David Gilmour Albums Ranked

David Jon Gilmour CBE (/ˈɡɪlmɔːr/ GHIL-mor; born 6 March 1946) is an English musician who was a member of the progressive rock band Pink Floyd. He joined as guitarist and co-lead vocalist in 1968 shortly before the departure of founding member Syd Barrett. Pink Floyd achieved international success with the concept albums The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977), and The Wall (1979). By the early 1980s, they had become one of the highest-selling and most acclaimed acts in music history; by 2012, they had sold more than 250 million records worldwide, including 75 million in the United States. Following the departure of Roger Waters in 1985, Pink Floyd continued under Gilmour’s leadership and released three more studio albums.
Gilmour has produced a variety of artists, such as the Dream Academy, and has released four solo studio albums: David Gilmour, About Face, On an Island, and Rattle That Lock. He is also credited for bringing singer-songwriter Kate Bush to public attention. As a member of Pink Floyd, he was inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. In 2003, Gilmour was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). He was awarded the Outstanding Contribution title at the 2008 Q Awards. In 2011, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 14 in their list of the greatest guitarists of all time. He was also voted number 36 in the greatest voices in rock by Planet Rock listeners in 2009. Here are all of David Gilmour’s albums ranked.

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6. Live At Pompeii (2017)

“David Gilmour: Live at Pompeii may even surpass PULSE as the quintessential and penultimate Gilmour experience. Everyone is at the top of their game in this performance. It’s great to see Guy Pratt and Steve DiStanislao again, they’re amazing. Chester Kamen, Chuck Leavell and Greg Phillinganes fit in seamlessly. Bryan Chambers, Louise Clare Marshall, Lucita Jules are spot on. Joao Mello nails it. And Marc Brickman, Colin Norfield, and Andy Jackson once again work their magic in light and sound.”

5. About Face (1984)

“To put it real simply, Pink Floyd were having major issues in the mid-’80s. Roger Waters pretty much wanted Pink Floyd to himself, as 1983’s “The Final Cut” shows. Seemingly fed up with Floyd, and with a reservoir of unused compositions built up, David Gilmour brought back Bob Ezrin as co-producer, recruited a whole bunch of extremely talented players (Pino Palladino, Jeff Porcaro, and Steve Winwood, to name a few), and went about making his second solo album, “About Face”, originally released in March of 1984.”

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4. Live In Gdańsk (2008)

“Doing some research, I finally opted to get the CD/DVD combo. With this album on vinyl being out of print and the average cost on either Amazon or eBay being $400 or more, I really had no other choice. The advantage of this combo is wonderful and beautiful music backed with a symphony that plays from “On An Island” to his Pink Floyd days, David Gilmour(and Richard Wright’s last performance)do not disappoint. The stage show is incredible on the DVD. There is also tour diaries, various “barn Jams” with his band at his practice room at home in Sussex. This truly has been my favorite concert of either David Gilmour or Pink Floyd on film. For the price, it was well worth it and I highly recommend it for either David Gilmour and or Pink Floyd bands.”

3. David Gilmour (1978)

“Pink Floyd was truly like Voltron. When the members came together, they were one of the most powerful forces in the music universe. Apart, not so much. Gilmour’s first solo outing isn’t bad or unpleasant, but compared to his soulful, epic guitar playing for the Floyd, s/t seems like it has little to nothing to say. Of course, Gilmour’s solo efforts were typically inspired by the urge to create music without pressure, so Gilmour himself might agree that he wasn’t out to prove anything, but that doesn’t make the results any less forgettable. There are a few solid tracks, but overall the music makes me feel like Gilmour would always need someone there to lend some advice if he wanted to record the stuff of legend.”

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2. Rattle That Lock (2015)

” “Rattle That Lock” continues the chain of quality material that has consistently been Gilmour’s modus operandi. Unlike many guitarists of his vintage, Gilmour has held true to the tone and phrasing that characterized his playing in the halcyon days of the Floyd (compare: the tone and phrasing of the emotive solo in “Faces of Stone” to “Comfortably Numb”). In my estimation, many “legendary” guitarists, such as Clapton, Keith Richards, and Pete Townshend, lost the panache that made their playing so enthralling. On this record, Gilmour shows–as he always has–that he is still in touch with the style that is so uniquely his own.”

1. On An Island (2006)

“I just cannot believe i missed this excellent album at the time of its release in 2006. Everything you would expect from the Pink Floyd frontman with lots of guest musicians.There’s no mistaking the pedigree and overall sound and feel to this album. There’s I would say a slight cheeky nod to Zepps “Kashmir” on track 4 “Take a breath” and a great bluesy feel to track 6 “This heaven”. The excellent Track 3 “The Blue” builds very smoothly and I’ve repeatedly pressed the repeat button to listen to this track again. I rate this album with a very credible 10 out of 10 for anyone with even the slightest interest in Floyd. Thanks Paul Jones for playing “This Heaven” on your radio show, which is when i first heard what I’ve been missing, still can’t believe I’ve missed this album all these years.”