Revisiting my extensive music collection, one artist at a time
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.