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Back Against The Wall

a Studio release
Tributes: Pink Floyd

Release Year: 2005

Date Label Catalog # Comments

Purple Pyramid
Back Against the Wall follows the original running order of The Wall (Except for "Goodbye Blue Sky,”).
Aditionally, this recording includes a listing for CD2 - track 14 Isn't This Where We Came In. This is the track which closes the movie of The Wall howerver this track is a phantom and is not actually on this CD release.
This CD is listed as Re-Building The Wall - A Tribute To Pink Floyd at The Orchard and on EMusic. They are the same albums but Rebuilding (which is listed separately on Proggnosis) was issued in 2007 and has 2 extra tracks and improved sound quality. 

Added To Proggnosis Database on: 11/14/2005 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 1/21/2015 8:19:00 PM by: DBSilver


  1. In The Flesh?
    - (Adrian Belew, Alan White & Steve Porcaro)
  2. The Thin Ice
    - (Ian Anderson & Tony Levin)
  3. Another Brick In The Wall Part 1
    - (Steve Morse & Billy Sherwood)
  4. Goodbye Blue Sky
    - (Steve Howe & Billy Sherwood)
  5. The Happiest Days Of Our Lives
    - (Billy Sherwood & Vinnie Coliauta)
  6. Another Brick In The Wall Part 2
    - (Fee Waybill, Ronnie Montrose & Mike Porcaro)
  7. Mother
    - (John Wetton, Adrian Belew & Alan White )
  8. Empty Spaces
    - (Billy Sherwood & Robby Krieger)
  9. Young Lust
    - (Glenn Hughes)
  10. One Of My Turns
    - (Tommy Shaw)
  11. Don’t Leave Me Now
    - (Robby Krieger & Tommy Shaw)
  12. Another Brick In The Wall Part 3
    - (Steve Lukather & Tony Levin)
  13. Goodbye Cruel World
    - (Billy Sherwood & Tony Levin)


  1. Hey You
    - (John Wetton, Steve Lukather, Tommy Shaw & Alan White)
  2. Is There Anybody Out There?
    - (Adrian Belew & Billy Sherwood)
  3. Nobody Home
    - (Rick Wakeman)
  4. Vera
    - (Tommy Shaw & Steve Howe)
  5. Bring The Boys Back Home
    - (Billy Sherwood & Jay Schellen)
  6. Comfortably Numb
    - (Chris Squire & Alan White)
  7. The Show Must Go On
    - (Adrian Belew & Vinnie Coliauta)
  8. In The Flesh
    - (Billy Sherwood, Steve Porcaro & Vinnie Coliauta)
  9. Run Like Hell
    - (Jason Chefe, Dweezil Zappa & Tony Kaye)
  10. Waiting For The Worms
    - (Billy Sherwood, Tony Levin & Vinnie Caliauta)
  11. Stop
    - (Billy Sherwood)
  12. The Trial
    - (Malcolm McDowell)
  13. Outside The Wall
    - (Billy Sherwood)
  14. Isn't This Where We Came In
    - (Malcolm McDowell)
Ian Anderson,
Adrian Belew,
Jason Chefe,
Vinnie Coliauta,
Steve Howe,
Glenn Hughes,
Tony Kaye,
Robby Krieger,
Tony Levin,
Steve Lukather,
Malcolm McDowell,
Ronnie Montrose,
Steve Morse,
Mike Porcaro,
Steve Porcaro,
Jay Schellen,
Tommy Shaw,
Billy Sherwood,
Chris Squire,
Rick Wakeman,
Fee Waybill,
John Wetton,
Alan White,
Dweezil Zappa
featured performers

Reviewed by Nuno on 15 Nov 2005

The reader may well ask: “Do we really need another Pink Floyd Tribute?”. Well, the answer is pretty simple as I see it: “As long as they keep coming with such quality as this particular one, definitely YES!!”.
After the excellent Pigs and Pyramids, also released by Musea, I thought that it would be very hard to top that Tribute in terms of overall quality, but this new album by Billy Sherwood & Friends that recovers the fantastic The Wall in its entirety is absolutely amazing and it is now my choice for best Pink Floyd Tribute Album ever!

It is not hard to believe in the real quality of this tribute. I think that a simple look at the artist list that has contributed to the album will be enough to raise expectations to a high level, and fortunately those expectations are matched when we start listening to this version of The Wall.
One of the things that make this version a winner is the fact that Billy Sherwood was able to maintain the balance and focus of the original album, by avoiding the sense of different bands playing each track. In fact, the whole album seems to be played by the same band, despite the change in guest musicians.
The other winning factor is that the producer here does not strive to make completely new and different versions from the original recording, as he has chosen to maintain the exact spirit and even basic playing of the tracks, adding them with more subtle and intelligent variations than obvious and structural ones.
Those subtle details are the prime source of pleasure for the listener, especially if he is very well acquainted with the original (as I am), for they offer interesting and enjoyable variations on the music, sometimes even having the merit of improving the original. These are the cases of, and narrowing the number of examples: the flute solo of Ian Anderson in The Thin Ice and Is There Anybody Out There?, the acoustic guitar of Steve Howe in the awesome version of Vera or Rick Wakeman’s Piano on Nobody Home, which finally provides the mentioned (in the lyrics) Grand Piano to “prop up his mortal remains” !!!
If in most cases the versions are quality equals to the originals, and we can even find some winners, there are exceptions where the tracks just don’t sound as good as they should. But these is a rare case in this album, and it only really applies (in my opinion) to Young Lust and Run Like Hell.
There are many delicious details in this The Wall version, but one of the most amusing things in my listening experience was the waiting for the guitar solo in Mother. As I was listening to the album, I noticed that almost all solos had slight differences to the original David Guilmour ones. So considering that the guitar solo in Mother is for me one of the most beautiful and best achieved solos in Rock history, I was very curious to discover what Adrian Bellew might do here. Well, apparently Adrian must have a very similar opinion to mine, as he has chosen not to change the solo a bit. Instead, he prolonged it a bit….This has put a big smile on my face, really!
I would also emphasize the excellent interpretation of the Actor Malcolm MacDowell (most famous from his work in the cult movie Orange Cloxkwork) in the The Trial.

Well, this has turned out to be an exceptional version of the Rock Opera Masterpiece The Wall, and easily surpassed in quality terms all other Pink Floyd Tributes I have heard in the past.
All was done with care and obvious love for the original, and all the exceptional players involved clearly showed that they cherish the album and wanted to positively contribute to the remaking of a true classic. They have done it with respect and talent, and so the result is pure and passionate.
Nothing more to add than saying that, if you like the Original, you will also Love this version. A must buy!