love on the air Love On The Air
Produced by Bob Ezrin and David Gilmour
Released on May 1984
no chart information
Find it at GEMM
38-04490 w. generic sleeve
[high resolution scan]
 

I read on Floydian Slip that David Gilmour and Pete Townshend met while Pink Floyd was recording The Final Cut in Pete’s Eel Pie Studios. (Gilmour and Townshend had actually appeared together on Paul McCartney’s Back to the Egg, on record anyway, a detail that I’m sure didn’t slip past the aforementioned site.) A collaborative spirit was soon kindled and Pete provided lyrics to two tracks on David’s new album: “All Lovers Are Deranged” and “Love on the Air.” David reciprocated by playing guitar on Pete’s White City. “Love on the Air” is a likeable track, here left intact from its album length. When Gilmour sings “I was looking for love in wandering eyes like a ship trying to fix on a beacon,” he has me in his hands. The very next line, he drops the awkward “It’s a habit that’s so hard to weaken,” and me with it. In the US, “Near the End” was the B side (again identical to the elpee version), and most Floyd fans should agree this is the better track. In fact, sounding as it does like a lost cut from Final, it may be the closest Gilmour has come so far to sounding like Pink Floyd.

TRACK LISTING

  1. LOVE ON THE AIR
  2. LET'S GET METAPHYSICAL

    US/AUSL 7-inch single
  3. LOVE ON THE AIR    (Pete Townshend/David Gilmour)    4:18
  4. NEAR THE END    (David Gilmour)    5:43

CREDITS

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK May 1984 Harvest 7"/7SHAPIC HAR/HARP-5229 picture sleeve, avail. as shaped picture disc
US May 1984 Columbia 7" 38-04490  
US 1984 Columbia 7PRO 38-04490 feat. A only
US 1984 Columbia 12PRO AS-1875 feat. A only
AUSL 1984 CBS 7" BA-223211  
NET 1984 EMI 7" 006 2001877 picture sleeve

 

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