David Gilmour’s first solo album would have to be at the top of my all time favourites.
To this day I can still remember the first time I heard it and the affect it had on me.
I was seventeen years old and coming down from a very intensive all night trip when someone put it on and changed my life forever.
This album has traveled with me through out the years, always reminding me just how good music can be.
As usual, David Gilmour’s solo breaks are as brilliant as ever and it was good to hear what he could do without the other members of Pink Floyd.
I find the man an inspiration and a big influence when it comes to music and playing guitar.
So if you want to listen to a great album of good songs and wonderful guitar, I suggest you get yourself a copy, take the influence of your choice, lie down in a darkened room and and escape the world for a while.
David Gilmour is the first solo album from Pink Floyd guitarist and vocalist David Gilmour, released in May 1978 in the UK and on June 17, 1978 in the US. The album was produced by Gilmour himself, and consists mostly of bluesy, guitar oriented rock songs except for the ballad So Far Away.
In an interview with Circus Magazine in 1978, Gilmour said this: “This album [David Gilmour] was important to me in terms of self respect. At first I didn’t think my name was big enough to carry it. Being in a group for so long can be a bit claustrophobic, and I needed to step out from behind Pink Floyd’s shadow.”
The album was recorded at Super Bear Studios in France between December 1977 and early January 1978 with engineer John Etchells. Then the album was mixed at the same studio in March 1978 by Nick Griffiths. The cover was done by Hipgnosis and Gilmour.
The album’s only single was “There’s No Way Out of Here” which flopped in Europe but did extremely well on American FM rock radio. The song was originally recorded by the band Unicorn (which Gilmour produced) in 1976 as “No Way Out of Here” for their album Too Many Crooks and was later covered by New Jersey stoner metal band Monster Magnet on their Monolithic Baby! album.
The album is a Joker’s Wild reunion of sorts with Rick Wills and Willie Wilson joining Gilmour for the recording of the album.
Jokers Wild was the band Gilmour was in before he joined Pink Floyd.
One of the tunes he wrote at the time, but did not use, evolved into the Pink Floyd classic “Comfortably Numb” from The Wall. However, one song included on this album, “So Far Away”, used a chorus progression not unlike the chorus to “Comfortably Numb”, albeit in a different key.
The instrumental song “Raise My Rent” includes bits that would later be resurrected in the Pink Floyd songs “What Do You Want from Me?” and “Keep Talking”.
A slightly different version of the song “Short and Sweet” can also be found on collaborator Roy Harper’s 1980 album, The Unknown Soldier. Musically, “Short and Sweet” can be seen as a precursor to “Run Like Hell” (also from The Wall), with its shifting chords over a D pedal point, and a flanged guitar in Drop D tuning.
2. “There’s No Way Out of Here” (Ken Baker)
3. “Cry from the Street” (David Gilmour/Eric Stuart)
4. “So Far Away”
5. “Short and Sweet” (David Gilmour/Roy Harper)
6. “Raise My Rent”
7. “No Way”
9. “I Can’t Breathe Anymore”
All songs by David Gilmour except as noted.
“Mihalis” is Greek for Michael, and was the name of a yacht Gilmour owned at the time.
* David Gilmour – Guitars, Vocals, Keyboards, Lap Steel Guitar on “No Way” and “I Can’t Breathe Anymore”, Producer, cover design
* Rick Wills – Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
* Willie Wilson – Drums and Percussion
* Mick Weaver – Additional piano on “So Far Away”
* Carlena Williams – Backing vocals on “There’s No Way Out of Here” and “So Far Away”
* Debbie Doss – Backing vocals on “There’s No Way Out of Here” and “So Far Away”
* Hipgnosis – Cover Design, Photography
(thanks to Wikipedia for the information supplied)
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