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Tim is the editor-in-chief of high50.com. He has worked for most of Britain’s better newspapers and some of its glossier magazines. He has edited, among others, the Sunday Times Style section, the Evening Standard’s ES magazine and Scotland on Sunday Magazine. His books include biographies of the rock-poet Syd Barrett and gossip columnist Nigel Dempster.
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Thanks Tim, and David! DSOTM has been a huge part of my life and truly influenced my impressions and attitudes on the world through interspectively listening to it through the years of my life.
This was a great insight to not only DSOTM, but David as a Musician. Great interview, and I thank you so much for it!
Max Kaufmann Jr.
Clifton, Maine, USA
great interview we want to know is he going to tour again ? his music is something the world needs right now . and if does tour i hope he comes to the united states we need u sir.david. Thank You for the music and the interviews… the united states loves you…PLEASE COME BACK TO US ONE MORE TIME
well it was very hard to sign in… took a while n a few tries… but it was worth it! great interview! thankyou!
a real treat,very interesting listening,thank you.
David Gilmour is an artist in the highest sense of the word, both in terms of his technical musicianship and musical intellect. I cannot fully express how “Dark Side of the Moon”, a product of David and his three Pink Floyd bandmates, has affected me emotionally and spiritually for the past 45 years. It will remain an ingenious artistic masterpiece long after we are all gone.
Thanks Tim, nice to hear David talk about his work. David seems like a down to earth guy, but with great musical talent, as we all know. Also, thanks to David for his time. Listen to DSOTM all the time (too much my wife says).
Bristol, CT USA
The order of the audio clips above is wrong – 3 should come before 2. Great interview, thank you.
A piece of emotion because I listened the Pink Floyd concert on the French Tour in 1974 in Toulouse. I received a very great experience of music, the first vidéo show on a music concert on many others things .
Thank’s to Dave for this very interesting interview.
I saw the Rainbow concerts and I have loved the album DSOM ever since. I found the interview very interesting, despite what David said I always liked Atom Heart Mother but I agree Meddle was amazing, (Live at Pompeii is a fav).
Thanks. It was very interesting to know about technical bits about master recording and David’s opinion on digital technolgy.
Quite interesting!!! Such a talented man!! We love Mr.Gilmour
I been a Fan since the early 70s and This Interview was so Informative and Interesting ,, THank Gawd for Pink floyd and David Gilmore , A genius In His Own Right ,
excellent interview, what a wonderful man — has touched hearts and souls of Millions Darn it, I wish he would put together a new concert!!!
Thanks Tim and David for a great interview. I appreciate David’s meticulous knowledge regarding the use of analog tape (the failure of the glue, creating the cross fades, etc.). I am curious what David’s take is on the gold CD’s that were made for DSOM, as I have one of these.
The experience of listening to this felt like sort of being a fly on the wall in David Gilmour’s livingroom. Brilliant. Thank you.
i saw this show in montreal quebec at the autostade 1975. for the encore they played echoes and all i can say is wow.i will never forget how great it was.
Great interview. I hope that the fans that thought that the album was purposefully correlated with the movie wizard of Oz have found that they had been dropping too much LSD much like Syd.
Truly enjoyed Davids’ perspective on the digital technology. I suppose it is too much to hope for a tour, but I do hope for a new piece of work from this monstrously talented man. Loved ,”On An Island”!!! Great interview, thanks much.
Recently listening to David live in Gadansk, which lead me back to all my Pink Floyd albums again. Dark side still resonates with me today as much as it has in the past. In fact in many ways as I grow older, those pressures of life, which I think is the theme of the album, are highlighted due to my having experienced more adult life expectations.
What a fantastic master David is, a real hero to me as a guitar player.
I personally also appreciate the live show experience that PF made their own. No one comes close to the light and visual performances.
Don’t stop making music David.
You know I am sad right now. I have missed so many concerts in my life and to think that I may never get to see Pink Floyd is tragic.
As I tell all my friends when they ask me what music I like, I say , well I am SO STUCK on the Dark Side of the Moon and love being there.
I hope and pray that soon David Gilmour and Roger Waters will rise all above the crap that makes genious artists struggle to work together, becuase really, as we hurtle through time, it really is background noise, and before you know it, ten years will have slipped behind you, and no one told you when to run, we missed the starting gun.
I have the vhs tape of Dark side of the moon. The clarity of the sound is far superior to that of the cd.
Right now I’m listening to the Complete Rainbow Tapes. Outstanding.
Thank you very much Pink Floyd for the memories.
I’ve been fortunate to see Mr. Gilmour perform live 3 times. First, was “The Wall” in 1980 (got in with what turned out, to be fake tickets). Next was “The Division Bell”, in nose bleed seats, but great show, nonetheless. I vowed if I got another chance, I would be up close. When “On An Island” came to town, (Radio City,NY) I was 2nd row pit. Best money I ever spent. I did not read up on tour, so didn’t know Richard Wright, bless his soul, was on the tour. “The Wall” can not be surpassed, but “On An Island” was a more intimate experience, and as I’ve asked other people who saw the tour, “Echoes”, brought down the house. As a kid, my elder siblings, listened to a lot of “The Moody Blues”, so if I was a musician, I wish I could sing like Justin Hayward, and play guitar like Gilmour, not that I don’t like his singing, I’m just blending 20 years of wishes. I also love his speaking voice, I’d pay to hear him recite the phone book. I’ve heard him play “Comfortably Numb” live, 3 times and I must say, the third time was the weakest, it had a, “I really wish I was back at the hotel” feel to it, but, the “original” and even “The Division Bell” were extraordinary. My only regret is not hearing “Dogs” live, which I think has such a combination of sadness, anger and mourning, it is my favorite if I had to pick one.
Hi David Gilmour
Thanks for the music
Great interview… Please let Mr. Gilmour know that there are still some of us who leave the other things aside for a while, and just sit there and listen to a work on a whole and get the complete experience.
The Pink Floyd and Mr. Gilmour himself offered to me great moments over the years, and still do every time I take the good decision to shut myself out of the fuss and do the right thing to do… :)
In my part of the world, and for most of my life, access to live performances, and even to albums, were difficult at times, but in the last years the Internet did the “miracle” and brought me the information and the chance to get good quality records, so I may say that some of the things that are “old” for you, are for me very “fresh”, and I can now make up easier for the “lost” years…
I could so appreciate different moments in time for different works in a “condensed” way, and also the evolution in time, which I think in Mr. Gilmour’s case is spectacular, and this makes him the musician extraordinaire that he is today. I’d love to listen to him live, once… Great music, great voice, and great smile…
I think that yes, they did the bets and no less, and I’m happy that they did.
Thank you, Mr. Gilmour, thank you indeed!
And thank you, Mr. Wills!
Thank you for this thoughtful, fascinating interview. David Gilmour emerges, once again, as the “musical philosopher” of Pink Floyd, if you will. It’s wonderful to hear him talk about the way the WHOLE of the album was emphasized, the totality of the experience both musically and lyrically — which, after all, both had to be in place to produce that sense of cohesion he cherishes. Roger Waters’ words (and yes, Roger did write his share of the music) but also the essential songwriting contributions from David, Rick Wright and even Nick Mason on this album made it what it was and is.
“Dark Side” and “Wish You Were Here” constitute, to me, Pink Floyd’s pinnacle. I thought “Animals” was very good as well, but it was with that album that the focus began to shift more toward Roger Waters’ outpouring of words, at the expense of the music. I think David has discussed this himself, saying that “Dogs” eventually was re-drafted somewhat to scale back just a TORRENT of words that Waters had written.
And as much as “The Wall” has to recommend to the appreciative listener, I think that process continued: Narrative on that album just sometimes overwhelms the music. The (il?)logical extension of this concluded, of course, with “The Final Cut.” I truly wish Dave at the time of that last album before Roger had left the band had had more sway with his old partner, but it wasn’t to be (Rick was gone by this point, though he was brought back after Roger left, and Nick Mason was no longer contributing any songwriting at all).
This is why — despite so much criticism from Waters himself and from some fans of the band — David’s shepherding of “A Momentary Lapse of Reason” and especially “The Division Bell” were so important: He KNEW a certain balance had to be restored, one in which the band’s supple music took more of the spotlight again. “AMLOR” is not a very strong effort, but considering the duress under which it was made, it turned out well. “The Division Bell” was another matter entirely — a true Pink Floyd album and, at its best on songs like “High Hopes” and “Keep Talking,” truly haunting lyrically as well as musically.
I didn’t mean to write so much; sorry. My enthusiasm for Pink Floyd and its music remain so powerful, decades now after I first heard them. We all have our favorites, and I haven’t even mentioned all mine — one of which is their very first, with Syd Barrett, “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.” David has said on more than one occasion that “Wish You Were Here” stands as his favorite, and I can see why. It’s so nice to hear him discuss “Dark Side,” though — it stands unique in the Floyd canon, for it sounds and feels like the very first COMPLETE PF album … as if everything they’d been glancing toward finally came so beautifully, wistfully, and yes, sadly clear, for it is, ultimately, an album about human failing and melancholy. Why is it, then, that it always makes me feel so GOOD?
Thanks for the very interesting interview. As a former radio person, it was great to reminisce about life during the analog era and hear David speak about the imperfections of tape and the challenges that were overcome during recording. He (along with Roger, Nick and Rick (RIP)) were a brilliant combination of talent and we were lucky to have them in our lives.
I was introduced to DSOTM as an 11 year old just a year or two after it was released. I was enthralled by it as a young kid and as the years go by the appreciation for it grows and grows.
Listening to this interview again on the 40th anniversary of DSOTM’s release. Still sounds as good today as the day it came out. Really interesting interview. Lots I could say but I realise that Maelje has said it all, couldn’t agree more with her/him.
Love the David Gilmour interview, us die-hard fans need to know if he will tour again. If not please let us know. We’ll love ya anyways. Thanks for the interview.
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