ray Cooper, Percussion - Andy Newmark, Drums - Andy Quigley, Associated Performer - Beth Porter, Associated Performer - Cherry Vanilla, Associated Performer - Manning Redwoond, Associated Performer - Ed Bishop, Associated Performer - Jack Palance, Associated Performer - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Associated Performer - David Sanborn, Saxophone - Raphael Ravenscroft, Horn - Kevin Flanagan, Horn - Vic Sullivan, Horn

(P) 1984 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
4:56AM (For the First Time Today, Pt. 1)
00:01:38

Roger Waters, Associated Performer, Bass, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer - Michael Kamen, Arranger, Conductor, Piano, Producer - Madeline Bell, Associated Performer - Andy Jackson, Engineer - Katie Kissoon - Laura Boisan, Assistant Engineer - Doreen Chanter - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer - Mike Reese, Mastering Engineer - Eric Clapton, Guitar - Andy Bown - Ray Cooper, Percussion - Andy Newmark, Drums - Andy Quigley, Associated Performer - Beth Porter, Associated Performer - Cherry Vanilla, Associated Performer - Manning Redwoond, Associated Performer - Ed Bishop, Associated Performer - Jack Palance, Associated Performer - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Associated Performer - David Sanborn, Saxophone - Raphael Ravenscroft, Horn - Kevin Flanagan, Horn - Vic Sullivan, Horn

(P) 1984 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
4:58AM (Dunroamin, Duncarin, Dunlivin)
00:03:03

Roger Waters, Associated Performer, Bass, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer - Michael Kamen, Arranger, Conductor, Piano, Producer - Madeline Bell, Associated Performer - Andy Jackson, Engineer - Katie Kissoon - Laura Boisan, Assistant Engineer - Doreen Chanter - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer - Mike Reese, Mastering Engineer - Eric Clapton, Guitar - Andy Bown - Ray Cooper, Percussion - Andy Newmark, Drums - Andy Quigley, Associated Performer - Beth Porter, Associated Performer - Cherry Vanilla, Associated Performer - Manning Redwoond, Associated Performer - Ed Bishop, Associated Performer - Jack Palance, Associated Performer - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Associated Performer - David Sanborn, Saxophone - Raphael Ravenscroft, Horn - Kevin Flanagan, Horn - Vic Sullivan, Horn

(P) 1984 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
5:01AM (The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, Pt. 10)
00:04:36

Roger Waters, Associated Performer, Bass, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer - Michael Kamen, Arranger, Conductor, Piano, Producer - Madeline Bell, Associated Performer - Andy Jackson, Engineer - Katie Kissoon - Laura Boisan, Assistant Engineer - Doreen Chanter - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer - Mike Reese, Mastering Engineer - Eric Clapton, Guitar - Andy Bown - Ray Cooper, Percussion - Andy Newmark, Drums - Andy Quigley, Associated Performer - Beth Porter, Associated Performer - Cherry Vanilla, Associated Performer - Manning Redwoond, Associated Performer - Ed Bishop, Associated Performer - Jack Palance, Associated Performer - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Associated Performer - David Sanborn, Saxophone - Raphael Ravenscroft, Horn - Kevin Flanagan, Horn - Vic Sullivan, Horn

(P) 1984 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

11
5:06AM (Every Strangers Eyes)
00:04:48

Roger Waters, Associated Performer, Bass, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer - Michael Kamen, Arranger, Conductor, Piano, Producer - Madeline Bell, Associated Performer - Andy Jackson, Engineer - Katie Kissoon - Laura Boisan, Assistant Engineer - Doreen Chanter - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer - Mike Reese, Mastering Engineer - Eric Clapton, Guitar - Andy Bown - Ray Cooper, Percussion - Andy Newmark, Drums - Andy Quigley, Associated Performer - Beth Porter, Associated Performer - Cherry Vanilla, Associated Performer - Manning Redwoond, Associated Performer - Ed Bishop, Associated Performer - Jack Palance, Associated Performer - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Associated Performer - David Sanborn, Saxophone - Raphael Ravenscroft, Horn - Kevin Flanagan, Horn - Vic Sullivan, Horn

(P) 1984 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

12
5:11AM (The Moment of Clarity)
00:01:28

Roger Waters, Associated Performer, Bass, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer - Michael Kamen, Arranger, Conductor, Piano, Producer - Madeline Bell, Associated Performer - Andy Jackson, Engineer - Katie Kissoon - Laura Boisan, Assistant Engineer - Doreen Chanter - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer - Mike Reese, Mastering Engineer - Eric Clapton, Guitar - Andy Bown - Ray Cooper, Percussion - Andy Newmark, Drums - Andy Quigley, Associated Performer - Beth Porter, Associated Performer - Cherry Vanilla, Associated Performer - Manning Redwoond, Associated Performer - Ed Bishop, Associated Performer - Jack Palance, Associated Performer - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Associated Performer - David Sanborn, Saxophone - Raphael Ravenscroft, Horn - Kevin Flanagan, Horn - Vic Sullivan, Horn

(P) 1984 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

When dissected carefully, The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking becomes a fascinating conceptual voyage into the workings of the human psyche. As an abstract peering into the intricate functions of the subconscious, Waters' first solo album involves numerous dream sequences that both figuratively and symbolically unravel his struggle with marriage, fidelity, commitment, and age at the height of a midlife crisis. While the songs (titled by the times in which Waters experiences each dream) seem to lack in musical fluidity at certain points, they make up for it with ingenious symbolism and his brilliant use of stream of consciousness within a subconscious realm. Outside from the deep but sometimes patchy narrative framework, the music slightly lacks in rhythm or hooks, except for the title track that includes some attractive guitar playing via Eric Clapton. David Sanborn's saxophone is another attribute, adding some life to "Go Fishing" and "The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking." But it's truly the imagery and the visual design of the album that is front and center, since the importance lies in what Waters is trying to get across to the audience, decorated somewhat casually by his singing and the music. With Pink Floyd, the marriage of Waters' concepts and ideas with the talented musicianship of the rest of the band presented a complete masterpiece in both thought and music, while his solo efforts lean more toward the conceptual aspects of his work. With this in mind, The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking continues to showcase Waters' unprecedented knack of addressing his darkest thoughts and conceptions in a most extraordinary fashion.
© Mike DeGagne /TiVo

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