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David Gilmour


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erik neuteboom
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5 stars


Last week I watched an one hour BBC concert of this happening, I was pleasantly surprised by the tracklist that includes both the entire new solo album On An Island as lots of classic Pink Floyd tracks and I was blown away by the lightshow, goose bumps! So when I read that David Gilmour had released a 2-DVD set from this concert, I decided to purchase it very quickly.

DVD-1: It starts with three DSOTM tracks, the crowd is euphoric and we can enjoy very strong renditions of Speak To Me, Breath and Time/Breathe Reprise, played by a tight and inspired band with many outstanding musicians like Phil Manzanera, Dick Parry and the multi-instrumentalist Jon Carin and supported by a wonderful and often awesome lightshow. Then David Gilmour announces that the band will play the entire new solo album On An Island, I have to say that on stage it sounds more dynamic and powerful than the (in my opinion) a bit too laidback studio album. I am delighted about This Is Heaven (bluesy climate with fiery guitar, lush Hammond organ by Rick Wright and an exciting lightshow), the catchy Take A Breath (propulsive with beautiful keyboard orchestrations and heavy guitar work) and the laser-drenched A Pockeful Of Stones (sensitive guitar and warm organ play). The second part of this concert features mainly classic Pink Floyd tracks and it gets an extra dimension because of the passing away of Syd Barrett last year: you can almost feel the emotion on stage during some tracks like Shine On Your Crazy Diamond (wonderful blue light, emotional guitar work, lush Hammond organ and moving contributions by the rock veterans David Crosby and Graham Nash) and especially Wish You Were Here, goose bumps and wet eyes! The solo classical guitar play in High Hopes is very beautiful and I also love the compelling guitar solo in the second part of Fat Old Sun. Very captivating are the renditions of Arnold Layne (with a standing ovation for 'Art-Rock veteran' David Bowie as guest singer and excellent play by Rick Wright with his Farfisa organ sound) and Comfortably Numb (compelling with a jaw-dropping sea of green lasers). But my absolute highlight is the classic magnum opus Echoes, what a 'killer version': exciting red light as a symbol for the lava, very dynamically filmed and especially outstanding work by the musicians like the interplay between Gilmour and Wright (swirling Hammond organ and psychedelic Farfisa organ), the super- compelling grand finale is visually accompanied by a sea of lasers, this is Prog Heaven!

DVD-2 contains 13 bonustracks including my favorite composition from the Syd Barrett era, Astronomy Domine (I miss Syd his voice but David his guitarwork is breathtaking with psychedelic overtones). From the 3 docu's, I prefer the captivating Island Jam 2007 featuring relaxed but inspired play by Gilmour and Wright on his Hammond organ, two old 'grey roof-pigeons' who play like young gods!


erik neuteboom | 5/5 |


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