Berlin '90 Promo Releases - reviewed in Brain Damage #22
We're going to be looking at a variety of CD releases, all focussing on
"The Wall." Two of these are of US origin. First up is the radio show
"In The Studio" aired in July 1989 (Bullett Productions, show 107,
aired 16.7.89 and show 56, aired 23.7.89). Remember DSOTM was the
subject of an earlier show with Dave. This one follows the same format
with Roger except on two CD's at 60 minutes each. The first disc has a
promo commercial for the show, and both are complete `on the air' hours
with commercials. This show is the story of the Wall LP from Montreal
to the comment passed on Berlin '90 (BD 21 p.10). Segments include the
recording of the original LP, production with Erzin, politics of
being/not being a group, concerts, Geldof, Berlin plans and original
music analysis. Mine came in two In The Studio sleeves, no cue sheets,
but they do exist. Since this is a radio show, most clock in at a
hefty $100 - $140 US Dollars.
Next up is the pre-show Berlin '90 promo CD. This was released to
raise consciousness about the upcoming concert and the Memorial Fund.
Inside the sleeve is a letter by Roger about the cause and the concert,
dated 15 June 1990. The CD has two songs to recommend it; a newly
recorded version of "Another Brick 2" by the Bleeding Hearts band in
June '90. What's most interesting about this song is the use of the
sound effects from "Echoes" throughout the song. Sample your own
music! Also a remarkable likeness of Dave's bit, so what's the point
of all this? Let us look deeper, you can't see the CD for all the
bits. Besides "Hey You". "The Gunners Dream", "5.06 am", "Tide Is
Turning", all original versions, it's the first appearance on CD of
"When The Tigers Broke Free", from the film. For Waters fans this is
an excellent cross section of his best work with Floyd and solo, but
clocks in around $40 US Dollars. Catalogue number CBS CSK 2126.
Next is a 4 track sampler (Mercury CDP 318) for the Live in Berlin CD.
These promo CD's make it easy for radio programmers to access songs.
The disc features grey brick graphics and a slim jewel box, no insert.
"Another Brick 2" is the edited version others are "Young Lust", "Run
Like Hell", and "Bring The Boys Back Home". This incidently is a UK
A New addition to the range is another promo only CD. This time it's a
coupling of "Another Brick 2" and "Hey You" from the live concert. Out
on Mercury it comes in a clear jewel box with the CD itself having a
brick wall design and lettering. The catalogue number is CDP 349 (UK
release). The US release comes in its very own polystyrene `brick'.
Away from CD's for a moment, and Mercury, France have released a 7"
promo single of "Another Brick pt 2" b/w "Run Like Hell" both from the
concert. The catalogue number is Mercury 1323. Illustration below
Yet another addition to the range (and did all this promo material help
album sales? no it did not!) is a box set containing the video and CD
release. In all fairness, this was really just a commemorative set
given to employees, and is limited to only 50 editions. Containing a
12 page booklet the set is numbered 15 082 73C-O and is a US release.