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David GILMOUR was born in Cambridge, 6 March 1946. 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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3.49 | 288 ratings
David Gilmour
1978
2.85 | 252 ratings
About Face
1984
3.53 | 369 ratings
On An Island
2006
3.01 | 73 ratings
The Orb & David Gilmour: Metallic Spheres
2010
3.34 | 170 ratings
Rattle That Lock
2015

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

4.19 | 158 ratings
Live in Gdańsk
2008
2.92 | 18 ratings
London 1984
2009

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3.11 | 16 ratings
Pink Floyd's David Gilmour (VHS)
1984
3.85 | 104 ratings
David Gilmour In Concert
2002
4.16 | 132 ratings
Remember That Night: Live At The Royal Albert Hall (DVD)
2007

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4.00 | 3 ratings
There's No Way Out Of Here
1978
3.33 | 3 ratings
Love On The Air
1984
2.11 | 7 ratings
Blue Light (promo 12" single)
1984
1.40 | 6 ratings
All Lovers are Deranged/Blue Light
1984
3.26 | 22 ratings
Arnold Layne
2006
4.22 | 9 ratings
On An Island
2006
4.00 | 7 ratings
Smile
2006
4.75 | 4 ratings
Wot's...Uh the Deal?
2008
4.00 | 5 ratings
Rattle That Lock
2015
4.25 | 4 ratings
Today
2015

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 David Gilmour by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.49 | 288 ratings

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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.

 On An Island by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.53 | 369 ratings

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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.

 About Face by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 1984
2.85 | 252 ratings

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Review by Walkscore

3 stars Gilmour's Best Solo Album.

Totally underappreciated. Although highly produced with a clear target on some commercial success, this is still Gilmour's best solo album. The strength is in the song-writing. "Near the End" and "Murder" are Gilmour's two very best solo-album songs, and better than virtually any of the post-Waters Floyd songs. Meanwhile "Until We Sleep", "Love on the Air", and "All Lovers are Deranged" are all great tunes, definitely on par with the best of the post-Waters Floyd. "Cruise" is an excellent anti-war (anti-cruise-missile, to be precise) piece in a reggae-like beat, and works very well. "Out of the Blue" and "Let's Get Metaphysical" show off Gilmour's excellent guitar playing. The two more sour pieces are "You Know I'm Right", which appears to be a jab at Waters, and the song they released as a single, "Blue Light", which although it has a great echo-based guitar pattern, falls flat as a song. But on the whole, this is quite a worthy album, and does not deserve the low grades it has got here on PA. I give this album 7.6 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to high 3 PA stars (so, almost 4 stars). If you were to start with any Gilmour album, I would start with this one, particularly on the strength of "Murder" and "In the End" - two wonderful tunes that belong among the best of the extended Floyd collection.

 David Gilmour by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.49 | 288 ratings

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Review by Walkscore

3 stars Some great songs.

David Gilmour's first album contains shorter, more commercially-structured AOR songs. No concept album, nor political messages. But there are some great songs, all very easily identifiable as Gilmour. "There's No Way Out of Here" is the clear standout. However, "Cry From the Street", "Short and Sweet" and "I can't Breath Anymore" are all very worthy tunes, and could easily have been fit into a Floyd concept album ala The Wall if another one had existed back then. But the album is mixed, and without the contributions of the other Floyd members, the album taken as a whole gets a bit more boring. On balance, I give this 6.8 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which places it as 3 PA stars.

 About Face by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 1984
2.85 | 252 ratings

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Review by tdfloyd

4 stars I have been on a Floyd kick with the release of Roger Waters , 'Is This the Life We Really Want', and it is interesting how my opinions on several of the albums have changed. But not this one as I always enjoyed 'About Face'

I am always surprised that 'About Face' has a rather pedestrian rating here on PA. No, this isn't a heavy prog album, but then again in 1984 prog wasn't all the rage and most artists who were well known in prog circles in their past were scrambling to get away from it. David Gilmour is no exception.

No, this is not a Floyd album in that there is no concept running thru it. Its a collection of songs that have a varied musical types. There are pop rock songs, an instrumental track with DG's guitar and orchestra, a couple of hard rock tracks, a nod to country-rock and new wave , a little funk on the albums lead single, a couple of tracks co-penned with Pete Townsend plus a few that will remind you that he is the guitarist of one of the biggest bands on the planet.

The production is big, expansive and will tie 'About Face' to the 80's but I don't have a problem with that. There are no cringe worthy tracks (OK, the lyrics for 'Cruise' may be close) but this is an album worthy addition to any Pink Floyd fans collection. Non fans with an open mind will be surprised. Some will think DG was searching for a style but I think he was trying to expand his base.

Rating this as a 4 star prog album may be a bit high but I do think it is a weak 4 star album when prog albums were very hard to come by.

PS - I can't leave without comparing this to Waters 'Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking' which came out around the same time. There are few conventional songs on Pros and Cons and Waters digs deep into the human psyche during his song cycle centered around a persons dreams during one night. The production is stellar, and at the time it was released, I was a fan of it. But 30+ years later, it doesn't work as well for me anymore. The whispering then screaming wears thin after a while. 'About Face' has a couple of tracks, most notably 'Murder' and 'Near The End' were Gilmour tackles weighty subjects, but one comes away that Rog could have used these to spin it into something else. Anyway, these two albums, and if you take all of the groups solo albums (especially Rick Wrights 'Wet Dream') will show you what each brought into Pink Floyd, and that none of the solo albums reach the heights of the best of Pink Floyd.

PPS - I thought for sure he would have played 'Let's Get Metaphysical' on the 'Live in Gdansk' concert when he had the orchestra there. Oh well, a missed opportunity.

 Arnold Layne by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2006
3.26 | 22 ratings

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Review by memowakeman
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2 stars I can't believe 10 years have passed since the release of this EP, 10 fast years have passed since Syd Barrett died, incredible to see how time flies.

Well, this release represents a tribute that master David Gilmour did to Barrett, founder of Pink Floyd whose peculiar style has left so many memories not only musically talking, though of course we will always remember him for having started this legendary band we all love. Floyd's first single ever was Arnold Layne, released back in 1967, so Gilmour made a wonderful decision to name this release after that iconic track which was naturally composed by Syd.

So what this EP (or single?) offers is simple: 10 minutes of a very good nostalgic and heartfelt tribute in which we (the listeners) can enjoy a couple of versions of Arnold Layne and a beautiful rendition of "Dark Globe", a representative song from Barrett's solo career which was released in 1969 and produced by the same Gilmour and also by Roger Waters. Today I wanted to give it a spin, which is why I am writing this short review in order to tell you that if you find this one in a record store, buy it, of course it is not the best release ever but it is worth having in your collection, mostly if you are a PF fan.

One of the Arnold Layne versions has David Bowie's enigmatic vocals, while also Richard Wright is featured in these recordings, two lovely musicians that we also miss with al our hearts.

Now don't pay attention to my rating, because as a reviewer I have my "own rules" which don't allow me to rate releases under 20 minutes with more than 2 stars, unless it is the EP or single of my life.

Enjoy it!

 Rattle That Lock by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.34 | 170 ratings

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Review by The Grand Vizier

3 stars RATTLE THAT LOCK, the latest album from David Gilmour, demonstrates that the ex-Floyd guitar player has firmly established himself apart from his former band, and feels free to do what he pleases. He doesn't seem to be bothered whether he sounds 'floydian' enough or not, though he works very hard to sound as David Gilmour is expected to. He, therefore, seems to care about his songwriting much more than about overall concept, and is focused on bringing each tune to blossom, rather than on attempts to take its development as far as possible in order to extract and exhaust its potential. The loose idea behind the album is that these songs bring about a pack of thoughts and feelings someone would live through in one day.

Three instrumentals aside, there is only one song on this album that feels like a Pink Floyd number: 'In Any Tongue'. This song is the longest track of the album and has a rather complex structure with an understated intro (whistling), and a reverse of the tune on choruses similar to 'Comfortably Numb'; it alters several times between forte and piano with each shift carefully prepared and executed. The final guitar solo resembles that of 'Comfortably Numb' and 'On The Turning Away', but does not repeat either of them; it fades out soon after its climax. Fade out is typical for this album and there is no crossfading or connecting sound effects, as if Gilmour wanted to highlight this is not Pink Floyd. These fadeouts, nevertheless, all seem to be timely and could hardly leave a listener unsatisfied, as it often happened to me when I was listening to A MOMENTARY LAPSE OF REASON. Overall, this blues-based power ballad is blessed by the kind of personal touch that makes Gilmour's late output so appealing.

Although it embodies the grace of Pink Floyd sound, 'In Any Tongue' is not the only song in the album that rocks. Starting as a lullaby, 'Today' suddenly turns into a heavy pop number, based on soulful blues harmonies. The tune celebrates a day that has not been wasted; a day that had gained its meaning; a day that brought change and thus deserves our cheers. Such a mix of rocking pop and soul was first attempted on ABOUT FACE ('All Lovers Are Deranged'), but it seems Gilmour has finally found the correct formula, and the tune shines against all odds.

The mood of other tracks is much lighter; each of them, nonetheless, possesses a distinct character. The title track is a catchy pop tune, equipped with lyrics full of unexpectedly dark and foreboding allusions. It opens with a railway station jingle but grows to sound insistent and almost menacing during the brief choir section, before returning back to the bitten track. All this can make one's dream about a journey across the hell of a big city plagued with stress and depression - let's get through it.

While the aforementioned songs differ in mood, they somehow belong to Gilmour's usual range of songwriting. 'Faces of Stone', 'Dancing Right In Front of Me' and 'The Girl In the Yellow Dress', come, on the contrary, as a surprise. The first two could have been performed by Leonard Cohen or Joe Cocker, while the third is pure jazz. All of them are crafted with care and contribute to the diversity of the album; Gilmour himself has written words for the first two, leaving the rest of the lyricist duties on the album to Polly Samson. These three songs share a nostalgic mood; their tone - deeply personal - contrasts that of 'Today', 'In Any Tongue' and the title track, each making a powerful statement.

The four remaining songs are Gilmour's signature 'watercolours' with transparent keys and heavenly guitars. The opener, the closer and two 'spacers' fill the album with light and air, ease strong emotions and let the whole thing drift with the flow. The day begins in the quiet harmony at '5am'; the closing tune 'And Then...' is a more reassuring variation on the same theme. Beauty contains an easily recognisable quote from 'A Boat Lies Waiting'; the voice of Richard Wright, heard half way into the latter, in turn, invokes the ghost of THE ENDLESS RIVER.

One can notice that while the 'concept' of the album is pretty loose, its structure is clearly tight. Six conventional songs, grouped in three pairs (each containing a statement of a more universal nature and a personal reflection), are enveloped with four 'meditations', bookending the album like twilight of dawn and dusk 'bookends' a day.

This structure is not just a whimsy; it helps to keep a diverse album focused on its main theme - the power of nostalgia. It seems, nostalgia has been a driving force behind Gilmour's creativity since long ago (WISH YOU WERE HERE or, maybe, 'Fat Old Sun' and 'Childhood's End') - something he himself stated in 'High Hopes'. Whenever he looks for substance that makes our presence real and vest one's life with its own value, he tends to borrow it from the past. Exploring this trail, he has to keep it very personal, even when he makes a statement on broader matters.

To conclude, Rattle That Lock is not a style-defining prog rock opus. If you feel that observations of the lone man with a guitar travelling on his flying Island around Solaris are important for you, go for it. If you simply don't mind some tuneful blues fun, you probably won't regret killing an hour in the company of David Gilmour. If, nonetheless, you are not in the mood for compromise, and won't take anything but a slightly amended version of The Wall (which is not necessary a bad thing)... than I would suggest waiting for the next Roger Waters album :)

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Review by uduwudu

4 stars So many years on and I can't help but think this album has stood the test of time, positive and negative views. Of course heard through the ears of someone who has not grown up and lived the sound of Floyd and anyone associated with that band may have a different view.

A very song oriented album, Short and Sweet co written with Roy Harper who with DG guesting recorded it on his fine album The Unknown Soldier. Oddly perhaps I prefer this one but that's just me.

His old band mates from Jokers Wild join DG in some things that are often PF oriented. Its Deafintely seems like a cousin of One Of These Days - check the bass rhythm.

No great concept album every number is it's own little masterpiece with a lot of the details in the finely tuned and intricate performances. The album rocks quite energetically for a voice and guitar that emerged from one of the most glacially mobile bands ever.

The music is rock, unlike most who think this is bluesy perhaps only in some textures such as the lap steel guitar but this is one of those interesting albums that do not pander to a fashion or style but expresses the author's musical and lyrical views in the context with which he is most comfortable; a series of varied styled rock numbers.

Some think this may be the "lost" PF album. Well as much as I love this it's not really. It could have been had Roger been present to apply the over riding concept as well as the intricate narratives that allow his lyrics to flow logically from point to point. Rather this is an indication of what Pink Floyd may have been like without Roger Waters - pre-Momentary Lapse.

Reviewer context alert - I really like most things Pink Floyd (Final Cut and Momentary Lapse and Piper all emphasize the Pink Floyd of the moment - not the listener's view of what should constitute Pink Floyd). I also like most solo albums but only rate Dark Side as the PF album with the most perception and direction (WYWH may be my favourite though). The Wall is utterly brilliant but does not have the generality that allowed Dark Side it's mainstream accessibility.

David Gilmour has a collection of songs that well express his music and the sort of lyrical concerns that discard religion and reflect the cynicism of the late '70s times (not that those times have changed much) but also reflects a determination to succeed "with or without god o his side" - the underlying self determination both resilient and understated.

He nearly toured the album (I wish those rehearsals and studio performances found on the Net would be compiled properly) but Roger Waters had Pros And Cons and The Wall in demo form and required Floyd to get together and choose.one. And pull together as a team. David did.

If you are into Floyd you' probably really like this for what it is, a fine collection of songs with his guitar sounds and styles wrapping it all up. Nice melodic vocals - his voice would get harder sounding in later years. In a way this is winter to Obscured By Clouds' summer.

If this is ignored by radio then that is their fault and problem. A fine album of excellent accomplishment that is always welcome.

Three stars for a DSOTM / Wall only fan, four for Pink Floyd fans and if you are a nut about DG of course it gets five stars. The negative views will make themselves known. Fine album, much loved.

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Review by King Manuel

4 stars I waited a while before I bought this album as I did not really enjoy "On and Island" that much and the mixed reviews also did not encourage me. Then after listening to the title track I got more curious and I bought it spontaneously seeing it in a record store. This one IMO is better than his last solo work (On an Island), his collaboration with the Orb (metallic Spheres), on par with his first solo album and nearly as good (but different although here and there parallels shine through) as the final Pink Floyd album (The Endless River).

Mr Gilmour does not reinvent himself (except maybe on the jazzy track "The Girl in the yellow dress" which is somewhat misplaced on the album) but delivers a slightly melancholic album with great atmosphere and strong melodies. . Highlights for me are the catchy and grooving title track, the powerful " In any tongue" and the atmospheric "Beauty. Anyone who enjoyed the last three Pink Floyd outputs and David Gilmour's solo work will surely not be disappointed.

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Review by Progkid

4 stars The Master Is Back!

This is a typical David Gilmour Styled Album. Great atmospheres, soothing instrumentals and tasty guitar licks. He shows that he's passion for music hasn't even gone down a bit with passion age. The lyrics are well written and are personal. Some people don't like this album because its too accessible and "poppy" this is wrong, While it may be not an PF album and is accessible but its not bad or poppy.

5.A.M- The album opens with 5AM which is a typical DG instrumental and is a good track that sets up the mood for this album with atmosphere and guitar sounds

2. Rattle That Lock - This is an upbeat track that I didn't like it at first but it grew on me. The guitar at the end is great

3.Faces Of Stone - Another great track with well written lyrics. David's voice sounds lovely on this track and is one of my personal favorites

4. A Boat Lies Waiting - This is haunting..and beautiful. Love the piano at the start. Maybe this track is a tribute to the late Rick Wright. the lyrics are sad and laments at the lament of someone

5. Dancing Right In Front Of Me - I don't like this track... maybe it'll grow on me like others did but I doubt see that happening . The only positive thing for me is the guitar at the end. If this was a short song maybe I would have liked it but it goes on for too long

6. In Any Tongue- Quite Pink Floydish with its bass and drum sound and the dark mood. I wonder why people say the guitar sound in this album isn't nice and emotional? it works for me, another good solo by David in here, but this track too suffers from being overly long

7. Beauty - Atmospheric Instrumental quite reminds you of the division bell era. Over all a good track

8.The Girl In The Yellow Dress- David with the saxophone and a jazz number! quite a welcome change in this album and is a good track, even people who don't like most of this album like this song, just jazzy an beautiful

9.Today- My least fav track and a low point on the album, I generally skip this track . I don't know what else to say about this except that it is long too (5:55)

10.And Then...- This closes the album in style. This is another instrumental by David Gilmour and my favorite from this album. Lovely guitar , the best from this album

Conclusion- While it may not be a masterpiece but it is worth checking out especially for the Floyd fans. Some tracks suffer from being too long and carries on forever but that's the only low point on this album other than that, its a solid and well written album. Don't write this off as being poppy or unlistenable, try it once. While it may not be his best effort but its better than The Endless River

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