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David Gilmour


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4 stars The resurrection of Pink Floyd Shines On

When this concert begins you are immediately transported into the world of David Gilmour who has never forgotten the Pink Floyd behemoth. The monster super group that never seems to die, lives on again in this expanded concert. It begins with the incredible opening suite from 'Dark Side of the Moon', the unheralded soundtrack to 'The Wizard of Oz' and always at the top of greatest albums lists. After satisfying every PF fan in the shipyards at Gdansk, Gilmour takes us on a personal journey through his own solo work and spreads a few Floyd nuggets here and there on CD1 to prepare us for the second part of the concert.

It really takes off on CD 2 with the wondrous 'Shine on You Crazy Diamond' - a mini version but still as powerful as ever.

'Astronomy Dominé' is absolutely brilliant and I love hearing these latest versions, both this and the one on 'Pulse', which capture the spaced out psychedelia of 60s excess when Barrett was the Mad Hatter.

The version of 'High Hopes' is ambient atmospheric par excellence and always a concert favourite. However it all pales to insignificance compared to the next track.

A 25 minute version of 'Echoes'. It is all here - the whale effects, the soaring guitars, the keyboard pads that encapsulate the feeling of isolation and loneliness, the vocals of Gilmour that are mournful and uplifting at the same time, the infinite patience as the track builds to a crescendo - simply mind blowing. The crowd must have given a standing ovation after this epic, which the Floyd have not played for decades. In fact this return to the classic is more than welcome and performed with virtuoso musicianship that will amaze. It is the piece de resistance of the entire concert, maybe even better then the original 'Meddle' version. I was almost in tears when it ended as I could feel the passion in the music and the crowd's reaction.

Following this is the quintessential Floyd ballad, 'Wish You Were Here', which I can never tire of. This version is as beautifully melancholy as ever and definitely a crowd pleaser.

The concert ends with the incredible 'Comfortably Numb' which is brilliant live everytime it is played. Gilmour's guitar screams and wails in the final solo, similar to Pulse, and its a great thing to hear how his band interprets the music with him as the protagonist.

The rest of the tracks are great too, so much talent captured in 2 CDS. I was mesmirised by this stunning performance and will be hunting down the DVD. This is a great CD package and recommended to the Pink Floyd addict. The vultures may be circling but there's life in the old Floyd yet - here is the proof!

AtomicCrimsonRush | 4/5 |


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