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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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3.48 | 204 ratings
David Gilmour
1978
2.81 | 190 ratings
About Face
1984
3.54 | 301 ratings
On An Island
2006
3.20 | 44 ratings
The Orb & David Gilmour - Metallic Spheres
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Rattle That Lock
2015

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

4.18 | 122 ratings
Live in Gdańsk
2008
2.83 | 12 ratings
London 1984
2009

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3.12 | 13 ratings
Pink Floyd's David Gilmour (VHS)
1984
3.83 | 85 ratings
David Gilmour In Concert
2002
4.12 | 110 ratings
Remember That Night: Live At The Royal Albert Hall (DVD)
2007

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There's No Way Out Of Here
1978
0.00 | 0 ratings
Love On The Air
1984
2.11 | 6 ratings
Blue Light (promo 12" single)
1984
1.38 | 5 ratings
All Lovers are Deranged/Blue Light
1984
3.59 | 17 ratings
Arnold Layne
2006
4.50 | 2 ratings
On An Island
2006
0.00 | 0 ratings
Smile
2006
0.00 | 0 ratings
Wot's...Uh the Deal?
2008

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 Live in Gdańsk by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover Live, 2008
4.18 | 122 ratings

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Review by Neu!mann
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4 stars After being disappointed by recent live albums from Yes, Ian Anderson, and even King Crimson, I wasn't expecting much from this year 2008 release by yet another classic rocker lugging his dusty back catalogue around on tour. And yet the two-disc set, ostensibly supporting Gilmour's "On an Island" album but including a generous selection of older Pink Floyd songs, is more than just an obligatory stroll down memory lane. All the music, old and new, was presented with genuine affection, and performed with surprising, almost palpable energy.

The show opens with a brief "Dark Side of the Moon" medley: an appetizer for starving Eastern Block Floyd aficionados who never had the chance to see their heroes while the Wall was still up (Khrushchev's wall, not Roger Waters'). The song "Breathe" also sets the mood and tempo for the "On an Island" material, filling the rest of Disc One and revealing its obvious shared DNA when played in tandem with the classic Floyd chestnuts.

Anyone who considered Gilmour's '06 solo album too relaxed will embrace these far more galvanized live renditions, all of them spruced up by some of his most emotional guitarmanship on record. Not that he had much choice: the band, with occasional full orchestral accompaniment, was playing an outdoor gig to an estimated crowd of 50,000 enthusiastic fans. Subtlety and restraint don't count for much when trying to reach the back row of a kilometer-wide audience.

But it's the music on Disc Two that concertgoers were likely waiting for: an abbreviated Best of Pink Floyd omnibus, from "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn" to beyond "The Wall". You've heard these songs performed countless times already, I know. But rarely with such passion and conviction, making them sound fresher than ever. It probably helped to have a second guitarist (Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera) almost equal in stature to the headliner, and a rhythm section able to play with more assertive punch than Nick Mason and Roger Waters.

Additional resonance (for Pink Floyd heads, at any rate) was supplied by the presence of Rick Wright, making what would sadly be one of his last recorded performances. The founding Floyd keyboardist would pass away two years later, just as this album was going to press.

By 2008 you might be excused for expecting carbon copies of familiar hits, all played by rote (see: "Pulse", 1995). Happily, it didn't happen here. The new version of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" is notable for its stripped-down arrangement of the opening verses: just Gilmour's voice and guitar, plus Wright's piano. The long instrumental break in the middle of "Echoes" becomes a dramatic call-and-response between the two ex-Floyd bandmates. And I don't recall the "Atom Heart Mother" filler song "Fat Old Sun" ever sounding quite this dynamic before.

In short (after a typically long-winded accolade), this one's a keeper, unlike the contemporary efforts of too many other Golden Age artifact-proggers. The first disc re-asserts Gilmour's position as a consummate bandleader; and the second one (sorry, Mr. Waters) further validates his role as the caretaker of the long musical legacy that made his reputation.

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3.48 | 204 ratings

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Review by TCat
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4 stars This is the first solo album by Pink Floyd's guitarist. It is basically a collection of enjoyable straightforward rock songs with vocals and a few instrumentals. There is nothing prog about it, but it is still a good album. Most of the songs are mid-tempo with meaningful lyrics, David Gilmour's excellent voice and stellar guitar playing. Nothing really stands out on it, the songs are very blues oriented rock and there really isn't anything challenging about it. However, I have owned this one on vinyl and CD for many years, and I do still enjoy listening to it. If you enjoy the more rock oriented music of Pink Floyd and you love David Gilmour's guitar style, you will love this album. The songs grow on you just like his songs do.

Not much else to add here. It's pretty much what you would expect if you don't expect any progressive rock. If you have that expectation out of the way, you will not be disappointed. It's an excellent way to round off your all exclusive prog rock influenced collection.

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 Pink Floyd's David Gilmour (VHS) by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover DVD/Video, 1984
3.12 | 13 ratings

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3 stars This concert video was recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, in 30-April-1984. Gilmour did a tour to promote his "About Face" album in 1984. His band included two former members of URIAH HEEP`s last line-up before their 1981 split (Chris Slade on drums and Greg Dechert on keyboards), plus guitarist Mick Ralphs (ex-member from the bands MOTT THE HOOPLE and BAD COMPANY in the seventies), bassist Mickey Feat, sax player Raff Ravenscroft (who also played in PINK FLOYD`s "The Final Cut" album, and also in Roger Waters` "The Pros and Cons of Hitch-Hiking"), percussionist Jody Linscott, plus guest appearances from Roy Harper in one song, and Nick Mason playing drums in "Comfortably Numb". The band sounds very well. Gilmour and his ensemble (as he introduces his band to the audience) played some songs from his solo albums "David Gilmour" and "About Face", plus two songs from PINK FLOYD`s "The Wall" album ("Run Like Hell" and "Comfortably Numb" ). Most of the songs from Gilmour`s albums were a bit Pop Rock oriented, but with very good guitar playing and sounds by Gilmour. He also sang very well. Harper sang along Gilmour in "Short and Sweet", a song he co-wrote with Gilmour. "All Lovers are Deranged" is a song from the "About Face" album which Gilmour co-wrote with Peter Townshend, then former member of THE WHO. Gilmour also let play some guitar solos to Mick Ralphs, particularly in "Murder".

It seems that both Nick Mason and Rick Wright attended this concert but only Mason played with Gilmour in "Comfortably Numb".

There is also a documentary titled "Beyond the Floyd" which includes interviews with Gilmour, Harper, Mason, some members of his band and with members of his road crew. In the interviews Gilmour recognizes being somewhat nervous about doing a solo tour for the first time in his career. But anyway he looks very confident playing, singing and talking to the audience during the concerts.

There are also two promotional videos for two songs from his "About Face" album ("Blue Light" and "All Lovers are Deranged"), very "eighties fad" in style.

This video was only released in the U.S. but not in Europe due to apparent "lack of commercial interest". In fact, the 1984 tour was not a long tour but the "About Face" album had some success in the U.S. and in the U.K.

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4.18 | 122 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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Review by admireArt
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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 n´Roll without the prog-tag. But being that this is Progarchives and not some "Rock mag";.David Gilmour´s 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 | 12 ratings

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Review by BORA

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 | 301 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
2.81 | 190 ratings

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Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions Team

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
2.81 | 190 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
4.12 | 110 ratings

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Remember That Night: Live At The Royal Albert Hall (DVD)
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Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

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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