David Gilmour On An Island LP
Reissued On Vinyl LP!
David Gilmour's 2006 solo album, and first one since his 1984's experimental
About Face, sees the Pink Floyd frontman return to the style of his 1978 debut,
which is more in keeping with the classic Pink Floyd sound. Gilmour's trademark
slow-tempo delivery is thankfully intact and his voice is in fine form
throughout. The songs are largely excellent, particularly the title track and
the intoxicating "Take A Breath".
From the first moments of the sound collage that begins On An Island, you know
it's a special experience that not only bears comparison with the best of Pink
Floyd, but also confirms their lead guitarist and singer as an outstanding solo
artist. Here he reveals a personal vision and a breadth of styles folk, jazz,
orchestral and rock brought together as a unified piece through his lyrical
guitar playing and instantly recognizable voice.
With orchestrations by the renowned Polish composer Zbigniew Preisner and a
luminous production (assisted by Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera), virtuosity
abounds. On An Island Guest artists include David Crosby and Graham Nash singing
harmonies, Robert Wyatt playing the cornet, Caroline Dale on cello, Alasdair
Molloy on glass harmonica and Pink Floyd's Richard Wright guesting on Hammond
Gilmour shares writing credits with writer Polly Samson, continuing a
collaborative partnership that began with The Division Bell. The album's songs
tell of shared experiences that evoke a breadth of moods, from the hauntingly
beautiful title track 'On An Island' (with a guitar performance set to enter the
Gilmour canon of classics) to the meditative 'The Blue' and 'A Pocketful of
Stones,' as well as the heavier rock and blues numbers 'Take A Breath' and 'This
Heaven.' In the spirit of intimacy, this album sees Gilmour's debut on the
saxophone, as well as contributions by contemporaries from his pre-Floyd days.
On An Island is a collection of songs and instrumentals that had its genus in
the critically acclaimed 2002 London Festival Hall concerts. Gilmour has stepped
out of his super-group to discover he's still at his peak - and he's rightly
pleased. "It's my best and most personal work," he says. "Making it
with my musician friends has been a positive experience on so many levels."
Additional performers on the album include David Crosby, Graham Nash, Richard
Wright, Robert Wyatt, Phil Manzanera, Jools Holland, Georgie Fame, Caroline
Dale, Guy Pratt, Willie Wilson, and, from Pink Floyd's earliest incarnation,
Rado 'Bob' Klose.
• Vinyl LP
• Gatefold jacket
2. On An Island
3. The Blue
4. Take A Breath
5. Red Sky At Night
1. This Heaven
2. Then I Close My Eyes
4. A Pocketful Of Stones
5. Where We Start