A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.
Side one here was about as good as they get, earning a grade between A++ and A+++. The sound is big, rich, and open. The bass is killer — tight with real weight — and the drums have lots of punch. The average copy doesn’t give you silky, extended highs like this one does — that’s for sure!
Side two is also excellent, rating A+ to A++. It shares many of the qualities that made side one so good, but could open up a bit more. Still, it’s a nice step up from most copies out there.
There’s No Way Out of Here
Cry from the Street
So Far Away
Short and Sweet
Raise My Rent
I Can’t Breathe Anymore
By the time of Gilmour’s solo debut, he had not only established himself several times over as an underrated, powerful guitarist in Pink Floyd, but as a remarkably emotional singer, his soothing approach perfectly suited to such songs as “Wish You Were Here.” The self-titled album, recorded with journeyman bassist Rick Wills and Sutherland Brothers drummer Willie Wilson, later to be part of the touring Floyd lineup for its Wall dates, isn’t a deathless collection of music in comparison to Gilmour’s group heights, but is a reasonably pleasant listen nonetheless.