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About Face [Us Import] [Import]

David Gilmour Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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David Jon Gilmour, CBE (born 6 March 1946) is an English rock musician, best known as the lead guitarist, one of the lead singers and one of the main songwriters in the progressive rock band Pink Floyd. In addition to his work with Pink Floyd, Gilmour has worked as a producer for a variety of artists, and has enjoyed a successful career as a solo artist. Gilmour has been actively involved with ... Read more in Amazon's David Gilmour Store

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  • Audio CD (25 Oct 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000025ZK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,274 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Until We Sleep
2. Murder
3. Love On The Air
4. Blue Light
5. Out Of The Blue
6. All Lovers Are Deranged
7. You Know I'm Right
8. Cruise
9. Let's Get Metaphysical
10. Near The End

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David Gilmour ~ About Face

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Careful with that 80's production, Gilmour... 12 Sep 2008
Format:Audio CD
David Gilmour's second solo effort from 1984 see's him deliberately getting away from the distinctive, timeless sound of Pink Floyd. In doing so, About Face today sounds very much 'of its time' - drenched in mid-eighties synth, drums and an awful 'Phil Collins-esque' horn section.

Thats not so say there aren't redeeming factors here. Gilmour's solo's - when allowed to break through the horrid 80's gloss - are great, and there are some decent songs (Murder, Out Of The Blue, Near The End) but there is a lot that is instantly forgettable.

If you want Gilmour on top solo form get his 2006 'On An Island' album, or check out his amazing live DVD's.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Filling in time 26 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD
The 1980s didn't do much for rock, or should that be the other way round? Dave Gilmour made a classy solo album in the late seventies, but this follow up, which lands between the last Floyd album featuring Roger Waters and the first one without him, is pretty ordinary. Gilmour's status as a guitar hero is based on his achingly gorgeous, bluesy lead lines. Here, he sacrifices his main strength for a rougher sound that places him in the crowd. It's a shame because it spoils some otherwise good musical ideas. His lyrics are also rather plain and uninspiring for the most part, though this is an area he has confessed to being uncomfortable with, hence 'lyrics by the wife' on 'The Division Bell' as Roger Waters once chortled. 'Love on the Air' is rather better, but that's the one Pete Townshend helped him with. If I had to pick a favourite track, however, it would be 'Cruise', one of the few tracks which exudes class.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as his debut from 1978 16 May 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
His debut as a solo artist was a very good outing,
opener from that album Mihalis, was classic Floyd to me. And the rest of the album was pretty good too! whereas David Gilmour's debut was very much in the Floyd mould,this his second offering was more of a departure, i find anyhow. A lot of About Face is okay but that is it really just ok. So out of his three solo album's I would say David Gilmour=4/5, (can't decide on a five yet!)About Face=3/5,(i think that is a fair score, and On an Island= 4/5. Just my own personal opinion, of course his time with Pink Floyd show's you the magic he can conjure up and they made some amazing album's. So in a nutshell proceed with caution with About Face.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Floyd Solo Album? 22 July 2002
Format:Audio CD
After the great Floyd schism that followed the (in my view) dreadful "The Final Cut", David Gilmour produced this, his second solo album, and showed all those who'd ever doubted it (not me!) that Roger Waters may have got the plaudits, but he was just as crucial to the mighty Floyd.
With an impressive band behing him (including Bad Company's Mick Ralphs on Guitar and legendary session man Pino Palladino on bass), About Face showed Gilmour at his musical best. Not the most pyrotechnic of singers, his voice suits the material so well, and the guitar work is stunning, with simple but clever solos liberally scattered throughout.
Stand out tracks for me are the opener "Until We Sleep", with the its driving bass line; "Murder" - a bit eerie this one; "Let's Get Meta-physical" where DG meets the London Philharmonic and blows the speakers, along with the mind; the Album closer "Near The End" is beautiful, atmospheric and completely unsuitable for anyone suffering from Depression!
Chuck in the Funky "Blue Light"; add a dash of Pete Townsend guesting on "All Lovers Are Deranged", light the blue touch paper and retire to have your mind blown!
Roger Who?
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
If you hanker for a solo Gilmour album that still has the influence of Pink Floyd as well as plenty of his own distinctive individuality, then look no further. It's all here in this, his second solo recording from several years back - great melodies; electric and acoustic playing; richness and loneliness. None of the chanting style of singing that bedevils 'Island'. This is pure vintage Gilmour - the album that everyone hoped he would surpass with his third solo effort, but didn't.

I've played 'Island' several times - but I wore out the original vinyl of this record and the re-mastered CD has rarely been out of my top 10 favourites.

Quite simply - if you love Gilmour's style of playing, you will love this. It's everything that Island isn't but should have been.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Top Blokes Make Bad Albums Too 30 July 2003
Format:Audio CD
Sorry David... I admire the work of Gilmour immensly but there are insufficient expressions of disgust in the English language to express my dislike of this bland piece of session musician smoothness which is at the other end of the scale that the first Gilmour album was the top of. Instead of playing with the successful band that produced the first,utterly brilliant album Gilmour brought in hugely talented session men with no soul whatever. If you like empty meaningless music played with great skill then this will be perfect for you but if, like me, you prefer a little feeling in your music then do not touch "About Face" with 10 bargepoles tied together. I stood at the front of the queue to buy this on the 1st day of release expecting a worthy follow up to "David Gilmour" and listened a dozen times desperately trying to like it without avail.
Gilmour-Top musician. Album-Total misfire
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gilmour plays it straight
I disagree with many of the other comments. DGs guitar shines throughout this album soaring in its usual place. Read more
Published 8 days ago by D. J. Trott
2.0 out of 5 stars Second time unlucky
As with another reviewer, I'm a big fan of David Gilmour and particularly liked his first album released in 1978 which I purchased on vinyl then CD some years ago. Read more
Published 6 months ago by R. Murray
4.0 out of 5 stars face saved
post pink floyd solo offering from MR GILMOUR hits the mark some lovely guitar work as ever from the king of the strat bought because mainly im a pink floyd nut
Published 10 months ago by tiddleypips
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
david gilmour has got to be the biggest influence on budding guitar players,this cd is pure quality,fantastic quality,and will be timeless
Published 18 months ago by stephen taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars About Face
I bought this album on cassette years ago and wasn't disappointed. If you are after something similar to Pink Floyd then this is not for you. Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2010 by Chris W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
I originally had this on vinyl, but the test of time and the moving of house(s)home and abroad, meant I lost it. Read more
Published on 13 Nov 2009 by Mr. S. Milner
3.0 out of 5 stars Looking backwards
Having recently been given the CD of David Gilmour's Gdansk shipyard concert I decided to buy About Face. Read more
Published on 30 Mar 2009 by stratter
3.0 out of 5 stars It's fairly mediocre. Gilmour aficionados only.
If you love "A Momentary Lapse of Reason", or MOR 80's rock, this should be a good buy. I bought both this LP and "AMLOR" in the late 80's on vinyl and though they sounded OK at... Read more
Published on 4 Sep 2008 by Thomas Parncutt
4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly, but not quite.
After the disappointing album by Pink Floyd, 'The Final Cut', in 1983, 1984 was set to improve with the latest Gilmour solo effort. Gilmour was not happy with 'The Final Cut'. Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2007 by J. D. Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars MOR but top quality MOR
Originally released in March 1984 About Face is the second solo LP from the Pink Floyd guitarist /vocalist and was recorded at a time when the future of Pink Floyd was still... Read more
Published on 7 Oct 2007 by russell clarke
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