The Wall – Track By Track
About a minute was cut from “In The Flesh?” right before the album’s release. The movie contains almost 20 seconds of the missing parts.
A short piano intro from The Thin Ice was cut from the album. And the track almost became a second recurring theme for the The Wall album.
A short intro was cut from Another Brick In The Wall Part 1, a track with a fascinating evolution from concept to finished track that effected the overall story arc of The Wall.
Happiest Days Of Our Lives is not on Roger Waters’ original Wall demo and was added later. It makes its first appearance by the work’s second production demo. A slightly different edit was used in the film.
How a #1 single was made. Most of the early recordings had only one verse and chorus. There was never a true extended studio version released, but some slightly longer versions were.
Mother is one of the tracks from Roger Waters’ original demo. There are a couple of great alternative and long versions of the track available.
Goodbye Blue Sky is a deceptively tranquil track that goes back to the original Wall demo. Other than the vocals, it sounded pretty much as it does on the album.
Empty Spaces was originally intended as a reprise of “What Shall We Do Now?”, sequenced before “Another Brick Part 3” near the end of Side 2.
“What Shall We Do Now?” was cut just before release of The Wall. The studio version has never been released on album, CD, or digital and can only be found on the movie soundtrack.
Even in its edited, obscured form, this Waters/Gilmour rocker has been a rock radio staple since the album was released. Fortunately, a couple of the little-known single releases let us rebuild the entire unobscured track.
A mix with a clean open and ending were released to radio stations in 1979. Here’s where to find the unobscured version.
One of the deep album cuts which propels The Wall narrative forward, it was released as the B-side of the “Run Like Hell” single in a several countries.
Halftime for The Wall. Never released on a single or one of the unobscured promo discs. Another deep album cut which propels The Wall story forward.
“Hey You” opens the second half of The Wall. Late in production, “Hey, You” was to originally close out side 3, but was moved at the last minute before the album went for mastering.
Studio musician Joe DiBlasi played the main guitar instrumental fingerstyle. In the live versions, David Gilmour plays the instrumental solo with a leather pick.
Nobody Home was one of the last songs recorded for The Wall and was written and added at the last minute.
“Vera” remained mostly unchanged throughout production. In early demos of The Wall, a short snippet of Vera Lynn’s “We’ll Meet Again” is the album’s prelude instead of “Outside The Wall”.
Rerecorded for the film, there are a couple of excellent, longer versions to be found for “Bring The Boys Back Home”.
The search for a long version of Comfortably Numb with extended guitar solo and how the track almost wasn’t on Pink Floyd The Wall.
The entire first verse and refrain were cut from “The Show Must Go On”. The missing verse was finally released on the live version of The Wall.
This side 4 cut “In The Flesh” is a reprise of the album’s opening track. Much of what was cut from the first part was also cut from this track as well.
More than any other track on The Wall, Run Like Hell was edited to reduce running time. Fortunately, a true extended version was released radio-only on Pink Floyd Off The Wall, although it’s very hard to find.
Even “Waiting For The Worms” was not spared the cuts made to side 4. Here’s where to find the few seconds that were trimmed from the end.
“Stop” – How this short but key song within the narrative of The Wall also brought “Your Possible Pasts” into The Wall canon.
Co-Producer Bob Ezrin Shares a writing credit on Pink Floyd “The Trial” for helping to transform the track from its original very dark tone into a big, over-the-top theatrical finale.
Although there are no “extended” versions of Outside The Wall, there are several excellent alternate versions, each with its own feel, including one with a snippet from one of the original demo tracks.
Teacher, Teacher is an original song from The Wall demos, but was cut in mid-production. It was later rewritten, rerecorded and all-around improved, renamed and used on The Final Cut as The Hero’s Return.
Originally written in 1978 for The Wall album, When The Tigers Broke Free was rejected by the band because they felt it was too personal.
Your Possible Pasts is one of two tracks from The Final Cut with a direct connection to Pink Floyd The Wall and The Wall: Spare Bricks. It’s likely one of the original songs considered early on for The Wall but eventually rejected by the band.
The Fletcher Memorial Home is not one of the unused song concepts leftover from The Wall, but is a song that was written for The Wall: Spare Bricks album.
Extremely little is known about the track “Death Disco”. It was on Roger Waters’ original demo Bricks In The Wall, but it disappeared very quickly after that.