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David Gilmour - On An Island Limited Edition Vinyl LP (94635569513)
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David Gilmour - On An Island Limited Edition Vinyl LP (94635569513)

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David Gilmour - On An Island Limited Edition Vinyl LP (94635569513)

Extremely Limited-Edition Vinyl Edition from the Pink Floyd Guitarist! Don't Miss Out on This One!

David Gilmour’s solo career hasn’t exactly been creatively restless; this is but the third album by the Pink Floyd guitarist, and first in 18 years. But that seemingly lackadaisical career ethos hasn’t prevented Gilmour from producing some of his finest work here, an album whose soaring, lyrical guitar lines will be familiar to Floyd fans, yet one also blessed by often surprising nuances and delicate musical textures. Gilmour’s Division Bell collaborator Polly Samson is credited with most of the writing, helping conjure a moody, texturally rich 'island' that’s as much musical as it is personally and lyrically metaphorical. 'Castellorizon,' the impressionistic opening instrumental collage, presages much of what’s to come in subtle ways, with Gilmour’s emotionally-charged guitar lines climbing into realms usually staked out by contemporary Jeff Beck.

Gilmour’s choice of collaborators is equally compelling, from the evocative orchestrations of Polish classical modernist Zbigniew Preisner and expected contributions from Floyd (Richard Wright and proto-Pink mate Rado 'Bob' Klose) to a host of guest turns that span both decades and styles: Georgie Fame, Phil Manzanera, Jools Holland, Caroline Dale and Robert Wyatt. The title track is graced by the stately harmonies of David Crosby and Graham Nash while the instrumental 'Then I Close My Eyes' spins a hypnotic, bayou-meets-boho ethos where Dale’s gentle cello lines meet the melancholy cornet flourishes of Wyatt to challenge the very notions of genre itself. 'This Heaven' finds Gilmour in unexpected R&B territory, weaving playful riffs with ‘60s London scenester Fame’s Hammond organ and finding its lyrical spirituality in simple, personal intimacy, a subtext that wafts through the upbeat airiness of 'The Blue' to the spare 'Smile,' spinning a surprisingly romantic elegy that co! mes satisfyingly full circle on the closing 'Where We Start.' No man may be an island, but Gilmour has nonetheless crafted a rewarding artistic oasis on this, his finest and most gently personal album.

1. Castellorizon 
2. On An Island 
3. The Blue 
4. Take A Breath 
5. Red Sky At Night 
6. This Heaven 
7. Then I Close My Eyes 
8. Smile 
9. A Pocketful of Stones 
10. Where We Start

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Monday, 26 June 2017  | 

A Chance find, but not regretted. Terrific music, top quality recording, can't say whether it's better than the cd, though, more listening required.

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perfect !!
Tuesday, 9 February 2016  | 

only saw this album by chance as I was looking for a vinyl cleaner for my records I had just bought, I have the CD single for a long time and should have realised a album was out there but never came across it till now, just brilliant

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