On An Island
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On An Island

March 7, 2006

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Song Title
Castellorizon (Album Version)
On An Island (Album Version)
The Blue (Album Version)
Take A Breath (Album Version)
Red Sky At Night
This Heaven (Album Version)
Then I Close My Eyes (Album Version)
Smile (Album Version)
A Pocketful Of Stones (Album Version)
Where We Start (Album Version)

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 7, 2006
  • Release Date: March 7, 2006
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 51:44
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  • ASIN: B00136RZUI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (482 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,715 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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228 of 249 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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86 of 99 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars On an island but not alone March 7, 2006
Format:Audio CD
"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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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sit back and relax... with HEADPHONES on February 9, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is NOT Pink Floyd. David Gilmour doesn't want it to be Pink Floyd. But it is a fantastic album by an amazing artist. It is best appreciated listening undisturbed start to finish with headphones on. David has gone all out in many ways... his web site gave tickets to see him perform on the Jay Leno show (which I was lucky enough to be a part of), he performed the first concert promoting his new album at the Mermaid Theater for lucky fans who won tickets from his web site. Later the Mermaid show appeared on the Big Screen. This cd has been re-released with a DVD of a performance for AOL, a song from his upcoming DVD Remember That Night, as well as a track from a performance he gave at Abbey Road studios for an upcoming tv event (I bought the DVD from his web site as a limited edition stand alone DVD and it is alone worth the price of the CD, but you get both!). His web site has gone all out with a blog and constant updates. Oh yeah- this is a review of the album... the title track is excellent with classic Gilmour guitar solos. The Blue features a guitar solo that gives a whole new meaning to the idea of "bending notes". Take a Breath has an incredible guitar solo at the end (and fares even better in the two(!) live versions on the DVD- and before you ask, yes both versions are worthy of being on the same DVD). I would say the only weak track is Smile, which I didn't care for much on his Meltdown DVD either. Aside from that, this is a really great album! And the more I listen to it the more it seems to just fit like a comfortable old shoe. Terrible imagery, but you know what I'm trying to say- right?
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this CD
If you know who David Gilmour is, then you already know what you’re looking for music wise; this does not disappoint. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Daniel L Peru
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Gilmour
This is Gilmour at his best. The guitar reminds me of Meddle, which in my opinion, is the most underrated PF album.
Published 2 months ago by Murat Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It!!
This is Davids Swan Song.I have always been a Pink Floyd fan and this album has all the elements but on a much more personal level. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tim Rector
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular!
Best album since the demise of PF. Can't understand why it took me 7 years to find it. Gilmour's guitar is mesmerizing. Tracks 2, 4, 9 and 10 are going to be legends.
Published 5 months ago by Douglas B Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for Dave Gilmour fans
A fantastic Gilmour's fans studio work. An even better version of the same disk is played wonderfully by Gilmour at the "Remember that Night - Royal Albert Hall"... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Carlos Mink
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatness
Laid-back good music. It's fun and a great album to ride to and to vibe off of too. It has a bluesy soul vibe to it that I really dig.
Published 6 months ago by Derek L. Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT DRIVING CD
Published 7 months ago by Ty
4.0 out of 5 stars Gilmour the great
It is hard to compare this with other works especially after the Live at Gadansk concert. It has many similar songs except it does not have the full orchestra feel behind it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by type4me
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so crazy about this
It was recommended by a friend, who assumed I'd like this artist now on his own, but it turns out the music is not my genre at all.
Published 7 months ago by Lynda Estridge
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Gilmour has become very comfortable in his playing style. This comfort allows him to explore other musical genre's and they come out every bit as good, if not better than Pink... Read more
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