Any classic rock fan can name their favorite Pink Floyd albums, Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here and The Wall. It’s hard to imagine the band’s sound without David Gilmour’s guitar and vocals, but I prefer to highlight his solo work in this post, following his birthday on March 6th.
I’ve long admired and enjoyed his music, not only with Pink Floyd, but also his solo recordings. My favorite is Gilmour’s self-titled solo album, his first, released in 1978. Listen to “There’s No Way Out of Here,” I love the atmospheric sound, the searing leads, the layering, the sustain, he can squeeze so much emotion out of one note.
David Gilmour has four solo albums to his credit:
David Gilmour (self-titled, released in 1978)
About Face (1984, several songs co-written with Pete Townshend)
On an Island (2006, “Castellorizon” won a Grammy for best rock instrumental)
Live in Gdansk (2008, the last recording featuring keyboardist Richard Wright before his death)
David Gilmour has also produced and engineered a number of albums for other artists, namely Kate Bush, Paul McCartney and Supertramp, among others. He’s also contributed guitar to many other songs by Pete Townshend, Bryan Ferry, Roy Harper and Sam Brown, just to name a few.
Monday, March 8th, 2010
Written by: Mike Withrow
Posted in Classic Rock, Rock & Roll