Listen To Reason: David Gilmour’s Solo Debut

Hello Track Addicts! I’m starting this blog called “Listen To Reason” to share my thoughts and reviews on the thousands of albums I have in my music collection. Hopefully this blog will open you up to some new music or turn you onto something you thought of picking up but just haven’t pulled the trigger. As a rock music historian and audio engineer, I pride myself on being able to grade an album on sound quality and production techniques. No rhyme or reason to this first album, it was just the last one left on the turntable from last night. Enjoy! @RobertoBoschian on Twitter.

Artist: David Gilmour

Album: David Gilmour

Released: 1978 (Original press vinyl copy)

Background:

David Gilmour is the debut solo studio album by Pink Floyd guitarist and co-lead vocalist David Gilmour. The album was released in May and June 1978 in the United Kingdom and the United States, respectively. The album reached number 17 in the UK[1] and number 29 on the Billboard US album charts; it was certified Gold in the US by the RIAA. The album was produced by Gilmour, and consists mostly of bluesguitar oriented rock songs except for the piano-dominated ballad “So Far Away”.

Heard On:

Technics Direct Drive Turntable, Audio Technica AT-F7 Moving Coil Cartridge, Emotiva XPS-1 Phono Preamp, Sansui G-5700 Receiver, BBE Sonic Maximizer, ADC Sound Shaper 3, DBX 128 Dynamic Expander, Infinity Reference 2000.6 speakers, Infinity SM-115 speakers.

Overall Type Of Music:

Guitar Players Wet Dream. 70’s Classic Rock, Much in vain of Pink Floyd, Bad Company, and Genesis.

Sound Quality:

7 out of 10. Signature 70’s production sound. Dry room drums. Lush guitars, vibrant keyboards. Sounds a little less produced than Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall.’

Best Tracks:

Mihalis, There’s No Way Out Of Here, So Far Away

Final Review:

I give this album 5 stars out of 10. This album is definitely better than anything Pink Floyd released in the 80’s and 90’s. This album proves that Gilmour’s influence on Pink Floyd was massive. The album is packed with tasty guitar solos built around spatial musical landscapes. If Joe Satriani released an album in the 70’s, this would be it.