On this day in music history: November 30, 1979 - “The Wall”, the eleventh album by Pink Floyd is released. Produced by Bob Ezrin, David Gilmour, James Guthrie and Roger Waters, it is recorded at Super Bear Studios, Studio Miraval in La Val, France, CBS 30th Street Studios in New York City, The Village Recorder, Cherokee Studios and The Producers Workshop in Los Angeles, CA from January - November 1979. The progressive rock bands’ follow up to their previous release “Animals”, is a concept album exploring themes of abandonment and isolation Waters feels. Never having known his own father, an RAF pilot during the second World War who is killed before he is born, it will also explore the poor treatment Waters received at the hands of school teachers, feeling oppressed by his over protective mother, and the end of his first marriage. The concept for what will become “The Wall” has its genesis in the 1977 “Animals” tour, with Waters feeling that there increasing barrier growing between himself and the band’s fans. The album’s minimalist artwork is designed by artist Gerald Scarfe and Roger Waters. When the band play the finished work for their US label CBS Records, they are initially “unimpressed” and are reluctant to release the twenty-six track two LP set. Waters will eventually prevail in the album being released as intended. It is a huge critical and commercial success upon its release, becoming the largest selling album of 1980. It will spin off three singles including “Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2” (#1 Pop) and “Run Like Hell” (#53 Pop). “The Wall” will spend 15 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 23x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.