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Satur-debut – DAVID GILMOUR “DAVID GILMOUR”

Longtime Pink Floyd guitarist/vocalist David Gilmour has only released four solo albums to date. Other than a brief tour in support of 1984’s About Face, Gilmour has subsequently ignored his first two solo releases in favor of Pink Floyd classics, more recent solo material and some cover songs. I’m not sure why he has essentially written off About Face and his eponymous 1978 debut since they’re not far removed from the band’s work in those decades, just on a smaller scale. Any Pink Floyd fan who has never heard these albums will be in for a pleasant surprise. Some might balk at the ’80s production choices of his sophomore album but that’s not an issue with David Gilmour.

For more information on this series, please read the opening paragraph of the first post, which featured the debut album from Led Zeppelin.

 

 

From GREAT OUT OF THE GATE Part 4:

I’ve stated before that Pink Floyd has long been my second-favorite band of all time, after Led Zeppelin, and David Gilmour’s vocals & guitar playing are one of the main reasons for that. I was often skeptical of solo albums from bands I liked (other than Kiss and Zeppelin), so even though I saw this album in record stores many times, it was his 1984 follow-up About Face that became my first Gilmour solo record. I fell in love with that album so quickly that I wasted no time in picking up its predecessor, and I was not disappointed. Performed by the small combo of Gilmour, future Foreigner bassist Rick Wills and drummer Willie Wilson (a member of Gilmour’s pre-Floyd band, Jokers Wild), David Gilmour includes three instrumental tracks (beautiful album opener “Mihalis,” atmospheric Floyd-esque “Raise My Rent” and bouncy rocker “It’s Deafinitely”) and six tracks that showcase his musical diversity and warm, soothing vocals. Of these, my favorites are “There’s No Way Out Of Here,” “Cry From The Street,” “I Can’t Breathe Anymore” and “Short And Sweet,” the latter co-written with his old friend, folk/rock legend Roy Harper. The other members of Pink Floyd have all released good-to-great solo albums, but none have had the same kind of impact on me as Gilmour’s.

 

I hope to hear from others who love this album as much as I do. Do you have a favorite Gilmour solo album? If you’re new to his brief discography, please let me know your thoughts on the above audio clips.

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15 comments on “Satur-debut – DAVID GILMOUR “DAVID GILMOUR”

  1. Aphoristical
    August 17, 2019

    I like that you’re covering something a little more obscure this week – I haven’t heard this record, but sounds like I should…

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    • If you like Gilmour’s contributions to Floyd’s ’70s records and aren’t looking for big concepts or familiar radio staples, then I think you’ll find a lot to enjoy on this album. The three songs I included in this post should give you a good idea of what you’re in for.

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  2. Vinyl Connection
    August 18, 2019

    With you all the way, RK. I love this album too, and have forever. (I also enjoy Richard Wright’s first solo LP too, which is perhaps a little more unusual!). All the Gilmour albums are solid: well-crafted, beautifully produced (even the 80s bombast of ‘About Face’!) and with some good songs. But this is the most floydy, for sure.

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    • I’m always pleased when our musical worlds fully intersect as they do here, Bruce. I’m also in agreement with you on that Wright album. My favorite Gilmour solo album is probably About Face. Other than two songs there’s actually not much bombast on that record, with songs like “Murder,” “Cruise,” “You Know I’m Right,” “Love On The Air” and the exquisite “Near The End” being somewhat understated and without the expected ’80s production flourishes. I do think the debut is the perfect entry point into his solo career for Floyd fans who want to check him out.

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      • Vinyl Connection
        August 18, 2019

        You’re probably correct, Rich. I haven’t listened to About Face for many years. I do remember ‘All Lovers Are Deranged’ and ‘Near the end’ though!

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      • “Near The End” is possibly my favorite album-ending track of all time. The lyrics point to giving the record another spin (“Will you just turn it over and start again?”) and his acoustic-into-electric solo through the outro is one of the best he ever committed to tape. I can see why people might be turned off by “All Lovers Are Deranged” and “Blue Light,” which are clearly date-stamped to the mid-’80s, but I’ve never had a problem with them even if I prefer most of the other songs on that album.

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      • Vinyl Connection
        August 19, 2019

        Gave it a spin yesterday, Rich. I think the horns were the component I found ‘bombastic’. That said, it was enjoyable to hear again and you’re spot on with ‘Near the end’.

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      • Bruce, I’m glad you agree about “Near The End.” Had he saved it (or re-recorded it) for the re-formed Pink Floyd a few years later I think it would have been very popular.

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      • Vinyl Connection
        August 19, 2019

        Absolutely.

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      • Vinyl Connection
        August 19, 2019

        Rich, check this out. The sound quality is vg and there’s a complete ‘Echoes’!
        https://365musicmusings.wordpress.com/2019/02/28/repost-david-gilmour-2006-04-17-oakland-ca/

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      • I assume this is from the same tour as the Remember That Night: Live At The Royal Albert Hall blu-ray. I’ve watched it a couple of times and it’s outstanding, as are all of his live releases. I was disappointed when I saw the reunited PF in ’87 and they didn’t do “Echoes,” especially when I found out they tried it earlier in the tour. I’m glad he eventually started playing it again, but has retired the song since Rick Wright’s passing.

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      • Kine
        August 28, 2019

        Agree there’s a lot of great songs in the first two records…”Near the end” is really exquisite with the magic blending of Gilmour’s guitar and Porcaro’s drumming…the acustic+electric solo is so evocative….unfortunately it fades too quickly….I wish it could go on…and on…

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      • Hi Kine. I’m so happy to meet someone else who feels the same way about “Near The End.” As much as I would love for that solo to go on & on & on, there’s something perfect about that fade-out. I’ve heard live recordings of the song from the ’84 tour where he does wail for an extra minute or two, and it doesn’t add anything. For me it’s all about that subtle switch from acoustic to electric that kills me every time. I hope he pulls out some gems from those first two albums the next time he tours.

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  3. christiansmusicmusings
    August 18, 2019

    Thanks for flagging this album. Even though I consider myself a Pink Floyd fan and dig David Gilmour’s guitar-playing, for some reason, I’ve hardly listened to any of his solo music, including this record.

    Perhaps part of the explanation is I doubt that his solo music could live up to Pink Floyd gems like Meddle, Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Here. Since I weirdly sometimes like to be my own harshest critic, of course you could say the very same thing about The Beatles and each of their individuals’ solo album. Yet, I’ve listened to most of their solo work.

    Well, I suppose music listening habits aren’t always rational! 🙂

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    • Hi Christian. I really think you’ll find a lot to dig on all of Gilmour’s solo albums, and especially his debut. That would be the case even if you were just a casual Floyd fan. I try not to compare solo works to an artist’s “day job,” and in this case it helps a lot. If you’re expecting grand concepts and big production you will likely be disappointed. But if you love Gilmour’s voice & guitar playing, this album is sure to bring a smile to your face.

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