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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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3.50 | 321 ratings
David Gilmour
1978
2.85 | 280 ratings
About Face
1984
3.54 | 397 ratings
On An Island
2006
3.01 | 87 ratings
The Orb & David Gilmour: Metallic Spheres
2010
3.39 | 209 ratings
Rattle That Lock
2015

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

4.21 | 172 ratings
Live in Gdańsk
2008
2.92 | 21 ratings
London 1984
2009
3.55 | 36 ratings
Live at Pompeii
2017

DAVID GILMOUR Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.13 | 18 ratings
Pink Floyd's David Gilmour (VHS)
1984
3.86 | 110 ratings
David Gilmour In Concert
2002
4.17 | 140 ratings
Remember That Night: Live At The Royal Albert Hall (DVD)
2007
4.67 | 28 ratings
Live at Pompeii
2017

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

4.17 | 6 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
4.00 | 8 ratings
Rattle That Lock
2015
4.00 | 6 ratings
Today
2015

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 The Orb & David Gilmour: Metallic Spheres by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.01 | 87 ratings

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Review by mariorockprog

4 stars 3.75: The fourth album by David Gilmour, a collaboration with the English electronic group, the orb. It had some success in sells in the UK charting by 3 weeks consecutively. There are few lyrics during the songs, but they are not interesting and are sung in a different way to what we are used to, surprisingly Gilmour didn't do a god job in this one. Musically, it is a really good combination between space rock and electronic music, given a result close to the best records of Krautrock. The guitars as always are really good and add a really good mood to the ambient of the music. The music is varied during the songs, although there are a few boring parts. I think is an excellent addition to any prog collection, and the most close you will ever hear Gilmour in Krautrock music, without being completely a proper krautrock record, of course, but very different to what he was doing all this time.
 On An Island by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.54 | 397 ratings

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Review by mariorockprog

4 stars 3.75: After 20 years of releasing About Face (most a pop/rock and hard rock album than prog, although it has good moments) and 12 years after Division Bell, Gilmour decided to release his third album in his birthday, March 6th. Commercially got very well recevement, charting in UK, Canada, Portugal, US and other countries. As always the lyrics were composed by himself and in most of the cases with the collaboration of his wife. One day after his 73th year, I decided to give it a look. the most progressive songs are on an island, castellorizon, then i close my eyes, this heaven and other instrumental parts. It has a very strong beginning, but the second part is better, is more the floyddian feeling, without evolving in to something spectacular, beginning with red sky at night, the lyrics are mainly romantic, and I think is referring to his wife and his family mainly, but they are good, at least tries to show that we have to appreciate what we have in life. Smile reminds me the style of some of the acoustic songs of ELP, with a nice voice and a different way of singing than he do it regularly. Its a good album, softer from his better times in Pink Floyd, I considered pop progressive, more than anything, although it has a really good moments. The lyrics are not so inspiring either, but they are not bad.
 Rattle That Lock by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.39 | 209 ratings

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Review by mariorockprog

4 stars 4.5: The fifth album by David Gilmour, the best yet in my opinion and actually being his more commercial successfully in his solo career, as I considered On Island too calm. After hearing the different, but really good On an Island and the disappointing About Face, I was only going to give it a play to the most recommended song of this one, but I instantly fell in love. All the songs are well structured and are really good sung. The keyboard are really good and finally the guitar is not over appearing as in the other records. The lyrics as always are written by Gilmour and in some cases with his wife. Even, it sounds more to the floyd style, without being as excellent of course, and being the second best record of any solo career of any ex member of PF, only after Wet Dream. Every song has something special and even there is a jazz song here. And now I will be waiting for the release of his next album, as he promised he had some material left out of this one and he wanted to do another record. an Excellent addition to any prog list and the second best solo record for any PF Member yet.
 Rattle That Lock by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.39 | 209 ratings

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Review by Awaken 6am

2 stars As other reviewers state the word to describe this album is "Dissapointing". As is, could have been a good album recorded by someone else. It`s way under Gilmour quality standard, and light years from the beautiful "On An Island" which was controversial indeed but luckily at 3.53 the highest rating here for a studio album from him. Instead "Rattle..." seems an album comprised on a bunch of songs as if released in a rush due to some contract with recording label , which is not obviously. Other word could be "Uninspired", tempting on vaudeville-esque and jazzy airs, even tango ! while David surely has tons of recent or even old material to make a double album full of top notch music. Also Dissapointing is that both audio CD and DVD 5.1 are just good quality in sound terms. DVD has also some barn-jams and lots of interviews in which most of the time David`s wife polly talks and talks... Conclusion: If he is about to release a solo album every 9 years, this could be an unfair farewell.
 David Gilmour by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.50 | 321 ratings

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Review by mariorockprog

4 stars A wonderful album by David Gilmour, it includes really good riffs, solos and astonish voice that remember us to the pink floyd before Roger Waters took the led and almost composed entirely several albums, but still different to the post Waters era. Very little prog element are present here, I always liked more the style of Gilmour than Waters, however we can not deny Waters was the most fundamental part of Pink Floyd. They complemented too well, and after his departure Pink Floyd had good moments but not as good as the golden era. Talking about this album, I liked a lot, It is really good album, but for a prog collector it could be for what is expected for a prog band, so if you take that in to consideration, you are going to enjoy it as rock fan
 Live in Gdańsk by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover Live, 2008
4.21 | 172 ratings

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Review by SteveG

4 stars As someone who has spent some 30 years working as a live sound engineer, especially is arena settings, I know that it's certain intangibles that make for a wonderful live show. The vibe of the artist, the metaphysical back and forth that can exist between the artist and audience, the performance and enthusiasm of those performing, the esprit the corps that exists between the band members and the overwhelming sense of occasion.

David Gilmour's Live At Gdansk has all of these qualities and that what's moves this group of solo Gilmour and Pink Floyd songs into the essential range. Ramping the audience up with Dark Side Of The Moon's "Breath", "Time" and "Breath (reprise)", a relaxed Rick Wright helps to nail the song with his almost unexpected co-lead vocals on "Time". Gilmour pulled out all the stops with a top notch and emotionally nostalgic group of backing musicians that included Wright and saxophonist Dick Parry as well as long time traveling sidemen Phil Manzanera (rhythm guitar), son-in-law Guy Pratt (Bass) and Jon Carin (Keyboards/lap steel). The only current Pink Floyd member missing was drummer Nick Mason whose place was excellently filled by Steve Di Stanislao. A wonderful Polish orchestra supplements many of the string parts of both the Floyd and Gilmour solo songs. Indeed, it's this orchestra that breaths so much life and emotion to these songs without ever conflicting or over powering the Gilmour touring band. The immediate benefit is raising the level of all songs from Gilmour's then current album On An Island. Particularly on the songs "On An Island", "The Blue", "A Pocketful Of Stones" and the cathodic "Where We Start". Gilmour and company then perform "Shine On", with electrifying input from Dick Parry, and the old Floyd Classics "Astronomy Domine", "Fat Old Sun" and the quintessential epic "Echoes" which again warms the heart of both the concert audience and home listeners with featured keyboard sections and vocals, again, by Rick Wright as Gilmour nails every single lead perfectly if not actually improving on them in comparison to their studio counterparts. The closing songs are performed so well that "Wish You Were Here" , "A Great Day For Freedom" and "Comfortably Numb" seem somewhat pedestrian and antic climatic as is often the case with most often played concert staples. My only compliant about this live set.

The recording and mixing of this album is superb and captures many nuances that usually get lost in a live recording. If you're interested owning one of the better Floyd alumni live discs, you can't do better than Live At Gdansk. 4 stars.

 About Face by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 1984
2.85 | 280 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
3.39 | 209 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
3.55 | 36 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
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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.

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