The Wall

~ Release group by Pink Floyd

Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
The Wall2×12" Vinyl13 + 13
  • DE1979-11-30
EMI Electrola (more likely the company trademark of EMI Electrola GmbH than an imprint), Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA)1C 198-63 410/11[none]
The Wall2×12" Vinyl13 + 13
  • JP1979-11-30
CBS/Sony (imprint used in Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia 1968–1991; also used in Spain until 1997)40AP 1750~1[none]
The Wall2×12" Vinyl13 + 13
  • GB1979-11-30
Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA)SHDW 411[none]
The Wall2×12" Vinyl13 + 13
  • US1979-11-30
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)36183, PC2 36183[none]
The Wall2×12" Vinyl13 + 13
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972), Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA)7C 156-63410[none]
The Wall2×12" Vinyl13 + 13
Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA)2 C 168-63410/11[none]
The Wall2×12" Vinyl13 + 13
Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA)1A 164-63410, 1A 164-63411[none]
The Wall2×12" Vinyl13 + 13
Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA)7C 156-63411[none]
The Wall2×Cassette13 + 13
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972), Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA)7C 456-63412[none]
The Wall (half-speed mastered)2×12" Vinyl13 + 13
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)H2C 46183[none]
The Wall (made in Japan)2×CD13 + 13
Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA)CDP 7 46036 8[none]
The Wall2×CD13 + 13
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)C2K 36183074643618328
The Wall2×CD13 + 13
  • JP1985-06-21
CBS/Sony (imprint used in Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia 1968–1991; also used in Spain until 1997)50DP 361~2[none]
The Wall (West German SONOPRESS)2×CD13 + 13
Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA)CDP 7 46036 8077774603683
The Wall2×CD13 + 13
Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA)CDP 7 46036 8077774603683
The Wall (made in Japan)2×CD13 + 13
Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA)CDP 7 46036 2, CDP 7 46037 2, CDS 7 46036 8[none]
The Wall2×CD13 + 13
CBS/Sony (imprint used in Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia 1968–1991; also used in Spain until 1997)50DP 361-2[none]
The Wall (made in Japan, printed in Holland)2×CD13 + 13
Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA)CDP 7 46036 2 (disc 1), CDP 7 46037 2 (disc 2), CDS 7 46036 8[none]
The Wall (made in the UK, printed in England)2×CD13 + 13
Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA)CDP 7 46036 2 (cd 1), CDP 7 46037 2 (cd 2), CDS 7 46036 8 (case)077774603683
The Wall (made in the UK, printed in Holland)2×CD13 + 13
Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA)CDS 7 46036 2 (cd 1), CDS 7 46036 8 (box), CDS 7 46037 2 (cd 2)077774603683
The Wall2×CD13 + 13
  • JP1988-02-26
CBS/Sony (imprint used in Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia 1968–1991; also used in Spain until 1997)48DP 5007~84988009600659
The Wall (long box MFSL edition)2×CD13 + 13
  • US1990-09-15
Mobile Fidelity Sound LabUDCD 2-537015775253728
The Wall (Pitman pressing)2×CD13 + 13
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)C2K 3618307464361832
The Wall (MFSL edition)2×CD13 + 13
Mobile Fidelity Sound LabUDCD 2-537015775253728
The Wall (made in Holland, printed in the UK)2×CD13 + 13
  • XE1994-10-10
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972), Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA)7243 8 31243 2 9, 8312442, 8312452, CDEMD 1071724383124329
The Wall (made in Italy, printed in the UK)2×CD13 + 13
  • XE1994-10-10
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972), Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA)7243 8 31243 2 9, 8312442, 8312452, CDEMD 1071724383124329
The Wall2×CD13 + 13
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)4891012, 489101 29399700047370
The Wall2×CD13 + 13
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CDEMCJD (WW) 58336002140924424
The Wall2×CD13 + 13
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)CDP 7243 8 31243 2 9724383124329
The Wall (30th anniversary edition)2×CD13 + 13
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)489101 29399700047370
The Wall2×CD13 + 13
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)C2K 68519074646851920
The Wall (disc 1: C1.1 158199-01, disc 2: C1.1 158200-01 or -02)2×CD13 + 13
  • US2000-04-25
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)CDP 7243 8 31243 2 9724383124329
The Wall2×CD13 + 13
  • JP2001-06-16
東芝EMI 株式会社 (record company, do not use as release label - check obi, back or disc for imprint! Ended 2007-06-29)TOCP-65742-434988006791824
The Wall2×CD12 + 13
EMI China50999522317289787799628660
The Wall2×CD13 + 13
  • JP2006-09-06
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)TOCP-53810/114988006846661
The Wall (mastered for iTunes)2×Digital Media13 + 13
  • XW2011-09-23
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)[none]5099968084950
The Wall (“Why Pink Floyd?” Discovery edition)2×CD13 + 13
  • XE2011-09-26
  • FR2011-09-26
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)50999 028944 2 35099902894423
The Wall2×CD13 + 13
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972), Pink Floyd Music Ltd.50999 028944 2 35099902894423
The Wall2×Digital Media13 + 13
  • -2011
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)[none]
The Wall (deluxe experience edition)5×Digital Media13 + 13 + 27 + 8 + 1
  • US2012-02-24
The Wall2×12" Vinyl13 + 13
  • XE2012-02-25
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)50999029883135099902988313
The Wall (Immersion box set)6×CD + DVD-Video13 + 13 + 16 + 14 + 41 + 23 + 4
  • GB2012-02-27
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)5099902943923
The Wall (Experience edition)3×CD13 + 13 + 27
  • GB2012-02-27
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)50999029446235099902944623
The Wall (Immersion box set)6×CD + DVD13 + 13 + 16 + 14 + 41 + 23 + 4
  • US2012-02-27
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)50999 0 29439 2 35099902943923
The Wall2×CD13 + 13
  • XE2016-01-15
Pink Floyd RecordsPFR115099902894423
The Wall2×CD13 + 13
  • XE2016-02-05
Pink Floyd Records88875170942, PFR11888751709423
The Wall (180gr)2×12" Vinyl13 + 13
  • XW2016-08-26
Pink Floyd RecordsPFRLP115099902988313
The Wall2×CD13 + 13
Pink Floyd RecordsPFR11888751709423
The Wall2×CD13 + 13
  • JP2017-11-22
Pink Floyd Records, Sony Records International (Japanese TEXTLESS walking eye imprint)SICP 5412~34547366312607
The Wall2×CD13 + 13CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia)CDCBS 884859399708848528
The Wall2×CD13 + 13CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia)CDCBS 88485 (CK 36185/C2K 36183)
The Wall2×CD13 + 13Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)700.034-5/2-0884855099708848521
The Wall2×CD13 + 13Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)C2K-36183074643618328
The Wall (made in Holland, glass mastered in UK by EMI Swindon)2×CD13 + 13Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA)CDS 7 46036 8077774603683
The Wall12" Vinyl26Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA)16 3410 35099916341036
The Wall2×CD13 + 13CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia)CDCBS 88485[none]
The Wall (made in the UK, printed in Holland)2×CD13 + 13Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA)CDS 7 46036 8[none]
Bootleg
The Wall2×CD13 + 13
Harvest (bootleg producer)42036-02.2[none]
The Wall: The High Resolution Remasters4×CD14 + 14 + 5 + 22
The Brickwall Records & TapesBRT-791987654321098
(unknown)
The Wall2×CD25 + 13[unknown] (special purpose label - read the annotation!)H092
The Wall2×CD13 + 13
5099703618327

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Another Brick in the Wall (Part II) / Another Brick in the Wall (Part I)
Another Brick in the Wall (Part II) / Run Like Hell
Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2
Comfortably Numb
Off the Wall
Run Like Hell
covers:More Bricks: The String Quartet Tribute to Pink Floyd’s The Wall by Vitamin String Quartet
Solo Cello: Trevor Exter Performs Pink Floyd's The Wall by Trevor Exter
The Dark Side of the Wall by The Stallion
The Wall [Redux] by Various Artists
The Wall: Re-Built! by Various Artists
Top Musicians Play Pink Floyd: The Wall by Various Artists
live performances:Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live: 1980–1981
Roger Waters: The Wall by Roger Waters
The Wall: Live in Berlin by Roger Waters
included in:Discovery
The Pink Floyd Collection
part of:Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 87) (order: 87)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 129) (order: 129)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/11329 [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/9qw6 [info]
https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/rxj9 [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/pink_floyd/the_wall/ [info]
https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/20358/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000195292 [info]
Wikidata:Q151114 [info]

CritiqueBrainz Reviews

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The powers that be behind the Pink Floyd catalogue are not alone in assuming that someone, somewhere, doesn't yet own one of this outfit's certified classic LPs - also guilty are those ruling the canons of Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and… well, you get the idea. Some bands will be mainstays on shelves until the death knell finally sounds for physical formats, and these 1965-founded prog-rockers are sure to be amongst them, with new revisions of old material arriving with impressive punctuality.

That Floyd are no longer a going concern has crystallised their legend. Consistently breaching international top 10s from 1973's mainstream breakthrough The Dark Side of the Moon until 1994's swansong The Division Bell, they've attained an untouchable status amongst critics; the sole exception to the five-stars-on-reissue rule being Roger Waters' parting shot, 1983's The Final Cut. But 1979's The Wall is, once separated from its makers' peak-period accolades, not quite as impressive as the preceding trio of tighter LPs - Dark Side…, 75's Wish You Were Here and 77's Animals - by virtue of its ambitious design.

A sprawling monster of a rock opera, The Wall is ripe with rewards for intrepid listeners; but those returning to Floyd after the curt critiques proffered by the 40-odd-minute Animals were surely dizzied by this double-length package. It's great, don't be mistaken; but trim a little of its fat and it goes from a fantastic listen to an unforgettable one. The Wall hides its treats away beneath multi-layered distractions, its makers reacting negatively to their newly acquired stadium-sized crowds - Waters thought their fair-weather followers boorish.

But Floyd didn't lose its collective head - they used The Wall to tackle their huge audiences on terms that suited both parties, presenting a dramatic live show that brought the album's conceptual framework - isolation and detachment from the perspective of one Floyd Pinkerton, whose lifelong travails inform the lyrical content - to vivid life. The show tours to this day, albeit under Waters' name - but then he's the sole writer on all but four tracks here. Singles Comfortably Numb and Run Like Hell are David Gilmour co-writes, but the school choir-featuring Another Brick in the Wall (Part II), number one on both sides of the Atlantic, is all Waters'. The band's biggest hit, it also represents prog's commercial zenith.

This Experience edition - a grand Immersion edition is also available, with content comparable to the Dark Side… package released last September - features a third disc titled Work In Progress. It features a variety of demo versions, mostly of an impressive fidelity. Notable amongst these recordings are The Doctor, later shaped into Comfortably Numb, and Sexual Revolution, a blues-y affair which re-emerged in 1984 on Waters' solo debut, The Pros and Cons of Hitch-Hiking. For the hardcore these demos comprise valuable additions to the commercially available Floyd catalogue; for anyone else, though, the magic of this set will be found in the original LP. It might take a while to find, but it's there.

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The Wall is possibly the greatest case of being careful what you wish for in rock music. The runaway success of 1973's Dark Side Of The Moon had trapped Pink Floyd into being a stadium band. Any intricacies or improvisation that one may have demanded from a Floyd show had gradually disappeared in favour of playing the hits - or in their case, whole albums - to audiences who didn't understand what leader Roger Waters was writing about. As their star grew ever bigger in America, fans came to party, not to appreciate their art. Waters was disgusted by this and spat in a fan's face at a gig in Montreal as he tried to get onstage. Shocked at his own actions and mournful at the alienation between fan and performer, he set about writing his magnum opus.

Recorded in Los Angeles, France and London over an eight month period, The Wall is a sort of recorded version of the David Essex film, Stardust. The tale of rock star makes it; falls apart; is put together to perform by those whose lives depend on him; goes bonkers, turns fascist and faces retribution. Its themes of loneliness, war, loveless marriages and overbearing mothers struck an enormous chord with audiences the world over; the accompanying stage show, which saw the group perform large sections of the show behind a polystyrene wall, wrote this alienation large.

Despite some of the morbidity of most of the material, there are some very beautiful tunes nestling amid the pomp, most notably the David Gilmour co-write, "Comfortably Numb," with Bob Ezrin's orchestration and Gilmour's searing guitar solo. It has become the single track that most defines Pink Floyd. The Wall also contained the unlikely Christmas No.1 "Another Brick In the Wall (Part II)".