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David Jon Gilmour - Born 6 March 1946 (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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3.54 | 335 ratings
David Gilmour
1978
2.85 | 294 ratings
About Face
1984
3.54 | 411 ratings
On An Island
2006
2.98 | 91 ratings
The Orb & David Gilmour: Metallic Spheres
2010
3.40 | 222 ratings
Rattle That Lock
2015

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

4.21 | 175 ratings
Live in Gdańsk
2008
2.92 | 21 ratings
London 1984
2009
3.70 | 45 ratings
Live at Pompeii
2017

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

3.14 | 19 ratings
Pink Floyd's David Gilmour (VHS)
1984
3.86 | 112 ratings
David Gilmour In Concert
2002
4.17 | 142 ratings
Remember That Night: Live At The Royal Albert Hall (DVD)
2007
4.68 | 38 ratings
Live at Pompeii
2017

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

4.25 | 8 ratings
There's No Way Out Of Here
1978
3.50 | 6 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
3.27 | 24 ratings
Arnold Layne
2006
4.23 | 13 ratings
On An Island
2006
4.20 | 10 ratings
Smile
2006
4.50 | 6 ratings
Wot's...Uh the Deal?
2008
4.10 | 10 ratings
Rattle That Lock
2015
4.13 | 8 ratings
Today
2015

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 David Gilmour by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.54 | 335 ratings

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Review by VianaProghead
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4 stars Review Nš 315

David Gilmour is, as many of we know, the lead guitarist, one of the lead singers and one of the main songwriters of the legendary prog rock band, Pink Floyd. And as many we know too, he wasn't an original member of the band. But in 1967, Nick Mason, the drummer of the group, asked him if he would be interested in joining to Pink Floyd. He accepted and joined the band in 1968, making them a group of five members. It was brief because soon the founder guitarist Syd Barrett left the group because his erratic conduct on the band, and David Gilmour assumed the role of lead guitarist.

"David Gilmour" is their self titled debut solo studio album and was released in 1978. As he explained when the album was released, this debut solo studio album was very important to him, in terms of self respect, because he needed to step out from behind the Pink Floyd's shadow. All songs on the album were written by David Gilmour except "There's No Way Out Of Here" written by Ken Baker, "Cry From The Street" written by David Gilmour and Electra Stuart and "Short And Sweet" written by David Gilmour and Roy Harper.

Loose and collaborative, with some interesting instrumentals, "David Gilmour" is recommended because it's neither withering in the shadow of Roger Waters, nor like Gilmour's led albums in the band's third-act, trying too hard to sound like Pink Floyd. Instead, everything feels familiar and comfortable. Credit goes, in part, to Gilmour's backing band.

The line up on the album is David Gilmour (lead vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards, lap steel guitar, piano and harmonica), Rick Wills (backing vocals and bass guitar), Willie Wilson (drums and percussion), Mick Weaver (piano), Carlena Williams, Debbie Doss and Shirley Roden (backing vocals).

The album has nine tracks. The first track "Mihalis" is a Greek name and was the name of a yacht that David Gilmour owned at that time. It's an instrumental song, very light and mellow with some nice guitar melodies performed in David Gilmour's classic guitar style. This represents a good way to open the album. The second track "There's No Way Out Of Here" is a great song and one of the best tracks on the album. It's a song with the typical Pink Floyd's sound, and what is more interesting about that, is that is apparently the only song of the album that wasn't composed by David Gilmour. The third track "Cry From The Street" is a very good and enjoyable song and is a song more based in the blues style. It's a song a little bit repetitive but with excellent arrangements and where we can hear the typical David Gilmour's guitar sound. The end of the song reminds me strongly the sound of the Pink Floyd's album, "Animals". The fourth track "So Far Away" is a pleasant piano based ballad with meaningful lyrics, beautiful piano work and a nice guitar sound with a laid back guitar solo. The vocal performance on the song is also very impressive and is also one of the best I've ever heard from him. The fifth track "Short And Sweet" is a rock oriented song more in the vein of Pink Floyd's songs. It features a much harder guitar sound than the rest of the album and has also a good bass line and a fantastic vocal line. This song represents one of the best moments on the album and one of my favourite songs too. The sixth track "Raise My Rent" is another instrumental track. What makes this song most interesting is the slow, simple and repetitive guitar fills and the stunning guitar solo with the typical trademark sound by David Gilmour. This is another highlight of the album and one of my favourite moments too. The seventh track "No Way" is another song based in the blues style. It's a very nice song, very slow, with a main melody that brings to us the David Gilmour's nice voice and a nice guitar work too. Who likes David Gilmour' typical sound, likes this song too. The eighth track "It's Deafinitely" is another great instrumental song that explores the keyboard and the guitar works. It's a song with some good and interesting guitar moments with the repeating keyboard theme on the back, what makes a find and interesting musical moment on the album. The ninth and last track "I Can't Breathe Anymore" is a simple and nice song that finishes this first solo David Gilmour's studio musical experience. We can say that it's a slow song with a noise guitar sound. It's a short and good song that concludes the album with simple guitar fills. It's an enough good song to closes the album.

Conclusion: Despite I only purchased the album few years ago, I know it since it was released and I always considered it a great musical work. Although it isn't very progressive and be an album very influenced by the blues, it's a very well balanced and a very cohesive work. "David Gilmour" is, in my humble opinion, an album that despite remaining in the area of Pink Floyd's music, explores also another musical areas but only if they were very close to that area. So, "David Gilmour" is a very good album and if you like, as I like, of the inimitable guitar sound of David Gilmour, especially on the Pink Floyd's album "Animals", the resemblance is obvious, you mustn't miss this album, for any kind of reason. It should please the late Pink Floyd's fans. It boasts strong songs, great guitar work and Gilmour's ever-charming vocals.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 David Gilmour by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.54 | 335 ratings

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Review by Psychedelic Paul

5 stars Legendary Pink Floyd guitarist and singer DAVID GILMOUR (born 1946) has played on all of Pink Floyd's albums apart from the first one, "Piper at the Gates of Dawn" (1967). David Gilmour was brought in for the second Pink Floyd album "A Saucerful of Secrets" (1968), when the drug-induced, unreliable behaviour of Syd Barrett was becoming increasingly erratic. Gilmour replaced Barrett during the making of the album and he went on to record fourteen albums with Pink Floyd in total from "A Saucerful of Secrets" in 1968, right through to "The Endless River" album in 2014, which also included a posthumous appearance by keyboard player Richard Wright. With a long career spanning over 50 years, David Gilmour has won numerous awards both as a singer and guitarist, including being inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 as part of Pink Floyd, and in 2011, he was voted one of the greatest guitarists of all time in Rolling Stone magazine. He's also made guest appearances on a multitude of albums over the years. This self-titled album "David Gilmour" (1978) is the first of four acclaimed studio albums. He followed it up with "About Face" (1984), "On an Island" (2006), and his most recent album "Rattle That Lock" (2015). David Gilmour's four solo albums might be few and far between, but that makes them all the more special amongst his devoted fanbase. He's also released a couple of very well-received Live albums on CD & DVD, "Live in Gdansk" (2008) and "Live at Pompeii" (2017). The "David Gilmour" album we have here was produced and written by Gilmour and featured the guest musicians Rick Willis on bass and Willie Wilson on drums with three female backing singers providing vocal harmonies. Okay, that's enough waffle for now, so let's plunge in and have a listen to the album.

David Gilmour is in stonking good form with the instrumental opening number "Mihalis" (the Greek name for Michael). It features the kind of long-drawn-out soaring Floydian guitar riffs we've come to know and love from Pink Floyd. Although there are no lyrics, the music has a joyous and jubilant feel-good vibe to it, which makes it a perfect album opener. "There's No Way Out of Here" for Song No. 2, and it's a good thing too, because we're not going anywhere. We're sticking around to listen to this uplifting song and album in its entirety. "There's No Way Out of Here" might be a moody bluesy number, but it definitely won't leave you feeling moody or blue. The sound of David Gilmour's captivating guitar riffs is enough to brighten up the dullest of days and there's some lovely vocal harmonising too from the three female backing singers. We're getting all down and dirty now for some hard drivin' blues now in Song No. 3: "Cry from the Street". It begins as a slow bluesy number, but don't let that put you off, because the song quickly gathers in pace and concludes with some magnificent guitar flourishes from Mr Gilmour to leave you on an emotional and spiritual high. We're not "So Far Away" from being halfway through the album now. This song probably most resembles classic Pink Floyd than any of the songs on the album so far. It's similar in style to "Us and Them" and wouldn't seem out of place at all on the "Dark Side of the Moon" album. Even the vocal harmonising from the three female singers is very reminiscent of the Pink Floyd sound, which has to be a good thing.

Side Two opens with "Short and Sweet", which is not particularly short, but it's a little bit bittersweet. It's five and a half minutes of inspirational and uplifting music, given the masterly Gilmour touch of magic with some euphoric-sounding vocals and magnificent guitar work, in true Floyd-esque fashion. It's one of the highlights of the album in an album that's packed solid with great songs. Song No. 6 is "Raise My Rent", an instrumental number, featuring those oh-so-beautiful, trademark Gilmour glissandos. If you weren't on Cloud 9 already from listening to this superb album, then you may be after hearing this stunning virtuoso performance. You may not reach seventh heaven, but this uplifting piece of music will show you the way there. Song No. 7 is another song rooted in the blues, but there's "No Way" you'll be feeling blue after listening to the sound of David Gilmour's intoxicating guitar solo midway through the song. Onto Song No. 8 now and "Deafinitely" (no, that's not a spelling mistake or typo error). It's another instrumental piece giving David Gilmour a chance to really shine and do what he does best with some sublime soloing. Somewhat unusually, this uptempo and exuberant piece of music also features the sonorous sound of a synth with some weird electronic effects thrown in for good measure. We now reach the concluding song on the album with "I Can't Breathe Anymore", which could have been a Pink Floyd classic for sure, if it wasn't included on this solo album. It's classy and sophisticated Progressive Rock in true "Floyd-esquian" tradition.

This invigorating and uplifting album is absolutely essential for fans of Pink Floyd, although I expect most Floyd fans will already have this album nestling in their treasured LP record and CD collections. It has all the hallmarks of the classic Pink Floyd sound we've come to know and love over the years from guitar maestro David Gilmour. I "Wish You Were Here" with me to hear this album because it's sensational!

 The Orb & David Gilmour: Metallic Spheres by GILMOUR, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 2010
2.98 | 91 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 | 411 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
3.40 | 222 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
3.40 | 222 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
3.54 | 335 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 | 175 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 | 294 ratings

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Review by TCat
Special Collaborator Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

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
3.40 | 222 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.
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