David Gilmour (album)


David Gilmour (album)
David Gilmour
Studio album by David Gilmour
Released 25 May 1978 (UK)
17 June 1978 (US)
Recorded SuperBear Studios, France December 1977-January 1978
Genre Blues rock, progressive rock
Length 46:18 (original album)
48:48 (2006 remaster)
Label Harvest Records, EMI (UK)
Columbia Records, Legacy/Columbia (US)
Producer David Gilmour
David Gilmour chronology
David Gilmour
(1978)
About Face
(1984)
Singles from David Gilmour
  1. ""There's No Way Out of Here""
    Released: 1978

David Gilmour is the first solo album from Pink Floyd guitarist and vocalist David Gilmour, released in May 1978 in the UK and on 17 June 1978 in the US. The album reached #17 in the UK and #29 on the Billboard US album charts and was certified Gold in the US by the RIAA. The album was produced by Gilmour himself, and consists mostly of bluesy, guitar oriented rock songs except for the ballad "So Far Away".

Contents

History and details

In an interview with Circus Magazine in 1978, Gilmour said this: "This album (David Gilmour) was important to me in terms of self respect. At first I didn't think my name was big enough to carry it. Being in a group for so long can be a bit claustrophobic, and I needed to step out from behind Pink Floyd's shadow."

The album was recorded at Super Bear Studios in France between December 1977 and early January 1978 with engineer John Etchells. Then the album was mixed at the same studio in March 1978 by Nick Griffiths. The cover was done by Hipgnosis and Gilmour.

There was no credit for playing guitar (which Gilmour did) on the original EMI pressings of the original album LP-cover. Gilmour is credited for contributing "Keyboards, Vocals". The CBS/Columbia pressings (outside Europe) listed Gilmour for contributing "Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals". Among those depicted on the sleeve are Gilmour's then-wife, Ginger.

The album's only single was "There's No Way Out of Here" which flopped in Europe but did extremely well on American FM rock radio. The song was originally recorded by the band Unicorn[1][2] (which Gilmour produced) in 1976 as "No Way Out of Here" for their album Too Many Crooks (Harvest Records, US title Unicorn 2) and was later covered by New Jersey stoner metal band Monster Magnet on their Monolithic Baby! album.

The album is a Joker's Wild reunion of sorts, with Rick Wills and Willie Wilson joining Gilmour for the recording of the album.

One of the tunes he wrote at the time, but did not use, evolved into the Pink Floyd classic "Comfortably Numb" from The Wall. However, one song included on this album, "So Far Away", used a chorus progression not unlike the chorus to "Comfortably Numb", albeit in a different key.

The instrumental song "Raise My Rent" includes bits that would later be resurrected in the Pink Floyd songs "What Do You Want from Me?", "Hey You" and "Keep Talking".

A slightly different version of the song "Short and Sweet" can also be found on collaborator Roy Harper's 1980 album, The Unknown Soldier. Musically, "Short and Sweet" can be seen as a precursor to "Run Like Hell" (also from The Wall), with its shifting chords over a D pedal point, and a flanged guitar in Drop D tuning.[3]

David Gilmour was re-released by EMI Records in Europe as a digitally remastered CD on August 14, 2006. Legacy Recordings/Columbia Records released the remastered CD in the US and Canada on September 12, 2006.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars link
Tentative Reviews 4.5/5 stars link

Track listing

All songs by David Gilmour except as noted.

Side one

  1. "Mihalis" – 5:46 (original album); (the 2006 remaster has a longer fadeout at 6:00)
  2. "There's No Way Out of Here" (Ken Baker) – 5:08 (original album); (the 2006 remaster has a longer fadeout at 5:24)
  3. "Cry from the Street" (Gilmour/Electra Stuart) – 5:13 (original album); (the 2006 remaster has a longer fadeout at 5:18)
  4. "So Far Away" – 6:04 (original album); (the 2006 remaster has a longer fadeout at 6:12)

Side two

  1. "Short and Sweet" (Gilmour/Roy Harper) – 5:30 (original album); (the 2006 remaster has a longer fadeout at 5:33)
  2. "Raise My Rent" – 5:33 (original album); (the 2006 remaster has a longer fadeout at 5:49)
  3. "No Way" – 5:32 (original album); (the 2006 remaster has a longer fadeout at 6:14)
  4. "It's Deafinitely" – 4:27 (original album); (the 2006 remaster has a longer fadeout at 4:29)
  5. "I Can't Breathe Anymore" – 3:04 (original album); (the 2006 remaster has a longer fadeout at 3:40)

Non-album track

  1. "There's No Way Out of Here" (Baker) (Single Edit) – 3:32

History

"Mihalis" is Greek for Michael, and was the name of a yacht Gilmour owned at the time.

A five song promotional film was made to promote the album. The band comprised Gilmour himself on guitars and vocals plus the two musicians on the album (bass player Rick Wills and drummer Willie Wilson) plus David Gilmour's brother Mark on rhythm guitar and Ian McLagan on keyboards and performed "Mihalis", "There's No Way Out of Here", "So Far Away", "No Way", and "I Can't Breathe Anymore". There were additional female backing singers on "There's No Way Out of Here" and "So Far Away". The performances of the tracks in the promotional film differed to the album versions. "Mihalis" had an extended ending guitar solo. "There's No Way Out of Here" was slightly shorter as one of the verses was deleted but the ending guitar solo was different from that on the album and had a clean ending instead of fading out like on album version. "So Far Away" had an extended ending guitar solo on this performance and ended in a faster tempo than the album version. The performance of "No Way" had Gilmour playing regular lead guitar solos at the end of the track on his Fender Esquire (with distortion) instead of the lap steel guitar solos (with distortion) that had appeared on the album version and had a clean ending instead of fading out like on the album (the remastered CD version of the album had Gilmour's lap steel solo extended this time to feature a duel between himself playing high notes on his lap steel and lower notes on his trademark Stratocaster during the fadeout on the remaster). The middle part of the album version, for where the first of two lap steel guitar solos were on the album version, was deleted. "I Can't Breathe Anymore" had Gilmour playing a regular guitar solo at the end of this song's performance whilst on the album version (and on the remastered CD in an extended coda), a distorted lap steel guitar countered the ending guitar solo. The ending of the promo performance of "I Can't Breathe Anymore" was longer than on the album.

Also, Gilmour promoted the album with his first ever interviews with North American media and FM rock radio stations. The promotion paid off as the album made a respectable showing on the Billboard album charts peaking at #29 (which until 2006's On an Island) was Gilmour's highest charting solo album in the U.S. and eventually going Gold.

Personnel

  • David Gilmour - electric and acoustic guitars, vocals, keyboards, lap steel guitar on "No Way" and "I Can't Breathe Anymore", piano on "So Far Away", harmonica on "There's No Way Out of Here", producer, cover design
  • Rick Wills - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Willie Wilson - drums, percussion
  • Mick Weaver - additional piano on "So Far Away"
  • Carlena Williams - backing vocals on "There's No Way Out of Here" and "So Far Away"
  • Debbie Doss - backing vocals on "There's No Way Out of Here" and "So Far Away"
  • Hipgnosis - cover design, photography
  • Sangwook Nam - remastering on 2006 remaster
  • Doug Sax - remastering on 2006 remaster

Charts

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1978 Pop Albums 29

References

  1. ^ http://www.unicornmusic.net/ Unicorn Official Site
  2. ^ Unicorn discography at Discogs
  3. ^ Matt Resnicoff (August 1992). "Careful With That Axe David Gilmour Interview". Musician. http://www.pinkfloydfan.net/t1477-david-gilmour-careful-axe-musician.html. Retrieved 2010-08-16. 

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