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David Gilmour Releases Statement On Richard Wright’s Passing, New Live Album To Be Screened in Select Theaters

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David Gilmour is turning me into the old woman who lived in a shoe with his upcoming live album Live in Gdansk.  Not only will the album be released in 5 different packages next week, it's also been announced the film will be shown at select theaters across the country next week (Mon., Sept. 22).  The commercial release of the slew of Gilmour packages will be released the next day, Sept. 23.

It's kind of funny that David Gilmour has spent most of the last 20 years not making a lot of music and then when he finally does get a new album out he releases two live packages after the fact.  Not only that, but he's releasing this latest live set in five packages.  Have I mentioned that yet?

Gdansk is a special show though.  It was the final show of his On an Island tour and he was backed by the Baltic Philharmonic.  It also marks the last time he and his Pink Floyd bandmate Richard Wright shared a stage together.  Wright passed away earlier this week (Sept. 15) at age 65, succumbing to cancer.  Gilmour paid tribute to his musical partner through a brief statement.

"No one can replace Richard Wright," Gilmour wrote on his web site.  "He was my musical partner and my friend. He was gentle, unassuming and private but his soulful voice and playing were vital, magical components of our most recognised Pink Floyd sound.

"The audience reaction to his appearances on my tour in 2006 was hugely uplifting and it's a mark of his modesty that those standing ovations came as a huge surprise to him, (though not to the rest of us)."

Like Rick, I don't find it easy to express my feelings in words, but I loved him and will miss him enormously.

This package has been in the works for a great many months, but it's tough to imagine it not meaning something a whole different and a whole lot more to Gilmour in light of his friend's passing. 

If this was Wright's final show, he left us on a high note.  I've listened to an advance of the 2-CD set, and this experiment of bringing the music of Gilmour and Floyd together with an orchestra worked brilliantly.

Here is a breakdown of the five packages.  Find one that suits you.

1) David Gilmour Live In Gdansk – 3 Disc set and 12-page booklet, features:

Disc 1 – Concert Audio CD
Disc 2 – Concert Audio CD
Disc 3 – Concert DVD and Gdansk Diary documentary

2) David Gilmour Live In Gdansk – 2 Disc audio only and 12-page booklet, features:

Disc 1 – Concert Audio CD
Disc 2 – Concert Audio CD

3) David Gilmour Live In Gdansk – 4 Disc set and 12-page booklet, features:

Disc 1 – Concert Audio CD
Disc 2 – Concert Audio CD
Disc 3 – Concert DVD and Gdansk Diary
Disc 4 – Extras DVD including three previously unreleased  ‘Barn Jams’ and 5.1 audio version of On An Island

4) David Gilmour Live In Gdansk – 5 Disc Deluxe Box set and 24-page booklet with collectable memorabilia items, features (BEST BUY EXCLUSIVE):

Disc 1 – Concert Audio CD
Disc 2 – Concert Audio CD
Disc 3 – Concert DVD and Gdansk Diary
Disc 4 – Extras DVD including three previously unreleased  ‘Barn Jams’and 5.1 audio version of On An Island
Disc 5 – CD Bonus tracks (live from the 2006 Summer tour).

5) David Gilmour Live In Gdansk (Vinyl) – 5 x LP Box Set and 20-page booklet, plus web-pass to download the album, features:

The full Live From Gdansk concert including ‘Wot’s… Uh The Deal?’, plus extra audio tracks that include two of the private recording sessions known as the ‘Barn Jams’.

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  • J

    No wonder the newspapers are going out of business, all the good information is on the blogs. Our newspapers never mentioned Al Stewart’s latest or any other current music news I would like to read about.
    Good write up by Glenn
    I went back and read some of your other posts– all great especially the Al Stewart stole by girl post. Thanks!