That Rolling Stone called him “one of rock’s most distinctive guitarists” seems almost an understatement to anyone who has ever closed their eyes and listened to Dark Side of the Moonor Animals. Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour belongs to the rare class of guitarists whose tone is absolutely unmistakable, even if you catch just one note emanating from the stereo of a passing car. When not fronting the biggest-selling progressive rock band in history, Pink Floyd, or enjoying a successful solo career, Gilmour managed to find time to work with everyone from Paul McCartney and Elton John to Eric Clapton and B.B. King. For a man who needs no introduction, this one has already gone on too long. So, without further ado, breathe, have a cigar and enjoy our David Gilmour playlist.
“There’s No Way Out of Here”
David Gilmour, 1978
Perhaps the finest example of his ability to take even the simplest of guitar lines and wring out every last bit of emotion, this was Gilmour’s only solo single of the 70s. Recorded between the sessions for Animalsand The Wall, his self-titled debut was the guitarist’s attempt to “step out from behind Pink Floyd’s shadow.” A little-known fact: This song was actually recorded in 1976 by the band Unicorn as “No Way Out,” for the album Too Many Crooks which Gilmour produced.