PC 35388 David Gilmour
Produced by David Gilmour
Released on June 1978
UK CHART POSITION #17 . . . US CHART POSITION #29
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A fter a series of increasingly Orwellian albums, Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour took the unusual step of releasing his first solo album. Until now, there had been no indication that Gilmour was anything more than a minor musical architect in a band with a big one (Roger Waters), content to ride on Floyd’s pink coattails. So here was this eponymous album to contend with all of a sudden, the bastard offspring of a dalliance no one had expected from its (seemingly) most loyal member. Generally speaking, guitarists turn out to be middling singers with a penchant for instrumentals and some facility for more concise songwriting. In such a general speech you’d find Steve Howe’s Beginnings and David Gilmour’s first album. The motive for making these albums seems to be opportunity, since the artists seldom stray too far from home, testing the leash but not the loyalty of their owners. As latter-day Pink Floyd fans can tell you, Gilmour has a good voice and does a passable Roger Waters impression. As a guitarist he has few peers, but as a songwriter he’s no Roger Waters. The best track on here is an old Unicorn song (Gilmour’s band before Pink Floyd), “There’s No Way Out of Here,” itself a minor sort of “Wish You Were Here” moment. Beyond that, you could point to the instrumental “Raise My Rent,” which might have been welcomed to the machine under different circumstances. But Gilmour’s first album isn’t a chip off the black, inscrutable slab of Animals or even a scrapbook of good ideas that missed the final cut on earlier Floyd albums. In the context of Pink Floyd, David Gilmour’s guitar was the icing on Waters’ bitter cake, an analogy I’m sure others have made before me. On his first solo album, the message is “I sing too,” which is no more or less interesting than most sequels. Floyd fans will probably add it to their collection sooner or later, given the dearth of “classic” Floyd material, but you’re better off buying the post-Waters albums first.

TRACK LISTING

  1. MIHALIS    (David Gilmour)    5:48
  2. THERE'S NO WAY OUT OF HERE    (Ken Baker)    5:10
  3. CRY FROM THE STREET    (David Gilmour/Eric Stuart)    5:13
  4. SO FAR AWAY    (David Gilmour)    5:50
  5. SHORT AND SWEET    (David Gilmour/Roy Harper)    5:26
  6. RAISE MY RENT    (David Gilmour)    5:32
  7. NO WAY    (David Gilmour)    5:32
  8. IT'S DEAFINITELY    (David Gilmour)    4:27
  9. I CAN'T BREATHE ANYMORE    (David Gilmour)    3:08

CREDITS

DAVID GILMOUR -- guitars, keyboards, vocals, cover design
RICK WILLS -- bass, vocals
WILLIE WILSON -- drums, percussion
Debbie Doss -- backing vocals (2,4)
Shirley Roden -- backing vocals (2,4)
Mick Weaver -- piano (4)
Carlena Williams -- backing vocals (2,4)
John Etchells -- engineer
Nick Griffiths -- engineer
Hipgnosis -- cover design

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK June 1978 Harvest LP/CS SHVL 817 gatefold cover
US June 1978 Columbia LP/CS JC 35388 gatefold cover
AUS'L/NZ 1978 CBS LP/CS SBP23/PC 7198 gatefold cover
GER/NET/SWE 1978 Harvest LP 1C/5C/7C 064 60774 gatefold cover
ITA 1978 Harvest CS 3C 264 60774  
JPN 1978 CBS LP 25AP-1077 gatefold cover
US   Columbia LP/CS PC/PCT 35388 gatefold cover
US   Columbia CD CK 35388  
CAN   Columbia CD WCK 35388  

Did you know...

...that David, Willie Wilson and Rick Wills had first appeared together during the 1960s in a band called Joker's Wild?

 

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