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This review is from: Remember That Night [DVD]  (DVD)
David Gilmour is well known for his work as a quarter of Pink Floyd during their most successful period. However, he should also be known as a great performer in his own right - particularly on the strength of this DVD. I know someone who actually attended the Albert Hall gig and was blown away by it - he has a copy of the DVD to keep reminding himself how good the night was!
The material here comprises a large chunk of Pink Floyd's better known material, along with songs from his latest solo album, On An Island. The highlights for me include "Take A Breath", "Time", and "On An Island", but the whole performance is spectaular. Gilmour's vocals have always been as inspirational to me as his guitar playing, and this still holds true. His voice is as good as it ever has been, perfectly pitched and completely clear.
The guitar playing on this album is also phenomonal. Every solo is perfect - particularly the old favourite "Shine On You Crazy Diamond". The arrangement for "Shine On..." is a little different to normal - with the first verse being Gilmour's guitar and vocals on their own, but that really shows his talents to their full - whilst the guitar in that section may not be difficult, his voice is what really carries it.
The addition of David Bowie is both a blessing and a hindrance. His vocals on "Arnold Layne" are very impressive - better by far than the original. However, his version of "Comfortably Numb" was a bit of a let down - the only part of the DVD that didn't exceed my expectations. Although I admire him for trying to do something different with the verses, I felt that the song had been changed too far beyond recognition. Thankfully, disc 2 features an alternate take of "Comfortably Numb" with Richard Wright supplying vocals - a much better performance. However, the guitar work on both versions is, as ever, exceptional. This is possibly one of the best live DVDs I've ever come across. It doesn't matter if you are a die-hard Floyd fan or not - you will love this DVD.