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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

David Gilmour: On a island and all over the world

DVG003_smallAs lead guitarist for Pink Floyd since 1968, David Gilmour has participated in the group s climb from underground psychedelic cult favorite to successful rock band to legendary superstars of rock. Known for his soaring, melodic guitar solos and use of vibrato, he s also co-written (primarily with Roger Waters) a few of Floyd’s greatest songs, such as "Comfortably Numb" and "Wish You Were Here." A friend of some of the original Floyd members since childhood, Gilmour was playing with a band called Jokers Wild when he received the call from Pink Floyd to replace their psychologically disintegrating leader, Syd Barrett, on guitar. The personnel change led to a gradual change in direction over the next several years, with each album showing an increasing development of what would be their classic sound. In 1973, they released their legendary work, Dark Side of the Moon, a masterpiece that set records for longevity that probably will never be equaled. Floyd spent the rest of the decade giving concert spectacles and unhurriedly releasing their now-classic albums every two years or so: Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977), and The Wall (1979). DVG001_smallThe group reached its creative peak with their magnum opus, The Wall, taking four years to release their next album, and then falling apart into legal squabbles that resulted in Gilmour wresting control of Pink Floyd from ex-bandmate Roger Waters. Without Waters, Floyd released several more successful albums, Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987) and The Division Bell (1994), but without the massive impact of their work in their 70s heyday. Their most recent release was the live album Pulse in 1995, but their classic albums continue to be radio staples, and the reverberations from those four albums in the 1970s continue to ripple through the world of rock.

He also recorded two solo albums which both hit the U.S. Top 40 and went Gold, his 1978 self-titled debut and 1984's About Face.

In 2001 and 2002, he held a small number of acoustic solo concerts in London and Paris, along with a small band and choir, which has been documented on the In Concert release.

DVG004_smallHis third solo album, On An Island, was released on March 6, 2006, his 60th birthday and one day later in the U.S. Produced by Gilmour with Phil Manzanera and Chris Thomas, the album features orchestrations by renowned Polish composer Zbigniew Preisner. The album features David Crosby and Graham Nash on harmonies, Robert Wyatt on cornet and percussion and Richard Wright on Hammond organ and vocals. Other contributors include Jools Holland, Phil Manzanera, Georgie Fame, Robert Wyatt, Andy Newmark, B. J. Cole, Chris Stainton, Willie Wilson, Rado ‘Bob’ Klose on guitar and Leszek Mozdzer on piano. The album also features Gilmour's debut on saxophone.

David Gilmour - Live At Mermaid Theatre London 03.06 - 2006DVG005_small

David Gilmour - Live at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, UK, May 26, 2006

David Gilmour - 2006-04-04 - On Manhattan Island - Manhattan, NY FLAC – 800MB-

part1 part2 part3 part4 part5 part6 part7 part8 part9

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Setlist:

Set One: 01 Castellorizon 02 This Heaven 03 Smile 04 Red Sky at Night 05 Take a Breath 06 Then I Close My Eyes 07 On An Island*DVG006_small 08 The Blue* 09 A Pocketful of Stones 10 Where We Start

Set Two: 11 Shine on You Crazy Diamond* 12 Wearing the Inside Out 13 Dominoes 14 Fat Old Sun 15 Breathe 16 Time 17 Breathe (Reprise) 18 High Hopes 19 Echoes

Encores: 20 Wish You Were Here 21 Find the Cost of Freedom# 22 Comfortably Numb

*with David Crosby and Graham Nash vocals #Crosby, Nash & Gilmour a cappella

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