Re: pros and cons of hitch hiking.
As with many Floyd albums (and the other Waters albums), I got completely sucked into Pros and Cons and practically listened to only this album for what felt like months. I know it so well from listening to it really loud - or on headphones, which is the best way - and kept on discovering new buried elements many listenings on.
Clapton and Sanborn are fantastic and really suit the moody storytelling style. These days I don't pick it up for years. And then I put it on again and love it just as much as I used to. Some people find Waters over-produced and say his lyrics and concepts are too much, but I think he's a master storyteller who really knows how to put music to his tales. In fact, I'm going to listen to it right now. Can't wait for the grunting guitar to kick in after the intro and Waters to belt out:
"So I stood by the roadside
The soles of my running shoes gripping
The tarmac like gunmetal magnets"
Thanks for reminding me of this wonderful album.