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.

5 Amazing Black Sabbath Songs You’ve Never Heard

By Roberto Boschian – Track Addicts Podcast

When you hear the name Black Sabbath, you think of madman Ozzy Osbourne and timeless classics like ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Paranoid.’ If you’re a fan of hard rock and heavy metal you might also reference songs like ‘Heaven and Hell,’ and ‘The Mob Rules,’ which featured metal pioneer Ronnie James Dio on vocals. Dio left the band for the first time in 1983 and was replaced by a cavalcade of singers like Ian Gillian, Glenn Hughes, Ray Gillen, and Tony Martin. Sabbath released 7 studio albums from 1986-1995. They were not commercial successes by any means, and were usually trumped and overshadowed by massive releases from former singer Ozzy Osbourne, but these albums contain gems that will rival the biggest metal songs of the 80’s. Here are five Black Sabbath songs you may not know now but will become favorites after you listen to them.

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Roberto’s Blog: Was Glenn Frey Sending Me A Message Today Near His Old Stomping Grounds?

By Roberto Boschian – Track Addicts Podcast

I was running some errands in Detroit this afternoon, and eventually made my way to the Record Graveyard in Hamtramck around 2pm. I was the only one in the store, and in fact had to knock on the door to have the owner let me in. The store probably has half a million records in it and I walked out with two.

I got home from the record store around 4pm. At 4:30, I got a text from my podcast co-host Aaron, giving me the bad news of Glenn Frey’s passing. I said aloud to myself “wow this is really weird.” I told my wife, and she asked what was weird about it. I went over to the kitchen counter to the bag I brought home from the Record Graveyard, and pulled out a mint copy of “One Of These Nights” from the Eagles. Is it possible I was finding that record at almost the exact time of Glenn’s passing? Anyway, I’ll let you decide. It’s just a bizarre coincidence.

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Pick and Choose: Roberto and Aaron Tackle Their Fears!

Let’s create some traffic on New Years Eve! Before you party down with some friends and tunes-Help Roberto and Aaron embrace their fears and saddle up to some music from bands that each of them can’t stand to hear. Watch the video below, comment on our website page or Facebook page in addition to our twitter page. If we select one from your list, you get a shout out!

Oh boy-look what we did! Our first Facebook geared video! Hear what Roberto and I are working on for our next podcast in 2016!#TrackAddictsPodcast

Posted by TrackAddicts on Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Track Addicts Poll-Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction 2016

The big news came down today for 5 groups, some of which have waited a very, long time to receive this honor. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their class of 2016. The artist are N.W.A ,Chicago, Deep Purple, The Steve Miller Band and Cheap Trick. Of course, there will always be the nominees that were left off the induction list. Two big names that comes as shock are Janet Jackson and Yes. We have posted a poll on our Twitter page-we want you to vote Twitter followers or share your thoughts on our page or at Facebook. You will hear more on our next podcast!

In A World of Grunge, A Vocalist Emerges:Remembering Scott Weiland

Back in 1992, the music scene was in a full change. Rock or as we know them as Grunge bands emerged such as Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Alice in Chains and Soundgarden. And then there is Stone Temple Pilots based out of California. I never thought of them as Grunge, STP had a brightness fused in with their late-night sound. The band had a polished sound, the guitar playing was tight with metal flavor and the delivery of vocalist Scott Weiland caught on with fans.

Scott Weiland passed away late Thursday, December 3rd joining a list of artist that lost their battle with addiction. Here was a performer that had a pure L.A. sound. S.T.P. fell into the grunge movement by default-labels needed to counter the Seattle scene and Scott had this late night vocal style that was perfect for the Sunset Strip. A vocalist like Scott Weiland helped keep arena rock alive-in fact giving fire to more aggressive, alternative rock groups like Nickleback, Creed (yes, I went there) and Incubus.

I love comeback stories, I think everybody does because Weiland has had a share of them with Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver-all met with great enthusiasm. Scott Weiland appeal to me was that he sounded rough around the edges-it turns out he was. Addiction is a battle. Too many bad influences took over and robbed us of perhaps another great run. The announcement of his death may not come as a complete surprise but it is sad news to hear. The peak of Stone Temple Pilots was part of my tween years and many others-he will be missed.

Here are three of my favorite singles from Scott Weiland with Stone Temple Pilots

From there 1992 album, Core

From there 1994 album, Purple

From There 1996 album, Tiny Music…Songs From Vatican Gift Shop

Happy Birthday Jimi! What’s Your Favorite Album From Hendrix?

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