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SHEER CLASS - SUPERB ALBUM,
This review is from: Live In Gdansk (2CD) (Audio CD)
David Gilmour once again shows his incredible talent, by collating an exceptional live set, that will delight both Floyd fans and those(if any)who lean to his solo work. Poignantly, this album features Rick on keyboards, and also vocals (he solo's on Comfortably Numb, covering Roger's pieces)so is a lasting memory as his last recording.
Now,what makes this album so great, is not only the superb balance of songs over the Floyd era (from Astronomy, Echoes, Dark Side, WYWH through The Wall and ending up with Division Bell, and the best of his more recent solo album "On an Island", but the production quality and final arrangement are amazing for a live album.
The Floyd tracks are perfectly reproduced, with the exception of "Shine On" which starts as per the original, but the chorus is simply David, Guitar and Piano - it works beautifully!. Comfortably Numb is probably even better than the "Pulse" version, with Gilmour squealing the guitar through the epic ending riff - superb. The only Floyd track missing which I would have expected to hear is "Sorrow".
As mentioned, the solo set list misses out completley David's first two albums and focuses on a selection of tracks from On an Island - tracks I have slated on this website for being dull and boring, yet on this new live album they seem to have come to life and fit in with the set so well.
Live albums by the nature need some crowd sing - along to the opening verses, but the Polish crowd listen intentley and clap politely, with no oversinging the opening verses!(Wish you were here comes to mind where at Earls Court the crowd can be heard singing every word - on this album silence!)
Some people ask why Gdansk?, well Gilmour was invited to play here by the former Solidariy movement to 50,000 people against the historical backdrop of the Gdansk shipyards in Poland to celebrate the 26th anniversary of the Solidarity movement.
The band are backed by the 40-strong string section of the Baltic Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Zbigniew Preisner.
So to sum up, all in all in my opinion this is the best sounding, produced live Gilmour/Floyd album. With a full orchestra, the music is breathtaking, his vocals strong and powerful. Well worth adding to the collection.
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Initial post: 5 Jan 2013 13:49:38 GMT
Graeme M. Coomber says:
"will delight both Floyd fans and those(if any)" What a shame about the "if any" bit. I seem to remember the solo album going to No.1 so obviously somebody liked it. Sounds like you would just prefer he does not record any more and just trot out (great as they are) old Pink Floyd songs until he dies. Poor David.
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