The Sixth German Show (Godfather GR382/383)
Westfallenhalle, Dortmund, Germany – February 18th, 1981
Disc 1 (56:25): Master Of Ceremonies, In the Flesh, Thin Ice, Another Brick in the Wall (pt 1), Happiest Days of Our Lives, Another Brick in the Wall (pt 2), Mother, Goodbye Blue Sky, What Shall We Do Now?, Young Lust, One of My Turns, Don’t Leave Me Now, Another Brick in the Wall (pt 3), Goodbye Cruel World
Disc 2 (54:03): Hey You, Anybody Out There, Nobody Home, Vera, Bring the Boys Back Home, Comfortably Numb, Show Must Go On, In the Flesh, Run Like Hell, Waiting for the Worms, Stop, The Trial, Outside the Wall
The Sixth German Show is the simply named title of the February 18th Wall show in Dortmund. It has circulated among Pink Floyd collectors under names like Dortmund 18.2.81, The Wall Live Dortmund 18Feb1981, The Definitive Wall Series, Dortmund Trial, and Between a Wall and a Hard Place. In common with all Pink Floyd releases on Godfather, this is the silver disc debut of the tape. The sound quality is very good boarding on excellent. There are places where both channels are saturated during some of the louder sections, and this recording seems to favor the left channel giving us a decent idea of where the taper was sitting. A little tinny in places, but nonetheless, quite an enjoyable listen.
The performance itself is very slick, tight and extremely slow for some reason. The tape runs at the correct speed, but it just sounds as if every song drags as the band take their time in delivering the piece. Roger Waters even comments on this in “One Of My Turns” saying “and this has grown slower.” It offers the band the ability to truly milk the words and overall narrative for its music and emotional force, something that can sometimes be obscured in the grand spectacle the Wall shows were.
The tape begins with the Wili Tomsik mc before the surrogate band crashes on stage with “In The Flesh?” The emotional force of the show builds in the first quarter of the show with one of the best versions of “Mother” on record. Waters’ vocals are perfect for expressing vulnerability in contrast with Gilmour’s soothing mother voice. Gilmour also plays a unique and pretty sounding guitar solo in the middle of the piece.
“Goodbye Blue Sky” is linked with the opening of “What Shall We Do Now?” by a gorgeous organ bridge by Richard Wright reminiscent of the old “Mortality Sequence” in the early Dark Side performances. “What Shall We Do Now?” provides another startling contrast in mood with the latter especially bringing the show up to its level of lunacy. Waters introduces “Young Lust” simply as “something to shake your arses to.”
The second half of the show contains some unique variations and surprises beginning with a change in the movie dialogue during “Nobody Home.” As with all of the Wall shows the venue erupts with “Comfortably Numb.” Tomsik duplicates his introduction in German (but this time with a loud burp in the middle) before “In The Flesh.” Before “Run Like Hell” Waters says, “Thank you, thank you. Do you like our pig? He doesn’t seem to like you very much. Go on, piss off pig. We’re not very keen on animals…the only good animal is a dead animal! In a minute, we’re going to play a number for all the asteroids in the audience. It’s called ‘Run Like Hell,’ and we can all CLAP, OUR HANDS! And it’s gonna be fun!”
“Run Like Hell” is extended as usual in these shows, but Wright plays interesting and unique keyboard solos over the disco beat in the middle of the song. The presence of these variations at this late stage in the tour probably shows how much the band (except Waters) really wanted to stretch the songs live. The rest of the fascist section and “The Trial” proceed as expected. Overall the sixth Dortmund show is tight with several interesting variations in the tunes. Godfather include a small poster along with the discs and several photos producing another sterling Pink Floyd silver release essential for the collection.