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On An Island

David GilmourAudio CD
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David Jon Gilmour, CBE, was born on March 6, 1946 in Cambridge, England. His father was a senior lecturer in Zoology at the University of Cambridge. Although David Gilmour is best known as the guitarist, vocalist and writer with the UK band and international phenomenon Pink Floyd, he has a growing reputation for his solo work. The international success of On An Island has caused many to ... Read more in Amazon's David Gilmour Store

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  • Audio CD (March 7, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000E6UK5K
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (493 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,884 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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On An Island is the third David Gilmour solo album and his first studio recording since Pink Floyd's 1994 multi-platinum 'The Division Bell'. 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 by his lyrical guitar playing and instantly recognisable voice. 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.' EMI. 2006.

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. -- Jerry McCulley

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231 of 252 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
David Gilmour really deserves credit for his "On An Island" album, released today. The man clearly doesn't give a damn about following any trends, and I say more power to him. The album does indeed sound very Floyd-ish, which Gilmour himself admits, but it's not merely some toothless rehash of past glories, and the production values here are really excellent (the album was produced by Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, and Chris Thomas). And Gilmour's in excellent voice too, sounding as though he's barely aged a day in the past 20 years. You needn't have any worries about this being a "modernized", high-tech disaster--the album sounds more like something that was recorded in 1980 than in the 2000s, and I really mean that as a compliment.

I think it's off the mark and misleading to bluntly say that Gilmour has "gone adult contemporary" with this album--that might get certain people thinking he's chosen a bland synthesizer-heavy approach. Quite the contrary, synthesizer is only used for a light sprinkling of effects on the title track, and synths are nowhere to be heard on songs such as "The Blue" and "Where We Start"--instead, David favors real piano, real electric piano, and especially real Hammond organ (which all three of these have), and that plays a huge role in them sounding so wonderfully organic.

Yes, this is a VERY low volume album, but for the most part, it's very appealing, not just thanks to the production, but also because the songwriting is generally at a really high level. Frankly, I think you could throw the same kind of praise at much of the Floyd's work--"Wish You Were Here", great album as it is, never rocks very hard at all.
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87 of 100 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars On an island but not alone March 7, 2006
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"On An Island" features the type of music that Pink Floyd and David Gilmour fans have come to expect from the man--there's lots of moody, atmospheric playing, Gilmour's memorable raspy vocals and some of the best material he's written in years. Collaborating with guitarist/songwriter Phil Manzanera of Roxy Music and veteran producer Chris Thomas (The Pretenders), Gilmour has crafted an atmospheric album full of hazy instrumentals and songs that may not rock out the way fans are used to but are still filled with passion and emotion. By the way, if you decide not to buy this locally some retail outlets are offering a bonus disc that includes an additional song. How does this compare to his other solo albums? Well each one represented a different decade in Gilmour's life so they are all quite different and difficult to compare but the quality of the songwriting is top notch here as on those. This effort is a little more focused than his first ("David Gilmour") and a little less commercial than his second ("About Face").

Written solo and in collaboration with Polly Samson (a journalist and writer who wrote some of the lyrics for "The Division Bell" as well as Mrs. Gilmour)providing words on most of the tracks "On An Island" features a wide variety of memorable guest players (Floyd's Richard Wright, David Crosby & Graham Nash on backing vocals, Jools Holland formerly of Squeeze, Robert Wyatt and--surprisingly--guitarist Phil Manzanera playing keyboards). I'll be the first to admit that Samson isn't Waters as a lyricist but her words are servicable for the songs and occasionally inspired (hence the four stars and not five). The production by Gilmour, Manzanera and Thomas is atmospheric providing the perfect sonic backdrop for Gilmour to do what he does best--play and sing.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars People... What do you want from the guy??? March 13, 2006
By tcia
Format:Audio CD
I have been a floyd fan for most of my life. The sublime experiences I have had with their albums over the years have touched my life and, in some dark times, have given voice to my fear and rage and awe and yearning, etc.

But, here I am... in the middle of life and I don't feel quite so much fear or quite so much rage. I'm concerned with companionship and family and kind of looking in front of me and looking in back of me with some apprehension, a little sadness and, dare I write it, gratitude and hope.

I have grown so much through and with Floyd. Why are fans so bothered by what is being termed: adult contemporary musak. It is still beautifully produced and worked with the woman he loves. This is about love.

No, of course it is not "Wish You Were Here" or "Meddle" or "The Wall". But then again, nothing every really will be, including anything the long-suffering Mr. Waters might come up with.

I for one am happy for the Gilmores. I would feel very sorry for Dave and his family if he were still producing that beautiful but pained sort of music. Angst is for the young. A sense of well-being and peace is what we all hope to attain. That is what this album is. Music for the middle-of-life.

BTW, I get uncomfortable when rock-stars refuse to shed their 20-year-old selves. I mean, really life is about personal growth and evolution. Dig a little deeper and you might find that this is a fine album, indeed.

Lighten up on the guy and his wife. He really doesn't "owe" us anything. As part of Floyd, he's given me more than I can ever thank him for.

Thank you, David...
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you're a fan of David Gilmour you'll like it. "On Any Island" and...
If you're a fan of David Gilmour you'll like it. "On Any Island" and "A Pocketful of Stones" excellent songs and well done by Gilmour.
Published 12 days ago by Triumph Sprint Rider
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
this album rocks.
Published 1 month ago by Richard j Sadler
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Attempt
I'd say this is a decent attempt by David. I was expecting a little more. I enjoyed the ambient direction PF's Division Bell took in the early nineties. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert Mullins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Was a gift
Published 1 month ago by Judith A. Falout
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Item as expected and delivered on time. No problems.
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Moose
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked David Gilmour in Pink Floyd
I liked David Gilmour in Pink Floyd, when I learned of his solo music I had to look. I was not disappointed, I was enamored! Read more
Published 2 months ago by withspirit
5.0 out of 5 stars David Gilmour always making a good job.
Such a great recording and pressing. But has a fragile paper in cover and easy to tear in corners. I had to put out the disc to avoid more damages.
Published 2 months ago by Eduardo Filho
4.0 out of 5 stars He's not Pink, but sounds like pink
He thinks he's Pink... But can't stop listening... Pretty dreamy.
Published 2 months ago by Luis S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I would know about this album back in 2006 ...
Wish I would know about this album back in 2006! I listen to as I ride a Presor Open Glide at the gym- I ran the full hour!
Published 2 months ago by Dina K. Lindeck Rudy
5.0 out of 5 stars A Soothing piece of art
I listened to this album at least once per week as I made the trip from Vegas back home to San Diego after having seen my girlfriend (now wife) for the weekend. Read more
Published 3 months ago by srvlives
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The question was whether or not it was available on DVD-Audio, not if he's going to have a live DVD of the tour. I'm sure there will be a live DVD to follow, but I'm anxiously looking forward to more Floyd in surround-sound, on DVD-Audio, SACD, or Dual Disc. Any news on Wish You Were Here?
Mar 24, 2006 by Art |  See all 4 posts
On DVD yet?
A week ago I saw the On The Island video in a local movie theater. It included a few interviews witg David prior to the start of the tour, the studio taping of On an Island with Crosby and Nash, and about 10 live songs fromt her opening date of the On the Island Tour. Pretty much what I saw at... Read More
May 21, 2006 by USC Doctor |  See all 2 posts
On an island- david gilmour`s personal best effort
I was trying to decide whether or not to buy this album and after reading this post have decided against buying. I must agree Polly Samson's (that's the wife's name, right?) lyrics are not interesting, not what I would call good. I truly miss Roger Waters' lyrics, especially on all the albums... Read More
Jan 16, 2013 by Another Wench |  See all 2 posts
On an island- david gilmour`s personal best effort
well at least he can spell "lyrics"

but I agree they are not as good as Floyd, but I think some songs are good, others trite, etc.
Apr 6, 2006 by Seano |  See all 3 posts
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