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LIVE IN GDAńSK

David Gilmour

 

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4.19 | 109 ratings

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lazland
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3 stars I have very mixed feelings about this album. I love Gilmour's guitar work and vocal contribution to The Floyd, both of which need no expansion on this site at all.

As previous reviewers have stated, the musicianship and production on this live work are peerless and the late, great, Richard Wright especially is enjoying the whole experience.

The live renderings of Gilmour's enjoyable (but not classic) Island work are fine, and the list of Floyd tracks would melt the hardest heart.

So why only three stars? Simple - I have rarely enjoyed the post Waters Floyd with the passion I did with him, and comparing this to the Waters live set simply does not bear comparison. I always feel that Gilmour simply goes through the motions - the passion and the anger is missing.

Comfortably Numb is not a song by numbers, but the angry and confused conclusion of a series of linked events from childhood to adulthood. You still get that with Waters, but not from this. Somehow, it is all a little too polished for its own good, rather like the tours they did.

There are genuine highlights - A Great Day for Freedom is one, and it is nice to hear Fat Old Sun live again for the first time in donkeys years, but for a genuine example of Floyd's work, the Waters live sets or original Floyd LPs win out every time.

Polished, exceptional playing, classic tracks - but not an essential addition to any collection.

lazland | 3/5 |

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