Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Two CD set includes two DVDs and booklet. David Gilmour Live in the Gdansk Shipyard with the Baltic Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. This is the first solo live album from Pink Floyd's singer / guitarist, and it captures the magic of his concert held in front of 50,000 people as the final performance of his critically acclaimed 2006 `On An Island Tour.' It features the first ever recording of selected Pink Floyd classics performed with an orchestra. Produced by David Gilmour and Phil Manzanera. It is the first ever live recording with an orchestra of Pink Floyd's `High Hopes' and `A Great Day For Freedom,' the latter performed here as a one off for this special Solidarity anniversary. Playing at this historic concert is Richard Wright - Pink Floyd's keyboard player, Phil Manzanera, Roxy Music guitarist & coproducer of 'On An Island', Guy Pratt -bass player with Pink Floyd & Roxy Music Jon Carin -keyboards & longtime player with Pink Floyd, Steve Di Stanislao - drums, recently with Crosby and Nash, Dick Parry -saxophone and longtime Pink Floyd collaborator.
Mojo (Publisher) (p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Gilmour coolly reestablishes his credentials as British cosmic blues guitarist numero uno, nowhere more so than a formidable 25-minute version of Floyd's finest hour, their post-psychedelic odyssey 'Echoes.'"
Record Collector (magazine) (p.88) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "A suitably impressive backdrop for an equally impressive audio and visual extravaganza, the 2-CD set runs to nearly 160 minutes..."
Personnel: David Gilmour (vocals, guitar, saxophone); Guy Pratt (vocals, guitar, bass guitar); Phil Manzanera (vocals, guitars); Jon Carin (vocals, lap steel guitar, keyboards); Richard Wright (vocals, keyboards); Steve DiStanislao (vocals, drums); Dick Parry (saxophone, keyboards).
Additional personnel: Baltic Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.
Programmer: Jon Carin.
Audio Mixers: Damon Iddins; David Gilmour; Devin Workman; Andy Jackson.
Audio Remasterer: Doug Sax.
This 2006 concert took place at the Polish shipyards were Lech Walesa and his Solidarity Movement made their first impact in 1980, and it celebrates the spirit of that revolution. It also celebrates the spirit of Gilmour's former band, Pink Floyd. The show opens with Gilmour leading his band through a batch of tunes from Floyd's classic DARK SIDE OF THE MOON before launching into his most recent solo album, ON AN ISLAND, in its entirety. The second disc returns to the Floyd catalog, cherry-picking Syd Barrett-era psychedelic gem "Astronomy Domine," prog-rock epic "Echoes," and staples like "Wish You Were Here" and "Comfortably Numb." LIVE IN GDANSK also ended up as an unintentional elegy to Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright, who joins Gilmour here, and died days before the release of this, his last recorded performance.