A good solo album (and only topped by Roger’s Amused To Death) as I am usually very wary of solo albums, this ranks among the better one ever coming out of the Floyd stable. Released a few months before Rick Wright’s Wet Dream, both album probably suffering from Floyd’s Animals’ proximity, these albums can be seen nowadays a bit differently than back then: Obviously Roger Water’s concepts about Floyd’s musical directions was causing a pile of songs that the other two writers couldn’t use on the group’s albums, so they had to do something in order to get them published. Both chose solo albums.
Short unrelated songs that are generally spreading wider than the usual Floyd spectrum, this self-titled debut is an honest one, where it’s obvious Gilmour is not keeping his better material for his solo ventures (some issue often popping up in other groups), as there are no tracks of the calibre of Dogs or Comfortably Numb. Gilmour’s voice used alone, without Wright’s to tone it down, might surprise a bit, but you recognize the man’s vocal chords immediately. Mihalis and Raise My Rent are among the better numbers here. I don't see much relation to Floyd music of that era or others outside of the guitar playing and the singing. That is unless one forgets about Obscured By Clouds.
Mojo Presents David Gilmour & Friends. Some three years ago, David Gilmour very kindly sent Mojo a cover version of The Beatles’ "Here, There And Everywhere". After a spot of cajoling he’s finally agreed to let include it on the free CD that comes with the new edition of Mojo (October 15 / #263). "I really wish I had been in The Beatles," Gilmour tells Mojo of the genesis behind his cover. "They taught me how to play guitar, I learnt everything. The bass parts, the lead, the rhythm, everything. They were fantastic." That love is manifested on the wonderful harmony-filled cover of the 1966 Revolver original recorded with his son Joe. Previously unreleased anywhere. A number of Gilmour’s closest collaborators appear on this compilation while the guitarist is featured on six of the tracks himself, including songs from Phil Manzanera, Robert Wyatt and The Pretty Things.
This 16-track, 72-and-a-half-minute compilation contains Deniece Williams' two number one pop/R&B hits, "Let's Hear It for the Boy" and "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late" (a duet with Johnny Mathis), as well as her remake of "It's Gonna Take a Miracle," an R&B number one and Top Ten pop hit, and "Free," which just missed the top of the R&B chart and made the pop Top 40. Otherwise, the collection is somewhat idiosyncratic, compilation producer Leo Sacks' idea of Williams' best, rather than her greatest hits. Her success on the R&B singles chart, where she scored 18 Top 40 hits, is shortchanged, as the set fails to contain such major R&B hits as "Never Say Never" and "You're All I Need to Get By…"