Roger Waters is premiering an updated version of his video for “What God Wants (Part 1)”, a track from the forthcoming reissue of his 1992 album, “Amused To Death.”
“We've scanned the original film shot in 1992,” says Waters, “and have made a new video.”
Due July 24, the updated version of Waters third solo record will include a new 5.1 surround remix of the album on high-definition Blu-ray audio and a new remastered stereo mix completed by longtime Roger Waters / Pink Floyd collaborator and co-producer James Guthrie.
The cover and gatefold art has been updated for 2015 by Sean Evans, the creative director of Waters’ 2010-2013 “The Wall Live” tour and movie.
Inspired by Neil Postman's 1985 book “Amusing Ourselves To Death”, Waters explored the concept of a society increasingly in thrall to its television screens.
“I’m remembering the record from [over] 20 years ago,” says Waters, “that most of what I had to say then sadly still pertains today and is maybe even more relevant to our predicament as people in 2015 even than it was in 1992.”
“Amused To Death” features guitar work by Jeff Beck and a lineup of guest vocalists that includes Don Henley (“It’s a Miracle”), Rita Coolidge (“Amused To Death”) and soul singer P.P. Arnold ("Perfect Sense” Parts I and II").
The 2015 reissue will be available on CD, CD/Blu-ray, Hi-res digital download, 2LP 200 gram vinyl and a limited edition, numbered 2LP picture disc vinyl.
On the same day “Amused To Death” is re-released, Waters will headline the Newport Folk Festival with “an intimate appearance specifically crafted” for the event at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI.
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