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(Posted: May 25, 2003. Got a tip to share? Email us.)

the wall live in berlin"The Wall Live in Berlin" SACD, DVD coming
Reissue of Roger Waters' historic 1990 concert slated for June

"The Wall Live in Berlin," Roger Waters' all-star performance of his magnum opus at the site of the former Berlin Wall in the summer of 1990, will be reissued in three formats on June 24.

Mercury/Universal Music will re-release a remixed and remastered CD of the performance, along with new artwork, photos and liner notes. The new mix will be the work of original engineer Nick Griffiths.

The title will also make its debut in the Super Audio CD (SACD) format, and DVD. The SACD and CD formats contain two discs with the entire two-hour-plus concert. The SACD offers a SACD Surround Sound layer and a SACD stereo layer, which are only compatible with SACD players. The DVD and SACD will include a 5.1 Surround Sound mix produced from the original Griffiths multi-tracks.

The DVD will include a new 30-minute documentary on the event, footage never used during the concert of actor Rupert Everett portraying Pink, some of Gerald Scarfe’s animation footage, set and character designs, and production stills.

Waters' performance took place in front of a quarter-million fans on July 21, 1990, at Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz. Proceeds benefited the Memorial Fund for Disaster Relief.

Artists participating in the performance included Bryan Adams, Cyndi Lauper, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Sinead O’Connor, the Scorpions, Thomas Dolby, members of The Band (Levon Helm, Rick Danko and Garth Hudson), Paul Carrack, James Galway, The Chieftains’ Paddy Moloney, The Hooters, Jerry Hall, Ute Lemper, the East Berlin Radio Orchestra and Choir, the Military Orchestra of the Soviet Army and original album conductor Michael Kamen. Also appearing as actors were Albert Finney, Tim Curry and Marianne Faithfull.

The original album was released Sept. 11, 1990. It climbed to number 56 on the Billboard chart. The video came out shortly after, and has since been certified platinum.

Purchase "The Wall Live in Berlin" SACD.

Purchase "The Wall Live in Berlin CD reissue.

Purchase "The Wall Live in Berlin" DVD.

Download the four-page retail sell sheet for the new release (340kb; PDF).

Read more about the original "The Wall Live in Berlin" CD or the 1979 studio recording of "The Wall."

(Thanks to Bruce Hartley for the heads up. Got a tip to share? Email us.)

(Posted: May 25, 2003)

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