The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking

Label
Columbia
Release date
1984
Running length
14 tracks
Running time
48:14

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 4:30AM (Apparently They Were Travelling Abroad) 3:11 9,431
2 4:33AM (Running Shoes) 4:07 7,900
3 4:37AM (Arabs With Knives And West German Skies) 2:16 7,853
4 4:39AM (For The First Time Today, Part 2) 2:02 6,925
5 4:41AM (Sexual Revolution) 4:48 9,348
6 4:47AM (The Remains Of Our Love) 3:08 7,273
7 4:50AM (Go Fishing) 6:58 6,285
8 4:56AM (For The First Time Today,, Part 1) 1:38 5,039
8 4:56AM (For the First Time Today, Part 1) 1:38 731
9 4:58AM (Dunroamin, Duncarin, Dunlivin) 3:03 6,570
10 5:01AM (The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, Part 10) 4:36 542
10 5:01AM (The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking HIKING Part 10) 4:35 5,956
11 5:06AM (Every Strangers Eyes) 4:46 7,751
12 5:11AM (The Moment Of Clarity) 1:28 6,719

About this album

From Roger Waters in Wikipedia
His first solo album, 1984’s The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, was a project about a man’s dreams across one night. The list of musicians helping Waters during recording included guitarist Eric Clapton and jazz saxophonist David Sanborn. Conceived around the same time as The Wall, the concept was shown and demos played to the Pink Floyd members, but they chose to proceed with The Wall over The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, rejecting the latter as “too personal”. Gilmour was later to claim that this was not as obvious a task as might first seem, as, in his opinion, both demos were “unlistenable” and “sounded exactly alike.”[5] Longtime Pink Floyd engineer Nick Griffiths, however, says otherwise: “They were seriously rough, but the songs were there.”[6] The album, accompanied by Gerald Scarfe artwork that some claimed was sexist, received mixed reviews, with Kurt Loder describing Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking in Rolling Stone as a “strangely static, faintly hideous record.”[7] On the other end of the spectrum, Mike DeGagne of Allmusic praised the album for its “ingenious symbolism and his brilliant use of stream of consciousness within a subconscious realm”, rating it four out of five stars.[8]

He began touring the new album, aided by guitarist Eric Clapton,[9] and featuring a set design by Mark Fisher of Fisher Park and lighting design by Mark Brickman[10].

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