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David GILMOUR was born in Cambridge in 1944. He began playing guitar at a young age, often jamming and playing with his high school friend Syd BARRETT. His first band called JOKERS WILD was formed in 1965, but they recorded just one album, of which about 100 copies were made. It wasn't until 1968 when he was asked to join PINK FLOYD that fame would find him. When the increasingly erratic behavior BARRETT displayed got him kicked out, GILMOUR became the group's sole guitar player. While he didn't write much of their material, his amazing guitar playing was huge in forging what would go on to be known as the definitive PINK FLOYD sound. He took control of PINK FLOYD in 1987 after singer/songwriter/bass player Roger WATERS quit, releasing two studio albums (1987's "A Momentary Lapse of Reason" and 1994's "The Division Bell"). His solo albums came in the form of 1978's self-titled record, recorded while WATERS was away from the band writing two concept albums which would go on to become "The Wall" and "The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking", and 1984's "About Face", recorded at a time when everyone figured PINK FLOYD had broken up, and featuring songs co-written by WHO mastermind Pete TOWNSHEND. Neither gained much attention though, which played a part in his revival of PINK FLOYD.

The self-titled is a good, albiet straightforawrd blues-rock album, and "About Face" is more of a pop-rock record with an (annoyingly) 80s feel. The s/t is the better of the two, although neither are really fantastic. They won't nessecarily appeal to FLOYD fans either, as they are quite lacking the magic that makes his work with the band so great. Anyone who really admires his guitar work will enjoy them to at least an extent though.

GILMOUR's solo work is unremarkable despite it's merrits, and while fans of his guitar playing should give it a listen, don't expect to be blown away.

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3.47 | 188 ratings
David Gilmour
1978
2.80 | 176 ratings
About Face
1984
3.54 | 283 ratings
On An Island
2006

DAVID GILMOUR Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.19 | 107 ratings
Live in Gdańsk
2008
2.83 | 11 ratings
London 1984
2009
3.26 | 39 ratings
The Orb & David Gilmour - Metallic Spheres
2010

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3.21 | 10 ratings
Pink Floyd's David Gilmour (VHS)
1984
3.82 | 77 ratings
David Gilmour In Concert
2002
4.11 | 101 ratings
Remember That Night: Live At The Royal Albert Hall (DVD)
2007

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DAVID GILMOUR Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.11 | 6 ratings
Blue Light (promo 12" single)
1984
1.38 | 5 ratings
All Lovers are Deranged/Blue Light
1984
3.59 | 15 ratings
Arnold Layne
2006

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 Live in Gdańsk by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover Live, 2008
4.19 | 107 ratings

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Review by Memo_anathemo

5 stars Now, this is what I call a real masterpiece. Even though the live concerts are not taken much into account because most of the times it is just about the same music played live, a friend and I have always thought that a live concert is the one that shows what a true band is, performing live as accurate and close as they can to the original studio version. David Gilmour gathered an incredible set of musicians: Guy Pratt, Jon Carin, Steve Di Stanislao and masters Dick Parry, Phil Manzanera, and obviously the incredible Richard Wright, along with the Baltic Philarmonic Orchestra, to play some of the greatest songs by Pink Floyd and his entire "On an Island" album. The music chosen is beautiful, precise, and perfectly arranged (just take for instance "A Pocketful of Stones" or "A Great Day for Freedom" which sound amazing with the orchestra), trying, as it is a custom with any Floyd member, to improve what was done in the studio years ago and make it sound much better and fresh. I was left speechless when I saw (in the Remember that Night DVD) and heard the live version of ECHOES, maybe one of the best songs by the Floyd and here it is played ingeniously with all the effects the original song had, I think by far the best song in the concert. The rest are as well incredible. The only things that maybe were missing in this album is the participation of Graham Nash, David Crosby, David Bowie and of course, Robert Wyatt ("Then I Close My Eyes" is not the same without Wyatt's trumpet solo), but the idea is wonderful: Then, buy the Remember that Night DVD and you are complete! (I have both). Master Gilmour, you are great among the greatest!

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 David Gilmour by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.47 | 188 ratings

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Review by admireArt

3 stars As I have mentioned somewhere I am not a "Pink" fan; I am more like a "Pink" songs fan. With every band and musician in fact; (hanging around with the right crowd, teaches you that you "owe nobody nothing and the other way around").... No obligations or concessions: The expierence as such. If it moves you it is for you; if not; it is not. This David Gilmour self-titled album; was once part of my vinyl collection. Lost; not by intention...(the opposite;actually). When the digital "overblow" came to be; my CD "re-collection" grew in variety and a lot more in quality. And this first David Gilmour solo work was missing.........The kind of records I like: solo works of members out or in the meantime (as this one) of "monster-bands" . Normally they are at least entertaining; because nobody wants to sound like their band . In the case of this work which; by the way will be highly more appreciated in the world of good Rock nīRoll without the prog-tag. But being that this is Progarchives and not some "Rock mag";.David Gilmourīs great solo effort outside Floyd is closer in style to good manufactured songwriting proto-prog based bands. It has language, body (a basically 3 piece unit: Guitar, Bass, Drums), good songwriting as mentioned, no "phlosophical" lyrics, just songs; the "normal" kind.. even love songs. By now we all know he can carry this endeavor with his voice and guitar alone; back then it was not so obvious. When it comes to guitar "trademarking" sounds; this guy stands among "giants" in any field of its forms;.. and the best of all is; it does not sound like the Floyd at the time. Closer in feeling to his later own-version of the Floyd; but without the musical pandemia which they are well known for. So;... overshadowed by one hell of a "wall". This is good music. ..Got it once; lost it; got it again. Now if you keep it forever and ever;.. is up to you! Anyway 3 Stars more towards excellent than mere good.

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 London 1984 by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover Live, 2009
2.83 | 11 ratings

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3 stars Gilmour as a solo artist often disappoints. With the exception of his excellent first album, his compositions are rather mediocre and the delivery is closer to reasonable - but hardly sensational - Rock than what we could expect from a former PF front man.

Here, he plays with his usual elegance, something that he deserves credit for. The problem is the actual song selection and live interpretation of such. That is before I touch on his backing band consisting of capable artist seriously underutilized.

Mick Ralphs (Bad Co.) doesn't get much chance to shine and his presence is a complete waste here. Same for Chris Slade (MMEB) on drums, who is relegated to keeping time only and one wouldn't realize that we are dealing with an otherwise excellent artist. The rest of the band too, are doing what they are paid for (and doing it well), but exciting they are not. (Perhaps not permitted?) I am not familiar with the sax player/singer and whilst he seems like a very likable person, both his voice and style on sax appears to be a serious mismatch to the material he is featured on.

Contrary to Gilmour's excellent singing and guitar work, due to track selection and interpretation, the overall effect of this performance as a whole is not much more than mediocre.

(This input is offered via the actual DVD release, something that's not listed on PA.)

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 On An Island by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.54 | 283 ratings

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Review by progaardvark
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2 stars I really don't know what I was expecting from David Gilmour's first solo album in 22 years. I guess sort of a combination of Division Bell and his 1984 solo effort, About Face. Well that guess was wrong. And when you think about it a little, why would it sound anything like those two albums? One was from 1984 and the other from 1994.

What David gives us are some well crafted songs, much on the mellow side of things, but sorely lacking in punch. The only highlight for me seemed to be "Take a Breath" which was very reminiscent of some of his older stuff, but with a much more darker, brooding sound. This song is in stark contrast with most of the rest of the album which reminds me of a never- ending sleepy lullaby. I don't know, is Dave getting softer as he gets older? Is this going to happen to me when I turn 60? Nap time music??

Really, the songs are thoughtful, performed well and executed nicely. They just need a good kick in the pants. And the prog rock meter registers really low, too (though I doubt many of us were expecting any prog rock; just some cool guitar work). For die-hard fans only.

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 About Face  by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 1984
2.80 | 176 ratings

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Review by ProgShine
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2 stars I do prefer Roger Waters when it comes to that old fight 'who's better in Pink Floyd' and The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, released at the same year, is light years ahead About Face.

But we, Pink Floyd fans, at least the reasonable ones, will agree that both contributed to the band sucess (don't you ever forget the great Richard Wright). Not the individual pieces. Saying that I'll not enter this territory anymore.

Gilmour's first solo album, David Gilmour (1978), was a HUGE let down for me, the first spin on my cd player was like: 'wth he's doing???' Cause it's SO unfocused, it's just a guitar player throwing out his ideas, of course his guitar playing is great, as usual, but his writing abilities were lame.

It took me years, literally, to listen to About Face for the second time, I dont like the overall sound in the 80's albums and that is a great wall for me and albums like this one. Today I decided to listen to it properly, and... man, it's not a terrible album... if someone else recorded it, but for a David Gilmour album? No, this is bad...

I understand he tried to just do a Rock record, away from all that 'Progressive Rock' label he had got over the years, tracks like 'Until We Sleep', 'All Lovers Are Deranged', good and simple 80's Hard Rocks, tries that, but, babe, you just can't flee, that's the truth at the end of the day!

Tracks like 'Murder' prove what I'm saying, the good moments are based on his 'prog moments'. Like 'Blue Light' that is something weird that you should look upon, an odd combination of brass arrangements with good keyboards and a killer solo at the end, never thought a combination like that would work, but it does, very much. Another in the same line is 'You Know I'm Right'. The last track 'Near The End' tries to evoke the same feeling, but fails hard and leaves a gap, a disappointing ending.

The ballads are 'cute', but they do nothing for me except bringing the thought that he shouldn't have done them. 'Love On The Air', 'Out Of The Blue' and 'Cruise' prove that.

Away from the whole record is 'Let's Get Metaphysical', an instrumental that doesn't go anywhere, really.

After About Face, David Gilmour revived Pink Floyd and released 2 studio (weak) albums and 2 live (even weaker) albums with the band. Only in 2006, 22 years later, he released a third solo album, the good On an Island. A fourth was released in 2008 with Live in Gdańsk. And it seems his career will end like that, on a low note.

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 About Face  by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 1984
2.80 | 176 ratings

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Review by mohaveman

3 stars In 1984, Pink Floyd's guitar king gave us ABOUT FACE. With guest Jeff Porcaro, Steve Winwood, Bob Ezrin and an orchestra. Is it a great album, weel not really, but it is a pretty good Floydish- AOR mix of songs. Harmless but pleasant, and certainly better than his first release. This came out at the low point of the Floyd history, so anything was better than nothing. It beats THE FINAL CUT by a mile and evens out with Water's PROS AND CONS OF HITCHHIKING. Nothing special but a good album in the midst of the sterile 1980's. Maybe 3 1/2 stars rounded down to 3

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 Remember That Night: Live At The Royal Albert Hall (DVD) by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover DVD/Video, 2007
4.11 | 101 ratings

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Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
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5 stars David Gilmour excels on this incredible journey of his solo and Pink Floyd years.

Once in a while a concert performance is a special event that captures the essence of the past and marries the present with flawless execution. Gilmour somehow merges the past and present and throws in special guest artists and pulls it off. The DVD quality is outstanding as far as picture and sound quality is concerned. The sound is crisp and exceptional throughout. The guest artists are something to look forward to as they add that extra spice that is not experienced in other performances of these great songs. All the classic Pink Floyd songs are of the highest order, flawlessly performed and emotional. The lighting is rather subdued for the first part during the playing of Gilmour's entire "On An Island" album. I have not returned to this album often so to see it played live is rather endearing, as the songs sound better and more vibrant in the live arena.

The actual spectacle of lighting occurs in the awesome second half of the show especially during the mammoth epic 'Echoes'. The lighting consists of smoked troopers and a plethora of lasers igniting the Royal Albert. The effect is dazzling and makes this the highlight of the entire show. To see Richard Wright all in white playing behind Gilmour gives him a ghostly presence, all the more potent now that he is gone to the great gig in the sky in 2008, 2 years after this performance. Wright is an enigmatic performer and he sings on many occasions. This DVD is like a tribute to his genius and seeing him enjoying this music with Gilmour again is emotional. He would have one more occasion in Gdansk to perform with Gilmour in this kind of live setting

The other players are David Bowie who vocalises on 'Arnold Layne', a real shock to see it live after all those years and he does a great job and seems to be enjoying it. He also sings on 'Comfortably Numb' not such a great version here. Robert Wyatt makes the obligatory appearance now that he and Gilmour are in collaboration. He was okay and in any case it is nice to see him progging it out in his old age on 'Then I Close My Eyes'.

Crosby and Nash are here reprising their roles on the Gilmour Solo album, namely they contribute to 'On An Island', 'The Blue', and even better, 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond', as well as their own 'Find The Cost Of Freedom'. I liked hearing the "Division Bell" tracks, 'Coming Back To Life' and particularly the brilliant 'High Hopes', that is a milestone Pink Floyd track and is always so powerful on the live stage.

'Wish You Were Here' is of course a part of Gilmour and the version here is masterful as usual. The concert is long at over 2 and a half hours but it is a journey to immerse yourself in. Many times the crowd rise to their feet especially after 'Shine On' and 'Echoes', a well deserved ovation. I would say this 'Echoes' is as good if not better than the one played "Live In Gdansk". It is similar in length but seems to be more powerful in terms of the lighting and that ethereal whale song section. The band are patient and don't rush it making it such a rewarding immersing experience.

Disc Two is jam packed with special features including 3 interesting docos, and more importantly the 5 bonus songs from the Royal Albert Hall, 'Wot's... Uh The Deal', 'Dominoes', 'Wearing The Inside Out', 'Arnold Layne', and 'Comfortably Numb' again. There is also a short film from America's West Coast with some of the backstage footage shot by Richard Wright. The making of "On An Island" album is nice to see and there are live versions from it played in London's Mermaid Theatre 2006. I really liked seeing 'Astronomy Domine' recorded for the Live From Abbey Road television series. Other features include 'The Dark Globe' video, and promos for 'On An Island' and 'Smile'.

All in all it's another brick in the wall for Gilmour, a wall of releases and this is among his best. The DVD is packed with the most incredible music on the planet and is a must for Pink Floyd fans.

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 David Gilmour by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.47 | 188 ratings

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Review by stefro
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3 stars This begs the question: what makes a great musician? Is it the instrument he plays? The company he keeps? Or is it all simply about the songs he writes? Many members of outstanding rock groups have attempted to furrow their own peculiar path, though more-often-than-not the results are lacklustre and rarely surpass the creators band-orientated material. The Beatles are a prime example. Together, John Lennon and Paul McCartney(sorry George, we still love you) created some of the most enduring compositions of the 20th century. Apart, Lennon produced wimpy, simplistic, hugely-overrated hippie pop, McCartney ploughed a decidedly mushy mainstream rock course. So what of Pink Floyd? Gilmour apart, the results have been predictably mixed. Roger Waters, the group's main writer during the latter half of their career, would give us several albums worth of glum, wordy, angst-ridden art-rock that was all about himself. The group's quietly- reserved keyboardist Richard Wright would compose a couple of pleasantly-diverting albeit rather lightweight Floyd-ish instrumental albums separated by an ill-advised foray into early-eighties synth-pop with his short-lived duo Zee. Finally, Nick Mason's 'Ubiquitous Sports' would defy categorisation, proving both inaccessible and downright odd. Which leaves Gilmour. A supremely-talented guitarist in his own right, Gilmour's solo career would be similarly chequered, though this first effort is miles ahead of anything concocted by any of his colleagues. Basically the sound of the Pink Floyd front-man kicking back, relaxing and throwing off the self- imposed shackles of his day-job, this bluesy collection of mid-tempo rockers and soothing ballads is the musicians much-needed antidote to the increasingly overblown histrionics being cooked up by the increasingly domineering Waters in the name of Pink Floyd. Recorded at his own home studio between 'Animals' and 'The Wall', 'David Gilmour', which was released in 1978, is a warm, melodic album bristling with a carefree atmosphere that also borrows liberally from the idioms of folk, pop and straight-up rock to limited, if nevertheless impressive, effect. Opening track 'Mihalis' sounds like Pink Floyd doing pop - no bad thing - and that's the essence of the album. Highlights include the rather beautiful 'Cry From The Street', a track featuring an impassioned vocal performance, and the rockier 'Raise My Rent', which harks back to the more straightforward 'Meddle' material. A nicely-judged debut from a singular talent, 'David Gilmour' is a carefree rock creation that should more than please Pink Floyd's legion of fans.

STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2012

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 Live in Gdańsk by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover Live, 2008
4.19 | 107 ratings

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Review by Matti
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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.

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 About Face  by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 1984
2.80 | 176 ratings

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Review by voliveira

4 stars 8/10

My idea for this album classification varied somewhat, but in the end I think it deserves 4 stars by the treatment they have received here on the site.

I received a batch of vinyl from my uncle that included much of the Pink Floyd discography, some discs from Led Zeppelin, others of Black Sabbatah (but as I do not like this band, I threw them away), Dire Straits, Yes ... and this album. About to Face.

Because I have loved the album On An Island I really got interested in this one. And ... surprise! About to Face is a typical album of the 80s, then as I love this decade I fell in love with this album! Surrounded by guests Gilmour really showed how good he was. each of the ten songs here are impressive, but as always there are the highlights: the opening Until We Sleep, Murder, the Phil Collins-esque Blue Light (I knew those trumpets reminded me something) and the instrumental, powerful Let's Get Metaphysical (best song here).

4 stars!

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