IS THERE ANYBODY OUT THERE? THE WALL LIVE 1980-81 FAQ LIST
- What is it?
'Is There Anybody Out There' ('ITAOT') is a two cd live album
documenting Pink Floyd's historic 1980-1981 'Wall' tour.
Is 'ITAOT' all from one show?
No. In a similar "use the best version of each song
available" fashion as 'Pulse,' 'ITAOT' was culled
from five performances at Earls Court in June of
1981 by producer James Guthrie (who was behind the
soundboard during the original concerts). As of this
writing, there has been no formal announcement from
anyone connected with the album pertaining to which
tracks were taken from which shows.
Who are the performers?
The entire "classic-era" Pink Floyd lineup of
David Gilmour,Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Richard
Wright, plus the "surrogate band" of Andy Brown
(bass), Andy Roberts (guitars), Willie Wilson (drums)
and Peter Woods (keyboards). Backing vocals are also
supplied by Joe Chemay, Stan Farber, Jim Haas and
What are the differences between 'ITAOT' and original
Without the restraints of vinyl, and partially in
order to allow the builders of the wall enough time
to finish their task (see below), the first half of
"ITAOT' has a number of differences (musically) from
it's studio counterpart. Parts 1 and 3 of "Another
Brick In The Wall" are significantly lengthier, "Mother"
has a longer midsection, "Goodbye Blue Sky" has a pretty
synthesizer segue into "Empty Spaces," "Young Lust" has
a slightly longer outro, and, most notably, "What Shall
We Do Now?" and "The Last Few Bricks" make their
official cd debut.
With the wall by now completed, the second half of
"ITAOT' runs far closer to the original 'Wall' than
the first half. The climactic guitar solo at the end
of "Comfortably Numb" pushes the song just past the
seven minute mark, "The Show Must Go On" features an
extra verse originally intended for the album,
"Run Like Hell" features a lengthy "rant" intro from
Roger Waters, and "Outside The Wall" is noticeably
longer and "folksier" than the original version.
What is "MC:Atmos" and why does it appear twice on
These two tracks refer to spoken bits of the show's
Master Of Ceremonies, Gary Yudman. Basically, these
tracks "set the table" for what's to come by having
Yudman play a role that combines warming up/annoying
the living hell out of the crowd and then getting summarily
cutoff in mid-speech by the band. A picture of Yudman(in
rather ghoulish makeup and garb) is included in the
photo book that accompanies the album.
What is "What Shall We Do Now?"
"What Shall We Do Now?" appears in the film version
of 'The Wall' and was originally slated to run on side
2 of the original 'Wall' album, but was dropped off at
the very last moment for the sake of time (vinyl albums
were ideally meant to contain 23 minutes a side) and
continuity. Because of the late decision to drop the
song, the lyrics remained on the artwork of 'The Wall.'
What is "The Last Few Bricks?"
Simply put, "The Last Few Bricks" is a partially
improvised time-killer that was hardly ever played
in exactly the same fashion from concert to concert.
The whole reason the track even exists at all is that
simply playing the first half of 'The Wall' live did
not allow enough time for the wall-builders to complete
their construction of the massive edifice. Thus, in order
to play for needed time (as well as revisit the musical
motifs explored thus far) "The Last Few Bricks"
was played. Until now, this piece has never had an official
title --on the release of Roger Waters' 'The Wall Live In
Berlin' it was considered to be an extension of "Another
Brick In The Wall Part 3."
Was anything left on the cutting room floor?
The majority of Yudman's two spoken word segments were
edited out of 'ITAOT,' this was most likely done for the
sake of brevity, but also because it's difficult to discern
the entire purpose of his even being there without being able
to *see* what is happening (this is especially true of his
second appearance, prior to "In The Flesh?"). In addition,
there was some tightening up of dead space between cues here
and there, the solo piano intro of "The Thin Ice,"
and a perhaps a bit from the coda of "Goodbye Blue Sky."
Is there a companion video available?
No, and unfortunately, there is none planned at this time.
If one was to be released, it would be in dire need of
"touching up" (via computer imaging) as the show footage
was long ago deemed "too dark and grainy" to release by
all parties concerned.
What are the masks on the cover?
These are the painted versions of the "life-masks" of
the four members of Pink Floyd that were worn by the
"surrogate band" throughout the 'Wall' tour.
What is the difference between the limited and regular
Musically, there is no difference at all between the two
editions -- it's all in the packaging.
The limited (or "deluxe") version of 'ITAOT' is packaged
in a longbox-shaped slipcase which contains a 64-page
full-color hardcover book with numerous live photos,
conceptual stage sketches, comments from Pink Floyd
themselves, and additional comments from sundry tour
The regular edition version of 'ITAOT' is packaged in
a 2-CD "clamshell' case similar to the package for 'The
Wall,' only with clear styrene instead of black. The
cover artwork is "squared," with the faces lined up two
by two instead of a row of four. Since there is obviously
no room for a hardcover book, the regular edition sports
two separate 28-page booklets, each booklet containing
artwork similar to (but not exactly the same as) the
limited edition booklet. A few of the photos are "cropped" differently --
the shot of earls court at intermission is much "wider" than the same shot
in the lim. ed., for
instance. There are also a few photos unique to the regular
edition set (Roger Waters singing while "Mother" looms
menacingly in the background, etc.), and there are
variations in the graphics and layout throughout.
How "limited" is the limited edition of 'ITAOT'?
While the LED version of 'Pulse' was a "limited edition"
run was "confined" to some 2-3 million units (with a U.S.
reissue a few years later), the limited edition of 'ITAOT'
seems to be shipping somewhere around 150,000-200,000 units
worldwide (with roughly 100,000-110,000 of those units
earmarked for the United States). Ergo, those who wish to
obtain a copy of the limited edition would be well advised
to secure one as quickly as possible.
Are there any more Pink Floyd albums coming?
As of right now, the official answer is no. But there *is*
some good news in all of this...
According to numerous recent interviews, David Gilmour *is*
working on new material that will eventually released in some
form -- but it is unknown at this time if the new material
will be released as a new solo album or a new Pink Floyd
album. Whatever the case, expect a release date no earlier
than late 2001. Roger Waters, however, is working on a new
solo album currently that may see a release in early 2001.
There is also a fall 2000 release planned for a Waters live
album and video for his ongoing 'In The Flesh' tour
(ostensibly to be recorded this summer).In addition to the forthcoming
albums, there is a new "Director's Cut" DVD of
"Live At Pompeii" supposedly in the works, as well as a DVD for "Pulse."