"This is the third solo studio album, released in 1992, by the former Pink Floyd bassist/vocalist. Waters told the BBC in an interview in 2013 that it should be regarded as the third part of a sequence with Dark Side Of The Moon and The Wall, but that is wishful thinking in the extreme. Then again, Waters' character is not under discussion"... (I) must comment on the sublime sound, which is, after all, the point of the 2015 remastering. Alas, stellar guests aside, this is essentially for Floyd fanatics and audiophiles, who won't be disappointed. Dig out your best 'phones to savour the use of Q sound." — Sound Quality = 90% - Ken Kessler, HiFi News, July 2016
Congratulations! From the 58th Annual Grammy Awards goes the trophy to the team of James Guthrie and Joel Plante for Best Surround Sound Album for the 2015 reissue of Roger Waters' 'Amused To Death.' James Guthrie, surround mix engineer; James Guthrie & Joel Plante, surround mastering engineers; James Guthrie, surround producer (Roger Waters).
An unblinking look at an entertainment-obsessed society, Amused to Death addresses issues that have only grown in complexity and urgency over the past two decades. With Amused to Death, Roger Waters sounded the alarm about a society increasingly — and unthinkingly — in thrall to its television screens. Twenty-three years later, Amused to Death speaks to our present moment in ways that could scarcely have been anticipated two decades ago. In 2015, television is just one option in an endless array of distractions available to us anytime, anywhere, courtesy of our laptops, tablets and smartphones. With eyes glued to our screens, the dilemmas and injustices of the real world can easily recede from view.
The 2015 SACD edition of Amused to Death features a new 5.1 surround remix of the album completed by longtime Roger Waters / Pink Floyd collaborator and co-producer, James Guthrie. The art has been updated for 2015 by Sean Evans, the creative director of Waters' 2010-2013 "The Wall Live" tour and movie.