On an Island

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Castellorizon 3:53 120,902
2 On an Island 6:47 149,464
3 The Blue 5:25 116,669
4 Take a Breath 5:44 105,475
5 Red Sky at Night 2:51 121,179
6 This Heaven 4:23 110,091
7 Then I Close My Eyes 5:25 109,254
8 Smile 4:02 115,586
9 A Pocketful of Stones 6:18 87,944
10 Where We Start 6:44 91,800
1 Island Jam 6:33 4,227

About this album

On an Island is the third solo album by David Gilmour, best known as a lead vocalist and guitarist for Pink Floyd. It was released in the United Kingdom on 6 March 2006, Gilmour’s 60th birthday, and in the U.S. the following day. It is Gilmour’s first new solo album in 22 years. The song “Castellorizon” received a Grammy Award nomination for best rock instrumental.

The album has achieved platinum status in Canada, selling over 100,000 copies in the first month of its release, and sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide.

Notable appearances include Robert Wyatt, Jools Holland, Georgie Fame, David Crosby and Graham Nash, as well as original Pink Floyd member Richard Wright and a member of an early incarnation of Pink Floyd, Bob Klose. Guy Pratt, who has done studio work and toured with Pink Floyd, also appears. Chris Thomas and Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera assisted with production.

Much of the album was recorded in Gilmour’s private studio aboard his houseboat Astoria. The track “Smile” was heard briefly in an unmastered form on the BBC2 show Three Men In A Boat which retraced a trip on the River Thames that passed the houseboat.

Orchestrations on the album were arranged by noted Polish film composer Zbigniew Preisner and conducted by Robert Ziegler

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  • johnTMcNeill

    Now in his late sixties, Gilmour continues to share his innermost feelings through his music. More reflective than bitter or angry, the edge is still there.

    11 Mar 8:29pm Reply
  • YurecOgurec

    Альбом не на кожен день. Він вишуканий, як пляшка хорошого вина, яке можна випити тільки в честь якоїсь визначної події і такий же п'янкий.

    15 May 2014 Reply
  • kbozkurt

    muhteşem,sihirli,tam bir klasik adayı....

    15 Aug 2013 Reply
  • TheFrenchJerk

    C'mon David, please make another album...

    28 May 2013 Reply
  • pawellod

    Drew079 - there is great music on this album, great music is not boring

    17 May 2013 Reply
  • Dr_Why

    so sweeeet

    14 May 2013 Reply
  • sev8ath

    Perfection. 12 years went between Division bell and this. Now it is 6 years from On an Island... We want more music David!!

    16 Jan 2013 Reply
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    10 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Drew079

    Let's be honest- it's a bit boring...

    29 May 2012 Reply
  • tcbp

    Beautiful album from beginning to end

    11 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Billie_Jean_Is

    I totally love this album. David is a genius

    17 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Bentwick09

    best since Animals 77 & David Gilmour 78......

    5 Oct 2011 Reply
  • demkod

    My favourite of Gilmour

    5 Jul 2011 Reply
  • missblue91

    Oh, David!

    16 Jun 2011 Reply
  • RaditAndrogyny

    Best Floyd solo.

    16 Jun 2011 Reply
  • ladycaroledowns

    Lovely, thanks Mark :-)

    12 Jun 2011 Reply
  • wojtekpf

    I like myself this album very much. David's voice here is so peaceful and relaxing. Great to fall asleep listening to this :-)

    14 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Ennish

    This is one of the most beautiful albums I've ever heard. Every song on it is brimming was a sincerity and warmth that only comes from the deepest depths of the human soul. It's almost overwhelming at times, to the point where it makes me want to cry or shout for joy.

    11 Mar 2011 Reply
  • ubermenschean

    This might be the most laid-back album ever.

    9 Mar 2011 Reply
  • MourningMoon

    Words are a failure when it comes to describe such an album..

    26 Dec 2010 Reply
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