Radio K.A.O.S. — Roger Waters

In 1985 Roger Waters was com­pelled to quit Pink Floyd. He was a huge influ­ence in the band and appar­ent­ly felt he was under­ap­pre­ci­at­ed. I read some­where that he lat­er regret­ted that deci­sion but by then it was a bit late to go back and rejoin.

This is his sec­ond solo effort and I think his best. It is a con­cept album like The Wall.  Although a bit quirky at the time, I have always loved this album.

Album Information

Released    15 June 1987
Recorded   October – December 1986
Studio         Billiard Room (London)
Length        41:24
Label           EMI Columbia
Producer    Roger WatersIan RitchieNick Griffiths

All tracks are writ­ten by Roger Waters

1.         “Radio Waves”         4:58
2.         “Who Needs Information”   5:55
3.         “Me or Him”   5:23
4.         “The Powers That Be”         4:36
5.         “Sunset Strip”           4:45
6.         “Home”          6:00
7.         “Four Minutes”         4:00
8.         “The Tide Is Turning (After Live Aid)”       5:43

Total length:  41:24

Roger Waters – vocals; acoustic and elec­tric gui­tars; bass gui­tar; key­boards; shakuhachi
Graham Broad – per­cus­sion; drums
Mel Collins – sax­o­phones
Nick Glennie-Smith – DX7 and E‑mu on “Powers That Be“
Matt Irving – Hammond organ on “Powers That Be“
John Lingwood – drums on “Powers That Be“
Andy Fairweather Low – elec­tric gui­tars
Suzanne Rhatigan – main back­ground vocals on “Radio Waves”, “Me or Him”, “Sunset Strip” and “The Tide Is Turning“
Ian Ritchie – piano; key­boards; tenor sax­o­phone; Fairlight pro­gram­ming; drum pro­gram­ming
Jay Stapley – elec­tric gui­tars
John Thirkell – trum­pet
Peter Thoms – trom­bone
Katie Kissoon, Doreen Chanter, Madeline Bell, Steve Langer & Vicki Brown – back­ground vocals on “Who Needs Information”, “Powers That Be” and “Radio Waves“
Clare Torry – vocals on “Home” and “Four Minutes“
Paul Carrack – vocals on “The Powers That Be“
Pontarddulais Male Voice Choir – chorus[19]
Paul Batchelor – assis­tant engi­neer
Noël Davis – choir mas­ter
Nick Griffiths – co-pro­duc­er on “Me or Him” and “The Powers That Be“
Kate Hepburn – cov­er design
Eric Jones – choir arrange­ment
Chris Sheldon – engi­neer
Kevin Whyte – assis­tant engineer

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  • Jeff Brandt

    Jeff has been a music fan since the age of 7 when the album Meet the Beatles hit the streets. He grew up in Hoptown and went to col­lege at UK a cou­ple of times. He retired in 2016 and is cur­rent­ly amass­ing his music col­lec­tion. Jeff says he loves being retired but is tired of quarantining.