Live in Gdansk [2 CD/1 DVD]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
David Gilmour's Live in Gdansk was recorded and filmed in 2006 at the Polish city's shipyards, the very same historic location where Lech Walesa's Solidarity movement began its populist assault on the country's repressive Soviet-installed regime in 1980. By all accounts of the time it was a truly awesome multimedia spectacle. But there are strange and sad ironies that accompany this release as well. For starters, it was released in the U.K. exactly a week after the death of Richard Wright, Gilmour's longtime bandmate in Pink Floyd, and his keyboardist here. Secondly, it appears during a period of increased tension between Russia and the United States over the latter's ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
David Gilmour's Live in Gdansk was recorded and filmed in 2006 at the Polish city's shipyards, the very same historic location where Lech Walesa's Solidarity movement began its populist assault on the country's repressive Soviet-installed regime in 1980. By all accounts of the time it was a truly awesome multimedia spectacle. But there are strange and sad ironies that accompany this release as well. For starters, it was released in the U.K. exactly a week after the death of Richard Wright, Gilmour's longtime bandmate in Pink Floyd, and his keyboardist here. Secondly, it appears during a period of increased tension between Russia and the United States over the latter's proposed missile defense system to be placed in Poland (by the U.S.) and the country's intended membership in NATO. But there is nothing bittersweet about the music to be found on this double-disc package (one of six different packages that document the event and the tour -- apparently nobody told Gilmour the recording industry was in an economic crisis). On this version, two and a half hours document the entire concert. Gilmour's band -- Wright, Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera, keyboardist Jon Carin, bassist Guy Pratt, drummer Steve DiStanislao, and saxophonist Dick Parry -- is accompanied by the Baltic Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, including its 40-piece string section, conducted by Zbigniew Preisner (who did the arrangements on Gilmour's On an Island album). While cynics can debate the pretentious of this date forever, everyone else can enjoy an utterly engaging, entertaining, and sometimes emotionally moving performance of Gilmour's entire On an Island album and a boxful of Pink Floyd hits to boot. The first disc begins with Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon suite of "Speak to Me," "Breathe," and "Time," and comes to a close with the reprise of the opening track. With the orchestra accompanying the band, the dreaminess and spaciness of the original music miraculously comes through, and Gilmour is in fine voice as well. The rest of disc one is taken up by an almost totally in-sequence performance of On an Island. The live version of the album rocks more, perhaps because of the steady presence of Manzanera, who adds extra punch to Gilmour's airy bluesy one on guitar. This is especially true on "Take a Breath," when his crunchy, crackling power chords come off like something from his own Diamond Head album; his solo against the counterpoint of the orchestra makes it one of the set's true rockist highlights. Disc two is comprised entirely of performances of Pink Floyd tunes from albums as diverse as Atom Heart Mother ("Fat Old Sun"), Wish You Were Here ("Shine on You Crazy Diamond" and its title track), The Piper at the Gates of Dawn ("Astronomy Domine"), Meddle ("Echoes"), The Wall("Comfortably Numb"), and The Division Bell ("A Great Day for Freedom"). The performances are not terribly spontaneous in part because of the orchestral arrangements, but they are flawless (again, Manzanera's presence adds some real muscle) and, given the sheer quality of the sound, they have plenty of presence and warmth despite being recorded in front of a concert audience. This set may be strictly for Gilmour and Pink Floyd fans, but as such, for all its packaging pomp (it's green though: carbon-neutral cardboard wallets for all the different packages), it feels like something historic and beautifully considered as well as executed. It would have been amazing to be in that audience. [This three-disc edition adds a concert DVD in 5.1 Sound and a bonus track that lays during the end credits, entitled "Wot's . . .The Deal."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2008
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886973454626
  • Catalog Number: 734546

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Speak to Me (1:22)
  2. 2 Breathe (In the Air) (2:48)
  3. 3 Time (5:37)
  4. 4 Breathe (In the Air) (Reprise) (1:31)
  5. 5 Castellorizon (3:46)
  6. 6 On an Island (7:26)
  7. 7 The Blue (6:38)
  8. 8 Red Sky at Night (3:02)
  9. 9 This Heaven (4:32)
  10. 10 Then I Close My Eyes (7:41)
  11. 11 Smile (4:25)
  12. 12 Take a Breath (6:47)
  13. 13 A Pocketful of Stones (5:40)
  14. 14 Where We Start (8:01)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Shine on You Crazy Diamond (12:06)
  2. 2 Astronomy Domine (5:02)
  3. 3 Fat Old Sun (6:39)
  4. 4 High Hopes (9:57)
  5. 5 Echoes (25:25)
  6. 6 Wish You Were Here (5:15)
  7. 7 A Great Day for Freedom (5:56)
  8. 8 Comfortably Numb (9:22)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Castellorizon
  2. 2 On an Island
  3. 3 The Blue
  4. 4 Red Sky at Night
  5. 5 This Heaven
  6. 6 Then I Close My Eyes
  7. 7 Smile
  8. 8 Take a Breath
  9. 9 A Pocketful of Stones
  10. 10 Where We Start
  11. 11 Astronomy Domine
  12. 12 High Hopes
  13. 13 Echoes
  14. 14 A Great Day for Freedom
  15. 15 Comfortably Numb
  16. 16 Gdansk Diary
  17. 17 Bonus Material
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Gilmour Primary Artist, Guitar, Saxophone, Vocals
Phil Manzanera Guitar, Vocals
Richard Wright Keyboards, Vocals
Jon Carin Keyboards, Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar
Dick Parry Keyboards, Saxophone
Guy Pratt Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Zbigniew Preisner Conductor
Steve DiStanislao Drums, Vocals
Leszek Mozdzer Piano, Guest Appearance
Lukasz Lisowski Viola
Magdalena Amilkiewicz Cello
Maria Baczynska Double Bass
Baltic Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Ewa Baranowska Violin
Ewa Fredrich Viola
Malgorzata Bellwon Cello
Hanna Bereza Violin
Jacek Birr Double Bass
Tomasz Bock Double Bass
Zdzislaw Cichocki Double Bass
Sylwia Cieslinska Viola
Marek Czulak Viola
Blazej Golinski Cello
Marzena Kaczmar Kaminska Viola
Pawel Kapica Violin
Elzbieta Karmelita Wojciechowska Viola
Malgorzata Kolcz Double Bass
Sylwia Kolinska Violin
Marek Kordas Violin
Anna Kulowska Cello
Tomasz Diakun Violin
Bozena Kwasiborska Violin
Robert Kwiatowski Violin
Wieslawa Merong Calusinska Violin
Jadwiga Moskal Double Bass
Eliza Napierala Violin
Michal Nesterowicz Conductor
Henryka Orzechowska Cichosz Violin
Krzysztof Pawlowski Cello
Malgorzata Piotrowska Violin
Bozena Pruss Czaja Violin
Anna Reinholz Viola
Krystyna Rychlicka Violin
Anna Sliwa Violin
Miroslawa Sobczak Violin
Piotr Staniszewski Violin
Joanna Szmit Macidlowska Violin
Maria Wiczynska Viola
Lidia Zawadzka Violin
Technical Credits
Syd Barrett Composer
Phil Manzanera Producer
Roger Waters Composer
Michael Kamen Orchestral Arrangements
Nick Mason Composer
Stephen Sinclair Lighting Technician
Peter Bell Merchandising
Jon Carin Programming
John Crawley Audio Technician
David Gilmour Composer, Lyricist, Producer
Steve Hatton Merchandising
Andy Jackson Engineer
Norman Perry Merchandising
Doug Sax Mastering
Ben Ward Management
Doug Wright Publicity, Promoter
Andrew Murray Management
Zbigniew Preisner Orchestral Arrangements
Colin Norfield Engineer
Ian Sylvester Engineer
Damon Iddins Engineer
Paul Loasby Management
Steve Prior Guitar Techician
Mike Clement Bass Technician
Polly Samson Composer, Lyricist
Devin Workman Engineer
Claire Singers Publicity, Promoter
Phil Taylor Production Design, Guitar Techician
David MacIlwaine Sculpture
Gavin Elder Director, Camera Operator
Paul Makin Lighting Technician
Dione Orrom Producer
Elena Bello Management
Nick Belshaw Management
Barry Branford Lighting Technician
Clarissa Faran Score Copyist
Cathy Cleghorn Merchandising
Dave Hallybone Accounting
Rachel Hands Accounting
Nick Kelsey Accounting
Jonathan Dunlop Audio Technician
John Lahiffe Lighting Technician
Jon Lewis Monitor Engineer
Barry MacLeod Audio Technician
Stefan Perskiewicz Promoter
Jaroslaw Sellin Author
Radek Sikorski Author
Nikki Treharne Merchandising
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