Roger Waters discography

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Roger Waters discography
Roger Waters 18 May 2008 London O2 Arena.jpg
Roger Waters performing at London's O2 Arena on 18 May 2008
Studio albums5
Live albums4
Compilation albums1
Video albums4
Music videos12
Singles24
Soundtrack albums2
Box sets1
Classical albums1

Roger Waters's primary instrument is the electric bass guitar. He briefly played a Höfner bass but replaced it with a Rickenbacker RM-1999/4001S, until around 1970 when he switched to Fender Precision basses. He often plays bass using a pick but is also known to play fingerstyle. Not only a bassist and vocalist, Waters has experimented with the EMS Synthi A and VCS 3 synthesisers and has played electric rhythm and acoustic guitars in recordings and in concert. Throughout his career he has used Selmer, WEM, Hiwatt and Ashdown amplifiers, also employing delay, tremolo, chorus, panning and phaser effects in his music.

His solo career has included four studio albums: The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking (1984), Radio K.A.O.S. (1987), Amused to Death (1992), and Is This the Life We Really Want? (2017). The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, has been certified Gold by the RIAA.[1] Amused to Death is Waters' most critically acclaimed solo recording to date, garnering some comparison to his previous work with Pink Floyd.[2] Waters described the record as "a stunning piece of work", ranking the album with The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall as one of the best of his career.[3] The album had one hit, the song "What God Wants, Part 1", which reached number 35 in the UK in September 1992 and number 5 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart in the US.[4] Amused to Death was certified Silver by the British Phonographic Industry.[5] Jeff Beck played lead guitar on many of the album's tracks, which were recorded with an impressive cast of studio musicians at ten different studios.[6] Sales of Amused to Death topped out at around one million and there was no tour in support of this album. Waters would first perform material from it seven years later during his In the Flesh tour.[7]

In 1986, he contributed songs and a score to the soundtrack of the movie When the Wind Blows based on the Raymond Briggs book of the same name. In 1990, he staged one of the largest rock concerts in history, The Wall – Live in Berlin, on the vacant terrain between Potsdamer Platz and the Brandenburg Gate, with an estimated 200,000 people in attendance.[2] In 1996, Waters was inducted into the US and UK Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Pink Floyd. He has toured extensively as a solo act since 1999 and played The Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety for his world tours of 2006–2008. In 2005, he released Ça Ira, an opera in three acts translated from Etienne Roda-Gil and his wife Nadine Delahaye's libretto about the early French Revolution. On 2 July 2005, he reunited with other members of Pink Floyd—Nick Mason, Richard Wright, and David Gilmour—for the Live 8 concert in London's Hyde Park, Pink Floyd's only appearance with Waters since their performance of The Wall at Earls Court in London 24 years earlier.[8] In 2010, he commenced The Wall Live tour, which concluded in 2013.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[9]
AUS
[10]
AUT
[11]
GER
[12]
ITA
[13]
NLD
[14]
NOR
[15]
NZ
[16]
SWE
[17]
SWI
[18]
US
[19]
The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking 13 30 49 1 4 14 3 12 31
Radio K.A.O.S.
  • Released: 15 June 1987
  • Label: EMI, Columbia
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, DL [21]
25 33 58 31 6 13 12 20 50
Amused to Death
  • Released: 1 September 1992[23]
  • Label: Columbia
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP
8 14 25 4 22 1 2 6 10 12 21
Is This the Life We Really Want?
  • Released: 2 June 2017
  • Label: Columbia
  • Formats: CD, LP
3 7 3 3 2 2 1 2 3 1 11
Igor Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale
  • Released: 26 October 2018
  • Label: Sony Classical Masterworks
  • Formats: CD, LP
46 163
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Soundtracks[edit]

Title Album details
Music from The Body
(with Ron Geesin)
  • Released: 28 November 1970
  • Label: Harvest, EMI
  • Format: CD, CS, LP, DL[27]
When the Wind Blows
(with The Bleeding Heart Band)
  • Released: 1986[28]
  • Label: Virgin
  • Format: CD, CS, LP

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[9]
AUS
[10]
AUT
[11]
GER
[12]
ITA
[13]
NLD
[14]
NOR
[15]
NZ
[16]
POL
[29]
SWE
[17]
SWI
[18]
US
[19]
The Wall – Live in Berlin
  • Released: 21 August 1990[30]
  • Label: Mercury
  • Formats: CD, SACD, CD+DVD, CS, LP, DL[31]
27 10 25 10 15 17 4 47 34 11 56
In the Flesh – Live
  • Released: 5 December 2000[33]
  • Label: Columbia
  • Formats: CD, SACD, CD+DVD, CS, DL[34]
170
[35]
100 99 61 10 2 24 13 10 15 136
Roger Waters: The Wall
  • Released: 20 November 2015
  • Label: Legacy
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, CD+Blu-ray, LP
53 46 29 22 11 19 11 38 20 134
Roger Waters: Us + Them
  • Released: 3 October 2020
  • Label: Legacy
  • Formats: CD, LP
9 35
[36]
4 15 3 6
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
GER
[12]
ITA
[13]
NOR
[15]
POL
[29]
SWI
[18]
Flickering Flame: The Solo Years Volume 1 53 35 21 43 62

Operas[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
FRA
[39]
ITA
[13]
POL
[29]
Ça Ira 187 31 12

Other albums[edit]

Title Album details
Pros and Cons (The Interviews)
  • Released: 7 April 2015[43]
  • Label: Euromax
  • Formats: CD

Video albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[44]
NLD
[45]
SWE
[17]
The Wall – Live in Berlin
  • Released: 21 August 1990
  • Label: PolyGram Music Video
  • Formats: Laserdisc, VHS, DVD
6 8
In the Flesh – Live
  • Released: 5 December 2000
  • Label: Columbia
  • Formats: VHS, DVD
19 1 1
Roger Waters: The Wall
  • Released: 6 September 2014
  • Label: Legacy
  • Formats: DVD, Blu-ray
134 19
Roger Waters: Us + Them
  • Release: 2 October 2020
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Formats: —
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Box sets[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
NOR
[15]
The Collection
  • Released: 2011
  • Label: Columbia
  • Formats: 7CD+DVD
34

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Year Title Peak chart positions Album
UK
[9]
AUS
[51]
NLD
[52]
NZ
[53]
US Main.
[4]
1984 "The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking" 76 74 18 17 The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking
"Every Stranger's Eyes"
1985 "Sexual Revolution"
1987 "Radio Waves" 74 43 26 12 Radio K.A.O.S.
"Sunset Strip" 15
"The Tide Is Turning (After Live Aid)" 54
"Who Needs Information"
1990 "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)"
(with Cyndi Lauper)
82 The Wall – Live in Berlin
"The Tide Is Turning"
(with Joni Mitchell, Cyndi Lauper, Bryan Adams, Van Morrison and Paul Carrack)
1992 "What God Wants, Part I" 35 49 26 4 Amused to Death
"The Bravery of Being Out of Range"
1993 "Three Wishes"
2004 "To Kill the Child/Leaving Beirut" non-album single
2007 "Hello (I Love You)"
(with Howard Shore)
The Last Mimzy: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
2010 "We Shall Overcome" non-album single
2017 "Smell the Roses" Is This the Life We Really Want?
"Déjà Vu"
"The Last Refugee"
2022 "Comfortably Numb 2022" non-album single
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Collaborations and other appearances[edit]

Year Album/single Collaborator Comment
1999 The Legend of 1900 Ennio Morricone The song "Lost Boys Calling" performed by Ennio Morricone feat. Eddie Van Halen and Roger Waters[54]
2000 Vagabond Ways Marianne Faithfull The song "Incarceration of a Flower Child" is written by Roger Waters, who also performs bass and keyboards[55]
2007 Live Earth: The Concerts for a Climate in Crisis Various Artists The album features the track "Another Brick in the Wall Part II" performed by Roger Waters which also includes the song "The Happiest Days of Our Lives"
2013 Love for Levon: Benefit to Save the Barn Various Artists The album features Roger Waters performing the songs "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" (with My Morning Jacket and G.E. Smith) and "Wide River To Cross" (with G.E. Smith)
2013 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief Various Artists The album features Roger Waters performing the songs "Another Brick in the Atlantic Wall Part I, II & III" (the actual songs are "The Happiest Days of Our Lives", "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" and jam based on the song), "Us and Them" and "Comfortably Numb" (with Eddie Vedder)

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director(s) Album
1984 "The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking" The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking
"Every Strangers Eyes"
"Sexual Revolution"
1987 "Radio Waves" Radio K.A.O.S.
"Sunset Strip"
"The Tide Is Turning"
1992 "What God Wants, Part I" Amused to Death
"Three Wishes"
"Amused to Death"
2015 "What God Wants, Part I" (2015)
2017 "The Last Refugee" Sean Evans & Roger Waters Is This the Life We Really Want?
"Wait for Her" Sean Evans

Citations[edit]

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