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David Jon Gilmour - Born 6 March 1946 in Cambridge, UK -

David GILMOUR 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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3.49 | 307 ratings
David Gilmour
1978
2.84 | 272 ratings
About Face
1984
3.54 | 390 ratings
On An Island
2006
2.97 | 82 ratings
The Orb & David Gilmour: Metallic Spheres
2010
3.41 | 196 ratings
Rattle That Lock
2015

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

4.21 | 169 ratings
Live in Gdańsk
2008
2.92 | 20 ratings
London 1984
2009
3.54 | 32 ratings
Live at Pompeii
2017

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3.13 | 18 ratings
Pink Floyd's David Gilmour (VHS)
1984
3.86 | 110 ratings
David Gilmour In Concert
2002
4.17 | 139 ratings
Remember That Night: Live At The Royal Albert Hall (DVD)
2007
4.65 | 25 ratings
Live at Pompeii
2017

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

4.00 | 5 ratings
There's No Way Out Of Here
1978
3.25 | 4 ratings
Love On The Air
1984
2.13 | 8 ratings
Blue Light (promo 12" single)
1984
1.46 | 7 ratings
All Lovers are Deranged/Blue Light
1984
3.26 | 23 ratings
Arnold Layne
2006
4.30 | 10 ratings
On An Island
2006
4.13 | 8 ratings
Smile
2006
4.60 | 5 ratings
Wot's...Uh the Deal?
2008
3.86 | 7 ratings
Rattle That Lock
2015
4.20 | 5 ratings
Today
2015

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 About Face by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 1984
2.84 | 272 ratings

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Review by TCat
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2 stars When you try to put a David Gilmour solo album and a Roger Waters solo album together and mix them up on a playlist, you do not get a Pink Floyd album. This goes to show that you need all 4 band members working together in a cohesive manner to get the high quality music that you know from Pink Floyd.

On this album, you get an example of what David Gilmour sounds like when he tries to make his sound more radio friendly. The fact that it is Gilmour doing this makes your expectations high, and that makes this album even harder to listen to. The problem is, Pop Music does not have a very high bar when it comes to originality and ingenuity, so hearing Gilmour doing "dumbed- down" music to appeal to the masses is quite a disappointment. That's all that happens on this album. Yes you do get some good Gilmour style guitar playing, and that is the only thing that the album has going for it, but even that is used sparsely. You would be better off to get Gilmour's first solo album, which is titled simply "David Gilmour". That album is more of what you expect from a Gilmour solo album, not exactly Pink Floyd, but more Gilmour-ish.

If this was a Pop Music site, this album would probably get a 4 star rating, but since we are rating music based on higher Progressive Rock standards, the best I can do is give it a 2 star rating. The post-Waters Pink Floyd albums are even much better than this.

 Rattle That Lock by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.41 | 196 ratings

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Review by raigor

4 stars "Rattle That Lock" is David Gilmour's first solo studio album since 2006 and it came out less than a year after his Pink Floyd's "The Endless River". It features ten relatively short elegiac songs, half of them co-written with Gilmour's wife, the novelist Polly Samson. The major lyrical theme of "Rattle That Lock", which is titled for John Milton's second book in Paradise Lost, is "a day in the life" - the authors reflect on time passing and the urgency to live what's left to the fullest. As the primary architect of Pink Floyd's sweeping soundscapes, Gilmour has transposed them into his solo music which is highlighted with signature slow ride compositional developments, elegant melodies, bird-song sustains on guitar, piano figures evoking memories of Richard Wright, sighing vocal harmonies and mellow string orchestrations. The flow of moods is really striking here - from autumnal and pensive melancholy to delicate sensitivity and vigorous cheerfulness. David Gilmour is the most eloquent here as a song-writer, vocalist and guitarist here. So, "Rattle That Lock" sounds like the work of a true master of his craft.
 Live at Pompeii by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover Live, 2017
3.54 | 32 ratings

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Review by Neu!mann
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2 stars The first time David Gilmour played in the ruins of Pompeii was for the classic 1972 Pink Floyd concert documentary filmed by Adrian Maben, in an empty amphitheater to an invisible crowd of 1st century Roman ghosts. The lack of an actual audience made it an oddly haunting and intimate gig, but those days are long gone: nowadays the superstar guitarist is more accustomed to selling out the largest arenas on Earth, and his return to Pompeii in July of 2016 was the biggest thing to hit the ancient city since Mount Vesuvius blew its top in AD79.

Don't expect the same pyroclastic fireworks this time around however, despite all the laser-beam stage lighting on display. Like the volcano itself, the creative impulses behind this spectacle were mostly dormant, thanks in part to the constraints imposed by a hefty production budget. Nothing in such an expensive show could safely be left to chance: the live sound had to be studio-perfect, and the musicianship flawless (as would be expected, from one of rock music's premier elder-statesmen). But to achieve those aims the entire event was practically embalmed under an admirably slick, all-too impersonal surplus of professionalism.

The set-list included the usual Floydian chestnuts ("Comfortably Numb"; "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" etc), intermixed with a homeopathic selection of cuts from Gilmour's then-current solo effort "Rattle That Lock", an album of music almost designed not to leave any lasting impression. Expect no surprises whatsoever: even the ecstatic singing in "The Great Gig in the Sky" is an almost verbatim wail-for-wail copy of Clare Torry's original on "The Dark Side of the Moon", although the added male accompaniment provides a nice contrast.

The crowd of 3,000 fans in attendance (Gilmour deserves credit for insisting on playing smaller heritage sites on this tour) apparently didn't want anything more: notice how the first hint of pre-recorded radio static sends them into a Pavlovian frenzy, anticipating the opening notes of "Wish You Were Here". The song morphs into an emotional sing-along homage to Richard Wright, following a more explicit dedication to the departed Floyd keyboard wizard in "A Boat Lies Waiting". But that bittersweet moment is spoiled by a somewhat tone-deaf transition to the more acerbic crowd-pleaser "Money", which if you think about it might have sent the wrong message (the "Time/Breathe Reprise" medley would have been more appropriate).

After the outstanding "Live in Gdańsk" concert from 2008, my expectations for this set were (of course) rewarded with an inevitable sense of mild disappointment. Gilmour hasn't yet reached the same nadir of other Golden Age proggers reduced to playing the cruise ship and casino circuit, but there's a discouraging sense of corporate obligation surrounding his return to Pompeii, an unintended but tangible echo of that familiar dystopian chorus: "Welcome...to the Machine."

 Live at Pompeii by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover DVD/Video, 2017
4.65 | 25 ratings

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Review by Muumi

5 stars What a terrible mistake to give two star for this release, like someone gave to cd version of this! Obviously what we go in hand, is one of greatest concert experinces available on digital format. There's defenitely nothing that deserves two stars here. Music, athmosphere, musicians, location, lighting, sound quality, musicianship, everything perfect 10. Set is cleverly made so, that you won't get bored. Perfect mixture of older and newer material. Old classics srill sounds fresh as newer material. The gig is shot and edited perfectly so, that all the colours and sounds feel real, like being there by yourself. Generally I never comment anyone's opinion, but "giving this gig two stars" even without picture, is something totally rediculous, no matter how much you want to find something negative to say of perfection.

 Live at Pompeii by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover Live, 2017
3.54 | 32 ratings

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Review by The Jester

4 stars This live album was recorded at the Pompeii amphitheatre and it was the first public performance since AD 79. (Don't forget that Pink Floyd's Live in Pompeii had no audience). This was a truly historical moment, and those who were able to be there that night must feel extremely lucky. Now, as for the album itself; it is available on double CD, double vinyl, digital downloable format, and as DVD and Blue Ray as well. (The concert was filmed of course). It was recorded on July 2016, and it was released on September 2017. The live album includes some of Pink Floyd's famous songs, mixed with songs from Gilmour's solo works. (The tour that included the Pompeii concerts was promoting Rattle that Lock album). The songs are all very well performed, Gilmour's guitar sounds great once more, the production is - of course - excellent, and despite that Gilmour's voice is not what it used to be, it's not a big problem. After all, what are the studios for? If I could recommend one version, I would say to buy the DVD or the Blue Ray version, especially if you own some system with good sound quality. That way, you will be able to enjoy the music, but also watch that spectacular concert. I don't want to write many things here, because everybody knows who David Gilmour is, everybody knows his contribution to music, and I don't believe that I am the one who can judge. I don't think that this is a "must have" album, but personally speaking, I have it, I listen to it from time to time, and I am pleased with it. 4.0 stars
 Live at Pompeii by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover Live, 2017
3.54 | 32 ratings

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Review by uduwudu

4 stars Very good live album. Immaculate performances from a very experienced and well drilled band very consistent with David's Floyd since '87. His vocal sounded a little rough early on but he warmed up and sang well. Naturally the guitar performances (the star of the show) shone.

He acknowledges the return to Pompeii, the liner notes mention his is the first for a few thousand years. More difficult than getting to Carnegie Hall, no?

The set list is his usual (mainly) DSOTM and afterward favourites speckled with numbers from his last two albums. Thought Today, quite the AOR funk number sounded just fine as DG ran quite a variety of styles to the appreciative 2000 or so member audience. The Pompeii choir was quiet the contributor on WYWH. They got the words right anyway. Sorrow was stunning as he let the old whammy bar do it's work and rock Vesuvius in the back ground. Shine On utilizes guitar delay for a change. Another Brick must have been left to Roger to play on his concerts; no airing here. Funny it might have been mildly ironic in this venerated ruins. Not to worry, the past is revisited in a killer One OF These Days. The band blazes on this one. Money sounded like it lost a little too much tempo, not just dynamics, after the last guitar solo. Comfortably Numb delvers the scorched earth Pink Floyd practice of recent years - no surprises (unlike the near unplugged version at the Festival Hall years ago). I was at that concert but was there a release of it? There was a DVD of on afterward. Oh well, that was years ago. Looking ahead to Pompeii it's a very enjoyable and I suspect un-retouched listen.

Well produced and the audience given a role unlike the PULSE live album. Or the PF performance for that matter.

Possibly the reader / listener / audient / consumer may be better off with the video performances; the Blu Ray should cover everything and more and have a suitable audio standard (better than DVD mpeg 4 anyway). There are various releases but the 2 CD set (70 something minutes apiece) makes the experience well worth while. I was a little disappointed to find the formts split - I'd been enjoying the CD / DVD versions and had hoped this practice may continue.

While by itself it's an excellent edition it does not really add much to Remember That Night or the Gdansk live album. PF / DG fans will be up for this one, a casual listener will also enjoy it even if they are not so compelled by personality and historic significance. 3 1/2 rounded to four as this band does so well led by that stunning guitar work.

 Live at Pompeii by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover DVD/Video, 2017
4.65 | 25 ratings

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Review by uduwudu

4 stars Very good live album. Immaculate performances from a very experienced and well drilled band very consistent with David's Floyd since '87. His vocal sounded a little rough early on but he warmed up and sang well. Naturally the guitar performances (the star of the show) shone.

He acknowledges the return to Pompeii, the liner notes mention his is the first for a few thousand years. More difficult than getting to Carnegie Hall, no?

The set list is his usual (mainly) DSOTM and afterward favourites speckled with numbers from his last two albums. Thought Today, quite the AOR funk number sounded just fine as DG ran quite a variety of styles to the appreciative 2000 or so member audience. The Pompeii choir was quiet the contributor on WYWH. They got the words right anyway. Sorrow was stunning as he let the old whammy bar do it's work and rock Vesuvius in the back ground. Shine On utilizes guitar delay for a change. Another Brick must have been left to Roger to play on his concerts; no airing here. Funny it might have been mildly ironic in this venerated ruins. Not to worry, the past is revisited in a killer One OF These Days. The band blazes on this one. Money sounded like it lost a little too much tempo, not just dynamics, after the last guitar solo. Comfortably Numb delvers the scorched earth Pink Floyd practice of recent years - no surprises (unlike the near unplugged version at the Festival Hall years ago). I was at that concert but was there a release of it? There was a DVD of on afterward. Oh well, that was years ago. Looking ahead to Pompeii it's a very enjoyable and I suspect un-retouched listen.

Well produced and the audience given a role unlike the PULSE live album. Or the PF performance for that matter.

Possibly the reader / listener / audient / consumer may be better off with the video performances; the Blu Ray should cover everything and more and have a suitable audio standard (better than DVD mpeg 4 anyway). There are various releases but the 2 CD set (70 something minutes apiece) makes the experience well worth while. I was a little disappointed to find the formts split - I'd been enjoying the CD / DVD versions and had hoped this practice may continue.

While by itself it's an excellent edition it does not really add much to Remember That Night or the Gdansk live album. PF / DG fans will be up for this one, a casual listener will also enjoy it even if they are not so compelled by personality and historic significance. 3 1/2 rounded to four as this band does so well led by that stunning guitar work.

 David Gilmour by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.49 | 307 ratings

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David Gilmour
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Review by Matti
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3 stars PINK FLOYD is a good example of a band in which the musical magic is a sum of many parts, and the relatively modest solo discography of its members underlines that fact. Think of Rick Wright: Broken China (1996) is sonically pretty interesting but in the end terribly boring. The winner of the foursome is undoubtedly the main songwriter Roger Waters, even if there had been only Amused to Death (1992) and the new album. And what about David Gilmour then? russellk's two-star review of this eponymous debut hits the nail by saying that Gilmour offers Pink Floyd "accessibility, professionalism and excellent guitar skills", and that this album "also shows us that Gilmour hasn't got a lot to say".

Which indeed doesn't mean it wouldn't be a fairly pleasant listen. Gilmour, practically teamed only with the rhythm section, does a good job as a musician and producer. The weakness lies clearly in the songwriting. The opening instrumental 'Mihalis' sounds good but it doesn't really go anywhere. Nor the sung songs are very memorable. Perhaps the most solid one 'There's No Way Out of Here' wasn't even written by himself. The strong lyricism of Waters is deeply missed here. The typically tidy Gilmourian blues flavour is well audible, for example on [another song!] 'No Way'. By the way, a Finnish-language adaptation of 'Short and Sweet', co-written with Roy Harper, appeared three years later on the album of singer-songwriter Hector.

The progressive aspect of this album remains sadly quite minimal. The relationship to the music of Pink Floyd can be recognized. On the nicely named instrumental 'Deafinitely' one hears some echoes from 'Sheep', or to be more precise, from its fanfare-like final section. (I happened to hear it live last Saturday on a wonderful prog covers -oriented gig, in which that composition was actually the least interesting one.) All in all, "David Gilmour" is a justified, if rather forgettable, addition to your Floyd-related stuff, but I'd rather recommend the more atmospheric On an Island (2006). 2˝ stars rounded upwards.

 Rattle That Lock by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.41 | 196 ratings

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Rattle That Lock
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Review by Walkscore

2 stars Lots of potential, but often squandered.

Putting this album on one is immediately struck by a beautiful instrumental tune (titled "5am") with a great subdued Gilmour solo. However, just as Gilmour's solo is about to take off and you are getting into it, it fades out. This pretty well sums up the feel of disappointment one gets from this album. There are some great musical sections, but their potential is often squandered. In general, the best tracks on this album are front-loaded, and the quality generally tends declines with each track. The title track, "Rattle that Lock", is the second song and this time is a full-length normal song, with some great playing by Gilmour, and some decent lyrics and (slightly higher-pitched) singing. Together, these two tracks are the highlight. The third track, "Faces of Stone" is also pretty good, but not quite at the level of "Rattle". "A Boat Likes Waiting", the fourth track, is also decent, very pleasant and slow with nice lyrics and vocal harmonies, but not quite as good as "Faces". And so on. The songs in the second half of the album are, for the most part, weaker - too weak to justify multiple listens, for various reasons. The instrumental "Beauty" is good, but similar to the opener "5am" in that it ends before the guitar solo gets blistering. "In any Tongue" reminds a bit too much of "High Hopes". "The Girl in the Yellow Dress" is a nice lounge-jazz tune, but sounds a bit forced. "Today" is the weakest track on the album. The closing tune, "And Then..." is an instrumental led by the guitar, which of course holds tons of promise, but turns out to be one of Gilmour's most easy-listening performances, with very little excitement, and itself just fades out. Among the frustrations here is that most of the songs fade out just when the guitar solo is getting going. By the time you get to the end of the album, you have this feeling of disappointment, having spent time waiting for the potential that we all know Gilmour has, to emerge full-blown. Really, all Gilmour needs to do is solo. But he needs to solo for more than 30 seconds, and he needs to put his heart into it. If his solo albums were to build up to a long blistering guitar solo at the end of each album, listeners would be happy and the effort it takes to sit through the weaker tracks would seem worth it. The album About Face at least had some longer solos and an excellent closing track. Here on Rattle, by putting the weakest tracks at the end, the experience merely reinforces the disappointment felt at the squandering of talent. Truth be told, the first five tracks here are all decent songs (in fact, I actually quite like the fifth song "Dancing Right in Front of Me" - for me the second-best song on the album), and if it were anyone but Gilmour I would probably give this album around 6 out of 10. However, given this is Gilmour, but with short guitar solos and premature fade outs, I can't rate this album more than 5.4 out of 10, which is 0.1 below that needed for a three-star rating. Hence, 2 PA stars.

 On An Island by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.54 | 390 ratings

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On An Island
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Review by Walkscore

2 stars Couple of Gems, but otherwise mediocre.

This albums starts off really great with first a cool introductory instrumental (Castellorizon), and the the title track. Unfortunately, the title track is the high point of the album, after which for the most part you just end up wishing to get back to that first tune. I have listened to this many times, and most of the other tunes lose interest after just a couple of listens. Some OK songs include "The Blue" (continuing with the blue themes of his other solo albums), and the closer "Where We Start". But I don't think even those two live up to their potential. By now the only tunes I bother with are the title track, and "Smile", which is a very nice song worthy of Gilmour's legacy. So, with only two really good songs, and the rest all quite mediocre, I can't give this more than 2 PA stars. I give this album 4.8 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 2 stars. Really, other than those two tunes, this album is for fans only.

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