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David Gilmour


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4 stars This might be the best DVD experience from David Gilmour (I'm speaking of this mostly as a DVD; my version contains 2 CD's and 2 DVD's). The concert in the Gdansk shipyard in 2006 is a celebration of both Pink Floyd music and Gilmour's On an Island album, clearly his best solo effort, which is performed completely.

The group, accompanied by a large orchestra led by Zbigniew Preisner (best known for his music for Kieslowski films), features e.g. guitarist Phil Manzanera, Jon Carin, Guy Pratt, saxophonist Dick Parry and Rick Wright who sadly passed away a short while after this set was released. Not very different line-up from the one that went under the name of Pink Floyd. Instead of Nick Mason there's Steve Di Stanislao on drum kit. Compared to the 80's/90's Pink Floyd concerts (or DVD's of them) the approach is different in a healthy way: less visualistics and more emphasis on the music itself, which feels much more alive and relaxed. And if you had to choose between On an Island and Momentary Lapse of Reason... well, I know exactly my choice!

As a side notion: I love Roger Waters' In The Flesh DVD, and its Pink Floyd sections are superior to the latter day Floyd's. Naturally some of the most classic PF music is performed by both camps - or all three of them, counting "David Gilmour" separately, but Gilmour's set has its own things: 'Fat Old Sun' from Atom Heart Mother, and 'Great Day For Freedom' from Division Bells (it wasn't on P-U-L-S-E, was it?) 'Astronomy Domine' wasn't on that DVD, but here it is! But a real treat is 'Echoes' - WOW!

The second DVD is a more varied thing, including e.g. four PF tracks performed in London's Mermaid Theatre, also in 2006 (Wright sings his Division Bells composition 'Wearing The Inside Out', reminding of the aged Leonard Cohen), and live from Abbey Road studios, which has an interesting 6-minute acoustic version of 'Echoes'. The most interesting was the "Barn Jam" (2007): three instrumental jams, mostly improvisations I presume, which sound beautiful! On one of them David plays drums. If you view all the DVD material at one sit, you may get tired. All in all, warmly recommendable set.

Matti | 4/5 |


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